2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Tullamore Camogie club. To mark this milestone the club have a programme of events and activities scheduled over the year culminating in a Banquet in November 2013.
Details of a number of events taking place were announced at the launch night held last Friday.
Among the events are Photo Display in Tullamore Dew Visitors Centre, Participation of members (current and past) in the St. Patricks Day Parade, Secondary School Blitz, Participation in the National Pan Celtic Festival, 5km Run, Primary School Blitz, Club Blitz for U/14 team in Cavan (host club in Feile 2009), Club trip for senior team to Glasgow Tournament, Inter club Blitz for under 8 and 10 players, Players Reunion BBQ, Blitz for under 12 players involving clubs from other counties, Trip to Croke Park grounds and Museum, Colouring and Poster competition for Primary schools in the locality, Indoor Blitz for underage players and a Funday day for players with special needs.
The programme of events for the year will culminate with a Banquet on the 23rd November 2013 in the Tullamore Court Hotel.
Camogie was played in Tullamore in the 1930s, 1940’s and 1960’s. In the modern era it was reformed in 1973 under the guidance of Mary Hanley (nee O’Brien) from Co. Clare who commenced her teaching career in Tullamore Vocational School. Mr. Ray Allen was the club’s first Chairperson.
Until 1979, when Offaly County Board was formed, Tullamore played their club competitions in Laois taking two Senior titles. The club, together with primary and second level schools in the area, have gained many honours and titles including the Offaly Senior club title in 2007 and reaching the All Ireland Feile final in 2003. The club has also been well represented over the years on Offaly teams including the Offaly team that took All Ireland Junior and Intermediate titles.