On Tuesday evening 6th May 1997 a meeting was held in Tramore GAA
Club with a view to setting up a Ladies Gaelic Football Club and
Committee. Attended by twelve people this meeting was chaired by
local priest Fr. Tom Flynn. Prior to this, however, training sessions
had been taking place with over eighty girls attending. These were
being run by John Kindlon, a teacher in Holy Cross N.S. Tramore.
John and Fr. Flynn with their U-14 and U-16 girls were to feature
prominently in the very near future. At this early stage it was
the intention to enter the Tramore ladies in the U-14 Championship
|Later that year, on Sunday 12th October the first
of what was to become the annual outing to the Ladies Gaelic
Football All-Ireland Finals at Croke Park was held. This has
proved to be a very enjoyable day for all concerned and keeps
the girls in touch with the standards required at the game's
After only one year in existence the Tramore Ladies were now
entering onto the County scene. At U-14 level Elaine Power,
Niamh Owens and Sarah O' Driscoll were selected. This team went
on to win the U-14 All-Ireland title in Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
in July, with Elaine Power scoring the winning point in the
narrowest of victories over Meath. This represented the first
All-Ireland Championship medal return to Tramore GAA Club, similarly
with the Munster Championship medals won a month beforehand.
The same honours were achieved by our U-16 county members a month
later when they won All-Ireland medals after defeating Monaghan
at Birr. The Tramore girls on that team lined out as follows: Mairead
Liston, Donna Frost, Kate Maher, Miriam Liston and Fiona O'Reilly.
Niamh Owens won a Munster Championship medal with them in July.
On the Club scene success was breeding success with the Minor U-18
team winning the County Final against Ardmore in a very exciting
match.The members of this team were: Susan MacSweeney, Aoidin McManus,
Kate Canty, Mary-Claire Power, Gillian Curran, Kate Maher, Eileen
Newell, Miriam Liston, Donna Frost, Elaine Power, Mairead Liston,
Fiona O’Reilly, Lisa Walsh, Deirdre Kelly, Fiona Kelly (Capt.),
Claire King, Emma Walsh, Sarah Brennan.
1999 began with Tramore Ladies Gaelic Football Club becoming a
Senior Club with a Juvenile section, having been formed initially
as a Juvenile Club. Donna Frost became the first from the Tramore
Club to be selected for the Waterford Senior Panel. She was followed
shortly afterwards by Fiona O'Reilly, with Elaine Power joining
in the Autumn.
|Tramore Ladies continued on their winning way in 2000 with
Elaine Liston and her team capturing the U-16 B County Championship
when they defeated Kilrossanty at Stradbally on 10th April.
Having won the U-16 "A" title in 1999 Tramore now claimed the
Captaincy of the County U-16 team for 2000 and Elaine Power
led them to a Munster final clash with Limerick in Tipperary
on July 12th. Luck was not on our side on this occasion with
the Waterford Ladies finally runners up with a two point defeat
due to a last minute Limerick goal. Our Club's representatives
on the U-14 County team this year were Rachel Wall, Teresa-Anne
O'Reilly and Lisa Palmer. On the County Minor team from Tramore
were Miriam Liston, Donna Frost, Fiona O'Reilly and Elaine Power.
Tramore players on the County Junior team were Carmel Kissane,
Mairead Liston, Teresa Mollohan, Miriam Liston, Donna Frost,
Fiona O'Reilly and Elaine Power. During their League campaign
in the spring of 2000 the Waterford Senior Ladies team benefited
from the contribution of Tramore's Donna Frost, Elaine Power,
Fiona O'Reilly and Julie Cunningham. On the club scene Tramore
fielded two Junior teams during their League campaign in early
2000. The most recent development has been a Senior team comprised
of members of the Tramore, Rathgormack and Mount Sion clubs
who opened their Championship season on the May-Day Bank Holiday.
Rathgormack's Sean Power and Tramore's Pat Toomey coached this
"combined" team. Hopefully all this will see that elusive Senior
Championship title with Tramore in the near future.
2000 U 16 Champions
2000 Junior Champions