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Farmer relentlessly pursuing her 'calling' - to keep girls in sport


Orlagh Farmer. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Orlagh Farmer. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile


Orlagh Farmer. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

One of the highlights of social distancing has been the various sport stars who have taken to social media to show and share their talents, and from a ladies football point of view, Cork's Orlagh Farmer has excelled.

For the last five days, she has posted a daily video for aspiring and current footballers to work on the basic skills of the game. As well as working the core skills like passing, kicking and movement, she even delved into the world of Chinese martial arts with Tai Chi Thursday.

Like every team in the country, the Cork ladies footballers are on a break from collective training due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but with four wins from their five league games, Cork finished joint top of the NFL Division 1 with Galway and head into the championship with confidence.

But now Farmer (27) has put her full attention into completing her PhD - the Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation of the Gaelic4Girls intervention - as well as the five-day online challenge.

"My research is heavily involved in promoting sport, particularly for girls. I'm nearly finished my PhD in UCC. I'll be submitting in the next few weeks," said Farmer (left).

"After my years of working with young girls and doing my research, I put together the five-day challenge to get everyone out and about.

"People are more open than ever now - they are all going off their heads at home - so I brought a bit of football into it too and it went down well."

"As a result I want to develop this further. I am hoping to eventually hit schools and clubs, but also to bring it over to other sports. When I go travelling I want to trial it out in different cultures. How it can be translated to other sports is key.

"It's a common goal across the world - how can we impact girls all over the world to stay in sport. You know when you have a fire in your belly, you just have to do it.

"It's my calling. I'm going to go for it. Go down the business route with it eventually, that's my goal."

Irish Independent