Carrigaline Girl Makes Irish Team 15 year old Rachel O’Regan has joined an elite band of Carrigaline players following her selection to the Irish Colleges U15 schoolgirls squad for a tournament in Wales which was announced by the FAI recently. Rachel, a Junior Certificate student from Carrigaline Community School, has been playing soccer with Carrigaline Utd for a number of years and has picked up numerous accolades and awards throughout the years and is currently on the CWSSL Carrigaline U16 Premier team vying for the premiership title and even All Ireland success. Following a recent training session at Ballea Park, Rachel was honoured by her team mates, coaches and mentors in her selection to the Irish team and was duly recognised for her skill and commitment on the playing field. Team manager Pat O’Brien remarked that it was a wonderful achievement for Rachel and for the club, adding that a number of players within the current team were not far off being chosn for the Irish team and went onto wish Rachel the very best in her Internationals. Present at the function were former Irish Internationals Emma Greene and Brian O’Neill, along with schoolgirls chairman Stephen Williams and Willie Walsh, club chairman who encouraged Rachel to ‘grab the occasion with both hands’ and to relish and enjoy every moment. Other players from the Carrigaline club to have worn the green shirt include Jacqui O’Keeffe and Shane Griffin, currently with Reading FC and who were both unavailable to attend. Rachel’s first game is a friendly international against England later this month, followed by internationals against Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland in the annual Bob Docherty Cup tournament in Wales.
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