Hurling and camogie

Loughgiel camogie captain could be playing All-Ireland semi-final match - the day after she gets married

Loughgiel camogie captain Maeve Connolly could be playing in an All-Ireland semi-final the day after she gets married. Picture by Dan Sheridan

LOUGHGIEL camogie captain Maeve Connolly could be playing in an All-Ireland semi-final the day after she gets married.

The 28-year-old teacher, who is due to tie the knot on December 11, has told of how camogie takes "priority" in her life - even 24 hours after her wedding.

Maeve and her team mates will take on Slaughtneil on Sunday, a game which will decide who makes it into the All-Ireland semi-final. The winners will then meet either Oulart the Ballagh of Wexford, or Kilkenny's Thomastown on December 12 in Maghera.

If Loughgiel reach the semi-final, it could end up being a very busy weekend for its captain, with Maeve due to marry fiancé Ciaran Shannon on December 11 and their reception taking place at the Beech Hill Country House in Derry.

However, Maeve, who won an All-Ireland Intermediate title for Antrim in September, said she has no worries about playing the game after walking down the aisle.

"Well, it wouldn't be my life, to be brutally honest, if camogie didn't take priority," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Everything I have had, every big occasion in my entire life growing up, whatever it's been, I have had to leave things to go to camogie.

"So I am used to it and do you know what, if we won that Ulster title and progress to an All-Ireland series, I would be happy enough to sacrifice anything to do that."

She added: "It wouldn't bother me.

"What a weekend that would be, if you were to go out and win an All-Ireland semi-final and get married, you couldn't get much better than that".

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Hurling and camogie