Glack GAC honours Derry camogie champion Brigid

Brigid Carmichael and Brian Mc Quillan

Brigid Carmichael and Brian Mc Quillan

Glack woman Brigid Carmichael (nee McLaughlin) has made history with her home club, O’Connor’s GAC.

Not only did the Co Derry woman captain Derry camogie players to an All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship title, but she is the first living person to be inducted into Glack GAC’s Hall of Fame.

Brigid Carmichael (nee McLaughlin) in 1978 when Derry beat Cork to win the All-Ireland Junior title. Photo: Derry Journal

Brigid Carmichael (nee McLaughlin) in 1978 when Derry beat Cork to win the All-Ireland Junior title. Photo: Derry Journal

Brigid was a founding member of St Finlough’s Camogie Club which was formed in 1974.

Over the years, she went above and beyond the call of duty for the club, doing what was needed.

To her surprise, that lifetime commitment to Glack GAC was rewarded at their recent dinner dance when she was inducted in the Club’s ‘Hall of Fame’ for her services to club and county.

“Being an all round sportswomen she excelled, not only in camogie and captained Derry to All Ireland glory in 1978, but she also played ladies’ soccer for Northern Ireland,” said Noel McKenna from the club.

Camogie was her first love and, over the years, she nurtured and trained hundreds of young women and taught them the inner skills of ths age old game

Noel McKenna, Glack GAC

“However, camogie was her first love and, over the years, she nurtured and trained hundreds of young women and taught them the inner skills of ths age old game.”

Throughout the years, Brigid and her late husband, Cathal, have been an integral part of the club.

They were fundraisers, first aiders, taxi drivers, hurl repair specialists, team kit cleaners, and even took their turn as grass cutters.

So proud of Brigid is Glack GAC, they’ve commissioned a portrait of Bridget that will hang in the clubhouse, making sure her service to club and county is never forgotten.

Brigid Carmichael (fifth from left) as part of the Derry team which defeated Cork in the All Ireland Junior camogie Championship final at Croke Park. Photo: Derry Journal

Brigid Carmichael (fifth from left) as part of the Derry team which defeated Cork in the All Ireland Junior camogie Championship final at Croke Park. Photo: Derry Journal

Brigid Carmichael with family and camogie players

Brigid Carmichael with family and camogie players