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Friday 20 October 2017

rose returns to big-time in style

IT'S the second chance saloon for Rose Collins.

She likes the look of the blue furniture.

Rose is the new Dublin full-back. She has proved quite a coup.

She wrote many a headline for the Limerick Leader.

She was their first All-Star. Their only All-Star.

The accolade came in 2007. She had good company.

It included Eimear Brannigan, the Dublin captain. The St Vincent's icon was showing her class at last week's Legends Tournament at Na Fianna.

So was Veronica Curtin. 2007 saw the first sisters to earn an All-Star, Mary and Una Leacy.

2007 saw the Shannon smile. Limerick won the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship and Division 2 of the National League.

"I played for Limerick for 15 years. We had some wonderful times," reflects Rose.

HIGHLIGHT

"A highlight was winning that All-Ireland in 2007. We beat Cork in a replay.

"Two years later I retired. I thought my inter-county days were over until I came up to Dublin to work."

Then Rose got the county call. "I wasn't sure would it a bad idea to come back," she admits.

"But it has turned out brilliantly. and I am really enjoying it. It's lovely to get the second chance.

"I very much appreciate the opportunity."

Rose is playing for St Brigid's. She's relishing life at Russell Park. "It's a tremendous set-up."

She also settled quickly with Dublin. "It's a fabulous group to be involved with. I couldn't have asked for better.

"We put in three weeks of hard training before Christmas, and that has really stood to us.

"The club championship season finished in October-November, so it was terrific to go straight back into training with the county."

Rose's polished performances suggested that she had never been away from the inter-county stage.

She hails from a club steeped in hurling-folklore, Ahane. That's the club of Mick Mackey, one of the greatest hurlers of them all.

Tony Herbert also played for Ahane. He died last year. He was the last surviving member of the Limerick team that won the All-Ireland in 1940.

Tony also played with Faughs. The two clubs celebrated his life with a special match last season.

Rose tells of her admiration for the Mackey clan, and indeed for one of her favourite players, Vera Sheehan of Granagh Ballingarry.

"She is unreal. I have looked up to her so much." On the Ahane website, there is the saying: 'Come on Ahane, the spuds are boiling'.

When Rose Collins gets on the ball, there is always something cooking in the kitchen.

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