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Co Derry camog expecting a lot this weekend - a victory and a baby

Patricia Farren, left, hopes to be on the sidelines on Sunday when Ballinascreen go for county camogie glory - a day after her first baby is due. Picture by Mark Doherty
Séamas McAleenan

A CO Derry camog is expecting a lot this weekend.

Not only is Patricia Farren's expecting her beloved Ballinascreen team to go for county camogie glory, but she is also anticipating the birth of her first child.

In what may be an eventful weekend, the club's assistant manager will be on the side-line as Ballinascreen play All-Ireland champions Slaughtneil in the Derry final.

The crunch decider will be a chance for the team to cause a huge upset and add to their one and only county title of 1994.

But despite the anticipation Patricia's biggest concern is whether she will actually get to see her dream come true as the game comes on the weekend her first baby is due.

To add intrigue to an already complicated weekend, her husband Conor is Slaughtneil born and bred.

"Last year I was captain of the team and we lost by 2-8 to 1-4 to Slaughtneil in the final," she said.

"It’s a bit of a change for me this year.

"After I found out that I was pregnant, I came on board the management team and it has been a real rollercoaster year.

"I am not too mobile at the moment as you might guess but I have been on the side-line right through the championship, all the training sessions and I am hoping to be present on Sunday as well."

The county camogie final was originally due to be played on September 23, but the appearance of Derry ladies footballers in Croke Park on that date altered the time-table.

"It's hard not to get very involved in a game, particularly given that I was captain last season and have seen the huge effort the girls have made to get back to facing Slaughtneil in the final," she said.

"I am trying to be chilled out along the line - and it sure isn’t easy."

Patricia is the youngest of 11 siblings, all of whom have been steeped in the Ballinsacreen club with older sisters Anne Marie and Rosaleen part of that historic first camogie title win back in 1994.

Rosaleen was part of that historic first camogie title win back in 1994.

"It would be great to be a part of the next team to win a championship, then I could hand it on to the next generation," Patricia said.

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