Reprieve sees St Val's back on track for Derry

JOE LEOGUE

Published 20/06/2013 | 05:26

St Vals players Sarah Byrne, Ciara McCarthy and Cira Hughes who were on the Cork under 14 team that recently defeated Kerry - the girls are now in the Cork Co final as well.
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Picture: Courtesy of St Val's.
St Val’s players Sarah Byrne, Ciara McCarthy and Cira Hughes who were on the Cork under 14 team that recently defeated Kerry - the girls are now in the Cork Co final as well.

A LATE intervention by a Tyrone-based GAA club has ensured that a Mid Cork girls' football team will take its rightful place in an All Ireland GAA contest.

A LATE intervention by a Tyrone-based GAA club has ensured that a Mid Cork girls' football team will take its rightful place in an All Ireland GAA contest.

The girls of St Val's in Kilmurry were set to represent the Rebel County in the Féile Peil na nÓg, a festival of football for boys and girls aged under 14 to be held in Derry from June 28-30.

However, the club was dismayed to learn that organisers were unable to find them a host club to stay with for the contest, meaning they could not take part.

The girls, and mentors, at St Val's were bitterly disappointed at being left out of the premier event of the year, set in the European City of Culture.

At the time, club members Tweeted: 'It's not fair on young 13 year old girls who worked so hard to represent Cork and now have their dreams dashed.'

However, having searched through Donegal and Monaghan, organisers finally found hosts in Tyrone last week, and Urney GAA club official Ryan O'Neill said they were delighted to be able to help out.

"We had no idea who St Val's were until we were approached two weeks ago. But when we heard the gist of the story and how they couldn't take part we were only too happy to answer their call for help," Mr O'Neill told The Strabane Chronicle, who in turn linked up with The Corkman.

"What we are doing now is letting the parish know what we are doing and the fact that the girls are here for the weekend. Hopefully, everyone comes out in support of them and makes them feel welcome," he added.

St Val's will go head to head in a game with Urney on Friday, June 28 before moving into the main competition in Derry.

"Results are second and this is really about having a great weekend and hopefully building friendships that will last years. If we do strike up a bond then maybe at some point our girls will be able to travel down and see their club in Cork," Mr O'Neill said.

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