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Camogie ( ) is an Irish team sport. Played with a stick and ball, it is the women's variant of hurling, and is organised by the Camogie Association of Ireland. The game is played mainly in Ireland, the most successful counties being Cork, Kilkenny, Dublin and in more recent times, Wexfordmarker.


The rules are almost identical to hurling, with a few exceptions.

  • Goalkeepers wear the same colours as outfield players. This is because no special rules apply to the goalkeeper and so there is no need for officials to differentiate between goalkeeper and outfielders.
  • A camogie player can handpass a score (forbidden in hurling since 1980)
  • Camogie games last 60 minutes (senior inter-county hurling games last 70)
  • Dropping the camogie stick to handpass the ball is permitted.
  • A smaller sliotar (ball) is used in camogie - commonly known as a size 4 sliotar - whereas hurlers play with a size 5 sliotar.
  • If a defending player hits the sliotar wide, a 45-metre puck is awarded to the opposition (in hurling, it is a 65-metre puck)
  • After a score, the goalkeeper pucks out from the 13-metre line. (in hurling, he must puck from the end line)
  • The metal band on the camogie stick must be covered with tape. (not necessary in hurling)
  • Side–to-side charges are forbidden. (permitted in hurling)

Camogie players generally wear skirts or skorts rather than shorts.


Camogie/hurling is unique in that it uses a different name for the version played by men and women. The reason is complicated: men play using a curved stick called in Irish a camán. Women would use a shorter stick, called by the diminutive form camóg. The suffix -aíocht was added to both words to give names for the sports: camánaíocht (which became iománaíocht) and camógaíocht. When the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1884 the English-origin name "hurling" was given to the men's game. When an organisation for women was set up in 1904, it was decided to Anglicise the Irish name camógaíocht to camogie.


The All-Ireland Final is held every year in Croke Parkmarker during September, usually the week between the hurling final and Gaelic football final. There are two main competitions; the National League which is staged during the winter-spring months and is used as a warm-up to the All-Ireland Championships during the summer.

Counties compete to win the O'Duffy Cup, awarded to the team that wins the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship. Dublin have won the most Camogie All-Ireland titles with 26, the last being in 1984. Kilkenny hold the record for the most successive Camogie titles with 7 victories between 1985 and 1991, their last title to date was won in 1994.

The champions for 2008 are Cork.


Ireland plays a camogie-shinty international against Scotland each year.

Notable players

Roll Of Honour

All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

National Senior Camogie League

County Winners Winning Years
Cork 14 1984, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007
Kilkenny 9 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993,2008
Dublin 3 1979, 1981, 1983
Galway 3 1994, 2002, 2005
Tipperary 2 1977, 2004
Wexford 2 1978, 2009

Team of the Century

Picked in 2004

  1. Eileen Duffy-O'Mahony
  2. Sarah Farnon (Down)
  3. Marie Costine-O Donovan (Cork)
  4. Mary Sinnott-Dinan (Wexford)
  5. Bridie Martin-Mc Garry (Kilkenny)
  6. Sandie Fitzgibbon (Cork)
  7. Margaret O Leary-Leacy (Wexford)
  8. Annmarie Starr (Galway)
  9. Jemma Starr (Galway)
  10. Sophie Brack (Dublin)
  11. Kathleen Mills-Hill
  12. Una O Connor
  13. Pat Moloney-Lenihan (Cork)
  14. Deirdre Hughes (Tipperary)
  15. Angela Downey-Browne (Kilkenny)

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