Clodagh captains Irish hockey team
All the attention will be focussed on the soccer World Cup next week, but there's another major sporting tournament in progress in Holland at present.
And a Sligo woman is leading Ireland's cause.
Clodagh Lynch (McMoreland), a member of the Yeats County Hockey club, is the captain of the Irish team competing at the Ladies Masters Hockey World Cup in Rotterdam. iThis is Clodagh's second year playing on the Irish Masters Hockey squad.
The Irish squad includes 3 other Connaught players - ex-senior international goalkeeper Tara Browne from Galway, along with experienced defender Emma Glanville and Greenfields player/coach Deirdre Mc Dermott. The squad was selected following an Interprovincial Tournament played in Cork at the end of April at which 2 other Yeats County players played for Connaught, Aisling Lupton and Emer Concannon.
Clodagh began her hockey career in the Mercy College Sligo, where she played at all levels including Connaught Schoolgirls. She went on to play for UCD firsts and during her College career, Clodagh played for the Irish Universities. On completion of her Science degree, Clodagh joined Mucross Hockey Club and the Club enjoyed a period of unrivaled success qualifying for the European Championships for successive years.
Clodagh, and her husband Packie Lynch, ex UCD and St Patricks Athletic player, moved back to Sligo ten years ago. Clodagh has played and coached with Yeats County Hockey Club and currently teaches and coaches hockey in the Ursuline College Sligo.