'IT'S THE best feeling ever,' admitted Mary Leacy as Oulart-The-Ballagh won their first-ever All-Ireland title on Sunday last.
The All Star, who was the lynch-pin of a defence which didn't concede a score in the first-half of either semi-final or final, was again in top form as her side stifled their Munster opponents.
'Today we were lucky, everything went well, we clicked,' said Leacy. ' I think it was a real good team display, from one, to the last person on the panel.
'We all kept fighting so hard and we worked so hard. I think Drom-inch looked a very nervous team. We were more relaxed, I think we had the belief in ourselves.
'We said we weren't going to let our nerves get to us on the day, we said we'd go out and give it our all.
'Even in recent meetings we said we were just going to go out and give it our best shot and we were confident that if we gave it our best that we'd win.'
The rangy center-back, whose defence have conceded a miserly 3-14 in the last four matches, said that the first-half, in which Oulart led by twelve points, could have been even better.
'Yeah we were delighted, especially as we were against the wind in the first-half. Even when we were marching, and with the hailstones, we were a bit nervous about the conditions.
'I think we were unlucky not to have more on the scoreboard. We had all the possession.
'We knew half-time from their recent matches that Drom and Inch weren't a team that were going to lie down and die.
'We knew that they were a well-balanced team and we knew that they wouldn't give up, but we were confident enough if we could just hold them and keep going, keep pressing, that we would win it in the end.
'I just think our work ethic was really 100 per cent today and that's what won it for us.'
While Leacy describes the feeling of taking the All-ireland crown as 'the best ever', she's not sure if it can be repeated in the coming years.
'It's just unbelievable, it's the one that we wanted for the last few years and to be honest it just shows that we were after putting some commitment into club.
'It was hard coming back after winning the All-ireland with Wexford while all the other girls were celebrating and we had our heads down. We're after training hard, even over Christmas, training the day after Stephen's Day.
'There was never any nights that there was low numbers, everyone was there, the commitment was there, it just shows that when you put in the work you get the reward at the end of it.
'There's a few girls now who are going to do a bit of travelling, but we got today, now we're not going to think about the future.
We're just delighted and it's just such a great achievement for such a small parish. The one good thing about Oulart is all our panel, all 26 of us, are born and bred in Oulart and I think it's a great achievement.
'We all went to school together, all grew up together, and I think that means something more.'