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Dual star Looney aiming for a hat-trick of All-Irelands

Cork have had a long line of dual stars and two years ago another player came to prominence; Looney had been involved with both the camogie and football and back in April 2016 she made her first start for the football team when they took on Galway in the National League. That was a day after she had played for Cork’s Camogie team in a league game against Limerick.

Looney went on to make a name for herself, but for all the wrong reasons, before the 2016 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final when she and Kilkenny’s Collette Dormer were involved in some pushing in the pre-match handshakes. The Cork star admitted in an interview to the Irish Examiner after, that she came in for some online abuse about the incident.

“It was horrible. I had thought nothing of it until after the game and I turned on my phone. It was just the heat of the moment. I didn’t mean any harm. There were two of us in it and I met Colette Dormer at the All-Stars. It’s nothing you’d hold against anyone. But it was horrible afterwards, not so much for me but for my family. They took it fairly badly, seeing all the online abuse. I just ignored it but it did get a bit out of hand and it wasn’t nice to see. My parents and my brother would still be very hurt over it.”

Having been involved with the football that year Looney didn’t make the panel for Cork’s All-Ireland Ladies Final against Mayo. Having started so well, the year ended badly for the Killeagh Camogie star: “It was really one of the most disappointing years on a personal level.

The year had been going great for me, then the camogie All-Ireland was a disaster, and then to get dropped off the football panel for the final just made it really hard. The season could have been one of the best of my life and it ended so badly.”

Two years on and things have been going well Looney on the field on play. Last Sunday she won her second successive All-Ireland Senior Camogie medal after Cork defeated Kilkenny in another titanic battle. She will be hoping to complete a Camogie and Ladies Football double on Sunday when the Rebelettes take on reigning champions Dublin in the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Final.

A win on Sunday would cap off a terrific nine months for the UCC student. Last December she scored 0-1 as her football club Aghada claimed the All-Ireland Ladies Junior Club Championship for the first time in their history, in their first ever appearance in the final last December. With two All-Ireland medals secured, she’ll be looking to complete the hat-trick on Sunday in Croke Park.