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Monday 25 September 2017

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Gaelic girls follow footsteps of a football heroineTHE three amigos joined hands and, as a result, Dublin ladies football came out smiling.

DIT, Dublin City Council and the Ladies Football Association produced a Gaelic4Girls module at the college.

The initiative saw the students emerge with coaching and refereeing qualifications.

Among those graduating with first-degree honours was the crack Dublin and Foxrock-Cabinteely footballer, Amy Ring (see picture, right).

The students also underwent a six-week work experience programme running the Gaelic4Girls project in Dublin City Council locations. "The areas chosen were Ballybough and Ringsend and they proved hugely successful," said Lyn Savage, the Croke Park Ladies Football regional development officer.

"The scheme targets girls between the ages of nine and 13, and the aim is that they will continue to play with the local club in their district.

"The players were taught the basics of the game in a fun environment. The emphasis was on enjoyment.

"Then they got the chance to display their newly-acquired skills in a series of Mini Blitz games on finals day at Clanna Gael Fontenoy," added Lyn.

"The students really enjoyed the programme, as did the children.

"So much so that everybody is looking forward to next year's one already."

It's a lovely way to introduce a child to the sport.

And who knows where the adventure will end.

Maybe in the blue shirt of Dublin, or helping their club to glory.

Lyn knows all about the route. She helped manage Na Fianna to become last season's Dublin and Leinster champions.

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