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Republic of Ireland women's football players

Roll of Honour: Confirmed Ireland Women's National Team Players

Last update: 1 April 2021
Notes: 1) I haven't added many notes for current or recent players, as they usually have Wikipedia pages. 2) GAA is used as a shorthand for Gaelic Games although I found out half way through doing the list that technically the GAA is men-only and women have separate sub-organisations. 3) Anne O'Brien, Veronica Guerin and Ann McLoughlin have passed away, I apologise in advance if there are any others listed who I'm not yet aware are deceased.

INDEX: A B C D E F G H I J K L M Mc N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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Isibeal Carolan "Izzy" Atkinson - 17.7.01 - Winger from Dublin. Called into senior squad for WCQ in Slovakia, 24.10.17. Given senior debut as a 16yo 90th-minute sub for L Kiernan in 3-1 friendly win over Portugal in the Azores, 21.1.18. Competitive debut as a 89th-min sub for A O'Gorman in 1-0 defeat in Stavanger, Norway, 12.6.18 (and also managed to pick up a booking). First start v Belgium 20.1.19 in a 1-0 friendly defeat at Pinatar Arena, Spain. Signed for Shelbourne in July 2017 after three successful years playing at youth level with Enniskerry FC, Wicklow. Went straight into Shels' WNL team. Was adapted into a buccaneering left-back for the truncated 2020 season, and thrived in the new role.

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Eve Martha Badana - 9.7.93 - GK - 2017 Universiade in Taiwan. 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 172cm tall.
Amber Barrett - 16.1.96 -
Grainne Barrett - CM capped in a friendly win in Klaksvik, Faroe Isles, 12.10.04. Started the 2-1 win, subbed off for V Mulcahy at HT. Was listed as a Galway Hibs player. Part of the Galway X1 who won the 2007 FAI Women's Cup and played in the Uefa Women's Cup in 2008. Club sides were Mervue United then Galway Bohemians. 3 u19 caps to add to 1 at senior level. Castlebar Celtic in WNL 11/12. Then Galway WFC 2013-2017. GAA star with Galway and the Annaghdown club.
Noreen Barrett - Nora Barrett in FAI records - Cork Celtic team-mate of S Kelly, "Panel newcomer" in Eamonn Darcy's first squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Cork Celtic player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. 'N Barrett' listed in Ireland's Saturday Night report of 2-1 Euro qualifier win over NI in Ards, 2.10.82. Preview of the Cork Celtic's 5-0 1982 LFAI Cup final defeat by Dublin Castle: "Noeleen Barrett, who starred for the Republic side against N. Ireland last weekend..." A member of the Cork Celtic side which toured the east coast of the USA in September 1983. A full-back who was Cork Celtic's POTY in 1982.
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Angela Bates - 13.11.61 (McCabe) or 3.11.61 (Bates) on FAI site - (As McCabe) 21yo FW w 4 caps in squad v v England 11.9.83. Trainee cop in Templemore, Co Tipperary. Grove Hotspurs player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. In 1-0 defeat by England at Dalyer 7.11.82 she played up front on her own, "a lone attacking figure for the whole match". Irish Independent report listed Angela McCann (sic) Grove Hotspurs player starting 1-1 draw w Scotland, 13.3.83 at Dalyer. Dropped to bench for last Euro 84 qualifier v NI by Tony Kelly after 6-0 defeat in Reading, 11.9.83. Was playing for Grove Celtic. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Played no.4 in in 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90, billed as Bates in Irish Press Report but listed as McCabe on FAI records. Started Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90 (listed as McCabe). One of six Belvedere players in Squad for famous 1-0 win in Spain 8.12.91 (listed as Bates). Played Gaelic football for Cavan. By 1991 was a detective in the Garda (Bates). Angie Bates playing for O'Connells (the team that became St Patrick's Athletic) in Jan 97, DWSL. Was in the O'Connells team for 3-0 FAI Women's Cup final defeat by Castle Rovers at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. Was a Belvedere player in Aug 1987. Sub for Ireland v Cork Select XI, in a 3-0 exhibition game win at the Mardyke, 19.8.84.
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Ann Beirne - 11.7.66 - joined Glade Celtic from Dunseedy, "last year" per 1983 LFAI Cup final prog. Had senior and u18 caps as 17yo studying for leaving cert. Glade Celtic player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. CB/CF in Denmark squad 17.4.85 by which time she'd moved on to Belvedere, still 17 had 2 senior caps and 1 u18 cap. Shop assistant (1985). Described in the Sindo ('Soccer scholarships dribble turns into a flood') 26.7.87 as "the only female holder of a US Soccer Scholarship". Villanova University, Pennsylvania 1985-88. 2nd team NCAA All-American in 1988. Villanova athletics HOF in 2010. Married Tim and became Ann Beirne Reger. USSF A License, coaching since 1991 and currently coaches kids' soccer in Illinois with the Trevian and FC United clubs. Mentioned as an Avengers player in the squad for the Cabra outfit's LFAI Cup semi-final clash with Cork Celtic at Turner's Cross, 14.10.79. Scored a late second in Glade Celtic's 2-0 Presidents Cup win over Killeady United at Crosbarry, 17.4.83.
Dearbhaile Beirne - 5.8.98, Mohill - Senior debut as a 90th-min sub for S Perry in the 0-4 friendly defeat by Poland in Ostroda, 9.10.18. DL. Grew up on a farm in Mohill, Leitrim. Won the RTE reality TV show 'Ireland's Fittest Family' in summer 2017 w dad Michael and brothers Jonathan and Keith. Mum Mai not in the programme but also sporty. Studied biomedical sciences at UCD and played WNL football for the Waves. A product of Shelbourne's youth system and played for the new Shels WNL team in 15/16 before joining DLR Waves for the 2016 transitional season. Switched to Peamount United Aug 18, half way through the season. Won the League w Peas in 2019 but lost FAI Cup finals to Wexford Youths in 2018 and 2019. Leitrim GAA.
Gillian Bennett - 25.12.78 - full name Christina Gillian Bennett - Eureka Kells player in 1996 squad. Kells defender in u16 triangular tournament in Drogheda, April 1995. Meath GAA player. Kells player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. Started at left back in the first Euro 97 qual 24.9.95, 2-0 win in Toftir over Faroes, but was subbed on 30 mins after accidental clash of heads. Eureka Kells player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, left wing back in the 1-0 defeat. Eureka Kells player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Unused sub in the 5-1 defeat (L Towler preferred at LB). Rathfarnham player listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Kells player in squad for WC qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Office assistant (2006). 5'7''. GAA ace centre back or full forward w Meath, Leinster and the Drumbaragh, Seneschaltown and Moynalty clubs. Won a minor all-Ireland as a sub in 1994. LGFA POTM in April 2006. Took a US soccer scholarship in 1998 but didn't like the setup at Mercyhurst College and moved to Woodlawn in the Bronx, NY. Played for The New York Cavan GAA club. New York Ladies GAA POTY in 1999: "Bennett stood head and shoulders above the opposition [...] she simply lit up Gaelic Park every time she graced the hardened sod." - Pierce O'Reilly in the Irish Echo. Returned from US in 2001 and took a job with Midland Waste, Navan. She was another player to roll off the production line at Leonard Noone's Eureka Kells talent factory. Described as a "Multyfarnham woman" after playing in the 6-0 win over NI, 7.9.97.
Jetta Berrill - 31.1.94 - UCD Waves MF first called up for Montenegro and Spain ECQs in April 2016. Not used but made a senior debut in a group dead rubber against Portugal 20 Sept 2016. Promising display as an attacking RB but conceded 78th min pen which led to a 1-0 home defeat. Played against Euskadi 26.11.16. Got another brief run out at the 2017 Cyprus Cup v North Korea, injury-time sub for A O'Gorman in a 2-0 3rd place play-off defeat.
Pauline Boland - St. Brendan's player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80 and v Belgium 27.10.80. One of 2 Leinster Ladies League players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. P Boland started at Dalyer in 5-0 friendly defeat by England 3.5.81. Listed as a St Brendan's player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a "Bracken" Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81.
Deirdre Boylan - 29.9.74 - Played for Lakeside FC (Blessington) 1990, alongside Nikki and Ita O'Neill. An "influential defender" for UCD in intervarsity competition. Lakeside player called up to U18 squad to play Australia, 18.1.92, a 3-0 defeat at Coolock Lane. Called up for Wales ECQ at Richmond Park, Feb 96: "full back Deirdre Boylan will be hoping that her call up to the squad will lead to her first cap". Listed as 'Deindre' on FAI records - uncapped Shelbourne player called up to squad for Euro 97 qual v Wales 25.2.96, unused sub in the match. Started u20 team's 6-0 win in NI, 29.10.94. Already had one u18 cap won v Australia. Listed in u20 squad v France 12.11.94, a defender who had just turned 20yo, played for Welsox in DWSL and intervarsity stuff for UCD.
Sharon Boyle - 15.11.73 - Left FAI u16 coach role after 5 years in May 2018 but retained her development officer role. Took Shelbourne u17 girls coach job in Nov 19. Uncapped member of squad v USA B 9.8.94 as Bohemians player in DWSL. Started the USA B game, 1-1 at Richmond Park. Played for Ireland at volleyball. Sturdy, reliable defender. Shamrock Rovers (nine years), Raheny United. Testimonial Ireland against Reading at AUL in Feb 2009 (was supposed to be at Tolka but moved due to inclement weather). Was in the Castle Rovers team for 3-0 FAI Women's Cup final win over O'Connells at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. Castle Rovers player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Played in the 5-1 defeat. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 20yo student/Bohemians player w 2 caps (USA B and NI). Castle Rovers player listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Played in Shamrock Rovers' 4-0 LFAI Cup final win over Shelbourne at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Scored for Shamrock Rovers in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, which they lost to Shelbourne on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Listed as a Shamrock Rovers player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Raheny United player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre.
Amy Boyle-Carr - 6.1.01 - Quit soccer in 2019 for GAA w Donegal and the Naomh Chonaill club. Attended St. Columba's school in Glenties and played for Donegal Town FC. Played for FAI schools team in 14/15 and 15/16 including at the Bob Docherty Cup. Signed for Sion Swifts (NI) ahead of their 2017 season and won the 2017 NI Cup. Sion Swifts are based in Co Tyrone but had a big Donegal contingent. Sometimes plays in a trendy bandana. Had bought tickets as a fan for the Netherlands WCQ 10.4.18 but was surprised to win her first senior cap, starting the 2-0 defeat at Tallaght Stadium. Had been an unused sub for the 2 friendlies w Portugal in the Azores, Jan 2018, her first senior call up.
Jackie Braddish - Castle Rovers player subbed in for S Furlong in 2nd half of the 2-0 friendly win over NI, 17.10.93, Sligo. Wife of Synan Braddish - who was manager of Castle Rovers LFC for a time, winning league in 95. Jacqueline Braddish was in the Castle Rovers squad for FAI Women's Cup final win over O'Connells at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. Jackie Braddish asst manager (to Pat Kavanagh) of an Ireland u16 team v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.
Lynn Bradley - 22.1.89 - GK Moved from Raheny Utd to Lyndsey Wilton College Kentucky, and back again per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08. U19 caps - played for Irish Universities team in Aug 2007 Universiade Bangkok, finishing fourth. 83rd-minute sub for E Byrne in 4-1 friendly win over Poland at Baldonnell 2.2.08.
Carol Breen - 21.1.86 - Benfica player in squad for u19 Euros 2nd qual round in Spain, April 2004. Senior debut as a 29yo at Istria Cup in 2015. Returned to soccer in 2014 w Benfica after 5 or 6 years in which she travelled in Oz and Canada and concentrated on gaelic games and aussie rules. Played for Wexford Youths in 14/15 WNL where great form won her a senior call-up. Emigrated to Oz again in Jan 2016. Benfica player named in Noel King's u17 side for "European Youth Olympics" in Paris, July 2003. A Carol Breen was with Lakeside, playing in u14 competition as early as 1994, still with Lakeside in 2000. Listed with Benfica in 2001.
Eileen Brennan - 30.11.1955 - St Joseph's DF/MF w 17 caps 4 goals in squad v Denmark 17.4.85. Catering chef from Dublin. Suffragettes player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80, v Belgium 27.10.80. Part of a Suffragettes team who played the Leinster Ladies League Cup final 17.10.82 v Glade Celtic at Harold's Cross, curtain raiser to a Shels v Shams LOI game. Described as an ex-Republic player. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. Scored in Casualty United's 3-0 Leinster Ladies Soccer League win over Clerys, 19.5.71 (a Wednesday night fixture). Listed at no8 in 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74. E Brennan started in 1-0 win over Wales 29.5.77 at Tolka Park. Suffragettes player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. Listed as no 4 in match prog v England at Exeter, 2.5.78. An Eileen Brennan was playing for O'Connells (the team that became St Patrick's Athletic) in Jan 97, DWSL - not sure if same person? An Eileen Brennan was playing for Brighton Celtic in 1993. E Brennan was in the O'Connells squad for FAI Women's Cup final defeat by Castle Rovers at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. 1999 FAI yearbook attributes goals v Scotland 4.7.76 at Grangemouth, v NI 1976 at Butlins Mosney, v Wales 1976 at Bridgend, v NI 1977 at Newry and v NI 1977 at Dublin to "Brennan" but not clear if Eileen or Paula?
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Paula Brennan (née Gorham) - CB from Dundalk LFC, capped v Wales and NI in 1973, hit all 3 goals in 3-2 win in Wales. Put Ireland ahead after 10 mins at Steboneath Park rugby ground in Llanelli 13.5.73 ("a great 25-yard shot"), Ireland went behind to Gaynor Blackwell and Gloria Connell strikes, before two late goals saved the day ("lobbed [...] from an acute angle" and "another well taken goal", respectively). Ireland's first ever goals. From a family of 11. Married in 1973 and became Paula Brennan. Listed in prog for 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74. 11 caps and got a belated actual cap off the FAI in 2016 after a campaign by daughter Orla. "It was nearly degrading having to go and beg for it". Reims wanted to sign her but her dad blocked it as she was too young. Played and scored in 7-1 defeat by Manchester Corinthians at Prestatyn Raceway 10.5.70, a de facto Ireland v England game. "star striker [...] still a month shy of her 17th birthday". Was a product of the indoor 5-a-side leagues in Dundalk and the Blackthorn club, which she joined at 13yo under coach Gerry Savage. Played Gaelic football for Louth and Leinster, later got into squash and golf. Worked for Clarke's shoes who were good about giving her time off. Joined Drogheda Ladies when Dundalk Ladies disbanded, then moved to Dublin, played until the late 80s. Ran a dry cleaning business in Galway for a few years then returned to Dundalk. From the Quay area and started playing for the Blackthorn Ladies FC. Played for Dundalk under the legendary coach Kevin Gaynor. Kids Orla, Mark and Karen. Knee op in 2018. Played in Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. Displayed "defensive prowess" at centre half in 1-0 win over Wales 29.5.77 at Tolka Park. Listed as no 10 in match prog v England at Exeter, 2.5.78. Played while 5 months pregnant. Given a clap at Oriel Park in Oct 18 with the rest of the Dundalk 1968 team. 1999 FAI yearbook attributes goals v Scotland 4.7.76 at Grangemouth, v NI 1976 at Butlins Mosney, v Wales 1976 at Bridgend, v NI 1977 at Newry and v NI 1977 at Dublin to "Brennan" but not clear if Eileen or Paula? Scottish sources (Falkirk Herald) give Ireland's goal in the 3-1 defeat by Scotland 4.7.76 to a Sheila Begbie O.G. The Newry Reporter credited Paula w two goals v NI 16.4.77, but said the score was only 4-1? In November 1968 Dundalk LFC were proclaimed All-Ireland champions when they beat NI champs Portadown 3-0 at Oriel Park, with two goals from Gorham adding to Geraldine Murphy's early strike. Mentioned as a player for "The Casuals" team in the May 1973 All-Ireland indoor soccer championships in Dundalk. Before the 1973 NI game a trial match between the WNT and a combined Leinster Ladies League/Dublin Civil Service League select team ended 2-2, with Gorham scoring one and securing her place in the 16-woman squad. She started the game at inside left and set up the third goal in Ireland's 4-1 win ("with a beautifully floated corner kick") before she hobbled off injured at HT.
Courtney Brosnan - 10.11.95 - NJ-born GK debut v Montenegro, March 2020 while attached to West Ham.
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Marie Brown - Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. Maria (sic) Brown "Panel newcomer" from Tolka Swifts in Eamonn Darcy's first squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. M Brown started 1-0 win over Wales 29.5.77 at Tolka Park. 1999 FAI yearbook attributes a goal in 5-1 win v NI 1977 at Newry to "Browne". Preview in Irish Independent said: "Ireland [...] are extremely good in midfield, where the experienced trio of Marie Browne, Lynda Gorman and Margaret O'Connell may give them the edge over their Welsh rivals". Marie Brown listed as no 5 and captain in match prog v England at Exeter, 2.5.78. A Marie Brown was a Belvedere player in Aug 1987. Part of a Suffragettes team who played the Leinster Ladies League Cup final v Glade Celtic at Harold's Cross, 17.10.82 curtain raiser to a Shels v Shams LOI game. Described as an ex-Republic player. One of three "new caps" named in E Darcy's squad for friendly v Scotland at Tynecastle, 27.5.84. Is it possible there are two Marie Browns? Debut 4.7.76 in 3-1 defeat by Scotland at Grangemouth. From Finglas and started playing seriously in 1970 (with Suffragettes?). Ireland captain and scored 13.4.77 v NI in Newry. 21yo in June 1977 born 55 or 56.
Amanda Margaret Budden - 9.5.94 - Cork City GK debut 31.8.18 v NI in 4-0 WCQ win at Tallaght, preferred to G Moloney after M Hourihan (and A McQuillan) got injured. 2010 u17 Euros and WWC where she competed for a spot w G Moloney. Wilton United GK in 3-1 2011 WFAI Cup final defeat by St Catherine's at Turner's Cross. Joined Cork WFC for 2011/12 WNL. Won 2017 FAI Cup w Cork City. 2012 w Cape Breton "Capers" 5'11'' only played 2 games due to injury. Played at 2017 Universiade.
Christina "Chrissie" Buckley - 1.3.60 - According to a 29.8.81 article in the Southern Star, she scored in the 2-1 defeat by NI at Dalyer, 1.8.81 and was retained for the next match against Belgium 17.10.81. "Outstanding, foiling many an attack" at centre back for Cork Ladies League XI in the FAI Bracken Trophy v Dublin Civil Service League XI at Cahir Park, Tipp, September 82. 0-0 FT then S Kelly saved a pen in ET then one in the shootout as Cork won 5-4 on pens. Killeady player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was restored to the side after a year, was a Killeady (Cork) full-back. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Had taken up futsal in 2010. As a ref Chrissie Buckley abandoned a 2013 WNL match in Cork amidst farcical scenes when long-serving DLR Waves manager Larry Mahoney refused to be sent off. [An ex-camogie player named Chrissie Buckley died in Cork Nov 2013, as president of the Glen Rovers club. Not the same person.] 27.4.86 v Eng - Sweeper w 9 caps, 26yo Housewife w one child. "sweetly struck free kick from the edge of the area" gave Ireland the lead in 2-1 Euro qualifier win over NI in Ards, 2.10.82. Dropped out of the squad for 7.11.82 1-0 defeat by England at Dalyer and was replaced by G Slane: "Chrissie Buckley of Kileady (sic) has gone into short term retirement". Cork Rangers player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Played for Cork Rangers in a 5-1 LFAI Cup QF replay defeat by Rathfarnham, Loreto Park, July 1995. Played for Cork Select XI, in a 3-0 exhibition game defeat by Ireland WNT at the Mardyke, 19.8.84. A member of the Killeady team which won the Cork League in September 1984: "...played in the recent 1-0 away win over Scotland". Chrissie Murphy (same person?) had a good season at sweeper for Cork Celtic who finished third in the 1978 Ladies League of Ireland. She was one of 3 Cork Celtic players (w A Goggins and Phil Barrett) in the LLoI team which carried off the Bracken Trophy in August 1978. She was named LLoI Young POTY in Feb 1979: "Chrissie was also capped by the Irish Ladies International team last year". "Last year was a proud one for Celtic who had the first Cork girl, Chrissie Murphy, to be capped by the international side..." Won 14 caps according to 22.9.11 Evening Echo article: "Tony (Kelly) had me playing as a defensive midfielder and I actually scored on my debut which I was delighted to do. I was 21 at the time." Husband Larry, son Darren born 1983. She retired from international football in 1987 and her daughter was born in 1988. At Kilcohan Park, Waterford 4.11.84 Killeady Rangers drew a "brimful of thrills" LFAI Cup final with Dublin Castle 2-2 AET, but they lost on penalties. "The outstanding players afield were the two 'sweepers', Dublin skipper Maria Conroy and Cork's Christina Buckley". In April 1991 she featured for Cork Rangers in the new, five-team Munster Ladies' League. Signed for Cork Rangers ahead of their 1987 Ladies League of Ireland campaign.
Catherine Byrne - 19.2.64 - in squad v Denmark 17.4.85 as 20yo Belvedere DF - had 7 senior 2 u18 caps, had been "on the panel" w Ireland since 1980. Liked basketball and cycling too. Was a Belvedere player in Aug 1987. Methodist University 1988-91 HOF inductee 2006. Division III All-American in 1990 and 91. Did a master's in sports medicine at Akron 1994. Was a high school PE teacher Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Pa. in 1994. College soccer coach w Mount Union 95-98, then Akron 2000-2007, founding the program. Mount Union bio said was 5-year Ire WNT member. Wee bro Thomas with Chelsea as a yoof then KFC Boom in Belgium, then the gamut of LOI clubs. 22yo Belvedere player skipper v Eng 27.4.86, 13-times capped 'general operator'. Suffragettes player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80, played in the 2-2 draw at Markets Field: "Grainne Cross from Limerick and Catherine Byrne from Dublin were outstanding at midfield". Named in Eamonn Darcy's first squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. Glade Celtic player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Listed as a Glade Celtic player, she conceded a penalty in 13.3.83 ECQ v Scotland at Dalyer, with "wild tackle" on Mary O'Neill. Liz Creamer dispatched the pen but J Mooney equalised to secure a 1-1 draw. Dropped to bench for last Euro 84 qualifier v NI by Tony Kelly after 6-0 defeat in Reading, 11.9.83. After returning from US in 1992 was restored to the national team at sweeper and signed for "new super-club" Elm Rovers (Belvedere had folded). Elm Rovers player, part of a defence "in top form" (Irish Examiner) in 0-1 defeat by Sweden 7.6.92 at Dalymount Park, Ireland only beaten in injury time.
Emma Byrne - 14.6.79 - St Patricks Athletic player in squad for WWC qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. First cap at u16 level v Scotland, Easter 1994. A 1-1 draw at Love St, Paisley, reportedly Ireland's first ever u16 match. Kildare GAA senior football team. Leixlip Utd GK in the under 16 triangular tournament sponsored by Lifestyle Sports at Drogheda 15/16 April 1995 v Scotland and NI. Leixlip Utd (DWSL) goalie started 6-0 u20 win in NI, 29.10.94. In squad for u20 friendly v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94. 15yo youngest member of squad. Leixlip Utd GK played for u18s at the Gothia Cup in July 1995. In goal for O'Connells (the team that became St Patrick's Athletic) in Jan 97, DWSL. O'Connells player in Mick Cooke's u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. St Patrick's Athletic player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, unused sub in the 1-0 defeat. Was in the O'Connells squad for FAI Women's Cup final defeat by Castle Rovers at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. Leixlip Utd player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Unused sub in the 5-1 defeat. Leixlip Utd GK listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Arsenal debut in 1999/00 League Cup semi final - was recommended to Arsenal boss Vic Akers by C Grant - Arsenal keeper crisis after young England GK Sarah Reed left for a Lynn University scholarship and veteran backup Leslie Higgs was crocked. Total of 35 youth caps per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08. Astonishing, world class display to thwart Marta's Umea in the 2007 UWCL final with Arsenal, big part of an invincible Quintuple 06/07. St Patrick's Athletic player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, played full match. Named in a revamped senior squad for a November 1996 friendly in NI as an O'Connell's player. Arsenal Ladies POTY 2003 and 2005. Won the 1994 Intermediate Cup with Leixlip, who beat Portmarnock 4-2 on pens after a 0-0 draw. "Ice cool" Byrne scored the decisive kick in the shootout. Despite her long association w Arsenal she was a girlhood Man Utd fan. Thought to be the first (post-war) Kildare-born professional soccer player of either sex.
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Gabrielle Byrne - 28.3.59 - 26yo Boyne Rovers defender w 3 caps in squad v Eng 27.4.86. Worked in sales. Opened scoring when she put through her own net after 8 mins at Dalyer in 5-0 friendly defeat by England 3.5.81. Sweeper for Boyne Rovers in their 2-0 1988 LFAI Cup final defeat by Rathfarnham at Glebe North FC, Balbriggan, 25.9.88. A product of the Lourdes youth club which spawned Gary Kelly and Ian Harte as well as C Dyas. One of six Boyne Rovers players selected for a home friendly v NI at United Park, Drogheda 20.4.86. Ran half the length of the field and struck the late goal in Ireland's 1-0 win. A founder member of Boyne Rovers in Nov 1983, playing in the first competitive match; a 1-0 win over Grove Hotspurs.
Marie Byrne - Named (as Maire Byrne) in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. Mairead Byrne Cremona player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Also named in Eamonn Darcy's first WNT training session at Belfield 3.3.84. Subbed in for B Flood in the 1-1 draw v Scotland 13.3.83 ECQ at Dalyer.
Susan Byrne - 4.4.86, Lucan - St Johns College player in 2007 Algarve Cup squad. Reportedly had the Dublin Schoolboys League rules changed so she could play for Bohemians schoolboys' team for an extra year. When kicked out at 13 she joined Lourdes Celtic, the team set up by Tony Sheridan (ex-Cov City player)'s dad, also Tony. Won everything at youth level. Moved to St James Gate under Eileen Gleeson. St James Gate player in squad for u19 Euros 2nd qual round in Spain, April 2004. St James Gate player named in Noel King's u17 side for "European Youth Olympics" in Paris, July 2003. St Johns University Red Storm (2004-2007) 5' 7''. She was flown back by the FAI but detected some reluctance. Uni blocked her playing at 2007 World Student Games, to the irritation of Noel King. Outspoken Sept 2019 interview with The42.ie lifted the lid on the shambolic conditions in the summer 2009 10-week USA training camp (no physio, beds in apartments "like something from Alcatraz", players came back overweight). She was out of favour after refusing to go on for the last 2 minutes of the third friendly defeat by the USA, 2-0 defeat at Bridgeview, IL, 20.9.08. Won 9 caps. Joined Peamount in May 2010. When mum Philomena died of breast cancer in April 13, Susan lost her appetite for soccer. Quit football when E Gleeson left Peamount before the 14/15 season, but did play a few games for Gleeson's DLR Waves in 2016. Won the 2017 WFAI Intermediate Shield playing for Hardwicke FC, alongside S Lawlor.

