Mourneabbey will be even stronger if Dublin All-Ireland winner completes her transfer

Mourneabbey will be even stronger if Dublin All-Ireland winner completes her transfer
Rena Buckley and Marie Ambrose combine to stop Dublin's Noelle Healy in 2016. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THREE-TIME All-Ireland winner and 2017 Player of the Year Dublin’s Noelle Healy has applied for a transfer to reigning All-Ireland senior club champions Mourneabbey.

Reports emerged earlier this week that the Dublin star has requested to move from Castleknock outfit St Brigid’s to the reigning county champions.

The four-time All-Star works as an anaesthetist and it is believed she is relocating to Cork due to work commitments.

Healy’s release has been approved by St Brigid’s and Dublin, but the transfer now needs approval in Cork before completion.

Healy, 28, has been a key player for the Dubs over the past number of seasons and was awarded Player of the Match in the 2017 All-Ireland final.

Healy also played a pivotal role in 2018, helping Dublin on their way to history in September by winning back-to-back titles for the first time against the Rebels.

A player of Healy’s ability would be a big asset to any club and will surely increase Mourneabbey’s chances of retaining the senior club All-Ireland championship massively as well as their bid for a sixth consecutive county and inter-provincial honours.

The five-in-a-row Cork and Munster champions finally clinched the Dolores Tyrell memorial cup back in December when they saw off Dublin kingpins Foxrock-Cabinteely.

That win brought a close to a painful chapter in Mourneabbey’s history, losing in the deciders in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

That victory saw Mourneabbey become the first ladies football club in the country to win three All-Ireland titles across three grades; they lifted the All-Ireland junior title in 2005 quickly followed by the intermediate crown in 2017. 

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