Supplemental list of Republic of Ireland women’s football players


Republic of Ireland women’s football players

Unconfirmed/bench/squad/youth Players

NB: Several players on the main list started off here, then I moved them over to the main A-Z when I had confirmed they had played at senior level.

INDEX: A B C D E F G H I J K L M Mc N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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Aoife Ahern – Passage player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.

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Kendall Bartholomew – Another college player who turned up to the USA training camp in summer 2009. 5’5” FW from Liberty University (2004-2007). Unused sub in opening 2-1 win over FC Indiana, not seen again. Listed as “Bartholemew Kendall” in the FAI reports.


Vivienne Bartley – Capped at u16 v Scotland Easter 1994. Not in (matchday) squad for u20 win over NI in Belfast, 29.10.94. But returned from injury to be named in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94, was a 16yo schoolgirl playing for NEDL outfit ‘Shambo’. Called into a revamped senior squad in November 1996 as a Botown player, alongside several other members of the Dana Cup-winning youth team.


Pauline Bolger – Cambridge player in squad v Belgium 27.10.80. NB. there is a Cambridge FC in Ringsend, Dublin.


Leanne Maria Bowler – 9.7.83 – FW from Cloughertown, St Catherine’s player featured against England, Wales and Turkey at u18 Euro quals in Nov 2000 at Drogheda. Scholarship for Franklin Pierce Ravens 2004-07 ‘hometown’ was listed as Clonalvy, Co Meath. Studied criminal justice and settled in NYC. Coached by Noel King while at St Brendan’s in Artane.


Sally Bownes – 18yo (born 54 or 55) Elms United Galway “centre half back” listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73. Captain of the Galwegian “Michael Anthony’s Team” and scored both goals (the second direct from a corner) in a 2-2 draw with Ballynanty (Limerick) in a prestige friendly at Terryland Park, May 1972. Also hit the equaliser in a return match at Markets Field the same month which finished 1-1 but Michael Anthony’s lost on the toss of a coin. Michael Anthony’s was a jeans factory on Seamus Quirke Road later taken over by Farah. The club became Elms United for the inaugural LLOI season in 1973. In the opening match 4.3.73 at West Park, versatile Bownes started at centre half before being pushed to inside forward, but could not avert a 1-0 defeat by Cahir. In May 1974 she was the captain of Elms Selected (“now known as Galway Town”) in their 2-1 League final defeat by Kilkenny. Played Gaelic football for Galway and Connacht.


Jenny Brady – Cuckoo’s Nest player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. Cuckoo’s Nest player in Mick Cooke’s u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. 65th-min Sub for C Grant in 6-0 u20 win over NI in Belfast, 29.10.94. Named in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94, was a 17yo student playing for DWSL outfit ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’. Sub in Shamrock Rovers’ 4-0 LFAI Cup final win over Shelbourne at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Played for Shamrock Rovers in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, which they lost to Shelbourne on penalties after a 2-2 draw.


Lucy Brierton – L Brierton Glade Celtic player listed in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. Listed first – GK? “L. Brierdon” listed in prog for 3-1 defeat in Bridgend, Wales 29.8.76. Signed copy of programme – first name looks like Lucy? “Lucy Brierton” scored two in Casualty United’s 3-0 Leinster Ladies Soccer League win over Clerys, 19.5.71 (a Wednesday night fixture). Lucy Brierton was the captain of Blades Celtic 5-a-side team in October 1976.


Catherine Brown – Played (apparently in goal) for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: “…keepers Mary Gavin and later Catherine Brown were never really tested…” – Limerick Leader. A Catherine Browne was in the Rathfarnham United squad which went to the Lyons tournament in April 1981. Catherine Brown was an E.I. defender in the Limerick team which beat Land Registrars (Dublin) 3-2 at Ringsend Park in the FAI Women’s Cup semi, July 1975: “Mary Joyce, Ann Cross and Catherine Brown were sound in the backs”. Pictured in the Analog team photo ahead of the “All-Ireland soccer final” (President’s Cup?) v Suffragettes at the Mary Immaculate College grounds, 13.12.81. Mentioned as one of the “absent regulars” in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75, understrength Limerick shocked 4-3 by Avengers (Dublin), their first league defeat which cost them a third consecutive “Kevin Gaynor perpetual”. Captained Analog to a 2-1 win over Bank of Ireland (Limerick) in the Limerick League division 1 final, August 1981, hitting the winning goal from the spot. “Catherine Browne” played for the Limerick X1 in the 3-1 defeat by tourists Reims, 21.8.73. Katherine Brown named an outstanding player for Limerick in their 1-1 draw with the Ireland national team at Markets Field, 29.5.76.


Yvonne Burton – Cremona player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80.


Mary Burke – Waterford player called up for the 1-1 draw in Larne, 13.5.78 (according to the Cork Evening Echo).


Aisling Byrne – Started u20 team’s 6-0 win in NI, 29.10.94, her first cap. Retained place in u20 squad for friendly v France at Turners Cross, 12.11.94. 19yo player for Cuckoo’s Nest in the DWSL.


Christina Byrne – Raheny United player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre.


Jennifer “Jenny” Byrne – 5.3.93 – 2017 Rose of Tralee winner, medical doctor and dual code football star. From Clonaderig near the Offaly/Westmeath border and went to school in Ballinahown and then at Our Lady’s Bower in Athlone. Studied medicine at NUI Galway and had a five year career with the soccer team, including winning the 2016 WSCAI All-Ireland. Part of the U17 “golden generation” which reached the final of the 2010 Euros then went to the U17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. Was attached to Bealnamulla LFC at the time. 5’11” centre-half with a delicate touch, could also play in midfield. Graduated to the u19s for their Euro campaign in 11-12. Won the 2011 Intermediate All-Ireland Gaelic football title with Westmeath at Croke Park. The late Jeremy Dee signed her up for Castlebar Celtic in 2011 and she played the first two WNL seasons with the Mayo outfit. Signed for newly-formed Galway WFC for 2013-14. Didn’t play in 14-15 but came back for 15-16. Played for Irish Universities at the Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea in July 2015. At the time of her Rose of Tralee win in August 2017 was still with Galway WFC but nursing an injury and working as a junior doctor in the A and E ward of UHG. The oft-derided event (cf. Father Ted’s “Lovely Girls Competition”) is allegedly not a beauty contest and is run on an inter-county basis, Byrne qualified as Rose of Offaly. Most of the next year was spent on leave from her day-job, making appearances and international jet-setting.


Jenny Byrne – Ballymun youngster (u18) called up by Mick Cooke for the 5-a-side tournament at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall, November 1993.


Samantha Byrne – Coolock Utd player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.

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Deirdre “Dee” Callanan – Cork CIT / Wilton United player named in Myles Kelly’s squad for the Universiade in Daegu, Korea, August 2003. Unused sub in the 2-1 friendly win over the Faroes in Klaksvik 12.10.04. Centre-half and free-kick specialist from Grange, Cork. “I’ve always played centre-half for Wilton but when I’ve moved up in levels I’ve moved to right or left back because I wouldn’t be the tallest”. Wilton stalwart, joined at 12yo won the 1996 u16 and u18 LFAI Cups, the 2004 Intermediate FAI Cup. Played for the combined Cork select team which lost in the 2004 senior WFAI Cup semi-final to Dundalk at Turners Cross. Played for Wilton in their 2011 Intermediate Women’s FAI Cup final defeat by St. Catherine’s. Captained Wilton to Steve Quinn Cup glory in 2017. In 2007 (Wilton’s FAI Cup semi defeat by Galway) was a Garda (police officer) based in New Ross, Waterford.


Ann Campbell – Lands and Forestry (Civil Service League) player named in Tony Kelly’s provisional 23-player squad for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82 – but didn’t make the final 16 to travel.


Eleanor Carroll – A 14yo Cahir LFC Tipperary player listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73. ‘Elinor O’Carroll’ was a Cahir midfielder “in Irish panel” for 1973 Wales match and Irish X1 v Reims at Kilkenny 26.8.73. An Eleanor Carroll was in Tipp’s 1974 all-Ireland winning ladies Gaelic football team.


Breda Christie – Finglas United player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Went on to a successful spell at Castle Rovers.

Ann Church – Dubliner FW listed as an international player in Rathfarnham United’s squad for 1988 LFAI Cup final v Boyne Rovers at Glebe North FC, Balbriggan. Played in Verona’s 4-0 1994 LFAI Cup final defeat by Welsox, 25.9.94 at Richmond Road (Park?). She was 35yo player/manager of the two-year-old club. She had shrugged off a knee injury and cruciate transplant 3 years earlier which made her doc tell her to quit soccer. Still playing for Rathfarnham in the DWSL, July 1997. Played for Verona in their 3-1 LFAI Cup QF win over her former club Rathfarnham, Parish Fields, Blanchardstown, 15.8.93. Scored “forty yard special” to put Rathfarnham ahead with 10 mins remaining in their 2-0 LFAI Cup final replay win over Belvedere at Dalyer, 9.10.85. Rathfarnham player named on standby v NI, Dalyer 23.10.83. Listed in the Rathfarnham United squad which went to the Lyons tournament in April 1981. Listed as a Rathfarnham player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a “Bracken” Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81.


