A COUNTY Limerick girl’s camogie skills has made her a YouTube sensation.
Rebecca Barry, 19, from Ballybricken, scored a wonder goal that showcased her GAA background.
Rebecca, who is on a scholarship in Virginia, was playing for her team, Richmond Spiders.
She soloed her way through the opposition’s defence before lobbing the onrushing goalkeeper and striking on the run into the net.
She was featured alongside Lionel Messi in ESPN’s prestigious Sports Centre’s Top 10 Plays of the Week. The clip has been viewed over 40,000 times and is still climbing.
“The reaction to the goal has been incredible. When it went in, I didn’t think for one second that it would blow up this much. At the time, I was just so thankful it went in!” said Rebecca.
“My teammate passed me the ball and I went for it, I didn’t over-think it or plan what happened. It just happened. The ball took a few lucky bounces and landed nicely so I could strike it. It’s something that I would probably never be able to replicate, unfortunately!” she added.
Since the clip was put on the internet, Rebecca says it has escalated into something she could have never imagined.
“My phone has been going non-stop between Twitter, Facebook, texts and e-mails. Having it end up on ESPN really was the icing on the cake,” said the former youth Olympian and Irish U18 captain.
The humble Limerick girl says she has been very lucky.
“Ever since I started in the University of Richmond, that is all I’ve ever said. I’m even more lucky now than ever! To think one single goal could go this far really blows my mind.
“Dad has always told me that you make your own luck, and I am a firm believer in that but at the same time, on any given day you just need that little bit of luck given to you,” said Rebecca.
However, her former coach for many years in St Ailbe’s in Ballybricken/Bohermore, Marie Halvey, says luck has nothing to do with it.
“I saw her all the way up along the line. She played county as well as club football. I’m delighted she is getting this recognition, she put a lot in to hockey and got a scholarship. Off the pitch she is a lovely girl and everything she gets she deserves,” said Ms Halvey.