Mary Fennelly

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Mary Fennelly, Máire Ní Fhionnalaigh
19th President of Camogie Association
In office
Succeeded by Mary Lynch

Mary Fennelly (Máire Ní Fhionnalaigh) was the 19th president of the Camogie Association.[1]

Family Background[edit]

She is first cousin of the Fennelly family from Ballyhale, of whose seven brothers four played together to win the 1989 Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship and four (Kevin, Seán, Ger and Liam) played together in the All Ireland hurling final of 1987.


She won three All Ireland medals with Kilkenny in 1974, 1976 (when she captained the team), and 1977 (when she won the Kilkenny camogie sports star award) and All Ireland club medals with St Paul's. She won colleges medals with Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny in the first two years of the competition, 1968 and 1969. In the early 1970s, while in Dublin, she played with Naomh Aoife. She retired as a player in 1980.[2]


She first chaired the Kilkenny camogie board while still a player in 1976, seeing affiliations in the county grow at all levels and organising Féile na nGael in Kilkenny in 1978 and 1979.[3] She organised the centenary golf event of the Camogie Association in 2004.[4]


  1. ^ Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.
  2. ^ Irish Independent Feb 8 1982 p11: "Fennelly Nominated."
  3. ^ Irish Independent Apr 1 1982 p13: "New role will not daunt Mary", Irish Press Mar 31 1982 p14: "All Ireland star becomes new president."
  4. ^ Irish Independent July 5 2004

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