Lorraine and Myself – by Leanne Mangan

Desmonds Ladies' high scoring full-forward, Leanne Mangan  (left) and Lorraine Scanlon are joint captains for Sunday's final against Southern Gaels in Listry. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Desmonds Ladies’ high scoring full-forward, Leanne Mangan (left) and Lorraine Scanlon are joint captains for Sunday’s final against Southern Gaels in Listry. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Knocknagoshel natives, friends and Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club footballers, Leanne Mangan and Lorraine Scanlon are joint captains of the team this year.

They will lead their team onto Listry GAA Club pitch on Sunday at 12noon to do battle with an ‘old enemy’ – reigning title holders in the ladies of Southern Gaels.

There they will contest the County Ladies Senior Football Championship Final and for the Caroline Broderick Memorial Cup.

Pen to Paper

For the occasion that’s in it, Leanne put pen to paper to chart the careers of both of them from the time they were in the village school in The Mall and all the way to All-Ireland success with St. Joseph’s Secondary School and with Castleisland Desmonds. The highlight being when Lorraine captained the team to win the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship title in that unforgettable campaign of 2014.

Lorraine and Myself – By Leanne Mangan

“Lorraine and myself have the honour of being joint captains of Castleisland Desmonds this year. We have played together since we can remember with our former club Knocknagoshel – where we had great success under age winning county and Cumman na mBunscoil titles.

We continued our footballing campaign together in St. Josephs Secondary School where we were thrilled to win a Junior and Senior All-Ireland in the same year with huge praise to Con Healy and Billy Mangan.

Two Knocknagoshel Girls

It is a great privilege for two Knocknagoshel girls to captain such a fantastic club like Castleisland Desmonds on Sunday.

We are humbled to have great success so far by winning the Intermediate All-Ireland in 2014. There has been ferocious work put into the club this year behind the scenes and we are very thankful for all the effort put in.

We are delighted to see that the club is still going strong with a lot of success at underage this year and hopefully on Sunday we can build on the success we have had in the past.

Donal and Caroline – Club Stalwarts

It is also worth noting that former club chairman, Donal Curtin, RIP was also from Knocknagoshel and as county chairman he introduced the Caroline Broderick Memorial Cup to honour a former club stalwart and it is this cup we are endeavouring to win.

Donal’s daughter Mariah has been making the round journey from Limerick to attend training with the club and will play on Sunday.

This shows the commitment that she and all the girls have shown to get us to this stage.

We hope there will be plenty of support on the day as these girls have trained hard to do us proud !

The team is made up of: Tara Murphy, Tina Mangan, Aisling Leonard, Mariah Curtin, Jane Lynch,

Labhaoise Walmsley, Gemma Kearney, Lorraine Scanlon, joint captain; Eilís Lynch, Andrea Murphy, Cáit Lynch, Kayla Ó’Connor, Rachael Cronin, Mellisa Holland, Leanne Mangan, joint captain; Fiona Griffin, Orla White, Sabhdh Prendiville, Stef Murphy, Abbie Brosnan, Emma Regan, Áine Sheehan, Ruth Cahill, Lilly Cox and Saoirse Murphy.

Good luck to the Castleisland Desmonds Ladies and their mentors and committee member in Listry tomorrow.

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