St. Mary’s Charleville, are relatively speaking newcomers to Camogie. It was not until 1983 that the school entered colleges’ competitions and played their first competitive camogie match.
However, in terms of camogie achievement, the intervening 32 years have been an unbridled success for the school. Success has been achieved at all levels of competition. The Charleville girls have won more than 100 titles ranging from All Ireland titles and Munster titles to County titles at various levels of competition. The school has won 7 Senior All Ireland titles. The St. Mary’s girls have held the All Ireland Junior title 9 times since 1986. Fifteen All Ireland 7 A Side titles have been won and this included eleven 7 A Side titles in a row. To crown the St. Mary’s girl’s record of achievement the school won Senior and Junior and All Ireland 7 a side titles in 2001, 2002. St. Mary’s Charleville top the roll of honour of All Irelands won having 31 All Ireland titles to their credit.
Success such as this can be attributed to a number of factors. St. Mary’s are blessed in that they have their own playing field situated adjacent to the school. This enables the player’s from 1st to 3rd year to play and train during lunch hour, weather permitting. This promotes camaraderie and teamwork in the younger players and the bonding achieved translates into superb team spirit at senior level. The Seniors and Juniors both individually train twice weekly after school. An association representing all the clubs involved provides support of a practical nature. The parents not alone encourage their children to play camogie, but they also provide and prepare pitches and supplement funding through flag days.
In all St. Mary’s Charleville has won 31 All-Ireland A titles in camogie.
These comprise of:
7 All-Ireland Senior A titles
9 All-Ireland Junior A titles
15 All-Ireland 7s A titles