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Friday 18 January 2019

Mourneabbey captain O'Sullivan accepts GAA award after the most wonderful year

John Tarrant

Mourneabbey fulfilled one of their greatest ambitions to lift the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Club Football championship with an emphatic triumph over Foxrock-Cabinteely last month. Driven on by the heartbreak of final defeats in three out of the previous four seasons, Mourneabbey were finally crowned champions under the captaincy of Bríd O'Sullivan.

Led by the effective actions of their skipper who drew top level performances from her team colleagues, Mourneabbey hit new heights, no stopping the Cork champions from stamping their class and reverse agonising defeats from 2014, 2015 and 2017.

A memorable year was crowned off for inspirational captain O'Sullivan on her selection as the monthly winner of the 96FM/c103 GAA Sports Star at a function in the Rochestown Park Hotel.

The recipient expressed delight on helping Mourneabbey script a new name onto the roll of honour. Ultimately Mourneabbey responded to the setbacks of recent years with the conviction of a team bursting with self belief of wanting to deliver on their potential that reached fruitition against the Dublin champions.

"The goal of wanting to win the All-Ireland drove us on and I am really accepting this award on behalf of the team on and off the field," said a modest Bríd.

Mourneabbey's performance really caught the imagination, their perseverance finally brought outright glory. After so much heartbreak over the years, few begrudged Mourneabbey their success and there were no arguments about the outcome in the decider.

En route Mourneabbey lived dangerously particularly in a competitive Cork championship yet hunger is a great sauce and when the crunch came, Mourneabbey possessed the desire to complete their task. County Board Chairperson Tracey Kennedy was fulsome in her praise for team captain Bríd and her colleagues on banishing the disappointments of recent seasons.

"The spirit and determination you have shown over the years make you worthy champions and in Bríd you have an inspirational captain who leads by example and I warmly congratulate you on your well deserved win," she said.

In attendance at the function were members of the Mourneabbey management team, Aisling Murphy, Ken O'Connell and Shane Roynane along with playing colleagues Anita Kelleher, Doireann and Roisin O'Sullivan; Joseph Blake, PRO; Tom Tobin Rochestown Park Hotel; Isabel Keane and Finbarr McCarthy 96FM.

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