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It has been a busy few weeks for Louise Ward. After helping Galway seal a place in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship final, the midfielder swapped the football kit for robes as she attended her graduation ceremony at University of Limerick. And when she had received her Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy, it was back to club duty for Kilkerrin-Clonberne before joining up with the county panel to prepare for Sunday's showdown with Dublin.
Sunday's TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship final is a special occasion for all connected with Galway Ladies Football. For the players, Sunday's 60 minutes is culmination of months and years of hard work on the training paddock as the Tribeswomen prepare to face their first final in 14 years and only the fourth in the county's history.
There only two women in the 87 years of the Camogie Senior Championship being contested, who have ascended the steps of the Hogan Stand and lifted the O'Duffy Cup while draped in the maroon of Galway; Imelda Hobbins in 1996 and current player Lorraine Ryan in 2013.
"When the whistle goes at the end of the match, you either are up there or you're not." Come 6pm on Sunday evening the Galway captain Sarah Dervan will know whether she will have climbed the famous steps of the Hogan Stand to hold the O'Duffy Cup aloft or whether she will be left on the hallowed turf of Croke Park, watching on as black and amber ticker tape falls to signify a Kilkenny victory.
The main event at Croke Park between Kerry and Dublin may have had the nation on the edge of its seats, but it was nothing compared to the closing moments of the minor final which preceded it.
The minor hurlers of Galway and Kilkenny will clash in the All-Ireland final for the 10th time on Sunday afternoon in Croke Park (1pm), and the Cats, although with the historical edge, will be seeking revenge over Galway who have dominated this rivalry in recent years.
Days like this don’t come around too often and when they do it is something to be savoured and the thousands of Mayo supporters who made yet another pilgrimage to Croke Park made drank up every moment of this one after the final whistle.
When captain Sean Neary raised the Irish Press Cup aloft in the Hogan Stand on Sunday afternoon, it was a case of mission accomplished for manager Jeffrey Lynskey and his staff as Galway's minor hurlers completed back-to-back Championship wins since 2005.
When the shrill of the final whistle echoes around the cauldron that will be Croke Park on Sunday afternoon, will it be back-to-back All Ireland senior hurling titles for the first time in three decades for Galway, or will Limerick have bridged a 45-year gap since last annexing the Liam McCarthy Cup?