On the morning of Wednesday 28th March our good friend, and President of Camogie Board Britain, Etty Kelly passed away after a short illness.
Etty loved camogie and, with the assistance of Mary McArthur and Rita O’Hanlon Wright, worked to revive camogie in London throughout the mid-80s. She travelled around London by public transport for games – sitting on the side-lines, shouting praise and encouragement to players from all clubs – as well as travelling to Ireland to support the London Camogie Team. Etty was always delighted and proud to watch so many girls playing together, representing London.
Etty was a unique person who was always honest with her thoughts and opinions. She was a great character, inspirational, full of laughter and life, and had a gift for chatting. She would talk to everyone and anyone, young or old, and tell them her stories of her childhood, her home county of Meath and the fond memories she had playing camogie in London. We will dearly miss Etty on the side-lines and in the clubhouse at matches.
On behalf of everyone at Brothers Pearse Camogie Club, both past and present, we express our sincere sympathy to Etty’s family.
Etty’s funeral will take place on Thursday 19th April, at St. Antony’s Church in East Ham at 10 am, with a final hooley to follow at the Red House, which is near the church.