Senior Women Player Profiles

Senior Women Player Profiles

16th Jan 2009

Emma Byrne

Goakeeper - Arsenal

DOB: 14-06-1979

Played for St Patrick's Athletic and Danish side Fortuna Hjorring before joining Arsenal in 2000 where she has won every honour in England on several occasions as well as the UEFA Women's Cup in 2007. Has represented Ireland at every level and was FAI International Player of the Year in 2012. Team captain. Won her 100th cap against Croatia in September 2013.

CAPS: 105 GOALS: 0


Niamh Reid Burke

Goalkeeper - Raheny United

DOB: 06-08-1991

Former under-age international goalkeeper who won Bus Éireann Women’s National League with Raheny United in 20102 and FAI Umbro Women’s Cup in 2012 and 2013. Won her first cap as a half-time substitute against South Korea last month. Has also represented Ireland in international diving events. Caps: 1. Goals: 0


Grace Moloney
Goalkeeper - Reading FC

DOB: 01-03-1993

Grace was one of the real success stories from the Ireland U17 team that went to the World Cup in 2010. She is a goalkeeper of huge potential and has started the 2015 World Cup campaign as understudy to Emma Byrne. Missed 2014 Cyprus Cup through injury.



Eve Badana

Goalkeeper - Drexell University

 DOB: 09-07-1993

Showed potential with her performance in the 2013 Cyprus Cup against South Africa and also at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan. Born in Canada she is currently on scholarship at Drexel Univeristy in Philadelphia.

CAPS: 3. GOALS: 0.

Mary Therese McDonnell

Defender - Unattached

DOB: 26-08-1986

A sister of Shannon. Qualifies through her Mayo-born grandfather. After graduating from the University of Illinois she played for Boston Renegades in the 2008 W-League season scoring four goals in five games. Now in her second spell with the Chicago Red Stars. Made her international debut against USA in 2008.


Yvonne Tracy

Defender - Arsenal

DOB: 27-02-1991

From Limerick, she previously played for Lifford and St Patrick's Athletic before joining Arsenal in 2000 and has been an integral part of the London club's dominance of the English scene as well as being involved in their UEFA Women's Cup triumph in 2007. Was FAI International Player of the Year in 2002.



Louise Quinn

Defender/midfielder - Eskilstuna United


DOB: 17-06-1990

This versatile 23-year-old joined Peamount United in 2004 and made her way through the ranks to help them qualify for the last 32 of the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2011. She captained the side to the inaugural Bus Eireann Women's National League Championship in 2012, Moved to Swedish club Eskilstuna United in 2013.

 CAPS: 27 GOALS: 3


Megan Campbell

Defender - Florida State University

DOB: 28-06-1993

Helped Raheny United to the 2013 Bus Éireann Women's National League title and 2012 FAI Umbro Women's Senior Cup. A free-kick and long throw specialist who scored her first senior goal against Northern Ireland. Member of the 2010 U17 side which reached the European Championship final and World Cup quarter-finals. Moved to Florida State University on scholarship in summer of 2013.



Meabh de Burca

Defender/Midfielder - Galway Women's FC

DOB: 11-08-1988

Former underage international who played at the 2007 World University Games. Won FAI Women's Senior Cup with Galway in 2007. Captained Salthill Devon to FAI Women's Intermediate Cup in 2008. Earned scholarship to University of New Haven followed by a spell with Amazon Grimstad before moving to Eskilstuna United. Returned to Galway Women's FC in December 2013.



Dora Gorman

Midfielder - Peamount United

DOB: 18-02-1993

The 20-year-old Medical Student missed most of the 2012-13 season because of injury but impressed over the summer in the friendly against Austria and at the World University Games. From Galway, she starred for Salthill Devon before joining Peamount United when she moved to UCD. Was captain of Ireland's highly successful U17 team in 2010.


Jessica Gleeson

Midfielder - Wexford Youths Women's AFC

DOB: 23-10-1993

Jessica emerged as a real talent with the Ireland team that reached the UEFA U17 Championships final in 2010. That side also reach the World U17 Cup quarter-finals. After an impressive season with Wexford Youths Jessica was called up to the senior international team for the first time for the Cyprus Cup in 2013. Previously played for Tramore AFC and Villa AFC in Waterford.

CAPS: 0 GOALS: 0                                                                                          

Rachel Graham

Midfielder - Raheny United FC

DOB: 18-07-1989

The 24-year-old made her senior international debut against South Korea at the Cyprus Cup in March having been previously capped at U19 level. She was part of the Raheny United team that won the Bus Eireann Women's National League and FAI Women's Senior Cup in 2012-13.


Ruesha Littlejohn

Midfielder - Glasgow City FC

DOB: 03-07-1990

A quick and deadly finisher, Ruesha previously represented Scotland at underage level. Had a spell at Liverpool and scored her first senior international goal in the 5-1 win over Northern Ireland at the 2013 Cyprus Cup.


Shannon McDonnell


DOB: 28-09-1984

A sister of Mary Therese McDonnell she attended Carl Sandburg High School and then spent four years at the University of Illinois. She also played for Windy City Bluez, Chicago Gaels and Chicago Red Stars and is currently on the lookout for a new club. She first played for Ireland in 2009.



Shannon Smyth

Midfielder - Amazon Grimstad (Norway)

DOB: 22-06-1987

Shannon won her first cap in 2010 and has been a regular in the squad ever since. She is a versatile and hard-working player who can play in either midfield or up front. Another player to score her first Ireland goal in the Cyprus Cup against Northern Ireland in 2013. 


