Ann Downey

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Ann Downey
Personal information
Irish name Áine Nic Giolla Domhnaigh
Sport Camogie
Position Centre field
Born 1957 (age 6263)
Kilkenny, Ireland
Club(s)
YearsClub
St Paul’s and Lisdowney
Inter-county(ies)
YearsCounty
Kilkenny
Inter-county titles
All-Irelands 12

Ann Downey (born 1957 in Castlecomer, Ireland) is a retired camogie player, winner of 12 All Ireland inter-county medals, captaining the team in 1989 and 1994, and seven All-Ireland club medals with St Paul’s and Lisdowney – one more than her famous sister Angela who was suspended for one final.

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Family Background

Her father, Shem Downey won an All-Ireland medal with Kilkenny in 1947, playing in one of the greatest finals in hurling history. Her twin sister Angela was cited in 2004 as the greatest player in the history of camogie.

Career

She went to school in Castlecomer before joining her sister in St Brigid’s in Callan. During their careers in the 1970s and '80s Kilkenny completely dominated the game, including winning seven senior All-Irelands in-a-row from 1985 to 1991.

Awards

She was recipient of the Player of the year award in 1991 on her own account and jointly with her sister Angela in 1986 and 1989. [1] In 2010 the Downey sisters received a Lifetime Achievement in Sport award. [2]

Management

In May 2007 she took over management of the Kilkenny camogie team, becoming only the second female manager in senior inter-county camogie, after Wexford's Stellah Sinnott. [3]

Team of the Century

In 2004 when she was overlooked for selection on the Camogie team of the century, her sister Angela snubbed the ceremony. [4]

Other Sports

A notable golfer, she also won Irish Veterans' Championship over-40 women's squash singles in 1998. [5]

Related Research Articles

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References

  1. Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.
  2. "Lifetime achievement for Downey sisters". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2010.. Camogie.ie (2010-01-22)
  3. AROUND THE COUNTIES. Independent.ie (2007-05-30). Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
  4. Irish Independent: ‘Angela lashes gala team’. Independent.ie (2004-03-01). Retrieved on 2013-02-09.
  5. Hickey, Paddy (1998-12-02) Ireland face Euro drop. Independent.ie. Retrieved on 2013-02-09.