A historic day for Leitrim Gaelic Games only got better, with three All-Ireland medals, and one All-Star making their way to the county on Saturday, after the 3rd Level Ladies Football finals weekend at Queen’s University Belfast writes Coilin Duffy.
Kiltubrid sisters Aine and Niamh Tighe picked up honours with University of Limerick and St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra respectively, while Dromahair’s Aine Vesey was also a part of the St. Pat’s side.
In the top-tier O’Connor Cup final, UL held reigning champions Queens University scoreless in the second half, as they powered to a 3-7 to 1-9 win over the competition hosts.
Aine Tighe scored two points, including one free in the decider, while later that evening she was honoured on the All-Star team. After picking up their first title since 2007, and their eighth title overall Aine was thrilled to end her stint in college with silverware.
“It’s just absolute relief. We are all absolutely delighted, it’s just a brilliant feeling. We’ve lost league finals, semi-finals, and to eventually come through it is an absolutely unbelievable feeling.”
Niamh skippered St Pat’s to glory after the Drumcondra teacher training college overcame CIT by 2-12 to 1-14 in an extremely tight encounter. Niamh scored a point in the decider, with Mayo’s Grace Kelly claiming ‘Player of the Match’ after scoring six of her seven points from play.
“It’s brilliant to captain the side, it’s a great achievement and I’m just so proud of the girls. They are just a fantastic team and it was a great honour to captain them.
“We had such tough games and yesterday you could feel it in the legs today on the pitch. The girls were just brilliant and we dug so deep, it went down to the wire, but thankfully we came through after the weekend.”
There was one other Leitrim player involved in the weekend, with Michelle Guckian a part of the DCU side that lost to Queens in the O’Connor Cup semi-final.