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Entire Cork women’s football team on the frontline against Covid-19

Virutally the entire squad of one women’s football team in Cork has swapped jersies for scrubs to join the fight to stop Covid-19.

The women from Bishopstown GAA have gone from playing together to working together, as frontline health workers in Cork University and across the Rebel County.

Bishopstown GAA has always had strong links to CUH, welcomming in GAA-playing students and medics who arrive in Cork from all over Ireland under their “One Club – All Counties” motto.

There are now around 25 players fom the ladies set-up working at Cork’s bigget hospital or elsewhere across the city and county during the biggest public health emergency in more than a century. The coach Daithi is a guard in the city.

The Bishopstown ladies see each other every day in the emergency rooms, the wards and the testing centres. And team member Siobhan Collins – a paediatric nurse – says the bonds of teamwork and support they have learned through the GAA are helping them in this biggest challenge of their working lives.

“We see each other all of the time, we have a whattsapp group set up to support each other and we know we always have that support there for us from the team,” Siobhan told CorkBeo.

“The girls have also let the club know that we’re available to help out any older members, anybody who ne their shopping done or a pick-up from the pharmacy.

“The girls want the Bishopstown community to know that the team is available to help the vulnerable, whatever we can do”.

“I’m very proud to be a part of this team.”

The Bishopstown ladies at work

Siobhan says she has lost count of the players past and present who are enaged in the fight against the spread of Covid-19. But they include doctors, nurses, radiographers , physical therapists and medical students.

Siobhan is a pediatric nurse and midfielder, wing-back Marian is a radiographer, backs Sara and Una are nursing students and wing forward Jean is pharmacist.

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The list goes on, around 25 squad players from one team in one GAA club working round the clock to protect their community and the wider population.

They see each other almost every hour of the day at the moment, but hope to get together again on the pitch in the not-to-distant future.

A message from the coach to the whattsapp group

Siobhan, who is orginally from Kerry but now works and plays in Bishopstown says she never doubted the spirit of the girls – on Christmas day, she was working a shift at CUH, far from her family and home in Kerry, when one of her team-mates arrived up at the hospital with her own family, and a full Christmas dinner for her.

Now that they are in facing the toughest challenge of their working lives, Siobhan says; “It’s good to know that we are there for each other”.