Ladies Gaelic

  • The All-Ireland ladies senior, intermediate and junior club championship semi-finals will be played this Sunday.

    Galway's Kilkerrin-Clonberne host Foxrock-Cabinteely of Dublin in the senior semi-final at 2pm.

    In the intermediate semi-final, St Nathy's of Sligo take on St Paul's of Antrim in Belfast at one o'clock

    and in the junior semi-final, CL McHales of Mayo are away to Edendork of Tyrone also at 1pm.

     

     

  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce the teams bidding to become 2018 LGFA Interfirms champions.

    All roads lead to Naomh Mearnóg in Portmarnock, Dublin, on Saturday, May 26, where nine companies will compete for the top prize.

    In addition, 11 teams have signed up to take part in a recreational blitz, where no matter what the level, experience or ability, teams will play lots of football, socialise with each other and have fun.

    Following on from last year’s successful Interfirms launch, which saw AIB crowned champions, the LGFA is endeavouring to ensure that this year’s competition is even bigger and better.

    The nine companies who will aim for LGFA Interfirms glory are as follows:

    Glanbia

    Deutsche Bank, Dublin

    An Garda Síochána

    AIB, Dublin

    Baxter Healthcare, Mayo

    Mergon International

    St Kevins CC, Dunlavin, Wicklow

    Irish Prison Service

    Waterford Hospital

     

    The following 11 teams will take part in the recreational blitz:

     

    Glanbia

    Boston Scientific, Clonmel

    Baker McKenzie

    Accenture, Dublin

    Pramerica, Donegal (x 2)

    Cadet School, Irish Defence Forces

    KWETB, Kildare

    Irish Prison Service

    Pallas Food (x2)

  • Mayo legend Christina Heffernan will be officially inducted into the Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s Hall of Fame at the TG4 All Star awards night, in association with Lidl, on Saturday November 16.

     

    Having lost a series of All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-finals in heart-breaking fashion, Mayo and Christina finally got over the line in 1999 to contest their very first Senior decider.

     

    Not content with that, Mayo would then embark on a spell that saw them contest five successive Finals, with four victories achieved (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003).

     

    Mayo had won an All-Ireland B title in 1993, when Christina’s inter-county career was in its infancy, but the All-Ireland Senior title was always the aim for Christina and her Mayo team-mates.

     

    In 2002, Christina, a seven-time All Star recipient, also had the immense honour of captaining Mayo to the All-Ireland Senior title.

     

    Christina cites the constant support of family as a big part of her ability to forge a successful career as a Ladies Gaelic Footballer.

     

    Married to Raymond Connelly, himself a former Mayo player, the couple have three children; Ava (8), Leah (6) and Seán (3).

     

    Named on the TG4 Team of the Decade in 2001, Christina Heffernan is regarded as one of the finest players ever to grace our game.

    Long after she thought her days of winning awards were done, Christina is deservedly back in the limelight, and she is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.  

  • Mayo Ladies star Cora Staunton has confirmed the dates for the publication of her autobiography.

    Game Changer will be published on October 18th this year and it is now available for pre-order with Easons.

  • It's been five years since Diane O’Hora took charge of an inter-county team, but don’t be too surprised if she returns to that level of the game in the not too distant future.

     

    The four-time All-Ireland winner with Mayo showed her pedigree as a coach and manager at the start of the last decade, and with club titles and inter-county success from the sidelines, she is ready to retrace those steps again.

     

    Currently, O’Hora is manager of Dublin club Clanna Gael Fontenoy, who were promoted to the senior grade after winning the Intermediate Championship in 2019. Covid-19 has had its effects on their squad in 2020 and they have lost a half dozen key players, but O’Hora is confident that the club is on a solid footing for the future.

     

    Between 2012 and 2015 she was involved as an inter-county manager and coach with Longford, Down and Meath. Now that her job in medical device sales is spreading beyond the east, the county scene is calling again.

     

    “I have had offers in the past but I don’t think they suited me. I am based in Dublin, but I work between the West and Dublin a lot more than I did. Travelling is no longer a concern for me,” said O’Hora, who has been involved with Dunboyne in Meath as well as Garda and Clanna Gael in Dublin in recent years.

