THERE was double delight for Kilkenny camogie at the Feile na nGael, which was held in Limerick at the weekend.
Dicksboro became the third Kilkenny team to win the Division One Feile Championship while Danielle Morrissey, representing Conahy Shamrocks, won the Feile skills competition.
The ’Boro followed in the footsteps of St Lachtain’s (Freshford) teams of 1989 and 1990 and the Clara brigade from 1992 by winning the Division One title.
The city club also made their own piece of history - they are the first Kilkenny team to have won Feile’s Division One crowns in both hurling and camogie.
Dicksboro began their competition in winning fashion on Friday, beating Clare’s Kilkishen by 3-3 to 2-1. They had led by 2-1 to 2-0 at half-time.
Following the traditional Feile parade on Friday evening, Dicksboro played two more group games on Saturday.
Crecora of Limerick were up next, a game where Dicksboro were victorious on a 2-7 to 2-1 scoreline.
The sides were level at 0-6 to 2-0 at the interval, as Crecora scored two goals from frees having been aided by the strong breeze.
However, the ’Boro girls took advantage when they had the wind at their backs for the second half, running out decisive winners.
Dicksboro’s final group game was a test of their resilience as they lined out against Truagh-Clonlara of Clare.
Truagh-Clonlara led by 1-3 to 0-1 at the interval, but Dicksboro scored 1-3 during the second half as they ran out narrow winners (1-4 to 1-3).
Shelmaliers of Wexford were the semi-final opponents, but Dicksboro were always in control.
They led 1-4 to 0-0 at the interval, adding another goal in the second half to finish as emphatic 10-point winners (2-6 to 0-2).
With Nenagh Eire Og overcoming Sarsfields of Galway in the other semi-final, there was another Kilkenny v Tipp clash for the weekend, this time in the Gaelic Grounds.
Sunday’s final was delayed by 25 minutes, but the late start didn’t faze Dicksboro in the slightest as they ran out 3-3 to 1-1 winners.
The celebrations began in earnest when, following a homecoming at the Newpark Hotel, the team their mentors and supporters travelled back to the Dicksboro clubhouse.
Meanwhile, Danielle Morrissey from Conahy Shamrocks made it a memorable weekend for Kilkenny Camogie at the Feile as she won the skills competition with a highly impressive score of 205.
In a great year, Danielle was also part of the Castlecomer CS team that beat Our Lady’s (Templemore) in the All-Ireland Junior B colleges final replay.
It was the third time a Kilkenny player won the Skills competition. Marie Fitzpatrick was first in 1980, with Glenmore’s Bridget Mullally winning in 1988.