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Noelle Healy (left) and Sinéad Aherne celebrate their victory. Photo: Sportsfile

Noelle Healy (left) and Sinéad Aherne celebrate their victory. Photo: Sportsfile

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Noelle Healy (left) and Sinéad Aherne celebrate their victory. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin GAA star Noelle Healy was back at work at St James's Hospital yesterday, the day after securing her fourth consecutive All-Ireland football title.

Dr Healy (29) has returned to working as an anaes- thesiologist after Dublin's ladies team made history at Croke Park with an impressive victory over Cork.

"We would have been at the core phase, no more than our medical and surgical colleagues, at the height of the pandemic in March and April," she told RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland programme yesterday.

"It's a great job, it's one that I love. It's a great distraction from football, and football brings a great distraction from it."

Sunday's final proved to be a tight affair, but the Dubs overturned a three-point half-time deficit to secure the title on a 1-10 to 1-5 scoreline.

Healy, who scored 0-2 on the day, said she was afraid the showdown might never happen due to the pandemic.

"It's a week that we were worried would never come when we were apart and trying to train separately in April and May," she said.

"So I was delighted to even be able to take part in it. To have come out the right side of an unbelievable match was really satisfying."

Morale

The team spent many months training, unsure the final would even occur, but Healy said they managed to keep their morale up.

Current circumstances prevent the team from celebrating as they would like to, but they still managed to mark the occasion.

"We just went home to our families, which was really lovely," she said.

"When it's safe to do so, we'll go out and have a proper celebration."


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