Cathy Clarke – Top Shots (Sligo) starlet on the Republic u18 panel beaten 1-0 by NI at Inver Park, Larne, 8.8.81.


Janet Clarke – J. Clarke Kells player named in the squad for Ireland’s creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90. Janet Clarke in Arsenal squad 91/92 and 92/93 (their first Emerald Isle import?) Was in the squad for the WPL Cup final win over Millwall Lionesses 91/92. Was listed as understudy GK to Lesley Shipp and as an Eire youth international. In 92/93 team photo she was there in the middle next to Shipp, but in an outfield shirt? Maybe they only had one goalkeeper kit. In Arsenal v Wimbledon prog 25.10.92 she was listed as having played in all three reserve matches so far that season. In the second match, against Tottenham, goalkeeper Ruth Gold was injured and Marlene Egan went in goal… (not Clarke? So maybe she wasn’t a GK?) Janet Clarke Eire U18 player signed for Bromley Borough from Arsenal in 93/94 and made 18 appearances (10 league) scoring one goal as they won the WPL South and were promoted to the National League. “Janet can operate from any position in the defence”. Remained with the club when they turned into Croydon WFC but was increasingly restricted to the second team. Captain of the reserves in Croydon’s 95/96 Double-winning campaign and was recalled to the first team for the monster end of season fixture pile-up (but was not listed in the Cup final squad). Remained at Croydon in 96/97 where she was unimaginatively nicknamed “Clarkie”.


Eileen Clooney – One of two Waterford players (w B Maher) to be selected for the 2-1 inter-League defeat by NI at Oriel Park, Dundalk, 12.10.74.


Sinead Coakley – Named in Myles Kelly’s squad for the Universiade in Daegu, Korea, August 2003. Was attending IT Sligo while playing for DWSL club UCD, which must have entailed a lot of travelling.


Ann Coffey – A nurse at St Brendan’s Hospital who plundered 50 goals for Dublin Castle in the 1983 CSL.


Amanda Coleman – Bealnamulla player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. Bealnamulla FW in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Lourdes Celtic player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996.


Madeleine Colwell – Kells team mate of G Byrne named in the 20-player squad for the 3.5.81 5-0 friendly defeat by England at Dalyer.


Catherine Cooke – College of Commerce, Cork and Wilton United player named in Myles Kelly’s squad for the Universiade in Daegu, Korea, August 2003. Completed her 20th season with Wilton in 2013.


Catherine Cooley – Listed at no 14 for 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74, a Suffragettes (Dublin) player.


Christine “Chrissie” Condon – Named in Eamonn Darcy’s first WNT training session at Belfield 3.3.84. Kileady (Cork) player named in Tony Kelly’s “very young squad” for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82. Sub for Cork Select XI, in a 3-0 exhibition game defeat by Ireland WNT at the Mardyke, 19.8.84. Chris Condon played for Cork Rangers in a 5-1 LFAI Cup QF replay defeat by Rathfarnham, Loreto Park, July 1995. Played Gaelic football for St Luke’s in the Co Cork final, Oct 86, beaten 3-7 0-4 by Ilen Rovers. Caroline Nagle, Ann and Paula Goggin were teammates. 22.9.11 Evening Echo article recalled how she would crash with Dublin-based fellow centre half C Fitzpatrick when she travelled to Dublin for national team training. “I was involved in the senior national scene for two years at the age of 19”. On 29.11.81 she scored the fifth for Cork Celtic “A” who beat Cork Celtic “B” 5-1 in the Cork Ladies Cup (AKA the Martin Russell Trophy) final at Mayfield. Signed by Cork Rangers from Killeady “to fill their problematic position at sweeper” ahead of the 1986 season. Joined Lakewood LFC (who merged with Cork Rangers) in approx. 1997. After retiring from playing she stayed involved and co-founded the Cork Women and Schoolgirl’s Soccer League (CWSSL), remaining on the board for 17 years until 2015. Coached at Lakewood and also Wilton schoolgirls. “I finished up playing in 1999 at the age of 36 and I can say they were the most enjoyable years […] I didn’t decide to stop, my body told me to stop”.


C Conlon – listed as the sub in Ireland’s Saturday Night report of 2-1 Euro qualifier win over NI in Ards, 2.10.82 – Chris Condon??


Laura Connolly – Kells player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.


Marian Conroy – A Dublin Castle player named as one of three standby players for the 0-1 ECQ defeat by England at Dalyer, 7.11.82. Also a Dublin county camogie star: “My life is all about sport”. Played camogie for the Palmerstown, Austin Stacks and Celtic clubs. Marian Conroy (club=Central Statistics Office) was in a Dublin Civil Service League select team which played a “special challenge match” at Anne O’Brien’s Reims 29.11.75. At Kilcohan Park, Waterford 4.11.84, Killeady Rangers drew a “brimful of thrills” LFAI Cup final with Dublin Castle 2-2 AET, but they lost on penalties: “The outstanding players afield were the two ‘sweepers’, Dublin skipper Maria Conroy and Cork’s Christina Buckley”. Originally from Laois (Emmet Street, she attended St Mary’s College, Mountmellick) and was steeped in GAA – dad and brother county-level hurlers and her aunt was a county camogie player. Moved to Dublin to work in the civil service in 1971. In November 1982 Mountmellick Town Commission extended congratulations to Conroy: “Who has received a cap on the Irish Ladies international soccer team”. But she wasn’t in any of the FAI’s team lists for the Euro quals?


Noleen Corish – St Catherine’s player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.


Rebecca Creagh – 10.5.89 – MF uncapped at senior level as at May 2015. Joined Templeogue United at youth level then in 2006 joined Raheny which became Shelbourne in 2015. Dogged by a foot injury after 2016 and also spent time in Australia. Retired after Shels’ 2021 title win. Works as a postie.


Bridie Christie – Shamrock Rovers player called up by Mick Cooke for the 5-a-side tournament at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall, November 1993.


Ann Cross – 4 October 1997 Limerick Leader article said Grainne was one of 5 Cross sisters to play for Ireland (with Rose, Tracey, Ann and Catherine), while another 2 sisters Alice and Deirdre were outstanding Limerick League players: “Ann had the distinction of captaining Ranks, winners of the inaugural Limerick League in 1972”. Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: “…Mary Joyce, Ann Cross, Pauline Maher and Freda Noonan came on for the last 15 minutes…” – Limerick Leader. Ann Cross was a Shannon Diamond defender in the Limerick team which beat Land Registrars (Dublin) 3-2 at Ringsend Park in the FAI Women’s Cup semi, July 1975: “Mary Joyce, Ann Cross and Catherine Brown were sound in the backs”. Played in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75, understrength Limerick shocked 4-3 by Avengers (Dublin), their first league defeat which cost them a third consecutive “Kevin Gaynor perpetual”. Picked for the League of Ireland squad for the 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. Followed in the footsteps of brother Pat, who won a schoolboy cap v France. Winger and “schoolgoing” captain on the Prospect United team which sprang up in 1970, based out of Cals Park and coached by teenaged Fairview Rangers player Noel Hannon. Played for the Limerick X1 in the 3-1 defeat by tourists Reims, 21.8.73, Markets Field.


Catherine Cross – 4 October 1997 Limerick Leader article said Grainne was one of 5 Cross sisters to play for Ireland (with Rose, Tracey, Ann and Catherine), while another 2 sisters Alice and Deirdre were outstanding Limerick League players. Played in the LFAI Cup final at Markets Field, 7.9.75, when Limerick beat CSO (Dublin) 2-1. Mentioned as one of the “absent regulars” in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75, understrength Limerick shocked 4-3 by Avengers (Dublin), their first league defeat which cost them a third consecutive “Kevin Gaynor perpetual”. Also absent was Catherine Brown – not the same person. Played for the Limerick X1 in the 3-1 defeat by tourists Reims, 21.8.73, Markets Field.


Rose Cross – One of 6 Limerick League players in Tony Kelly’s 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. 4 October 1997 Limerick Leader article said Grainne was one of 5 Cross sisters to play for Ireland (with Grainne, Tracey, Ann and Catherine), while another 2 sisters Alice and Deirdre were outstanding Limerick League players. Played for an ex-International X1 v Limerick League at Jackman Park in October 1997: “…the ex-internationals defence of Marion Slattery, Rose Cross and Imelda O’Hanlon were rock solid…” – Limerick Leader. Pictured in the Analog team photo ahead of the “All-Ireland soccer final” (President’s Cup?) v Suffragettes at the Mary Immaculate College grounds, 13.12.81. Later Rose Benson, was on the Treaty United WU17 team coaching staff in 2021. Played for Analog in a 2-1 win over Bank of Ireland (Limerick) in the Limerick League division 1 final, August 1981.