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Diane Caldwell - 11.9.88 - Listed as a Raheny United player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park.
Ashling Callaghan - Sub for G Kierans in 4-1 friendly win over Scotland 12.8.01 at AUL Clonshaugh. Scored for Shamrock Rovers in 3-1 FAI Cup final win over St Catherine's 29.7.01, also at AUL. "Aisling O'Callaghan" scored in 29.8.99 FAI Cup final "killer second" in Shams' 2-0 win over Shels... at AUL. Aisling Callaghan was a FW from Roscommon on DCU's 1998 Intervarsity squad: "The little lass with the mega heart [...] She was on the Leinster team at this year's Interprovincial tournament".
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Evelyn Mary Carnegie - 8.12.67 - Welsox player in squad for friendly v NI 17.10.93 in Sligo, billed as the first Northern-born player to represent the Republic. One of five subs to come on in the match. Pre-Good Friday Agreement must have been under the "Granny rule"? Started (and yellow carded) in the sad 10-0 defeat in Boras, Sweden, 20 September 1992. Debut cap - big step up in class! Played in Welsox's 4-0 1994 LFAI Cup final win over Verona, 25.9.94 at Richmond Park. Shelbourne in 1995. Played in Shelbourne's 4-0 LFAI Cup final defeat by Shamrock Rovers at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Route into the national team was via the Intervarsity tournaments which her Ulster University Jordanstown would come down to play in. She and teammate Gail Harrison made it into the Combined Colleges team in 1990, which played against the U18 WNT (0-0) and the senior WNT (0-6). Later popped up in a Liverpool County FA XI playing Everton Ladies at Runcorn FC 18.11.98: "Evelyn Carneghie (sic) - a doctor in sports psychology at Edge Hill University. A defensive player who has played for Eire." From Newry. Also played camogie and basketball for UUJ.
Carol Carr - Dublin Avengers player from Bray, scored twice v Reims at Carlisle Grounds, Bray 1973. The game was called off after raging Reims boss Pierre Geoffroy ran on the pitch, 'struck' the local ref and petulantly refused to apologise. The Wicklow People noted approvingly: "Carol is well known as a good sport, despite the fact that she can tear defences to pieces with her blistering runs." Linked w continental transfer to Roma/Standard Liege ("Too old at 20!" was the headline when Reims signed A O'Brien but passed on Carr). Capped v Wales and NI in 1973. A 17yo (born 55 or 56) Avengers inside right listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73. Reported to have agreed a lucrative nine-month £150-per-week deal with Standard in Jan 1975, which included a college scholarship. She was quoted in the Irish Press calling it a fairy-tale. Had been Avengers' CF for 4 years but Ireland manager Pat Noone who brokered the transfer likened her aggressive ball-winning to Billy Bremner. She also played camogie for Bray Emmets who won the county championship in 1972 and 74. Didn't stay long in Belgium and was soon back playing camogie with great success. Camogie beaks had apparently threatened bans on any players who took part in soccer (cf. GAA 'foreign sports' ban). She later played both codes of football for Kilmacanogue, alongside S Hayden. Helped Kilmac beat perennial rivals Arklow 2-0 in the Wicklow Cup final, 27.4.84 at Roundwood. Scored twice in a 5-1 win over Packard (Tallaght) to qualify for the final of something called the Paddy Breen Cup, in August 1985. In June 1989 a Carol Carr-Murphy featured for Co. Wicklow who saw off Kilkenny to win the Leinster camogie title. According to the match programme for the Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74, she was a "Bray, Dublin" centre forward who had been capped against Wales, NI and France in 1973. She did go to Belgium in January 1975 (flew out 15.1.75) but was soon dismayed at aspects of the deal and demanded a "showdown" with Albert Tilkin, the millionaire industrialist and Standard Liege director who ran the Femina women's team. Tilkin had spotted her playing against France at Parc des Princes 10.10.1973. The facilities were even worse than in Ireland and the £150pw salary breathlessly reported in Ireland turned out to be expenses, lodgings and pocket money. She hit four goals on her debut and played 14 games for the eventual League runners-up, but came home in April after "lonely months" and was in no hurry to go back. The previous year (1974) she had played in a Wicklow GAA intermediate club final as the only female of 30 participants. The GAA wanted to strike her a special medal but she refused and asked for a regular one. "There was no quarter given on any side and all the men treated me as just another player". Liked GAA but branded soccer her "first love". Married Gerard Murphy from Drumcondra, September 1976 at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, in Bray. Her mum denied she was only on £35-per-month in Belgium: "She wouldn't go there for that, she was on £20-a-week at home". She previously worked as a sales assistant in a boutique in Stillorgan, and planned to use the Standard cash to open her own boutique in Dublin. She was bereaved by the death of her brother Michael in April 1975, who died in a car accident. Snobby RTE refused to cover the story of her Belgian transfer and when Carr's reps protested: "but it's in all the papers" they sniffed: "We only read the quality papers". In August 1970 she captained "Pete's Angels" who played "George's Girls" in a seven-a-side challenge match at the Carlisle Grounds, Bray, in aid of the Palermo Youth Club. There is a suggestion that K Taylor's mum Bridget also played for Pete's Angels at some stage. 10 brothers and sisters, one brother played rugby for Greystones RFC.
Kyra Taylor Carusa - 14.11.95, San Diego - 173cm FW - Attended Del Norte High School and played four seasons of youth soccer for San Diego Surf. Went to Stanford in 2014 to study human biology but blew her ACL out and sat out the first season. Played 2015-2017 scoring 25 goals in 69 appearances. On graduation still had a year of soccer eligibility left due to her injury 'redshirt', so played out 2018 with Georgetown Hoyas while doing a master's in marketing and communications. Hit 10 goals in 25 appearances. Georgetown's Irish coach Dave Nolan tipped off Vera Pauw that she was Irish-eligible under the "granny rule". Although the player claimed that the FAI had already been scouting her since she was 16. Played one match in the WPSL for LA Galaxy San Diego, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-2 mauling of San Diego Parceiro Ladies on 30 June 2018. Picked by Sky Blue FC 19th overall in the 2019 NWSL draft but snubbed them to sign instead for French second tier side Le Havre in April 2019. Not seen until September 2019 then scored twice on debut in a 3-0 win at Thonon Evian (and was trying to claim the other which was declared an OG) 15.9.19. Only played twice more adding another goal in her swansong 4-0 win at Amiens 3.11.19. It was then reported that she had signed for Utah Royals, who obtained her NWSL rights from something called 'the re-entry wire' when Sky Blue waived their claims on her. In pre-season she got itchy feet again and pitched up at ambitious Danish second tier club HB Koge in Feb 2020. It was described as an initial short-term contract on amateur terms, covering the upcoming promotion play-offs. She went directly to their plush Spanish training camp, then was in Denmark for six days which included two goals in a 4-1 friendly win over top flight FC Nordsjaelland. With her paperwork in place she then jetted off with Ireland for ECQs v Greece and Montenegro. Senior Ireland debut in 3-0 win over Montenegro 11.3.20 in Budva, 58th min sub for C Shine. Game was behind closed doors due to coronavirus. She remained with Koge to take part in the delayed promotion series in June. Remaining with Koge in the 2020/21 Elitedivisionen season she rattled in 9 goals in 12 games in the first phase, including two in a 5-0 thrashing of traditional powerhouse Brondby.
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Bernadette "Bernie" Cassidy - 17.6.57 - Suffragettes player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80. Was a last-minute withdrawal from the starting line-up and replaced by P Robinson at right-back. One of 6 League of Ireland players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. Bernadette Cassidy listed as no2 in match prog v England at Exeter, 2.5.78. Conceded soft penalty with alleged foul on E Foreman in 6-1 defeat by England in Exeter, 2.5.78. B Cassidy started 1-0 win over Wales 29.5.77 at Tolka Park. Suffragettes player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. Did well in a 0-0 draw: "Ireland's top players were Bernie Cassidy and Linda Gorman". Started 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a Belvedere player. She had reportedly been recalled for this game for the first time since 1981. Started 1-0 win over NI at Seaview, 30.8.86, still w Belvedere. One of three changes for next game (and final Euro 87 qual) v Scotland 28.9.86, which was lost 5-1 at Tolka. Dropped out w B Walsh and P O'Brien, replaced by C Buckley, N Herlihy and M Colville. A Belvedere player in Aug 1987. Joined Suffragettes in 1970 coached by Bohs full-back John Doran, whose two sisters were on the team.
Louise Cavanagh - sometimes listed as Kavanagh - One of six Boyne Rovers players selected for a 1-0 home friendly win over NI at United Park, Drogheda 20.4.86. Scored in Rovers' LFAI U19 Cup final wins over St Columban's (2-1, 1984) and Cork Celtic (3-0, 1985).
Rita Cheevers - per 1983 LFAI Cup final prog was CB and club secretary of Glade Celtic "has also represented her country at senior level".
Bernadette "Bernie" Cleary - Dublin All-Stars GK listed in prog for 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74. A Bernie Cleary got an FAI special achievement award in 2015 ("John Sherlock Service to Football Award") for outstanding volunteer service to the Manorhamilton Rangers club in Leitrim. "Bridie Clery" GK carried off injured in 3-1 defeat by Scotland at Grangemouth 6.6.76. Injured ligaments in left knee trying to keep third goal out and was taken to Falkirk Royal Infirmary. Only 200 fans there. Sheila Begbie's own goal equalised for Ireland but McLaren and Hunter added to Creamer's opener. B Cleary started in goal in 1-0 win over Wales 29.5.77 at Tolka Park. Bernadette Clery listed as no1 in match prog v England at Exeter, 2.5.78, but debutante M Leahy seems to have played as the goalie. Husband Joe helps run the Manorhamilton club. Daughter Emma Cleary is an FAI referee in the WNL.
Martina Colville - 11.5.65 - played in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87. Called up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, one of 5 Welsox players in squad. Rathfarnham player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Started 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to Welsox. Skippered Ireland to creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90, listed as a Brighton Celtic player. Sweden 7.5.88 prog: 23yo sweeper w 10 caps "one of the fastest players in the game at present and superbly organises the back four". A Tullamore native who also played Gaelic football for Offaly. Played at Wembley April 1988: "The sense of occasion left me with a certain awe, but I was very much aware of the bit of history I had made. For the first and hopefully not the last time in my life I was treated as a professional, as an equal with the Paul McGraths and Kevin Morans of this world." Welsox player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Controversially adjudged to have fouled Marjoke de Bakker, conceding first of 2 pens in 2-0 defeat in Holland, 18.11.89. Played for Rathfarnham in a 5-1 LFAI Cup QF replay win over Cork Rangers, Loreto Park, July 1995. A Martina Colville was playing for Marley Rangers in July 1997 (DWSL Inter 2). Playing for Shelbourne in 1999. Cousin Valerie Colville represented Ireland at Judo. Dad Tony was the assistant chief fire officer in Offaly. Along with J Dunne and B Reynolds she was part of the successful Tullamore and Offaly gaelic football teams, the trio pitched up at Welsox and F Rooney wasted little time in calling them up to the national soccer team. Later took up mountain running and triathlon.
Carol Madeline Conlon - 9.1.79 - Joined Arsenal in summer 98 w C Grant, FA Cup semi prog v Belles 4.4.99: "Defence/Midfield - [...] Carol has captained Ireland [...] Is now growing in confidence and is able to make threatening runs forward." One of five Marks Celtic players in the under 16 triangular tournament sponsored by Lifestyle Sports at Drogheda 15/16 April 1995 v Scotland and NI. St Marks player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. St Marks player in Mick Cooke's u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. Marks Celtic player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996. St Patrick's Athletic player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, part of back three in the 1-0 defeat. Shamrock Rovers in WNL 2011-2013. Arsenal player started 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, subbed for S Maher at HT. Also turned out for lower league Chelsea and Leyton Orient while she was in London, as well as Greenpark and Fettercairn after coming home. Reported to have 14 senior caps for Ireland. Seemed to drop out of the reckoning when Noel King took over in 2000.
Violet Connaughton (née Elliott) - 3 caps v France (Reims?) Wales and NI in 1973 as a 16yo Dublin All-Stars fwd. Scored equaliser w 5 mins left in 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74: "it was a slider," she beamed. Gym teacher had branded her soccer exploits "unladylike". She came to the notice of her husband by decking him with a slide tackle. As at 2017 The Makers Stories article was still a big WNT fan, reconnected w some old pals at Anne O'Brien's funeral. She had been part of the Drumcondra Cup-winning Vards team which merged with Hospitals Trust and Hotspurs into the All-Stars in 1972, alongside A O'Brien and J Williams.
Catriona (Katrina?) Connolly - 10.10.81 - GK, Sligo IT player called up to replace injured S Peters in first Euro 09 qual v Hungary 1.4.07. Later played for Sligo Ladies Football (GAA) Knock FC player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre. "Katrina" Connolly came on as a sub for E Bryne in a 2-1 defeat by Iceland's u21s 8.7.01. Also started both games at the Celt Cup, September 2000 when E Byrne was on holiday.
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Niamh Connolly - 16.11.81 - Bealnamulla player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. Bealnamulla MF in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Captained Bealnamulla squad for Under-14 FAI Women's Cup final against Redlake at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. With UCD in 02/03, described as an ex-international player. Played for UCD in 2005 UWCL in Croatia. From Beeslow. Bealnamulla player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, came on as a 58th-min sub for S Gee. Same name as Clare Grogan's character in Father Ted. Part of a young Bealnamulla side drubbed 7-0 by all-conquering Shamrock Rovers in the 2000 LFAI Cup final at AUL, 20.8.00. Captain of St Catherines LFC when they won the 2011 WFAI Cup final, 3-1 over Wilton United at Turners Cross. Joined Shamrock Rovers for the new WNL in 11/12 and was installed as club captain. Had 27 international caps across youth and senior levels. Played for DLR Waves 2012-2014. Irish Universities player at the August 2003 Universiade, Daegu, South Korea - club listed as UCD. Her dad Dr Kevin Connolly got the rules changed so girls could play in schools/youth football up to under-12s. She captained Ballinasloe U12s as a cultured centre half (and the only girl), including in a trip to play Glasgow Celtic's youth team in March 1994.
Jemma Connor-Iommi - 23.5.85 - Listed as "Jemma O'Connor" for 2008 Iceland play off games (?)
Seana Cooke - 6.7.88 - Listed as a Raheny player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Per FAI debut v NI at 2013 Cyprus Cup. St Francis. Played for Raheny in WNL 2011-2013 then joined Durham WFC Nov 2013 but got ill (Meniere's disease). Later played for UCD Waves. 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 162cm tall. Playing for Shelbourne in 2018 when she got invited onto the club board as a "marketing and business development executive". Ex-Arsenal youth 2006-2008?
Paula Corcoran - Boyne Rovers goalkeeper from Balbriggan, listed in the squad for a home friendly v NI at United Park, Drogheda 20.4.86. Played in goal for a predominantly locally-based team which won 1-0.
Jean Cowley - Greenpark player named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 2 Limerick (w G Cross) players in 16-woman squad. 'Jane Cowhey' of the Bank of Ireland club in Limerick was named in squad v Belgium 27.10.80. Started the 1-0 win at Dalyer per SoccerScene.ie. Selected for the friendly in Scotland at Tynecastle, 27.5.84. Jane Cowley (club=Labour) was in a Dublin Civil Service League select team which played a "special challenge match" at Anne O'Brien's Reims 29.11.75. Jane Cowhey scored the 4th-minute opener in the 1982 LFAI Cup final, which Cork Celtic lost 5-0 to all-conquering Dublin Castle, 10.10.82 at the Waterford Glass Sports Centre. "Soccer international Jane Cowhey" scored a hat-trick in Catholic Institute's 4-0 win over U.C.C. in the first round of the Munster Hockey Cup, 26.1.85. "Jan Cowhey" figured in midfield for Bank of Ireland in their 4-2 Limerick Cup final defeat by Magcobar United at Shanagolden, 12.10.80, impressing the watching WNT boss Tony Kelly who called her to Dublin for trials the following weekend.
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Grainne Cross - 21.11.64 - Described as an 18yo goalscoring midfielder in squad v England 11.9.83. Was with Greenpark in Limerick League. Scored against Belgium ("a beautiful header") in fractious 1-0 home win 26.10.1980 at Dalymount and had stiches in a cut sustained in a collision with Belgian GK, who was carried off. Irish Press report said goalie was 'Otty' but Belgian FA records say Annie Noe went off and Daniella Ottoy subbed on. With De Beers in 1985 per Denmark prog 17.4.85, returned to squad after short injury, had 9 caps 2 goals, also 2 u18 caps. Started 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a De Beers player. Signed for Serie A Fiamma Ambrosiana (Monza) in Jan 1986 - had 11 caps. She wrote to them and they gave her a trial, which she passed. By August 86 was back playing for Limerick in the Bracken Trophy - homesick in Italy. Krups player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80 at Markets Field, also named captain in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80 (played in both games on same day!). Captain in the U18s' 2-2 draw: "Grainne Cross from Limerick and Catherine Byrne from Dublin were outstanding at midfield". Late sub in the senior 0-0 draw at Markets Field, Limerick: "Cross's presence in the Republic's attack made for improvement". One of 6 Limerick League players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 2 Limerick players in 16-woman squad. Scored in the 1-1 "hard fought" draw in Colwyn Bay from 6 yards on 16 minutes, but Gail Fortt equalised on 78 minutes. In Sept 2010 was Asst Coach of Limerick FC Ladies Team, when her dad Mickey passed away - condolences on Limerick FC website. Played 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. "Outstanding" in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87. Hailed as "aptly named" when her centres laid on goals for N Herlihy (head) and G O'Malley (volley) in the 2-1 win over Scotland at Frank Cooke Park, 3.4.88. FAI records state Tolka Park, Irish Press report states Tolka Rovers ground. It ended up being 'hors concours' because Scotland withdrew from the tournament during qualifying. Called up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, while playing for Greenpark United - one of only 2 non-Dublin players in the squad (w S Furlong). Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was a Krupps player and "squad newcomer" but had also "retained her place in midfield" (?!) Played rugby union as a scrum half for the Post Office and Old Crescent clubs, as well as Munster. Played rugby union for Ireland in 98 but had to wait until 2018 to get an actual cap off the IRFU. Not listed in Ireland's squad for the 98 Rugby World Cup. Rugby profile said she played pro soccer in Italy and USA. Started Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90 as a Green Park player. Sweden 7.5.88 prog: 25yo w 19 caps and 2 goals "recognised as one of the best players in the country", joined Greenpark United in Women's League of Ireland for 1987/88. De Beers player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Played (w sister Tracy) for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997 - Limerick Leader article said she was one of 5 Cross sisters to play for Ireland (with Rose, Tracy, Ann and Catherine), while another 2 sisters Alice and Deirdre were outstanding Limerick League players. G Cross started at Dalyer in 5-0 friendly defeat by England 3.5.81, subbed for D Lyons after 52 mins. In August 1991 she was MVP at the pre-season Lancashire Trophy, which she attended with her club 'Analog Devices'.
Tracy Cross - 26.7.71 - Sometimes Tracey with an 'e' or Theresa Cross on FAI records - scored 2nd goal in 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. As a "diminutive [debutante] playing her first full international" she started 2-1 win over NI at Clandeboye Park, Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to St. Bridget's. Set up first goal with a right wing cross, knocked in by B Reynolds when the debutant NI goalie Jacqui Hamilton dropped the ball. St Bridget's player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Made it into the final sixteen for the game in Holland, 18.11.89. Greenpark United player named in Fran Rooney's U18 squad for 'Millenium International' v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Sister of Grainne. 4 October 1997 Limerick Leader article said Grainne was one of 5 Cross sisters to play for Ireland (with Rose, Grainne, Ann and Catherine), while another 2 sisters Alice and Deirdre were outstanding Limerick League players. Played (w Grainne) for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "Tracey Cross was electrifying on the wing" - Limerick Leader. C Scanlan's interview w 42.ie said T Cross went to Mercyhurst College, USA the year before Scanlan did. Mercyhurst College 1991-1995 (injured 'redshirted' in 93) added to HOF in 2015. N Herlihy was already there. Married ahead of the 2007 season and became known as Tracy Hoza. Husband Matt, daughter Cora. Sporty family of 7 sisters 3 brothers. Brother Gerard "Rusty" Cross a good rugby player who coached in America, another brother Pat played for Ireland's schoolboy soccer team and a well-regarded young Munster GAA team in the early 80s. Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania assistant coach (1999-2000) Toledo University, Ohio assistant coach (2001-2002) Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats head coach (2003-2017) Austin Peay State University (APSU) assistant coach 2018-present.
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Loretta Cullen - 16.5.64 - "newcomer" in squad v England 11.9.83. Was a 19yo outside left for Tolka Swifts, who she'd joined after two seasons with Manortown. Dropped for last Euro 84 qualifier v NI by Tony Kelly after 6-0 defeat in Reading, 11.9.83. Named (as Loretta Cullen) in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Uncapped 21yo Rathfarmham fwd in 27.4.86 Eng squad, factory supervisor. Played in the 1991 LFAI Cup final 3-1 win over Belvedere 'A' at Dalyer. Loretta Cullen played for Rathfarnham in a 5-1 LFAI Cup QF replay win over Cork Rangers, Loreto Park, July 1995.
Sharon Cullen - 20.12.78 - Shelbourne player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Shelbourne player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, came on after 61 mins for R Power in the 1-0 defeat. A Sharon Cullen scored the FAI Cup winning goal as St Francis beat St Catherines 1-0 25.7.09 at Richmond Park. Played up front w M Waldron. One of five Marks Celtic players in the under 16 triangular tournament sponsored by Lifestyle Sports at Drogheda 15/16 April 1995. Dubliner Cullen scored twice in each game as Ireland beat NI 6-0 and 5-1, but they lost 4-0 and 2-0 to Scotland when a young Julie Fleeting ran amok scoring all four in the 1st game and one in the second - Denise Brolly scored the other one. UCD studying arts from 96/97 and part of their intervarsity team: "talented midfielder who has proven this in the green of Eire ... would run all day". Part of coach Myles Kelly's combined colleges team which thrashed Scotland (11-1), Wales (7-0) and England (3-0) in Liverpool, April 1997.
Breda Cummins (nee Hanlon) - 15.7.55 - Scored third goal on 38 mins 30.6.73 4-1 win over NI at Bluebell United FC on the Naas Road. Made international comeback v England 11.9.83 after having daughter. One of few players to keep her place for NI game 23.10.83 as Tony Kelly weilded the axe following 6-0 defeat in Reading. Dubliner, Belvedere MF w 18 caps 3 goals per Denmark 17.4.85 prog. Goal in 1-0 Euro 87 qual v NI in Milltown 5.5.85. Suffragettes player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80 (0-0 in Limerick) and v Belgium 27.10.80 (1-0 at Dalyer). One of 6 League of Ireland players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. "Brenda Cummings" put Ireland ahead in Colwyn Bay before a 'crowd' of 50 at Eirias Park 23.9.84 before Gail Fortt equalised, it was reportedly her last game for Ireland after 12 years. But... Started 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a Belvedere player. "Brenda O'Hanlon" (sic) named an outstanding performer by the East Antrim Times in a 1-1 draw w NI at Inver Park, Larne, May 1978. Suffragettes player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. "Breda Hanlon" listed as no 11 in match prog v England at Exeter, 2.5.78. Irish Press attributed Ireland's goal to "B. Hannon" (sic), Exeter Express said it was a "Kathlees Hynes" (sic) penalty. A Brenda Cummins was playing for Bohemians in 1995 (same person?). Was a Belvedere player in Aug 1987.
Caitriona Maria Cunningham - 24.5.70 - Cathriona on FAI website - UCC player and unused sub in 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89. Billed as Catriona in Irish Examiner preview. Unused sub in Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90 - UCC player. Came on as a 64th-min sub for shell-shocked S Hayden w Ireland 5-0 down in ECQ, Boras, Sweden, 20.9.92. Proceeded to lose another 5 goals in 16 mins in Ireland's record 10-0 defeat. Baptism of fire! Long-serving UC Galway gaffer Dom Coll named her to a prestigious all-time WSCAI X1 in 1998: "...in her time was one of the finest keepers in the country and unfortunately only won one cap for Ireland, although this appeared to be down to her own wishes rather than any other reason. She was the foundation stone that [UCC coach] Myles Kelly started his dominance of the game in the late eighties and early nineties." 1991 Intervarsities programme said she was from Co. Meath but went to UCC to study food science. 1991 was her fourth Intervarsity tourney and she had two winners' medal from her three apps to date. Had also been on the combined colleges panel since its 1988 formation and had broken into the senior national team. Came on as a 55th-min sub (apparently outfield) in College Corinthians' 3-0 defeat by Rathfarnham at what is now the Oscar Traynor Centre in Coolock, LFAI Cup final, August 1995. At centre-forward she had scored the only goal as College Corinthians won the 1993 LFAI Cup final 1-0, only for Benfica to moan that two CC players had previously turned out for University of Limerick in that season's intermediate Cup and were therefore cup-tied. LFAI beaks sided with Benfica and ordered a replay, in which CC crashed to a 3-0 defeat. She had also scored in the 1-0 quarter-final win at Welsox. UCC Graduates became known as College Corinthians in Jan 1993 and formally integrated with the men's club in Jun 1994. They dubbed themselves the "Corinti-hens".
Susan "Susie" Cunningham Capped in friendly win in Klaksvik, Faroe Isles, 12.10.04. Started the 2-1 win, subbed off for E Green after 15 mins (injured?). Note RSSSF's 2004 women's results page says after 15 minutes but FaroeSoccer says after 76 minutes which seems more likely. Played EPL stuff with Barry Town while attending uni in Wales. Galway born FW. Irish Universities player at the August 2003 Universiade, Daegu, South Korea - club listed as Bangor University/Ashe Rovers. Scored 6 goals in 4 games including hat trick v Canada. Continued playing for Ashe Rovers and also won the DWSL twice with Rathfarnham United. Captain of the Galway X1 who won the 2007 FAI Women's Cup and played in the Uefa Women's Cup in 2008. Joined Castlebar Celtic for 11/12 WNL then joined Galway WFC in 2013 after playing 12/13 w Colga FC. No further playing appearances after Jan 2015 but moved on to Don O'Riordan's coaching staff at the club. Was appointed Galway WFC's strength and conditioning coach in Jan 2017. Was employed by Galway Community College. Attended Inchicore College from 1996/97 (Leisure and Recreation Management) and was top scorer in her first three years in WSCAI competition. Played for Rathfarnham in the 1999 DWSL. Was courted by Clarke University, Boston, Ma. with an open offer of a soccer scholarship.
Elizabeth Mary "Lisa" Curran - 3.3.68 - Belvedere player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. Belvedere player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Played 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. Started 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to Belvedere. Started 0-1 defeat by Sweden 7.6.92 at Dalymount Park while a Firenze (Italy) player. FAI records attribute Sweden's injury time winner as a Curran own goal (actually they attribute it as her scoring for Ireland in a 1-0 win), but the Irish Examiner reported a "fierce right-footed drive" from Anneli Andelen broke Irish hearts. It was her eighth cap but she said it might be her last, unimpressed at having to pay her own way back from Italy: "As far as I'm concerned the FAI should offer us more. It's not fair that we work so hard and are given so little". Started Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90, listed as a Welsox player. Belvedere player named as a "new cap" in Fran Rooney's senior squad for 'Millenium International' v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Shelbourne player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Shelbourne player in 1995 and Jan 1997. Hit killer third goal for Verona in their 3-1 LFAI Cup QF win over Rathfarnham, Parish Fields, Blanchardstown, 15.8.93. Played for Verona in 4-0 1994 LFAI Cup final defeat by Welsox, 25.9.94 at Richmond Park. Played in Shelbourne's 4-0 LFAI Cup final defeat by Shamrock Rovers at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Moved from Firenze in Italy, to Verona FC... in Blanchardstown. Recalled for Wales away in Dec 97 after "almost five years" away from the national team. Joined Belvedere at 17yo and moved to Italy aged 22, after a ten-day trial w Firenze in Oct 91. She reportedly loved Florence and stayed 3 years (could only have been 2?) but came home when a move to another Italian club didn't work out.
Marie Curtin - 7.8.85 - Listed as a Hofstra University player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Lifford player in 2003 Algarve Cup squad. According to S Byrne, Hofstra cut Curtin's scholarship when she went to the 2007 Universiade without their permission, but let her back on the following year. Hofstra site says "2007:...did not play." According to SoccerScene.ie, Curtin's senior debut was in a 0-0 friendly draw in Greece, 10.1.03. 2001 FAI U18 POTY. Interview with Final Whistle podcast March 2021: she gave an impassioned speech about the development of women's soccer in Ireland. She had recently retired from playing and took a coaching role at Treaty United of Limerick, where she had been captain. At the 2007 Universiade in Bangkok she was ill and inadvertantly took medication which turned out to be on the banned list, so she didn't play and was sent to stay at another hotel down the street with coach Noel King's family.
Stefanie Leanne Curtis - Bristol Academy player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre. Hit "six goals in six outings" per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08, including both in 2-0 Euro qual win in Romania, 25.8.07. In 2000/01 was 17yo Filton College student and FW in an exciting young Bristol Rovers team who reached the FA Cup semi-final and topped the third tier South West Combination. "She is a striker with a passion to score". She scored in every round prior to the 3-0 semi defeat by Arsenal. She played for the Gloucestershire FA team at u18 and senior level. Played as an emergency goalkeeper, notably against Arsenal in a 1-0 FAWPL defeat in December 2007.

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Dolores Deasley - 19.9.81 - Flame-haired DF - Drumkeen United player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. Letterkenny Rovers DF in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Also played in previous year's inaugural edition. "D Deasy" called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996 - no club mentioned. Donegal Schools player in Mick Cooke's u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. Jones College Bobcats asst coach 2007, head coach 2008-present. Attended Hofstra Uni (2000-2003, 72 apps 9 goals 4 assists). Southern Miss Lady Eagles asst coach (2004-2006) to NI's Gail Macklin. Played W-League stuff for New York Magic (2005) and Long Island (2003, 2004). Played as an 18yo Letterkenny Rovers starlet v USA at Foxboro Stadium, 4.9.1999. Played the full match in Ireland's 5-0 defeat. St. Columbus player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96. Listed as a Bristol Academy WFC player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park (club team mate C Scanlan). Interview with the42.ie May 2020: Ninth of ten children in Drumkeen. No other girls playing for "miles around", encouraged by her coaches to trial in Dublin, she was selected for the U16s at 14yo and travelled to Scotland, Easter 1995? Was not expecting to debut in Foxboro: "Something must have happened or somebody pissed Mick [Cooke] off". Last cap v GER Aug '06 when she went off with a torn meniscus. Fit for the 2007 Algarve Cup, she was unimpressed to be bombed out by e-mail aged 25yo and close to 50 caps. Noel King said he wanted her in full time club soccer but after a short spell at Bristol Rovers she realised she had much better opportunities coaching in the US: "My heart was always in New York". Miffed at the time, as a coach herself she was later phlegmatic about being dropped via email. She made the right call as got her green card in 2019 and loves coaching in the USA.
Meabh De Burca - 11.8.88 - won 50th cap v Spain, April 2016. Versatile DF/MF stepped up from u19s in 07/08.
Pauline Devlin - 17.4.68 - from Athlone - schoolteacher and uncapped member of squad v USA B 9.8.94 - had 1 b cap v Wales. 66th-minute sub for S Furlong in the USA B game, 1-1 at Richmond Park. Played hockey at provincial level, w College Corinthians (the team that started as University College Cork Graduates) in 1994. Castle Rovers in 1995 - scored in a 4-1 LFAI Cup QF win over Elm Rovers 9.7.95. DWSL POTM for June 98 w Shamrock Rovers. Was in the Castle Rovers squad for 3-0 FAI Women's Cup final win over O'Connells at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. Castle Rovers player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Subbed in for C Grant after 75 mins in the 5-1 defeat. Despite scoring a "dream chip" Castle Rovers lost 2-1 to an Eithne Hennessy-inspired Benfica in the 1995 LFAI Presidents Cup final (played in May 1996 at Janesboro FC - it was held over due to Euro qualifying). As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 26yo teacher/College Corinthians player w 2 caps (USA B & NI). Pauline Devine (sic) scored in Shamrock Rovers' 4-0 LFAI Cup final win over Shelbourne at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Played for Shamrock Rovers in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, which they lost to Shelbourne on penalties after a 2-2 draw. A Pauline Devlin was a prolific scorer with UC Galway 87/88 to 93/94 and with eight goals in five games Intervarsity player of the tournament 1993 (not sure if same player?) The 91 Intervarsity programme UCG pen pics gently ribbed her academic pursuits: "studying fairies". In Jan 1995 was a 26yo primary school teacher in Banagher and playing for College Corinthians, she was photographed in the Longford Leader with her dad Seamus who was from Longford but had lived in Athlone for 30 years. In May 1989 scored both goals (1 pen) as combined colleges beat the U18 WNT 2-1 at Belfield. They lost 3-0 to the senior Ireland team. Had been named to the inaugural combined colleges team the previous year. In April 1981 a Pauline Devlin scored "two fine goals" for Beechpark/Coosan as they won the community games County U15 girls soccer final at Mullingar, 3-2 AET over St. Mona's. Graduated from UCG with Masters in English Lit in 1995. Mum Patricia. Attended Our Lady's Bower, Athlone. Awarded the 'Matthew Murphy Trophy' for sports on leaving in 1986. Played hockey for Athlone. Married Dr Manus Mitchell in August 2000 at NUI Galway's chapel, honeymoon in Mexico. September 2000: "Hoops captain Pauline Devlin must be getting sick of lifting trophies at this stage..." after Shams beat Shelbourne/Templeogue 4-1 at Coldcut Road to seal the Premier Cup, a third successive treble and 17 trophies in four years.
Deirdre Doherty - 14.3.91 - 170cm tall. Castlebar Celtic and IT Carlow FW drafted into 2013 Cyprus Cup squad as a late replacement when F O'Sullivan pulled out injured. "Deirdre was called into the U19 squad a few years ago but had to withdraw because of injury but I have kept an eye on her and she has been very impressive for Sligo IT this season" - S Ronan. Debut as a 66th-min sub for S Lawlor in last group game v South Korea, 0-0 at Paralimni 11.3.13. Two days later made another sub appearance again for S Lawlor after 67 minutes of a 1-0 defeat by Finland in the 7th-place play-off. Capped again as an injury-time sub for R Littlejohn in 2-2 friendly draw w Austria at Tallaght Stadium, 18.6.13. 2013 Universiade in Kazan. Scored in 2013 FAI Women's Cup final at Lansdowne but Castlebar Celtic lost a classic, 3-2 to Raheny 3.11.13. Scored in Ballyglass (Mayo)'s 3-1 win over Raheny in the FAI Intermediate Cup final, 4.9.11 at Milebush Park, Castlebar. More famous as a Gaelic footballer for Mayo, Connacht and the Charlestown club.
Kay Douglas - Listed at no 16 for 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74, a Waterford Benfica GK. Debut 10.10.73 and reported to have played well, despite Ireland's 4-0 defeat by France at the Parc des Princes. Was a 25yo confectioner at Green Bank, Bridge Street, Waterford and had been a consistent presence between the sticks for Benfica. Hailed by the Munster Express as "the first Waterford woman to play for Ireland" (although her Benfica team mate M O'Callaghan (Reid) appears to have played against Wales in May 73). In March 1969 she was a Greenbeats player named as a reserve in the Waterford League Select which faced Dundalk LFC in a challenge match at Kilcohan Park. She was listed as a Greenbeats player - apparently outfield - ahead of their Cup final against Waterford Glass in September 1968. In May 1980 she was in goal for Waterford who lost 3-2 at Cork Celtic on the opening day of the 1980 Ladies League of Ireland season.
Annette Doyle - Benfica player called up for the 5-1 win in Newry, 16.4.77. In November 1976 she and Betty O'Callaghan (Maher) were invited to a national team training camp in Dublin. Both were from the St John's Park estate and at the time Doyle worked for Boston Cleaners. Was belatedly awarded her cap by the FAI in March 2021, acknowledged as having played against NI in 1977.
Eileen Doyle - 14.12.62 - GK - Sweden 7.5.88 prog: 24yo relative newcomer w 2 caps, the second gained at Wembley v Eng (sub for Sue Kelly). Red-headed Greenpark United player in the Women's League of Ireland, worked for Bank of Ireland in Limerick. Debut in friendly v NI, Nov 87.
Sadhbh Doyle - 18.4.2000 - Pronounced "Sive", and sometimes mispelled "Sabdh". From Barna and won the under-15 All-Ireland schools Cup with Salerno Secondary in May 2014, scoring twice to beat Scoil Chriost Ri (Portlaoise) in the final at Lissywollen Stadium, Athlone. Was already attached to Salthill Devon and won the FAI U16 Cup with them in April 2015. Won the U16 Gaynor Cup with Galway in 2016. Joined Galway WFC for 2016 and was nominated for WNL Young POTY won by L Kiernan. Scored on her debut 7.8.2016 in a 6-0 opening day win at hapless Kilkenny United. Galway WFC player called into Sue Ronan's young and predominantly home-based squad for a training camp in Wales, August 2016. Senior debut in the second friendly v the hosts, a 2-1 win in Caerphilly, 21.8.16, 70th-minute sub for captain K Duggan. The game finished with an all-Galwegian back four: M De Burca with debutantes Shauna Fox, Chloe Moloney and Doyle. WNT from u15 schoolgirls, through u16, u17 and u19s. Usually a CB for Ireland but played in midfield for Galway WFC. Versatile - deployed on the left wing in 2017, she declared: "I don't mind I'll play wherever Billy [Clery] puts me". 2019 Universiade in Naples. FAI Under-19 POTY in 2019. Also nominated for the WNL Young POTY (won by E Whelan) and named in WNL Team of the Year 2019. NUI Galway 18/19 studying biomedical sciences, but decided to switch to dentistry at Trinity College, Dublin for 19/20 and signed for WNL champs Peamount United for 2020. An 85th-minute sub for D Beirne in Peas' gritty penalties defeat by Glasgow City, 4.11.2020.
Therese Doyle - 17yo, 4'8'' Dubliner forced off with a badly cut leg in Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. According to the match programme she was an outside left with one cap v NI.
Karen Duggan - 29.5.91 - 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 180cm tall. Took her game to another level in 2020, played conservatively as a defensive mid but was much more than a 'water carrier'. Powered Peamount to a League and Cup double and picked up her second WNL POTY award. Doesn't score too many goals but when she does they tend to make the jaw drop. She knocked back a plea from Eileen Gleeson to return to the WNT fold.
Anne Marie Dunne - 21.4.71 - Annmarie on FAI records. Verona player pictured collecting a 1991-1993 national team cap from Merrion Square, Nov 93. Rathfarnham LFC player in squad v Spain 22.3.92. Came on as a 22nd-minute sub for Imelda O'Hanlon in Ireland's 1-0 defeat at Dalyer 22.3.92. Played in Verona's 4-0 1994 LFAI Cup final defeat by Welsox, 25.9.94 at Richmond Park.
Jean Dunne - 25.7.60 - played in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87. Called up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, one of 5 Welsox players in squad. Welsox player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Starting DF in 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to Welsox. Started Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90, while attached to Welsox. Sweden 7.5.88 prog: 27yo Bank of Ireland worker w 11 caps, versatile defender capable of playing in MF. One of six uncapped players in Fran Rooney's 16-player squad for NI Euro qual in Belfast 30.8.86 (w Welsox). Debut v NI in 86, 2nd cap v Scotland in Dublin, 3rd cap v France March 87. Welsox player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Captain in Welsox's 4-0 1994 LFAI Cup final win over Verona, 25.9.94 at Richmond Park. Match attracted 500 fans but was marred by a direct clash with the senior camogie final. Played in Shelbourne's 4-0 LFAI Cup final defeat by Shamrock Rovers at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Played for Shels in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, in which they beat Shamrock Rovers on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Captained Welsox to their first LFAI Cup win, in the 92 final which (for some reason) was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. After a 1-1 AET draw with Benfica she struck the winning penalty to secure a 4-1 PSO win. Dubbed "a former international" at that stage. Playing for Shelbourne in 1999. A Jean Dunne was with DWSL Premier A outfit Phoenix United in 2001. Along with M Colville and B Reynolds she was part of the successful Tullamore and Offaly gaelic football teams, the trio pitched up at Welsox and F Rooney wasted little time in calling them up to the national soccer team. She worked at the Bank of Ireland in Nenagh before moving to Dublin c.1986.
Lauren Dwyer - 25.9.96, Carlow - Defender from Carlow who models her game on Lucy Bronze. Senior appearances as a sub for sub N Fahey in the 'non-official' 2-0 defeat in Euskadi, 10.5.14, and for F O'Sullivan in a 3-1 'training game' defeat by Norway at La Manga, 15.1.15. Taken to the Istria Cup in March 2015 but was an unused sub in all four games. Recalled in June 2016 for Euro 2017 quals v Finland and Montenegro but not part of the 18-player matchday squad for either game. Part of the Irish U17s and the U19 side which reached the Euro finals for the first time in 2014, getting to the semi final. Played youth stuff in Carlow for St. Joseph's (boys) and St. Fiacc's before joining Wexford Youths for the 12/13 WNL. April 2013 WNL POTM in a very promising debut campaign. Spent 14/15 with Raheny United and remained with Shelbourne for 15/16 after the clubs' merger. Rejoined Wexford Youths in Feb 2016. Won the treble in 2018 and nominated for the WNL POTY won by teammate R Jarrett. The Wexford People 13.10.18 branded her continued WNT absence "Colin Bell's bizarre blind-spot". Unused sub in the 3-0 defeat by the US at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, 3.8.19 under caretaker boss Tom O'Connor. Played at the 2019 Universiade in Naples, as an IT Carlow student. Also a talented Gaelic footballer with her school St. Leo's College, as well as the Bennekerry-Tinryland GAA club and County Carlow. Dad John, mum Mary. Successfully nagged her junior school Bennekerry NS into starting a girl's soccer team, roping her parents in to assist. They went on to win the all-Ireland 5-a-sides in May 2009.
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Christine Dyas - From Yellowbatter in Drogheda and a product of the Lourdes youth club which spawned Gary Kelly and Ian Harte as well as G Byrne. Welsox player started 2-0 friendly win over NI, 17.10.93 in Sligo. Boyne Rovers player named as one of four "new caps" in Fran Rooney's senior squad for 'Millenium International' v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Played well in Boyne Rovers' run to 88 LFAI Cup final: "Another player who has figured prominently in this season's campaign is Christine 'Brigid' Dyas who at a mere 18 years of age ouses confidence far beyond her tender years." (Irish Independent 2.9.88) Played for Boyne Rovers in their 2-0 LFAI Cup final defeat by Rathfarnham Utd at Glebe North FC, Balbriggan, 25.9.88. Played in Welsox's 4-0 1994 LFAI Cup final win over Verona, 25.9.94 at Richmond Park. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 29yo Welsox player w "a number" of caps and two LFAI Cup-winning medals (92 and 94). Previously w Boyne Rovers "in her native Drogheda". POTM from outside right in Welsox's first LFAI Cup win, in the 92 final which (for some reason) was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. They beat Benfica 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 AET draw. Played for Belvedere in 1990 after Boyne Rovers folded - scored twice to help beat Rathfarnham in the Leinster shield final. Belvedere folded after the 1991 season. Nickname = "Brigie". Dad Paddy. Recall for NI game in Oct 93 was comeback from five years in the international wilderness - "My first and only cap was back in 1988 against Northern Ireland and I am delighted to be back in the starting eleven".
Aisling Dyer - 19.2.92, Dublin - 5' 11'' GK, senior debut as 17yo late sub in 4-0 friendly win over NI at AUL Complex, Oct 09. Shelbourne (8yo striker), Stella Maris (5yrs), Drogheda (2007-2009), Dundalk (2009-) U15 schoolgirl international while at Skerries C.C. Leinster. US Scholarship: 2011-12 Butler Grizzlies, 2012 Martin Methodist Jayhawks, 2013 Newman Jets. Was said to be pencilling in a career in law enforcement.

