All pix: Danny Lahart
The Kilkenny Camogie board held a medal presentation for the 2020 All Ireland Champions and the 2021 National League Champions in the Springhill Court Hotel on Saturday evening last. It had been a long wait before the players and management could be honoured for their achievements. Hilda Breslin President of the Camogie Association was the guest of honour and presented the players with their medals. Also present were Fidelis Doherty Chairperson of Kilkenny County Council, Pat Murphy Co-Chair of Glanbia co-op. The event had been organised by Theresa Aylward Kilkenny Camogie Chairperson and her team and they did a fantastic job. MC’s Martin Quilty and Paula Murphy were superb and kept the proceedings going during the evening. The event was to honour the players who had been victorious against Galway in the 2020 All Ireland Senior final which was played in December of that year due to the pandemic and was held behind closed doors in Croke Park. It was a time when sport gave players some relief from all the trial and tribulations of the covid pandemic and allowed them to be free for an hour and do what they love to do and play the game that they love to play. It was only the second time that Kilkenny had won the All Ireland in the noughties having previously won in 2016 after a 22-year gap. Galway had beaten the team in the previous decider in 2019. Kilkenny then played the same opposition in the National League Final in 2021 and came away victorious on that day also. They couldn’t do back-to-back titles as Cork beat them in the Semi Final which gave Kilkenny a break till the start of the 2022 League.