Aine O'Gorman

Striker- Peamount United

DOB: 13-05-1989

Originally from Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, Aine came through the ranks at Peamount United before making the move to Doncaster Rovers. She is a tricky attacker who possesses tremendous pace and loves having the ball at her feet. Her experience makes her an invaluable member of the squad. Rejoined Peamount on her return from England and won the Bus Eireann Women's League Cup with them in 2013.


Sophie Perry

Defender - Brighton & Hove Albion

DOB: 11-11-1986

A former Chelsea player who returned to her home town club, Brighton & Hove Albion, in the summer of 2013. Brighton-born, she represented England up to U23 level before choosing to play for Ireland and made her debut at the 2012 Algarve Cup against Wales. The 26-year-old defender was part of the Ireland squad at the World University Games this summer.


Fiona O'Sullivan

Striker - SC Frieburg

DOB: 17-09-1986

The 27-year-old American born striker is currently playing in Germany after spells in Sweden and France. A graduate of the University of San Francisco who was drafted by WPS side Chicago Redstars in 2010 and then had a spell at California Storm alongside US soccer legend Brandi Chastain.

CAPS: 28 GOALS: 11

Niamh Fahey

Midfielder Arenal

DOB: 13-10-1987

Niamh is another member of the successful Arsenal team in the Irish squad. Niamh is one of the most versatile players in the squad and can play across the back four and in midfield. Previously played for Salthill Devon. Currently recovering from a long-term knee injury.


Julie-Ann Russell

Midfielder - Peamount United

DOB: 28-03-1991

The Galway girl previously played for Doncaster Belles and Salthill Devon. Scored the winning goal in Salthill's FAI Women's U16 Cup win in 2007 and was on Galway's FAI Women's Senior Cup winning team. Made her senior debut in 2009. Was U19 Player of the Year in 2010. Scored the opening goal of Ireland's 2015 World Cup campaign against Slovakia.


Diane Caldwell

Defender Avaldsness FC

DOB: 11-09-1988

Diane plays her club football in Norway but has also enjoyed periods playing in the USA, Iceland and with Raheny United in Ireland. She is an experienced player and is a commanding presence in either midfield or defence. She scored her first international goal against Northern Ireland at the Cyprus Cup.


Karen Duggan

Midfielder - Peamount United


DOB: 29-05-1991

From Kilkenny, where she played for Piltown, the 22-year-old is a scholarship student at University Limerick and won her first senior cap in the Cyprus Cup against South Africa having played numerous times at underage international level. Helped Peamount United win the 2013 Bus Eireann Women's National League Cup and Ireland to sixth place at the 2013 World University Games.


Sara Lawlor

Striker Peamount United


DOB: 11-11-1987

The 25–year-old was voted Player of the Year in the Bus Eireann National Women's League in 2012 and 2013 and finished last season as top scorer with 28 goals. A Maynooth University student she helped Peamount to the League and Cup double in 2012 and the League Cup in 2013. Also made the Ireland squad for the 2013 World University Games.




Seana Cooke

Defender Durham Women's FC

DOB: 06-07-1988

The 25-year-old, former St Francis player, helped Raheny United to the Bus Eireann Women's National League and FAI Women's Umbro Cup in 2012-13. She made her international debut against Northern Ireland in the Cyprus Cup 2013 and was part of Ireland's squad at the 2013 World University Games. Joined Durham Women's FC in November 2013.


Grace Murray

Defender Peamount Utd

DOB: 26-05-1989

Grace returned to the Ireland squad for the Cyprus Cup in 2013 and featured against South Africa. Has played nine UEFA Champions League games with St Francis and Peamount United. Also won an FAI Women's Cup medal with her home town club, Dundalk.


Deirdre Doherty

Striker - Castlebar Cletic


Her performances during the 2012-13 season for IT Sligo earned her a late call-up to the Cyprus Cup squad and her impressive performances have so far earned her three caps. Was part of the Irish squad at the 2013 World University Games.



Denise O'Sullivan

Striker - Glasgow City

DOB: 04-02-1994

Another member of the breakthrough 2010 U17 squad she captained U19 team which narrowly failed to qualify for the 2013 European Championship. She quickly established herself as one of the stars of the Bus Eireann Women's National League, making the Team of the Season in 2012. Transfered to Scottish side Glasgow City in July 2013 and held them reach the knockout stages of the UEFA Women's Champions League. Scored in the 2-0 win over Slovakia in September.

CAPS: 25 GOALS:  7


Stephanie Roche

Striker - Peamount United

DOB: 13-06-1989

Former U17 and U19 international striker who made her senior debut in the Euro play-off against Iceland in October 2008. Scored her first senior goal in a World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan the following year. From Shankhill, Co Dublin, she started her career with Valeview and played for Cabinteely Girls, Stella Maris, Dundalk City and Raheny United before joining Peamount 2011. Was top scorer in Bus Eireann Women's National League in 2011-12 with 24 goals and scored 22 in 2012-13. Her first goal of the 2013-14 against Wexford Youths has become a You Tube sensation attracting over 1.8million hits.

CAPS: 28 GOALS:  4


Ciara Grant

Midfielder - Raheny United

DOB: 11-06-1993

Won the 2009 FAI Women's Intermediate Cup with Kilmacrennan Celtic and was part of the successful international U17 team in 2010. Claimed Women's National League and FAI Women's Senior Cup medals with Raheny United in 2012-13. Gained first senior cap against USA in November 2012 and was part of the Cyprus Cup squad.


Sue Ronan

Head Coach

Former Shelbourne and Welsox player who was also an Irish international and won the FAI Senior Women's International Player of the Year in 1993. She managed the U19 international team before succeeding Noel King upon his appointment as men's U21 team manager in 2010. She is a UEFA A licence coach and is currently studying for her Pro Licence. Is also Head of Women's Football at the FAI.