Meet the St Ibar/Shelmalier Girls
Kate Kelly, Michelle Hearne and Brigid Curran will represent St Ibars on the senior Wexford camogie team.
Kate Kelly :
Kate is a Business Development Manager with One Card Solutions in Waterford.
Kate hails from Ballyruane, Screen. She is daughter of Peggy and Sean Kelly. Her mother Peggy Kelly (nee Doyle), and her aunt Mary Sheil, were on the Wexford senior camogie teams of 1968 and 1969 and brought All-Ireland glory to the county. Her sister Mag is also on the panel on Sunday. Kate has presented her club and county at all levels and is devoted to the GAA.
Her skill and determination has landed her two all-stars to date and a career which includes an All-Ireland U16 title, numerous Leinster senior titles, Ashbourne Cup success, Senior Gael Linn with Leinster 2006, four senior club titles and two Leinster titles.
On the upcoming match, Kate is looking forward to taking her place along side her team mates and is delighted to wear the purple and gold in Croke Park. It is a childhood dream of hers to win a senior title with her county and Sunday could fulfil that for her.
“I know we have a great chance on Sunday and with all the team and panel playing their part we can pull this off. We have the skill and have put a lot into our preparation and we won’t give up without a fight. The match is there for the taking. It’s one game and anything can happen. We have a strong team spirit and this will hopefully help us over the finish line on Sunday”.
Bridget Curran :
Bridget is a Special Needs Assistant based in Murrintown National School.
Bridget hails from Blackwater/Curracloe and has played all her camogie with St Ibar/Shelmaliers.
Her honours to date include Junior and Senior championships. Also Brigid has four senior club titles and two Leinster titles and Senior Gael Linn with Leinster 2006. She has numerous underage titles and Sunday is a day that Brigid is quietly confident about.
“Sunday is a dream for anyone playing sport – to be part of your county team as they play in an All-Ireland in Croke Park. It doesn’t get any better than this. We all have great determination and this is one game that we are not going to walk away from without giving it our best shot. The whole panel make up a strong united force and it will take us all to bet Cork. They are a good tem but they are the best teams to bet. There is great satisfaction in betting the best and that’s what we hope to do. Sunday will be the test of our character and hunger. We won’t be caught wanting on the day and if we play to potential then the final whistle should be a joyous one for us”.
Michelle is a primary school teacher based at Piercestown N.S. She is daughter of John and Eileen. Michelle is devoted to the game of camogie and lines out on the full forward line on Sunday.
Her honours to date include an All-Star nomination, Under 16 county title in 1995, Leinster senior county titles, Leinster club title and senior county club medals.