Interview with Galways Ailish O'Reilly - 4 Time Camogie All Star
It’s a big weekend in the Camogie calendar as supporters make a welcome return at the National League Division 1 final between Galway and Kilkenny at Croke Park this Sunday, June 20th (7:30pm).
Recently, we caught up with four-time Galway All-Star Ailish O’Reilly from Oranmore/Maree Camogie Club.
Winning All-Ireland senior camogie titles in 2013 and 2019, the 26-year-old forward netted two goals in the 2019 All Ireland decider as the Tribeswomen saw off Kilkenny in a rip-roaring spectacle.
A primary schoolteacher by profession, Ailish, who is also a talented basketballer, is delighted to be back playing camogie. With so many club and county games televised and streamed in a Covid-hit 2020, she hopes that camogie coverage will continue to improve this season.
“Even with the club, there were one or two games on Facebook Live last year, but it wasn’t very visible,” says Ailish. “So, going forward, you would hope that there would be a proper system set up, like in Galway club hurling.
“Last year we watched hurling games we’d never have watched, because it was something and you’d just hope camogie would get the same level of coverage, at both county and club,” concludes Ailish.
Which teammate is the most entertaining to follow on social media?
Formers players and Eyrecourts finest Molly Dunne and Susan Earner
If you had to replace all the time you spend training with something else, what would you be doing?
Travelling the world
You get to choose who can rescue you from a burning building? Who do you choose?
My Nanny 😊
What's your favourite TV series to binge watch?
Anything trending on Netflix . Currently watching Formula 1 Drive to Survive
Favourite one-liner joke or saying?
Goals win games
If you could have a ‘walk on’ song, like in the darts, what would it be?
'Story of my Life' - One Direction (memories of 2013 All Ireland win)
What was the nicest gift you ever received? And what was the worst?!
Galway camogie player receiving a signed Aidan O' Shea mayo jersey from a referee- best or worst??? 🤔🤣
If you could only use 1 social media platform for the next year, which would you choose and why?
Twitter- keeps ya updated with current news, scores etc.
You step outside and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning €10 million. What would you do?
Return it 😉
If you could be a fully paid professional in any other sport, what would you choose and why?
Basketball- played from a young age and still have a great love for the game
What's your favourite guilty pleasure food?
Basilico Pizza and a 99
Which would you prefer to attend as a spectator? A soccer world cup which Ireland are in or the Olympics?
What do you think are the main reasons young girls should get involved in sport?
Close friendships, mental health, fitness.
Finally, was Mrs Doubtfire right or wrong to do what she done?!!
I don't know 🤔
Thanks a mil to Ailish for taking the time to answer all our questions and we wish her every success in the year ahead!