THEY celebrated like they had won an All-Ireland final, and to the U14 footballers of Macroom Ladies’ GAA Club, it felt like that.
After winning the Mid Cork U14 Division 2 title – the first bit of silverware in the ladies’ club history – the victorious Macroom team paraded through the streets of the town, with blaring car horns and waving flags announcing the new champions.
‘It means so much to our club. It’s brilliant, unreal,’ said chairperson Margaret Buckley.
‘The club is in existence 35, 40 years and we lapsed for a while before coming back around 15 years ago, and as far as I know, this is the first trophy the club has won so it means so much to everyone involved. We’ve got to finals before but lost, but this year the U14 team topped their group and when the other team we were meant to play in the final pulled out, we won the title.’
This Mid Cork league triumph is a big boost to the Macroom ladies club which has up to 90 members and fields teams from U10 up to U16. This year, for the first time, the club will field a minor ladies team and it’s also hoped, in the future, for Macroom to have its own junior ladies football team.
‘We’re growing and we’re building for the future, so a win like the U14s is fantastic for everyone,’ Buckley said.
‘Aoife Twomey is involved in the Cork U14 team and we have players involved in various development squads also so we’re on an upward curve.’