Sunday, June 4, 2023

Forever ‘a tomboy’, Deirdre multitasks to support the Gaelic games she loves

Known for her can-do attitude, Deirdre grew up a kick of a ball from the Westmeath border in Mullaghrush

Few people – male or female – have devoted as much time and energy to the GAA and LGFA over the years as Deirdre Brickland-Kearney who has excelled in her roles as a player, referee, coach, administrator, fund-raiser and Croke Park steward.

Each and every one of these roles have been carried out on a voluntary basis by Deirdre who, on turning 50 last September, decided to take a step back and to give more time to herself for a change. The mother-of-three is also weighing up her options as far as work is concerned after blowing the final whistle on her home bakery enterprise, Deirdre’s Cakes.

“COVID made me realise that it was time to take a chill pill. I love the GAA and always will, but I needed to cut back on the workload. Being out at it seven nights a week takes its toll,” says the popular Kilclonfert woman who has been living in Bracknagh with her husband, Michael Kearney and daughters, Michelle (26), Emma (23) and Gillian (17) for the last twenty-three years.


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