Friday 30 January 2015

The Saturdays Una's little girl Aoife Belle supports Tipperary to win

Published 28/07/2014 | 07:40

Chart-topper Una Healy came back home to watch Tipperary knock Dublin out of the hurling championship.

And the proud Tipperary native (32) is clearly instilling her love of GAA into her daughter Aoife Belle, whose dad is English rugby star Ben Foden.

Una Healy and Ben Foden. Photo: Getty
The Saturdays. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Una Healy. Photo: PA

Celebrating their senior hurling quarter-final win, Una posted a picture of the adorable two-year-old dressed in the blue-and-yellow strip along with the words: "Up Tipp."

Tipperary comprehensively defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at Una's home town of Thurles yesterday.

This isn't the first time that ardent GAA fan Una has put her daughter in a sports kit.

She kitted her out in the Tipperary colours ahead of the Munster Senior Hurling final in 2012.

The Thurles star, who tries to get home as often as she can, appeared on the Miriam O'Callaghan Show on Saturday night.

And she admitted that it took locals in England a while to get the hang of pronouncing Aoife's Irish name.

"I think that they're really warming to all the Irish names like Aoife and Saoirse and Siobhan and Niamh," she said.

"When they see them written down first, they don't quite understand what they are, but they hear them and they're such beautiful names and they learn them.

"I've had quite a lot of Aoife's that come up to me and say, 'Thanks for calling your daughter Aoife because now anywhere I go in the world, people actually know what my name is."

Roots

Speaking about her daughter's mixed heritage, Una added: "She knows her roots and I've given her that stamp with the name Aoife, she's never going to forget that she's half-Irish."

Her band has continued to go from strength-to-strength, despite many of them getting married and starting families.

Una's bandmate Rochelle last year welcomed in her first baby with hubbie Marvin Humes, while Frankie had baby Parker with fiance Wayne Bridge

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