This week’s featured former star was one of the greatest camogie players ever to grace a pitch......Bridie McGarry. She was picked at centre-back on the camogie Team of the Century in 2004.
Place of Birth: Hollies Street Hospital, Dublin. She was one of twins.
First adult competitive event: Versus Kildare in 1972 (junior championship).
Where: The Tennypark House pitch on the Callan road.
Sporting hero (as a youth): Pat Henderson and Eddie Keher.
Favourite sporting memory (not your own): Acting as course/score recorder in Mount Juliet for Tiger Woods in American Express golf tournament.
Your own personal sporting memory: Being picked at centre-back on the camogie Team of Century in 2004. Scoring sideline cut in All-Ireland semi-final in 1985 against Cork. Winning nine All-Ireland titles.
Sporting hero now: Padraig Harrington
Your sporting interests now: Playing a lot of golf. All other sports as a spectator.
From 1 to 10, where do you rate your sport: No problem giving it a ten
Did you like training: Yes. The highlight always at the end of training was when trying to beat Tom Ryan (trainer) in a sprint.
What opponent caused you the greatest problems: Trying to mark Angela Downey-Browne in training.
Bridie played for 21 years with Kilkenny and won every honour on offer. She also played squash, soccer and tennis. She started her career as a goalkeeper, moved to corner-forward and finished as a centre-back.
She missed two All-Ireland finals - 1984 and 1988 - due to the birth of her sons, Shane and Cormac. She has played with Kilkenny in New York in Gaelic Park, which she regarded as a tremendous highlight.
She decided to retire after Kilkenny were beaten by Cork (injury-time goal) in the All Ireland semi-final in 1993. She remembers vividly the late Tommy O’Brien coming towards her as she cried in the middle of the pitch after that game.
The family lived down the road from Harrison’s field in Freshford. Her twin sister, Eileen was not a sporty lady, but she was a great friend and a great baby minder.
Her son Shane works as an Economist in Sydney, while Cormac is studying for a PhD in UCD.
Her husband, Benny is Dicksboro to the bone, as are her sons. All played for the maroon and white.
Bridie places great value on the friendships made through her sport the length and breath of the land. She loved the camaraderie and loyaly of the Kilkenny teams in the seventies and eighties.
The players, with the selectors and trainer (Tom Ryan, a magnificent trainer) and the County Board officers led a very happy camp, and a hugely successful one. Every moment of the experience was a joy.
Bridie has worked with the Revenue Commissoners for eight years, and she then branched into private practice as a Tax Consultant for 30 years.
She plays golf all year and is a member of Kilkenny GC. She plays off an impressive handicap of 8.
She works out in the gym throughout the Winter months, referees a few matches when available, and her final wish is that God would allow her to play sport up to her final day.
What a champion!