Glory for Cork Footballers

Yesterday was an historic day for Women’s Sport in Croke Park, Dublin. In all, 31, 083 supporters watched the 3 ladies All-Ireland football finals which was the largest attendance at a Woman’s sports event anywhere in Europe this year (surpassing the figure that attended the Woman’s FA cup final in Wembley last month).


For the record the results of the 3 games are as follows:


  • All-Ireland SFC final: Cork 0-12 Dublin 0-10
  • IFC final: Waterford 3-14 Kildare 0-10
  • JFC final: Louth 4-12 Scotland 0-2


Cork completed a five-in-a row yesterday which means they have now won 10 out of the last 11 titles in an extraordinary period of dominance in the game. Once again this year, there is a very strong connection between this great team and UCC.

From a panel of 30 players , there are 13 women who are current students in the University , Emma & Orlagh Farmer (Masters), Aine O’Sullivan (Food Marketing), Jennifer Barry (Arts), Doireann O’Sullivan (Sports Studies & Physical Education), Maire O’Callaghan (Biological Sciences), Laura Crowley (Childhood Studies), Vera Foley (PHD Science), Marie Ambrose (Sports Studies & Physical Education), Roisin Phelan (Dentistry) along with Fresher’s Eimear Scally (Arts), Emer Meaney (Commerce) and Maeve O’Sullivan (Commerce).

Top scorer in yesterday’s final with 7 points, Valerie Mulcahy is a graduate of this University as is captain Ciara O’ Sullivan, her sister Roisin and Aine Hayes.

The great Eamon Ryan (former GAA Development Officer at UCC as well as lecturer in the Sport Studies Department) is the manager and he is assisted by three of the UCC Senior management team, Shane Ronayne, Pat O’Leary and Grace Kearney.

As well as that the Cork Senior Ladies Football team use the Sports facilities in the Mardyke and Curaheen as their training base all year round.

Congratulations also to Katie Hannon from Waterford who won an intermediate medal yesterday. Katie plays in goal for UCC Soccer and Ladies football teams.