Linda Crowe – Kells player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. Came on for O Rankin in the final. Elm Rovers (DWSL) FW w 1 goal in u20 development team’s 6-0 win over NI in Belfast, 29.10.94: “The goal of the game – a 25-yard drive”. Named in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94, still a 16yo schoolgirl at St Mary’s College. Her youth team coach was Marie Conway, legendary captain of Kevin Gaynor’s Dundalk LFC team.


Maggie Crowley – Drumcondra player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85, per the match programme. The Evening Press preview said she played for Werburgh Street – unclear if they published her address by accident!


Mairead Culhane – Magcobar (Limerick) player in squad v Belgium 27.10.80. Stood out for Magcobar United in their 4-2 Limerick Cup final win over Bank of Ireland at Shanagolden, 12.10.80, impressing the watching WNT boss Tony Kelly, who gave her a call-up.


Ann Cummins – Tolka Swifts player selected for the friendly in Scotland at Tynecastle, 27.5.84.


Suzanne Cunneen – Wilton FC player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.

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Brigid Daly – One of four Limerick players to be selected for the 2-1 inter-League defeat by NI at Oriel Park, Dundalk, 12.10.74. “A comparative newcomer to soccer and richly deserving of this honour”. From Patrickswell. Bridget Darcy (same person?) was an All Blacks midfielder in the Limerick team which beat Land Registrars (Dublin) 3-2 at Ringsend Park in the FAI Women’s Cup semi, July 1975: “Bridget Darcy was as consistent as ever at midfield”. Bridget Darcy played in the League of Ireland final at the Waterford Glass grounds, 6.7.75, understrength Limerick shocked 4-3 by Avengers (Dublin), their first league defeat which cost them a third consecutive “Kevin Gaynor perpetual”.


Anne Deegan – Tolka Swifts player named on standby v NI, Dalyer 23.10.83.

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Margaret Delaney – Schoolgirl Evergreen (Kilkenny) MF named in squad v Wales but withdrew due to her Leaving Cert exams. Emfa player picked for a “7 day match tour of Italy” in September 1972 (which apparently never happened).


Alice Dodrill – Belvedere player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Played in Verona’s 4-0 1994 LFAI Cup final defeat by Welsox, 25.9.94 at Richmond Road (Park?). Scored twice (listed as “Alice Doodill”) for Verona in their 3-1 LFAI Cup QF win over Rathfarnham at Parish Fields, Blanchardstown, 15.8.93.


Carol Doherty – 11.7.79 – Moville player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. A player in the Carndonagh Community School team which won the 1995 FAIS Senior Cup. She scored in the 2-0 extra time win over Presentation Convent, Limerick (for whom Y Tracy was a sub) at Finn Park, 6.5.95. “Carn” made the final again in 1997 and Doherty was listed as a FW or RW with the Greencastle club.


Nadine Doherty – Letterkenny Rovers player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog.


Marian Donnelly – G.S.O. player listed in Prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76. A Marian Donnelly scored for Land Registrars (Dublin) in their 3-2 Cup semi-final defeat by Limerick, Ringsend Park, July 1975. Marian Donnelly scored for Drimnagh Bosco in their 3-2 Drumcondra Cup semi-final win over Jeyes, at Phoenix Park 25.5.71. Rated as a “speedster” winger. M. Donnelly Land Reg. Dublin player listed in the programme for the first home WNT match against NI 30.6.73 at Bluebell United FC on the Naas Road.


Nicole Douglas – English-born Arizona State “Sun Devils” forward, reported to be training with the senior WNT ahead of the Greece game in March 2020 and awaiting FIFA clearance to play. A former Chelsea prospect with English U17 and U19 caps, who scored in Ireland’s 5-0 pasting by England at the U17 Euros in Czechia, May 2017. Part of the ‘granny rule’ talent trawl which turned up Kyra Carusa and Meagan Doyle.


Deborah Doyle – Ballyfermot United player called up for the 1-0 win over NI in Drogheda 2.3.86.


Maegen Doyle – English-born Bridgeport “Purple Knights” graduate, reported to be training with the senior WNT ahead of the Greece game in March 2020 and awaiting FIFA clearance to play. In the event she was crocked by a hamstring injury. From Harwich, a former Colchester United and Basildon player with England U19 caps (back in 2010/11). Part of the ‘granny rule’ talent trawl which turned up Kyra Carusa and Nicole Douglas. Played UWS for Connecticut Fusion in 2019 and 2020. Purple Knights MF/FW (2016-2019).


Christine Drain – 10.10.83 – GK. West Belfast Catholic who aroused consternation at IFA HQ when she declared for the Republic in summer 1999 despite already having 3 senior NI caps. Won third NI cap against Ireland at 99 Milk Cup, as a favour because they were struggling for players. She said IFA women’s team was even more of a shambles than FAI. Was a pal and neighbour of Ger Crossley, the Celtic kid who made the same switch from NI to the Republic. Was playing for Newtownabbey Strikers. Failed to crack the Republic first XI so went back to NI – when the rebooted squad paid their own way to the 2004 Algarve Cup, Celtic star Neil Lennon quietly chipped in £250 towards Drain’s expenses. W Donegal Celtic in 2001 as goalie but played outfield (MF) in 2002 when the club signed veteran NI goalie Nuala McFetridge. Played in goal and outfield for Antrim GAA. To Linfield in April 2016, from Lisburn Ladies. Won the 2016 League w Linfield but joined Limavady for 2017. Returned to Linfield in July 2017 for UWCL games but was understudy to Lauren Perry.


Rachel Duffy – Unused sub in 6-0 u20 win over NI in Belfast, 29.10.94. Had won an under 16 cap v Scotland at Easter 94. Named in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94, was a schoolgirl at Eureka playing for DWSL outfit Kells. An “all around sportswoman”. Had just turned 17yo.


Annie Dunne – Not listed in prog for 3-1 defeat in Bridgend, Wales 29.8.76. But in the signed copy of programme her name is one of the legible autographs? Part of a Dublin select team which travelled to NI for the Omagh Festival 20.8.83 and beat a local Omagh selection 7-0 before “a fairly large crowd” at The Showgrounds.


Audrey Dunne – Cremona player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80. Cremona (Leinster Ladies League) player named in Tony Kelly’s provisional 23-player squad for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82 – but didn’t make the final 16 to travel.


Celine Dunne – Unused sub in 6-0 u20 win over NI in Belfast, 29.10.94. But NOT in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94. 26yo engineer in UCD’s 2003 Uefa Women’s Cup squad. A Celine Dunne turned out for “Newly-promoted Ballymun United” as they were clamped 8-0 at Benfica in April 1999 on the opening day of the DWSL Premier season.

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Claire Egan – Sancta Maria player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. Westport United/Mayo player named in the senior squad for the 3-0 ECQ defeat by Scotland at Richmond Park, 29.4.00. Went on to huge success with Mayo GAA. 5’6″ From Louisburgh. Missed a Mayo v Tyrone football game in October 1999 as was in Poland with the under 18 national soccer team.

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Tracey Fagan – Listed (as ‘Fagen’) as an unused sub in 1-0 friendly win over NI 28.10.94. As at game v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94 was 25yo uncapped player for the ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ DWSL club. GK who won acclaim in Tallaght-based Premier B outfit Cuckoo’s Nest’s giant-killing run in the 1994 Spall Cup (DWSL Cup?) seeing off Rathfarnham and Bohs before bowing out 1-0 to Welsox, for whom S Ronan hit the winner. Derek Foley in the Evening Herald: “Tracey Fagan is surely one of the most talented in the country and must be a cinch to pick up an international cap in the future”.


Eileen Farrell – Listed by the East Antrim Times on the Republic u18 panel beaten 1-0 by NI at Inver Park, Larne, 8.8.81.


Pamela “Pam” Finnegan – Captain/full-back in 3-1 U18s win v NI at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85. Pamela Finnegan was a 16yo centre half from Dundalk, a member of the upwardly-mobile Boyne Rovers side who carried off the u17 and u19 LFAI Cups in 1984. “Star defender” who was a set piece specialist and regular penalty taker. Trained with senior panel ahead of the ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Played Gaelic football for Louth and the Young Irelands club (where P Brennan (Gorham) was her captain). Was playing for CSL Div 1 champs Blacklion in 1991.


Jenna Fioranelli – 17.7.89 – MF – College player from MSU Racers who rocked up to the USA 10-week summer training camp and was given game time by Noel King. Played the 1st half in the opening 2-1 win over FC Indiana, listed as “Jenna Fiooralli” on the FAI report. Dad Daniel was the Irish connection.