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Niamh Fahey - 13.10.87 - Signed for Arsenal in July 08. Won 2005 all-Ireland GAA football title w Galway at Croke Park per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08. Salthill Devon player named in Noel King's u17 side for "European Youth Olympics" in Paris, July 2003. Played v USA in Arizona Dec 2012 then not seen again until Cyprus Cup 2014: missed 2013 Cyprus Cup through work commitments then did her ACL.
Ann Fahy - Cork Celtic player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80. Started in the 0-0 draw with NI in Limerick 31.8.80 and was subbed off in the second half for B Flood. A member of the Cork Celtic side which toured the east coast of the USA in September 1983. On 29.11.81 she opened the scoring for Cork Celtic "A" who beat Cork Celtic "B" 5-1 in the Cork Ladies Cup (AKA the Martin Russell Trophy) final at Mayfield.
Laura Ann Farrell - 18.9.68 - From Finglas. One of six Belvedere players in Squad for famous 1-0 win in Spain 8.12.91. Won first cap in that game, started and was subbed for R Keegan on 65 mins. Also started Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92. Played for L Gorman's Belvedere 'A' team in the 3-1 1991 LFAI Cup final defeat by Rathfarnham at Dalyer, 6.11.91. Playing for Elm Rovers in the DWSL, June 1995. Methodist Univerity, USA, 1995-98. Degree in business admin and marketing. Later worked in IT sales back in Ireland. Mentioned as playing (and scoring) for Templeogue United in a 3-3 draw at Benfica in July 2001.
Patricia Farrell One of six Boyne Rovers players selected for a 1-0 home friendly win over NI at United Park, Drogheda 20.4.86. Scored in Rovers' LFAI U19 Cup final win over Cork Celtic (3-0, 1985).
Niamh Farrelly - 15.4.99 - Esker Celtic, then Peamount United. Rated as an athletic, high-energy MF. Senior debut v Belgium 20.1.19 in a 1-0 friendly defeat at Pinatar Arena, Spain - 76th-minute sub for C O'Riordan. Sports Science student at DCU. Excelled as a centre back in Peas' gritty penalties defeat by Glasgow City, 4.11.2020.
Jamie Finn - 21.4.98 - Versatile Shelbourne player handed a senior debut by Vera Pauw in the 1-1 draw in Greece, Nov 2019. Dubliner played for Swords Manor Boys before joining Shels.
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Catherine Fitzpatrick - 11.12.61 - CB, 10 caps per 1983 LFAI Cup final prog. Had joined Glade Celtic 3 years previously from Dunseedy. Named POTM in GC's 2-0 win over Dub Castle at Belfield, 2.10.83. In Denmark prog 17.4.85 was 23yo Castle United player w 11 caps. Started 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a Belvedere player. Glade Celtic player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was a Glade Celtic player and started the match. St Pauls, Dublin player in squad v Belgium 27.10.80 - made her debut in this match. Missed Eamonn Darcy's first WNT training session at Belfield 3.3.84 as was in Oz for 6 months with T McCann - both had played in Ireland's previous 7 games. Scored own goal in 6-0 defeat by England 11.9.83 at Elm Park. Benfica player in Eamonn D'Arcy's injury-hit squad for ECQ w NI at Glenmalure Park, 5.5.85. Benfica LFAI Cup-winning captain in 1987 but ruled out of 1988 Women's League of season due to "very bad achilles tendon injury" sustained in April 1988. Listed as a Dunseedy player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a "Bracken" Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81.
Linda Fitzwilliam - 17.8.66 - 60th-min sub for S Hayden in 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a Drumcondra player.
Noreen Fleming Not listed in programme for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. But a 30.4.76 article in the Connacht Tribune said: "Noreen Fleming of Tuam came on as a reserve and also turned in a fine performance". Played indoor soccer in Tuam but joined Castle United when she moved to Dublin to work in the civil service. Also played camogie for the Celtic club and for Co. Dublin, including the 1976 and 1978 all-Ireland final defeats by Kilkenny and Cork, respectively. Later emigrated to New York.
Bridie Flood - 12.2.61 - had 2 caps v England 11.9.83 as 22yo Tolka Swifts FW. Worked in a fashion clothing manufacturers. 24yo Belvedere FW/machinist per Denmark 17.4.85 prog - had 6 caps 3 goals for Ireland regular "on the panel" since 1980. Belvedere player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85, scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Allen Park, Antrim. Scored 38th min winner in 1-0 friendly win in Scotland, 27.5.84. Suffragettes player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80. Second half sub for A Fahy in the 0-0 draw at Markets Field, Limerick. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was a "squad newcomer" from Tolka Swifts and started the match. One of six Belvedere players in Squad for famous 1-0 win in Spain 8.12.91. Sweden 7.5.88 prog: 25yo pacey attacker w 14 caps, Ireland's all-time leading scorer w 5 goals. With Belvedere LFC when they moved to Leinster League "this season". Recalled for 2-0 Euro qual defeat in Holland, 12.3.88: "...the return of Bridie Flood is a big boost to the squad. She will improve the attacking strength of the side." Was a Belvedere player in Aug 1987. Turned out as a sub for a combined Hamman Celtic / Home Farm X1 in a glamour friendly against Leeds United at Whitehall 2.5.97, alongside Ian Harte's little sister Kim. Leeds won 3-0, ex-Donny Belles star Karen Skillcorn scored twice. A Bridie Flood turned out for "Newly-promoted Ballymun United" as they were clamped 8-0 at Benfica in April 1999 on the opening day of the DWSL Premier season. Mentioned as an Avengers player in the squad for the Cabra outfit's LFAI Cup semi-final clash with Cork Celtic at Turner's Cross, 14.10.79.
Zara Foley - 11.4.02 - DF from Cork. Had been an unused sub for the 2 friendlies w Portugal in the Azores, Jan 2018, her first senior call up. Won first cap in the 0-4 friendly defeat by Poland in Ostroda, 9.10.18, 90th-min sub for R Littlejohn. Joined Cork City WFC in July 18 after training with their WNL team for several months. Played her youth team football with Lakewood AFC and with Scoil Barra primary and Balincollig CS secondary schools.
Sinead Forde - "Wilton UCD" (?) player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96. Wilton player in Mick Cooke's u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. Wilton United player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996. In squad for the Celt Cup, September 2000. Came on as a sub for C Thorpe in the 2-0 win over NI. Later a referee appointed to FIFA list in 2017. Wilton United captain in 3-1 2011 WFAI Cup final defeat by St Catherine's at Turner's Cross. UCD centre-back capped in 2-1 friendly win in Klaksvik, Faroe Isles, 12.10.04. Two cruciate ligament injuries eroded her chances at senior international level. Played for UCD in 2005 UWCL in Croatia.
Shauna Fox - 19.8.96 - Galway WFC defender called into Sue Ronan's young and predominantly home-based squad for a training camp in Wales, August 2016. Senior debut in the second friendly v the hosts, starting a 2-1 win in Caerphilly, 21.8.16. The game finished with an all-Galwegian back four: M De Burca with debutantes Sabhdh Doyle, Chloe Moloney and Fox. A NUI Galway student in the Ireland squad for the 2017 and 2019 Universiades, degree in youth and family studies. Attended school at Dominican College, Taylor's Hill, Galway. Has 4% vision in her left eye. Had one WNL season with Castlebar Celtic in 12/13, then signed for newly-formed Galway WFC for 13/14. Made the WNL Team of the Season in 15/16.
Siobhan Furlong - 17.12.64, Waterford - 28 caps 2 goals - Versatile FWD tall, strong, could hold ball up and play wide - Played hockey for Ireland u21s - Benfica (1982ish - won 3 LFAI Cups), Castle Rovers (joined for the 1995 season "due to work commitments", top-scorer as they won the League for the first time in 95 coached by Synan Braddish), Shelbourne (1996), Benfica again (1997, when they were accepted into the DWSL). Shamrock Rovers in first UEFA Women's Cup, player/coach. Debut 28.9.86 1-5 defeat by Scotland at Tolka Park, 60th-min sub for Trish Hughes. Benfica player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Named captain for first time v NI at Belfield 1989. Came on as a sub at Wembley in 1988. ("a pat on the back would not be uncommon as I walk the streets of Waterford," she beamed) Scored v NI at Belfield 1988, then an 18th-minute penalty in a 2-0 friendly win over Wales 5.6.94. Goal v NI was in "Millenium International" at Tolka Park 26.11.88, "a personal triumph" for Furlong who opened scoring w a 30-yard free kick, 3 minutes into 3-0 win. First coach of LFAI's new Ireland u16s side launched in 1994 for Easter friendly w Scotland at Love St. Idolised Glenn Hoddle, Spurs fan. Her dad Stan took her to see Tottenham play Limerick at Thomond Park, August 1981 and she was converted there and then. Called up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, while playing for Benfica - one of only 2 non-Dublin players in the squad (w G Cross). Started 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while reportedly attached to Rathfarnham (dubious). 77-minute sub for B Reynolds in Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90. Sweden 7.5.88 prog: Benfica right winger w 4 caps, helped run the family's electrical business. Came on as a 31st-minute sub for M Leahy in Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92. Quit international football in 1996. Benfica player in squad for home friendly v Finland, 28.6.87. One of six uncapped players in Fran Rooney's 16-player squad for NI Euro qual in Belfast 30.8.86 (w Benfica). As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 29yo sports coach/Benfica player w 21 caps. Castle Rovers FW listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Won the White Cup (all-Ireland hockey) with Kilkenny in May 1991. Player/coach for Shamrock Rovers in 2002 UWCL in Nis, Serbia, having been "added in recent weeks". Meticulous planner: she drew up a food plan for the team ("I hate the word 'diet'"). She played for Benfica in the 92 LFAI Cup final which was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. Benfica lost 4-1 to Welsox on penalties after a 1-1 AET draw. In Oct 98 "broke new ground" being appointed first team coach at men's League of Ireland club Limerick FC under manager Dave Connell (future FAI women's youth team boss) and chairman Fr Joe Young. Fr Joe declared: "Siobhan has added a smile to Limerick FC... we are going places!" She set up a women's team at the club and also coached the Waterford IT college teams. Reported to have played/coached in Oz and the US. Hung up her boots in Oct 2003 after the final match of the 2003 DWSL season, Benfica's 3-1 defeat by Shamrock Rovers. A promising hockey starlet with the Ursuline school and Ireland youth teams. Made it onto the Munster hockey panel in October 1988 after being overlooked at a few previous trials.

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Marie Gallagher I - 25.2.69 - Joined training squad in May 1989 after success w all-conquering Benfica side. Benfica player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Played 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. 66th-min sub for S Ronan in 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to Benfica. Started Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90. As a Lifford player hit equaliser "spectacular...powerful shot from the edge of the area" past Kim Wyant in 1-1 draw v USA B at Richmond Park 9.8.94. Played for a Connacht X1 v Ireland WNT 31.8.96, listed as an ex-Westport United player. Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "...late in the first half Marie Gallagher scored for the ex-Internationals to put them 1 nil up at half time..." - Limerick Leader. University of Limerick player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Played in the 5-1 defeat. Last minute goal in 3-1 home Euro qual win over Faroes 28.10.95 "gave scoreline a flattering look" for subdued Ireland. Came on as a 70th-minute sub for P Devlin in friendly v NI at Blanchflower Stadium 29.10.94, hit the only goal seven minutes later. The following day (!) represented Clare in the GAA All-Star game. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 25yo recreation manager/Lifford player w 7 caps. Had scored in Ireland's previous three games. Her debut had been against Holland away 18 Nov 89 as a 59th-min sub for J Dunne in Ireland's 2-0 defeat. UL FW listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Mayo Ladies FC website (2012) said: "Marie Gallagher - Westport - selected for Irish ladies 20 times from 1991 till 1996". According to the 1991 Intervarsity prog she was from Co. Mayo but went to RTC Watford to study Recreation Management, becoming "the main driving force" of their college soccer team and graduating the previous year. 1989 Intervarsity player of the tourney. Also turned out for the combined colleges team and was player of the tournament playing for them in the 'Bracken' (inter-league). Played for St Pats in 1997. A 27.4.90 Waterford News and Star article called her a native of Achill Island and "a relative newcomer who is held in very high regard". Was manageress of the South Galway leisure centre, Gort, when picking up her fourth cap against NI at Belfield, October 1990. A Marie Gallagher was an "impressive striker" with DWSL Premier A outfit Phoenix United in 2001 (alongside Jean Dunne).
Marie Gallagher II - Another Marie Gallagher was a White Strand player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. Fanad United FW in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Scored v Faroes. In FAI 2005/06 team photo. This Marie Gallagher was in Shamrock Rovers UWCL squad in 2002, described as a Rathmullan native: "I'm well used to the travelling at this stage as I have been going to Dublin since I was 15 and first started playing for Ireland". Was attending a FAI/FAS college course in Sligo but dedicated enough to traipse across to Dublin several times a week. This entailed a 4-hour bus ride then cadging a lift from teammates from Dublin city centre out to Ballymun where Shams trained. "I started off playing locally for White Strand and then moved to Fanad, but I joined Shamrock Rovers this year (2002) because I wanted to play a higher standard of football". This Marie Gallagher played as a sub for C Kissane in a 2-1 defeat by Iceland u21s 8.7.01 and as a sub for C Scanlan in a 3-1 win in Greece, 24.3.02. Marie Gallagher ('hometown': Letterkenny) sophomore MF w Lindsey Wilson College "Blue Raiders" in 2004. Freshman with Cumberland Phoenix 2003 (linking up with Shams pal Kate Gerrard who went over the previous year), then Lindsey Wilson 2004, 05, 06.
Jessica "Jess" Gargan - 10.3.97, Dublin - Swords Rovers, then Peamount United in 2013. Quinnipiac University "Bobcats" (2015-2018) 5'9''. 2019- Shelbourne. D/M R. Debut started 3-0 defeat v USA at Rose Bowl, 3.8.2019. Also started the 2-0 ECQ win over Montenegro 3.9.19 at Tallaght.
Margaret "Mags" Garry One of six Boyne Rovers players selected for a 1-0 home friendly win over NI at United Park, Drogheda 20.4.86. A centre back. Helped Belvedere beat Rathfarnham in the 1990 Leinster Shield final. C Dyas and F Grogan also joined Belvedere from Boyne Rovers who had folded. A founder member of Boyne Rovers in Nov 1983, playing in the first competitive match; a 1-0 win over Grove Hotspurs.
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Mary Gavin - RW from Limerick capped v Wales and NI in 1973. A 15yo Limerick L.F.C. outside left listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73. At no 11 in 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74. Played in Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. According to the match programme, she was a Limerick outside right who had been capped against Wales, NI and France in 1973. Played (apparently in goal) for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "...keepers Mary Gavin and later Catherine Brown were never really tested..." - Limerick Leader. Hailed as "the pride and joy of Ballynanty Beg". One of five Limerick players to feature in the 1-1 draw with NI in Lurgan, 23.10.73. "The promising Mary Gavin ... had a particularly good game on the right wing, and she teased and tormented the Northern defence with some darting runs". Was still at the School of Commerce, Mulgrave Street, but "reckoned to be one of the best players in the country". One of four Limerick players to be selected for the 2-1 inter-League defeat by NI at Oriel Park, Dundalk, 12.10.74. Mary Gavin was an All Blacks winger in the Limerick team which beat Land Registrars (Dublin) 3-2 at Ringsend Park in the FAI Women's Cup semi, July 1975: "Mary Gavin showed some of her old style with some wonderful running on the right wing". Scored the winning goal in the final at Markets Field, 7.9.75, when Limerick beat CSO (Dublin) 2-1: "...darted down the right wing and spotting a gap in the Dublin defence, she burst through for the best goal of the match". Scored for the Limerick X1 in the 3-1 defeat by tourists Reims, 21.8.73, Markets Field. Top goalscorer and played in all but two games for the Ballynanty team which went on a 100-match unbeaten run under Frank "Junior" Keane. A "natural winger" and "gifted footballer", she hailed the influence of her mentor Keane. Dad Thomas. Brothers Thomas and Patrick but neither liked football: "It's left to me to win the medals," she quipped. A Leeds United fan who idolised Johnny Giles but couldn't help admire George Best too. Prefered to play on the right, but could also be effective cutting in from the left. Played out of position in goal for the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75, understrength Limerick shocked 4-3 by Avengers (Dublin), their first league defeat which cost them "the Kevin Gaynor perpetual" for the third time in a row: Was "never at ease in goal" and swapped with Rose Rooney in the second half.
Sylvia Gee - 30.11.77 - One of five Irish players w W-League 2 Springfield Sirens in 2000. With UCD in 2002/03 and recalled to the national team after an 18-month gap. Played for UCD in 2005 UWCL in Croatia. UCD player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre. Benfica/UL player started 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, subbed for N Connolly at 58 mins. Scouted for Benfica by club sec Declan Hughes who spotted her in college soccer while he was serving as UCD sec. She played for Listowel Celtic of the Limerick League in 1998, after helping UL win that year's intervarsity tourney. The team reached the LFAI Cup final, beating Benfica 4-0 in the semi, but were drubbed 10-3 by Shamrock Rovers at Peamount United's Greenogue ground (then called "O'Haire Park") in Newcastle, Co. Dublin, 6.9.98.
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Ronnie Suzanne Gibbons - 16.1.80, Wandsworth - Fulham debut 1994. Ireland debut Jan 2000, according to Barnet LFC v Fulham LFC prog 25.11.01. "A solid defender who can also play in midfield". Actual debut in 0-4 defeat by Czechs 28.5.00 in Arklow. Mainly featured at right back for Ireland. Maternal grandparents Michael and Elizabeth came from Galway/Mayo and Ronnie's mum Barbara spent much of her childhood in Ireland. Perhaps wary of 'Plastic Paddy' allegations, her interviews frequently extolled Irish stew, U2, craic etc. Fulham player in 2003 Algarve Cup squad. Blonde hair and good looks won her a dedicated fan club of male admirers at Fulham. Being telegenic and good at football was a winning combo for casting directors and she scooped a bit part in Bend it Like Beckham and the music video for Fragma's floor-filler "Toca's Miracle". Was later a firefighter in London.
Aileen Gilroy - 1.3.93, Killala - 2013 Universiade in Kazan 170cm tall. Uncapped Castlebar Celtic player in 2014 Cyprus Cup squad. Given sub outings v NZ, South Korea and Canada. GAA for St Brigid's club and Mayo, 2017 All-star. Factory worker (2016) Went to play in the AFL with North Melbourne in 2020. Castlebar Celtic from 11/12 debut WNL season to 2014.
Jessica Gleeson - 23.10.93 - Tramore AFC, Villa AFC (Waterford). DC. Joined Wexford Youths in WNL and won 3 league titles before joined Shelbourne for 2018 season. u17 Euro finalist and WC QF in 2010. DC. Called up to 2013 Cyprus Cup. 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 162cm tall. Debut v USA in San Jose, May 2015 - subbed at HT after 'clash of heads' w Abby Wambach. Next cap in San Diego in Jan 2016. Wee bro Austin is a Waterford hurling star. Apparently not fancied as a player by C Bell.
Ann Goggins - According to a 29.8.81 article in the Southern Star, she played alongside Killeady teammate C Buckley in the 2-1 defeat by NI at Dalyer, 1.8.81 and was retained for the next match against Belgium 17.10.81. Killeady player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Ann and sister Paula Goggins (also of Killeady) were in the 23-player provisional squad but only Ann made the final squad. Cork Celtic player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. In the 1-0 defeat by England at Dalyer 7.11.82 she forced a great 1st-minute save from Terry Wiseman. Played gaelic football for St Luke's in the Co Cork final, Oct 86, beaten 3-7 0-4 by Ilen Rovers. Paula Goggin, Caroline Nagle and Chris Condon were teammates. Debut 13.5.78 in 1-1 w NI at Inver Park, Larne. Came on at HT in "unfamiliar" outside right role - she was Cork Celtic's first choice goalkeeper in the Ladies League of Ireland. She got Cork Celtic's 'performance of the season' award in 1977 after playing in midfield against Benfica with two broken toes and a sprained ankle. Coach of the Killeady team which won the Cork League in September 1984, alongside manager Thomas O'Donovan. "Ann is rated as Cork's top forward" at the July 1981 Bracken (inter-county) but she had to go in goal for the 2-1 AET semi-final defeat by Dublin, when Martina Flood and young reserve Sue Kelly both got injured. When Cork Celtic signed goalie Mary Naughton from Green Angels ahead of the 1979 LLoI season, it released Goggins to an attacking midfield role. In April 1991 she was playing for Cork Rangers in the new, five-team Munster Ladies' League.
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Paula Goggins - 1.9.63 - Billed as Pauline Goggins on FAI website - debut as sub v Eng 7.11.82. In squad v England 11.9.83 as 19yo Killeady (Cork) player. Played camogie for the Inniscarra club and Cork. Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was a Cork Celtic player named amongst the subs. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. 22yo Killeady MF in Eng 27.4.86 squad, still had 1 cap, computer operator. Killeady player started 1-0 win over NI at Seaview, 30.8.86. Paula and sister Ann Goggins (also of Killeady) were in the 23-player provisional squad but only Ann made the final squad for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Paula came on after 61 mins in the 1-0 defeat by England at Dalyer 7.11.82, Ann started the game. Played for Cork Rangers in a 5-1 LFAI Cup QF replay defeat by Rathfarnham, Loreto Park, July 1995. Played gaelic football for St Luke's in the Co Cork final, Oct 86, beaten 3-7 0-4 by Ilen Rovers. Ann Goggin, Caroline Nagle and Chris Condon were teammates. A member of the Killeady team which won the Cork League in September 1984. Signed for Cork Rangers ahead of their 1987 Ladies League of Ireland campaign.
Paula Gorham - see Paula Brennan.
Dora Gorman - 18.2.93 - Medical Dr and GAA star. 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 168cm tall.
Linda Gorman - 17.11.53 - Capt and most capped player w 24 in squad v Denmark 17.4.85 - Belvedere defender. Ran the Dublin City marathon in Oct 83. Ireland manager 1991/92, assisted by Paddy Smyth who had been Turlough O'Connor's assistant at Dundalk. Sister of seven brothers. Retired w record 27 caps after Euro 87 quals. "L O'Gorman" (?) Limerick player listed in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. Suffragettes player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80 and v Belgium 27.10.80. One of 6 League of Ireland players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. Captain in 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a Belvedere player - her final game. Was a Belvedere player in Aug 1987. Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was a Tolka Swifts player and started the match. Played in Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. According to the match programme she was a Dublin left half who had been capped against Wales, NI and France in 1973. An 18yo (born 54 or 55) Avengers half-back listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73. Named an "outstanding performer" by the East Antrim Times in a 1-1 draw w NI at Inver Park, Larne, May 1978. Started 1-0 win over Wales 29.5.77 at Tolka Park. Avengers player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. Did well in a 0-0 draw: "Ireland's top players were Bernie Cassidy and Linda Gorman, who played a stirring game in holding the French outside-right Vilarinho". Won Opel Supergirl '84 in September 1984 at Mondello Park, a 'Superstars'-type competition where she beat out Celbridge basketball star Siobhan Caffrey by half a point. Leixlip karate champ Jackie O'Shea came third. Listed as no3 in match prog v England at Exeter, 2.5.78. Skippered Belvedere to 1985 LFAI Cup Final "in the first year of their existence" which they lost 2-0 in a replay to Rathfarnham at Dalyer 9.10.85 after a 2-2 draw at Limerick FC. As well as managing Ireland she was player/manager of a young Belvedere 'A' team which she guided to the 1991 LFAI Cup final at Dalymount on 6 November 1991, having survived its first season in the Leinster League Premier Divison after "dominating" Division One in 1990. But "overawed" they were beaten by top dogs Rathfarnham 3-1. In July 1993 she was player/coach of Elm Rovers who had entered women's football in summer 1992, joining the Leinster League. They obtained Gorman among "a pool of experienced players" from Belvedere, who closed their women's team(s) after the 1991 season. Maybe complications with running two teams in the same division? Was secretary of the Leinster Schoolgirls League in May 1993. In early 1994 she was approached by Liam Tuohy to set up a women's and girls' section at the famous Dublin nursery club Home Farm. She was assistant coach of the Home Farm (boys) youth team in May 1996 when they played a glamour friendly with Ajax Amsterdam. Turned out as a sub for a combined Hamman Celtic / Home Farm X1 in a glamour friendly against Leeds United at Whitehall 2.5.97, alongside Ian Harte's little sister Kim. Leeds won 3-0, ex-Donny Belles star Karen Skillcorn scored twice. "Shock resignation" in May 1992, replaced by Mick Cooke. She took the Elm Rovers job. "One of the provisions of the team manager's contract is that they aren't members of any club. Otherwise you can leave yourself open to accusations of favouritism" - LFAI pres Niamh O'Donoghue. Folk must have been moaning about favouritism when Gorman was at Belvedere? After two successive promotions she led Home Farm women into the 1997 DWSL Premier Division, but decided to stand down from managing to concentrate on playing. John Behan and Fran Hedron took over as gaffers. A Linda Gorman turned out for "Newly-promoted Ballymun United" as they were clamped 8-0 at Benfica in April 1999 on the opening day of the DWSL Premier season. In 1996/97 she managed Home Farm Everton U15 boys to League, Cup and Conway Cup success, becoming "undisputed kings". Future pros Cliff Byrne, John Thompson, Niall Hudson, Shane Barrett and JJ Melligan were in the ranks. In April 2004 Mullingar Town's 6'4" centre half Eric O'Keeffe hailed Gorman as the biggest influence on his career. In December 2005 was coaching the Dublin and District Schoolboys U18s (alongside Sheriff YC pals John Reilly and Paul Ryan) as they thrashed their Belfast equivalents. Mentioned as an international player with 11 caps ahead of Avengers' (Cabra) LFAI Cup semi-final clash with Cork Celtic at Turner's Cross, 14.10.79. Played in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75: an understrength Limerick were shocked 4-3 by Gorman's Avengers (Dublin) team, Limerick's first LLoI defeat which cost them a third consecutive "Kevin Gaynor perpetual".
Geraldine Grace - Inside fwd and Limerick player, capped v Wales 1973. A 15yo (b. 1957/58) Limerick L.F.C. centre forward listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73. Played in Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. According to the match programme, she was a Limerick inside right who had been capped against Wales, NI and France in 1973. One of five Limerick players to feature in the 1-1 draw with NI in Lurgan, 23.10.73. Limerick player listed in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "Geraldine Grace who still plays in England laid on some precision passes" - Limerick Leader. Geraldine Grace was a Ballynanty midfielder in the Limerick team which beat Land Registrars (Dublin) 3-2 at Ringsend Park in the FAI Women's Cup semi, July 1975: "Geraldine Grace had a tremendous game at left-half". Played in the final at Markets Field, 7.9.75, when Limerick beat CSO (Dublin) 2-1. Mentioned in the Limerick Leader 30.6.71 as a player of distinct promise in Frank "Junior" Keane's Ballynanty Rovers side, "unbeaten in 63 over the past three years". Scored two goals in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75, understrength Limerick shocked 4-3 by Avengers (Dublin), their first league defeat which cost them a third consecutive "Kevin Gaynor perpetual". Is this the same player as Geraldine Williams?
Ursula Grace - Centre forward - Listed at no 12 for 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74, an Evergreen (Kilkenny) player. "This will be Ursula's first cap although she was picked to play against Wales last season but was unable to travel". "Ursula Grace gave an outstanding display [...] came on as a reserve and made the goal which gave Ireland a draw". Was a camogie star with Kilkenny and the St Paul's club. Hit winning goal in 1974 all Ireland camogie final replay v Cork. Her dad Paddy Grace was a famous hurler and secretary of the Kilkenny County GAA for many years (1947-his death in 1984). Later married Kilkenny minor and u21 hurler Joe Mulcahy and became Mrs Mulcahy - stepped down from the camogie team. In August 1971 she helped Fit Remoulds A ("White Angels") win the Kilkenny Peace in Christ Cup, scoring 4 "superb" goals in the final win over Fit Remoulds B ("Red Devils"). Named player of the tournament: "It brought the new star of ladies' soccer into the limelight". She was the chief goal-getter for Fit Remoulds who reached the Cup final and lost 1-0 to Suffragettes in Kilkenny, January 1972. She scored six goals en route to the final. In December 1971 she was 17yo (born 53 or 54) striker for Fit Remoulds, described as a former athlete. Her 19yo sister Mary Grace was also on the team. Listed as a 17yo (born 55 or 56) Evergreen Kilkenny centre forward in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73.
Rachel Graham - 18.7.89, Dublin - Raheny United MF won league and cup double in 12/13, first capped against South Korea at the Cyprus Cup. She joined Raheny as a 14yo and merged into Shelbourne in 2015. Did a sports management course at IT Carlow alongside Damian Duff, also got UEFA B license and started coaching Shels u16s.
Ciara Mary Grant I - 17.5.78 - Benfica player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Benfica player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. Captained u16 team against Scotland, Easter 1994, a 1-1 draw at Love St, Paisley, Ireland's 1st ever u16 match. 1 goal in u20 "development team's" 6-0 win over NI in Belfast, 29.10.94. Named in u20 squad v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94, still a 16yo schoolgirl and playing for Benfica in the Munster League. Benfica player in Mick Cooke's u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. Benfica player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, started the 1-0 defeat. Scored twice as a 15yo in Benfica's 3-0 FAI Cup final replay win over College Corinthians at Kilcohan Park, 21.11.93. One in each half - nodded in T Leahy's pinpoint cross from close range on 39 mins, then raced onto C Phelan's pass to slip the ball under GK on 60 mins. Benfica player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Subbed after 75mins of the 5-1 defeat for P Devlin. Benfica midfielder listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Joined Arsenal in Aug 98 - "strong midfield player" ever present in 98/99. Club POTY in 99/00. Converted to centre half 06/07 when Faye White and Y Tracy had knee injuries. Scored "a terrific header" for Benfica in their 6-0 Munster Cup semi-final win over Mayfield (Cork) at Waterford Glass Centre, 29.11.92. Was a sub for Benfica on opening day of their 1992 League campaign, 3-0 win over Limerick United, April 1992 came on for Angela Flynn. "It was healthy to see the emergence of the under-age players" - Munster Express. Benfica manager Joey O'Callaghan gave youth its head. She played as a 14yo for Benfica in the 92 LFAI Cup final which (due to several appeals from second round losers Rathfarnham) was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. Benfica lost 4-1 to Welsox on penalties after a 1-1 AET draw. 15 goals in 32 games for Arsenal 05/06. 2000 FAI POTY. Was appointed captain for the 2000 Celt Cup win by incoming boss Noel King. From Lismore Park, Waterford. She recalled making her debut v the Faroes in 1996, replacing fellow Waterford woman S Furlong who was injured. On winning her 100th cap v Scotland 5.4.2012 she paid tribute to Benfica stalwarts Joey O'Callaghan and Betty Maher: "I have a lot to thank them for. Those two people have dedicated their lives to the Benfica club". Debut was 28.10.95 3-1 v Faroes at Richer and FAI records suggest she came on for A McNally on 75 minutes. In Nov 2001 S Furlong said of Grant: "You could see from the beginning that Ciara Grant was an exceptional talent. She simply outclassed everyone else." Came back to play for Benfica in summer 1999.
Ciara Grant II - 11.6.93 - 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 167cm tall.
Lynn-Marie Grant - 25.2.89 - MF from Waterford, played for Lifford, attended soccer scholarship at Waterford IT. Went to the 2009 Universiade in Belgrade while in the 2nd year of her business degree at WIT and attached to Tramore AFC. Played four games for Wexford Youths in the 12-13 WNL, as well as the 3-0 WFAI Cup semi-final defeat by Raheny 22.9.12. Was playing Wexford League stuff for North End United in 2019 and won League POTY. Won a treble with Forth Celtic in 2020, and was POTM in the 4-0 Wexford Cup final win over New Ross Town 6.9.20 at Ferrycarrig Park. Brother Stephen played for Waterford, Stockport County etc then became a pro golfer. Interview with Final Whistle podcast March 2021: She was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at 18yo and found it hard to manage the condition alongside soccer. She drifted out of football and had children. Made a top level comeback signing for Wexford Youths ahead of the 2021 WNL and said she had her "grá" (love) of soccer back, wanted to prove herself and be a good example to her children.
Emma Greene - Capped as a 15th-min sub for S Cunningham in 2-1 friendly win in Klaksvik, Faroe Isles, 12.10.04. Was attached to Carrigaline FC from Cork.
Emma Griffin - 23.10.81 - Waterford-born, played for Benfica while living in Dublin: "home games for me are really away games and away games are home games!" Listed as a Benfica player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Benfica player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre. A "speedy defender". Played and scored in an experimental Ireland team's 2-1 friendly win in Klaksvik, Faroe Isles, 12.10.04. Benfica's "Teenage sensation... in her first season at senior level" nominated for June 1998 DWSL POTM (won by P Devlin of Shamrock Rovers).
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Margaret Griffin - 4 caps for Ireland per 1983 LFAI Cup final prog and 1 goal v Scotland in 1975. MF and founder member of Dublin Castle in 1972, still with the club in 1983 Cup final defeat. Civil servant w Revenue Commissioners in Dub Castle. Played gaelic footy for Rochfortbridge and Westmeath alongside M Stokes. A "Margaret Griffen" was LFAI secretary in 1985 - same person? M Griffin started 1-0 win over Wales 29.5.77 at Tolka Park. Dublin Castle player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. Listed as no 7 in match prog v England at Exeter, 2.5.78. Dublin Castle player listed in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. Scored in the match. Margaret Griffin (club=Dublin Castle) was in a Dublin Civil Service League select team which played a "special challenge match" at Anne O'Brien's Reims 29.11.75: "Although we lost they had the Irish girl Anne O'Brien playing for them and she was really great and we all felt very proud of her". Originally from Ennis, Co. Clare "I used to play camogie at home. But when I came to Dublin Theresa Teatum and I decided to start a soccer team in our office - the Revenue Commissioners in Dublin Castle - we put up posters and went around recruiting and I must say it caused a general laugh amongst the men but we did get a team together." Dublin Castle player called up for the 1-1 draw in Larne, 13.5.78.
Anne Griffith - GK from the Evergreen club in Kilkenny. Capped twice in 1973 v Wales and NI. An Evergreen Kilkenny goalkeeper listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73. The elder stateswoman in the squad at 22 (b. 1950/51). Kilkenny People 25.5.73: "The [Club Kilkenny] committee congratulates Anne Griffiths on her first international cap and according to reports from the Welsh game it looks like the first of many for Anne". Played Kilkenny 7-a-side league stuff with 'Country Areas' in 1973. Captain and goalkeeper on the Fit Remoulds team which lost the Cup final 1-0 to Suffragettes at St John's GAA ground, Kilkenny, 24.1.72. Women's soccer in Kilkenny had started in summer 1968 when local stalwart Brendan Lonergan took a team to Ballyfermot - including Griffith - who were stuffed 11-0.
Fiona Grogan - 14.9.72 - 49th min sub for L Curran in 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. Listed as a Belvedere player. Boyne Rovers player named in Fran Rooney's U18 squad for 'Millenium International' v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Boyne Rovers player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Recalled to national team training in April 1990 after an eight-month lay-off caused by studying for her leaving cert. Left out of the squad for the Holland home match but set a target of 7-8 weeks to get back to full fitness by Fran Rooney. Signed for Belvedere in April 1990 for their summer Leinster League season, having guested for them the previous season while attending St Oliver's school in Drogheda. Helped Belvedere beat Rathfarnham in the 1990 Leinster Shield final. C Dyas and Margaret Garry also joined Belvedere from Boyne Rovers who had folded. Also played for Drogheda basketball club. Eight siblings - sister Lorraine played basketball for Ireland and on a scholarship at the University of Hartford (92-95). The family grew up in a 3-bedroom house on the same street at future Leeds United and Ireland right back Gary Kelly, who was the youngest of 13. Fiona took a soccer scholarship at Methodist (92-95), who loved signing Irish players after the success of A Thorpe and C Byrne, among others. She was bereaved by the untimely death of her father during her freshman year, but decided to stick it out in the USA. Was a second half sub for Boyne Rovers in their 2-0 LFAI Cup final defeat by Rathfarnham Utd at Balbriggan, 25.9.88. She played for Welsox during her three-month summer hols from University. Mentioned as playing (and scoring) for Templeogue United in a 3-3 draw at Benfica in July 2001. Scored in Boyne Rovers' LFAI U19 Cup final win over Cork Celtic (3-0, 1985).
Veronica "Ronnie" Guerin - 5.7.58-26.6.96 - Dunseedy FW played as a sub in 0-5 friendly defeat by England at Dalyer, May 1981. Also played basketball for Ireland and for the Killester Kittens club. School St Mary's Holy Faith were all-Ireland girl's basketball champs in 1974. Played for the senior Irish schoolgirls basketball team against England at St Patrick's Youth Club in Mallow, 21.2.76. Went with Irish champs Killester Kittens in April 1978 to play Southgate Wasps in London in the first leg of the B.I.B.F. Cup final. Big Man Utd fan. Became a famous journalist murdered by underworld drug criminals, was made into a movie starring Cate Blanchett. Entry at the Dictionary of Irish Biography. "Ronnie Gurein" (sic) listed as a Dunseedy player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a "Bracken" Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81.

