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Who Was Lily Spence? Camogie President And Former Antrim Winner Passed Away

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Who Was Lily Spence? Camogie President And Former Antrim Winner Passed Away

Lily Spence, a former Antrim All-Ireland winner, passed away at 95, and admirers are mourning after the legend’s death. She was an ambassador for Camogie in Belfast and throughout Ireland.

Spence served as the Camogie President and refereed All-Ireland finals for over fifty years. She played on the Saffron team that defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland camogie final in 1947, 2-04 to 2-01, at Corrigan Park in Belfast.

Fans are crestfallen on hearing the sad news about her demise.

Camogie’s President Lily Spence Dies Aged 95- Her Death Cause

Lily Spence’s passing was announced through Twitter via Antrim Camogie’s official handle. The post reveals that Lily died at her home on Tuesday, 1sd of August.

Antrim Camogie wrote: ‘It is with tremendous sadness we offer our condolences on the death of Lily Spence.’

‘Lily won an All-Ireland with Antrim in 47.

‘Served Antrim in every admin role. She was Camogie President, refereed All-Ireland finals & Ulster schools sec for 50 years. Mary Queen of Gael prays for her.’

It is with great sadness we offer our condolences on the death of Lily Spence. Lily won an All-Ireland with Antrim in 47. Served Antrim in every admin role. She was Camogie President, refereed All-Ireland finals & Ulster schools sec for 50 years. Mary Queen of Gael pray for her. https://t.co/Ihk8pEFKhS

According to the Funeral Times Website, Lily Spence died peacefully surrounded by her family at Nazareth Care Village. Her death cause was natural.

The legendary camogie player’s funeral ceremony will occur on Wednesday 3rd August at 11.30 am. Her remains will be placed at the Milltown Cemetery.

Obituary: Lily Spence’s Fans Remember Her

Many of Lily Spence’s fans have provided a tribute to her on Twitter.

@BoxtyBoyle writes: ‘Very sorry to hear of the passing of the Camogie legend Lily Spence. She was a lovely lady who always had time for a good old yarn. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilis.’

The Waterford Camogie has tweeted: ‘Waterford Camogie would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Lily Spence. Lily was former President of the Camogie Association. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam uasal.’

Who Was Lily Spence?

Lily Spence was a famous camogie player from Belfast, Ireland. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Ellen Spence and sister of the late Harry, Margaret, and Vincent.

Camogie was first introduced to Lily at Belfast’s St. Dominic’s School. She joined St. Teresa’s club and competed for Antrim in 1947, winning an All-Ireland senior title.

Spence played for the Antrim Camogie and was a member of the 1947 Saffron team that defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Camogie Final at Corrigan Park in Belfast, 2-04 to 2-01.

After retiring from sports, Spence served as the association’s President from 1956 to 1959. She also worked as Antrim’s treasurer for 20 years. The legend turned into referring in the 1950s. In 1953 and 1955, followed by back-to-back All-Ireland finals in 1971 and 1972, she officiated four All-Ireland finals. The camogie player also represented

Furthermore, she is also one of the founders of the Ulster Schools.

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