Biddy Phillips, national camogie referee and administrator, passed away on Wednesday July 6th.
Biddy was manager of the 1999 Tipperary Camogie Team that brought the O’Duffy Cup to Tipperary for the first time. Biddy was the referee for the All Ireland Senior Camogie Final in 1997 as well as intermediate, junior and senior club all Irelands between 1993 and 1999. Biddy also gave long service to the Camogie Association’s National Referees Committee which she chaired for a term and also acted as treasurer of the Tipperary County Camogie Board from 1988 to 2000.
Speaking about Biddy’s contribution to Camogie, President of the Camogie Association Joan O’Flynn said: “Biddy’s commitment to camogie on and off the field was exceptional. A particular highlight was her involvement in managing Tipperary Camogie team to win their first senior All Ireland Camogie title in 1999. This stands alongside her wonderful service to her club, Tipperary Camogie Board, Munster Camogie Council and at national level. On behalf of the Camogie Association I would like to extend our sympathies to her husband Jimmy and family Leonard, Barry, Carol and Sinéad. I know that Biddy’s loss will be deeply felt by her family and in Tipperary but also throughout Camogie nationally. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílís.”