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Meath’s Aileen O’Sullivan banks her first victory at Clonmel

There were tears of joy at Clonmel Racecourse on Thursday afternoon as Meath Jockey Aileen O’Sullivan rode her first-ever winner in the Clonmel Handicap Chase on board American Image.

The amateur jockey and AIB bank worker from Walterstown, couldn’t contain her excitement after winning the last race of the day for trainer Steven Millar.

Speaking to Kevin O’Ryan on Racing TV, an emotional O’Sullivan said: “I cannot describe it. It’s a dream come true. I couldn’t believe it. It means the world.

“This is why you get up in the morning. This is why we do it. I am so chuffed”

“I can’t believe it. The horse was as good as gold. I even thought we had another lap to go.

“He just jumped from fence to fence and the more I swung out of him, the more he wanted to go and fight me. He just never gave in. He was brilliant.”

When asked about Jack Kennedy looming up on her outside as they approached the last two fences, O’Sullivan laughed; “Looming!! I was terrified. I was like Jesus I better get rolling and he (American Image) just rallied up that hill. My God, when I needed him he just stuck his head down and wung them last two fences. I didn’t even have a chance to breathe between them, he was just lightening quick over them. His jumping saved the day, again, he was brilliant “

O’Sullivan is a former Meath LGFA and Walterstown player.

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Joe Breen honoured at Meath LGFA awards night

The late Joe Breen from Blackhall Gaels Gaa club was posthumously inducted into the Meath LGFA Hall of Fame at the county’s annual awards night at Newgrange Hotel on Saturday night, November 2nd.

Joe was instrumental in helping set up Ladies Football in Blackhall Gaels, going on to manage them for a number of years, during a successful period for the club, including reaching a Meath SFC Final.

Sadly Joe passed away earlier this year and though he is a massive loss to his family, friends and everyone at the club, they will take solace from this lovely gesture from the County Board that will make sure Joe’s legacy lives on.

As well as been awarded the Hall of Fame, which his wife Theresa and her family collected on the night, Meath LGFA announced that as of from 2020 Senior clubs in the county will now compete for The Joe Breen Cup when they take part in the Meath Senior Football Championship.

A lovely gesture and fair play to Meath LGFA, I know the family will cherish this greatly.

Summerhill & Moynalvey pair among player of the year nominees

Sophia Payne from Summerhill and Aideen Smith from Moynalvey have both been nominated for Meath LGFA player of the year in their respective championship.

Payne, who Summerhill Ladies described on their Facebook page as a hardworking, determined and fast paced individual, with a high level of skill to booth, has been nominated for player of the year in the Intermediate championship. She is joined by Aoibhean Cleary of champions Donaghmore-Ashbourne and Meadhbh Byrne of beaten finalists Royal Gaels.

Moynalvey dual star Smith has been nominated for her exploits in this years Junior A Championship, where she drove on her side with some fine performances throughout the campaign. She is joined by Ailbhe Leahy from eventual winners Navan O’Mahonys and by Amy O’Dowd from Skryne.

The Meath LGFA presentation night takes place this coming Saturday, November 2nd in the Newgrange Hotel Navan.

Kilcock’s Sheena Byrne is named LGFA overall volunteer of the year.

Kilcock’ Sheena Byrne, right of picture before a league game with Maynooth in 2017.

Kilcock LGFA secretary and senior footballer Sheena Byrne has been named the LGFA Overall Volunteer of the year for 2017.

Sheena Byrne – Kilcock, Kildare

The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Sheena will receive the Lulu Carroll award, named after the late Lulu Carroll, who was a 2001 All-Ireland senior medallist with Laois.

Lulu, who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures.

Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.

Sheena, from the Kilcock Ladies Football club in county Kildare, has been volunteering for 14 years and fulfils a number of role

Sheena is club secretar, coordinating and fundraising activities for Kilcock’s adult and juvenile sections, and remains an active playing member.

In 2004, Sheena, who is a local school teacher in Scoil Choca Naofa, was responsible for setting up the club’s juvenile section along with her sister Linda and she is renowned for her outstanding communication and organisational skills throughout the club and the county of Kildare.

LGFA President Marie Hickey commented: “We are really excited by the establishment of the new LGFA Volunteer awards and delighted to honour our very first winners.

“It is important to recognise our volunteers, who undertake sterling work in their local communities on behalf of our Association.

“We received a large volume of nominations and whittling them down to settle on winners was an onerous task.

“I would like to thank everybody who submitted nominations and we congratulate the winners.

“The awards event on Saturday, February 17, should be something to really savour and it will serve as a fitting tribute to the work carried out by our volunteers at home and abroad.”

Paula Dunne – Meath Ladies Senior Football Captain Player Profile

 

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Paula shaking hands with Kildare Captain Aisling Holton before the two sides met in the League this year in Newbridge.