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Susan "Sue" Halloran - 26.7.64 - unused sub in 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. Benfica (Leinster Ladies League) player named in Tony Kelly's provisional 23-player squad for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82 - but didn't make the final 16 to travel. Waterford League had just returned to LFAI affiliation after a 3-year lapse. She played for Benfica in the 92 LFAI Cup final which (for some reason) was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. Her kick hit the bar as Benfica lost 4-1 to Welsox on penalties after a 1-1 AET draw.
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Emma Hansberry - Castlebar Celtic 2011-2015, joined Wexford Youths in June 2015. Won inaugural WNL POTY in 11/12 scoring 7 goals. Strandhill native. Previously played for Strand Celtic and her school Ursuline College. Featured at Under 17 World Cup 2010. Sligo GAA player with the St Mary's club. 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 165cm tall. Unused sub in 3-0 defeat by USA, San Jose, 10.5.15 and the 1-0 win over Haiti in Laurderhill, FL, 14.5.15. Unused sub in Euro 2017 quals against Spain (home and away), Montenegro (home and away) and Finland (away). Under 19 FAI POTY 2012. Didn't play in 2019? Won 3 league titles w Wexford (15/16, 2017 and 2018) as well as the 2015 and 2018 FAI Cups. Non-playing squad member at the 2014 Cyprus Cup. Attended IT Carlow studying Sports Science while playing for Wexford Youths. Attended 2016 Cyprus Cup desperate for a senior cap and was given a run out against Hungary in 3rd group match, a 1-0 defeat 7.3.16 in Paralimni. Was an 79th-min sub for R Littlejohn. Wexford Youths and IT Carlow pal C O'Riordan debuted in same game. Got another cap on same ground 2 days later as Ireland beat Finland 2-0 in 7/8th play off to avoid wooden spoon. Came on for D Caldwell on 76 mins.
Susan Mary "Sue" Hayden - 8.7.62 - Arklow player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. 21yo Kilmaconogue DF w 1 cap in 27.4.86 Eng prog, was an assembly operator (1986). Debuted in starting 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a Wicklow player, subbed for L Fitzwilliam on 60 minutes. Played for Greystones in the winter Wicklow League and Rathfarnham in the summer league. Called up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, while playing for Rathfarnham United. Rathfarnham LFC player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Starting GK in 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to Rathfarnham. 1990 FAI Player of the Year (awarded during adverts in TV coverage!) beating out co-nominees B Reynolds and G O'Malley. Played in goal and outfield for Ireland, like Con Martin (and M Leahy). "Tremendous game" (Irish Examiner) as a Rathfarnham player in 0-1 defeat by Sweden 7.6.92 at Dalymount Park, only beaten in injury time. Also started Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92 was a computer operator. Moreen L.F.C. player for friendly v NI 17.10.93, Sligo. Given a special award for 25 caps by FAI CEO Sean Connolly before Ireland's 2-0 win in Sligo. Rathfarnham player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. In 1991 was training Dalkey hockey club in her spare time. Rathfarnham player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Little brother Dernaun Hayden played schoolboy soccer for Malahide United. POTM in 2-0 defeat in Holland, 18.11.89 despite being beaten by 2 Ria Vestjens penalties. Rathfarnham player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, played in the 1-0 defeat. Rathfarnham player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Played in the 5-1 defeat. Conceded embarrassing equaliser direct from a corner to Anja Rein in 3-1 home Euro qual win over minnows Faroe Islands 28.10.95. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 32yo Moreen Celtic player/coach w 28 caps. Was employed in security printing. Ireland lost 3-0: "only the excellent goalkeeping of Sue Hayden saved them from a more humiliating defeat". Rathfarnham player listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Retained her place in a revamped senior squad for a November 1996 friendly in NI as a Verona (Blanchardstown) player. Played for Rathfarnham in the 3-1 1991 LFAI Cup final win over L Gorman's Belvedere 'A' side at Dalyer, 6.11.91. Three days earlier she was sent off in Rathfarnham's President's Cup final win over Blacklion at Jackman Park, Limerick. Her foul conceded a pen which was missed as Rathfarnham won 5-0 and retained the title. Reported (2002) to have 43 caps. She began her soccer career as a centre-half with Micko Rangers, then moved on to Kilmac. Her coach tried her out in goal due to "towering" height (5'11"). From the village of Killincarrig, near Greystones. Her three brothers were members of Greystones AFC. She was involved in a traffic accident in May 1998 which knocked her confidence and injured her shoulder. She was awarded £9,300 damages but it was said in court that she was unlikely to play for Ireland again. Her witness FAI coach Eamonn Collins told the judge that but for the accident she could have gone on to win 70 or 80 caps. She had continued to play at club level and - challenged on this point by the defence lawyer - said simply: "There's a difference between club and international standard". When Neptune lost 2-0 to Oldcourt Celtic in the Wicklow Ladies Soccer Shield, April 1981, their "new goalkeeper" Susan Hayden won praise for her performance. She was in goal for Bray club Micko's Angels (named for coach Micko Cahill) in January 1982 when they thrashed Kilmac 5-1 to take a commanding lead in the Wicklow Ladies' Soccer League table. She was with Kilmac in 1983. In August 2003 she had the ignominy of keeping goal for Rathfarnham in a 5-0 DWSL defeat by Shamrock Rovers who could only muster nine players.
Susan Elaine Heapes - 6.1.81 - Dubliner - St Catherines player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. St Catherines MF in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Susan Heap (sic) - St Catherines player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96. St Catherines player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996. Arsenal (2000) from St Catherine's. Joined at same time as C Thorpe and Y Tracy. Not in Arsenal team lists 01/02? Was back w St Catherine's in 3-1 FAI Cup final defeat by all-conquering Shamrock Rovers 29.7.01, at AUL. St Catherines in 2009 LFAI Cup final v St Francis. Played for Shamrock Rovers in 2002 UWCL in Nis, Serbia. St Catherine's player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, came on at HT for A Walsh. Nominated for 2000 FAI U18 POTY: "She is currently the international team's left back". Played 1-11 for St Catherine's. Was a member of the Celt Cup squad. In September 1992 she was an 11yo goalie with St Catherine's from Bonham Street, in the Liberties area of Dublin. Clearly had a strong affinity with "The Cats" and their big-hearted supremo Br Bernard Twomey.
Tina Hegarty - Cork Celtic player and schools international sprinter from the Leevale Athletic club. From the Glen area in Cork. Named Cork Celtic's Most Improved Player after taking up soccer in the 1981 season and was called into the senior training squad by T Kelly in December 1981. Played well for the losing side in Glade Celtic's 2-0 Presidents Cup win over Killeady United at Crosbarry, 17.4.83. In August 1982 "Irish international Tina Hegarty" was "a surprising omission" from Cork's 16-woman Bracken Cup squad. "Her impressive displays earned her an international cap for the Republic of Ireland against Northern Ireland". Moved to New York in 1985 and married Fermanagh-born Adrian Gallagher there in December 1989. While in NY she played for the Shamrocks club. Dad Stephen had reputedly been a team mate of the great Jackie Morley at Glasheen.
Louise Anne Henchy - 1.3.82 - Stated at the Clare Champion to have u19 and 3 senior caps. Knocked back a soccer scholarship to Alabama. From Ennis, is an accountant by trade. Played gaelic for The Banner club and Co Clare. Lifford FC since 1990. DC/Sweeper in soccer and MF in gaelic football. 2003 World Student Games. University of Limerick/Lifford player in 2003 Algarve Cup squad. Capped in friendly win in Klaksvik, Faroe Isles, 12.10.04. "An accomplished central defender" nominated for the FAI U18 POTY in Oct 2000. Had captained Lifford to the U18 LFAI Cup and the LFAI Intermediate Cup in 2000, as well as the Limerick League and Cup. Started University of Limerick in 2000. Played in Lifford's FAI Cup final defeat by UCD, 10.8.03 at Richmond Park.
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Eithne Hennessy - 24.6.71 (per FAI - but wrong unless she debuted for Ireland at 12yo?) - billed Eithne Henness[e]y on FAI website - GK from Waterford. 23yo Benfica player and quality control officer in squad v Denmark 17.4.85. Had 3 caps, had been "on the panel" w Ireland since 1981. Also played squash and badminton. Seaview Celtic player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Waterford League had just returned to LFAI affiliation after a 3-year lapse. "This is quite an achievement as it is Eithne's first year playing soccer" - Munster Express. She was a 21yo from Annestown who worked at the industrial estate in Merrymack and played Gaelic football, as well as being a selector for Seaview Celtic U15s. Had been a pupil at the Convent of Mercy, Dungarvan. At 15yo on 1.8.76 she was "one of the two best players on view" as Waterford were outclassed 6-6 4-3 by Cork at Midleton. In June 1982 she played in Seaview's first match in the newly-formed Waterford League, at Palliser Park, Annestown against Kilmacthomas. In 'Roy of the Rovers' stuff, she saved a first half penalty at 0-0, then with Seaview 2-0 down in the second half she moved outfield and plundered two goals, the second direct from a corner, to snag a 3-2 win. Joined local rivals Benfica ahead of their 1984 season. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, as Benfica GK, only Waterford player in squad. Unused sub in 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. Debut in 3-2 win over NI 23.10.83 after Tony Kelly dropped J Hogan and remodelled squad: "acquitted herself very well indeed". Was playing for Seaview Celtic. Recalled after 2 years in the wilderness in March 87. Benfica player in squad for home friendly v Finland, 28.6.87. Kept goal for Benfica in 1993 LFAI Cup win. Unused sub in 4-0 Euro qual win over NI, 7.10.90 at Belfield. Great game for holders Benfica in their 2-1 1995 LFAI Presidents Cup win over Castle Rovers (played in May 1996 at Jamesboro FC - it was held over due to Euro qualifying): "Eithne Hennessy was called on time after time to defend assaults from all sides". She played for Benfica in the 92 LFAI Cup final which (following repeated appeals from Rathfarnham over their "controversial" second round elimination) was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. Benfica lost 4-1 to Welsox on penalties after a 1-1 AET draw. She won three caps per a 27.4.90 Waterford News and Star article about Benfica's 25-year anniversary.
Noreen Herlihy - 4.6.65, Cork - MF - Massasoit Community College alongside Sue Kelly. Took up US scholarship as a Cork Rangers player missing 4-0 defeat by Sweden, 18.9.88. Sweden 7.5.88 prog: "after just over one year at international level, Noreen has made a great impression". Cork-born 21yo w 6 caps and 2 goals at that stage. She was spotted by coach Skip Mortimer while on a basketball tour to the US with the C.G. All-Star club and also played basketball at college. Stayed in 'digs' with the Gould family in Brockton, Massachusetts. Scored opener v Scotland in (annulled? the Scots later withdrew) Euro 1989 qualifier at Tolka Park on Easter Sunday 3.4.88. Cork Rangers player who also played club Basketball for Kyer Kelts and for her school Sacred Heart Secondary. Six siblings (4 brothers, 2 older, 2 younger sisters; brother John was a good handball (GAA) player). Mercyhurst University HOF 2005, played 2 seasons 90, 91 and graduated with sports medicine degree. Asst coach at Mercyhurst (92-94) then head coach at Slippery Rock (95-2014; signed Sonya Maher) and Akron (2015-present) Debut as sub in 4-1 win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87, reportedly the final match at Glenmalure Park. Scored winner v NI Nov 87. "tremendous pace with a knack for scoring goals from midfield". Listed as a Cork Celtic player in squad for Euro qual in Holland 12.3.88. Did well in the half-hour "Mercantile Credit Trophy" showpiece game at Wembley, 17.4.88, drawing a fine save from England's goalie Terry Wiseman after two minutes then kicking a 20-yard shot over the bar in the second half as plucky Ireland went down 2-0. Went to Wembley as a 22yo Cork Rangers player and Imperial Hotel employee. Played for Cork Select XI, in a 3-0 exhibition game defeat by Ireland WNT at the Mardyke, 19.8.84. A member of the Killeady team which won the Cork League in September 1984. Named Player of the Tournament at the 1986 "Bracken" (inter-League) representing the Ladies League of Ireland, after which Fran Rooney pitched her into the national team. Mentioned as scoring two goals for Rossa Rangers in their 3-2 Ardmanning Ladies Soccer League final win over Crosshaven in July 1983. Rossa Rangers merged into Killeady Rangers (I think). Was in the Killeady Rangers team who lost the 1984 Cup final on pens after a 2-2 draw w Dublin Castle 4.11.84 at Kilcohan Park, Waterford. Only won 7 caps 2 goals before heading to the US. A good egg who volunteers at a hospice and has coached orphans in Haiti. Learned to play soccer with the boys on the street (Maiville Terrace in the Turners Cross area of Cork) but her basketball exploits made her a latecomer to organised soccer.
Laura Hislop - 12.7.82, Belfast - Lahra Anne Hislop on FAI records - Pacey FW sometimes used on the LW in Noel King's doughty 4-5-1. Listed as a New Hampshire Phantoms/Franklin Pierce player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park (same clubs listed for S Hughes). Nickname="Shaka". Described as "Sandy Row's finest" by Irish Independent. NI protestant encouraged by Vermont International college pal Sonya Hughes to try out for the Republic. "Coming from where I am it was tough at the beginning" but soon felt welcomed in. NI coach Shane Lynch gave her the green light as NI could offer no training or games. A bit like the situation w Alan Kernaghan ie. the North didn't want to make use of her so she accepted an offer from the Republic. Was playing for NIFL team Crusaders in 2015. Previously played for the ominous-sounding Shankill Predators.
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Jackie Hogan - GK "experienced netminder" w 6 caps and 2 u18 caps per 1983 LFAI Cup final prog. Joined Glade Celtic from Cremona Dynamoes. Gave "Jennings-style [...] examples of soccer at its finest" in 2-0 win over Dub Castle at Belfield, 2.10.83. Also a qualified referee. Glade Celtic player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80. Dropped by Tony Kelly after 6-0 defeat in Reading, 11.9.83, and reportedly retired from football such was her annoyance. Nevertheless named in Eamonn Darcy's first squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Made two notable saves from Evelyn Malone in the 2-1 Euro qualifier win over NI in Ards, 2.10.82. Made a third save from the same player but Geraldine Smyth turned in the rebound. Made a series of brilliant saves in the 1-0 defeat by England at Dalyer 7.11.82: "stirring display [...] easily Ireland's best player". Named in Eamonn Darcy's first WNT training session at Belfield 3.3.84. Glade Celtic player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. 19yo in April 1983 (born 63/64) was a 5' 5" trainee chef with Highline Catering Co. Had guested for Rathfarnham United on their successful French tour 1983. Had seven brothers and was encouraged in sport by her late father. "already been capped for her country against Belgium, Northern Ireland, England and Scotland". In May 1983 she was hailed as "Europe's top lady goalkeeper" by the Munster Express ahead of WNT friendly v a Waterford X1 at Kilcohan Park.
Patrica "Trish" Hughes - 8.12.68 - Scored twice in 3-1 U18s win v NI at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85. Took up US scholarship as a Welsox player prior to 4-0 defeat by Sweden, 18.9.88. Sweden 7.5.88 prog: 19yo full back w 8 caps "found her niche in defence after some years as a forward". Made Ireland comeback v Holland 29.11.87, Spark United player/student. Rathfarnham United player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Coker College "Cobras", South Carolina, degree in PE and record goalscorer w 58. Four year captain at Coker. Graduated 93 so must have 'red-shirted'? Per Coker College HOF entry (2001), won 20 Ireland caps from 1985-90. Alabama Angels (W-League?) 1995-98. Salem College director of athletics 2017-. Did masters in education at University of Montevallo assistant coach 1995-1999. Head coach at Auburn 2000, then back to Montevallo where she was head women's soccer coach for 10 years approx and then progressed through senior roles to assistant director of athletics. Left in 2014 to be associate director of athletics at New Haven.
Sonya Hughes - 9.9.81 - St Brendan's player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. St Brendans player in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Scored v Faroes. Franklin Pierce Ravens (2002-2005) alongside Laura Hislop. St Francis LFC. Ireland World Student Games squads in 2004 (hattrick v hosts Turkey) and 2007 (skipper). Appointed manager of Glebe North FC's new DWSL team in Jan 2018, based in her native Balbriggan. Predators (Belfast) player in 2003 Algarve Cup squad. Listed as a New Hampshire Phantoms/Franklin Pierce player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Franklin Pierce player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre. Played for Tolka Rovers before college in America per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08. 2-1 friendly defeat by Scotland at AUL Clonshaugh, 11.8.01 was first senior cap according to SoccerScene.ie.
Teresa Hurley - St Patrick's (Arklow) player in Eamonn D'Arcy's injury-hit squad for ECQ w NI at Glenmalure Park, 5.5.85. Came on as a sub in this match for B Flood on 67 minutes, ten minutes later her run up the right wing and cross set up B Cummins for the only goal. Also came on as a sub in the 2-1 defeat at Tinto Park, Glasgow, 2.6.85. Arklow player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. Started 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a St Patrick's Dublin player. Teresa Hurley was a highly-decorated hockey player w 82 caps for Ireland (1988-96) - same person as confirmed by Muckross Hockey Club.
Cathleen "Cathy" (sometimes misspelled 'Kathleen/Kathy') Hynes - Scored a late penalty consolation in 6-1 defeat by England in Exeter, 2.5.78. Irish Press attributed Ireland's goal to "B. Hannon" (sic), Exeter Express said it was a late "Kathlees Hynes" penalty. Listed as no 8 in match prog. Scored winner in 1-0 win over Wales 29.5.77 at Tolka Park. Played up front w Breda Hanlon and struck 27th-min pen. past Diane Totty after being tripped by Lesley Judd. Irish Independent match report praised her "flair and style". Willesden, Friends of Fulham. "Offaly-born" FW scored twice for FOF in 4-2 Home Counties League Cup final win over Town and County 16.4.1989. Moved to London 14 years earlier as 21yo. Was a clerical worker at St John's Hospital. Had joined Chelsea in 1976. Tried to retire but FOF kept tempting her back: "I told the club that I'd only play if they were desperate and they've picked me ever since". Had 4 apps 2 goals for Ireland but was annoyed at never getting an actual cap. 71st-min sub for T Springett (daughter of Ron, ex-Willesden teammate) in 89 WFA Cup final at Old Trafford in FOF's 3-2 defeat before the C4 cameras, despite a brace from Hope Powell. Match prog: "A most versatile player. This season Cathy has played in goal, defence, midfield and [as] a goalscoring forward. A fine example to other players, the type of player needed by any successful team." Willesden player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. Willesden ("Red Devils"-all red strip, based at Wormwood Scrubs, formed 1972, manager Bob Dolton) tied up with Old Actonians in 1980. Employed as a HCO in a hospital per FA Cup QF prog FOF v Arsenal 4.3.90. Joined Friends of Fulham 83/84. Noreen O'Flynn also left Willesden/Actonians for FOF. They represented Ireland alongside the cream of English talent Wiseman, Sempare, Spacey etc. Played for FOF in their 2-0 1985 WFA Cup final win over Doncaster Belles at Craven Cottage, scored killer second goal "a sumptuous chip". It was known as the Sempare final after Brenda Sempare gave Donny the runaround. Unused sub in the 1990 FA Cup final, as Doncaster Belles beat FOF 1-0 at the Baseball Ground, Derby. Not in the Wimbledon LFC player lists 91/92 (FOF became Wimbledon to join the 1st National League in 1991). Not in match day squad for 1987 FA Cup semi defeat by St Helens (injured?) but was in the team photo in the programme.