Rita Fitzgerald – Kells player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80.


Liz Flanagan – Kells player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80. Winger who nearly snatched a late winner in the 2-2 draw. Elevated to senior squad v Belgium 27.10.80. Elizabeth Flanagan listed as a Kells player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a “Bracken” Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81.


Martina Flynn – c.1969 uncapped member of squad v USA B 9.8.94 had one B cap played for Castle Rovers in DWSL, office supervisor.


Debbie-Lee Fox – 30.1.80 – St Eunans and Donegal Gaelic football player. Loreto Convent, Donegal Schools player and “new face” in Mick Cooke’s u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. Travelled down to Dublin for trials/training alongside fellow Donegal girl D Deasley. Played soccer for McClafferty’s, which became Letterkenny Rovers. Won the Donegal League and, on two occasions, the FAI Intermediate Cup. Also played for Letterkenny IT and made the combined colleges team. Unused sub for the 3-0 ECQ defeat by Scotland at Richmond Park, 29.4.00. Detached a retina playing GAA and lost sight in one eye. Married Bryan Gaffney and settled in Cavan – kids Aoibhinn and Donnacha.


Theresa Furlong – Celebrated Wexford Gaelic football goalkeeper. A dental nurse who played for the Shelmaliers GAA club and joined the county team in 1982, playing at left corner fwd in 1983 All-Ireland final, then in goal from 1986. A 5.10.89 Wexford People article declared: “She was also a member of the Irish Ladies’ national soccer team”. An interesting bit from Dermot McCarthy in the 5.12.20 Wexford Youths v. Peamount United WNL match programme, entitled “Blast from the Past”, detailed the 1984 County Wexford Women’s Cup final: a Teresa Furlong was listed among the winning Forth Celtic side who beat Rosslare Rangers 1-0 on 29.4.84 (venue not stated).

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Joanne Garland – St Columbanas player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.


Edel Gavin – Red Lake DF in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Had also played in previous year’s inaugural edition. Bealnamulla player in Mick Cooke’s u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. Bealnamulla player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96. Bealnamulla player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996.


Aine Genockey – 3.11.87 – UCD GK in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre. Peamount Utd goalie in 2011 and 2012 WNL seasons, played against PSG in UWCL. FAI Cup-winning goalie w St Francis in 2008. Lost in the 2006 final with UCD, to the Mayo League. Married wife Triona in 2018. She joined UCD from Shamrock Rovers, when they folded at the outset of the 2006 DWSL season. Played for Lourdes Celtic (…2001..) and St James Gate (…2004…) alongside S Byrne and K Taylor.


Kate Gerrard – Striker from Glenmore Drive, Drogheda. LGFA star with Louth and bro Simon played for Louth GAA. Went to a soccer camp as the only girl aged 10yo and was recommended to the Congress Celtic club, where she remained until 15yo. Attended Our Lady’s college in Drogheda then Colaiste Ide in Finglas – with the latter went on a US tour where she was spotted by college scouts. In Dublin she played for Templeogue (formed out of Shelbourne when the Shels club lost interest in their women’s section). She had a prolific 2002 w Shamrock Rovers, the dominant team of the era. But she missed the 2002 UEFA Women’s Cup campaign as took up scholarship w Cumberland University, near Nashville in August 2002 to study PE. Shams pal Marie Gallagher joined her the following year. Gerrard had trialled w Ireland U16s and hoped the USA scholarship would be a springboard to a senior cap. Later played Gaelic footy for the Naomh Mairtin/Glen Emmets club. In Sept 2015 her extra-time winner for Boyne Rovers beat Manulla FC 2-1 in the FAI Women’s Intermediate Shield final.


Lisa Gill – Belvedere player called up to Fran Rooney’s 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Belvedere player named in the squad for Ireland’s creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90.


Colette Gilligan – Named (as “Collette Gillingham”) as a Tolka Swifts player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. Colette Gilligan – 5’3” PE major and midfielder w Methodist University 1993 alongside Ruth Keegan and Alvy Styles. From Dublin. Played for the “Lady Monarchs” in 89, 90, 92 and 93 (‘red shirt’ in 91?) Dublin Castle player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Uncapped Tolka Swifts MF/schoolgirl, youngest player in squad for Eng friendly 29.3.87. Hamilton College women’s soccer head coach from 2002-date. 1994 and 1995 was an assistant coach at East Carolina while doing a masters in sports admin (degree was in PE). 1996-2000 was head women’s soccer coach at Middle Tennessee State. 2000 and 2001 was University of Minnesota “Golden Gophers” assistant coach.


Valeria Gilligan – Listed by the Evening Press preview as a Tolka Swifts player in Eamon D’Arcy’s young/experimental squad for 1-1 friendly v NI 2.11.85 at Chimney Corner FC in Antrim. Likely refers to Colette? Maybe her middle name?


Elaine Goddard – Named in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94, was a 17yo student playing for DWSL outfit Welsox. Missed the previous u20 win over NI with injury. Part of Welsox’s 1994 FAI Cup-winning side. Also a fine hockey right winger for the Loreto Beaufort club and Leinster: “the brilliance of 15-year-old six-footer Elaine Goddard” (Irish Independent, 28 Jan 93)


Marie Gorham – Listed in prog as an uncapped Dundalk GK in League of Ireland’s 9-1 defeat by Scottish League at Ravenscraig Stadium, Greenock, 17.3.74. Didn’t play in the match – F Noonan was stand-in keeper. Unsure if related to Paula?


Linda Greene – Started u20 team’s 6-0 win in NI, 29.10.94. Named in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94, 18yo sports coach and playing for Elm Rovers in DWSL. Played for Elm Rovers in their 4-1 LFAI Cup QF defeat by Castle Rovers at Kinvara Park, 9.7.95. Played intercounty camogie at u16 and Gaelic football at u16 and u18 (for Dublin). Was also on Leinster junior tennis squad. South Carolina Gamecocks 1995-1998 under coach Sue Kelly. 52 apps 11 goals. 5′ 4”. Played semi-pro for Portland Rain. Per her LinkedIn profile she won 12 league titles with Shamrock Rovers and 2 with UCD. Later Dr Linda Greene a prominent academic and CEO of various national charities – interested in gender studies, gay rights and gypsy rights. Was UCD player/man in 2000/01. She joined Raheny United with team-mates S Boyle and O O’Toole when Shams folded at the outset of the 2006 DWSL season.


Charlene “Charlie” Graham – Drafted into the senior squad by Noel King for the 1-0 friendly defeat by Italy at Richmond Park 9.9.06. An unused sub as her Monaghan Ladies club had the DWSL shield final the following day. Monaghan GAA player. Speedy and prolific little forward/winger in the Monaghan United Ladies team who only started playing in that 2006 season. Dubbed “a raw talent with the right attitude” by Kinger. Her club were proud but admitted to astonishment that she’d made the senior national team within a year of taking up the sport. Mons had finished 3rd in Division 4 (North) of the DWSL. Turned out for Castlebar Celtic of Co. Mayo in the 14/15 WNL. Won the 2015 FAI Umbro Women’s Intermediate Shield with Boyne Rovers in September 2015. Scored twice for Whitehall Rangers in an FAI Women’s Cup tie at Limerick in August 2018, but her side were drubbed 8-2. On 3.9.18 Graham’s Whitehall lost 1-0 to Wilton United in the FAI Intermediate Cup final.


Lorna Grey – Finglas United player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.


Marie T Griffin – 24.5.62 – Unused sub in 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85. A winger from Cork Rangers.


Rita Ann Grogan – Listed by the East Antrim Times on the Republic senior panel beaten 2-1 by NI at Inver Park, Larne, 8.8.81.

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Sarah Theresa Halpenny – 1.1.83, Glendale, CA – College player from Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” given a start in a 6-0 defeat by a crack Sweden u21 outfit containing Lindahl, Dahlkvist, Fischer and Schelin 13.3.04 at Frank Cooke Park, Dublin. May have made a sub appearance in a 6-0 friendly defeat by the Dutch at UVS Leiden three days previously. She played 2001 at UC Irvine then 2002-2004 at ND, where she helped win the NCAA title in 2004, scoring in the PSO final win over UNC Tar Heels. Played for WPSL club San Diego SeaLions in 2006. Turned out for LA Hotspurs 2012-2014 and remained with the club in their new guise as LA Villa in 2015.


Georgina Hanley – The only Civil Service League player in Tony Kelly’s 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80.


Elaine Harte – Wilton GK in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Wilton United player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996. Made her mark in Gaelic football w Cork, winning eight All-Irelands.


Orla Haslam – 21.8.85 – Leeds United player listed as a Republic of Ireland under-19 cap.


Bernadette Hayes – Moyross, Limerick youngster (u18) called up by Mick Cooke for the 5-a-side tournament at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall, November 1993.


