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‘I’m 50 years of age. Never in my lifetime did I think that I’d see the girls doing this’

The Republic of Ireland’s historic qualification for next summer’s Women’s World Cup was a huge emotional release for those close to the game and the team

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Ireland players, from left, Rianna Jarrett, Harriet Scott, Ciara Grant, Megan Campbell, Denise O'Sullivan and Grace Moloney after the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Play-off match between Scotland and Republic of Ireland at Hampden Park in Glasgow

Ireland players, from left, Rianna Jarrett, Harriet Scott, Ciara Grant, Megan Campbell, Denise O'Sullivan and Grace Moloney after the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Play-off match between Scotland and Republic of Ireland at Hampden Park in Glasgow

Tony O'Donoghur, Stephanie Roche and George Hamilton

Tony O'Donoghur, Stephanie Roche and George Hamilton

Amber Barrett

Amber Barrett

Amber Barrett

Amber Barrett

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Ireland players, from left, Rianna Jarrett, Harriet Scott, Ciara Grant, Megan Campbell, Denise O'Sullivan and Grace Moloney after the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Play-off match between Scotland and Republic of Ireland at Hampden Park in Glasgow

Tuesday night meant so much, for so many reasons, to so many people watching.

Karen Duggan watched the Women’s World Cup play-off from the pundit’s chair in the RTÉ TV studio. She was one of the players at the press conference at Liberty Hall in April 2017 when they publicly fought for rights for our women’s team. She didn’t foresee the sense of liberty she would feel by the end of Tuesday night.


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