Thursday 18 January 2018

We can't wait for Picnic party after our World Cup heroics, say overjoyed rugby ladies

Niamh Briggs and Maria Louise Riley, Irish Womens Rugby stars pictured with Grainne McElwain TG4 (centre)
Niamh Briggs and Maria Louise Riley, Irish Womens Rugby stars pictured with Grainne McElwain TG4 (centre)
Fiona Ni Fhlaithearta
Roisin O Hara TG4 broadcaster

Elaine McCahill

The Irish women's rugby team may have experienced disappointment at the World Cup, but they're delighted to be heading to Electric Picnic this weekend.

Electric Ireland promised to provide tickets for the Irish team who distinguished themselves at the recent World Cup, if Leinster prop Cian Healy showcased his singing talents.

The fun-loving prop swiftly warmed up his vocal chords, and produced a hilarious video of him belting out Bonnie Tyler classic Total Eclipse of the Heart.

"We're all going to Electric Picnic and we can't wait. It was just amazing for Cian Healy to make the video to get us all tickets. He's always been such a great advocate for the women's side and we're so excited," player Niamh Briggs said.

Niamh and Maz Reilly were at the TG4 Autumn/Winter schedule launch and were delighted to support the channel as they had shown their World Cup matches

"Sometimes women's sports can be left behind when it comes to coverage and but for TG4 to have the foresight to get behind the women's game was brilliant. I think they got their just rewards with the viewership. Nearly half-a-million people watched the New Zealand game," said Maz.

Niamh explained that the team were on a social media ban during the cup so they had no idea of the reaction they were getting back home.

"My mam was at home and she was ringing me every day saying 'the place has gone mental' but I don't think we realised how big the reaction was until we arrived at the airport. We got a great welcome home even though we didn't win anything.

"It was only then that we realised what we'd done for the sport and how much exposure we'd gotten."

Despite the girl's epic performance, Niamh admits they're still hurting.

"We're still a bit raw about the fact that we lost to England and France, but it still won't take away from the fact that we beat New Zealand."

Highlights of the TG4 autumn/winter schedule include a new home-grown thriller about a life-boat crew who come across a valuable cargo of illegal drugs called, An Bronntannas and a new series of Corp + Anam about the thorny career of a TV crime reporter.

New presenters included Connemara beauty Fiona Ni Fhlaithearta, who is TG4's new weather girl.

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