As years go by one thing I would do anything to see is normalizing and accepting that women are interested in sports.
If you had told me around 10 years ago little 9 year old me that I would fall in love with GAA I would have looked at you as if you had two heads and simply laugh at you.
I’d like to think I’m flying the flag for women in GAA but it hasn’t been an easy road.
For me GAA is my joy I know I’ll never get bored of, a love for something that I know will last forever .
In school I was the kind of person bursting to chat with someone about a recent game and share my opinions and once I started talking you’d have a job to shut me up.
People would be waiting to hear what I’d say just so they could have a laugh at me after and it was like being trapped in away, not being with your own kind.
As you all know keeper Rob Hennelly is my favourite player, I was known as the nutter who was obsessed with him and I still am when I look at it, I remember one morning walking to class and these lads said to me once my back was turned ‘Rob Hennelly is shite’, that kind of behaviour made me just hate school every day and when I finished school last year it was like a sense of freedom because I didn’t have to be scared to be who I was, someone I was trying to hide for 10 years.
One of my many talents is actually shocking people when they realise hey this woman knows her stuff.
Even with this blog the specific name The Girl that writes about Mayo GAA, yes I may not be the standard of the popular male GAA writers in this country but hey I’m not far behind.
This blog has been active now for 8 months and you know I’ve achieved things I didn’t know was possible, in the past people laughing about how much I love it but roll on the years in only 8 months I can say members of the senior panel have read my work, like the difference in time is actually gas.
For someone in my position even just seeing Joanne Cantwell presenting The Sunday Game or even seeing Cora Staunton commentating on a men’s match, it’s stuff like that will give young females hope that hey maybe I could do that one day.
Back in December I started this website out of rage really because of how our lads were getting treated after the All Ireland but as things were going well I thought why would I stop now.
Now more than ever women are making their mark in sports and I’d like to think I’m making a mark on GAA journalism.
It’s the women like Jacqui Hurley, Joanne Cantwell etc flying the flag for the females but you have to keep saying to yourself you I will be flying the flag alongside them.
I suppose no matter what you will always have the doubters in life hey I was laughed at when I began loving GAA look at me now.
I could brag on for days about how much I love this GAA county and players but I think ye can already tell.
Going forward ye will keep seeing articles or pictures because spending my love for this amazing team because that is simply what I do best.
If I wanted ye to take one thing from this post, never look down upon someone sharing the live for their passion because they could make something really good out of it.