A true Mayo Camogie Legend, Josie Mulligan (nee Ruane) visited with our Junior team while they were training at Ballyvary Hurling Club.
She had lots of words of encouragement and was a great inspiration to players and mangement alike in advance of the Littlewoods Ireland GAA Camogie Leagues match against Louth on Saturday.
Josie captained the 1959 Mayo Camogie team to the All-Ireland final that year and scored 3 points that day.
The Journey to the 1959 All Ireland Camogie Final
May 31st – Mayo 5.0 v Galway 3.1
July 5th – Mayo 7.2 v Sligo 3.1 – Connacht Final
August 2nd – Mayo 3.3 v Waterford 2.4 – All Ireland Semi Final
August 16th – Mayo 3.4 v Waterford 2.6 – All Ireland Semi Final Replay
September 17th – Mayo 1.3 v Dublin 11.6 – All Ireland Final
Josie Mulligan (nee Ruane) scored the winning point in the semi final replay to secure a spot in the All-Ireland final for Mayo. She then went onto score 3 points in the All-Ireland Final itself.
That All-Ireland final match was refereed by Nancy Murray from Antrim. After a distinguished playing and management career, Nancy went on to be President of the Camogie Association from 1973 – 1975.
In 2006 the Camogie Association named one of the Junior Camogie Championships Cup after Nancy.
Later on this year the Mayo Camogie team will take part in the Nancy Murray Cup.