Ni­amh se­lected for tag rugby trip to Oz

New Ross Standard - - SPORT - Sto­ries be­hind the scenes

AKEEN sportswoman from Dun­can­non re­ceived some won­der­ful news re­cently when she was se­lected on the Ire­land women’s 27s squad for the I.T.F. Tag World Cup in Coff’s Har­bour in Aus­tralia in Novem­ber.

Ni­amh Kennedy has a trip down un­der to look for­ward to, and the progress of her team will be closely fol­lowed by her many fam­ily mem­bers and friends in Wex­ford and fur­ther afield.

The Dublin-based 32-year-old has worked for Deloitte since 2011 as an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy an­a­lyst.

She has been play­ing tag rugby for many years, be­gin­ning in the Dublin So­cial Leagues with her friends for their team, ‘Thun­der Gun Ex­press’.

Her per­for­mances at that level saw her se­lected for the Dublin

Wolves (So­cial) team for the re­gional fi­nals in 2016, and then the Dublin Wolves mixed open

2 side for the same com­pe­ti­tion one year later.

As a re­sult of her dis­plays in those events, Ni­amh was se­lected for the Ire­land ladies’ 27s in­ter­na­tional team train­ing camp ear­lier this year.

And all of the hard work has been re­warded, as she was named on the trav­el­ling squad last week.

Ni­amh, daugh­ter of Si­mon (ex-Wex­ford G.A.A. Chair­man) and Lil­lian, has been a sport­ing en­thu­si­ast from a very young age, and she played at cor­ner-for­ward for St. James’ in a Ju­nior camo­gie county fi­nal when she was only 14.

She ex­celled in bas­ket­ball with Dun­can­non in the Com­mu­nity Games, and later for the Univer­sity of Lim­er­ick.

She was also a mem­ber of the St. James’ ladies’ football squad which won the Le­in­ster Ju­nior championship nine years ago.

Ni­amh Kennedy

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