The values of Baker Tilly are; Excellence, Commitment, Integrity, 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 members of the camogie community and their stories; these individuals represent our values every day and they continue to inspire others on and off the pitch.
Muireann Byrne (24) recalls the excitement of winning her first county title, describing it to her mother at the time as, “the best day of my life after my communion!”
The Wexford native may have only been nine – she played with St. Martin’s GAA Club when they were victorious in the U-10 county final in 2006 – but it’s a moment that remains etched in her memory.
Since then, her camogie cv has grown. She went on to win the U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 premier county titles with St. Martins and in 2010, her team made it to the Féile na nGael semi-finals.
Four years later, Muireann was “honoured” to be selected as the Wexford Minor Camogie Captain.
“Leading the team to a historic Leinster final title against Kilkenny was a defining moment of my camogie career,” she says. “You could say that we were certainly the underdogs heading into the championship and Leinster series!”
Since January this year, the skilled athlete has been a resident on Kilmacud Crokes’ pitch.
Striking the delicate balance between confidence and humility, Muireann reinforces our ‘No Ego’ value.
What does no ego in camogie mean to you?
For me, it means being motivated by mutual team goals, enjoyment and passion for the game. Working collaboratively is what fuels success in team sports. Therefore, I believe that diversity and inclusion of skills and style of play across the team helps ensure that we as players are not driven by self-interest, but by team spirit.
Exemplifying ‘no ego’ leadership involves boosting team morale by instilling confidence in fellow team-mates abilities and building their self-esteem. Being an encouraging, approachable, respectful player helps elicit the best from others.
Not apportioning blame to others while accepting responsibility for your own mistakes during a match is also a hallmark trait of a ‘no ego player’.
How did you feel when you learned the Camogie Sevens was going ahead this year with an adapted format?
I am very heartened to know that the Baker Tilly All-Ireland Camogie 7s is being re-imagined in a new, innovative format, given the prevailing circumstances this year.
The barriers to sports erected by the COVID-19 pandemic have presented new challenges, but also opportunities to be explored.
Despite the obstacles, Kilmacud Crokes and the Camogie Association of Ireland have demonstrated great innovation through their revised Camogie 7s format for 2020.
The empowering nature of technology is being exploited to evolve the competition via the new skills structure, reaching a wider global audience.
I believe this alternative format will enable the Irish diaspora and more international clubs to participate, providing a sense of community from afar. It will help deepen the connection among our camogie family members, both at home and abroad, at a time when it is most needed.
Full details on this year’s competition, including how to enter, can be found on the event website: www.longdistance7s.com