Published on November 17th, 2009 | by admin0
Ethna’s Tribute (Nov 2009)
A large number of people attended a function in Tí Cuhullain on Saturday when the extended family of the late Ethna Dougan RIP presented Ethna’s two All Ireland and three Ulster medals to the club to be displayed in the trophy cabinet.
The date coinsided with what would have been Ethna’s 80th birthday and a slide picture show traced her life from the early years to her life in Canada and her final years in Dunloy.
Ethna certinaly led a very eventful and full life and this was alluded to in the many tributes paid to her on the night.
Many Camogie players who had played with Ethna in her long and distinguished career were present to see her sister Kathleen present her medals to club chairman Niall McCamphill. Niall expressed his gratitude to the entire Dougan family for the presentation and also for organising the function.
Niall then asked Pat Cunning to pay a tribute to Ethna on behalf of the club.
Pat recalled Ethna’s early days teaching in St. Joseph’s primary school taking Irish language classes and with the assistance of Danny Martin taking Irish dance classes in the old Nissan Hut in Pearse Park.
He pointed out that Ethna during her playing career was also involved in the administration of club affairs and when Camogie went into decline Ethna still devoted her time and effort in keeping Camogie alive in Dunloy.
He concluded by once again thanking The Dougan Family and assuring them that Ethna would be remembered each time someone admired her medals in the trophy cabinet in Tí Cuchullain.