Aoife Healy – Lifford AFC player in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Lifford player in Mick Cooke’s u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. Lifford player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.


Maria Healy – 1.5.69 – Cappagh Rangers player in squad for famous 1-0 win in Spain 8.12.91. Also in squad for return fixture 22.3.92. Enjoyed mountaineering. Unused sub for O’Connells in their 4-1 DWSL Cup final defeat by Castle Rovers, Feb 1997. In the 1991/92 team photo she was a goalkeeper.

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Aoife Hegarty – Greencastle player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. Captain of the Carndonagh Community School team which won the 1995 FAIS Senior Cup. They secured a 2-0 extra time win over Presentation Convent, Limerick (for whom Y Tracy was a sub) at Finn Park, 6.5.95.


Irene Hehir – Started and scored final goal in u20 team’s 6-0 win in NI, 29.10.94, her first cap. Retained place in u20 squad for friendly v France at Turners Cross, 12.11.94. 18yo FW “ace goalscorer” for Lifford in the Munster League. Later (2019) Ireland u17s assistant coach as well as coaching Limerick u17s and assisting head coach of the 1st team WNL side. Shift supervisor at EI Electronics (2019). Issues with bullying at school and soccer was her release but she got a knee injury then got depressed/suicidal and heavily into drink. Turned it round with help from Pieta House (an Irish charity) and got into coaching instead. Graduated from FAI’s first ever women-only UEFA B course in 2019.


Aoife Herbert – FW from Killala, scored only goal as Mayo beat UCD in 2006 FAI Cup final at Richmond Park. One of four FAI scholarships for talented young women’s players, created from a government handout in 2006-07.


Deirdre Herbert – Packard Utd player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85.


Sandra Hesnan – Elm Mount player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.


Teresa Holland – A 16yo (born 56 or 57) TT Harps goalie listed in the programme for the historic 3-2 win in Wales, 13.5.73. Apparently the understudy to A Griffiths. Played for TT Harps in the first LLOI season, 1973.


Denise Horan – 14.6.78 – 5’10” Mayo Gaelic Football star goalkeeper from Ballinrobe given trials with the national soccer team in summer 2001. Kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 win over a touring American university at AUL Clonshaugh, 23.5.01. Stuck with GAA and won 4 all-Irelands and 3 All-star selections with Mayo (“The Green above the Red”). Later edited the Mayo News and moved into PR with Shell plc.


Jill Horan – 14.8.84 – Saudi-born, Atlanta USA-raised from 4yo (dad John a civil engineer). Based in Drangan from 10yo. Played 2003 u19 Euros, then switched to camogie where she enjoyed great success with Tipperary. Won the FAI Intermediate Cup with Cork outfit Wilton United in 2004. Also listed in the Cork League Select which reached the semi-final of the senior FAI Women’s Cup but lost to Dundalk. Sister Claire also a Tipp camog, twin bro Sean a hurl for Tipp at minor level, while their granny played camogie for Kilkenny. Oakland University, Detroit, soccer scholarship 2004-2007 but she kept flying home to play camogie.


Sharon Horgan – Calry player in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng.


Sharon Elizabeth Hughes – 25.11.73 – Shelbourne player called up by Mick Cooke for 4-0 WCQ win over Wales 8.3.98, when S Cullen and G Bennett withdrew with injuries.


Ashling Hughes – Lifford FC player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.


Theresa Hughes – Packard Utd player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85.

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Rachel Marie Jakubowski – 9.7.88, Orlando, FL – 5’8” MF who played college soccer for USF Bulls (05-06) and Rollins College (07-08). Turned up to the summer 2009 USA training camp and played the full match in opening 2-1 win over FC Indiana. Also played the first half in the next game, a handy 1-0 win over pro WPS side Chicago Red Stars. Irish link (presumably) from mum Bernadette. Listed as “Rachel Juborski” by FAI, who managed to mangle all the college trialists’ names.

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Julie Kavanagh – Player named (no club listed?) in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. A J. Kavanagh was called into a revamped senior squad in November 1996 for a friendly in NI as an O’Connells player. Was in the O’Connells team for 3-0 FAI Women’s Cup final defeat by Castle Rovers at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. “Pounced” on the second goal for the Ireland national team which beat a Connacht X1 3-1 at Westport, 31.8.96.

Tracy Kavanagh – Finglas United player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.


Sheena Kearney – Sligo IT and Clonmany FC (Donegal) MF named in Myles Kelly’s squad for the Universiade in Daegu, Korea, August 2003. Donegal Gaelic football player from Clonmany.


Irma Kelly – Top Shots (Sligo) starlet picked for the Republic u18 squad beaten 1-0 by NI at Inver Park, Larne, 8.8.81, according to the Sligo Champion. But not listed as a squad member in the East Antrim Times match report.


Linda Keogh – Ballymun player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. Started u20 team’s 6-0 win in NI, 29.10.94. Named in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94, still a 16yo schoolgirl playing in DWSL for Ballymun.


Lisa Keenan – “Lisa Kennan” Eureka Kells player in Mick Cooke’s u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96. Lisa Keenan – Kells player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96. Kells player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996.


Lisa Keyes – Portrane player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.


Mary Killeen – Maynooth University player called up to Fran Rooney’s 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989.


Julie Kirwan – From Kilcarry, Clonegal, Carlow. Played youth community games soccer for Slaney Valley and progressed to playing with Bunclody in the Wexford District League. Made history becoming the first girl to play (and score points) for Derry Rovers u12s Gaelic football team in Carlow. Big GAA family – dad Joe was a Carlow footballer, mum Sheila played camogie for Wexford. Played for Shamrock Rovers with great success 2000-2002, while commuting from Limerick where she was studying Sports Science at UL. Scored against Osijek in Shams’ 3-1 Uefa Women’s Cup win 25.9.02 in Nis, Serbia. Shams’ club POTY 2002. UL / Skeid (Norway) player named in Myles Kelly’s squad for the Universiade in Daegu, Korea, August 2003. Said to have payed semi-pro in Norway with her clubs mentioned as Skeid and Kolbotn. Shams teammate Hedda Haugland was a Norwegian u21 international. “on the fringes of the senior national team” at the time of Universiade call-up. Became a legendary camogie star with Tipperary and the Moneygall GAA club, also working as a physiotherapist. Won 2004 All-Ireland with Tipp at Croke Park, lost in the final 2005 but named an All-Star. Soccer scholarship to Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (coach: Noreen Herlihy) while studying doctorate in physical therapy 2004-2005 posting 7 goals, 13 assists from midfield.


Maura Kissane – Listowel player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millenium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.

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Ellen Lacey – Monkstown player in squad for home friendly v Finland, 28.6.87. Name-checked as an international player with Rockmount FC at the Boyne Rovers (Drogheda) annual five-a-sides, June 1988. Listed as a Monkstown player in the Leinster Ladies League squad for a “Bracken” Trophy fixture at Galway, 5.7.81.


Fiona Larkin – Drumcondra player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. Castle Rovers player in squad for friendly v NI 17.10.93 at McSharry Park, Sligo. GK played for Shamrock Rovers in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, which they lost to Shelbourne on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Was in the Castle Rovers team for their 3-0 FAI Women’s Cup final win over O’Connells at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. Castle Rovers GK in their FAI Intermediate Cup Final v Bank of Ireland, October 1991 at Dalymount: “although lacking in inches is one of the finest goalkeepers in the country”. Evening Press 18.10.85: “the club [Drumcondra] has managed to turn out two good internationals in Linda Fitzwilliam and Fiona Larkin…”


Sandra Lawless – Cambridge player in squad for friendly v NI 31.8.80 and v Belgium 27.10.80. NB. there is a Cambridge FC in Ringsend, Dublin.


Joyce Lloyd – St Brendan’s player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.


Mary Lynch – E.H.B. Rangers player in the squad for friendly v France 23.9.78 at Tolka Park.


Suzanne Lyons – Called into a revamped senior squad in November 1996 as an O’Connells player. Suzanne Lyons was in the O’Connells squad for 3-0 FAI Women’s Cup final defeat by Castle Rovers at Richmond Park, 25.8.96. Sue Lyons played at centre forward for the Ireland national team which beat a Connacht X1 3-1 at Westport, 31.8.96.

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L. Madigan – St Bridgets player named in the squad for Ireland’s creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90.


Lorraine Maher – Unused sub in 6-0 u20 win over NI in Belfast, 29.10.94. Named in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94, was a 17yo Benfica player. Benfica player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995.


Carmel Mallon – Leinster Ladies League player from the ‘John, Mooney, O’Brien’ club named in Tony Kelly’s provisional 23-player squad for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82 – but didn’t make the final 16 to travel.


Claire Mannion – Presentation College player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog. Bealnamulla player and “new face” in Mick Cooke’s u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96.


