Celebrating Irish women in sport: past, present and future.
Name: Anna Geary
Why we love her: This month Cork star Anna Geary announced her retirement after 12 years playing inter-county Camogie. During a dream career, she picked up four All-Ireland titles and four All-Stars and as well as being one of the most recognised camogie players of her generation, she also found the time to represent Cork at last year’s Rose of Tralee.
I am privileged to have worn the Cork jersey for as long as I have
Citing a career change as the reason for her retirement, the 27 year old said “It’s never a good time to leave something you love, especially as it has been a focal part of my life for over a decade”.
But she’s not leaving the sport altogether, vowing to continue playing for her club Milford.
“I am privileged to have worn the Cork jersey for as long as I have but also honoured to have lined out alongside past, present and future heroes of the game… I will continue to play for my club, Milford, as I am not prepared to walk away from camogie entirely.”
Anna – we wish you all the very best for the future!
Women in Sport: In The News
It’s the Irish National, it’s Fairyhouse, it’s Ireland, it’s local, it’s a race I never dreamed of winning: it’s magical.
Great news for Katie Walsh, who has been named as April’s recipient of The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman Award, after becoming only the third woman in history to win the Irish Grand National. After the race, she said: “It’s the Irish National, it’s Fairyhouse, it’s Ireland, it’s local, it’s a race I never dreamed of winning: it’s magical.” And to make the victory even sweeter, it was on board seven year-old Thunder And Roses, trained by Sandra Hughes, also only the third woman ever to train an Irish Grand National winner. A great day all round for Women in Sport.
Women in Sport: Coming Up
Interest and participation in women’s rugby continues to grow and building on this momentum we believe Ireland can deliver the best Women’s Rugby World Cup to date
Exciting news for rugby fans, Ireland has been confirmed as hosts of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. According to the IRFU, UCD will host the tournament pool stages, with the semis and final moving north to Queen’s University, Belfast. It’s a great coup for Ireland and the women’s team, which caused one of the biggest upsets of the 2014 tournament when they became the first team in 23 years to beat New Zealand in a World Cup game. And as current Six Nations champions, they will be hoping that the advantage of the home crowd in 2017 will spur them on to even greater success.
After the announcement, IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said “Interest and participation in women’s rugby continues to grow and building on this momentum we believe Ireland can deliver the best Women’s Rugby World Cup to date”. Roll on 2017!
We’re really excited about the upcoming Liberty Insurance Women in Sport Conference, taking place in Croke Park on June 11th. Hosted by the indomitable presenter, journalist and ex-jockey Clare Balding, there'll also be expert panelists discussing all the issues surrounding Women in Sport today. This interactive Q&A session will include Sonia O'Sullivan, Ryle Nugent, Sarah O'Connor and Rob Hartnett. And of course we’ll be bringing you all the highlights, so please check back or keep an eye out on our Twitter feed.