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Civic reception honouring the victorious Cork Senior Ladies Football Team

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The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Deirdre Clune, photographed with members of the Cork Senior Ladies Football Team.

 

Speech given by Cllr. Deirdre Clune, Lord Mayor of Cork at the Civic reception honouring the victorious Cork Senior Ladies Football Team League and All Ireland Winners 2005 at Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on 8th February 2006.

 

A dhaoine uaisle, Aoinna speisíalta, fáilte chuig Seomra an Chomhairle anocht don ocáid speisíalta seo in a dhéanaimíd ceilliúradh ar a bhfuil bainte amach ag foireann Peile na mBan, Chorcaí I 2005

 

I am delighted to have this occasion to pay tribute to the wonderful achievement of Cork Senior ladies football team in winning the All Ireland final in 2005. It’s getting harder for me as Lord Mayor and as a Cork woman who has an active interest in sport to come to terms with the wonderful year for Cork sport that was 2005. More especially, I am delighted to honour Cork footballers on this magnificent achievement. Since winning the division 2 championship in 2003 Cork ladies football has gone from strength to strength and in 2005 won the All Ireland and the division 1 league title both for the first time. As if that were not enough, 5 of the winning team were also on the victorious 2005 Camogie winning team showing that the cork ladies, as well or better than their male counterparts, can be dual stars.

 

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The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Deirdre Clune, photographed with Jo Geasly, Eamonn Ryan, Team Manager and members of the Cork Senior Ladies Football Team.

 

I congratulate Juliet Murphy, captain, the team, panel, trainers, coaches, selectors and back room staff because I know, as most of you do, that the winning of an all Ireland title is not done on the day of battle but on the long winter nights of training when most of us are tucked safely in our comfortable houses while the team and support staff are out in the elements forging the foundations of future victory. Although I’m reluctant to single out any one individual, I will, on this occasion pay particular tribute to one of those dual stars someone who, by the very nature of her shy and unboastful manner is deserving of the praise, that is Bríd Corkery. Not content with having won the player of the match award on a number of occasions during the league and championship, Bríd is also Ireland’s Sportswoman of the Year, a fitting tribute from her peers for achievements not just as a Camogie and Football player but as a sports woman in her own right of National standing comparable to previous winners such as Sonia O'Sullivan.

 

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Bríd Corkery, Sportswoman of the Year, photographed with Roger Flack, President Cork Chamber of Commerce and the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Deirdre Clune.

 

 

I would like to thank you all for your achievement and for the honour and pleasure you have brought to the City by your achievements.

 

I now urge you to make us equally proud in 2006 and wish you all the very best in the league and championship in 2006

 

Comhgáirdeas agus go raibh mile maith agaibh. Bain taitneamh as an oiche. Tá sé tuillte agaibh.

Cllr. Deirdre Clune,

Lord Mayor of Cork.

 

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Eamonn Ryan , Team Manager, receiving a presentation from the Lord Mayor

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