All Ireland Camogie Championships launched

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

11 June 2013; The Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship was launched at Croke Park this afternoon with players from participating counties joining to mark the start of championship 2013 with President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor, CEO of Liberty Insurance Pat OBrien and Uachtar�n Chumann L�thchleas Gael Liam � N�ill. Twenty four counties, across five grades, will commence their All-Ireland campaigns on June 22nd. Liberty Insurance is the first ever sponsor of both the GAA Hurling and Camogie All-Ireland Senior Championships in a five-year deal with the GAA. Pictured at todays launch are camogie players Arlene Watkins, Offaly, left, and Louise O'Hara, Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
24 counties across five grades will commence this year’s Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship later this month. Among them will be Offaly who reached the All Ireland semi-final last year.

24 counties across five grades will commence this year’s Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship later this month. Among them will be Offaly who reached the All Ireland semi-final last year.

Offaly captain Arlene Watkins attended the launch ahead of Offaly’s opening game away to Dublin on Saturday, June 22.

The Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship, which includes Senior, Intermediate, Premier Junior, Junior A and Junior B, was launched at Croke Park by President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor and CEO of Liberty Insurance Pat O’Brien.

Liberty Insurance recently announced its sponsorship of the GAA Hurling and Camogie All-Ireland Senior Championships for the next five years.

Wexford are the current All Ireland Senior champions securing their third title in a row against Cork last September. Derry were promoted to the senior grade after winning the Intermediate title in 2012 while Meath secured the Premier Junior crown.

Players from each grade of this year’s camogie championship, including Wexford joined invited guests for this afternoon’s launch. The first round of the Liberty Insurance Camogie championship will commence on June 22nd with last year’s All Ireland finalists Cork facing old rivals Tipperary in one of the weekend’s key games.

Speaking at today’s championship launch President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor said:

“We are delighted to join with Liberty Insurance to officially launch the 2013 Camogie Championship. The joint partnership with the GAA All Ireland Hurling Championship is an exciting new departure for the Camogie Association and a fantastic opportunity for camogie. It symbolises the strength of both Camogie and the GAA working together and the natural synergy between both games.

We are particularly pleased that Liberty Insurance, an international company and a leader in its field, has chosen to come on board and partner with our organisation over the next five years. We are excited about the possibilities that this presents and the opportunities to bring camogie to an even greater audience with the strong support of Liberty Insurance.”

Speaking at today’s launch Pat O’Brien, CEO of Liberty Insurance said:

“It was very important for us that this partnership took in the full GAA family of both hurling and camogie. Indeed it is a family where brothers, sisters, cousins and club mates are all united by their shared love of our oldest games. We look forward to working together with the Camogie Association in helping to enhance and promote this unique sport.”