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Mags a Model for city living

WEXFORD had the match won. They got a free deep in their own half at the pitch and putt end of O'Toole Park.

Goalkeeper, Mags D'Arcy, had a pop. It landed on the green, but just short of a flag.

She's no stranger to standing on the tee. She's a Poc Fada champion, and also one of the most decorated goalkeepers in the game.

She greatly admired the Tipp number one, Jovita Delaney. Also Brendan Cummins, Damien Fitzhenry and Donal óg Cusack. "There's also plenty of good camogie goalkeepers coming up," judges Mags.

One of them is Hannah McInerney, now a club-colleague at Na Fianna. "She has a lovely touch on the ball and the footwork of a goalkeeper."

Mags has settled well on the Mobhi Road. "This is my first season there. They won the Senior Division 1 League last year, so I have a lot to live up to," she quips.

Leaving her home club, St Martin's, was a wrench, but the travelling was weighing heavily on the shoulders.

"I'm living here in Dublin now and I knew a few girls at Na Fianna. I decided to ask would it be possible to train with them. And then the move happened."

She's enjoying it. "In Wexford, we only have four teams in the Senior Championship. In Dublin you get to play against many different teams."

The All-Star has been impressed with the Na Fianna managerial pair, the daughter-and-father duo of Ciara and Paddy O'Reilly.


"They are very professional. It's well organised. When you arrive for training, everything is always ready.

"They are nice people at Na Fianna. We put in the work, but we have can have a laugh as well. Sport should be about having fun too."

Wexford had plenty of post-match cheer in the last three years as they won the O'Duffy Cup three times in-a-row, completing the hat-trick last September.

Now they are fine-tuning their bid to secure another All-Ireland title. "You taper up and you taper down according to where you find yourself in the year," muses Mags.

"There are three main competitions – the league, the Leinster Championship and the All-Ireland Championship. So we try to take each game as it comes."

It might be the well-worn cliché, but for Mags, being a fully paid up member of the goalkeeper's union, it's very much one save at a time.