Dearbhaile Beirne, a student from Mohill Community School, has been selected to play for the Irish U-15 girls soccer international team.
Along with four other Connaught players, Louise Creaven (Taylors Hill), Sorcha Ni Bhraonain (Indreabhan), Jessica Nolan (St. Louis Kiltimagh), and Rachael Fitzmaurice (Mercy Roscommon) they will represent Ireland in the Bob Docherty Tournament which takes place in Shawbridge, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The tournament begins next Monday, April 1, with their opening fixture against Wales at 4.30. The following day, April 2, they face England at 2.00. Next up are the hosts and current holders Northern Ireland at 4.30. Their final game is against Scotland at 10.30.
Dearbhaile, the daughter of Mai and Michael Beirne of Station road Mohill, was chosen for the squad when she played for Connaught in the under 15 soccer inter provincial that took place in Athlone last November.
She was one of the star players in the team that defeated Munster 2-1, Ulster 3-0 and were unlucky to lose 1-0 to a dubious penalty in the dying seconds to Leinster. Dearbhaile has been on the Connaught panel for the past two years.
Connacht manager Dom Coll rated Dearbhaile very highly from the first time he saw her play and was very surprised that she did not make the Irish squad earlier, as she was as outstanding in last year’s tournament.
Of Dearbhaile, Dom says that she is one of the best players he has seen in his 30 years involvement in girls soccer. She has everything needed to become an international player – good ball control, a keen eye for goal and most important, an abundance of pace. This year she has added another dimension to her game where her work rate is second to none.
Dearbhaile has been signed by one of the best teams in Ireland – Piedmont from Dublin and she has enjoyed six successful months with them. She was recently selected for the Oscar Traynor under 16 squad to take part in the club’s inter county competition during the summer. She is the first Leitrim Player to make the Irish school’s team.