SHE may not grab the headlines as often as her sisters, Ciara and Doireann, but Róisín O’Sullivan certainly grabbed them on Saturday and will be doing so again in less than two weeks.
The Mourneabbey centre-back was in top form as they finally won the All-Ireland ladies club final, having lost three in the last four years, losing in the semi-final in the other one.
The team was staying at the City West Hotel on Saturday night and she joked afterwards that it was like a second hen night having an occasion to celebrate with all the girls, as she is getting married in less than two weeks.
On Saturday, her defensive qualities were a key part of their 1-13 to 1-7 win over Foxrock-Cabinteely in the final, with three of their opponent’s scores coming in the last three minutes by which time the game was well and truly over as a contest.
“It was a massive day for us, I suppose we were just thinking about the performance and my fiancé was trying to do a few wedding things during the week, but I just said game first and wedding after.
“This week I have a lot of catching up to do, but it is all worth it. I just can’t believe we have won, it’s hard to put into words what it means.
“We are five years on the road now and that feeling on the pitch when the final whistle goes is just the best feeling ever.
“The last four years have really drove us on, that heartbreak we have suffered in them was a huge motivating factor and we are just delighted to get over the line.
“So many people have said to me was I afraid of getting a knock or a broken nose or something, but when you go onto the pitch those things don’t come into your head.
“You just want to win the ball and win the next ball and do what you can for the team. It’s great to win and it’s extra special to win with your sisters.
“I have been playing with Ciara for a while and in the last few years Doireann and Meabh have joined the senior panel and it unbelievable to win with them.
“Mum and dad were emotional wrecks out there tonight, football comes before practically everything in our house. We make sacrifices when it comes to things like our social lives, but we don’t consider them sacrifices.
“We had a good hen party in Kenmare a few weeks ago, but maybe we will have another party in the City West,” concluded Róisín.