Former All-Ireland winning Clare Junior Camogie captain, Deirdre Murphy believes the current Senior side are in a very strong position.
Taking part in a Q&A with the Women’s Gaelic Players Association, the Clooney/Quin woman stated that judging Clare on their League campaign alone would be unjust seeing as they were missing so many players.
Murphy is confident that the management of Patricia O’Grady, Brian Enright, Flan McInerney and Ged McNamara are the right people to lead the Banner at this moment in time.
“Clare Camogie is in a positive place, they have excellent people over them and some fantastic young players. The league wasn’t a reflection of their quality, with a few key players out for crucial games but I’m really looking forward to supporting them this summer. I wish I was there but you can’t turn back the clock I’m afraid”.
A clubmate of Deirdre’s, Orlaith Duggan is Clare’s captain for the year ahead. When asked of her sporting heroes, Murphy mentions Duggan along with Clare’s first All-Star, Catherine O’Loughlin.
“Both are different types/styles of player – Orlaith a defender and Catherine an inside forward but both of them in life and sport do everything to the best of their capabilities and are fantastic role models. The qualities I admire most in people are consistency of effort, skill/talent, dedication, charisma and leadership”.
Deirdre is the current GAA Development Officer at the University of Limerick and was named the Clare County Camogie Player of the Decade in September 2014.
Clare begin their Championship bid on June 18th when they face Offaly. The highlight of their 2016 League campaign was an away victory over Wexford but they failed to build on this victory and didn’t make the knockout stages of the competition.