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