Clodagh Quirke celebrates with Megan Ryan after the quarter final win over Limerick

Captain Quirke aiming to go a step further

By Michael Dundon


After eight years wearing the Blue and Gold, Tipperary senior camogie captain Clodagh Quirke is well placed to guage the progress the county has made in recent years as it strives to bridge the gap between them and the big three, Cork, Kilkenny, and Galway.

On Saturday, Tipperary meet Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final at LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, a relatively novel pairing that greatly pleases the Clonoulty defender.

Tipp have been knocking on the door in recent years but an exceptional Cork side has consistently barred their way. Avoiding Cork in the semi-final, who again defeated Tipperary in the opening round of this year’s campaign, is helpful, for now at least in Clodagh’s opinion.

To be back in the semi-final again this year after losing last year is massive for us,” she said.

I am really looking forward to it. After losing last year this was our aim at the start of this year, to get back to the same level, and it is great to be in the semi-final again.

She is also happy to avoid Cork, for now at least.

It is a big help to us not to to be playing Cork. Kilkenny are new to us and having lost games to Cork in recent times, our heads will be in a better place facing Kilkenny.”


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