Here at the WIT GAA Club we pride ourselves on the outstanding achievements, commitment and effort that each of our players possess. One particular lady who definitely advocates all three is Ladies Gaelic Football player Mairead Daly. Since enrolling into WIT, Mairead has certainly triumphed across her sporting discipline and has been a key member of the club.

Hailing from Cloghan in West Offaly, Mairead started her football career at the age of seven under the watchful eye of mentor Mary Kelly, who manages the St. Rynagh’s Ladies Football team. She developed her football skills in Cloghan National School and was just 16 when she made her debut for the Offaly Junior team in 2012.

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Mairead’s talent and ability really came to light in 2013 when she won the TG4 Junior Ladies All-Ireland Football Final with Offaly. On the day, the pacey corner forward stole the show by scoring 2-1 in a 2-11 to 0-12 victory over Wexford. This year also saw the 18 year old being awarded the Junior Ladies Footballer of the Year at the All Stars.  However, It must be noted that the dual star already had an impressive haul of titles to her name before her successes with Offaly in 2013, including an All-Ireland Feile, county medals at all grades including three U16 and four minors, two senior club titles, one schools camogie title, two junior camogie titles, two All-Ireland camogie titles and one All-Ireland schools camogie title.

Unfortunately for Daly, the dreaded cruciate ligament injury occurred while playing for WIT during the Blitz Shield Final in the All-Ireland Fresher’s Blitz back in 2013. Throughout the day she had scored a staggering 14-6 in four 15 minute games!!! However, such an injury has certainly not stopped Mairead. Since returning, she has once again excelled on the sporting field, winning the Tesco Division 4 National League with Offaly along with recently being involved in WIT Ladies Football League Final win against UUJ on Wednesday last. Perhaps the biggest honour to date for this lady however, was being awarded the Ladies Gaelic Football Player of the decade at the 2016 Offaly Sport Partnership’s Awards night, an award to which is definitely well deserved.  This night saw awards being distributed across 15 various sporting categories and a shortlist of 52 sports people for the various sporting awards. Past student Lorraine Keena (2012 and 2013 All-star nominee) was also nominated for an award. On the night, Golfer Shane Lowry was named as Offaly Sports Achiever of the Decade.

WIT would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mairead on this fantastic award along with wishing her all the best in her sporting and academic journey.