Ciara Steps Up Just When Her Country Needed Her To

Ciara Griffin - grabbed a try for Ireland in the opening game against Australia in the Women's Rugby World Cup last evening. ©INPHO/Gary Carr

Ciara Griffin – grabbed a try for Ireland in the opening game against Australia in the Women’s Rugby World Cup last evening. ©INPHO/Gary Carr

Listowel native, John ‘Junior’ Griffin is one of Kerry badminton’s best known officials. Now he has to share the ‘Junior Griffin’ moniker with Kerry’s latest rugby star, Ciara Griffin of Ballymacelligott.

Ciara Griffin – known as ‘Junior’ to her friends, plays her club rugby with Tralee and with Munster. She made her international debut against Wales during the 2016 Six Nations.
She works as a teacher but is known for her fondness of farming also.

Doing the Business

If being a super-sub is all about coming on the field of play and simply doing the business and getting your team over the line, then the tag fits her well after last evening’s powerful try in the Women’s World Cup opening game.

And she did the business on the best and biggest stage. And what a time to perform so magnificently – just when your country wanted you to.

Limerick Leader Headline

The Limerick Leader gave her a headline all to herself with: ‘UL-Bohs Ciara Griffin bags vital try as Ireland win World Cup opener.’ and the paper’s rugby correspondent, Colm Kinsella wrote: “Replacement Ciara Griffin, of UL-Bohemian, struck for a vital second half try as Tom Tierney’s Ireland side opened their Womens Rugby World Cup bid with a tense 19-17 victory over Australia in UCD on Wednesday night.”

Irish Rugby International try scorer, Ciara Griffin (left) pictured with her sister, Fiona and their dad, Denis with The Heineken Cup at Castleisland Rugby Club in 2006. ©Photograph: John Reidy 26/10/2006

Irish Rugby International try scorer, Ciara Griffin (left) pictured with her sister, Fiona and their dad, Denis with The Heineken Cup at Castleisland Rugby Club in 2006. ©Photograph: John Reidy 26/10/2006

The42 Went to Town on the Try

In The42 Live blog they saw the try like this: ’61 mins – TRRRRYYYYYYYY IRELAND! Ireland 14-10 Australia: CIARA GRIFFIN TOUCHES DOWN AT THE BASE OF THE POST! WHAT A RESPONSE FROM IRELAND! Conversion is…GOOD!

RTÉ’s Declan Whooley Wrote

RTÉ’s Declan Whooley wrote: ‘Eventually it was Ciara Griffin, only on the pitch five minutes after replacing Heather O’Brien, who came up from under the pile of bodies under the post and Stapleton converted to edge Ireland ahead 14-10.’

Her Campus Profile

In the online ‘Her Campus’ Kathleen O’Sullivan compiled a profile of Ms. Griffin earlier this year and you can access it through the link here:

https://www.hercampus.com/school/ul/ciara-griffin-local-club-international-player

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