Name: Ciara Quirke
Club: Myshall Camogie Club
Earliest sporting memory: Going senior camogie training with my mam in the lawn in Myshall. As we always say, we were born and raised in the pitch.
Memorable sporting moments: I am extremely lucky to have experienced some amazing days but the most memorable would have to be winning the Intermediate Club All-Ireland in Croke Park in March 2017 followed closely by winning the Premier Junior All-Ireland final with Carlow in September 2016. 2 very special days for Myshall and Carlow. Winning an Ashbourne medal with WIT was also an extremely memorable day.
Biggest influence on career: My mother and father, Nuala and Tom Quirke. They’d travel anywhere to see Niamh, Cian and myself playing for Myshall or Carlow. They always push us to be our best. They are our biggest fans but yet wouldn’t be afraid to tell us when we had an off-day.
Sporting Hero: Serena Williams
Most difficult opponent: Pamela Mackey – Cork
If I could turn back the clock: Intermediate Leinster final v Tullaroan. A game that still haunts me to this day.
Your favourite holiday: Amsterdam
Memories outside sport: Spending my childhood summers with my sister Niamh and cousin Paraig in our nanas. The only time we went inside was to get fed. Nanas tea, scones and apple tarts always went down a treat.
Favourite bar/restaurant: Primo’s Italian in Kilkenny – the best Spaghetti Bolognese around
Three people you would bring to dinner (not family): If I could bring anyone to dinner I would bring, Sarah Rowe – I think she is an amazing athlete and a brilliant role model for young girls to look up to. I would also love to know more about her AFL experience. Serena Williams – she continues to amaze me every year and she is an absolute legend. Jürgen Klopp – I think he is best manager at the minute. The relationship he has built with everyone on the Liverpool team and the backroom staff is admirable and shows how important it is for manage to have that relationship with his players and staff.
What would be heaven for you: To continue to grow women’s sport in Ireland, win another club All-Ireland and an Intermediate All-Ireland with Carlow.