Louth star on home soil for All-Ireland final

Published 27/11/2013 | 05:28

FORMER Louth and Roche Emmets star Roseanna Heeney will be back on home soil next weekend as her new club Dunedin Connolly's of Edinburgh contest the All-Ireland Junior Club Championship final.

The Masters student will be hoping to make up for some agionsiing defeats for club and county on Saturday when Connolly's take on Na Gaeil of Kerry at 1.30pm in Crettyard, Co Laois.

Heeney was on the Louth teams that lost All-Ireland finals in Croke Park and 2010 and 2012, and also suffered numerous club championship and league final defeats to Stabannon Parnells over the last number of years.

This season Heeney opted to throw her lot in with Dunedin and it has certainly paid off as the club have won the Junior section of the Paidi O Se tournament in Kerry, the British Club Junior Championship and have now reached the final of the All Ireland, beating Shane O'Neill's of Armagh in the quarter-final and St. Helen's of Longford in the semis.

The team boasts players from all four provinces as well as Canada and Scotland. However the ladies team is facing a funding shortfall due to the heavy expense of travelling around Britain and to Ireland, with the majority being covered by the players. The cost of travelling to Ireland for the All-Ireland Final is estimated at €5,000, well outside of the club's current budget. The club is currently searching for additional donations to help them travel to the final. Any support would be most welcome and the club can be contacted at declancullinanejnr@yahoo.com.

Drogheda Independent

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