     

    “I love winning. I have had the best days of my life winning All-Irelands with Mayo. You get a taste for that. Even as a coach you really want to succeed. God rest my father, when I think about him being at matches and how proud my parents were, it might sound very nostalgic, but if I get that chance to bring that level of pride to other players, their parents, partners and family, the satisfaction that I’d get from that, it’d be unreal.

     

    “I’ll never forget coming home to Mayo and the excitement after winning. That is actually what motivates me in so many ways, so that other people can get to experience that.”

     

    As a player, O’Hora captained Mayo to their first All-Ireland win in 1999 and she would win another three before she retired in 2009. Two All-Star awards were also secured in that time, so for one of the country’s most successful players it was no shock that her path led to coaching and management.

     

    In the thick of a Dublin club championship with the club she formerly represented, O’Hora marvels at the changes that have come about in the game, even since she called time on her playing career.

     

    “It’s amazing how much the game has changed and I have learned a lot in the couple of years working with clubs. Actually I have learned the importance of the club.

     

    “I’ll be quite honest, when I was managing county teams, I’m not sure if I gave the same consideration to the club in those days. You think that ‘I’m the county manager here, this is the most important and flagship for the players’, but I get it now.

     

    “Spending a few years with the clubs gives you a different understanding and you see the groundwork that goes in. It gives you appreciation for players and the work they do. You can see the pressure on players when they are a county player in a club.”

     

    During her time playing with Mayo, O’Hora was employed by the Irish Army and was based in Athlone, so taking charge of Roscommon club St Brigid’s was a natural fit. In 2012, her first taste of inter-county management with Longford delivered a couple of Leinster Intermediate titles as well as promotion from Division 4 in year one.

     

    A successful stint in Down as coach saw the county win their first All-Ireland Intermediate title in 2014, but she decided to take charge of senior outfit Meath the following season. It ended before the end of the season when O’Hora stepped down due to differences with the county board.

     

    Throughout her playing, management and professional lives, she has shown she is not afraid to embrace new challenges, and earlier this year she was one of 20 graduates from the LGFA’s first Female Leadership Programme.

     

    The Ballina native plans on merging those skills learned with the experiences she has earned on each side of the white line.

     

    “It was a great experience. All aspects of the leadership programme were brilliant. You learn so much, not just from the speakers that come in for the core days, but the coaching sessions in between those were excellent.

     

    “Just being able to talk to girls who were there from things like refereeing, administration and the media, there was a great mix. The focus was learning about yourself and how you get the best out of yourself. It was a constant learning for me.

     

    “One of the key things I learned as a coach was about reflection. It’s good to plan your session and to deliver it well, but what’s really important is looking back on it with feedback from players and by asking yourself what I could have done better.

     

    “I had never done that, asked myself ‘how could I have done better in that game’. It’s a really useful exercise in terms of your development as a coach.”

     

    While she’d love to see more former players become involved in a coaching and management capacity at inter-county level, O’Hora thinks it may be a gradual process.

     

    “I would encourage players to give it a go. There are four of my club team who are actively coaching underage teams in the club. That is happening now a lot more. Moving forward for roles at county, I think there will be a lot more.

     

    “Look at someone like Laura Harrison, she was key in getting me to take my first coaching job with St Brigid’s in Roscommon. I then brought Laura in on a management team with me to Meath – she’s a very good coach and trainer. She was also involved managing the Westmeath Ladies with Nadine Doherty.

     

    “No doubt there will be more and more as we move forward. It’s just going to be a gradual process but it will happen. It’s imminent.”

     

  • Dublin are All-Ireland senior ladies football champions for the third year in a row.

    They defeated Galway 2-03 to 0-04.

    Earlier, Tipperary won the intermediate title, beating Meath by 2-16 to 1-14.

    Louth are junior champions with a 3-13 to 2-06 win over Fermanagh.

  • Mayo Senior Championship Final

     

    Carnacon V Knockmore 

     

    Date: Sunday 21st  

    Time: 2pm 

    Venue: Kilmeena GAA 

     

     

    Connacht Intermediate Championship Semi Final

     

    Westport V St Mary's (Roscommon) 

     

    Date: Sunday 21st  

    Time: 2pm 

    Venue: Swinford Amneity Park

     

    Connacht Junior Championship Semi Final

    Cill Chomain v Tourlestrane

    Date: Saturday 20th

    Time: 1pm

    Venue: Belmullet