The values of Baker Tilly are; Excellence, Integrity, Commitment, No Ego and Drive. They are at the heart of what our firm is about. As part of our support of the All-Ireland Camogie 7s at Kilmacud Crokes, Baker Tilly are delighted to highlight team members and their stories; these players represent our values every day and they continue to inspire others on and off the pitch.
Before she could walk or talk, Niamh Comerford (17) had her first sporting experience. When she was just two weeks old, she was “plonked in the Liam McCarthy Cup” not long after Tipperary won the All-Ireland hurling final.
It was undeniably a sign of things to come. From a young age, she has been involved in Kilmacud Crokes and along with camogie, has played several sports including football, tennis, golf and athletics. Now, although she does some athletics in school, camogie is her point of focus.
She became part of the Dublin Camogie U12 School of Excellence which led to winning a skills award “for putting a side-line cut over the bar in an U12 blitz.”
From U12-16, she continued to be involved with the Dublin Development Squads and for the 2018/2019 season, she was selected to play for the Dublin minor team. Representing our ‘Excellence’ value, Niamh is a true star.
Over the years, how do you feel you have developed in terms of skill and sportsmanship?
“I feel like I have improved my skills throughout the years from working hard at club training and matches, listening to my coaches and spending my summers training out in Phoenix Park with the Dublin Development Squads.
“I also practice in my back garden, use the hurling wall that the club offers to improve target practice and use the pitches to practice my free-taking. I think that the Development Squads have helped me with sportsmanship because after club matches, I would be excited to go over and shake the oppositions’ hands because it meant I could have the chats with my friends from the other clubs.”
What are your aspirations for the future? Would you like to continue playing Dublin camogie?
“My goal is to continue playing camogie with Kilmacud Crokes and keeping fit as I go through sixth year and college.
“It would take a lot of hard work but I would also love to have a chance to continue to be part of Dublin camogie in the future.”
There needs to be greater visibility of female sport. How do you feel women’s sport is treated compared to men’s sport?
“I think it is unfair how it’s treated in comparison to men’s sport because we put the same amount of effort into training and matches. For example, the little support the women get in the All-Ireland final (the biggest achievement as an intercounty team) is sad.
“The mens’ tickets are like gold dust and fill the whole of Croke Park and whoever doesn’t get a ticket can watch it on TV. Whereas, many of the ladies’ tickets are given out for free, in order to fill half the stadium, and if you want to watch it on TV it’s difficult. They have played the same amount of matches, done the same hours of training and they don’t get half the credit that the men do.
“On All-Ireland hurling Sunday, you will see the Minor hurling final played in Croke park ahead of the senior final. However, Minor camogie does not feature in Croke Park.”