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Rianna Lauren Jarrett - 5.7.94 - Player of colour, shrugged off a series of knee injuries. Signed by Brighton and Hove Albion after showing up well for Wexford Youths in the WNL.
Rachel Jenkins, 30.12.83 RW, called up by Noel King as replacement for injured M O'Brien for home qual v Romania, 28.6.03. Played for UCD in 06 Cup final. Also played for St Catherine's and Peamount United. From Bray, joined Ardmore Rovers u10s and went on to Lourdes Celtic at u12s when not allowed to play boys' football. Nominated for FAI U18 POTY in Jan 2002 while w St Catherine's. Played in 2003 World University Games in Daegu, South Korea (where she did her ACL) and also the 2007 and 2009 editions. Handed a senior cap 6.6.05 in a 2-1 friendly win over the Faroe Islands at AUL, started then subbed for E Malone. Played for The Peas in their big last-32 tie w PSG in Sept/Oct 2011. Signed for Shamrock Rovers from Peamount United ahead of the inaugural WNL. Hailed by Shams as a "fast tricky player with an eye for goal" with "a huge amount of experience and success". Named in 2011/12 Team of the Year. Started 12/13 w Shams but saw the season out with DLR Waves.
Tina Jones - Avengers player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. 1999 FAI yearbook attributes one goal in 5-1 v NI 1977 at Newry and 3 goals in 6-0 v NI 1977 at Dublin to "Jones". Prog v Denmark 17.4.85 lists Tina Jones as an all-time top scorer. Mentioned as an international player with 5 caps and 4 goals ahead of Avengers' (Cabra) LFAI Cup semi-final clash with Cork Celtic at Turner's Cross, 14.10.79. Scored twice in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75: an understrength Limerick were shocked 4-3 by Jones's Avengers (Dublin) team, Limerick's first LLoI defeat which cost them a third consecutive "Kevin Gaynor perpetual".
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Connie Jordan - Evergreen (Kilkenny) RW played v Reims in 1972. Capped against NI in 1973. Played Kilkenny 7-a-side league stuff with St. Johns in 1973. Was 21yo (born 1949/50) RW/FW in the Fit Remoulds team which lost the 1971 Cup final to Suffragettes in January 1972 at St. John's Park GAA ground. Rated as a fast and skilful dribbler with an eye for goal.
Mary Joyce - Analog player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80 and v Belgium 27.10.80. Limerick player listed in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. She played in the game which was a curtain-raiser to the men's FAI Cup final (attendance: 10,000) but was sent-off for a punch-up with Scotland's Liz Creamer, who also walked. GAA President Donal Keenan was moved to remark at their congress: "I suggest that camogie is a much more suitable game for our young women". FAI boss Leo Cleary branded Keenan's comments stupid. She was described as a Limerick "shop girl". One of 6 Limerick League players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. "Mary Joyce, who was unavailable for the match in Newry, will be a big boost to the Republic team. Mary is a great competitor and is respected throughout the country for her whole-hearted commitment to the game". Limerick DF in Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. The match programme said she was a right back who had one cap v NI. Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "...Mary Joyce, Ann Cross, Pauline Maher and Freda Noonan came on for the last 15 minutes..." - Limerick Leader. M Joyce started at Dalyer in 5-0 friendly defeat by England 3.5.81. 1999 FAI yearbook attributes a goal in 3-1 win v NI 1976 at Butlins Mosney to Joyce. One of five Limerick players to feature in the 1-1 draw with NI in Lurgan, 23.10.73. One of four Limerick players to be selected for the 2-1 inter-League defeat by NI at Oriel Park, Dundalk, 12.10.74. Mary Joyce was a Shannon Diamond defender in the Limerick team which beat Land Registrars (Dublin) 3-2 at Ringsend Park in the FAI Women's Cup semi, July 1975: "Mary Joyce, Ann Cross and Catherine Brown were sound in the backs". Played in the final at Markets Field, 7.9.75, when Limerick beat CSO (Dublin) 2-1. Played in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75, understrength Limerick shocked 4-3 by Avengers (Dublin), their first league defeat which cost them a third consecutive "Kevin Gaynor perpetual". Mentioned in the Limerick Leader 30.6.71 as a player of distinct promise in Frank "Junior" Keane's Ballynanty Rovers side, "unbeaten in 63 over the past three years". Pictured in the Analog team photo ahead of the "All-Ireland soccer final" (President's Cup?) v Suffragettes at the Mary Immaculate College grounds, 13.12.81.

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Michelle Kane - 3.12.78 - Started a 3-2 win over Iceland's u21s 6.7.01. Also started both games at the Celt Cup, September 2000. Started ill-fated 5-0 WCQ defeat in Yugoslavia, 8.9.01, subbed by D Deasley. Went to the same school as O O'Toole, St Laurence O'Toole's Girls' NS in tough inner city Dublin. Aodhan O Riordain set up thriving GAA and soccer teams when he worked there before going into politics. Part of the Dana Cup-winning u19 team in July 1996. Called into a revamped senior squad for a November 1996 friendly in NI as a St Catherine's player, alongside several other members of the Dana Cup-winning youth team. Played for Shamrock Rovers in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, which they lost to Shelbourne on penalties after a 2-2 draw. In September 1992 she was a 13yo sweeper with St Catherine's from Sheriff Street, Dublin.
Siobhan Kane - 28.3.75 - Listed as an Arsenal reserve player in Chelsea LFC prog for Greater London Premier Div match 24.4.97: "Age 21 - student teacher - played for Eire u21s - first season at Arsenal" An RSLFC player named in the squad v Belgium 31.3.96, subbed in for A McNally on 88 minutes per FAI records. Playing for Castle Rovers in the DWSL, August 1996. Was in the Castle Rovers team for the 3-0 LFAI Cup final win over O'Connells at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. In September 1992 a Siobhan Kane was a 13yo defender with St Catherine's from Casino, in inner City Dublin.
Alexandra "Alex" Kavanagh - 11.12.99 - Shels prospect given a 5-minute sub outing against Euskadi 26.11.16 in a 2-1 friendly win at Tallaght. Ball-playing CM with an eye for goal. WNL POTM in April 19. Joined Shels at 11yo and also played youth stuff for Home Farm boys. Promoted from Shels youth team to WNL team ahead of the 2016 season at same time as L Kiernan. Played a friendly for IRL u15s v ENG at 12yo (at opening of St George's Park), making her reportedly the youngest player to represent Ireland. Brother Cian played for Shels on loan in 2016, from Shamrock Rovers.
Annette Kealy - Named in Eamonn Darcy's first WNT training session at Belfield 3.3.84. "Annette Keely" Green Angels player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. "A Kealey" listed in Ireland's Saturday Night report of 2-1 Euro qualifier win over NI in Ards, 2.10.82. Green Angels player started in 1-0 ECQ defeat by England at Dalyer 7.11.82. [Annette Kealy from Raheny the runner/lawyer/mum of four? Same person? B. 30.11.67 would only have been 14yo? Unlikely - Irish Times preview for Sep 82 v SCO listed her age as 22yo]
Ruth Keegan - 29.7.69 - Was a Belvedere player in Aug 1987. Belvedere player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Unused sub in 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. First squad call up for 4-0 defeat in Mariestad, Sweden, 18.9.88, was playing for Belvedere. Made her debut in the no 2 shirt, only 13 players travelled. Started 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to Belvedere. Unused sub in Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90. 5'7'' PE major and sophomore midfielder w Methodist University 1993 alongside Alvy Styles and Collete Gilligan. 65th-min sub for L Farrell in famous 1-0 win in Lucena, Spain 8.12.91. Conceded second of 2 pens in 2-0 defeat in Holland, 18.11.89, 2 minutes from time. Was a quality controller in squad for Spain match 22.3.92. Methodist 92-95, South Atlantic Conference POTY 1995 playing as a sweeper. Hometown: Dublin. Later settled in Virginia Beach w daughter Molly. Followed coach Joe Pereia to Old Dominion University in 1996 as his assistant coach. Left 2006 and coached 2007 at Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia. Head coach of Christopher Newport University women's soccer March 2008-June 2013. Went back into PE teaching. Man Utd fan from Donaghmede, won six caps: "Unfortunately, as I'm in the States I can't play for Ireland because the funds aren't there to fly me back". Brother Kevin Keegan (!) played for Grange Abbey FC.
Keeva Keenan - 16.8.97 - Glasgow Celtic defender handed a debut cap by new boss Vera Pauw in the 3-2 win over Ukraine.
Barbara Kelly - 19.1.61 - Rathfarnham team mate of P Robinson named in the 20-player squad for the 3.5.81 5-0 friendly defeat by England at Dalyer, played the full match. With D McGarry was one of Rathfarnham's two international players in the young squad which won the 1985 LFAI Cup, beating Belvedere 2-0 in a replay at Dalyer 9.10.85 following a 2-2 draw at Limerick. Ahead of 1988 LFAI Cup final at Glebe North FC Balbriggan: "The Dublin side will be hoping that Barbara Kelly will be back to her best form after a recent car accident". Scored as a second half sub for Ireland v Cork Select XI, in a 3-0 exhibition game win at the Mardyke, 19.8.84. Listed in the Rathfarnham United squad which went to the Lyons tournament in April 1981 and finished sixth of 16 teams. Mentioned as being from Clondalkin. Listed as a Rathfarnham player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a "Bracken" Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81. Scored twice for Rathfarnham United in a bizarre inter-sex challenge match against Temple Villa AFC at the Dandywell, 14.6.81, which finished 4-4. Daft Paudric Igoe was sent off by ref Breffni Rowan for bringing Kelly down early in the second half. The Westmeath Independent reported she was an opportunist centre-forward who had four Ireland caps: "a treat to watch, dare we say in every way".
Louise Michelle Kelly - 2.5.78 - Rathfarnham player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Rathfarnham player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, subbed on at HT for A McNally in the 1-0 defeat. 2 caps at the Celt Cup, September 2000. A Dublin GAA team mate of A McNally. Part of the Dana Cup-winning u19 team in July 1996. Called into a revamped senior squad for a November 1996 friendly in NI as a Marks Celtic player, alongside several other members of the Dana Cup-winning youth team. Playing for Rathfarnham in the DWSL, July 1997.
Suzanne "Sue" Kelly - 16.9.68 - GK from Cork, 17yo youngest member of squad v Denmark 17.4.85. Big Liverpool fan, played for (Cork) Celtic and Rangers. Promising athlete in long and high jump. Sue Kelly soccer coach at Uni of South Carolina Gamecocks 1995-2000. Left under a cloud and is now a high-powered businesswoman. Asst coach Uni of Arkansas 92-95. Massasoit Community College 88-89, alongside Noreen Herlihy, transferred to West Virgina Wesleyan 90-91. Student w 4 caps per Eng 27.4.86 prog. Her "excellent goalkeeping kept England at bay" in Ireland's eventual 4-0 defeat at Elm Park. Cork Celtic GK "Panel newcomer" in Eamonn Darcy's first squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, as Cork Celtic GK, only Cork player in squad. Played in 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a Cork Celtic player - reportedly her first appearance for Ireland. Lost early goal to Ali Leatherbarrow from "bad back pass" in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87. Took up US scholarship as a Cork Rangers player prior to 4-0 defeat by Sweden, 18.9.88. Cork Celtic player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Joined Cork Celtic when her Mayfield United LFC amalgamated into the Celts. Examiner article in December 83 "She is four years with Cork Celtic now". Gave "superb goalkeeping performance" in 1-0 ECQ win over NI at Seaview in Belfast, 30.8.86. POTM and "excellent goalkeeping [..] brilliant [...] incredible" as a 15yo Cork Ladies League XI keeper in the FAI Bracken Trophy v Dublin Civil Service League XI at Cahir Park, Tipp, September 82. 0-0 FT then she saved a pen in ET then one in the shootout as Cork won 5-4 on pens. Won the LFAI U18 Cup w Cork Celtic, beating St Brendan's (Dublin) 4-0 in the final at Seaview Park, Waterford, 17.10.82. One of three "new caps" named in E Darcy's squad for friendly v Scotland at Tynecastle, 27.5.84. "Heroic goalkeeper" and "Man of the Match" (sic) in 1-0 defeat by Holland at Dalyer, 29.11.87. She grew up on the Lotabeg Estate in Mayfield, Cork. Early games for Cork Celtic's first team came as a livewire striker, usually from the subs' bench, as Martina Flood was ensconced in the goalkeeper position. Kelly was in goal for the 1982 LFAI Cup final which Cork Celtic lost 5-0 to all-conquering Dublin Castle, 10.10.82 at the Waterford Glass Sports Centre. A member of the Cork Celtic side which toured the east coast of the USA in September 1983. On 29.11.81 she kept goal for Cork Celtic "B" who lost 5-1 to Cork Celtic "A" in the Cork Ladies Cup (AKA the Martin Russell Trophy) final at Mayfield. Started the 2-0 15-minute each-way knockabout defeat at Wembley 17.4.88, her 19th appearance for Ireland. Subbed to give her latest understudy E Doyle a run out. Was a 19yo Cork Celtic player and computer operative for North Star Computers. Six of her previous 18 caps had been v NI, three v England and Scotland, two v the Dutch and one v Wales, Finland, Denmark and France. Won a total of 21 caps. Her sister Mary Kelly was a right-back and Cork Celtic team-mate: "she was very tough and clever about how she played the game".
Jennifer Louise Kett - 4.5.80 - GK Shamrock Rovers, Christian Brothers University, Memphis Tigers. Dominican College player in the under 16 triangular tournament sponsored by Lifestyle Sports at Drogheda 15/16 April 1995 v Scotland and NI. At 14yo was playing two age groups above. Was with Hamman Celtic in June 1995, alongside M Saurin. Was playing for Shamrock Rovers in June 1999. A Jennifer Kett played (outfield) for Whitehall Rangers in their 1-0 2018 FAI Intermediate Shield final defeat by Wilton United, and their 5-0 win over Manulla FC in the 2019 final. A Shamrock Rovers/Christian Brothers University, Memphis player in the 2003 Algarve Cup squad. Played for CBU "Lady Bucs" 2002 and 2003. Was the goalkeeper coach in 2004 while she finished her MBA at CBU. Started 2-1 friendly defeat by Scotland at AUL Clonshaugh, 11.8.01. Came on as a sub for C Scanlan when E Byrne was sent off in a 2-2 draw with Romania, 28.6.03 at Tolka Park. Started the next 9-0 Euro qual win in Malta, 22.10.03, when E Byrne was suspended. Played in a 6-0 defeat by a Sweden u21 team containing Lindahl, Dahlkvist, Fischer and Schelin 13.3.04 at Frank Cooke Park, Dublin. With Shamrock Rovers since 1997 per FAI women's pen pics 2003, but was also playing for DCU.
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Grainne Kierans - 20.9.78 - From Rathmullen Park, Drogheda. Played for Drogheda Rangers. Girlhood Liverpool fan who 'admired' heart-throb midfielder Jamie Redknapp. St Oliver's College player in the under 16 triangular tournament sponsored by Lifestyle Sports at Drogheda 15/16 April 1995 v Scotland and NI. Delighted home town crowd with a goal in 5-1 win over NI and two more in a 6-0 win over NI the following day. Both games w Scotland were lost, 4-0 and 2-0. St Patricks Athletic player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Shelbourne player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. Playing for Shelbourne in Jan 97, DWSL. Shelbourne player in Mick Cooke's u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. She had a hand in all 3 goals as Ireland won 3-1. St Patrick's Athletic player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, started the 1-0 defeat. Fortuna Hjorring player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, played full match at no9. Played in UWCL for St Francis then quit football in Aug 2009 aged 30, disillusioned at the lack of progress of the game in Ireland: "the standard has gone backwards", "nothing is going to happen while the same people are in charge". St Francis had been beaten 11-0 by Russian pro outfit Rossiyanka. She urged young Droghedean team mate M Campbell to go to America or England. Part of the Dana Cup-winning u19 team in July 1996, scoring 3 goals in 6 games. Called into a revamped senior squad for a November 1996 friendly in NI as a Shelbourne player, alongside several other members of the Dana Cup-winning youth team. Made her debut replacing G O'Shea for the last 30 minutes of Ireland's 5-0 win in Banbridge. She emulated fellow St Oliver's College alumni Gary Kelly and Ian Harte by playing for Ireland. Hit 2nd goal in 4-0 WCQ win over Wales at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, 8.3.98. "Glorious" 56th-minute header was her first international goal. Won the 1995 LFAI Cup w Shelbourne, came on as a 2nd half sub and set up the last goal in a 4-2 win. Broke her leg in Leeds' 2-0 win over Aston Villa 14.12.03 and sat out the rest of that season.
Leanne Kiernan - 27.4.99 - Shelbourne player called into Sue Ronan's young and predominantly home-based squad for a training camp in Wales, August 2016. Senior debut in starting the first of two friendlies v the hosts, 19.8.21, a 0-0 draw at Rodney Parade, Newport. Troubled Wales with her pace but was carried off injured on 25 minutes following a clash of heads with Kylie Davies. Two days later she sat out the 2-1 win in Caerphilly 21.8.16.
Emma Kilduff - 11.6.81 - Maynooth Town player in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Attended Hofstra Uni (2001-2004). Maynooth player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, came on as a 69th-min sub for C Grant. Hofstra listed her 'hometown' as Kildare.
Siobhan Killeen - 15.3.93 - 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 182cm tall. In March 2018 became one of an alarming number of top players to quit soccer for GAA. Was a radiographer at the Mater Hospital when she contracted then fought off Covid-19 in March 2020.
Carmel Immaculate Kissane - 9.6.73 - Listowel Celtic DF. Played as Listowel beat Letterkenny Rovers 3-0 in LFAI intermediate cup final at St James' Gate FC in Aug 1997. Benfica player called up to senior national team in Oct 1999 for ECQ in Croatia. In 2002/03 was with UCD and was manager of the UCD sports centre. Played for UCD in 2005 UWCL in Croatia. Played in the 2003 UWCL in Kolbotn, scored a stoppage-time consolotion in a 6-1 defeat by Juvisy. In FAI 2005/06 WNT team photo. From Lisselton in Kerry, dad Ritchie, mum Marie. Played on Kerry's junior Gaelic football team. Basketball star for the Waterford Wildcats and Lee Strand (Tralee) clubs. Joined Killester (Dublin) when she moved to work at UCD in c.2001. Won basketball national Cup in (at least) 2002 and 2005 w Killester. Later with the University of Limerick Huskies (2007-08). 6' tall. Also played Basketball for Ireland including at the 2005 and 2007 FIBA EuroBasket tourneys. Scored both as skipper in UCD's 2-0 2003 FAI Cup final win over Lifford at Richmond Park 10.8.03. Scored 2 in 2-1 friendly win over Faroe Islands at AUL, 6.6.05. Broke her ankle playing against NI in 2004. Later married and became Carmel Keane. Scouted for Benfica by club sec Declan Hughes who spotted her in college soccer while he was serving as UCD sec. She studied recreation management at Waterford IT and played in her fifth Intervarsities tournament in 1998. Captained coach Myles Kelly's combined colleges team which thrashed Scotland (11-1), Wales (7-0) and England (3-0) in Liverpool, April 1997. Debut was against NI at Lansdowne Road, 1-1 in a 20-minute each-way exhibition game staged in May 1999. Played for Rathfarnham in 2001 DWSL.
Emily Kraft - 18.2.02, Frankfurt - Senior debut v Belgium 20.1.19 in a 1-0 friendly defeat at Pinatar Arena, Spain. Picked up an ACL injury in an u17 game v Norway, 20.3.19, 1-1 draw at National Performance Centre in Edinburgh. Called into FFC Frankfurt's reserves in Jan 2020.

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Sara Lawlor - 11.11.87 - Peamount player named in Noel King's u17 side for "European Youth Olympics" in Paris, July 2003. 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 162cm tall. Won the 2017 WFAI Intermediate Shield playing for DWSL side Hardwicke FC, alongside S Byrne.
Marian Leahy - sometimes misspelled 'Marion' including by FAI - 22.11.60 - GK/DF w 10 caps as at 27.4.86 Eng prog, Green Park Utd player and 'computer operator'. Played for the Analog team (squad v NI 31.8.80, v Belgium 27.10.80). Limerick player listed as a reserve (sub) in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. Played as a curtain raiser to Bohs v Drogs FAI Cup final, 10,400 fans. One of 6 Limerick League players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. Captain/right-back in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87. "Excelled, held off the determined visitors" in the 1-1 draw w Sweden at Dalyer, 7.5.88, her 25th cap. Also had a hand in the equaliser, flicking on G O'Malley's free kick with her head for sub A McLoughlin to finish on 71 mins. Squad captain for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, one of 5 Welsox players in squad. 50th-minute sub for G Milner in plucky 1-0 defeat by Sweden at Dalymount Park, 7.6.92 - listed as a Rathfarnham player. Started Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90. Rathfarnham LFC player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Made captain for friendly v Mar Eng 1987 "My greatest honour [...] While I am not a vociferous captain I hope I can lead by example." Husband Ger. Dog lover, girlhood Arsenal fan. Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "...Grainne Cross, Marion Leahy and Chris Phelan dominate midfield..." "Marion Leahy clinched the match for the ex-internationals in the last 10 minutes with a marvellous shot from 20 yards out which rattled the top corner of the net..."- Limerick Leader. From Garryowen, Limerick. Helped Rathfarnham beat Blacklion 5-0 in the President's Cup Final, staged at Jackman Park, Limerick 3.11.91. Started Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92 but subbed for S Furlong after 31 minutes (injured?). Captain at Wembley 17.4.88 for 15-min each-way curtain raiser at Mercantile Credit EFL Centenary Festival - impressed from right back. Goalkeeper in 5-0 friendly defeat by Scotland at Dalyer 29.3.81: "...although five goals went past her, goalkeeper Marion Leahy from the Ahalog club [sic] in Limerick saved many a dangerous situation for the home side..." Also conceded five unanswered goals as GK at Dalyer in friendly v England 3.5.81. Limerick player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. Played for Rathfarnham in the 3-1 1991 LFAI Cup final win over L Gorman's Belvedere 'A' side at Dalyer, 6.11.91. In Dec 1991 was training men's AUL Div 2 side Firhouse Celtic. Green Park player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Reported to have played in goal as a debutante in 6-1 defeat in Exeter, May 1978, but wasn't listed in the match prog. Did well despite shipping six goals: "a brilliant outing... player of the match". Played for Rathfarnham in a 5-1 LFAI Cup QF replay win over Cork Rangers, Loreto Park, July 1995. Transferred from Greenpark Utd to Welsox in October 1987. Was quoted 35 caps in July 93, had a full set of domestic honours. First game for Limerick was in their 3-2 Cup semi-final win over Land Registrars (Dublin), Ringsend Park, July 1975: "very steady in goal". The Cup-winning Limerick team were a League-select and Leahy was listed as a Garryowen player. In the final at Markets Field, 7.9.75, when Limerick beat CSO (Dublin) 2-1, she made "a couple of masterly saves" as Limerick weathered the early storm. In June 1993 was Player of the Tournament as Leinster Ladies League won the Bracken at the public service grounds in Santry, beating holders the Munster League 2-0 in the final. Pictured in the Analog team photo ahead of the "All-Ireland soccer final" (President's Cup?) v Suffragettes at the Mary Immaculate College grounds, 13.12.81.
Therese Leahy - 16.8.66 - Benfica stalwart won full set of domestic honours. Debut v NI 26.11.1988, 2-0 win at Tolka Park. Billed as Theresa Leahy on FAI website. Hit second goal in 2-0 friendly win v NI 17.10.93, in Sligo, after being recalled from nearly 4 years in international wilderness: her first goal for Ireland in "a tremendous performance". Also set up other goal for L Towler w "telling cross". Sweden 7.5.88 prog: 21yo w 3 caps , top-scorer in Women's League of Ireland w Benfica. Hol prog 29.11.87 says debut v NI 2 weeks previously. Scored in a 6-0 friendly win over hapless NI at United Park, Drogheda, 3.9.95 from her position on RW. As a Rathfarnham player started in 3-1 home Euro qual win over Faroes 28.10.95. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 27yo Benfica player w "a number" of caps, but unlucky not to have won more, per match prog. Played well and hit post in 1986 LFAI Cup final but Benfica lost 1-0 to Dub Castle when A Styles scored a late free kick at Jonesboro, Limerick. In December 1986 she scored the third goal as Benfica saw off Rathfarnham 4-2 AET in the President's Cup final played in Bray. She played for Benfica in the 92 LFAI Cup final which (due to a series of appeals by disgruntled Rathfarnham) was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. Benfica lost 4-1 to Welsox on penalties after a 1-1 AET draw. Had 3 caps when she progressed through 1991 trials to get "long awaited" recall under new boss L Gorman. Benfica teammates S Furlong and Y Lyons also in squad. Seen as a pacey/"nifty" winger who scored goals. Still playing for Benfica as late as April 2011, when her 2 goals helped to see off Seaview United 5-3 in the Wexford Cup. C Khassal scored a hat-trick. Dubbed "lethal Leahy" by the Irish Indepedent when she netted twice to add to Maria Power's opener and secure Benfica's first ever LFAI Cup, 3-2 over Boyne Rovers, 20.9.87 at Dalyer. When Benfica celebrated their half century in 2015, evergreen Leahy - affectionately known as "Tess" - was in her 30th season as a player with the club. Incredible dedication and loyalty to Benfica, she was adored by supporters and the club hierarchy alike. Top goalscorer for Benfica in the 1997 and 1998 DWSL campaigns. League POTM in August 1999. Left for a spell in America in May 2000. Had joined Benfica in 1985 aged 19: "New girl, Therese Leahy, made it 3-0 after 20 minutes with her first goal for the club". That was in a 3-0 win over Rathgorman, 11.6.85, which was actually abandoned at half time due to rain at the St. Otteran's venue but Rathgorman graciously conceded rather than force a replay. That was on the Tuesday night and then on Thursday 13th she scored again seven minutes into Benfica's 2-0 away win over rivals Seaview Celtic at Annestown.
Katie Liston - b.1972 in West Limerick but schooled in nearby Tarbert, Kerry. Debut v Wales 9.6.94. 76th-minute sub for T Leahy in the USA B game, 1-1 at Richmond Park. First start v NI in Belfast 29.10.94 on right of midfield, hailed as "a real athletic and competitive find". Also played GAA (For the Abbeydorney club and 3 x all-star w Kerry, often likened to namesake Eoin "Bomber" Liston but not related: "No, but I'm working on the beard" was her quip) and rugby union for Irish national 'A' team. Later Dr Liston an academic at Uni of Ulster - interested in sociology of sport and concussion - a big feminist but to her credit takes a nuanced approach i.e. doesn't try to blame all the women's game's ills on men. Played for UCD in Uefa Cup. Playing for Welsox (Dublin) in 1994. Played in Welsox's 4-0 1994 LFAI Cup final win over Verona, 25.9.94 at Richer. Had only taken up soccer - disparagingly known as 'ground ball' in GAA circles - two years earlier: "I took up soccer just to keep fit, not realising then how involved I would become in the sport". Shelbourne player in 1995 after the LOI club adopted Welsox as their women's team. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 22yo student w 3 caps. Won another cap as a 70th-min sub for T Leahy in a 6-0 friendly win over hapless NI at United Park, Drogheda, 3.9.95. Played for Welsox in the DWSL and intervarsity stuff for UCD. Played in Shelbourne's 4-0 LFAI Cup final defeat by Shamrock Rovers at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Played for Shels in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, in which they beat Shamrock Rovers on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Helped launch UCD's DWSL side in 2002 - they played in intervarsity comps before then. Long-serving UC Galway and Irish Combined Colleges gaffer Dom Coll gave her honourable mention (among "great goalscorers") while putting together his all-time WSCAI X1 in 1998. Versatile - the 98 Intervarsity tourney prog pen-pics called her: "definitely the toughest defender in the business".
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Denise Lyons - 2.10.62 - had 11 caps v England 11.9.83 as 20yo Magcobar (Limerick) player. Had 1 u18 cap, in which she scored 2 against NI. "Macgovar" (sic) player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80. Scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the U18s' game v NI at Markets Field 31.8.80 but Ireland were pegged back to draw 2-2: "...away on a canter, she rode tackle after tackle and from 18 yards let fly with a rasper that went all the way to the top right-hand corner of the net". Also in squad v Belgium 27.10.80 at Dalymount. Listed as 'Denice' Lyons in 27.4.86 Eng prog, 14 caps, A.A.L. Limerick MF, computer operator. Preview in the Irish Press 18.4.86 listed her club as Aughinish Alumina, the name of a refinery. One of 6 Limerick League players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. Cremona player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. The Limerick League was disaffiliated from the LFAI in 1982, so Lyons must have moved to the Dublin club to protect her WNT place. Other Limerick stalwarts like M Leahy and G Cross were not selected. Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was a Magcobar player and captained Ireland in the match. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. "Brilliant 14-year-old left winger Denise Lyons" named an outstanding performer by the East Antrim Times in a 1-1 draw w NI at Inver Park, Larne, May 1978. (If FAI birthdate correct she was 15yo) Played in 5-0 friendly defeat by Scotland at Dalyer 29.3.81: "...little Denise Lyons, in spite of her lack of weight, tried gamely in attack..." D Lyons was a 52nd-min sub for G Cross at Dalyer in 5-0 friendly defeat by England 3.5.81. Limerick player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. Said to be English-born but grew up in Newcastle West, Limerick. Keene State Owls coach 1992-, started 29th season in 2020. As a "fiery competitor" from 1986 to 1989 scored 26 goals for the Owls while completing degree in sports management. Named to their HOF in 2003. Was "rampant in midfield" for Magcobar United in their 4-2 Limerick Cup final win over Bank of Ireland at Shanagolden, 12.10.80, impressing the watching WNT boss Tony Kelly.
Barbara Yvonne Lyons - 26.6.64 - CB - known as Yvonne. From Waterford, grew up in Carrick-on-Suir. 1992 FAI Player of the Year, also won it in 1998 - was nominated five times in total. Benfica player in squad for friendly v NI 17.10.93, "marshalled the defence superbly" in Ireland's 2-0 win in Sligo. A defender "In top form" (Irish Examiner) in 0-1 defeat by Sweden 7.6.92 at Dalymount Park, Ireland only beaten in injury time. Irish Kickboxing champ 1981. Also reportedly all-Ireland javelin champ at some stage. Girlhood Leeds fan but transferred her affections to Chelsea in 1997 as she preferred Ruud Gullit to dour George Graham! Made a playing comeback at 1991 'Bracken' after 5 years out of football and got player of the tournament as Munster captain, relaunching her WNT career. Uncapped 21yo Benfica MF in squad for Eng friendly 29.3.87. Benfica player nominated for 91/92 Opel POTY and won ahead of I O'Hanlon and C Nagle. Started Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92, was a trainee accountant. Benfica player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Benfica player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, skipper and played in a back three as dominant Ireland somehow fell to a 1-0 defeat. Benfica player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Captain in the 5-1 defeat. Benfica defender listed as skipper in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 30yo accounting technician/Benfica player w 12 caps. Key member of the 1987 Benfica LFAI Cup-winning side but missed part of the 1988 season as was in Australia. Had 3 caps when she progressed through 1991 trials to get "long awaited" recall under new boss L Gorman. One of 3 Benfica players w S Furlong and T Leahy. She played for Benfica in the 92 LFAI Cup final which (for some reason) was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. Benfica lost 4-1 to Welsox on penalties after a 1-1 AET draw. Later became a fitness instructor working out of the Kingfisher gym in Waterford, still in fine nick. Her profile attested to 32 caps, 20 as captain. Earlier had a 20-year career in Bausch+Lomb's finance dept. Presentation for 25th cap at 6-0 win over NI, Drogheda, 6.9.97, in which she scored her first goal for Ireland.

