Costcutter Hall of Fame 2015 recipients – Hannah Dineen, Vivian Harris, Mags Finn, Deirdre Sutton
Hall of Fame 2015 – Hannah Dineen
A native of Timoleague, Hannah was a latecomer to camogie. She did not play the game competitively until she enrolled in UCC. Her natural ability was immediately recognised and she secured a place on the Ashbourne Cup side. During her time in college, Hannah won 3 Ashbourne Cup medals and represented the Combined Universities.
On graduation, Hannah joined South Pres Past Pupils and helped them to win a hat-trick of Cork Senior Championships from 1969 to 1971 and a Munster club championship in 1970.
Hannah was a valued member of Cork’s 4 in-a-row All-Ireland team of 1970-1973 – the only side in the history of Cork camogie to achieve this record. She captained the winning side of 1972. Hannah played wing back and was noted for her great catch and long clearances. She always made herself available to take a pass and constantly encouraged the players around her.
Hannah won 6 Munster senior championship medals with Cork and lined out for the Munster team in the Gael-Linn Cup.
Always popular with her team-mates, Hannah had a very sporting outlook. When Kilkenny defeated Cork in the 1974 All-Ireland final replay, she lifted Kilkenny ace, Ann Carroll, shoulder high.
Hannah married Len Cotter in 1973. She took up a teaching post in St. Leo’s College and made Carlow her home. They have two daughters, Emer and Bronagh.
Individual awards were not common in Hannah’s era as they are today. It is good to see a great player being honoured and joining many of her four in-a-row colleagues in the Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame 2015 – Vivian Harris
Vivienne was one of the most skilful players of her generation. She stood out from her primary school days. She captained St. Mary’s on the Hill to division one success in the Cork Sciath na Scoil. She won the National Feile na nGael Skills competition. She joined the Bishopstown club and won numerous underage medals. Vivienne collected Cork senior B and 4 Cork senior championship medals with Bishopstown and added another county senior championship with St. Finbarr’s.
Vivienne was excellent at dispossessing players. She covered back to block, hook or flick the ball away. A very competitive player, she worked tirelessly in midfield, dropping back to help out her defence while all the time driving forward to ensure ample supply of ball to her inside forwards. She was a lovely striker of the ball both right and left. Vivienne progressed from National Skills Champion to Cork Senior captain in a few short years.
Vivienne collected 8 National Senior League medals, captained the side on three occasions. She played in 9 All-Ireland senior finals and was on the winning side 5 times. She was voted Player of the Match in the 1997 final. A regular for Munster, Vivienne captained her province to win the Gael-Linn cup. She lined out for the Rest of Ireland against the All-Ireland champions in 1999.She is a top class exponent of kick-boxing and Thai boxing. Vivienne is a niece of Irish soccer international, Miah Dennehy.
Hall of Fame 2015 – Mags Finn
Some players meet with instant success while others have to work hard to achieve their goals. Margaret, better known as Mags, realised her dreams with a whole-hearted approach to training and a steely determination to success. Mags was hugely instrumental in transforming her club, Fr O’Neills, from a small junior club to Cork senior champions. A player who gives her all on every occasion, Mags won Cork junior and intermediate totles to earn senior status for her club. The next step proved more difficult. Fr O @Neill’s had to endure the pain of losing 4 finals before emerging as Cork senior champions in 2003.
Mags started her collection of inter-county silverware in 1987 with a a Munster junior championship medal and added a second two years later. She won the first of her 7 National senior league medals in 1991. A great team player, Mags claimed the number 5 jersey on the Cork senior team and won 4 All-Ireland senior medals. Her determined play allowed little space or time to opposing forwards. She received the call up from the Munster selectors and won both senior and junior Gael-Linn interprovincial medals. Mags represented Cork in the Gradam Tailte, Camogie’s Superstar competition, played in New York with Cork in 1990 and , in more recent times, helped the Cork legends to success. Married to Sean O’Sullivan, Mags tried her hand at rugby in Highfield. She retains a strong interest in camogie and is seen regularly supporting club and county.
Hall of Fame 2015 – Deirdre Sutton
Deirdre first played in midfield for St. Vincent’s at the tender age of 10. In the following season, she won a Cork junior championship medal with St. Vincent’s as their diminutive but confident goalkeeper. She helped St. Vincent’s school team to win the Cork Schools championship in 1960. At twelve years of age, Deirdre captained Seandun against Glen Rovers in the Cork Senior Championship final. When the St. Vincent’s club disbanded in 1960, Deirdre joined Glen Rovers. For 23 years she lined out with the Glen senior team winning 8 Cork Senior Championship medals. She attracted the attention of the Cork selectors and featured for the Cork senior team from 1961-1965 and 1972-1976 winning 3 All-Ireland senior medals. Deirdre captained the Cork junior team in the 1971 All-Ireland final against Dublin. She won Gael-Linn medals with Munster in 1963 and 1964.
Deirdre was goalkeeper who used her hand to great effect. She regularly advanced to cut off the ball from incoming forwards. She was expert at blocking and killing the ball and performed very well under pressure. She was honoured with a Gaelic All-Star award for her performances in 1963. Deirdre has been an outstanding club member for Glen Rovers. Over the years, she has worked as a club official and is constantly seen on the sideline encouraging and supporting young players on the way up. She received a Camogie Volunteer award in 2014 and previously was the recipient of Cork Sports Personality and Jury’s Hotel Hall of Fame awards. Married to John Coleman, Deirdre has 4 sons, Adrian, Niall, John Paul and Eoin. Deidre is a very competent golfer.