It has been an amazing year for Cork dual star Hannah Looney. She has an All-Ireland Senior Camogie medal in her pocket as well as a Munster Senior Football one but helping her local football club Aghada win the Cork Intermediate Football title recently and secure Senior football for 2019 is somewhat surreal.
Looney was a guest on this week’s episode of Sportsgirls Podcast and spoke about playing for club football and camogie. Speaking about the county final win she said: “It’s absolutely amazing; I can’t get over it. You dream of going to Croke Park, you dream of playing for Cork, you dream of winning All-Irelands but winning with my club was never really something that I never even dreamed about. Up to only a couple of years ago we were struggling playing at Junior C and now to be up playing Senior football next year, I can’t believe it.”
Last December Aghada defeated Monaghan side Corduff to claim the All-Ireland Junior title. They take on Tipperary side Fethard on Sunday in the Munster Intermediate semi-final. It has been a remarkable journey for the East Cork club.
Looney said: “Winning the Junior All-Ireland last year that was super special; bringing the cup home to your home parish. All these people you grew up with, to have a big win like that. Hopefully we can take on that and bring it into this Munster series. It’s not going to be easy; we are up another level.”
Being a dual star for club and county is tough and Looney spoke about the sacrifices she has had to make: “The really hard thing about playing camogie and football with your county, your club really does suffer during the summer. I got one championship camogie match in and one championship football match in. other than that you weren’t able to fulfill the fixtures. You can’t be in two places at the one time.”
She is grateful for the way Aghada and Killeagh have accommodated her: “Everyone at the football club were so understanding. Killeagh camogie were really understanding. I felt it this year in camogie more so than football, on Killeagh we have 3 or 4 county players. We didn’t see our club for most of the summer and that was through no fault of our own.”