Monday 20 January 2020

Dedicated debutante plays GAA match looking glamorous before heading to ball

Emma Finlay in her ball gown and her GAA gear
Emma Finlay in her ball gown and her GAA gear

Amy Mulvaney

Laois girl Emma Finlay ditched her frock for the field on Monday night, playing in a GAA match before heading to her debs.

Luckily, her team won and Emma headed to the ball ready to celebrate.

Emma (18) helped her Shanahoe team proceed to the final of the Laois People’s First Credit Union Intermediate Championship, and played “a starring role” in the match.

She hit the field dolled up to the nines, with hair, makeup and tan ready to go.

“I looked dodge, I’ll tell you the truth. Not your typical match attire I can tell you!” she said.

“I had a county semi-final on the same day as my debs, so I had to make a few sacrifices,” Emma told RTE Radio 1.

“I was training all year, I couldn’t give up!”

The debs started at six and the match at 7:30pm, but Emma didn’t arrive to the ball until 11:00pm as the location was over an hour away.

“Don’t tell the trainer, I had to stop off in McDonald’s on the way,” she said, after missing the meal her friends had sat down to enjoy.

The team won 3-11 to 0-01 against Graiguecullen and praised Emma for her immense dedication.

“Hats off to Emma for her commitment to the team! Enjoy your night!” they wrote on Facebook.

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