A young woman is lobbying the Ladies Football Gaelic Association (LGFA) to allow her and her teammates play in an All-Ireland schools final, saying it was a measure of "inequality" that boys had been allowed to play and not girls.
Emma Kelly (19), a final year student at Moate Community School and also the vice-captain of Moate CS Senior Women's GAA team, has written to the LGFA asking the team be allowed to play the All-Ireland final against Loreto Secondary School in Clonmel.
The game had been cancelled in March due to Covid-19 but Emma said boys' teams have been allowed to play due to the GAA giving permission.
Yet the girls' final game - the one Emma says "could be the most important game of our lives" - has not been allowed to go ahead.
"There's an inequality here we need to be fixed."
Earlier this month the boys of Co Westmeath's St Joseph's Rochfortbridge celebrated their first ever Leinster senior A schools football title after a triumphant win 2-13 to 0-15 against Naas CBS in Tullamore.
The game had been delayed since early March and was one of the first big games since the return of the sport afte r the enforced Covid-19 restrictions.
Emma believes this should have been a signal to the LGFA to allow the girls, who were facing a bigger title and their final game in school, to play.
"We want the LGFA to think again for the sake of equality in sport. I couldn't say a bad word about the LGFA up to this point," Emma said. "They always do their best for young girls. I'm 19, I loved every moment of my sporting career so far.
"They've always done their best but we urge them to put their members first, think about how much it means to us. This is our last chance. The same for Loreto. This is a life-changing moment, a life-changing game."
Emma, who lives in Moate, Co Westmeath, is hoping to get the Leaving Cert grades to attend UCD and study engineering.
The LGFA said it would not be making a comment on the issue. The organisation cancelled six All-Ireland PPS competitions - three senior, three junior - due to Covid-19.
It is understood the LGFA feel the current health advice is that games should be played at local level only. Inter-county games are not expected to be played until October, in line with guidelines. The GAA also cancelled All-Ireland schools competitions.