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Betty Maher - 31.3.51, Waterford - "Betty has been involved with Benfica since its formation 25 years ago. She has three caps for Ireland" per a 27.4.90 Waterford News and Star article about Benfica's 25-year anniversary. Nee Betty O'Callaghan - married 1977, her husband Richard tragically died on Christmas day 1990. She is the sister of Benfica stalwarts Joey O'Callaghan and Mary Reid. One of two Waterford players to be selected for the 2-1 inter-League defeat by NI at Oriel Park, Dundalk, 12.10.74 - her sister Mary was named as a reserve. In November 1976 she and Annette Doyle were invited to a national team training camp in Dublin. Both were from the St John's Park estate and at the time Maher worked for Waterford Glass. Both secured call-ups to the squad for the 5-1 win in Newry, 16.4.77. Was belatedly awarded her cap by the FAI on her 70th birthday in March 2021, alongside pal A Doyle.
Pauline Maher - 1999 FAI yearbook attributes a goal in 5-1 win v NI 1977 at Newry to "Maher". Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "...Mary Joyce, Ann Cross, Pauline Maher and Freda Noonan came on for the last 15 minutes..." - Limerick Leader. Scored a great goal against NI 16.4.77 in Newry: "Pauline Maher beat three players down the left wing, cut inside and rocketed a beauty over [Hilary] Brady's head and to the net. Sustained applause rang out around the Showgrounds". - Newry Reporter (who said the score was only 4-1?) According to the match programme for the Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74, she was an outside left with one cap v NI. One of five Limerick players to feature in the 1-1 draw with NI in Lurgan, 23.10.73, she scored the last-gasp equaliser. One of four Limerick players to be selected for the 2-1 inter-League defeat by NI at Oriel Park, Dundalk, 12.10.74. Pauline Maher was a Concord player in the Limerick team which beat Land Registrars (Dublin) 3-2 at Ringsend Park in the FAI Women's Cup semi, July 1975, hitting the first goal after five minutes: "This was a fine goal by Pauline, who rounded the full-back, cut inside and banged the ball into the net". Also scored in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75, but understrength Limerick were shocked 4-3 by Avengers (Dublin), their first league defeat which cost them a third consecutive "Kevin Gaynor perpetual".
Sonya Francis (Frances?) Maher - 18.6.74 from Ennis - uncapped member of squad v USA B 9.8.94 - had 1 u18 cap v Australia. Played for Lifford. Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania (The Green and Whites) 1996-1999 under coach Noreen Herlihy. 40 goals 23 assists, named in HOF in 2012, was 1996 Rookie of the Year and the program's first all-American selection. Later studied postgrad in teaching in London. Active in Gaelic games, played camogie, and gaelic football for Banner Ladies. One of five Irish players w W-League 2 Springfield Sirens in 2000. 91/92 player of the tournament in u18 "Bracken" (all-Ireland inter-county) won by Lifford Ladies representing Clare. Lifford player in squad for friendly v NI 17.10.93. 1 goal as skipper in u20 "development team's" 6-0 win over NI in Belfast, 29.10.94. Elevated to the senior panel for next game v France at Turner's Cross, 12.11.94. Scored for holders Lifford in Presidents Cup final 21.11.93 at Kilcohan Park but they were beaten 2-1 by Cork Rangers. Benfica player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Subbed in for S Ronan after an hour in the 5-1 defeat. Benfica defender listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Boston player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, came on at HT for C Conlon. Studied in London and turned out for Denham United Ladies. Lifford player called up to U18 squad to play Australia, 18.1.92, a 3-0 defeat at Coolock Lane. Joined Benfica in 1994 when she moved to study recreation management at Waterford RTC. A "new face" in M Cooke's squad for the ill-fated ECQ w Sweden in Boras, 20.9.92, she was an unused sub in Ireland's 10-0 defeat.
Edel Malone - 23.3.86 - Lifford Ladies Attended Hofstra Uni (2005-2009, 'redshirted' in 2006) Hometown: Ennis. Listed as a Hofstra player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Started game and set up second goal for O O'Toole in 2-0 win over Swiss. Lifford player named in Noel King's u17 side for "European Youth Olympics" in Paris, July 2003. Debut 0-0 draw w Mexico at The Algarve Cup 11.3.06.
Aislinn Meaney - 24.10.98 - 5'2'' FW from Ennis. Signed by Akron University coach N Herlihy in Aug 19. Was previously 3 years in WNL w Galway WFC, started off at Lifford LFC, joined Galway in 2017. Played intervarsity stuff w NUI Galway 2017-2019 and went to 2019 Universiade in Naples. Senior debut 18.1.18 in a 1-0 friendly defeat by Portugal in the Azores, played 70 minutes at right back. Won another cap in the 0-4 friendly defeat by Poland in Ostroda, 9.10.18.
Emma Patricia Merrigan - 16.3.82 - GK Virginia Intermont University USA ...2000... Raheny United 2012/13. "Emma Merigan" Mercy College player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog.
Paula Merriman - 20.1.67 - Belvedere player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. Uncapped 19yo student DF per Eng 27.4.86 prog. Carried off w concussion in Ireland's 4-0 defeat at Elm Park after colliding w team mate.
Giselle Milner - 7.9.71 - Started gutsy 0-1 defeat by Sweden 7.6.92 at Dalymount Park, listed as an Elm Rovers player. Subbed by Marian Leahy on 50 minutes. One of six Belvedere players in Squad for famous 1-0 win in Spain 8.12.91, 70th-minute 'goal' disallowed for offside, straight after she entered the fray for C Scanlan. Belvedere player named in Fran Rooney's U18 squad for 'Millenium International' v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Played for L Gorman's Belvedere 'A' team in the 3-1 1991 LFAI Cup final defeat by Rathfarnham at Dalyer, 6.11.91. Belvedere player and youth leader in squad for return game w Spain at Dalyer, 22.3.92. In June 1993 scored "a blistering volley" as Leinster Ladies League won the annual Bracken at the public service grounds in Santry, beating holders the Munster League 2-0 in the final. Playing for Elm Rovers in the DWSL, June 1995. Shelbourne/Tempelogue in the 2000 DWSL. Tempelogue United 2001. Hamann Celtic 2002.
Ellen Molloy - 5.6.04, Kilkenny - Highly-promising Kilkenny teen signed by Wexford Youths in July 2019 and unleashed on the WNL in 2020. Promptly underlined her wunderkind credentials with a series of jaw-dropping goals and scooped the WNL POTM for August 2020. Rated by those in the know as a potential 'generational' talent. Has family links to Florida and is known to be pencilling-in a US scholarship. Called up by Vera Pauw for the 3-0 qualifying defeat in Germany, 19.9.20, then handed a senior debut in the 1-0 defeat in Kiev, 23.10.20. 86th-minute sub for H Scott. Scored twice against champs Peamount to hand them their first (and only) league defeat of the season. Peamount paid Molloy a very genuine compliment by handing the excellent K Duggan a marking job on her in the FAI Women's Cup semi, 8.11.20. She gave Duggan the slip once, flashing in ahead of N Farrelly, but her header came back off the post. Wexford lost 1-0 to a D Beirne goal but Molloy will have learnt more from that titanic tussle w Duggan than from thwacking in any number of 'worldies' against the League's lesser lights. Finished debut WNL campaign with 8 goals, named in the WNL Team of the Season and with the Young POTY award.
Geraldine Molloy - Listed in the programme for Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. An inside forward from Donegal who had one cap v Wales. A 16yo (born 56 or 57) TT Harps right back listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73.
Chloe Moloney - 19.5.98 - Defender from Quilty, Co Clare. Dad Aidan 'Horse' Moloney was a GAA star with Clare. Went to the 2015 U17 Euros in Iceland. With Galway WFC in 15/16 and the transitional 2016 campaign, in which she was named in the WNL Team of the Season. Signed for Peamount United for 2017 and retained her place in the WNL Team of the Year. Attended St Joseph's Secondary School Spanish Point and played youth soccer for Connolly Celtic, coached by Irene Hehir. Galway WFC player called into Sue Ronan's young and predominantly home-based squad for a training camp in Wales, August 2016. Senior debut in the second friendly v the hosts, a 2-1 win in Caerphilly, 21.8.16, 82nd-minute sub for N Prior. The game finished with an all-Galwegian back four: M De Burca with debutantes Shauna Fox, Sadhbh Doyle and honorary Galwegian Moloney.
Grace Moloney - 1.3.93 - Reading GK, U17 WWC 2010.
Janice "Jan" Mooney - c.1961 - Suffragettes player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80 and v Belgium 27.10.80. Joined District Line LFC in London 1987 "previously played in Ireland". A pass master, highly rated by manager John Jones, "added flair and composure to midfield". Won GLWFL Div 2 in 87/88 and lost League Cup final to Div One Spurs. 88 League Cup final match prog said she was 27yo. District Line captain by 92/93 - wore number 10. Wembley LFC (District Line became Wembley in 93) captain 94/95 in FAWPL - picked up an injury in October 94 - her replacement in the no10 shirt was a young prospect called Kelly Smith! She returned to her no 10 shirt for the following month's match w Liverpool (Smith went to number 7), but was not in the lists for 95/96. One of 6 League of Ireland players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was a "squad newcomer" from St. Joseph's FC and started the match. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. J Mooney started at Dalyer in back-to-back 5-0 friendly defeats by Scotland and England, 29.3.81 and 3.5.81. Laid on the winner w "40-yard pass" for Ayala Liran as Wembley came from 2-0 down to inflict Arsenal LFC's first ever home defeat in National League, 3-2, 6.3.94. Suffragettes player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. Civil Servant per FA Cup QF District Line v St Helens prog 4.3.90. Ran on to L Gorman's pass to "cool as a cucumber" lob Margaret McGough and equalise in 1-1 draw v Scotland 13.3.83 ECQ at Dalyer - listed as a Suffragettes player. Part of a Suffragettes team who played the Leinster Ladies League Cup final 17.10.82 v Glade Celtic at Harold's Cross, curtain raiser to a Shels v Shams LOI game. Described as an ex-Republic player.
Alisha Moran - 10.4.83, USA-born ("hometown" = Milton, MA) to Irish parents. Listed as a Harvard University player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Won USASA National Cup Final w New York Athletic Club in August 2007. W Fulham WFC in 2008/09. "mainstay of the Irish team's defence" and 2006 FAI POTY per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08.
Selina Moylan - 21.3.85 - Listed as "Selena" on FAI website. New Haven Chargers 2005-2008, named to their HOF in 2016. 5' 5'' from Ennis, co Clare. 81 games 49 goals. Later known as Moylan-O'Toole. FAI u19 POTY 2002. Broke through at Lifford LFC alongside E Malone and M Curtin. Played 17.9.08 v USA at Giants Stadium, came on for S Hughes 82 minutes into 1-0 defeat. Called up to the 10-week training camp in Indiana, summer 2009.
Valerie Mulcahy - Cork - Capped as a HT sub for G Barrett in 2-1 friendly win in Klaksvik, Faroe Isles, 12.10.04. Irish Universities player at the August 2003 Universiade, Daegu, South Korea - club listed as University of Limerick/Wilton United. More famous for her Cork GAA exploits (10! all-Ireland titles) but played WNL stuff for Cork WFC in 11/12 and again (briefly) for Cork City WFC in 2016 after her GAA retirement. Campaigned in 2015 gay marriage referendum as an "out" sportswoman and married Meg in June 2015.
Claire Mulholland - Dundalk City player capped as an injury-time sub for C Thorpe in 2-1 friendly win in Klaksvik, Faroe Isles, 12.10.04.
Emma Mullin - 4.3.85 - FW from Kilmaine in Mayo, attended IT Sligo and UCD. Won 4 All-Ireland titles (as of 2010) with Mayo Gaelic football. Won the 2006 WFAI Cup w Mayo League, beating UCD 1-0 in the final. Several players including Mullin and Cora Staunton were dual-code footballers. She missed the subsequent UEFA Women's Cup campaign in Aug 2007 as was away with Ireland's World Student Games squad. Played for Castlebar Celtic in 11/12 WNL where "electric" goalscoring form (10 of her team's 23 goals) won her the Jan 2012 POTM and a senior call-up to the Algarve Cup squad. Won a senior debut cap v Hungary in final game 7.3.12 as Ireland won 2-1 to avoid wooden spoon. As a HT sub she scored in the 2013 WFAI Cup Final but Castlebar lost 3-2 to Raheny.
Marietta Murphy - Magcobar (Limerick) player named in squad v Belgium 27.10.80. 'Maritta Murphy' started the fractious 1-0 win at Dalyer per SoccerScene.ie, then subbed at HT for G Cross, who was injured heading the goal and subbed by E Brennan. Was "rampant in midfield" for Magcobar United in their 4-2 Limerick Cup final win over Bank of Ireland at Shanagolden, 12.10.80, impressing the watching WNT boss Tony Kelly.
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Noelle Murray - 25.12.89 - Raheny United player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre.
Pauline Murtagh - 24.7.73 - One of six Belvedere players in squad, captained side to a famous 1-0 win in Spain 8.12.91, her debut. Belvedere player named in Fran Rooney's U18 squad for 'Millenium International' v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Played for L Gorman's Belvedere 'A' team in the 3-1 1991 LFAI Cup final defeat by Rathfarnham at Dalyer, 6.11.91. Started Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92. In July 93 was a 20yo childminder and Elm Rovers player with 2 caps. She reported that her previous club Belvedere had broken up 3 years previously. Was employed as a sports trainer (1992). Playing for Elm Rovers in the DWSL, June 1995. A Pauline Murtagh turned out for "Newly-promoted Ballymun United" as they were clamped 8-0 at Benfica in April 1999 on the opening day of the DWSL Premier season.

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Angela McCabe - see Angela Bates.
Katie McCabe - 21.9.95 -
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T(h?)eresa McCann - had 12 caps v England 11.9.83, 5 as captain, was with Glade Celtic. Glade Celtic player listed in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. 1999 FAI yearbook attributes a goal in 3-1 win v NI 1976 at Butlins Mosney to McCann. Player/manager in GC's 1983 LFAI Cup win 2-0 v Dublin Castle at Belfield 2.10.83. Had been playing 12 years. One of 2 Leinster Ladies League players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was a Glade Celtic player and started the match. A Teresa McGann (?) of Dublin All Stars was listed at no 10 in 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74. Glade Celtic player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Irish Times preview for the Dunfermline game said she was 24yo. Ireland's Saturday Night called the 2-1 Euro qualifier win over NI in Ards, 2.10.82, "a personal triumph for the Republic's skipper Teresa McCann who celebrated her 20th birthday with her side's second goal 10 minutes from time". (? - DOB 2.10.62 would make her too young to be playing in 1974 - either it's wrong or were there two T McCanns?) Missed Eamonn Darcy's first WNT training session at Belfield 3.3.84 as was in Oz for 6 months with Catherine Fitzpatrick - had played in Ireland's previous 7 games. Irish Press article claimed she "played brilliantly in midfield" in 3.5.81 5-0 friendly rout by England. Listed as a Glade player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a "Bracken" Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81.
Denise McCarthy - Arklow player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. "...played extremely well for a new look Irish ladies' soccer team in their 1-1 draw..."
Jacqueline "Jackie" McCarthy - 29.9.61 - FW - 5' 10'' - 68th-minute sub for C Scanlan in plucky 1-0 defeat by Sweden at Dalymount Park, 7.6.92 - listed as a Limerick United player. Pike Rovers player subbed in for T Leahy in 2-0 friendly win over NI, 17.10.93, Sligo. Twice-capped Greenpark United "strong centre forward" and mother of two in squad for Eng friendly 29.3.87. Made squad for 8.12.91 Euro qualifier in Spain after making costly trips along the N7 from Limerick to training sessions in Dublin for 7 successive weekends. One of 2 Limerick United players (w I O'Hanlon) in the squad. Was "ever-threatening up front" in Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92. A player of colour (Ireland's first? After C Hughton and P McGrath on the men's side). Brum-born to Irish mum and Jamaican father she never met, moved back to Limerick as a 6-month-old baby, found it hard being only black kid due to bullying etc. Favourite teacher got her into football: Rita Spring, in St Munchin's Girls School in Ballynanty. Later known as McCarthy O'Brien in honour of her beloved step-dad Mickey O'Brien (a noted all Ireland-winning handball player with a grocery shop). In a 2019 Limerick Leader interview she recalled winning 13 caps for Ireland from 1983-94 with a debut against NI at Chimney Corner FC. Kept playing/training between having her three children "understanding husband, Tom" then retired from soccer aged 33yo. Then got into Rugby Union and played for Munster and won 13 caps for Ireland, including at the 1998 World Cup, where World Rugby billed her as "Jackie O'Brian". Was a second row. One of six uncapped players in Fran Rooney's 16-player squad for NI Euro qual in Belfast 30.8.86 (w Green Park Utd). Top-scorer at the pre-season Lancashire Trophy, August 1991, with Limerick. "Jackie O'Brien" mentioned as missing from the Analog team photo ahead of the "All-Ireland soccer final" (President's Cup?) v Suffragettes at the Mary Immaculate College grounds, 12.12.81. Mum of Sam McCarthy.
Samantha "Sam" McCarthy - Lifford player named in the squad for the 2003 Algarve Cup, where she started against Wales in the 2-2 draw 20.3.03. An "opportunist" Lifford forward in the u18 team which beat Turkey u18 6-1 at Drogheda, 22.11.00 to reach the second phase. Daughter of Jackie McCarthy: "Samantha McCarthy, whose claim to fame is that her mum Jackie is a former Ireland soccer international, replied with a double... McCarthy could have had seven or eight goals such was her eye for goal." - Drogheda Argus, 1.12.00. A free kick specialist per FAI women's pen pics 2003.
Savannah McCarthy - 26.3.97 -
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Eileen Mary McCormack - 14.10.79, Ballintogher - FW, won FAI Women's Cups w Shamrock Rovers in 2000 and UCD in 2002. Never played organised soccer until she got to UCD to study Arts, Economy and History. Joined Shams then returned to UCD when they joined the DWSL in 2002. UCD from 97/98 and part of their intervarsity team, described as: "the eight goal kid who keeps getting better and better". After the 3-0 defeat in Scotland 3.10.99, an unimpressed Munster Express correspondent fumed: The Irish side persist in leaving out players from the squad like Eileen McCormack of Shamrock Rovers who is the most prolific forward in the country on current form". It must have done the trick as she was called up for the 17.10.99 1-1 draw in the Czech Republic and the 30.10.99 2-0 win v Croatia at Richmond Park.
Christine McDonnell - "Panel newcomer" from Thomond College in Eamonn Darcy's first squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Reportedly recommended to Darcy by legendary ex-Limerick and Ireland GK Kevin Fitzpatrick. One of three "new caps" named in E Darcy's squad for friendly v Scotland at Tynecastle, 27.5.84. A member of the Killeady team which won the Cork League in September 1984: "...played in the recent 1-0 away win over Scotland". Player of the tournament for winners Thomond College in the inaugural 1983 Intervarsity Cup. From Cork: Mayfield United at 16yo, merged into Cork Celtic, Killeady - West Utd in 1982 LFAI U18 Cup - She recalled playing in the 84 senior LFAI Cup final with Killeady and losing to Dublin Castle on pens - later Christine O'Donovan (married her Killeady coach Tommy O'Donovan) and made an astonishing playing comeback with Lakewood aged 54 in 2018 after retiring in 2008/09. She was employed at UCC - deputy director of sport and physical activity. Thomond College (82-86). She recalled being the first third level (college) player to be called up for senior national team trials. At Kilcohan Park, Waterford 4.11.84 "Chris McDonald" (sic) hit a second half equaliser for Killeady Rangers to peg Dublin Castle back to 2-2 in the LFAI Cup final, they lost on penalties. Was the first chair of the WSCAI. On 29.11.81 she scored twice for Cork Celtic "A" who beat Cork Celtic "B" 5-1 in the Cork Ladies Cup (AKA the Martin Russell Trophy) final at Mayfield. In April 1991 she captained Cork Rangers in the new, five-team Munster Ladies' League - managed by hubby Tommy. Signed for Cork Rangers from Killeady ahead of their 1987 Ladies League of Ireland campaign.
Mary Therese McDonnell - 26.8.86, Orland Park, IL, USA - "excellent defender" per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08. Sister of S McDonnell.
Shannon McDonnell - Sister of MT McDonnell.
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Debbie McGarry - 22.2.63 - FW from Ballyfermot, joined Glade Celtic from Cremona Dynamoes, "this year" per 1983 LFAI Cup final prog. Back on Irish panel after 2 years per Denmark 17.4.85 prog, 21yo Rathfarnham Utd MF/FW w 5 caps. Worked for Gilbeys of Ireland (wine/spirits distributors, purveyors of Baileys) (1985). With B Kelly was one of Rathfarnham's two international players in the young squad which won the 1985 LFAI Cup, beating Belvedere 2-0 in a replay at Dalyer 9.10.85 following a 2-2 draw at Limerick. Rathfarnum (sic) Utd player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. Cremona player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. HT sub for C Nagle in 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a Dublin Castle player. Opened scoring for Ireland v Cork Select XI, in a 3-0 exhibition game win at the Mardyke, 19.8.84. Listed as a Cremona player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a "Bracken" Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81.
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Nora "Nono" McHugh - Sweeper and captain in games v Wales and NI 1973, only married player in team. Formerly Nora Flaherty before marrying Mike. "Foiled" Wales in Llanelli 13.5.73 w "good defensive work" as P Gorham's hattrick secured a 3-2 win. Club listed as Happy Wanderers, Galway. The match programme listed her as a 20yo (born 52 or 53) right back. Galway GAA star in Gaelic football and camogie. Played camogie as a right wing for the Oranmore club and was POTM in the 1974 Gael Linn Cup won by Connacht. Six caps. From Claddagh in Galway City. She returned to Ireland in 1968 after a three-year stay in USA. Campaign from WNL club Galway WFC in 2016 got her an actual cap from FAI. Played in Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. Rovers United player listed in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. Hit two goals in the match played before a 10,400 crowd. By 1985 she had taken up competitive long distance running and that year she also helped Galway beat Cork in the all-Ireland junior Gaelic football final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, as well as helping Western Health Board Ladies win a clean sweep of local soccer honours.
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Marie McKenna - CD, 28yo Belvedere player in v Denmark squad 17.4.85 "very experienced" had 9 caps 1 goal, been in squad since 1974. Reported to have left the Denmark game in an ambulance. Was married by 85 maybe early caps under diff surname? Possibly Marie Brown? Suffragettes player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80. One of 6 League of Ireland players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80.
Ann McLoughlin - 7.5.68-4.1.92 - Lakeside player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. Scored equaliser in 3-1 U18s win v NI at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85. Played in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87. Called up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, one of 5 Welsox players in squad. Welsox player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Started 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to Welsox. 59th-minute sub for Welsox team mate J Dunne in Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90. As at 7.5.88 v Sweden prog was 19yo Welsox player w 11 senior caps. Worked in the Civil Service and enjoyed riding horses at her dad Tony's stables near the lakes in Blessington. Hit equaliser in Ireland's brilliant 1-1 draw on her 20th birthday. A Sparks United player in prog v Holland 29.11.87. Lakeside Blessington player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Reportedly scored both goals on debut in 2-1 friendly win over NI in May 1986. Scored for Rathfarnham in the 3-1 1991 LFAI Cup final win over L Gorman's Belvedere 'A' side at Dalyer, 6.11.91. Also that month she hit two goals in Rathfarnham's 5-0 President's Cup final win over Blacklion at Jackman Park, Limerick, 3.11.91. Is deceased - Lou Quinn's Feb 2020 interview with the Arsenal website said that she had won Lakeside's POTY trophy, named the Ann McLoughlin Trophy, for an ex-Lakeside and Ireland player who had died in a motorcycle accident. Died at 23yo 4.1.92 when her motorbike collided with a car on the Naas Road, Dublin. Had represented Lakeside in 'Community Games' athletics events from 9yo and when they formed a girl's football team in 1979 she joined up. Under coach Gerry McGuire they were beaten Leinster finalists in 79 and 80, all-Ireland runners-up in 81 and 82 All-Ireland winners (under 14). They affiliated to the LFAI and she spent four more years with Lakeside before moving to Dublin to take up a job with the Civil Service. She joined Dublin Civil Service League Sparks Utd. Later represented Welsox and Rathfarnham Utd. Said to have scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over NI u18s in November 86, her final appearance at that age group. Prior to her death had quit international football to spend more time with her family at the horse racing.
Roma McLaughlin - 6.3.98 - Peamount United player called into Sue Ronan's young and predominantly home-based squad for a training camp in Wales, August 2016. Senior debut in the first friendly v the hosts, a 0-0 draw at Rodney Parade, Newport, 68th-minute sub for JA Russell 19.8.16. Two days later started 2-1 win in Caerphilly 21.8.16, subbed off for fellow debutant S Noonan on 52 minutes. Senior competitive debut in 1-0 Euro qual defeat by Portugal, 20 Sept 2016. 82nd-min sub for K Duggan. From Greencastle, Donegal. Joined Peamount United from Greencastle Utd and enjoyed "superb debut season" 15/16. Named WNL Young POTY. Played v Basque Country in S Ronan's last game as coach. Quit Peamount for Shelbourne ahead of the 2017 season. 11 goals from MF in 2017 for Shels but they finished 3rd. Started 2018 season at Shels but handed scholarship w CCSU Blue Devils in 2018 by their Irish coach Mick D'Arcy. Compatriot Tiegan Ruddy also moved to CCSU at same time. 5'5'' attended Moville Community College. 10 goals in 18 games in 2019 including the NEC title clincher. In October 2020 she was hailed by Aaron Clarke of The WNL Show podcast as the most technically gifted player ever to grace the League.
Angela "Angie" McNally - 31.7.68, Dublin - Long Island University, Brooklyn on basketball scholarship (1987-91). Rathfarnham LFC. Ballinteer St Johns and Dublin GAA football, from a big GAA family: dad Paddy and brothers Johnny and Kevin all turned out for the "Dubs". Played for Meteors basketball club and won 40 caps for Ireland in the sport. Rathfarnham player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Rathfarnham player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, subbed at HT in the 1-0 defeat. Missed the decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96 after picking up a knock in the home fixture 31.3.96. Scored twice in 3-1 home Euro qual win over Faroes 28.10.95. In 1995 FAI Cup final scored twice directly from corners in Rathfarnham's 3-0 win over College Corinthians at what is now the Oscar Traynor Centre in Coolock, August 1995. M Leahy scored the other goal when McNally's freekick was parried. Was attached to West Coast Coolers basketball club at the time. Her corners provided both assists in the first Euro 97 qual 24.9.95, 2-0 win in Toftir over Faroes. Rathfarnham midfielder listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Won 24 caps. Described by Mick Cooke as one of the best athletes he ever worked with: "Angie was supreme, a dream to coach and what an engine," he said. A teacher at Rosary College, Ballyfermot (1998).
Amanda McQuillan - 24.3.98 - 5'9'' GK from Johnstown in Navan - Johnstown FC, Trim Celtic, Shelbourne youth. Joined WNL club Raheny Utd in Feb 15 then back to Shels when clubs merged that summer. Won domestic treble w Shels in 2016. CCSU Blue Devils 2019 alongside R McLaughlin. Made senior debut as an 18yo v Euskadi 26.11.2016, 85th-min sub for E Byrne. Named FAI U17 POTY in March 2016. Played WSCAI stuff w IT Carlow and played at the 2019 Universiade in Naples. Called into 2017 Cyprus Cup squad by new boss C Bell as the only back up to veteran E Byrne, but M Hourihan was added to the panel and McQuillan remained unused. Unused sub for 1-0 friendly defeat in Scotland, 7 July 17.

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Caroline Nagle - 29.12.63 - Cork Celtic player named in Tony Kelly's "very young squad" for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Started 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a right winger from Cork Celtic - subbed at h/t for Debbie McGarry. Later played for College Corinthians - sister Ronnie Nagle reportedly played for Ireland too. A defender "In top form" (Irish Examiner) in 0-1 defeat by Sweden 7.6.92 at Dalymount Park, Ireland only beaten in injury time. A UCC Graduates player nominated for 91/92 Opel POTY w I O'Hanlon and winner Yvonne Lyons. Started Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92 as a UCC Graduates player and pharmaceutical technician. College Corinthians player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Unused sub in the 5-1 defeat. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 30yo College Corinthians player. Captained Ireland for the first time, in front of her home-town crowd (she is from Mayfield). Only quoted 9 caps although debut given as Scotland in 1982? Guested for Benfica on their Swiss tour, August 1992. Played for Cork Select XI, in a 3-0 exhibition game defeat by Ireland WNT at the Mardyke, 19.8.84. Badly dislocated her elbow the week before the ill-fated ECQ w Sweden in Boras, 20.9.92. Evening Echo article in 22.9.11 states she won another cap after France game for a total of 11. By 2011 she was married and known by the surname O'Mahony. New signing for Cork Celtic ahead of the 1980 Ladies League of Ireland season. Still with College Corinthians in summer 1998 when she missed the end of the season due to a broken ankle. A member of the Cork Celtic side which toured the east coast of the USA in September 1983. On 29.11.81 she scored for Cork Celtic "A" who beat Cork Celtic "B" 5-1 in the Cork Ladies Cup (AKA the Martin Russell Trophy) final at Mayfield. Ronnie was in the "B" side. In August 83 she scored twice in Cork Celtic's 10-0 win over Rossa Rangers in the Cork League, while Ronnie scored five, setting a new club scoring record.
Jennifer "Jenny" Nelson - WFTIA (WFTA?) player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Among five Glade Celtic players to start 1-1 draw v Scotland 13.3.83 ECQ at Dalyer. Listed as a Dunseedy player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a "Bracken" Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81.
Freda Noonan - One of five Limerick players to feature in the 1-1 draw with NI in Lurgan, 23.10.73, was listed as "Breda Noonan" in the Limerick Leader report. Last-minute stand-in GK from Limerick in Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74 (according to the Scottish papers, other sources say fellow Shannonsider Christine Quane played in goal). Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "...Mary Joyce, Ann Cross, Pauline Maher and Freda Noonan came on for the last 15 minutes..." - Limerick Leader. By 1997 she was known as Freda Noonan Taylor. Freda Noonan was a County Council playmaker in the Limerick team which beat Land Registrars (Dublin) 3-2 at Ringsend Park in the FAI Women's Cup semi, July 1975: "Freda Noonan had an outstanding game at inside left. Her constant running had the Dublin backs worried. It was Freda who put Limerick two goals up after fifteen minutes in the second half with a hard low ball from the left wing." Played in the final at Markets Field, 7.9.75, when Limerick beat CSO (Dublin) 2-1.
Saoirse Noonan - 13.7.99 - Followed her brother Eoin to Kilreen Celtic and played there with the boys, before moving on to Douglas Hall AFC when kicked out of boys' soccer. FAI schoolgirl international 2013/14 while attending Christ the King School in Douglas. Drafted into the Cork City WFC squad for the 2015/16 WNL and showed glimpses of star quality as an attacking midfielder/forward. A dual-code star she had played Gaelic football for Cork, winning the U16 All-Ireland in 2014. After drifting off the GAA scene, Cork coach John Cleary begged her to come back and she scored 2-5 in the 2016 All-Ireland minor final against Dublin at Pearse Park, Longford on 1.8.16. Later that month she was a Cork City WFC player called into Sue Ronan's young and predominantly home-based squad for a training camp in Wales, August 2016. Senior debut in the second friendly v the hosts, a 2-1 win in Caerphilly, 21.8.16, 52nd-minute sub for R McLaughlin. She played up front alongside S Roche. She would regularly travel to Dublin after school on a Friday to train with the U17 national team and go home on the Sunday night. She had also excelled in camogie and basketball but had to give them up. Played in the 2015 U17 Euros in Iceland (with an ankle knock) and captained the U17s in 15/16. 2016 FAI U17 POTY. In November 2017 she won the FAI Women's Cup with Cork City at the Aviva Stadium and was named WNL Young Player of the Season. Had a short trial stint with Bristol City of the WSL alongside T Ruddy and H Payne, but only Payne 'took the plunge' and signed on. In 2018 she played for Nemo Rangers GAA and made a hugely impressive debut season with Cork's senior Gaelic football team, albeit with the dreaded "Super Sub" tag. Made a "dream debut" scoring 2-2 in the Munster final win over Kerry 23.6.2018. The Rebels reached the All-Ireland final at Croke Park but lost to Dublin in front of a record 50,141 fans. She had been convinced to take part after Ireland U19s were knocked out in their 'elite round' qualifiers, staged at Turners Cross in April 2018. She also played in the 2018 WNL for Cork City, a situation described as "hectic". She also found time to pen a regular column in The42.ie website! Determined to keep playing both codes she laid down the law to her coaches: "I think they understand I want to play both, I'm going to play both and if one of them tells me I can’t, then it'll probably be more or less their sport that I'll give up". Cork LGFA boss Ephie Fitzgerald dubbed her "the face of ladies football for the next ten years". She suffered a partial tear of her ACL in Cork City's last WNL game of 2018 v Peamount which ruled her out for about 5 months. Netherlands-based Ireland coach Vera Pauw said she was monitoring Noonan's form from afar when she won the September 2020 WNL POTM, but that there was competition with more established players in her position. Ironically, given she'd been booted out of boy's soccer, Pauw ventured that Noonan should try training with boys to sharpen up. A marketing student at Cork IT from 2018, she has an entrepreneurial streak and set up a 1-to-1 coaching business during the covid lockdown. 5'7" tall.

