LAUREN MAGEE IS a two in a row All-Ireland winning midfielder for Dublin and Kilmacud Crokes. The all-star nominee sits down to tell us how she tries to balance life, football and a full time course in DCU.
Lauren Magee had a keen interest in GAA from a young age,“My Dad was the first person that got me interested in football, he was the one who brought me to nursery and as I got older my interest in the sport grew as I got to see him play for Dublin and Kilmacud Crokes”. This inspired her to chase the dream of playing for Dublin like her father.
The Kilmacud Crokes midfielder was hungry to make an impact for her county and she quickly rose through the ranks.She started with the Dublin team at U14 level and she made the minor squad in 2015. After years of hard work, Lauren received a call up to the senior panel the following year, “I started getting an opportunity to play in the league and then was very lucky to play the whole of the championship”.
YouTube video of Lauren Thanks to LGFA
Lauren has had an incredible first two season in Senior football. She has been apart of back to back All Ireland winning squads and the young midfielder received an all-star nomination due to her impressive form. She was delighted to be apart of another all Ireland winning squad this year,“Nothing compares to winning an All-Ireland at Senior level, I was just so happy,nothing could take the smile off my face". The fact that Lauren has had such a fantastic year whilst doing her degree and working part time whilst training on multiple times a week with Dublin makes her achievements stand out even more.
Lauren credits playing for DCU with helping her improve her skills during the off-season, “I have had three great years playing for DCU. We won the League at the end of 2015 which was such a good start to college football”. Which in turn has made her stronger when it comes to working with the county squad.
Pic Credit: Nigel McCarthy We Are Dublin
Lauren is very grateful for all of the support she receives from her family and management teams. She praised her managers on the DCU GAA society for helping her fit everything in to her busy schedule “ I am lucky to have the support of all my managers and from the GAA society in DCU who have been a huge help when it comes to exams and assignments which took the pressure off me so I could still train and play matches” Magee told The College View.
Lauren still finds it difficult to balance all of her commitments but she would not change a thing, “it’s all worth it at the end of the day”.