Last weekend was a hugely successful time for Naas GAA & in particular the Camogie Féile squad who returned to Naas victorious from the Féile Na nGael competition, where they retained the All Ireland title which they won in 2016. 

This was a remarkable feat, as to win an All-Ireland is a great achievement but to retain it is legendry. 

The journey began on Friday morning with a huge gathering and farewell at Naas GAA by family, friends and the pupils of Scoil Bhrid.

The squad travelled to St John’s Park in Kilkenny to play their first two group games. In sticky hot conditions Naas came away with two victories, vs Conahy Shamrocks (8:13 to 0:01) & Shannon Rovers (1:10 to 1:00), thus laying down a marker in the competition. After the games they travelled to their host club, Emeralds in Urlingford and participated in the annual Féile parade.

On the Saturday morning they played the host club Emeralds and came away with their third victory on a score line of 4:02 to 0:01, meaning they topped their group and progressed to the quarter finals of the cup. Next up was a bus trip to Myshal where they would take on Buffers Alley. 

Conditions were extremely hot, but this did not deter Naas from putting in a masterclass performance defeating the opposition on a score line of 6:12 to 0:00. The girls returned to their host club after the game and joined in the pre-arranged festivities & the legendry annual Féile disco. 

The team finished up activities and headed for the host homes for an early night as a bus trip to Wexford Centre of Excellence in Wexford awaited them early Sunday morning.

Up next in the semi-finals were Doon (Limerick). This was a tense affair with chances few and far between in the early stages, but Naas battled hard and created enough opportunities to pull away on a score line of 1:10 to 1:00. 

The girls had made it to the final where they would take on Salthill. In stifling hot conditions the Naas players laid down a marker scoring 2:02 in the early stages of the game. They built on this lead and were eventual winners on a score line of 3:09 to 1:01. 

The cup was secured and would return to Naas GAA for another year. Upon their return to Naas GAA they were met by fellow club members, young and old, who helped them celebrate their great achievement. 

Congratulations to the squad of players on their historic achievement and may it be the stepping stone to future success in the years to come. 

Naas Camogie Squad: Orlaith Delany; Aine Mernagh; Eva Lynch; Eleanor Kelly; Laura Friel; Aoife McDermott; Dearbhla McDonnell; Sara Carroll; Aoife McCarthy; Allie McGrath; Sophie Browne; Tara Doorey; Saidhbh Farrell; Katie Whelan; Anna Burke; Hannah Cullen; Aida McNamee; Laura Rooney; Gillian Reilly; Julie Kennedy; Hannah Dunne; Ciara Nugent; Emma Kearns; Leyna Weinforth;

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