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Anne O'Brien - 25.1.1956 - 29.8.2016 - Legendary figure of Irish and Italian football. Signed for Reims Feb 1974 on 3-year, £75-per-week contract. From Oblate Rd, Inchicore. Scored twice in Vards' 8-0 Leinster Ladies Soccer League win over Glen Abbey at Phoenix Park, 19.5.71 (a Wednesday night fixture). Scored twice more the following week (26.5.71) in Vards' 5-1 win at Fry Cadbury in Coolock. The previous (25.5.71) night she scored the third in a 3-1 win over Civil Defence in the Drumcondra Ladies Soccer Cup semi-final at Tolka Park. Vards merged with fellow LLL Div 1 side Hospitals Trust and Div 2 winners Hotspurs to form All-Stars for the 1972 LLL season. O'Brien was joined at the new club by Vards pals V Elliot, J Williams and E Brannan. Capped in 4-1 home win v NI 1.7.1973 as a Dublin All-Stars left half. Played for Ireland 10.10.73 v France at the newly-refurb'ed Parc des Princes in a curtain-raiser for the male French "espoirs" (u23) team's 1-1 draw v Italy. Ireland lost 4-0 but she must have shown some touches to impress Reims boss Pierre Geoffroy, who also managed France. Helped Reims win first French women's title, 2.6.75, "spearheaded" a 5-0 win over Orleans and "made some devastating bursts through the Orleans defence." Appeared for Ireland in creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90, when visiting home. Conspicuously absent from the match programme team list for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73.
Michele O'Brien - 28.6.80, Plainview, NY - Listed as a Long Island Lady Riders player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. 2005 FAI POTY. Scored 63rd-min consolation in 5-1 defeat by USA at Soldier Field, Chicago, 20.10.04, the first time Ireland had ever laid a glove on the Yanks. Usually a right-sided attacker.
Mary O'Callaghan - see Mary Reid.
Margaret O'Connell - 18.9.52 - St Joseph's player from Cabra w 15 caps per Denmark prog 17.4.85: "her midfield play has been the strong point of the side over the years". Avengers player listed as captain in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. Suffragettes player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80 and v Belgium 27.10.80. One of 6 League of Ireland players in Tony Kelly's 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. A Margaret O'Connell scored a hat-trick in Civil Defence's 9-0 Leinster Ladies Soccer League win over Clerys at Cabra, 26.5.71 (a Wednesday night fixture). Scored 20th-minute opener in 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74, listed no6 in prog. Dublin player in Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. According to the match programme she was a Dublin right half who had been capped against Wales, NI and France in 1973. Named an "outstanding performer" by the East Antrim Times in a 1-1 draw w NI at Inver Park, Larne, May 1978. M O'Connell started 1-0 win over Wales 29.5.77 at Tolka Park. Avengers player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. Listed as no 6 in match prog v England at Exeter, 2.5.78. St Joseph's player in Eamonn D'Arcy's injury-hit squad for ECQ w NI at Glenmalure Park, 5.5.85. Part of a Suffragettes team who played the Leinster Ladies League Cup final v Glade Celtic at Harold's Cross, 17.10.82 curtain raiser to a Shels v Shams LOI game. Described at that stage as an ex-Republic player. Mentioned as an international player with 12 caps ahead of Avengers' (Cabra) LFAI Cup semi-final clash with Cork Celtic at Turner's Cross, 14.10.79. Scored (listed as 'Madge' O'Connell) in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75: an understrength Limerick were shocked 4-3 by O'Connell's Avengers (Dublin) team, Limerick's first LLoI defeat which cost them a third consecutive "Kevin Gaynor perpetual". Listed as an 18yo (born 54 or 55) Avengers right half-back in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73.
Elaine O'Connor - 20.2.82 - Lourdes Celtic player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. Lourdes Celtic player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996. Lourdes Celtic player in Mick Cooke's u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. 2004 FAI POTY. Lourdes Celtic FW in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Attended Hofstra Uni (2000-2003) alongside Dolores Deasley. Listed as a Long Island Lady Riders player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. In May 2020 O O'Toole hailed her as Ireland's best ever RM.
Christine O'Donovan - see Christine McDonnell
Kacey O'Driscoll - 12.5.86 - Listed as Casey on FAI website. Attended Hofstra Uni (2005-2008) hometown = Caherciveen, birthplace of Daniel O'Connell. In FAI 2005/06 team photo. 75th-min sub for O O'Toole in 5-1 defeat by USA at Soldier Field, Chicago, 20.10.04. Kerry gaelic football star alongside G O'Shea. Allegedly picked for FAI u19s based on performances for Kerry GAA and had never played a competitive soccer match. Kerry player in squad for u19 Euros 2nd qual round in Spain, April 2004, had already made senior debut v Sweden (u21s?). FAI report of 0-0 draw w Mexico at The Algarve Cup 11.3.06 cited O'Driscoll and E Malone winning their first senior caps.
Noreen O'Flynn - Started 1-0 win over Wales 29.5.77 at Tolka Park. Later Friends of Fulham. Willesden player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. Won Hounslow and District League (Later the Greater London Regional League) w Willesden in 76/77 alongside Cathy Hynes. That season Willesden won a third consecutive League and League Cup double with O'Flynn as captain. They trained at the Oxford Kilburn youth club in "County Kilburn". In March 78 hit 2 goals as skipper to beat Aylesbury 2-0 and put Willesden in WFA Cup semi final v QPR at Macclesfield, which they lost 2-0. Listed as no 9 in match prog v England at Exeter, 2.5.78. Not in FOF squad list 1990. Played for FOF in their 2-0 1985 WFA Cup final win over Doncaster Belles at Craven Cottage.
Aine Marie O'Gorman - 13.5.89, Enniskerry - Listed as a Stella Maris player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Stella Marris player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre.
Imelda O'Hanlon - 13.5.63 - A Limerick United defender "In top form" (Irish Examiner) in 0-1 defeat by Sweden 7.6.92 at Dalymount Park, Ireland only beaten in injury time. Pike Rovers player started 2-0 friendly win over NI, 17.10.93 in Sligo. Debut v NI in Nov 87 friendly win, Greenpark United defender "seen as a very competitive player, very cool under pressure and not hesitant about tackling". Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "...the ex-internationals defence of Marion Slattery, Rose Cross and Imelda O'Hanlon were rock solid..." - Limerick Leader. A Limerick United player nominated for 91/92 Opel POTY w C Nagle and winner Yvonne Lyons. Made squad for 8.12.91 Euro qualifier in Spain after making costly trips along the N7 from Limerick to training sessions in Dublin for 7 successive weekends (along w Limerick teamate J McCarthy). Started Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92 but subbed after 22 minutes (injured?) for A Dunne. Made FAI referee panel in July 2003 (same time as Rhona Daly). First gig as assistant in LOI Div 1 12.7.03 Galway v Monaghan. Assistant in the 2004 LFAI Cup final at Lansdowne Road.
Tracey Marie O'Keefe - 12.7.73 - Dublin Castle player named (as 'Tracy O'Keeffe') in Fran Rooney's U18 squad for 'Millenium International' v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. 19yo "new face" in M Cooke's squad for the ill-fated ECQ w Sweden in Boras, 20.9.92. Started the 10-0 defeat. Mentioned as being unable to collect her 1991-1993 national team cap from Merrion Square, Nov 93, because she was on a US college scholarship.
Eabha O'Mahony - 17.5.02 - Debut 3.8.19 in a 3-0 defeat at the Rose Bowl. 69th-min sub at ML. Was still at Ballincollig Community School. Got Alex Morgan's jersey. Went to Eng v Swe 3rd place play off at WWC19 with parents as a fan. Played youth stuff for Lakewood Athletic, then joined Cork City WFC for 2018. 2018 WNL team of the season. Called to train w seniors in Jan 18 as a 15yo. Clearly earmarked for big things.
Grainne O'Malley - 12.12.68 - D/M L, "impressive match throughout" in 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. Scored twice from outside left in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87, "glorious" and "blistering" respectively. Called up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, while playing for Marley United. Marley Rangers player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Started Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90 as a Rathfarnham player. Sweden 7.5.88 prog: 19yo w 11 caps and 4 goals, including 1 v Scotland in Euro 89 qualifying. Joined Marley Rangers of the Civil Service League in 88. 29.11.87 Holland prog: scored on debut v NI (didn't say when) playing for Sparks Utd. Irish Examiner Report says she scored in 1-0 ECQ win over NI at Seaview in Belfast, 30.8.86 - but FAI records give the goal to A Styles. Started Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92: "Ireland's best chance came in 34 minutes when Grainne O'Malley gave two Spanish defenders the slip, only to hit Olivia O'Toole's well-timed pass over the bar". For the Spain home game was listed as a "Carrera (Italy)" player (Tuscans ACF Carrara were relegated from Serie A that season): "has achieved the highest aim of any international footballer - to play professional football". Also reported to have played gaelic football and camogie. Sparks Utd player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. C Scanlan interview w 42.ie in Nov 19 said she was at the 1988 Sweden game at Dalyer: "And Grainne O'Malley, a really, really good player, was literally feet away from me. The power, the strength. Watching another female athlete – an elite athlete…I just hadn't seen it before." One of six uncapped players in Fran Rooney's 16-player squad for NI Euro qual in Belfast 30.8.86 (w Sparks United). Played for Rathfarnham in the 3-1 1991 LFAI Cup final win over L Gorman's Belvedere 'A' side at Dalyer, 6.11.91. Romantic moniker evokes the namesake warrior queen.
Nicole Stephanie "Nikki" O'Neill - Unused sub in 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to Lakeside. Rathfarnham player started 2-0 friendly v NI 17.10.93 in Sligo. Lakeside player named as one of four "new caps" in Fran Rooney's senior squad for 'Millenium International' v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Lakeside player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Nicky O'Neill Rathfarnham player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Equalised on 66 minutes but Ireland ran out of puff and sagged to a 5-1 defeat. Played for Rathfarnham in a 5-1 LFAI Cup QF replay win over Cork Rangers, Loreto Park, July 1995. Captain in Rathfarnham's 3-0 win over College Corinthians at what is now the Oscar Traynor Centre in Coolock, LFAI Cup final, August 1995. Younger sister Ita Marie was a club teammate. Played in Shamrock Rovers' 4-0 LFAI Cup final win over Shelbourne at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Played for Shamrock Rovers in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, which they lost to Shelbourne on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Played for Shamrock Rovers in 2002 UWCL in Nis, Serbia.
Paula Mary O'Neill - 4.4.77 - mentioned alongside G O'Shea as an international soccer player at IT Tralee (March 1998) Shamrock Rovers player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium. Scored three goals for coach Myles Kelly's combined colleges team which thrashed Scotland (11-1), Wales (7-0) and England (3-0) in Liverpool, April 1997. Debut v Belarus 0-0 27.6.98.
Caroline O'Reilly - Cambridge player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80. Mentioned in the Limerick Leader as having taken an accurate 23rd-minute corner in the 0-0 draw at Markets Field, Limerick.
Claire Mary O'Riordan - 12.10.94 - DC/SC MSV Duisburg. 2017 Universiade in Taiwan.
Geraldine Mary "Ger" O'Shea - 17.1.77 - One of five Irish players w W-League 2 Springfield Sirens in 2000. 18yo dual-code footballer "the Jason Sherlock of Irish women's football" scored two second half goals in 2-0 Euro 97 qual win over Scotland at Tolka 5.11.95. FAI/Opel POTY 1995. Listowel Celtic. Kerry GAA football legend (1993-2008), started age 11 w Blennerville GAA club. Listowel player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. From the village of Annascaul. Joined Listowel as they were the only women's soccer team in Kerry, but played in the Limerick League. Listowel coach Dominic Scanlan said in 1995 if she was male she'd be worth £10m. Won Gothia Cup w Ireland u18s in July 95, scoring in final against Taiwan in a 1-1 draw and again in the penalty shoot out. 7 goals in 7 games in Gothenburg. Scored opening goal and had a hand in two others for Eileen Mulvihill as Listowel beat Letterkenny Rovers 3-0 in LFAI intermediate cup final at St James' Gate FC in Aug 1997. The team reached the 1998 LFAI Senior Cup final, beating Benfica 4-0 in the semi, but were drubbed 10-3 by Shamrock Rovers at Peamount United's Greenogue ground (then called "O'Haire Park") in Newcastle, Co. Dublin, 6.9.98. Listowel Celtic player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, was the outstanding player in a match Ireland dominated but contrived to lose 1-0. Listowel striker listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Listowel player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Led the line in the 5-1 defeat. Trained every weekend 1995/96 (Friday night, Sat, Sun) w Mick Cooke's Ireland squad at Marino Institute of Education, Dublin and got back to Limerick at midnight. Scored eight goals in three games for coach Myles Kelly's combined colleges team which thrashed Scotland (11-1), Wales (7-0) and England (3-0) in Liverpool, April 1997. Long-serving UC Galway and Irish Combined Colleges gaffer Dom Coll named her to a prestigious all-time WSCAI X1 in 1998: "Ger is without doubt the most exciting player in Ireland today". In March 98 Intervarsities was in the third year of a Health and Leisure degree at IT Tralee.
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Olivia Christina O'Toole - 25.2.71 - Testimonial Ireland against Reading at AUL in Feb 2009. Started gutsy 0-1 defeat by Sweden 7.6.92 at Dalymount Park, listed as a Brighton Celtic player. Blacklyon player in Squad for famous 1-0 win in Spain 8.12.91, scored the winner from a free-kick 10 mins into second half. Also started Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92 and crafted Ireland's best chance for G O'Malley who hit it over the bar. C Scanlan in Nov 19 42.ie interview dubbed O'Toole the best player ever to come out of Ireland. Shamrock Rovers player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, subbed off for clubmate M Saurin after 80 mins in the 1-0 defeat. Was in the Castle Rovers team for FAI Women's Cup final win over O'Connells at Richmond Park, 25.8.96, scored second goal in a 3-0 win. Castle Rovers player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Played in the 5-1 defeat. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 23yo Castle Rovers player w 7 caps. Castle Rovers midfielder listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Scored a "stunning" hattrick in Shamrock Rovers' 4-0 LFAI Cup final win over Shelbourne at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Missed much of the 1997 season w injury but was "sensational" on her return - hit four goals past E Byrne as Shams crushed league champs St Pats 6-2 in the DWSL League Cup semi-final in Oct 1997 at Richer. Scored for Shamrock Rovers in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, which they lost to Shelbourne on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Scored opener in Shams 2-0 29.8.99 FAI Cup final win over Shels at AUL. The team donned t-shirts bearing the legend 'The REAL Irish team' to protest Mick Cooke dropping O'Toole for the Sept 1999 friendly v USA at Foxboro Stadium. Helped herself to a hat-trick from the left wing as Shams crushed a young Bealnamulla side 7-0 in the 2000 LFAI Cup final at AUL, 20.8.00. Scored for Shamrock Rovers in 3-1 FAI Cup final win over St Catherine's 29.7.01, also at AUL - their sixth national Cup win in a row. Listed as a Shamrock Rovers player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Raheny United player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre. Scored a hattrick in a 6-0 friendly win over hapless NI at United Park, Drogheda, 3.9.95. Scored another hattrick in 4-2 Euro qual win in Scotland, 7 April 1996 at Forthbank Stadium, Stirling. 1994, 1996 and 2001 FAI POTY. First cousin Trevor Molloy played for Motherwell and various LOI clubs. Affectionately known as "Livvy".

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Heather Payne - 26.1.00 - Debut in 1-0 friendly defeat by Scotland at Starks Park, Kirkaldy, 7.7.17. 90th-minute sub for D O'Sullivan.
Janine Pepper - 22.3.85 - GK - In FAI 2005/06 team photo (2nd GK to E Bryne). Dundalk goalie capped in friendly win in Klaksvik, Faroe Isles, 12.10.04. Was playing for Casteltown Belles in May 2018.
Sophie Perry - 11.11.86 - Also billed as Perry-Campbell. 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 171cm tall.
Sarah Elizabeth Peters - 3.7.80, Bellevue, Washington - 5'8'' GK drafted by WUSA San Jose Cyberrays in 2003. A squad member of the newly-formed Seattle Sounders Select women's team in 2000. Seattle Sounders 2004, Oregon Ducks (college, 1998-2002 - didn't play in 98). Grew up in Woodinville and played for Washington Soccer Club 1995-98. Called up by Noel King in 2004. Listed as a Lady Hibernian Saints player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Michigan Phoenix player in 2007 Algarve Cup squad - played in the 4-1 defeat by Italy 12.3.07. Played in back-to-back thrashings by USA: 20.10.04 at Soldier Field, Chicago, and 23.10.04 5-0 at Reliant Stadium, Houston. At the Cyberrays she was one of the understudies to celebrated US keeper LaKeysia Beene. Came to NI on a Christian 'Athletes in Action' tour in 2003/04 - may have been where she was scouted. Was a graduate soccer coach at Central Michigan University "Chippewas" in 2004 while attending CMU to do her master's in sport admin. Nominated alongside E Byrne and N Fahey for the 2007 FAI POTY, won by Byrne.
Christine "Chris" Phelan - 21.8.64 - Krups player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80: "had a magnificent game at right full" in the 2-2 draw at Markets Field. Scored in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87, lobbed "rather short" Welsh keeper to make it 2-1 on stroke of HT. Per HOL prog 29.11.87 was a 23yo Green Park defender w 5 caps, debut v France March 87. Green Park player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "...Grainne Cross, Marion Leahy and Chris Phelan dominate midfield..." - Limerick Leader. New signing for Benfica, April 1992. She played for Benfica in the 92 LFAI Cup final which (for some reason) was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. Her spot kick was saved as Benfica lost 4-1 to Welsox on penalties after a 1-1 AET draw. Played in 1993 LFAI Cup final replay win for Benfica, set up C Grant's second goal. Benfica skipper in 1997 DWSL campaign. In May 2000 she returned to Benfica "after a three-year absence" and played in a 2-0 DWSL win over Hamman Celtic.
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Holly Pierce - 9.5.76, Portland, Or. - 5'6'' MF - Portland Pilots (94-98), FSV Frankfurt 1998-99, Portland Rain (W-League), San Diego Spirit (2001, 6-0), Ire WNT debut May 99, Played for USA U21s at the Nordic Cups in 93 and 96. Minnesota player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, started the match wearing number 10, subbed off for Y Tracy on 79 minutes. With college pal Wynne McIntosh had pencilled in a post-graduation move to the pro Japanese League, who abruptly stopped taking foreigners. Then a move to Energiya Voronezh in Russia turned sour, they went straight home when it wasn't like the brochure! Just when she'd given up hope she was signed by FSV boss Anoushka Bernhard in June 1998. Handed a trial by Boston Breakers in 2001 pre-season but not taken on. Later mentioned as a youth soccer coach in Portland in May 2019 SI article about US wunderkind Olivia Moultrie.
Rosaleen Catherine "Rosie" Power - 18.9.76 - 1999/00 with WSV Wolfsburg-Wendschott, Germany. Wolfsburg's women's team did not tie up with VfL Wolfsburg until 2003. Benfica player in squad for 5-0 defeat by USA, 4.9.99. Played full match wearing number 4. St Patricks Athletic player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Benfica player captained u18s squad to the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. UCD player in 2002/03. Played in UCD's 7-0 WFAI Cup semi win over Benfica in July 2003. Liverpool fan. Playing for O'Connells (the team that became St Patrick's Athletic) in Jan 97, DWSL. O'Connells player in Mick Cooke's u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. St Patrick's Athletic player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, subbed after an hour for S Cullen in the 1-0 defeat. Was in the O'Connells team for 3-0 FAI Women's Cup final defeat by Castle Rovers at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. As a 16yo striker scored final goal in Benfica's 3-0 FAI Cup final replay win over College Corinthians at Kilcohan Park, 21.11.93. Scored "spectacular 25-yarder" to secure 1-0 WWC qual win in Belarus, 21.9.97. Missed decisive Euro 97 qualifier in Brussels 4.5.96 after picking up a knock in the home fixture. Described as "19yo Dubliner" in Sunday Tribune article 2.6.96 (dubious - same article called Angie McNally "Angie McNamara"). Other sources say Waterford-born. From Kilcauragh - dad Oliver, mum Rosaleen. Was a childhood middle distance running prodigy with the St Mary's athletic club. Started u20 team's 6-0 win in NI, 29.10.94 but didn't score. Named in u20 squad v France 12.11.94 at Turner's Cross. Was an 18yo student who wanted to be a PE teacher, playing for Benfica in the Munster League. Benfica defender listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Retained her spot in a revamped senior squad for the November 1996 friendly in NI, as an O'Connell's player. A DIT, Kevin Street player in coach Myles Kelly's combined colleges team which thrashed Scotland (11-1), Wales (7-0) and England (3-0) in Liverpool, April 1997. Scored a hat-trick from centre-forward, 20.11.94 in Benfica's 6-1 Munster League Cup final win over College Corinthians. Laid low by a knee injury. In Nov 2001 S Furlong said: "There was only one other girl at the time, Rosie Power, who could compete on the same level as Ciara [Grant]. Unfortunately Rosie suffered a cruciate ligament injury and was unable to play at the same level." Captained Benfica U18s to their 2-0 LFAI U18 Cup final win over Cuckoo's Nest in September 1994. Versatile - her first matches for the senior WNT were as a sweeper in a back five. Debut 3.9.95 in 5-0 friendly win over NI at United Park, Drogheda. She kept her place for the Euro campaign. Dominant display in the 2-0 win over Croatia 30.10.99 at Richer: "Captain Rosie Power who hails from Tramore was majestic in her defensive midfield role".
Niamh Prior - 11.12.99 - UCD Waves D/M L prospect given an 11-minute sub outing against Euskadi 26.11.16 in a 2-1 friendly win at Tallaght. Youth team St Joseph's Boy's AFC for 2.5 years, UCD Waves Jan 2015 - Jan 2017. Shels Jan 2017 - Jul 2019, back to DLR Waves. Trial w Glasgow Celtic in Jan 2020. UCD Waves player called into Sue Ronan's young and predominantly home-based squad for a training camp in Wales, August 2016. An unused sub in the first of two friendlies v the hosts, 19.8.21, a 0-0 draw at Rodney Parade, Newport. Two days later she started the 2-1 win in Caerphilly 21.8.16, being subbed off for fellow debutante C Moloney on 82 minutes.

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Christine Quane - One of eight Limerick players included in the League squad for the 9-1 defeat in Scotland, 17.3.74. Squad picked by Limerick coach Frank "Junior" Keane. She was a member of Herbertstown AFC who sponsored her for the trip. Reports in the Scottish press said F Noonan stood-in as the goalie, but a line in The Nationalist (Tipperary) 23.3.74, under the heading Kilteely, said: "Local girl, Christine Quane, played in goal for the Irish ladies soccer team which was defeated by Scotland in Glasgow on Sunday last". The same paper printed "Miss Christine Quane will play in goal for an Irish international ladies soccer team in Wales next month" on 2.2.74.
Louise Quinn - 17.6.90, Blessington - Uncapped (according to match programme) DC in squad for Iceland Euro play-off 26.10.08. 2013 FAI POTY. Born on the day Ireland played Egypt at Italia 90.

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Kathleen Rafferty - Dublin Avengers LW capped v Wales 1973. "Kathern Rafferty" (sic) an 18yo (born 54 or 55) Avengers outside left listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73.
Kathleen "Kay" Ramsbottom - RB from Evergreen (Kilkenny) "on the panel" for 1973 fixture v Wales. A 17yo Evergreen Kilkenny centre half listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73. Played v Reims in 1972 and 1973. Kilkenny People 25.5.73: "And all the indications are, that by the time the next international against Northern Ireland comes around, Kilkenny will have another player on the team in former [Club Kilkenny] committee member Kay Ramsbottom". Played Kilkenny 7-a-side league stuff with Butts United in 1973. Married John Brennan 22.11.75. Article in the Kilkenny People said she had two caps v NI and France and that Reims had tried to sign her before A O'Brien. She played basketball, table tennis and Gaelic football for Club Kilkenny, and the latter at county level. She was the defensive lynchpin of Fit Remoulds who reached the Cup final and lost 1-0 to Suffragettes in Kilkenny, January 1972. Was 18yo in Dec 71 (born 52 or 53) rated as an inspirational, tough-tackling sweeper, good in the air and hit an excellent penalty. Joined Fit Remoulds that season from the defunct White Angels team. Hubby John played soccer for Freebooters AFC, a Kilkenny League team. Said to be a talented singer who knocked back offers to go on the club circuit. She captained Evergreen LFC who in March 1973 were one of 12 founding members of the Ladies League of Ireland. She ran senior citizens' parties for Club Kilkenny and was beloved by local grannies. In 2019 styled as "Kay B" she was a DJ on Community Radio Kilkenny City.
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Mary Reid - née O'Callaghan - 19yo Benfica player in squad for Wales game in Swansea 13.5.73 (picked by Irish Ladies Football League) Employed by Waterford Glass Ltd. Consistent, versatile Benfica player (2 seasons in goal, one as a striker, then 2 as full-back). The match programme said she was a 17yo (b. 1955/56) Benfica left back. "Mary had the distinction of being the first Waterford girl to be capped for Ireland when she played against Wales" per a 27.4.90 Waterford News and Star article about Benfica's 25-year anniversary. Later married and became Mary Reid. She is the sister of Benfica stalwarts Joey O'Callaghan and Betty Maher. Named as a reserve for the 2-1 inter-League defeat by NI at Oriel Park, Dundalk, 12.10.74.
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Bernadette Brid "Bernie" Reilly - 28.3.69 - Opened scoring in the 4-0 WCQ win over Wales at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, 8.3.98. DWSL POTM for May 98 w Shamrock Rovers. Sources appear roughly evenly divided between Reilly/O'Reilly? Reilly is correct per S Ronan. 1997 FAI POTY. Welsox (Oct 93 squad v NI in Sligo). Played for a Connacht X1 v Ireland WNT 31.8.96, listed as an ex-Westport United player. Bernie Reilly was a Shamrock Rovers player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Shelbourne player in 1995. Shamrock Rovers player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, part of a back three in the 1-0 defeat. Was in the Castle Rovers squad for FAI Women's Cup final win over O'Connells at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. Shelbourne player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Played in the 5-1 defeat. Usually MF but "a revelation at left back" in 1-0 friendly win over NI 28.10.94 - tough assignment against speedy NI winger Mary Reid. Scored in Welsox's 4-0 1994 LFAI Cup final win over Verona, 25.9.94 at Richmond Park. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 25yo PhD student in microbiology w 5 caps following debut v NI in Oct 93. She played for Welsox in the DWSL and for UCD in the LSCAI (intervarsity). Also played squash and gaelic football. Shelbourne defender listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Played in Shamrock Rovers' 4-0 LFAI Cup final win over Shelbourne at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Played for Shamrock Rovers in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, which they lost to Shelbourne on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Mayo Ladies FC website (2012) said: "Bernie Reilly - Westport - 28 senior caps in the early nineties also captained her country". Played for UCD from 92/3 to 95/6. Long-serving UC Galway and Irish Combined Colleges gaffer Dom Coll named her to a prestigious all-time WSCAI X1 in 1998: "Although Bernie played most of her [college] career in midfield for UCD, her speed and aggressive play made her an excellent centre half, and she was capable of making decisive runs upfield." She spoke warmly of her time playing for UCD: "College football taught me about friendship, dedication, hard work and most of all how to have fun, and a few beers while doing it. Five years on I was armed with the potential to reach the top, having played with the best, against the best, and having been trained only by the best." A native of Leenane, who attended Sacred Heart school in Westport and played as a youngster with Westport United in the community games. Took a break from soccer until she picked it up again at UCD. Played for Civil Service League in the June 1992 Bracken tournament and was player of the match in the senior section final, which the CSL lost to Munster League: "Bernie O'Reilly, playing only her first season with O'Connells Chicks, took player of the match...".
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Brigid Reynolds - 12.2.61 - 52nd min sub for G Cross in 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. Called up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, one of 5 Welsox players in squad. Welsox player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Hit both goals as a Welsox player in 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, including winner 2 mins from time. Started Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90, as a Welsox player. Sweden 7.5.88 prog: 26yo w Welsox for "a number of years" 13 caps "has dominated the midfield position with her skills and workload during her two years for Ireland". Worked for Telecom Eireann (Nov 87) Welsox player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. 55th-minute 'goal' disallowed in 2-0 defeat in Holland, 18.11.89. She played in Welsox's first LFAI Cup win, in the 92 final which (for some reason) was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. They beat Benfica 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 AET draw. Along with J Dunne and M Colville she was part of the highly successful Tullamore and Offaly gaelic football teams, the trio pitched up at Welsox and F Rooney wasted little time in calling them up to the national soccer team. Called up by Offaly gaelic football in April 1975 after attending training at the CBS grounds in Tullamore: "the session resulted in the discovery of a new star in the person of pint-sized Brigid Reynolds from Tullamore, who turned in a talented and hard-working performance at wing-half to make the selectors sit up and take notice".
V Reynolds - played in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87. Brigid??
Kariena Richards - 29.3.86 - Attended Hofstra Uni (2005-08) Hometown: Midleton. 5' 4'' DC. Played Gaelic football for Cork. Came on as 76th-minute sub for Y Tracy in 23.10.04 5-0 defeat by USA at Reliant Stadium, Houston.
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Philomena "Philo" Robinson - Rathfarnham player in squad v Belgium 27.10.80. P Robinson started at Dalyer in 5-0 friendly defeat by England 3.5.81. Dubliner orphaned at cruelly young age. Joined D Lyons at Keene State Owls 1988-1991, record (until 2010) 60 goals but seen as a modest, unassuming team player. Branded "the Irish Mia Hamm" by Lyons. Did a degree in safety studies. Named to HOF in 1999, later known as Philo Robinson-Hogankamp. Still playing for Rathfarnham in the DWSL, July 1997. Scored for Rathfarnham in a 6-0 DWSL cakewalk over a bare-bones Benfica side reduced to 10 players by "holidays and other commitments" in September 2000. Made "wonderful international debut" as a late replacement for B Cassidy at right back in the 0-0 draw with NI in Limerick 31.8.80. Listed in the Rathfarnham United squad which went to the Lyons tournament in April 1981, said to have been named "Player of the Tournament" as Rathfarnham finished sixth of 16 teams. Mentioned as being from Tallaght. Listed as a Rathfarnham player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a "Bracken" Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81. Scored twice (both penalties) for Rathfarnham United in a bizarre inter-sex challenge match against Temple Villa AFC at the Dandywell, 14.6.81, which finished 4-4. The Westmeath Independent reported she was a centre-half with a powerful shot who had five Ireland caps: "a treat to watch, dare we say in every way".
Stephanie Roche - 13.6.89 - Back w Peamount for 2020.
Susan "Sue" Ronan - 21.2.64 - Grew up in Crumlin - Arsenal fan, idolised Liam Brady. Bombed out of boys' football aged 12 and joined the Cherrywood club, formed by Theo Dunne whose 2 daughters played there (Jean?) Developed into a prolific striker. As Packard United player first squad call up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88. She recalled goalie getting injured 5 minutes in, and an outfielder having to go in as no sub goalie in 13-player squad. S Hayden and M Leahy were both playing (SvFF records have Leahy listed at No1 and only one sub made - A Styles for Ronan) It was the first match Sweden played after losing the 1988 Fifa comp in China 1-0 to rivals Norway, Andelen and Sundhage scored two each. Ronan also recalled the whole team getting gut rot off a dodgy fish pie served up by the Swedes. Packard United player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Started 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to Packard United. Great interview/write-up from Barry Egan on page 2 of the Irish Independent 1.5.94 was v complimentary - likening her to John Giles - but erroneously dubbed her Sue ROWAN. Shelbourne player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Subbed off after an hour for S Maher in the 5-1 defeat. Her last cap? Worked as a lab assitant in 1996 but still trained most evenings, "football is my life". With Ireland under Mick Cooke she usually formed a highly-rated centre midfield with O O'Toole. "The 'chalk n cheese' duo of Sue Ronan and Olivia O'Toole must leave every other side green with envy. Both have the first requirement. They very rarely think of going backwards; they contain an astonishing ability to grab the ball and keep flowing forward. Ronan's silky passing, sleight of foot and intelligence of mind gild the lily; O'Toole's athletics, all round cleverness and mental ability over the first yard make her a marker's nightmare." (Derek Foley, Irish Independent) Scored twice ("crashed home two 30-metre drives") in the first 14 minutes of Welsox's 4-0 1994 LFAI Cup final win over Verona, 25.9.94 at Richmond Park. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 30yo Welsox player w 12 caps. Memorable game was NI 1988 when she scored her first goal for Ireland. Shelbourne player listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Played in Shelbourne's 4-0 LFAI Cup final defeat by Shamrock Rovers at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Played for Shels in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, in which they beat Shamrock Rovers on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Welsox was a corruption of "Social Welfare" with roots in the old Dublin Civil Service League, they became Shelbourne in 95. Ireland manager 2010-2016, stood down to continue as FAI head of women's football. She played in Welsox's first LFAI Cup win, in the 92 final which (for some reason) was played 10.1.93 at Dalymount Park in "atrocious" conditions. They beat Benfica 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 AET draw. On 9 April 1993 Ronan and Welsox played Arsenal Ladies (reportedly at Highbury) and secured a fine 0-0 draw against that season's English treble winners.
Bernadette "Bernie" Rooney One of six Boyne Rovers players selected for a 1-0 home friendly win over NI at United Park, Drogheda 20.4.86. From Balbriggan. Scored in Rovers' LFAI U19 Cup final win over St Columban's (2-1, 1984).
Ciara Rossiter - 12.2.96 - Left-sided Wexford Youths stalwart capped in an understrength team's 3-0 defeat in the USA, 10.5.15. The match was outside FIFA's international dates so several regular players were not released by their clubs.
Sarah Rowe - 25.7.95, Ballina - Raheny Utd player handed a debut 4.3.15 at the 2015 Istria Cup opening game v Hungary. Came on as a 69th-min sub for JA Russell and had a hand in R Littlejohn's equaliser in a 1-1 draw. Farcically, she was then ordered back to Dublin by her college DCU who wanted her to play in a GAA match. Mayo GAA and Aussie rules star with Collingwood.
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Fionnuala Ruane - 6.9.66 - bizarrely listed as 'Zionnuala Ruane' on FAI website. Limerick United player in Squad for famous 1-0 win in Spain 8.12.91. Made it through from 150 trialists to be picked by L Gorman. Listowel Celtic played in the Limerick League as there were no other women's teams in Kerry. Kerry gaelic football star with the Abbeydorney club, also played badminton and basketball. PE and maths teacher at Tarbert Comprehensive for 8 years. Was an influential centre back in the all-conquering Thomond College of Education side - Intervarsity POTY in 1988. Long-serving UC Galway gaffer Dom Coll named her to a prestigious all-time WSCAI X1 in 1998: "Fionnuala Ruane played her best soccer in her college years. She was a giant in the Thomond defence and many teams found her a stumbling block." From Castlebar, Mayo, but played gaelic football for Kerry (as well as for Mayo). Masters in Equality Studies from UCD in 1997, thesis: "Women in Sport - investigation of unequal participation of women in competitive team and individual sports". Appointed equality manager with Macra na Feirme in July 1998.
Tiegan Ruddy - 16.4.00 - From Celbridge in County Kildare and came through the youth structure at Ballyoulster United AFC with the boys. An FAI Schools international in 13/14 and 14/15 while attending St. Wolstan’s CS and was already attached to Peamount United. Broke into The Peas' WNL team in 2016, but signed for rivals Shelbourne w R McLaughlin ahead of 2017. Peamount United player called into Sue Ronan's young and predominantly home-based squad for a training camp in Wales, August 2016. Senior debut in the first of two friendlies v the hosts, 19.8.21, a 0-0 draw at Rodney Parade, Newport. Hailed by S Ronan: "Tiegan Ruddy, just 16 years old, really impressed at centre-half with Karen Duggan alongside her leading by example". Two days later she sat out the 2-1 win in Caerphilly 21.8.16. Captained the U17s at their 2017 Euros in the Czech Republic, May 2017. FAI Under 17 POTY in 2017. 5'8" tall. Joined R McLaughlin at CCSU Blue Devils under Irish coach Mick D'Arcy. Scored 1 goal in 8 apps as a freshman international business scholar in 2018. Switched to Maynooth University to study business and law on a sport scholarship from 2019. Was set to re-sign for Shels in summer 2019 but blew her knee out while running alone at home in Ireland, training for the 2019 Universiade. Champions Peamount announced Ruddy's return in Feb 2020 ("a statement of intent"). Seen as a talented midfield playmaker but she was still recovering from her ACL injury and unlikely to feature until the summer. The covid lockdown delayed the WNL until August 2020. Can play at centre back but prefers a central midfield role, as "a number 6".
Julie-Ann Russell - 28.3.91 - 2013 Universiade in Kazan, 167cm tall.

