Monday 23 July 2018

All-Stars play star role off the pitch in Bangkok

Galway’s Sinéad Burke, Cork’s Bríd Stack and Dublin’s Sinead Finnegan cradle babies during a visit to an orphanage in Bangkok run by Sister Louise Horgan, originally from Cork. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Galway’s Sinéad Burke, Cork’s Bríd Stack and Dublin’s Sinead Finnegan cradle babies during a visit to an orphanage in Bangkok run by Sister Louise Horgan, originally from Cork. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

The TG4 Ladies Football All-Stars proved they are not only stars on the playing field but off the pitch as well as they took time out from their tour of Thailand to visit an orphanage.

Galway's Sinéad Burke, the county's only nominee for the 2017 All Star Team, along with Cork's Bríd Stack and Dublin's Sinead Finnegan, gently cradled babies at the Fatima Centre in Bangkok, which provides services to local orphans, migrants and other disadvantaged people in the community.

It was founded by missionary Sister Louise Horgan, founder of the Good Shepherd Sisters order in Thailand, who hails from Cork and is a cousin of Cork's All-Ireland Ladies Senior football star Briege Corkery. The visit is the eighth All-Star touring party for the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

The group includes the 2016 and 2017 All Stars who flew to Bangkok last week in time to play an exhibition game on St Patrick's Day and take in the sights before heading back today.

Helen O'Rourke, LGFA chief executive, said the trip was a reward for the hard work and sporting excellence of the players.

"We have witnessed some amazing feats on the field of play from our inter-county teams in recent years. To be selected as an All-Star recipient in such a competitive environment and era is a massive achievement for any player and travelling to Bangkok on this tour is a lovely bonus," she said.

Irish Independent

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