Mary Martin – Named in Eamonn Darcy’s first extended squad for training at St Pat’s College, Drumcondra April 1984. Dublin Castle player selected for the friendly in Scotland at Tynecastle, 27.5.84. Named in squad for Sept 84 friendly v Wales, one of 12 Dublin players in 16-woman squad, but had to withdraw with a back injury. Part of a Dublin select team which travelled to NI for the Omagh Festival 20.8.83 and beat a local Omagh selection 7-0 before “a fairly large crowd” at The Showgrounds.


Lynn Maxwell – listed as an Eire international in the 77/78 Willesden squad, alongside N O’Flynn and C Hynes. Listed at no12 in the match programme v England at Exeter 2.5.78.


Brenda Meaney – “One new name appears” in squad for ECQ w Scotland at Dalyer 13.3.83, “18-year-old Cork girl Brenda Meaney”. Cork Rangers player in Eamonn D’Arcy’s injury-hit squad for ECQ w NI at Glenmalure Park, 5.5.85.


Noelle Meeke – unused sub in 5-0 thrashing by USA in Salt Lake City, UT, 14.6.03. FW w Kean University Cougars 1994-97 added to their HOF 2006. 5′ 7”. Played for the New York Magic club and was a prolific veteran striker for them well into her 40s. Had Formiga-like longevity. Was actually from Ballymena and had played for NI AGAINST Ireland in 1986 (30.8.86, Seaview, per FAI). She was playing for Macdee Bluebirds at the time. The match programme called her: “a strong running winger with loads of ability and an excellent shot”. Was given an invite to the WUSA ‘combine’ (trials) 4-9 December 2000. Her brother Sammy was an League of Ireland referee.


Emma Patricia Merrigan – 16.3.82 – GK, Raheny Utd in 12/13 WNL. St Brendan’s (…1999…) Virginia Intermont University (…2000…) Played GK for Dublin GAA (…2011…). St Brendans player in squad for 5-0 defeat by USA, Sep 99, didn’t feature in the match. St Brendans player in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng. Mercy School player in u16 squad to play Scotland/Wales in Scotland, April 1997. Played in goal for St Catherine’s in 3-1 FAI Women’s Cup final defeat in July 2001. In “outstanding form” for Stella Maris in a 4-2 Leinster Cup defeat at Eureka Kells, 2.11.03.


Fiona Moran – Named (as Fiona “Moren”) in Eamonn Darcy’s first extended squad for training at St Pat’s College, Drumcondra April 1984. Fiona Moran named in Eamonn Darcy’s first WNT training session at Belfield 3.3.84. Sub for Ireland v Cork Select XI, in a 3-0 exhibition game win at the Mardyke, 19.8.84.


Tracey Anne Mulligan – 21.1.79 – St Patricks Athletic player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97. Lourdes Celtic player and “new face” in Mick Cooke’s u18 squad for friendly v Australia at Belfield, 18.12.96.


Aine Murphy – Forth Celtic, Wexford, GK in the squad for friendly v NI in Belfast, 14.11.87. Understudied S Kelly and E Doyle. Wexford GAA goalkeeper.


Carol Murphy – ‘St Pats/St Brigids’ player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995.


Frances Murphy – St. Columbana’s player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80.


Margaret Murphy – Limerick player invited to national team final trials, Trinity Sports Ground, Dublin, March 1976. Part of a Rest of Limerick X1 who lost 6-2 to Limerick in a challenge match at Redemptorist College field, 2.11.75. On a flu-hit Limerick panel for the opening day LLOI fixture at Avengers, a 2-1 win on 4.4.76. EI player in the 2-0 Keane Cup first round defeat by NCPE, April 1976.


Shelby Amanda Murphy – 24.10.91, San Diego, CA – 5’3″ MF from University of Michigan “Wolverines” (2010-11). Played club soccer for San Diego Surf and Slammers FC. U19 player 2008-10 and unused sub for senior WNT in the 2-1 friendly defeat by France at Richmond Park, 25.2.10. With S Ronan’s U19s she displayed goal scoring prowess and “pace and skill on the wing”. Injury “red shirted” in 2012 and 2013 then played college soccer for local Point Loma Nazarene University “Sea Lions” in 2014 and 2015. Dad John, mum Irma. Dad was her high school soccer coach. Kept dislocating her shoulder and had to have it surgically pinned together.


Una Murphy – Eureka Kells player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog.


Adrienne Murray – FW from Taylor’s Hill, a leafy well-to-do part of Galway, called up for senior WNT training in October 1987. Showed up well for U.C.G. in the intervarsities. Moved to Dublin in June 87 to work at the Bank of Ireland HQ and joined their Civil Service League soccer team. The City Tribune expected a call up for the Wembley kickabout 17.4.88 (“Galway girl set to play at Wembley”) but it apparently did not materialise. Was 21yo at the time.


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Patricia Murray – St Catherine’s player named as one of four “new caps” in Fran Rooney’s senior squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. She had helped to put in place the renowned St Catherine’s youth system in 1983.

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Tara Mac Mahon – 17.12.87, Stuttgart, West Germany – German-born, Cameroon-raised 174cm Toulouse MF called into the U19s by S Ronan in April 2005. 3 first team appearances for Toulouse in the 06/07 D1. Went to the 2007 Universiade in Bangkok, where Ireland came fourth. Was studying law and went on to become a human rights lawyer. Later (2017, 2018) co-organised a pre-season jolly for club teams including Man City and Arsenal of the WSL, called the Toulouse International Ladies Cup.

Lisa McAuliffe – St Catherines player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. L. McAuliffe – St Catherines player named in the squad for Ireland’s creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90. In April 2013 South African footballer Janine van Wyk bought out the SA women’s league club Mondeor and modestly (!) renamed it JVW FC. Appointing herself owner/captain/manager, she said: “I have several coaches who have been helping me in the club. That includes Lisa McAuliffe, a former player in the Irish Women’s League”.


Christine McBride – Glenree United player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog.


Karen McCabe – 9.2.64 – Irish Examiner preview for final Euro84 qual v NI 23.10.83 said she was a Dublin Castle player named amongst the subs. GK still in her first season w Cup runners-up Dublin Castle. Worked as a receptionist in Baldoyle. Named in Eamonn Darcy’s first squad for training at St Pat’s College, Drumcondra April 1984. Dublin Castle player named in Fran Rooney’s senior squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. A Karen McCabe was centre half for Welsox in their first LFAI Cup winning side of 1992 (final played 10.1.93 at Dalyer) she equalised on 72 mins: “pushed forward and cracked a great right footed half volley to the net from fully 30 yards”. Welsox won 4-1 on pens when it finished 1-1 AET, McCabe scoring their first penalty. A Karen McCabe was in goal for Shelbourne/Templeogue United in 2000/01.


Kevina McCarthy – Listed by the East Antrim Times on the Republic u18 panel beaten 1-0 by NI at Inver Park, Larne, 8.8.81. A Top Shots FC player from Sligo.


Vivienne McCarthy – Listed by the Evening Press as an Arklow player in Eamon D’Arcy’s young/experimental squad for 1-1 friendly v NI 2.11.85 at Chimney Corner FC in Antrim. Other sources don’t mention Vivienne but say a Denise McCarthy of Arklow played in the match.


Charlotte McCormack – 9.11.92 – 5′ 10” GK from Clayton State University (2012-2015). Drafted into senior squad for 3-0 defeat in San Jose, 10.5.15, when it was discovered to be outside the FIFA national team dates and Arsenal blocked E Byrne attending. Unused sub as N Reid Burke played. S Ronan knew her from the FAI u19 team. From Wexford and played for the Youths in the first 11/12 WNL season. Had been with Curracloe United before that. Asst coach at CSU “Lakers” 2016 and 17. Signed for WPSL team Peachtree City MOBA in March 2018.


Nadine McCorry – 28.1.82 – Belfast-born MF. Virginia Intermont Cobras 2000 alongside L Hislop and E Merrigan. University of Mobile Rams in 2001. Lee University ‘Lady Flames’ in 2003 and 2004. Mentioned as defecting from NI to the Republic alongside C Drain in summer 1999, but playing for the north against Ireland at the Milk Cup as a favour because red-faced NI chiefs couldn’t raise a team. Later played for Crusaders. Best mate is ex-NI international player and FIFA bigwig Sara Booth.


Debbie McDermott – Cuckoo’s Nest player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96. Cuckoo’s Nest player called up to u17 squad for friendly in NI, November 1996.


Gillian McDonnell – Dundalk FW promoted into seniors after letting fly a “four goal salvo” for u19s against Croatia, per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08. FAI under 17 POTY in 2007.


Lorraine McDonnell – 22.2.69 – Belvedere player called up to Fran Rooney’s 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989.


Caroline McEvoy – UCD player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre.


G McGlenn – Avengers player listed as a reserve (sub) in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76.


