Friday 21 October 2016

'Jackies dream can't compare with island paradise' - Sinead

Dublin's Sinead Aherne
Dublin's Sinead Aherne

Even the tropical paradise of Thailand's Phi Phi islands couldn't compete for the attention of Jackies All-Star Sinead Aherne when it came to their vital push for a place in last year's All-Ireland Senior Ladies football final.

The four-time All-Star and top scorer was on a much deserved year off, travelling in Australia and Asia before resuming her place on the Dublin Senior Ladies football squad.

But the top-scoring ace full forward couldn't resist watching the outcome of the Jackies' must-win battle against Armagh in the semi-final crunch match, despite the lure of the turquoise water lapping at the stunning shore of the palm-lined paradise thousands of miles from Dublin's Parnell Park.

"I just arrived in Phi Phi but I managed to stream that game (on TG4 online) to see the girls get back to the All-Ireland final, which was great," she said.

Although she was back home in time to see Dublin ultimately defeated in the final match against arch rivals Cork, the idyllic break and time away from the pitch seems to have made Sinead more determined than ever to see the Jackies take home the Brendan Martin cup this weekend.

She was named the Croke Park player of the month in August for her instrumental role in the Jackies securing a place in the final clash with Cork on Sunday.

"It was nice to get that break after playing for so many years.


"I enjoyed having a bit more freedom to go out and enjoy things and then to have that experience done and still come back and decide to play," she said.

"I still have the enthusiasm and passion for the game," she added.

Despite turning 30 this year, she is showing no sign of slowing down.

"I take each year as it comes and go from there," she said.

"I suppose it just depends on the body really, and the interest and enthusiasm.

"Obviously it's a big time commitment, so it kind of depends on what other commitments you have," she said. "But as I said, I just take it year by year."

The TG4 All-Ireland senior finals kicks off at 4pm at Croke Park this Sunday.

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