"One of the best things about volunteering is all those wonderful women and players who eat, sleep and breathe Camogie."


Name:  Máiréad Ní Fhearáin (Sr)

Age:  76

Hometown:  Bessbrook, Co Armagh

Current voluntary roles in sport:  Ulster Colleges Camogie Council, All Ireland Colleges Camogie, Armagh Transfers, Hearings and Disciplinary Committee.


1. What playing experience did you have prior to your various voluntary roles within Camogie?

I played Camogie growing up as a child at home. I then continued to play through my school years for Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry. I also played for Carrickruppen Camogie Club and then at St. Patrick’s Training College, Drumcondra for one year.

2. What first attracted you to volunteering in Camogie?

I loved playing the game growing up and my interest in getting more involved probably began there. The way I see it, one just gets in there to help out without being conscious of ‘volunteering’!

3. Did you have any coaching or other relevant sports qualifications before your roles within Camogie?

No, none really. This was never an issue starting off, however. Although it feels like I don’t really have a past life before my involvement in Camogie!


4. What have you gained throughout your years as a volunteer in Camogie?

I’ve been involved in Camogie my whole life and I’ve gained a lot over the years. I’ve made loads of new friends, from others who been involved a long time like myself, to the younger players and coaches developing in the game. The friendships I’ve developed over the years really make it enjoyable and worthwhile even to this day!

5. Do you have a greatest moment in Camogie?

My greatest moment was probably during my term as President of the All Ireland Colleges. During this time St. Patrick’s, Keady reached the All Ireland Colleges Final. This moment was special for me because I was also a teacher at this school at the time!


6. What are the three best things about volunteering in sport? 

– No politics!

– Getting to know people and places all over Ireland.

– And those wonderful women and players who eat, sleep and breathe Camogie.

7. What advice would you provide to other women and girls considering a voluntary role in sport?

Come on! It’s great craic!