"This 100% was for Siofra"

July 30, 2023

Kerry's Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh with fans after the win over Mayo ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Kerry ace Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh says her team dedicated their All-Ireland semi-final win over Mayo yesterday to injured captain Síofra O’Shea.

O’Shea suffered a season ending cruciate knee ligament injury in the Kingdom’s quarter-final win over Meath a fortnight ago.

Ní Mhuircheartaigh, who registered a superb 1-10 tally in Thurles yesterday, will deputise for O’Shea in the All-Ireland decider against Dublin next Saturday week and paid tribute to “an absolutely inspirational captain” after the win over the Westerners.

“This 100% was for Siofra,” Ní Mhuircheartaigh stated afterwards. “It was absolutely tragic and heartbreaking to hear the news on Monday that she had done the ACL. She is only 21 years of age. She is an absolutely inspirational captain. And she still is our captain. She may not be on the field playing with us, but she is still there. She has such a cool head. It is fantastic to have her and that 100% was for her today.

“There are two vice-captains there, myself and Anna Galvin. Everyone rows in together; it is not really a big, huge job when we have a panel like that.”

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