Wicklow Town Lady Saoirse O Reilly is a young woman who’s star is very much on the rise. The St Pats club woman had been burning it up from a very young age in the GAA fields of Wicklow and her extreme talents did not go unnoticed as the County Wicklow Ladies Senior Football Team came calling at the start of the year to draft her into their ranks. Even at the young age of 17, Saoirse has still managed to put her stamp on the games and popped up with a hugely important point to put Wicklow ahead at the death against reigning Leinster Champions Meath in Wicklow’s Championship opener in Roundwood.
For most 17 year olds this level of achievement would be considered amazing but Saoirse’s accomplishments have went one step beyond as her undeniable talent was spotted by Irish Rugby Sevens scouts and Saoirse was drafted into the Irish Squad just like our very talented Lucy Mulhall who was playing a starring role for Ireland over at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.
At the same time as Lucy was tearing it up in San Fran, Saoirse was scoring tries for Ireland at the home Nations Tournament in Birmingham where Ireland came back from three tries down to defeat Wales 29-20 with Saoirse getting a very important try. Ireland then disposed of England with aplomb on a 31-7 scoreline and it was the same winning scoreline for Saoirse and the Ireland team as they took out the Scots who they will face at 10:15am this morning in the semi final.
It is also a huge weekend for Saoirse who turned the big 18 on Friday and her family and the Irish team made sure she celebrated in style with a nice big cake that most likely gave Team nutritionists heart failure!
Wicklow’s Ladies Footballers will sorely miss the services of this talented young lady today as they face Offaly in Clane at 3:15 for a place in the All Ireland Quarter Final but they will all be shouting their little star on today and want to wish Saoirse all the best today as she looks to bring home a gold medal and Saoirse would also like to wish her Wicklow teammates all the best today.
From all at Bill Hill HQ we would like to wish Saoirse a very happy 18th Birthday and hopefully her first legal drink will be a little bit of Champagne to toast an Irish Tournament Victory! Happy Birthday and the best of luck this morning and the best of luck to the Wicklow Ladies later in the day.