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Siobhéal set to swap the camogie field for Rose of Tralee stage

IT has been a busy few weeks for Clondlakin's Siobhéal Nic Eochaidh. Having completed her final college examinations, the gaelgeoir was recently selected as the Dublin Rose for the prestigious Rose of Tralee Festival at the end of the month.

Siobhéal joined up with her local club Round Tower's back in 2005 and played both football and camogie initially, before concentrating on the small ball the following year, with stellar performances along the half-forward line on Tower's Intermediate team duly ensuing.

League and championship titles followed for the talented 22-year-old and her nimble footwork was very much in evidence as she performed a hip-hop dancing routine to help clinch her coveted title as Dublin Rose.


An avid Dubs fan, Siobhéal took time out of her busy schedule to cheer on the Boys in Blue last Sunday in Croke Park but her attentions from now until the end of the month will be geared towards the daunting prospect of representing her county in the Kingdom.

"I suppose the nerves I'll feel on the day would be similar to those you get before a big game and I'd imagine I'll be very nervous the day or two before the event.

"As it gets closer though, I tend to focus on the moment and I'm sure I'll be fine on the day," said Siobhéal, who plans to do a Masters in Irish after completing her degree in Media Studies and Nua-Ghaeilge from NUI Maynooth back in June.

A past-pupil of Coláiste Chillian, Siobhéal is looking forward to conversing with compere Dáithí Ó Sé as gaeilge but sadly won't be able to call on either her hip-hop or camogie skills on the night.

"It would have been nice to do a bit of a routine for the event but I might just have to do a few moves if I can.

"I'm not sure if I could go on with the gúna and runners though," said Siobhéal.