Libby Coppinger accepting her award with Pat Horgan, Cork GAA Board; Kieran McGeary, 96FM; Finbarr McCarthy; Mairead O’Donovan, Cork Camogie Board and Tom Tobin, Rochestown Park Hotel.

Libby takes July award

Cork’s bid for the All-Ireland Senior Camogie title came up agonisingly short in a thrilling final, despite a heroic effort on the day, with Libby Coppinger putting in an outstanding display in the full-back line.

In fact she displayed the same level of consistency that marked her performances all season.

In recognition of this Libby was recently presented with the 96FM/C103 GAA Sports Star award for July in association with the Rochestown Park Hotel.

In accepting the award Libby said: “I am delighted to be honoured and it makes up in some way for the final loss, but knowing the depth and strength of the squad, I will know that we will be back stronger than ever.”

Libby also acknowledged the wins by the minors and under 16s in their finals: “The fact that we won 2 All-Ireland titles shows how strong the game is in the county and that camogie in Cork is in a good place.”

Pat Horgan Vice-Chairman of the Cork County Board in congratulating Libby said: “Your displays all season were a mark of the quality you possess and the part you played is testimony to your value to the team, and I know that you have a big part to play in the coming seasons.”

Pat also acknowledged the wonderful work been done by the officers if the Cork Camogie Board and wished them continued success for the future.

Kieran McGeary of 96FM and Tom Tobin of Rochestown Park Hotel also congratulated Libby on this well deserved accolade.

The function was attended by family and friends and her club St Colums who expressed delight at Libby been honoured as the amount of work she puts into the club is hard to believe given her dual commitments with the Cork teams.

Mairead O’Donovan Chairperson Cork Camogie Board and Marion McCarthy were also present to honour a player that has been a remarkable player for the county team in recent years.

Libby now joins the previous monthly award winners in the race for the overall award.

St Finbarr’s Sam Ryan was the January winner while Ballygiblin’s Joseph O’Sullivan picked up the February winner. There were joint winners in March with Rochestown College and Beara Community College honoured for their All-Ireland wins in hurling and football.

Handball was acknowledged in April as All-Ireland doubles champions Brendan Fleming and Donncha O’Connor were honoured. In May Ben Shorten was the recipient as Ballingeary were crowned Comortas Peile Na Gaelthachta Senior Champions for the very first time. The June award went to Colm Lyons on his appointment as referee for the All-Ireland Hurling Final.

The 2022 Banquet will take place on 3 February where GAA President Larry McCarthy will be the guest of honour.