My name is Marie and I live in Donnycarney. I have five brothers and three sisters. All of us were involved with Craobh Chiarains, GAA Club. I joined the camogie club when I was eight years old. I played on teams from that age right up to senior grades. I loved all the activities, particularly the training and playing matches.
I played against clubs from all over Dublin. Matches were played mostly on Sunday mornings. The club would hire coaches to travel to away matches. I also played on the Dublin junior teams. These teams travelled all over the country. We played matches against Kilkenny, Wexford, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Clare. It was a most enjoyable sport to be involved in. I have played in most positions on the pitch and ended my playing career as a goalkeeper. I then had to retire through injury, that was a sad day.
I am still involved in the club. I now am a coach for the under 8’s camoige team. This involves teaching kids how to play the game and I go with them to their away matches.
I have enjoyed my involvement with Craobh Chiarain’s so much that I am delighted to have the opportunity to give others the great experience I have had through the years.