Mothers and 'others' get their moment in Croker spotlight
Some mothers only experience a game of football by cheering from the sideline, but that's not the case with one group of Dublin mammies.
The Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others team from Fingallians Club in Swords will be taking to Croker pitch themselves tomorrow.
The team is for anyone who doesn't play competitively, says coach Claire Thornton.
"There may be women who played before and gave it up and had kids," she said.
"Others may have never kicked a ball before.
"There's a social aspect to it and we're not supposed to keep scores, so there are no winners or losers."
Claire, whose son Callum (4) plays for Fingallians under-4s, coaches a panel of 26 players.
"We started four years ago and we get new people all the time," she said.
"We train two to three times a week, depending on matches."
The ladies were delighted to find out they had won a video contest to play tomorrow.
"Our video was a take on Freddie Mercury's video for I Want to Break Free, where he's doing the housework," said Claire. "We did it of us hoovering, ironing and cleaning the toilet.
"Then we put on our jerseys and were out on the pitches training."
It will be especially exciting for one mother, Stephanie Rickard, whose daughter Niamh will be playing on the under-21 team on the day for the Jackies.
Niamh's aunt, Yvonne Fitzachary, is also on the Gaelic 4 Mothers team.
The side they will come up against has yet to be announced.