Name: Paula Dunne

Nickname: P, P Brain, P Dunney, P to the D, P-p, P-wee, PaulieD

Occupation: Management Accountant

Debut for County: 2003 originally. Then after a long break, August last year.

Position: Midfield for club and in the backs for County.

Greatest Achievement: Becoming a Chartered Accountant & being asked to Captain the Meath ladies this year.

Favourite Position: Midfield.

Sporting Idol: Jane Burke for football and Jane Dolan for Camogie. I’m lucky to have played alongside such skilful hardworking players.

GAA Player with biggest influence on you: Jane Burke and people at county have recently started telling me how much I remind them of her. Huge compliment.

Best player played with: Other than my Meath teammates. I played college football in UL back in 2004/5 and would have played with Bríd Stack and Sorcha Furlong and a few other accomplished footballers. I didn’t stay in UL but the year I played I won an All Ireland Fresher’s medal for the seven aside tournament.

If you could sign two players for Meath/Blackhall who would you sign and why? Blackhall – Mmmmm…. I think you might know the answer already from my previous replies- I’d get Jane to transfer back from Clashmore-Kinsale (Sorry Jane, totally fan-girling over you here) Meath- Niamh Crowe.

What does playing for Meath/Blackhall mean to you? Playing for Blackhall means so much more than the football or camogie. I’ve been a part of the club now for 16 years and made lifelong friends. Some are friends who would have mentored me when I was only a teen and no longer play themselves. Now I’m one of the more mature players and have new friendships with the younger girls and not to mention friendships with our diehard supporters who are parents, siblings, ex-managers etc. Over the years there have been some tough times for people in the club and it’s something else when you see all of these people pulling together to help in any way that they can. I also have 16 years and counting worth of great memories!

Playing for Meath is an absolute honour. It gives me the chance to try and push myself to be the best footballer that I can be. We are trying to rebuild the team at the moment. In recent years some of the Meath ladies most influential players have moved on after giving 10 plus years of dedication to the county. So naturally enough, things haven’t always been smooth. Our managers have just been ratified for 3 years and we have a great committee and PRO, so together we are hoping to be the squad of players that helps to put pride back in our Jersey and bring Meath back to winning ways.

Biggest influence on football career: My Dad. Paudric (Paul) Dunne.

Favourite Book/Film: Any Ross O’Carroll Kelly Books. Film snatch.

Favourite Song: Anything sang at camogie training by the fabulous dueting brother and sister act Siobhan and Blackie Whitty. Be that Rhianna’s Work or Michael Jackson’s Pretty Little Young Thing. Or Ann Murphy From The Window To The Wall/Get Low. I’d need to hear them all again to decide…..

Favourite Food: Everything

Toughest Opponent: I try not to let a player’s reputation intimidate me. I do hate marking Annmarie Fagan but she’s in Oz now so I’m out if the woods there!

Biggest Joker: Toss up between Emily Mangan and Ann Murphy.

Hardiest Teammate: Niamh Lister/Vicki Wall. They recently marked each other and the bruises on their legs were unreal!

Fastest and Slowest Teammate. Fastest Niamhy G, I do be too busy trying to catch her to look behind me and see who’s last!

Most Skilful Teammate: Stacey Grimes and her soccer moves.

Hardest and worst trainers: I still have nightmares about Paul Regan’s burpees.

Best and worst dancer: The whole camogie team doing rock the boat to the likes of Martin Garrix ‘Animals’. I’m undecided if it’s a genius dance move or just a mess.

Best and worst dressed: Elaine Plunket always has cool gym gear. Niamh O Sullivan goes on these O’Neill’s shopping benders, so has lovely pitch gear.

Teammate who spends longest in the shower: The Byrnes

Most intelligent teammate: Doctor Fran Nolan. Stacey Grimes for Meath.

Any pre-match rituals: I have a habit the minute I put on my boots in the dressing room of standing up and bouncing from foot to foot, this continues until throw in!

Advice for younger players: Be careful not to burn out. At minor/u16 I see a lot of girls playing more than one sport and playing schools/adult level also. Don’t be afraid to say, “my legs are just bloody shot, I need a break tonight”!!!!

If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed bring three things with you, what Three things would bring: Tom Hardy, Wilson, a kindle full of books I suppose. Hard question!

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Mr. Wilson, Tom Hanks friend in the film Castaway. No surprise that Paula has decided she would take something similar with her to a desert island!!

Ambition for remainder of 2016: As an individual player- to improve my own Camogie skills. It’s such a hard & skilful sport. I also want to improve my speed. With Meath as a team, I think that we have set ourselves some benchmarks against certain teams in the league. I hope that we can improve on those and our rematches in the championship will show us if we have.

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Paula getting some post game advice from her father Paudric after her club Blackhall Gaels beat Donaghmore/Ashbourne in the Meath IFC in 2015.