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Margaret Mary "Mags" Saurin - 3.1.78, Dublin - LW - Was playing for Shamrock Rovers in June 1999. One of five Irish players w W-League 2 Springfield Sirens in 2000. 47 goals in 47 games for Christian Brothers University in 2001 and 2002. Assistant coach in 2003. Assistant coach at Akron Uni 2004-2007 under Catherine Byrne. Head coach IPFW Mastodons women's soccer 2007-2014. Head coach Oakland University women's soccer March 2014-2016, assisted by Claire Scanlan, quit in Jan 2017. Assistant coach Dayton University Feb 2017-date. Shamrock Rovers player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. With Hamman Celtic in June 95, alongside J Kett. Hamman Celtic player in Mick Cooke's u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. Shamrock Rovers player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, subbed in for clubmate O O'Toole with 10 mins left in the 1-0 defeat. Played in Shamrock Rovers' 4-0 LFAI Cup final win over Shelbourne at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Played for Shamrock Rovers in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, which they lost to Shelbourne on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Shamrock Rovers player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, played full match at no3. Tournament MVP with the winning Irish u19 team at the 1996 Dana Cup. Listed as a Fortuna Hjorring player in Oct 2000 when nominated for the 2000 FAI POTY. Blurb described her as a former DIT player who represented combined Irish colleges. "A prolific scorer at club level and a creator of chances for her country". DWSL POTY w Shams in 1999. Called into a revamped senior squad in November 1996 as a Hamman Celtic player, alongside several other members of the Dana Cup-winning youth team. Scored on her debut in subsequent 5-0 friendly win over NI at Banbridge. Her 2 late goals added sheen to the 4-0 WCQ win over Wales at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray, 8.3.98.
Clare Scanlan - One of five Irish players w W-League 2 Springfield Sirens in 2000. Testimonial Ireland against Reading at AUL in Feb 2009. 18yo CF hit 2 goals and an assist in 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. Swords player called up to Fran Rooney's 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Unused sub in 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89, while attached to Rush. Unused sub in Ireland's creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90. Rush Athletic player (in prog billed as 'Claire Scalyon') in Fran Rooney's U18 squad for 'Millenium International' v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Skipper and scored two late goals as Ireland U18 won 2-0. Described by the Evening Herald as a "cultured soccer diamond" when taking up her scholarship w Mercyhurst in 1992. Big Man Utd fan, under the influence of George Best. 42.ie interview in 2019: [went to see IRE v SWE at Dalyer 88] "And Grainne O'Malley, a really, really good player, was literally feet away from me. The power, the strength. Watching another female athlete – an elite athlete…I just hadn’t seen it before." Listed as a Bristol Academy player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Listed as Ireland player/manager for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre. Alabama player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, played full match at no11.
Nicole Patricia Schiereck - 14.6.75 - 79th min sub for O O'Toole in 5-0 defeat by USA in San Diego 23.7.06. US college player? Unused sub in ECQ 6-0 win over Bosnia at Richmond Park, 18.5.03.
Harriet Archer Scott - 10.2.93 - DF, debut at 2017 Cyprus Cup. FAI POTY 2017.
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Mary Gerardine Shire - 27.5.68 - Leixlip player subbed in 2-0 friendly win over NI, 17.10.93, Sligo. Leixlip player pictured collecting a 1991-1993 national team cap from Merrion Square, Nov 93. A Mary Shire featured for Maynooth University in the intervarsity competitions 86/7 to 92/3 - overcame injury trouble to find her form: "covers an amazing amount of ground in midfield". 1991 Intervarsity player of the tourney. Ever-present in in the Irish combined Colleges team which started off in 1988 and used to play friendlies against the senior and u18 national teams. Hinting at a Dublin bias she said: "We gave the international team a run for their money or more than one occasion and made them see that culchies can play soccer just as well as jackeens". When she completed her PhD and stopped playing Maynooth retired her no 7 jersey for a season. Long-serving UC Galway and Irish Combined Colleges gaffer Dom Coll named Mary Shire of Maynooth to a prestigious all-time WSCAI X1 in 1998: "She was a tower of strength in midfield". Mentioned as an "inspirational captain" of Benfica, who missed the 6-1 LFAI Cup semi-final defeat by Shamrock Rovers in Aug 2000 as she was on her hols. In August 1991 she was playing gaelic football for Co. Dublin: "The midfield pairing of Mary Shire and Jackie O'Brien, has been the jewel of the team. Shire, an international soccer trialist, and noted basketballer, O'Brien, are in tremendous form." Playing for the Park Rangers GAA club in 1991. She captained the combined universities team to the intermediate section title at the June 1992 'Bracken Cup' and was named player of the tournament. Originally from Limerick: "Dr. Mary Shire, Boherbue, science graduate of Maynooth has been capped for the Irish ladies soccer team. Mary played with Newcastlewest soccer team with distinction and she was the first ever swimmer to represent Newcastlewest at the national community games in Mosney." - Limerick Leader, 13.11.93. The community games swimming was in September 1983. She agreed to join Benfica for the 2000 season after leaving Shamrock Rovers. Shams had signed C Kissane from Benfica and alerted the Waterford Blues to Shire's availability as part of that deal. The move appealed to Shire as Waterford was much nearer than Dublin to her Limerick base, plus Benfica had opted out of the DWSL League Cup (which was played in midweek). She spent two seasons with Benfica.
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Geraldine "Ger" Slane - 25.5.57 - CB, Captain of Dublin Castle in 1983 when she worked for Dept of Justice. Previously played for Welsox. Scored v NI 1977. Dubliner w 8 caps 2 goals per Denmark 17.4.85 prog - still w Dublin Castle. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. Started 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85 listed as a Dublin Castle player. Played in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87. Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was a Dublin Castle player and started the match. Eng prog 29.3.87 said centre half w 14 caps 2 goals "while still known as Ger Slane she is in fact Mrs Ryan". Put Ireland ahead after 30 mins in a 1-1 draw w NI at Inver Park, Larne, May 1978. The East Antrim Times described "a superbly taken goal by the tall Geraldine Slane from Dublin whose lovely lob outfoxed Ulster goalkeeper Hilary Brady." Dublin Castle player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Missed the April 1986 defeat in Reading as was planning her wedding. Geraldine "Flade" listed as one of two subs in match prog v Eng in Exeter 2.5.78. "A superb game as sweeper" for Dublin Civil Service League XI in the FAI Bracken Trophy v Cork Ladies League XI at Cahir Park, Tipp, September 82. 0-0 FT then S Kelly saved a pen in ET then one in the shootout as Cork won 5-4 on pens. Left out of the squad for first two Euro 84 quals v Scotland and NI, but recalled for 7.11.82 England game at Dalyer as C Buckley dropped out. "Geraldine Slane of Dublin Castle is making a return to the international scene after an absence of nearly five years". Started the game and was central to a much-improved performance in Ireland's 1-0 defeat. 1999 FAI yearbook attributes one goal in 6-0 v NI 1977 at Dublin to "Slane". Geraldine Slane (club=Labour) was in a Dublin Civil Service League select team which played a "special challenge match" at Anne O'Brien's Reims 29.11.75. "Geraldine Sloane of Welox" (sic) called up for the 13.5.78 1-1 draw in Larne.
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Marian Slattery - Limerick player in Irish League's 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. Match prog said she was a left back w caps against Wales, France and NI. Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: "...the ex-internationals defence of Marion Slattery, Rose Cross and Imelda O'Hanlon were rock solid..." - Limerick Leader. "H. Slattery" Limerick player listed in Prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. Marian Slattery was a County Council player in the Limerick team which beat Land Registrars (Dublin) 3-2 at Ringsend Park in the FAI Women's Cup semi, July 1975. Scored the opening goal ("splendid goal from the edge of the penalty area") in the final at Markets Field, 7.9.75, when Limerick beat CSO (Dublin) 2-1. John O'Shaughnessy's report in the Limerick Leader hailed Slattery as: "the real hero up front ... used her height and skills to tremendous advantage and her darting runs down the middle caused havoc in the losers' rearguard". Played in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75, understrength Limerick shocked 4-3 by Avengers (Dublin), their first league defeat which cost them a third consecutive "Kevin Gaynor perpetual". "Pretty Marian Slattery" mentioned in the Limerick Leader 30.6.71 as a player of Frank "Junior" Keane's Ballynanty Rovers, "unbeaten in 63 over the past three years".
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Louise Stafford - 18yo school-leaver "newcomer" in squad v England 11.9.83. Outside-right from Seaview Celtic of the Waterford League. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Later repurposed as a full-back by Benfica and was part of their all-conquering 1989 side. 27.4.90 Waterford News and Star article said she had one cap gained against England in Reading. Had left Seaview Celtic for Benfica ahead of the 1984 season.
Helena Stapleton - A CF in the mould of brother Frank. Played for 5 years with Clontarf and Dunseedy then joined Glade Celtic. In GC's squad for 1983 LFAI Cup win 2-0 v Dublin Castle at Belfield 2.10.83 and "almost scored" - Irish Press (Another Irish Press report says she did score the second goal: "lobbed home a fine second" 8 mins into second half). Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Named to travel with E Darcy's squad for friendly v Scotland at Tynecastle, 27.5.84, despite being unfit. Also missed squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, as she was getting married. Debut as a sub in the 5-0 friendly defeat by Scotland at Dalyer 29.3.81, for Fitzpatrick. Was 11yo when Frank went pro in London. 1980 season with Dunseedy marred by a knee injury - she only played around 60% of their games. Described as a creator rather than scorer of goals. Tony Kelly: "Helena is very keen and dedicated". Scored as a second half sub for Ireland v Cork Select XI, in a 3-0 exhibition game win at the Mardyke, 19.8.84. Scored the opener in Glade Celtic's 2-0 Presidents Cup win over Killeady United at Crosbarry, 17.4.83.
Maureen Stokes - MF, had 3 caps and 2 goals per 1983 LFAI Cup final prog. Had been w Dub Castle since 1972 foundation. Civil servant w Dept of Industry, Commerce and Tourism in 1983. Played Gaelic footy for Rochfortbridge and Westmeath alongside M Griffin. Bizarrely listed as a "Left Right" in Reims prog 1973. Capped v NI 1.7.1973, scored first goal on 14 mins in 4-1 win at Bluebell United FC on the Naas Road. From Thurles, joined the civil service from school. Joined a newly-formed team at her industry and commerce workplace in 1970 as a complete beginner and quickly got bitten by the soccer bug. "In 1972 I joined the Dublin Castle club which has about 18 girls and is coached by Gerry Smith [...] In my first year we won the Civil Service League and the Cup. There was great jubilation about that". Maureen Stokes (club=Dublin Castle) was in a Dublin Civil Service League select team which played a "special challenge match" at Anne O'Brien's Reims 29.11.75.
Rebecca "Becky" Stokes - 20.6.82 - FC Kilmarnock player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre. Later Becky Bisland.
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Alvy Styles - 13.9.59 - "newcomer" in squad v England 11.9.83 and debuted in the game, MF with an eye for goal, in her second season w Dublin Castle. Previously w Welsox and Castle United. Dropped to bench for last Euro 84 qualifier v NI by Tony Kelly after 6-0 defeat in Reading, 11.9.83. A good squash player. Employed by Irish Ro-trans Ltd in 1983. 24yo MF/FW still w Dub Castle, won 2nd cap v Scotland 25.7.84 per Denmark 17.4.85 prog. Was a personal secretary. Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. 'Alvie Styles' in Eamonn Darcy's first WNT training session at Belfield 3.3.84. 'Aoife Styles' named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. Scored a consolation penalty while captaining Ireland to a 5-1 Euro qual defeat by Scotland at Tolka Park, 28.9.86. Scored 78th-minute fourth in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87. Called up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, while playing for Dublin Castle. Sweden 7.5.88 prog: "Alvy has continued to excite spectators with her workload and commitment". A Dublin girl w 16 caps. Retired from international football after 'Millenium International' match v NI 26.11.88 "we hear that soccer's loss is the gain of the golf clubs around North County Dublin". 5'2'' biology major and freshman midfielder w Methodist University 1993 alongside Ruth Keegan and Colette Gilligan. "Lady Monarchs" 1993-96. Hit winner in 1-0 win over NI at Seaview, 30.8.86, according to FAI records (but Irish Examiner report says G O'Malley scored). Played for newly-formed Elm Mount in the Dublin & District Schoolboy's League at 8/9yo. Club pres Colin Tracy: "Alvie wanted to play and we saw no reason why we should stand in her way". In 1991 listed as having won 18 caps, six as captain. Dublin Castle player named in Fran Rooney's 14-player squad for 23.3.87 2-0 friendly defeat in Caudry, France. Hit only goal in LFAI Cup final 24.8.86 for Dublin Castle who beat Benfica, a free kick 5 mins from full time. Match delayed when original ground in Limerick waterlogged, they played it an hour and a quarter later at Jamesboro. Came on as a 50th-minute sub for Elm Rovers in their 4-1 LFAI Cup QF defeat by Castle Rovers at Kinvara Park, 9.7.95 (they were already 4-0 down at HT).

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Katie Taylor - Celebrated World boxing champ - Listed as a "Peaumont" (Peamount?) player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. St. James Gate player named in Noel King's u17 side for "European Youth Olympics" in Paris, July 2003. Final match for Ireland was Sept 2009 qualifier in Kazakhstan. Big mates w S Byrne who came up the ranks at the same time at same clubs, starting at Lourdes Celtic. There is a suggestion (Irish Independent 10.8.12) that Katie's mum Bridget had played for Pete's Angels, at one time the top women's soccer club in Bray. Sheila Murphy was in London to cheer on Katie at the Olympics and told the paper she recalled playing alongside Bridget on the team, who (according to Murphy) had also been represented by Carol Carr and Sue Hayden.
Denise Anne Thomas - 22.12.79 - In FAI 2005/06 team photo. New York player per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08. A Leeds United player in 2003 Algarve Cup squad, w club team mates C Scanlan and C Thorpe.
Anne Thorpe - 24.7.64, Dublin - Sometimes listed as Ann without an 'e' - second season w Dub Castle in 1983 LFAI Cup final prog. CM or RW, or FW at a pinch. Played camogie for An Caislean club and Dublin. An "avid" tennis fan/player. Quality control officer for Lake Electronics (1983). Named in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Debut in friendly v Scotland May 84, having only taken up soccer 2 years earlier. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad. Unused sub in 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85. Played in 4-1 friendly win over Wales at Milltown 24.5.87. Dublin Castle player in squad for home friendly v Finland, 28.6.87. Methodist University "Lady Monarchs" 1987-1990. Her coach, whose son attended Methodist, helped sign her up. Majored in biology and PE. Described as "the middle of eight children" (?) Thrived Stateside and graduated with all time records in goals (81) and assists (42). South Atlantic Conf POTY 1990. School HOF 1998 by which time she was working as a physical therapist in West Hartford. Impressed MU coach Joe Pereia signed loads of other Irish players after Thorpe's success.
Caroline Thorpe - 2.8.81 - Player of the Tournament at Celt Cup in Caryduff, September 2000. Scored winner in 1-0 v Scotland and opening goal in 2-0 v NI, a 20-yard lob on 44 minutes. Red Lake player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996. Red Lake player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. Red Lake player in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. W UCD in 2002/03. Captained Redlake squad for Under-14 FAI Women's Cup final against Bealnamulla at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. Missed a penalty but scored 3rd goal in a 3-0 win. Arsenal summer 2000 from St Catherine's who she joined for the 1999 season. Feb 2020 interview w The42.ie detailed personal troubles: Hit brace on Arsenal debut but left after one season due to bullying from unnamed senior teammate. Later she was away playing for Ireland when another teammate's cutting comment about her ("you want to be like that?!") voided her confidence and saw her spiral into depression and an eating disorder. She quit football to travel w boyf to Vietnam etc. but that turned toxic too! She had grown up in poverty in Dublin and when she joined St Catherine's in 1999, big-hearted club supremo Brother Bernard quietly paid her subs. After an Ireland game in Arklow (0-4 v Czechs 28.5.00), EPL giants Arsenal and Fulham were vying for her signature. She got back into football but was still unwell. POTM in 2013 FAI Cup final for Raheny's 3-2 win over Castlebar Celtic but had bulimia. 11-12 Peamount United in WNL after 1 match for Shamrock Rovers. 12-13 Raheny United, then second half of 13-14 (Jan-Apr) back at Peamount. Played 14-15 and 15-16 WNL for DLR Waves then retired. Hit rock bottom in May 2019 but found a new lease of life after getting drunk with Ronnie Whelan at a legends game. WNL article for April 2013 POTM mentioned 24 caps 6 goals for Ireland. Won 2011 FAI Cup w St Catherines. Won leagues and Cups w UCD before c.6 years out of football. Scored winning goal in Klaksvik, 2-1 friendly win v Faroes, 12.10.04.
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Elizabeth "Liz" Towler - 7.5.67 - DL, scored opener in debut v NI 1993, had 2 caps as member of squad v USA B 9.8.94 general operative and Cork Rangers player. Cork camogie player with minor and senior honours. Was a camogie corner back: "a flyer" "as tough as you'll see" per Linda Mellerick in the Evening Echo 27 May 2017. 18yo uncapped quality controller and Killeady Utd DF/MF in squad v England 27.4.86. Listed as Liz (Towler) Meaney in Siobhan Furlong Testimonial prog 24.5.97. Scored in Cork Rangers' 2-1 President Cup final win over holders Lifford at Kilcohan Park, 21.11.93. On bench in the first Euro 97 qual 24.9.95, 2-0 win in Toftir over Faroes, but was subbed on after 30 mins when G Bennett was hurt in an accidental clash of heads. Cork Rangers player named in squad for decisive Euro 97 qual in Brussels 4.5.96. Played at LB in the 5-1 defeat. As at game v France at Turner's Cross 12.11.94 was 27yo general operative/Cork Rangers player w 4 caps. Cork Rangers MF listed in prog for Euro qual v Wales, Steboneath Park, Llanelli, 8.10.95. Played for Cork Rangers in a 5-1 LFAI Cup QF replay defeat by Rathfarnham, Loreto Park, July 1995. Player of the match for Cork Select XI, in a 3-0 exhibition game defeat by Ireland WNT at the Mardyke, 19.8.84, wing play impressed the watching E Darcy. A member of the Killeady team which won the Cork League in September 1984. In May 2020 O O'Toole's tweets hailed her as Ireland's best ever LW. From Ballyphehane, Cork. In August 1982 she was called into Cork's 16-woman Bracken Cup squad as a Rossa Rangers player. Quit inter-county camogie in 1995 (but kept playing with Bishopstown) to concentrate on soccer training for the Euro 97 quals. Niece Laura Linehan is a Muay Thai fighter. Part of the Killeady Rangers squad who lost the 1984 Cup final on pens after a 2-2 draw w Dublin Castle 4.11.84 at Kilcohan Park, Waterford. Has seven brothers and three sisters.
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Margaret Tracey - Joined Dublin Castle in 73. RW until 1981, then RB. 2 caps per 1983 LFAI Cup final prog. Worked in family pharmacy business. Dublin Castle player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park. "Margaret Treacy" (club=Dublin Castle) was in a Dublin Civil Service League select team which played a "special challenge match" at Anne O'Brien's Reims 29.11.75. Mentioned as a sister of the Olympic running star Mary Purcell (who was born Tracey, not Treacy). Dublin Castle player called up for the 1-1 draw in Larne, 13.5.78. She won her second cap v France 23.9.78 and already had one v NI. Sporty family: Mick Meagan is an uncle on her mum's side, while her dad was a hurler from Wexford.
Yvonne Tracy - DF - Lifford player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. Lifford AFC player captained squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Had also played in previous year's inaugural edition. Lifford AFC player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996. Wee bro Shane came over to play for Arsenal youth team 2005-2007 but got homesick. Crocked (ACL) for 06/07 Arsenal quadruple season. Did the same knee again in 2008, out for another 18 months. "Her ability to read danger early and use her control and pace to quickly turn defence into attack is a critical quality to have in the squad" per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08. Short spell at St Pats per FAI profile. Joined 'shamateurs' Arsenal LFC summer 2000, handed a sinecure in the club laundry. S Heapes and C Thorpe joined at the same time, all scouted by Vic Akers in a game v Czech Republic (0-4 defeat at Arklow Town, 28.4.00?) Snubbed a competing offer from full-time pro Fulham. Nominated for 2000 FAI POTY, dubbed "Treacy", blurb said: "She has been a fixture in the senior side for the last 12 months and was a member of the Celt Cup squad". The42.ie interview in July 19: "We were out of pocket all the time when we went back to play with the Irish team, but it didn't bother us. You're representing your country, you can't beat that." Released by Arsenal Feb 2014 w C Grant. Wanted to keep working at Arsenal and concerned about bad knee so retired aged 32. Reportedly had 78 caps.

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Ann Wade - 3.4.67 - Tolka Swifts player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. Named (as Anna Wade) in Eamonn Darcy's first extended squad for training at St Pat's College, Drumcondra April 1984. Anne Wade named in Eamonn Darcy's first WNT training session at Belfield 3.3.84. Listed as a Belvedere player in Aug 1987. Started gutsy 0-1 defeat by Sweden 7.6.92 at Dalymount Park, listed as an Elm Rovers player. FAI website listed her as captain for this match. Started Ireland's 1-0 defeat by Spain at Dalyer 22.3.92, still with Elm Rovers. Playing for Elm Rovers in the DWSL, June 1995. Ballymun player pictured collecting a 1991-1993 national team cap from Merrion Square, Nov 93.
Mary Veronica Waldron - 5.5.84, Dublin - Firhouse Ladies player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. Cricket international. Played for UCD in 2005 UWCL in Croatia.
Abigail Colleen "Abbie" Walsh - 28.2.76 - RB - Millwall Lionesses (for "over ten years" per FAWPL Cup Final prog 23.3.97, joined as 10yo per 97 FA Cup final prog). Millwall fan. Attended Loughborough Uni, final year 96/97 which restricted apps for club. Played for England Universities and also represented England's junior trampolining team - was once ranked 18th in the world. Was small but good in the air! Listed in the Millwall Lionesses squad for the National League Cup final at Alt Park, Knowsley, 24.5.92. Broke through in 91/92 when '91 Cup-winning team broke up. By 5.5.93 prestige friendly against New York she had 151 appearances at 17yo and had been called into England u21 training by John Bilton due to "outstanding form". Was a right back who could also play as a sweeper. 92/93 club player of the season. Millwall fan. Unlike peers Julie Fletcher and Mary Phillip a senior England call-up never came. Millwall Lionesses player in squad for 4.9.99 5-0 friendly defeat by USA at Foxboro Stadium, started match wearing no6, subbed off at HT for S Heapes. When Millwall men got to the 2004 FA Cup final, ex-player Walsh was running their club Community scheme.
Claire Walsh - 28.10.94 - 80th-minute sub for L Quinn in debut, 3-0 defeat v USA at Rose Bowl, 3.8.2019. Peamount Utd DF. From Wicklow and played Gaelic games for County and the Kilbride club.
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Michelle Walsh - 2.8.82, Dublin - St Brendans player in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Mentioned as taking up a scholarship to Lindsey Wilson College, Kentucky, in August 2001, alongside compatriot Debbie McGuinness. She already had 1 senior cap but had been spotted playing for the u19s. She played for St Catherines, the inner city Dublin club famously run by Bernard Twomey, an Augustinian monk. She also played W-League stuff for New Hampshire Lady Phantoms while in the US. Picked up by Leeds United in 2002, where she played alongside C Scanlan, D Thomas, C Thorpe and G Kierans. Joined Doncaster Belles in 2004, spent a season with Blackburn in 07/08, then played for Leeds City Vixens (later known as Guiseley Vixens). Later turned out for Yorkshire Amateur ("Ammers").
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Geraldine Williams - 19.5.57, Limerick - CF, scored "tremendous" goal on debut "great 25 yard shot" in 4-0 win over NI at Belfield 7.10.90. Red Star Southampton, Reading Royals (1996) irreverent pen-pic in 2.2.97 Reading Royals v Aston Villa prog "Defender or Midfield. Joined at the start of the season, from National League Southampton Saints, has played eight times for Ireland and is a very versatile player whose ambition is to get Reading Royals into the National League. I would say her first ambition should be to speak English." When signing for Reading Royals in Sept 96 she was a stock control clerk at ASDA. She lived in Lower Earley and had a young son so travel to Southampton got a bit much. Played for Limerick before moving to England in 1983, played at Newbury for "a couple of seasons", then joined Red Star. Scored first ever National League goals after 12 seconds v Knowsley in 2-1 home win 15.9.91, past stand-in Knowlsey goalie Dianne "Coggy" Coughlin. Arsenal goal-machine Naz Ball opened scoring against hapless Broadbridge Heath after 15 seconds on the same day (15-0, in Div 1 South). "I got picked for Eire and made nine appearances. It would have been a lot more but I had to pay my own fare across to play and it got a bit too expensive." Helped Royals win the Southern League in her first season as well as the Berks and Bucks Cup. Player/assistant manager for 97/98. Reading Royals caretaker player/man in Oct 98 when John Wicks quit. The team reeled off 11 wins from 13 and clinched promotion to the top flight. Seemed to be playing for Binfield Ladies in September 1993 (dual signing?) Training ground squad bust up in March 1999 saw her stay away from the Berks and Bucks cup final which was lost 2-1 to Chelsea. FA Cup semi prog 11.4.92 said she had a son called Christopher, had six caps for Ireland and was interested in "gaelic soccer" (?!) She got a runners up medal in 1992 FA Cup when Red Star lost 4-0 to Donny Belles. A summer 2000 transfer roundup in She Kicks magazine listed her as having made an improbable move to Lyon. They weren't quite the Galacticos they are now, but on the face of it still a strange one at that stage of her career.
Joan Williams - CF, scored two on debut v NI 1973 as a Dublin All-Stars player. 30.6.73 4-1 win at Bluebell United FC on the Naas Road. She scored the second and fourth goals adding to strikes from Maureen Stokes and Breda Hanlon (Cummins). Scored in 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74. Got five caps (2 v NI, 1 v Wales, 2 v France (Reims?)) Scored four in Vards' 8-0 Leinster Ladies Soccer League win over Glen Abbey at Phoenix Park, 19.5.71 (a Wednesday night fixture). The next Tuesday (25.5.71) night she scored the opener in a 3-1 win over Civil Defence in the Drumcondra Ladies Soccer Cup semi-final at Tolka Park. Her sister Jacinta also scored for Vards in both these matches, as did team mate Anne O'Brien. Later went to Wales to play club football with Point of Ayr... still playing for Colwyn Bay LFC in 1990/91. Per Wales soccer expert John Carrier she enjoyed a long and successful career in Wales from 1975. Joined Prestatyn and went on to Chester LFC, Point of Ayr, Colwyn Bay, St Asaph and others. Still playing in 1994. Moonlighted as a GK in Dundalk's 7-1 defeat by Manchester Corinthian Nomads at Prestatyn Raceway 10.5.70, a de facto Ireland v England game. Paula Gorham said legendary boss Kevin Gaynor had "packed" his team with some reinforcements from Dublin, including Joan and Jacinta Williams. Got her start in soccer with Sinners Utd of Ballyfermot in the early 60s, coached by Margaret Wogan whose three daughters were in the team. She worked as a machinist in the rag trade. She had been part of the Drumcondra Cup-winning Vards team which merged with Hospitals Trust and Hotspurs into the All-Stars in 1972, alongside A O'Brien and V Elliott (Connaughton).

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Jessica Ziu - 6.6.02 - Senior debut at 16yo in the 4-0 win over Northern Ireland at Tallaght Stadium, 31 August 2018, as a 76th-minute sub for R Jarrett. A creative attacking player capable of playing out wide or through the middle. Started the 2018 pre-season with Shelbourne's youth team for the new U17 WNL, but was fast-tracked into the first team setup when her calibre became evident. Among a clutch of highly-promising youngsters blooded by Shelbourne around this time. Impressive displays in the 2018 WNL and for the Irish youth teams prompted Colin Bell to draft her into the senior fold. Won another cap in the 0-4 friendly defeat by Poland in Ostroda, 9.10.18.

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