St. Brigid’s Camogie Club was first registered in February 1994. Up to 1994 a number of girls from Blackwater played with St. Johns’ Wexford, under the guidance of Eileen O’ Brien now the President of our club. Due to the increasing interest in the game, it was decided to set up a club within the parish.
At the first meeting the following officers were elected: Chairperson Kathleen Whelan, Secretary Margaret Byrne, and Treasurer Bridie Gordon.
The following committee members were then elected: Chris Glynn, Stella O’ Connor, Eileen Walsh, Anna Gahan, Rita Carroll, Martha Breen, Ann O’ Leary, Marie Corrigan and Aidan O’ Brien.
The club got off to a good start winning the Slaney Biltz in May 1994 (Picture above). The following year, 1995 proved to be a very successful one winning two County Championship titles, U14 Roinn C and U16 Roinn B. The club was also runner up in the Rackard League Roinn C, Primary School Blitz Roinn B and the Oulart U10 tournament. In the same year Mary Walsh (our current Chairperson) did us proud by being on the panel of the winning Wexford All Ireland Minor panel.
In 1996 the club went from strength to strength in the under age groups winning the Primary School Blitz beating St. Ibars 4-1 to 1-3, the Rackard League Roinn C defeating St. Aidans, Enniscorthy and we also won the U10 biltz. The club was also runners up in the U14 Roinn B championship, the U14 Slaney Biltz and the U10 Oulart tournament. During the same year two club members Mary Walsh and Oonagh Carroll received Leinster Championship medals playing with Kilmuckridge Vocational College.
In 1997, the junior team made an impact for the first time in adult grade, winning the Junior B county Championship. It was a great honour for the club to bring home the new Lily Furlong Memorial Cup. The late Lily Furlong was one of Wexford’s most successful and outstanding camogie players in her time. The U16 team was unfortunate to be narrowly beaten in the County Championship B final, by Bunclody.
In 1998, the underage teams contiuned on the road to success winning the Rackard League. The U12 team beat Faythe Harriers in the County final replay. Wexford hosted the Feile na nGael and St. Brigids took part for the first time in this competition. Blackwater hosted a team from Butlerstown, Co. Waterford. We won the prize for best banner in the Feile Parade in Enniscorthy, this banner played an important role in our recent celebrations for 125 years of the GAA when we took part in our local parade.
In 1999, we were unfortunate to lose the intermediate league final, the U12 championship final and the mini-sevens final.
The Millennium year was a quiet year for the club however we were very proud to have three of our players Brid Gordon, Joanna Murphy and Katie O’ Brien on the County U14 team who won the league.
Today the club competes at Intermediate level to try and get back to Senior level where they were in the mid naughties.