While Kilkenny are getting ready for their championship semi-finals this weekend, it’s all done and dusted in Carlow with the countdown now on to Myshall’s foray into the Leinster championships as they sealed an incredible 24th consecutive senior county title at the weekend.
Speaking on last night’s Camán Caint, Myshall’s Kate Nolan (pictured in group shot above, front centre, number 6) wouldn’t give too much away about what makes Myshall Camogie such a powerhouse in Carlow but did suggest their winning ways come down to a very simple ingredient.
Myshall’s latest success in the Azap Print Carlow Senior Camogie Championship came with a 1-15 to 1-8 win over Naomh Bríd on Sunday while the club lost out in the junior decider, going down 4-9 to 0-4 at the hands of Burren Rangers.
“We’re absolutely over the moon”, Nolan told hosts Martin Quilty and Áine Farrell on Tuesday night. “Every year you set out again, your first step to the county title. We get asked a lot, and questioned a lot, on how we stay going but it’s just the drive to be successful. Every year it’s to beat the previous one, you don’t get sick of it really.”
“It’s a fantastic achievement for our club. I’m very lucky, I walked onto a very successful team and have been successful since so we’re over the moon (about the win), there’s no other way to put it really.”
“I think it’s just the fact that we love to win. We love to be successful, we love the feeling of being a successful team. There was a good cohort there that instilled in us at a very young age about being successful. Growing up in Myshall Camogie, seeing the senior women being so successful, you just subconsciously have it from a very early age.”
“What’s on the line for us is what keeps us going, what we are capable of doing. Our past achievements, being quite successful at a club level, but either way, to compete at a good level and a high standard keeps us going. It’s a mindframe (sic) and something we buy into every year and we have been for years. It’s the want to win, the want to be successful and the want to be playing at as high a level as we can is what keeps us going.”
The next stop for Myshall will be the Leinster intermediate camogie championships, a competition they’ll be hoping to go one step further in this year having fallen at the final hurdle in the past two seasons to St. Rynah’s (2021) and Kilkenny’s James Stephens (2022).
You can listen to Kate’s full interview on the latest Camán Caint podcast, available below or wherever you do your podcast listening.