MOURNEABBEY'S Doireann O'Sullivan lost no time in stepping up to the challenge of senior competition on playing a significant role to help Cork retain the All Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship title.
Seventeen-year old Doireann confirmed her rating with four splendid points against Kerry in the Croke Park final. That memorable display, in only her second full championship game for Cork, merited a delighted Doireann the monthly recipient of the Cork City and County Youth Sports Star Awards at a function in the Gresham Metropole Hotel.
"We all worked hard all year and its brillant to get recognised. After playing 10 minutes against Donegal, my initial starting game came against Monaghan in the semi final. And in the final, I was extremely nervous but my sister Ciara next to me in the half forward line rendered plenty of advice," said Doireann.
County Mayor Cllr. Barbara Murray extended congratulations to Doireann, her Cork team colleagues and management on their achievement that merited the bright football prospect the City and County Youth Sports Star Award organised in association with John Buckley Sports.
2012 was a very successful yea r for Doireann culminating in her winning her first Senior All Ireland medal at 17 years of age. In January she played on the winning Munster Team in the inaugural Post Primary Interprovincial schools competition., also awarded player of the match when Cork defeated Kerry in the Munster Minor final.
"For Doireann, football is very much a family affair. Her older sisters Roisin and Ciara are both on the Cork senior panel and they also have won numerous underage club and county medals," said Mayor Murray.
Deputy Lord Mayor Michael O'Connell said the Youth Awards niche surfaced to salute young talent. "Doireann is an example, slotting into a team with 84 All Ireland senior medals is exceptional", he said.
Her talents continue to earn the plaudits much to the delight of Mourneabbey club chairman Donal Fitzpatrick. "Four years ago, Doireann captained Cork to an All Ireland U14 title. A few nights later, she was sweeping out the dressing rooms at Clyda Rovers. Its not what you do on the ball, its all about attitude, ability and willingness to work as undertaken by Doireann," he said.
Gresham Metropole Hotel Manager Roger Russell commended the role played by Doireann towards Cork maintaining a prominence in ladies football. "Playing in the pivotal role of centre forward, Doireann had the proverbial blinder in the decider," he said.
Sponsor John Buckley commended Doireann on joining with her illustrious team mates to sample outright glory once again. "As the youngest member of the team, Doireann played a starring role. Despite her tender years, she put together the effort and commitment to compete at All Ireland senior level", he said.
Doireann, a Leaving Cert student in Mallow's St. Mary's Secondary School accepted the award much to the delight of the assembled audience.
"I'm thrilled to accept the award, it was a team effort. Everything worked out well against Kerry and I got good ball. Myself and Ciara were really nervous before the game, my first All Ireland and Ciara worried on her cruciate. From the night before, we roomed together, the tension was awful yet we were all delighted with the outcome," she said.