The video circulating of Connacht’s women players last weekend is as disgustingly damaging to the IRFU as were the 2017 revelations to the FAI of Ireland’s international soccer players being forced to change in airport toilets.
The closing stages of an All-Ireland final is when the cream rises to the top and Galway’s big guns came good when it mattered most as a sensational finale saw them crowned champions for just the fourth time in their history.
The tandem of Róisín McCormick and Maeve Kelly have long been slated for superstardom through the schools and underage structures in Antrim and they delivered on the biggest stage at Croke Park to propel Antrim to victory in the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie final.
On the day that the first Galway team to ever win the O’Duffy Cup was honoured, the Tribeswomen returned to the top of the tree for the fourth time, when just outstaying the same opposition that fell victim to the county’s trailblazers in 1996.
Having drawn breath after what was a momentous weekend for Irish sport, when the quality of action will live long in the memory — Meath’s Mighty Duck type heroics, Katie Taylor’s defence of her titles and Leona Maguire’s lionhearted exhibition in the Solheim Cup — we have, we hope, another weekend to remember.
The equanimity that characterised Linda Collins’ reaction to being kept as a closer, rather than leading Cork out as captain at Croke Park in the All-Ireland semi-final a fortnight ago, should not come as a surprise now, but even her own teammates were taken aback by how professional and team-oriented she remained.
FAI chief executive Jonathan Hill says that the value of the deal they have struck with Sky Ireland to sponsor the senior women's team allowed the Association to green light a standalone deal separate to the men's side.
A 1-0 defeat on the opening day of the season was not the ideal start, but Ireland international Louise Quinn was relieved to be just back on the field of play last weekend, proudly wearing the captain’s armband for Birmingham City for their trip to Tottenham’s home ground.
Ciara Griffin will captain a squad featuring three uncapped players as Ireland step up their World Cup qualifying bid in Parma next week, as Adam Griggs’ side prepare to go head-to-head with hosts Italy, Spain and Scotland for a place at Rugby World Cup 2021.
She may have just completed one of the most sensational Solheim Cup debuts in the tournament's history but it’s clear that Leona Maguire has Nelly Korda in her sights after her father Declan revealed the Cavan golfer’s disappointment she didn’t get the chance to go head-to-head with the world number one in yesterday's singles.
The sky’s the limit for Leona Maguire, and while it’s been that way long before the Solheim Cup, the Cavan star’s stock rose a little higher in Ohio last night when she became the record rookie points scorer in the history of the match.
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