Margaret McGlone – Listed no4 in prog for 3-3 draw with Wales at Limerick 26.5.74. Centre half/sweeper from Dublin All-Stars whose dad “Mr McClone” [sic] founded the club. Dan McClone of the Leinster Ladies League was named among a three-man selection panel for the 30.6.73 game v NI per the match programme.


Anna Maria McGoldrick – listed alongside O Rankin on Lucan Utd’s website as having played for Ireland in European championship qualifiers.


Sarah E. McGrath – 5.10.87, born Dublin but ‘hometown’ described as Naas. Peamount United, Arsenal 2004-2006. 2006-2009 St John’s Red Storm in NY while studying psychology. 5’4″ winger. Universiade in 2007 Bangkok and 2009 Belgrade. U17 and U19 caps. Played in the WPSL for Long Island Fury in 2009. Dad William said to have played LOI and for ROI youth.


Rachel McGuiness – Burke Rovers player in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng.


Noleen McLaren – Dublin Castle player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.


Tina McLoughlin – 25.2.09 article in the Fingal Independent for her 40th birthday bash arranged by firefighter husband Tom at Carnegie Court. Described as ex-Ireland international soccer player from Shamrock Rovers. Poss. Martina Flynn?


Noeleen McMahon – 24.12.63 – Cremona player in squad for ECQ w Scotland at Dalyer 13.3.83. Named in Eamonn Darcy’s first extended squad for training at St Pat’s College, Drumcondra April 1984. Reportedly got first squad call up for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88, was playing for Drumcondra. Drumcondra player named in Fran Rooney’s senior squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Rathfarnham LFC player called up to Fran Rooney’s 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Played for Rathfarnham in a 5-1 LFAI Cup QF replay win over Cork Rangers, Loreto Park, July 1995. “Ann McMahon” listed on SvFF records as an unused sub in 13-player squad for 4-0 defeat in Sweden, 18.9.88 at Lekevi IP, Mariestad. Must be Noeleen? Scored injury-time goal from 38-yards to secure Rathfarnham’s 2-0 LFAI Cup final replay win over Belvedere at Dalyer 9.10.85. Listed by the East Antrim Times on the Republic u18 panel beaten 1-0 by NI at Inver Park, Larne, 8.8.81.


Bertha McNamara – Limerick player invited to national team final trials, Trinity Sports Ground, Dublin, March 1976. EI player in the 2-0 Keane Cup first round defeat by NCPE, April 1976: “Eleese Fitzgibbon and Bertha McNamara linked up well at midfield”.

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Veronica “Ronnie” Nagle – Sister of Caroline and reportedly a senior international in her own right. College Corinthians AFC website says both played for the club and for Ireland. June 1994 Irish Examiner article confirmed she was “on the panel” with Ireland. Her boyfriend at the time was Cork GAA star John O’Driscoll. Won the LFAI U18 Cup w Cork Celtic, beating St Brendan’s (Dublin) 4-0 in the final at Seaview Park, Waterford, 17.10.82. “Centre forward and Irish international star” Ronnie Nagle scored a club record five goals for Cork Celtic in a 10-0 Cork League win over Rossa Rangers in August 1983 – Caroline scored two of the others. On 29.11.81 she played for Cork Celtic “B” who lost 5-1 to Cork Celtic “A” in the Cork Ladies Cup (AKA the Martin Russell Trophy) final at Mayfield. Caroline scored one of the “A” team’s goals. Ronnie was called up by Mick Cooke for the 5-a-side indoor tournament at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall, November 1993. Scored in Cork’s 2-2 draw with Dublin in an under 18 challenge match at Flower Lodge, 26.7.81.


Eilis Nevin – 23.2.87 – From Ballyhaunis, Mayo, but born in Castlebar. Listed as a Dundalk City player in match prog for WCQs v Switzerland and Scotland, 22.4.06 and 6.5.06 at Richmond Park. Had been impressing in Sue Ronan’s u19 team. Knock/Kiltimagh player named in Noel King’s u17 side for “European Youth Olympics” in Paris, July 2003. Moved to Dundalk City for the 2005 season and they duly won the FAI Women’s Cup 16.10.05, beating Peamount Utd 1-0 at Lansdowne Road. Teammate and sister Tara Nevin was captain and POTM. An Eilis Nevin played for Bridgeport University, 2006 and 2007.


Fiona Ni Ceallaigh – GK in 3-1 U18s win v NI at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85. From Dun na Mara and played for the Renmore A.F.C. club. Reportedly the first youth cap from Galway.


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Mary Nolan – Listowel player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.

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Caroline O’Brien – Cork Celtic full-back in 3-1 U18s win v NI at Flower Lodge, Cork 22.9.85.


Patricia O’Brien – 19.9.63 – One of six uncapped players in Fran Rooney’s 16-player squad for NI Euro qual in Belfast 30.8.86. Agriculture player unused sub in 1-0 win over NI at Seaview, 30.8.86. One of three changes for next game (and final Euro 87 qual) v Scotland 28.9.86, which was lost 5-1 at Tolka. Dropped out w B Cassidy and B Walsh, replaced by C Buckley, N Herlihy and M Colville.


Madeleine O’Brien – Lim. player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80. Analog player enjoyed “a fine game at centre-half” in the 2-2 draw at Markets Field. Greenpark goalkeeper called into the squad as backup goalkeeper to S Kelly in the 6-0 defeat by England at Flower Lodge, Cork, 22.9.85. Pictured in the Analog team photo ahead of the “All-Ireland soccer final” (President’s Cup?) v Suffragettes at the Mary Immaculate College grounds, 13.12.81.


Nicky O’Brien – Shamrock Rovers player in squad for Euro qual in Bangor, Wales 7.12.97.


Nuala O’Brien – Named in Eamonn Darcy’s first extended squad for training at St Pat’s College, Drumcondra April 1984. ‘Nuala O’Byrne’ in Eamonn Darcy’s first WNT training session at Belfield 3.3.84. Nuala O’Byrne (club=Dublin Castle) was in a Dublin Civil Service League select team which played a “special challenge match” at Anne O’Brien’s Reims 29.11.75.


Madeleine O’Connell – Kells player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80.


Ann O’Connor – Kells player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80. Anne O’Connor listed by the East Antrim Times on the Republic u18 panel beaten 1-0 by NI at Inver Park, Larne, 8.8.81.


Helen O’Connor – A player from Limerick Div 1 champs Magcobar called into an U16 national squad (which never played) in October 1978. From Kilcolman.


Marian O’Donoghue – One of 6 Limerick League players in Tony Kelly’s 1st squad v NI in Newry 14.6.80. A centre-half who was playing with the Bank of Ireland club (Limerick) in 1981. Reportedly picked for the initial game v England in Exeter, 15.2.78, which got cancelled by a storm and re-arranged for May. A member of Greenpark’s 1989 Limerick League and Cup double-winning side. From Ballynanty. Playing for Pike Rovers in 1994.

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Margaret O’Driscoll – From Fermoy. Moved to Dublin in 1968 to join civil service and became a founder member of the Social Welfare club (Welsox) in 1970. Played for Dundalk selection against Reims on their 1973 tour. Said: “However I don’t really think we are ready for internationals. We need more organisation and enough time to select the best team.” M. O’Driscoll Welsox player listed in the programme for the first home WNT match against NI 30.6.73 at Bluebell United FC on the Naas Road.


Cliona O Geran – Cork Celtic player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.


Aisling O’Neill – 10.1.72 – Elm Mount player called up to Fran Rooney’s 22-player training squad, ahead of the 1991 Euro quals in November 1989. Unused sub in 2-1 win over NI in Bangor, 9.12.89. An Aisling O’Neill turned out for “Newly-promoted Ballymun United” as they were clamped 8-0 at Benfica in April 1999 on the opening day of the DWSL Premier season.


I. O’Neill – Lakeside player named in the squad for Ireland’s creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90. Probably Ita, sister of Nicky.


Sonia O’Neill – Belvedere player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.


Annette O’Reilly – Kells player in first-ever u18 squad v NI 31.8.80.


Carmel O’Reilly – St Andrews Angels (Dublin City Ladies League) player named in Tony Kelly’s provisional 23-player squad for opening Euro 84 qualifier in Dunfermline 19.9.82 – but didn’t make the final 16 to travel. Listed by the East Antrim Times on the Republic u18 panel beaten 1-0 by NI at Inver Park, Larne, 8.8.81. A Carmel O’Reilly was playing for Welsox in 1994.


Nora O’Riordan – On 26 August 1984 was a 27yo grocery store manager and Middlesbrough LFC midfielder named in an English inter-league fixture between Northern Counties and South West at Scarborough: “Had trials for Ireland”.


Christina O’Shea – Captain of Limerick Div 1 champs Magcobar called into the senior national squad in October 1978. Unfortunately for her the WNT apparently became inactive thereafter with no matches until June 1980.

