The Mayor of the city and county of Limerick, Cllr James Collins welcomed hockey super star Róisín Upton to Limerick City and County Council's Corporate Headquarters at Merchant's Quay today. He congratulated her on her and the team's amazing success in reaching the final of the Hockey World Cup.
The Mayor said “We are all very proud of her achievements and everyone involved in hockey in Limerick is delighted with her and her teammates success.”
Róisín went to the Model School and Crescent College Comprehensive before continuing her education in Mary Immaculate College (MIC).
Separately commenting on her amazing achievement Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC said ‘Along with the rest of the country we rejoiced in the historic accomplishment of the team. They did us all proud and we’re grateful for the uplifting experience.’
Professor Wall went on to say of Róisín’s considerable contribution to the team’s success; ‘On behalf of all at MIC, I wish to congratulate Róisín on her outstanding achievement of winning a silver medal at the Hockey World Cup. A decorated player with over 40 caps for Ireland and with a collection of awards, nominations and silverware from her time with the University of Connecticut, USA, Róisín played a major role throughout the World Cup tournament. Together with her team-mates she has achieved something that has never been done before, to bring Ireland to a World Cup Final. We are so proud of her and are looking forward to welcoming her back to MIC in September!’
Róisín’s ability to juggle a demanding programme of study and an equally demanding hockey training schedule is testament to her commitment and drive. Her achievement is even more amazing when you consider she initially showed no interest in hockey when she first picked up a hockey stick as a first year in Crescent College Comprehensive.
According to Róisín; ‘I first started in first year. I wasn't too keen to be honest because I was an avid Gaelic football player but I gave it a go after some persuasion. I really fell in love with it. I started playing for Munster in second year, at under 16s and continued through the age groups, and I started playing with the Irish under 16s in third year.’
By the time she had finished in school, Róisín had starred in two Munster Schools Junior Cup and two Senior Cup winning sides, and travelled to Singapore as vice-captain of the Irish under 17 side to the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
Róisín went on to study at the University of Connecticut on a hockey scholarship and enjoyed a prestigious sporting career in America. Her accolades included Mid-East Region Player of the Year, Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player, a place on the NCAA All-Tournament team, a nomination for the Collegiate Women's Honda Sport Award, and captain of the national title winning UConn hockey team.
Róisín summed up her 2018 Hockey World Cup experience by saying; ‘To my family, friends, the hockey community & Irish sports fans - what a surreal 3 weeks! Thanks for your phenomenal support. To all my coaches that played a part in helping me get here - thank you! To my Dad, Mom, Diarmaid & Seán... we did it! So proud to be Irish’