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Gaelic4Mothers magic at Mearnóg

SOMETIMES in sport, the result gets in the way. A child comes home from a game. 'Did you win,' comes the call from the kitchen.

The husbands of the Gaelic4Mothers & Others don't bother with such stupid questions. Everyone knows the women have a ball.

And that's why it continues to be so successful, according to the national development manager, Paula Prunty.

"The players just go out to enjoy themselves. There's no pressure whatsoever. Nobody is out to win matches or cups."

Naomh Mearnóg once again hosted the event. No better spot. One thousand women took part.

They came from all over Ireland -- 58 clubs in total. They had a day of fun and football ... in that order.

"This is a unique event in Irish sport," continues Paula. "And it is a measure of its success that so many clubs return year after year.


"It is now most definitely one of the highlights of the season. Women of all abilities take part. They get to meet new people."

Out in Portmarnock, all the participants took part in a mass warm-up. It was a marvellous spectacle.

Gaelic4Mothers has been one of the great initiatives of the association. And now the title incorporates 'and others'.

And that's the key to its success. The door is open for everyone. And there's nobody keeping score.