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Celebrating International Women's Day with five of the best achievements over the last week

Clonduff players celebrate their triumph
Clonduff players celebrate their triumph
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Today is International Women's Day, and what better way to celebrate than by looking back at five of the best achievements from women over the last week?

There have been no shortage of exceptional successes from the last week, and here are some that have really stood out:

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Slaughtneil’s co-captains Grainne O’Kane and Siobhan Bradley lift the All-Ireland trophy
 

Slaughtneil and Clonduff camogs have dual Championship success

What a weekend it was for Ulster camogie as not only did Slaughtneil make history in the Senior Championship, but Clonduff also had their own Croke Park success in the Intermediate Championship.

Slaughtneil's girls were on top form as they made it three consecutive All-Ireland titles by beating Wexford club St Martin's in the final, becoming the first club from a county not operating at senior level to do so.

Tina Hannon was once again their talisman, scoring a goal and six points on their way to a 1-9 0-7 win, earning player-of-the-match for the second year running.

Meanwhile, in the Intermediate final, Clonduff also tasted silverware as they got the better of Waterford side Gailltír in the final by the narrowest of margins, 0-10 to 0-9.

Captain Paula Gribben led from the front in an all-action display for the Down heroes, while the Carr sisters, Sara-Louise and Fionnuala, added four points between them on the way to glory.

Read the game report from Slaughtneil's incredible triumph here: Game report

Here, Declan Bogue gives an insight into both camps as to how they had success: Inside the success

And here he makes the case for both teams getting more exposure in mainstream media: Slaughtneil and Clonduff deserve more recognition

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Just champion: Banbridge Academy captain Nadia Benallal receives the Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools’ Cup from INM Publishing Director NI, Sarah Little

Banbridge Academy win the Belfast Telegraph Hockey Schools' Cup

Banbridge Academy and Ballyclare High treated us to a thrilling Schools' Cup final at Lisnagarvey as last year's beaten finalists went one better this time around, winning 2-1.

Ellen Reid was the winner for Bann, scoring the only goal of the second half to lead the Academy to victory, after Katie McDonald's first half strike had cancelled out Rebecca Walker's opener for Ballyclare.

In front of a huge crowd at Garvey, it was a fantastic game, and both sides could easily have won the game - Laura Chestnutt was in exceptional form in goal for Ballyclare, while Molly Mathers was another stand-out for Bann.

Banbridge will now go on to represent Ulster in the Kate Russell All-Ireland Championship later this year, and their boys' team could complete a rare double should they go on to win this year's Burney Cup too.

Relive all the action from our live blog and read the match report right here: Schools' Cup final - as it happened

Match-winner Reid said her penalty corner practice paid off: Practice makes perfect!

And captain Nadia Benallel is eager for Bann's boys to finish the job: We'll be cheering on the boys, says Benallel

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Rachel Furness

Northern Ireland take bronze at the Alanya Cup

With victory over Uzbekistan in the third/fourth placed play-off, Northern Ireland returned home from Turkey with a bronze medal for their efforts at the Alanya Gold City Cup.

Reading Ladies striker Rachel Furness was in scintillating form, scoring six goals in just four games, as Alfie Wylie's girls did themselves proud by securing silverware.

Here's the report from the third-placed play-off: NI 2-1 Uzbekistan

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Third spot: Ciara Mageean

Ciara Mageean wins bronze at European Indoor Championships

Although British legend Laura Muir dominated the 1,500m race at the European Indoors, it was still a fantastic race for Portaferry's Ciara Mageean, who brought home third-place in the race.

The 26-year-old was so close to making it silver too, battling it out with Poland's Sofia Ennaoui right until the end for second-place, only to be pipped at the post by her rival.

However, it was still a phenomenal result for Mageean, with this Northern Ireland's first ever European Indoor medal.

She spoke to Brian Hill after the race, and you can read that interview right here: Mageean wins bronze

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Lydia Boylan

Lydia Boylan wins cycling silver at World Track Championships

On the whole, Ireland had an excellent return at the World Track Championships in Poland, but Northern Ireland's Lydia Boylan produced a brilliant effort to take silver in the Points Race.

Boylan had already won the intermediate sprint of the 25km race at the velodrome and led nearest challenger Alexandra Manly by two points after picking up extra points for lapping the field.

But, in the final sprint, Boylan couldn't pick up any points and was agonisingly pipped by Manly, who secured the three points she needed to win by one.

Nevertheless, it was still a fantastic result, and here's Boylan's thoughts on her performance: Boylan takes silver

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