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5 lesser-known Irish sporting heroines

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Pictured (from left): Ed Joyce, Men’s International Crickeer of the Year, Anne Harris, Sunday Independent Editor, Isobel Joyce, Women’s International Cricketer of the Year, John Anderson, Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year, and Philip Smith, CEO RSA Ireland.

Pictured (from left): Ed Joyce, Men’s International Crickeer of the Year, Anne Harris, Sunday Independent Editor, Isobel Joyce, Women’s International Cricketer of the Year, John Anderson, Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year, and Philip Smith, CEO RSA Ireland.

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Danielle Murphy, Queen of Europe 2013 Drifting Champion

To celebrate #WomensEqualityDay, we've gathered some lesser-known Irish sporting heroines - some past, and some only getting started.

Danielle Murphy

Danielle is the Queen of Europe 2013 Drifting Champion. She is currently working on raising funds to head to Croatia and defend her title.

Independent.ie will be speaking to Danielle today about her campaign - expect big things from this girl.

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'Drifting' refers to the driving technique where the "driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control from entry to exit of a corner".

Professional drifting competitions judge competitors based on speed, angle and  showmanship.

 

Isobel Joyce

Isobel Joyce has played with the Irish Women's Cricket team since 1999, when she made her debut during a One-Day International(ODI) against India.

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The following year she played in a test match against Pakistan - still Ireland's only test match in women's cricket to this day. She has notched up over 67 ODIs for Ireland.

In 2013, the 31-year old was named Women’s International Cricketer of the Year. (center)

Joyce comes from cricketing stock, with her twin sister also appearing for the women's team and her three brothers appearing on the men's cricket team.

She remains a 'right-handed batsman and left-arm medium pace bowler'.

 

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Pictured (from left): Ed Joyce, Men’s International Crickeer of the Year, Anne Harris, Sunday Independent Editor, Isobel Joyce, Women’s International Cricketer of the Year, John Anderson, Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year, and Philip Smith, CEO RSA Ireland.

Pictured (from left): Ed Joyce, Men’s International Crickeer of the Year, Anne Harris, Sunday Independent Editor, Isobel Joyce, Women’s International Cricketer of the Year, John Anderson, Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year, and Philip Smith, CEO RSA Ireland.

Pictured (from left): Ed Joyce, Men’s International Crickeer of the Year, Anne Harris, Sunday Independent Editor, Isobel Joyce, Women’s International Cricketer of the Year, John Anderson, Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year, and Philip Smith, CEO RSA Ireland.

 

 

 

Rosemary Smith

Rosemary Smith was the 1964 ladies' winner of the Circuit of Ireland rally and in 1965 she was the overall winner.

She was one of ten cars disqualified from the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally - after winning the ladies class, the 'Coupe Des Dames'.

Smith went on to win the Cork 20 Rally in 1969.

Other achievements included several ladies' wins in the Scottish Rally and the Circuit of Ireland rally, two on the Alpine Rally and the Canadian Shell 4000 and one on the Acropolis Rally.

She was born in 1937 and hails from Dublin. She initially trained as a dress designer before breaking into rallying.

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Source: Dutch national Archives

 

Philomena Garvey

26 April 1926 – 5 May 2009

Philomena Garvey was the first Irish female golfer to win the British Open, securing the title in 1957 - feat not matched until Maureen Madill's win in 1979.

Hailing from Drogheda, she won her first Irish ladies Amateur Golf Championship in 1946, the first of fifteen.

She represented Ireland eighteen times at the Home Internationals and became Ireland's first female professional golfer in 1964 until 1968, when she returned to amateur status.

She was a finalist in the British Ladies amateur at Gleneagles five times, winning once.

Garvey competed in the biennial Curtis Cup team event for Great Britain and Ireland seven times (winning twice) before withdrawing in protest against the Union Jack being the "sole emblem" on the team uniform.

Garvey retired from International golf following a victory at Royal Portrush in 1970.

 

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Source: Irish Golfing Archive

 

Aisling Daly

Aisling Daly is a mixed martial artist (flyweight) and a professional MMA competitior since 2007.

She is ranked as the "number three female flyweight in the world and the top female mixed martial artist in Ireland", according to her Wikipedia page.

Born in 1987, the 26 year old has competed in Cage Rage, the Bellator Fighting Championships, the Invicta Fighting Championships.

The former fuschia-haired fighter is one of eight contestants in the upcoming 'Ultimate Fighter' show, to air on Fox Sports 1 in September. The show will feature all-female fighters and is the 20th installment of the show.

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Source: fighthounds.com


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