Ireland women's international rules football team

The Ireland women's international rules football team was organised by the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association and represented both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the 2006 Ladies International Rules Series against Australia. As of 2019, this is the only series the team has played. Ireland won the series, winning the first test at Breffni Park by 134–15 and the second test at Parnell Park by 39–18.

UnionLadies' Gaelic Football Association
Head coachJarlath Burns (2006)
CaptainSarah O'Connor (2006)
Home stadiumBreffni Park
Parnell Park
First colours
First international
Ireland 134–15 Australia
(2006, 1st Test)
Biggest win
Ireland 134–15 Australia
(2006, 1st Test)

2006 Series

First test

Second test

2006 squad

In preparation for the 2006 Series, the LGFA and the team manager, Jarlath Burns, held a series of trials and camps in Mullingar, Cork and Armagh during September and early October. [6] The final squad included eight players who had played in the 2006 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final. 22 of the 30 strong squad were nominated for the 2006 All Star Awards. The squad featured representatives from 14 different GAA counties and included five senior inter-county captains, including Juliet Murphy (Cork), Bronagh O'Donnell (Armagh), Cora Staunton (Mayo), Mary Sheridan (Meath) and Mary O'Donnell (Waterford). [7][8]

Jarlath Burns (Armagh)
First test starting XV
Clíodhna O'Connor (Dublin); Rena Buckley (Cork), Angela Walsh (Cork), Caoimhe Marley (Armagh), Aoibheann Daly (Galway), Norita Kelly (Cork), Patricia Fogarty (Laois); Patricia Gleeson (Galway), Mary O'Donnell (Waterford); Sarah O'Connor (Kerry) (c), Bronagh Sheridan (Cavan), Brianna Leahy (Kildare), Geraldine Doherty (Meath), Mairead Morrissey (Tipperary), Cora Staunton (Mayo).
Interchange players
Sinéad Aherne (Dublin), Micheala Downey (Down), Christina Heffernan (Mayo), Anne Marie McDonagh (Galway), Lorraine Muckian (Laois), Alma O'Donnell (Armagh), Dympna O'Brien (Limerick), Bronagh O'Donnell (Armagh), Caroline O'Hanlon (Armagh)
Mary Sheridan (Meath).
Squad players
Juliet Murphy (Cork), Una Carroll (Galway), Grainne Ni Flathartha (Kerry), Sinéad Dooley (Meath), Jackie Shields (Meath).



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  5. "Ireland v Australia – Ladies International Rules Series 2nd Test Photos". 4 November 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  6. "Ladies' Rules panel taking shape". 21 September 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  7. "Players Launch First Ever Ladies International Rules Test Series". 26 October 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  8. "TG4/O'Neills Ladies All-Stars for 2006". Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  9. "Irish Ladies International Rules Team portraits Photos". 14 October 2006. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
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