Irish Ladies in the World of Sports

Ireland has delivered on a fair share of sporting heroes. Many of these are female sporting superstars, although sometimes less published than their male counterparts, these Irish ladies are a force to be reckoned. Here are some of the ladies from Ireland, making it impossible not to notice them.

Leanne Kiernan

From growing up on a pig farm in Cavan, this teenager soon became a bright prospect for Ireland. The striker turned 20 recently just before representing West Ham United against Man City during the Women’s FA Cup Final. During the middle of 2018, she was signed with West Ham and debuted on the 19th of August during a game against Arsenal, which resulted in a 3-1 loss for West Ham. Only a few days later she scored her first goal during a match against Lewes with a 4-1 win.

Joan Mulloy

This sailor from Mayo decided to leave the world of civil engineering and take up the challenge of the high seas about five years ago. This non-stop go-getter is making significant waves with her goal of becoming the first female sailor from Ireland to sail around the globe. This journey is set to take 90 days, sailing single-handedly as part of the Vendee Globe Race.

Katie Taylor

Known by most Irish sports lovers, Katie Taylor is without a doubt one of Ireland’s best-known sports stars, but also one of the best female boxing stars in the world history of boxing. Taylor was the first-ever fighter from Ireland who managed to hold three belts in world titles. These are the IBF, WBO and WBA belts.

Gina Akpe-Moses

This sprinter brought another first to Ireland. Akpe-Moses was the first-ever Irish sprinter to bring back a gold medal from the European U20 and then she repeated that success, just shortly afterwards during the World Junior Championships. During the U20 World Championships, she was also part of a relay team with Ciara Neville, Patience Jumbo-Gula and Molly Scott, winning the silver medal in a history-making event.

Emma Byrne

This Irish goalkeeper had earned herself legendary status when she became the first women inducted into the FAI’s Hall of Fame. She deserved this honour for her success by being the titleholder of nine Premier League titles, as well as nine FA Cup titles and a win in the Champions League. Her record as a goalkeeper with 134 senior caps is still the standing record for Ireland.

Mona McSharry

During the European Junior Championships in 2017, this swimmer from Donegal burst into the limelight with two gold and one silver medal at the young age of only 16. Then the following month she did it again when winning gold and breaking the senior record on a national level, at the World Junior Championships competing in 100m breaststroke. She set another record at the Irish Short-Course Championships for 100m freestyle, as well as five more albums. She returned home with no less than six titles.

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