Tribute to Sheila Spillane
a lifetime commitment to the promotion and development of Camogie in the
Parish of Killeagh and County
Sheila has given a lifetime of service to the
Killeagh club and the now famed Burgess playing pitch was kindly given to the
club by John and Sheila Spillane. From the very beginning Sheila’s generosity
was there for all to see. Killeagh were ahead of their time as a Camogie Club
by having a pitch for Camogie alone in 1973.
The Club estimates that since 1973 approx 1,000
girls from the parish and surrounding areas were given the opportunity to
play the game. She provided a venue and an environment where many lifelong
friendships were made and fun was had.
Many an All Ireland
medal winner was trained by Sheila over the years, and all past players look
back fondly on those brilliant days when Camogie was a way of Life
To sum up, Killeagh have five senior County Championships,
one Club All Ireland and
Club Championships along with numerous underage County titles with Sheila
involved in all these teams,
The Club proudly claims All Ireland
winning Captains in Cathy Landers and Pat Moloney. Betty Joyce captained Cork to a Junior All Ireland
Title; Betty also in 1986 had the honour of refereeing an All Ireland Camogie Final in Croke Park
with Sheila again showing her array of skills by being an umpire on the day.
has held every officership in the Club as well as some at County Board
level and is now our president. At eighty two years of age no job or role is
too big for her. From making the hot
whiskeys all day long at our annual Point -to -Point races fundraiser in
January, to making sure we have spare jerseys and towels to dry the
hurleys at games on wet days in Oct/Nov. If membership needs to be collected
or the infamous sliotars need to be bought and taken care of, the bag packing
or church gate collection organized; money needed to be counted
or lodged, Shelia is available.
between these jobs there are very few games she will not attend except for
the week in June when she is volunteering in Lourdes. In fact she has volunteered (and
fundraised before hand) in Lourdes
every year for the last thirty nine years and is already signed up to help
In 2004 Sheila won the local GAA Club Lotto and what
did she do with her winnings? She bought the Club a defibulator!
had cancer surgery in 2010 and burying her second daughter in 2011,
Shelia still carries on and is eagerly looking forward to casting a caring eye
over all proceedings for the
2012 season. The prospect of a new generation of girls taking up our sport
and beginning the cycle of learning the game, having fun and making friends, would not be possible if Sheila had not helped begin it all in 1973
At eighty two years of age Sheila is the face of the Club throughout the County
and further afield, at Club level she is known by all members, both past and
present, and she has sustained the Club through its leaner years.
may not always be the winning club on the field of play but Shelia has ensured
passion, enthusiasm, limitless energy and boundless love for Camogie that the Club always does its best.
is an example to all of us. She has given a lifetime of service to Camogie; for us she is THE ULTIMATE VOLUNTEER!
Killeagh Camogie Club