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Article on Siobhan from Herald (Tues 19-08)

posted Jun 28, 2011, 1:26 PM by Kevin Brassil
22nd August 2008

Just over four weeks ago Siobhan Curran was happily living and working on the edge of the jungle in the central American state of Belize.

Tonight the 28-year-old Raheny linchpin will have to put all thoughts of snakes, tarantulas and scorpions behind her when she faces the formidable challenge of Erin's Isle in the first game in Group A of the Olhausen Senior A camogie championship.

It's a huge game for both sides as victory in this three-team group (Ballyboden St Endas is the other side) will provide a massive lift for the winner in their bid for a semi-final spot. The sides can boast of a win apiece in the recent league campaign in their respective head to heads.

For the Raheny side, coached by Brian Kavanagh and Ciarán Dunne, a win could provide the route to a historic breakthrough as the St Anne's Park-based outfit has never reached the last four of the senior A championship.

Siobhan says: "It would be a fantastic boost for the team if we could make the semi finals. We were relegated to senior B a few years back. It was a blessing in disguise as since then we have been steadily improving and we won the B championship in 2006 when we beat Judes."

Next month the UCD Social Science graduate will take up a position as a human rights worker with Amnesty International. Her deep interest in this field recently brought her to Belize in Central America where she spent six months doing voluntary work, undertaking a research project for Galen University on access to health services and teaching soccer to 10-14 year old schoolboys and girls.

The journey to Belize began last October when along with Raheny clubmate Eimear McMunn, she headed for Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia. Her return leg saw her visit Guatemala and Mexico.

"Before I left home I had arranged some voluntary work in a small town in Belize called San Ignacio." Far away from the world of camogie? "No, a friend sent me out a hurl and I used to go for the odd puck around. The locals were fascinated and they all wanted a go. They are a beautiful people and they always have time to say hello if you pass them on the road."

Siobhan came back to Ireland at the end of June and immediately returned to the fray. "I have a bit of fitness to catch up on but I went straight into action playing against Naomh Mearnóg in my first game back. I've played three games since as well as some football matches."

The weather in recent weeks in Dublin has been anything but Caribbean-like. "Last week we had to train on an all-weather pitch. But we are really looking forward to this game and we hope we can deliver," says Siobhan.