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Ryan O'Kane | Blackstone Motors Goal of the Month Winner | August 2022

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O'Sullivan confident there's more to come from Meath ladies

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By John Harrington

The dust had barely settled on Meaths back to back All-Ireland Ladies Football Final victory over Kerry when some analysts spooled out the line that this would be as good as it would get for the Royals.

The fact that star players Vikki Wall and Orla Lally were set to embark on AFL careers, Emma Troy was taking the 2023 season off to go travelling, and team coach Paul Garrigan was stepping away from the role were flagged up as reasons why this Meath team had peaked and the only way is was down from here.

Niamh OSullivan doesnt agree. Meaths best player in the All-Ireland is convinced that the Royals can continue to evolve and improve in the coming years.

Definitely, she says. We know Paul said he was leaving at the end of the year and we can't argue with that, he's given Meath football six fantastic years.

He's brought us from the bottom to the top. He's been an outstanding coach and brought a lot of professionalism to the county. Girls now want to play football for Meath which previously would have been a major issue. People didn't want to play for Meath and he's turned that around.

Look, we haven't spoken about next year yet, we don't know what the story is. We're just enjoying this time and reflecting on what a wonderful year it was.

But, no, I'm not worried at all. Yeah, you have Vikki and Orla Lally going to the AFL and Emma Troy is going travelling, but these girls are entitled to do that. What an opportunity for Vikki and Orla to experience a professional sport in Australia, I really look forward to watching them and following them.

They'll be back in a green jersey, whether that's next year or the year after I don't know. But we'll welcome them back straight away with open arms.

Our minors were in a Leinster Final this year. Our U-16s are competing in Leinster Finals. So Meath football is on the rise and it's only going to get better. It's going to be exciting times. If the core group stays together, that's all we need. It doesn't matter who's managing us, once the core group of players stays together, that drive to get back to Croke Park in 2023 is definitely going to be on our minds.

We're all looking forward to even seeing each other again. We're a very close group and we're already excited about next year. I'm not worried at all. It's going to be an exciting year and a tough year obviously because we're All-Ireland champions, but we'll be ready for the task ahead.




Niamh O'Sullivan of Meath reacts after seeing a family member in the crowd after the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. 

Niamh O'Sullivan of Meath reacts after seeing a family member in the crowd after the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin.

Meaths 2021 All-Ireland Final win was a wonderful bolt from the blue, but OSullivan has derived even more satisfaction from this years success.

By winning the double of League and Championship they achieved their goal of silencing those who thought they were one-hit wonders.

Yeah, definitely extra-special, she says. I think last year we were all probably a bit shocked that we won the All-Ireland. Even in the dressing-room afterwards we were just sitting there and couldn't believe it. Whereas this yera it was definitely more special.

I think the whole one-hit wonder tag really helped us with our motivation this year. We really wanted to go out and prove the point that we didn't win the All-Ireland by fluke last year. So, yeah, it was extra-special.

To have our family and friends there on All-Ireland day in Croke Park was a special moment. And when we went back to the dressing-room we all sat around in a circle, it was just a really, really special moment.

Even for girls for who it was their first All-Ireland, just to experience that...it was definitely a moment that will live long in my memory.

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This weekend's club championship results

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ANTRIM Antrim SHC round 3McQuillan's, Ballycastle 5-26 Carey Faughs 0-13Dunloy Cuchullains 1-17O'Donovan Rossa 0-16Na Seamrga 1-24 Naomh anna 0-10Ruair g 1-21 Naomh Eoin 1-16CAVAN Kiernans Service Stations SFC Mullahoran 0-11 Lavey 0-10Kingscourt Stars 2-12 Gowna 1-14Ballinagh 3-17 Butlersbridge 1-14Cavan Gaels 3-10 Lacken 1-15Crosserlough 3-24 Laragh Utd 1-6Ramor United 0-11 Killygarry
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SHC 1 - St Vincents v Kilmacud Crokes

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2022 All Britain Competition round-up

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Dessie Dolan ratified as new Westmeath manager

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By Cian O'Connell Dessie Dolan was ratified as the new Westmeath senior football team manager on Wednesday evening.The Garrycastle clubman replaces Jack Cooney, who stepped down from the role last month.Westmeath claimed the Tailteann Cup earlier this year in impressive fashion with Dolan part of Cooney's backroom team.Dolan, who played
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Oidhreacht Mhichil Cíosóg fós le brath 175 bliain tar éis a bhreithe

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Le Jamie Tuama Ceannrda a bh i Michel Cosg a bhfuil a oidhreacht agus a fhs fs le brath 175 bliain tar is a bhreithe. Cainteoir dchais Gaeilge ab ea a rugadh agus a tgadh i bPoll an Phca, An Carn, i gContae an Chlir. Ba ar 20
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Derry SHC Final: Slaughtneil claim 10th title in a row

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Derry SHC Final Slaughtneil 2-18 Kevin Lynch's 1-8By Declan Bogue at Owenbeg That most title-hungry of clubs, Slaughtneil, went ten in a row in the Derry senior hurling Championship with a second half blitzing of Kevin Lynchs, outscoring them 2-13 to 1-2 after the break.Two of their starting team here,
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Kildare SHC Final: Naas defeat Maynooth

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Kildare SHC Final Naas 0-20 Maynooth 0-12By Ger McNally at St Conleth's Park James Burke scored 0-10 as Naas saw off Maynooth to lift their fourth successive Kildare Senior Hurling Championship in Newbridge.Maynooth were playing in their first final since 1943 and were massive underdogs against a team who beat
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Match highlights of the Go Ahead Dublin SFC1 relegation playoff between Raheny and Clontarf

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Offaly SFC Final: Rhode edge out Tullamore

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Tullamore Court Hotel Offaly SFC Final RHODE 1-9 TULLAMORE 0-11Kevin Egan at OConnor Park The 2021 Offaly senior final, when Tullamore overcame Rhode in a replay, looked to many like a changing of the guard. Rhode, as befitting a club that has dominated the Offaly scene this millennium, raged against
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Wicklow SHC Final: Kavanagh's late point forces a replay

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Wicklow SHC final Bray Emmets 0-16 Glenealy 0-16By Brendan Lawrence at Aughrim A stunning late point from substitute Jack Kavanagh saved the day for Glenealy in a pulsating Lightning Protection Ireland Senior hurling championship final in the County Grounds in Aughrim on Sunday afternoon.Bray Emmets, going for their fourth ODonoghue
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Dublin SHC QF: Na Fianna earn victory

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Dublin SHC Quarter Final Na Fianna 1-19 St Vincent's 0-17By Paul Keane at Parnell Park Inter-county attackers Donal Burke and Colin Currie did the bulk of the scoring as Na Fianna, beaten in last year's Dublin SHC final, returned to the championship's last four.All-Star nominee Burke struck eight points at
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Go Ahead Ireland Dublin Ladies SFC Final 2022

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Former President McAleese appointed as independent integration Chairperson

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The Gaelic Games Associations are pleased to announce that former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has agreed to be independent Chairperson of the integration process between the Camogie Association, the GAA, and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.Over the course of this year, all three Gaelic Games Associations separately discussed integration
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Gaelic Games Associations conducting survey of 13-19 year olds

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The three Gaelic Games Associations are conducting a survey of young players in Gaelic Games designed to better understand the experiences of players in the 13-19 age cohort across all codes.The survey will cover topics such as the teams they play for, how often they take part, the coaching environment
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