Santa Sabina Dominican College



Ladies Gaelic Football- The Sport

Ladies Gaelic Football is recognised as one of the fastest growing female sports in Europe and has a similar status here in Santa Sabina. Gaelic Football was introduced to Santa Sabina in 2013 and we currently have almost 180 students signed up to play each year.

Playing Gaelic Football in Santa Sabina:

1st Years:

First year students are introduced to Gaelic Football in Santa Sabina after Christmas. Many players play with local clubs but beginners are also welcome. They train once a week and play inter schools blitz in the final term of the year.

2nd Years:

In 2nd year, students continue to train weekly and enter the u14 schools league in the second half of the school year. Here they play many schools from around Dublin and Leinster. Santa Sabina are currently in the Leinster C league.

3rd and 4th Years

Players from 3rd and 4th year make up the school’s junior team. The juniors play their games early in the year and usually have their first game in early September. Our junior team enters the Leinster C competition each year.

5th and 6th Years:

The senior team follow a similar format to the junior team beginning their season in early September. They are also entered in the C division and play schools in North Dublin.

Training & Matches:

Training takes place before and after school, for one hour.

The current 21/22 training schedule is:

1st Years: Wednesday 3.00pm- 4.00pm (January to May)

2nd Years: Tuesday 7.30am- 8.30am (September to May)

Juniors: Thursday 7.30am- 8.30am (September to December)

Seniors: Thursday 7.30am- 8.30am (September to December)

Matches for first years are usually played during a full day blitz twice a year while all other teams follow a league format with approximately 3 to 4 matches a year.

The History of Gaelic Football in Santa Sabina:

Gaelic Football in Santa Sabina goes back to September 2013. This was when the first Santa Sabina ladies football team were entered into the Leinster D league. We have since won a senior D final and are currently entered in the C division in all age groups.

In October 2019, Santa Sabina won the Lidl national school’s competition and were presented with a new set of jerseys, bibs, water bottles and cones.

Achievements in Gaelic Football:

In a highly competitive sport our achievements to date include:

Leinster Post Primary Schools

Junior ‘D’ Finalists 2020

Leinster Post Primary Schools

Senior ‘D’ Champions 2018

(Final not played due to Covid-19)

Team: Amy O’Gorman

Almha Fitzpatrick

Thureesa Pitcher

Kate Skillington

Kate Collins

Chloe Hansen

Cáit Phelan

Grace Doyle

Sarah Brady

Jennifer Dunne

Mia Kennedy

Amy Comerford

Emma Fitzgibbon

Bella Cronin

Isabella Walls

Amber Nangle

Julianne Barry

Coaches: James Grannell

Niamh Nic an Bhaird

Team: Emer Haines

Laura Kellett

Aoife Foley

Kelly Byrne

Kahina Bakour

Jools Aungier

Hannah Stapleton

Ellen Quinn

Eva Gurley

Mary Haines

Aisling Quinn

Siabh Hannigan

Enya Hannigan

Lucy Murphy

Ella McGinley

Tia Harte

Keeva Kenehan

Hannah Collins

Hannah King

Eva Gurley

Lucy Ryan

Lucy King

Caoimhe Keohane

Tara Murphy

Coaches: James Grannell

Niamh Nic an Bhaird

Other opportunities for our Gaelic Football players:

With Ladies Gaelic football being such a popular sport in Ireland, the opportunities for players are endless. Local clubs are always welcoming new players and it is never too late to join a club team. We currently have players from the following clubs and should you require contact information for any of the clubs, we are happy to help.

Beann Éadair

Naomh Barróg

Naomh Mearnóg

Scoil Uí Chonaill

Na Dubh Gall






Trinity Gaels

Furthermore, there are also opportunities for players to play for Dublin in all age groups. Local clubs will share information about trials and we have been honoured to have many Dublin players in Santa Sabina.

Santa Sabina Players who have represented Dublin at Senior Level in Ladies Gaelic Football to date:

Siobhán Woods, Raheny

Laura McGinley, Naomh Barróg



Past Pupil Laura McGinley celebrating an All Ireland win with Dublin.


Past Pupil Siobhán Woods in action for Dublin Senior Ladies.


Santa Sabina Captain, Síabh Hannigan accepting the Senior D Cup in 2018

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Senior D winning team 2018

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