Players from Antrim Camogie and Ladies Gaelic Football teams took centre stage at a civic reception hosted by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey to celebrate their All-Ireland success.
Antrim Camogie Team secured the All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship at Croke Park in August, when they beat Ulster rivals Armagh.
And the Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football Team lifted the All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship the same month, after defeating Fermanagh in an action-packed replay at The Athletic Grounds in Armagh.
Congratulating both teams at a celebration event, Minister Hargey said:
“My vision for women in sport is for involvement at all levels - we need to get more women and girls more active in sport and physical activity, including our Gaelic games, from participation at grassroots through to our development squads and county panels. Seeing the success of these teams helps achieve these goals, by inspiring others to take part and aim high.
“It reflects brilliantly on the hard work, dedication and effort that these players have put into their sport to be performing and winning at All-Ireland level.”
The Minister also paid tribute to the wider Gaelic family for its provision of sporting activity at the heart of communities.
“This helps provide not only an excellent sports offering but also enhances wellbeing, improves mental health and contributes positively to social inclusion. It is clear that sport has many beneficial outcomes that transcend the on-field activity and we have seen this with the amazing volunteering efforts of the GAA,” the Minister added.
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Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey hosted an event to celebrate the success of the Antrim Camogie Team who secured the All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship and the Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football Team who lifted the All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship. The Minister is pictured with players and management from the Antrim Camogie Team, Antrim Ladies Gaelic Football Team and representatives from Ulster Camogie, Ulster Ladies Gaelic Football, the Ulster Council GAA, Sport NI and elected representatives.
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