LIMERICK'S All-Ireland Ladies Football winning side has been praised for their "courage, fortitude, skill, and determination" by Mayor of Limerick, James Collins.
The All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship winners were afforded a Civic Reception this Wednesday night in Limerick City Hall.
"It has been a wonderful year for sport in Limerick and while our hurlers were celebrating their win, you ladies were still battling, training and fighting for your own place in the history books. And you did it," the Mayor told the gathering.
"The girls in green had all the courage, fortitude, skill, and determination we look for when choosing recipients of a civic reception. We can only imagine the level of commitment and hard work it takes to achieve what you all achieved. Led by your manager, John Ryan, each of you did County Limerick proud, and you did yourselves and your families proud," he added.
"You can take great personal pride in your victory, but also pride in the powerful example you have set for the next generation of girls, and boys. They see what you have achieved and it inspires them."
He continued: "The statistics tell us that most girls who play sports give it up as they grow into adulthood. The importance of women in sport cannot be overstated. We fully support the 20x20 campaign which aims to increase overall participation in female sports by 20% in the next two years. I really believe that your example, and campaigns like 20x20, can get more girls playing sport, and keep them playing for longer. I know many of you are already involved in training younger teams in your own clubs and that is a hugely admirable thing to do. It’s a selfless and generous activity that will reap huge benefits".
"Tell the younger generation what it felt like to battle, and what it felt like to win, and tell them about the honour of the journey, the sacrifices that you had to make, to be crowned All-Ireland champions."