Captain Katie is beaming with Pride at Aviva
Katie McCabe is endorsing Aviva Pride after going public about her three-year relationship with teammate Ruesha Littlejohn.
The women's captain is thrilled that Dublin's Aviva Stadium will be lit up in the Pride rainbow colours every night until Saturday.
McCabe has just won the Women's Super League with Arsenal while Littlejohn has played for Liverpool and Glasgow City.
"As captain of the Ireland team and an Arsenal player, I've got a platform to speak up and show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community," said McCabe.
"The women's game is a very accepting community. You love who you love and you're not really judged.
"I'm 23 now and have been around the game since I was a youngster being part of older teams.
"Aviva has shown it's safe to dream and be who you want to be.
"There's no better showcase for Pride than lighting up the national stadium."
McCabe is proud that in 2015 her country became the first in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.
"I remember that day so clearly," she recalls with a broad smile.
"I thought, 'Fair play, Ireland', because it showed a lot of solidarity. It paved the way for the next generation to be whoever they want.
"People don't have to go abroad to marry, and that's a brilliant thing.
"Maybe I could do that one day," she added.