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Faughs Celtic Camogie legends – September profile: Ethna Leech

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  • 1964 All Ireland Senior Camogie championship winners.

    Back row:   Dorothy O’Boyle, Ally Hussey, Claire Heffernan, Mary Casey, Una O’Connor, Mary Moran, Allison McGarry and Jean McNally.

    Front row:   Cora Crowe, Angela Gill, Brid Hanbury (Capt), Mary O’Keeffe, Dervil Dunne and Ethna Leech.

  • September Profile: Ethna Leech

    Ethna wore the No. 1 jersey for Celtic Camogie throughout the 1964 All Ireland campaign.

    Dublin / Celtic Camogie goalkeeper

    Ethna wore the No. 1 jersey for Celtic Camogie throughout the 1964 All Ireland campaign.

    Ethna was a very gifted Goalkeeper protected her goal well and was exceptionally good at communicating with her teammates and reading the opposition.

    Ethna was described as always being sound in goal.

    Ethna was also the regular Dublin Goalkeeper winning eight All Ireland medals.

    While playing for Dublin Ethna was coached by the well-known Cork born Nell McCarthy.

    Ethna played for Dublin alongside Camogie legends Kathleen Mills and Kathleen Cody, she also played alongside some of her Celtic team mates Uná O’Connor, Eileen Duffy and Ally Hussey.

    Teamwork, Skill and Confidence were the hallmarks of these great Dublin sides.

    From 1949 until 1969 Dublin won eighteen out of twenty All Ireland championships, despite reaching numerous finals they would have to wait until 1984 to secure their next and most recent All Ireland title.

  • August Profile: Eileen Duffy O’Mahony

    Eileen was a very talented goalkeeper she played for Celtic Camogie and won five Dublin county championships with the club.

    Eileen also played for Dublin Camogie from 1949-1957, and won 8 All Ireland medals.

    In 1957 her final year with Dublin Camogie she captained the team while winning her final All Ireland medal.

    Eileen was selected as Sports Star of the year in 1951 and 1957.

    In 2004 Eileen was also chosen as Goalkeeper on The Camogie team of the Century.

    It was said of Duffy that she was quick to react between the posts, she was sure and confident, and had a great understanding with her backs.

    Her lengthy clearance and long puck outs were other features of her game.

    Although not part of the 1964 Celtic team that won the All Ireland, she was very active in supporting and guiding the team to victory, with her knowledge and experience of the game.

    Eileen made a return to Celtic Camogie in the mid 70’s to play with her beloved club.

    Eileen passed away recently and will be fondly remembered by Faughs Celtic Camogie club and Dublin Camogie.