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Captain Kirby aiming for final say

CAPTAIN Kirby -- steeped in the game and the club. She'll lead Thomas Davis out in Saturday's Tesco All-Ireland Junior Championship final in Offaly.

Norah's three brothers have decorated the jersey of the club's senior football team -- Brian, Brendan and Eoin. No doubt, they'll be in the audience.

"We go to all each other's matches, and they are great for supporting me," says Norah.

She plays at left half-back. She brings pace and panache to the position.

In the semi-final against Annaghdown of Galway, she scored one of the points of the game. Breaking from deep, she made up the yards to land a cherry bakewell.

It was a famous afternoon underneath the Dublin Mountains. And now Davis want to finish the job.

They'll be keeping their studs on the ground. They know all about the chapter called disappointment.

"We were beaten in the Dublin final in 2009 and we lost two semi-finals after that, so to finally win the Dublin Championship this year was wonderful.


"We did well in the Dublin final and then we had the good run in Leinster and the All-Ireland series. But now we hope to keep it going for the final.

"All the hard work has finally paid off. And it's just marvellous to be playing in an All-Ireland final.

"We have had a super campaign. We have played a lot of tough matches, and everybody in the club is delighted.

"We have a terrific squad. From one to 15, the girls put it in on match day, and we also have a strong bench. It's a real squad effort. And being in an All-Ireland final means so much to the club."