"You Couldn't Make It Up" Clare Conlon On Winning A Leinster Title and FAI Cup in One Day
We thought we were doing well yesterday here at Her Towers when we managed to get out and about for a Sunday evening stroll... but compared to what Clare Conlon did, that was absolutely nothing!
The talented sports star not only lined out as left back for Rahney United Ladies soccer team on Sunday in the FAI Women's Cup final, but she then drove down to Clane in Co Kildare where she played the Leinster Ladies Club Football final with Sarsfields Mountmellick.
And the best thing about it all?
Clare managed to scoop two massive trophies yesterday. Imagine winning the FAI Cup and a Leinster title in one day - absolutely unbelievable.
Not only did she help the Raheny side secure their third title in-a-row in the Aviva with their 2-1 victory over UCD Waves, but she then togged out as full forward for Mountmellick and assisted the team to glory as well over Na Fianna of Dublin.
Speaking to Her.ie on Monday, Clare was - understandably - exhausted.
The Sarsfields Mountmellick team who scooped the Leinster title yesterday. (Pic: GAA Pics)
"I'm feeling it a bit alright today!" she laughed. "I took a couple of hours off work this morning and had a lie in, I was pretty tired!
"Yesterday was pretty crazy. The soccer game kicked off at 12.20pm in the Aviva and I was playing left back. I got subbed off in the 63rd minute and I was standing there looking at Casey, our coach, and he just smiled at me and said "Go on"," she continued. "I'm so lucky. There's not many coaches who will be there in the Aviva stadium on cup final day and will let you head off to a GAA match!
"You couldn't write what happened yesterday. I jumped into my GAA gear, drove down to Kildare with RTE blaring all the way keeping me up-to-date on the soccer. When I got to Clane then, I hopped out ready to go, and was on the pitch before the half-time whistle!
"I've played gaelic since I was really young with Sarsfields Mountmellick and that was a massive win for us yesterday. We are aiming for an All-Ireland final this year after getting knocked out in the semi last year. To hear the news that Raheny had won after extra time was just the perfect end to an amazing day."
— Clare Conlon (@ClareConlon13) November 2, 2014
"To win two in a day isn't bad I suppose - but I definitely won't be doing it again! I'm not in secondary school anymore! Thankfully, the GAA semi-final is fixed for two weeks' time and so far, it doesn't seem to be clashing with any soccer game hopefully," she continued, before adding that it has been a whirlwind season for her with Raheny this year having only joined the club in January.
"It's been a mental season, from wins to that brilliant Champions League run, it's just been fantastic. And then, to win the Cup and then the Leinster was just the best of all. Hopefully there will be a lot more success to come."