Positive Childhood – Women in Sport Gaelic Challenge

We have teamed up with LGFA to bring you some info on the sport and 3 of their key players and some fun facts to get to know Women's Gaelic a bit better!  And enter our giveaway to win tickets to the All-Ireland Finals.

Ladies Gaelic Football – A Few Quick Facts…

  • Ladies Gaelic Football is the biggest female team sport in Ireland.
  • The Cork Ladies Gaelic Football Team have won 6 out of the last 7 Senior All Ireland Championship Finals.
  • Katie Taylor played Ladies Football in her local club in Bray.
  • Niamh Fahy who plays for Arsenal Women’s soccer team played Gaelic Football for Galway.
  • On All Ireland Final Day in Croke Park we have over 20,000 people watching the games. This year the Championship finals are on Sunday the 30th of September.
  • We have over 20 lives games on TG4 every year.
  • Ladies Gaelic Football is played in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, and Colleges all over the country and abroad.
  • Ladies Gaelic Football has an initiative called Gaelic4Mothers & Others that gives women the chance to try out football in a non-competitive environment.

Related: Women in Sport Hockey Challenge and Women in Sport Soccer Challenge

Meet The Players

Juliet Murphy plays Midfield for Cork and won the very first Ladies Gaelic Football Players’ Player of the Year award.
Age: 31
Height: 5 9
Club: Donoughmore  County: Cork
Hobbies? Listening to music, reading
Toughest opponent?  Hanora Kelleher
When did you start playing Gaelic Football? in Primary school with the boys age 8
Most embarassing moment on or off the football field? Everytime I take a penalty!
Favourite Ladies Gaelic players?  My club and County teammates
The high point of your career to date?  Beating Mayo for the first time in 2004
Biggest disappointment? Losing Club All-Ireland against Donaghmoyne
Last book you read? Jane Eyre
Last song you downloaded? Missy Higgins-On a Clear Night
Favourite item of clothing?  Dress
Beyonce or Lady Gaga? Beyonce
Irish Independent or The Sun? Independent
Bacon & Cabbage or Lasagne? B and C
Facebook or Twitter? FB
What advice would you give to young players? Enjoy meeting new people from football.  Play in as many competitions as you can.  Work on your weaker leg for kicking.  Have fun!

Caoimhe Mohan plays corner forward for Monaghan and is a rising star of Ladies Gaelic Football.
Age: 18
Height:  5ft 4
Club: Truagh   County: Monaghan
Hobbies: Football, Singing, Piano
Primary: Edenmore NS  Secondary: St LOUIS, Monaghan
College course: Nursing
What's your ideal job? Nursing
Toughest opponent?  Grainne McNally
When did you start playing Gaelic Football? 6 years old
Most embarassing moment on or off the football field? Thinking that the lights wouldn’t work in the van because the electricity was gone in the house!
Favourite Ladies Gaelic Player:  Sharon Courtney
High point of your career to date?  Winning u14 skills final in Feile, Reaching the All Ireland Final, winning colleges All Star.
Biggest disappointment: Losing All Ireland Final 2011
Last song you downloaded? Jar of Hearts
Favourite item of clothing?  Tracksuit Bottoms
Beyonce or Lady Gaga? Beyonce
Irish Independent or The Sun? Independent
Bacon & Cabbage or Lasagne? Bacon and Cabbage
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Most used app: Milking the Cow
If you had to be an animal what would you be and why? Cheetah – they’re very fast.
Person you would most like to meet? The Pope
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Australia. The weather is great and they are really sporty.
What advice would you give to young players? Put in the effort from the start as it pays off.

Sinéad Goldrick plays midfield or half back for Dublin. She won many underage All Ireland Medals for Dublin and is now vice captain of the Dublin Senior Team.
Age: 21
Club: Foxrock Cabinteely  County: Dublin
Height: 5’3
What do you think is the most difficult skill in Ladies Football? To have the ability to kick accurately with both feet
What is your favourite skill in Ladies Football? Blocking
What is your favourite thing about football training? Seeing everyone on the team and the feeling of satisfaction after completing a hard training session.
What county do you think has the nicest football gear? Dublin
If you didn’t play football what other sport would you play? Basketball
If you could pick, what other inter-county player would you like to play for your county? Laurie Ahern
If you had to play for another County who would it be? Wicklow so I could play football again with Caoilfhionn Deeney and Laurie Ahern.
Who do you think is going to be the next ‘big thing’ in Ladies Football? Siobhan Woods
What is your favourite pitch to play on? Kilbogget Park
If you could go back and change one moment in your career what would it be? You can’t change the past so I suppose I wouldn’t change anything.
Who do you think is Ireland’s greatest sportsperson? Katie Taylor
Who do you think would make a better footballer Lady GAGA or Rhianna? Rihanna
What is your favourite band or singer? Sam Adams
Are you on twitter? Yup, my name is Goldieface
What is your favourite clothes shop? Topshop/Pennys
What is your ideal job? No idea yet!
Where is your ideal holiday? Thailand
Where is your favourite place in Ireland? My bed

Ladies Gaelic Football Captains Day 2011

Ever wonder what it would be like to be the Captain of a Team playing in an All Ireland Final in Croke Park?

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