Mourneabbey star is focused on her All-Ireland dream

Mourneabbey star is focused on her All-Ireland dream
Mourneabbey's Ciara O'Sullivan comes up against West Cork's Sarah Hayes. Picture: Gavin Browne

TO merely say that this Mourneabbey Ladies Football side are made of very strong character would be quite an understatement.

Their willingness to win and desire to succeed cannot be questioned. 2018 has seen them pick up another Cork title and another Munster title.

How they would dearly love to finally add an All-Ireland title to that list of achievements come the end of this weekend.

The winner of the Rearden’s Club All-Stars Ladies Footballer of the Year award went to Mourneabbey’s Doireann O’Sullivan.

She has been crucial to the five-in-a-row successes for Mourneabbey in both Cork and Munster.

“The Cork County championship is extremely competitive,” says O’Sullivan when speaking to this reporter in Rearden’s Bar on Wednesday night.

“So it is really nice and really special to be nominated. You are looking around you there and there are excellent club players who show up excellently on the day.

“It is a massive honour to be recognised here tonight.”

Picture: Gerard Bonus.
Picture: Gerard Bonus.

Discussing the mentality of this group, it becomes apparent that O’Sullivan thrives off being in a team that sets such high standards for themselves.

“We’ve unfinished business, I suppose. We have ticked the county final box, we have ticked the Munster final box. Unfortunately we have come up short in terms of our All-Ireland campaign.

“Hopefully, fingers crossed, we can get over the line on Saturday. It would mean everything to us.

“We’re all the best of friends, we’ve grown up together. There is a really positive atmosphere at training.

“Everyone helps each other. We’ve all got each other’s backs. There’s massive trust within the group and it does make it that bit more enjoyable.

“When you are winning and are successful, it is easier to keep going down training and to keep the motivation going.”

When you have a group of players so deeply invested in this Mourneabbey team, it also helps when your manager is just as committed.

That is exactly what Mourneabbey have in Shane Ronayne, who is also the Tipperary Ladies Football manager.

“The amount of time and effort that Shane puts into us is unbelievable,” says O’Sullivan.

“I don’t think people know, he is planning training. He is doing video analysis, he does way more than is expected of him.

“He puts 110% into everything he does. Hopefully, he will get his reward now on Saturday as well.”

Leaving Rearden’s with her All-Star award intact, all roads lead to Parnell Park in Dublin this Saturday.

Foxrock Cabinteely lie in wait in the final, as Mourneabbey seek to secure the All-Ireland they so dearly desire.

“I honestly don’t think you could put it into words,” says O’Sullivan. “It probably keeps us awake at night, the ones we’ve lost.

“It is what I dream of going to bed. It would just mean everything to wake up Sunday morning with an All-Ireland club medal.”

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