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Amanda Parkes – 12.1.90 – Wilton United MF in u19 squad called up by Noel King for WWC qual v Kazakhstan, Sept 2009. Played for Peamount against PSG in 2011 UWCL as a guest player along w D O’Sullivan. 3 Games for Cork WFC in 2011/2012 WNL. 2009 Universiade in Serbia.


Lindsay Peat – St Brendans player in squad for 2nd UEFA u18 Euro mini tourney 23-27 Nov 98, v Eng, Hol and Faroes, hosted in Eng.


Carmel Purdy – Listed as Carol Purdy on FAI records, 23.12.66 – Packard Utd player in squad for friendly v NI 2.11.85. Uncapped 19yo Packard Utd MF in squad v Eng 27.4.86, assembly operator. Unavailable for the penultimate ECQ v NI at Seaview, 30.8.86 as she joined Civil Service League Division 5 minnows Trojans on their coast-to-coast “trip of a lifetime” US tour 22.8.86. “Carol Curley” – Packard Utd player named in Fran Rooney’s squad for 27.4.86 ECQ in Reading per Irish Press preview 18.4.86

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Lisa Quinn – Cork Celtic player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.

Maeve Quinn – Strong midfielder from Drumreilly, Co. Leitrim called up for the 2-0 win in Wales, 9.6.94. Played for the Oddsorts club in Sligo. Showed up well for debutantes Sligo-Leitrim in their shock “Bracken” tournament win in 1993 and semi-final run the following year. Played in Oddsorts’ penalty shootout defeat by West Star (Galway) in the FAI Intermediate Cup final at Ray MacSharry Park after a 2-2 draw. Oddsorts reached the semi-final of the senior LFAI Cup in 95 and 97. A Gaelic football star with Leitrim and the Aughawillan club. Won the all-Ireland in 1988 at Croke Park with sisters Deirdre and Mary also in the team. Named an LGFA all-star in 1984 (so must have been at least mid-late 20s for her soccer call-up). Eventually won two All-Irelands and three All-Stars and voted into the Leitrim sports HOF in 2017.

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Orla Rankin – Lucan United player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995.


M Raymond – C.S.O. player listed in Prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76.


Maree Reilly – Agher Park player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.


M. Reynolds – Lakeside player named in the squad for Ireland’s creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90.


Amy Ryan – Stella Maris FW fast-tracked into seniors after “spectacular displays” for u19s, per Iceland Euro play-off prog 26.10.08.


Barbara Ryan – Cuckoo’s Nest player in u18s squad for the Gothia Cup win in July 1995. Came on for C Conlon in the final. Got an u16 cap v Scotland, Easter 1994. 60th-min Sub for L Greene in 6-0 u20 win over NI in Belfast, 29.10.94. Named in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94, was a 16yo schoolgirl playing for DWSL outfit ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’. Substitute in Shamrock Rovers’ 4-0 LFAI Cup final win over Shelbourne at the Iveagh Grounds, August 1997. Played for Shamrock Rovers in the DWSL League Cup final 9.11.97 at Tolka Park, which they lost to Shelbourne on penalties after a 2-2 draw.


Michelle Ryan – Bealnamulla player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog.

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Mary Saul – 33yo “former Irish women’s soccer international” awarded £60,000 damages in Feb 93 at the High Court in Dublin – she’d been thrown out of Hooray Henry’s nightclub in July 1990 and suffered a back injury. During her case in Feb 93 she said in her evidence that she’d played for the Suffragettes club from Finglas and that she’d represented Ireland “about 11 years ago”. Mary Saul of Avengers (Dublin) “severely spoken to” by the ref for barging Cork Celtic goalie A Goggins in a 1-1 LLoI draw at Fairfield 21.5.78.


Carol Savage – Elm Mount player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88.


Nicola Angela “Nicky” Sheridan – 15.6.75 – Rathfarnham player called up for WWC qual v Poland at Tolka Park, 2 Nov 97, unused sub in the 1-0 defeat. Bohemians player w 2 goals and POTM in u20 “development team’s” 6-0 win over NI in Belfast, 29.10.94. Named in u20 squad v France at Turner’s Cross 12.11.94, employed as a lifeguard. Playing for Rathfarnham in the DWSL, July 1997. A Nikki Sheridan, home town Dublin, Ireland, was a forward in her senior year with the University of Mobile “Rams” in 2006.


Chloe Singleton – 25.10.2000, Athlone – 18yo Galway WFC defender/midfielder drafted into the senior WNT by interim boss Tom O’Connor for the 3.9.20 ECQ with Montenegro as a replacement for the crocked C Shine. A product of Bealnamulla LFC. Joined Galway WFC in July and was WNL POTM in September 2017 – “a brilliant breakthrough season”. An U19 international.


Emma Lisa Salomonsson – 2.11.89 – Irish/Swedish special needs teacher w mum from Mullingar. Strong-running MF capable of doing a job at right-back. Joined Stockholm club Akersberga BK at 4yo. Moved on to OSK Soder where she reportedly attended an Ireland U19 training camp as an overage player in 2011. In 2013 had agreed a move to Orebro’s ‘big’ team KIF, but it fell through due to the club’s precarious finances. Instead joined Eskilstuna Utd and made 22 league appearances in the 2013 Elitettan-winning side, alongside L Quinn and M De Burca. Not kept on she played for Jitex BK in 2014, then Amazon Grimstad of Norway’s Toppserien in 2015 (alongside E Beckett). Short spells with AIK Stockholm and Hovas Billdal in 2016 preceded a move to IF Brommapojkarna for 2017. She was with lower-league battlers Hasselby SK in 2019. Was browsing in H&M when it was hit by the 2017 Stockholm truck attack. Called up to a two-day senior training camp in August 2015: “I feel more Irish than Swedish,” she said.


Mazarello “Maz” Sweeney – IT Sligo and Fanad United player named in Myles Kelly’s squad for the Universiade in Daegu, Korea, August 2003. Scholarship to the University of West Georgia “Braves” 2003-2006. Later went into coaching with Castlebar Celtic, Galway WFC and the FAI (ast. u19 WNT coach).


Paula Sweeney – Cremona player named as one of three standby players for the 0-1 ECQ defeat by England at Dalyer, 7.11.82.

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Cathy Tonge – Castle Rovers player named in Fran Rooney’s U18 squad for ‘Millennium International’ v NI at Tolka Park 26.11.88. Castle Rovers player named in the squad for Ireland’s creditable 0-0 with Holland at Dalyer, 29.4.90.


Aisling Toolan – 27.1.85 – Described as a “former Irish international soccer player and native of Dublin” when joining Brooklyn Nets of the NBA as director of physical therapy in June 2016. Peamount United captain in their 1-0 LFAI Cup final defeat by Dundalk, Lansdowne Road, 4.12.05. Played U17 and U19 stuff. Reportedly 6′ tall and born in Belgium. Stony Brook University “Seawolves” in 2007, 18 appearances. Long Island Lady Riders 2006 (W-League), Long Island Fury (WPSL) 2008. Played at the 2005 Universiade in Izmir, 11-21 August 2005, where Ireland finished sixth. Named in senior squads v Sweden U21 30.4.05 and Faroes 6.6.05 – not sure if she got on for a cap?


Nicola Twohig – 28.4.87, Manchester – Man City player in squad for 2 friendlies in Wales, 24 and 26 April 2007 in Tredegar and Goytre. Blackburn Rovers, Man City, Liverpool DC capped at u19 level.

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Laura Wall – A Foynes-based player from Limerick Div 1 champs Magcobar called into an U16 national squad in October 1978. Twin of Marissa.


Marissa Wall – A Foynes-player from Limerick Div 1 champs Magcobar called into an U16 national squad in October 1978. Twin of Laura.


Rebecca “Becky” Wachsberger – Hofstra (2001-05, didn’t play in 2001) 5’8” GK, unused sub in 5-0 thrashing by USA in Salt Lake City, UT, 14.6.03. From East Meadow, NY and also played for the New York Magic club. With WPL Long Island Lady Riders in 2006, 2007 […] 2010.


Brenda Walsh – 8.7.65 – One of six uncapped players in Fran Rooney’s 16-player squad for NI Euro qual in Belfast 30.8.86. Allied Irish Banks player unused sub in 1-0 win over NI at Seaview, 30.8.86. One of three changes for next game (and final Euro 87 qual) v Scotland 28.9.86, which was lost 5-1 at Tolka. Dropped out w B Cassidy and P O’Brien, replaced by C Buckley, N Herlihy and M Colville.


F. Walsh – Avengers player listed as a reserve in prog for 3-3 draw w Scotland at Dalyer, 18.4.76.


Michelle Watson – Lakeside player in u16 squad v Wales, at Spytty Park, Newport, 9.4.96.


Aisling Watters – Oddsorts player named in u16 squad for April 98 triangular Tourney v Scotland and Wales in Conwy, Bangor and Porthmadog.

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