Awesome Aishling Living The ‘Dream’
IT was a Dublin debut that goalkeeper Aishling Spillane will remember.
Dublin were at home to Wexford in Parnell Park in this season’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship.
Two years ago, she acted as water-carrier at the same venue in the All-Ireland quarter-final when the Dubs were pipped by Offaly.
“I never imagined myself being on the same pitch as the girls I gave water to that day.
“It was a dream come through. It proves you should never give up.”
Last December, she felt like quitting, but has since jumped from Dublin’s thirds to the first team.
“If it wasn’t for Sandra Tarr, I wouldn’t be playing inter-county camogie today. She told me to give it one more year.”
Her debut was made even more special because in goal for Wexford was Mags Darcy. “When I was growing up, Mags was the top ‘keeper.”
It was Dublin boss Colum King who gave Aishling her chance.
She credits Colum’s predecessor, Denis Murphy, for helping her prosper. Denis is her manager at Skerries Harps. Last season, Aishling won the Dublin Senior 2 player-of-the-year award.
“Things are going well in the league. We are second in Senior 2 behind Plunkett’s.
“Last year we had a strong run in the championship, so hopefully we’ll give it another go.”
Aishling carries gratitude in her heart. She has spent time in Ghana. She appreciates the help of Dublin supremo, Pat Martin, and all his county board colleagues. “They were very supportive of my fund-raising events.”
The commitment of her colleagues has left an impression. “It is an absolute honour to play alongside such a dedicated group.
“They made me welcome straight away. Their never-say-die attitude is unbelievable.”