Mary White has written the first major book about an Irish women’s sports team, and she passionately believes that it was a story that needed to written.
She left behind a full-time job as a journalist to pursue her dream. And in this Egg Talk she gives us a sense of why.
Before Eamonn Ryan took over the managerial role in 2004, the Cork ladies football team had no history of success. They hadn’t won a single Munster championship, let alone an All-Ireland. Incredibly, in the eleven years since, they have won ten All-Irelands.
Mary was in a unique position to tell this story given her involvement as a player, as PRO, and as a journalist reporting on the team.
Some of the highlights of the team’s story shared by Mary include:
- a team with a losing habit divided by club rivalries
- a new coach, fighting cancer, and leading by example
- the philosophy of commitment based on “a choice, not a sacrifice”
- the endless pursuit of learning, always assessing progress
- a dramatic turning point in a losing dressing-room in Cahirsiveen
- a culture based on high expectations rather than rules
- a relentless pursuit of success, and a habit of winning close matches
- how courage was the team’s greatest resource
Mary’s book ‘Relentless – The Inside Story of The Cork Ladies Footballers’ is already attracting widespread acclaim and is in contention for awards.
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