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Skates on for roller derby league

A group of sports fans are urging people to get their skates on for the country's first roller derby league.

The Dublin Roller Girls have put the wheels in motion for a new contest to celebrate the all-female activity.

The group of miniskirt-wearing, punk music-loving athletes are hunting for recruits to join their squad - but slacker skaters need not apply.

"It might look very fun and theatrical but the training is really full-on," founding member Christine O'Connor warned.

"It's no roller disco - it takes about three months to get your fitness and endurance up so you're ready to compete."

Competitors skate around an oval track, with points scored as players lap members of an opposing team.

Any female over 18 is invited to join the group, whose 15 members include a teacher, a legal assistant and a wine importer.

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