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The Big Ask with rugby player Claire McLaughlin: 'I had a heart procedure just before I won my first Ireland cap'

In this week's interview, we talk to Ireland rugby player Claire McLaughlin (28), a doctor who is currently working in A&E at the Ulster Hospital

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On the ball: Claire McLaughlin playing for Ireland against New Zealand

On the ball: Claire McLaughlin playing for Ireland against New Zealand

On the ball: Claire McLaughlin playing for Ireland against New Zealand

Q Tell us about your childhood?

A I grew up on a farm outside Bushmills - my dad John had a fencing business and is also a beef and sheep farmer. My mum Pamela was a primary school teacher and is semi-retired now, and I have two brothers, David and Jonathan.

We had a wonderful childhood growing up in the country, following dad around the farm, and having lots of friends round. We were lucky to have very supportive parents who lifted and laid us and took us to all sorts of activities - Irish dancing, piano lessons, violin, and took my brothers to rugby.


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