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GAA: Bronagh taking time out before deciding on future

By John Campbell

Bronagh O'Donnell has just spent what she describes as "three long years " as part of the Armagh ladies football team.

And that's why she is in no rush to make any decision in relation to her future involvement in the side.

"A number of the players are taking time out at the present - we have been going non-stop in the league and championship for quite a spell now," points out Bronagh, an audiolgist at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

With Armagh managerless just now, the squad that has been together for some years is now effectively in limbo.

"Whoever is appointed manager will want to make his or her own choices. For the moment, we are all enjoying the break away from the pressures of the game," adds Bronagh.

It was two years ago that Armagh clinched the All Ireland Junior title before competing in the Senior championship for the first time last year when they defied the odds to reach the final in which they were beaten by Cork by a solitary point.

It was a heartbreaking outcome for the side as a whole and for Bronagh in particular as captain.

"We were all gutted but that's sport. We had hoped to make up for it this year but Tyrone beat us," states Bronagh.

She is still very much involved with the Crossmaglen Rangers club, though.

And in this respect, too, she tasted defeat when Clan Eireann proved superior in the county final.

"We could not argue with the result. Clan Eireann deserved their success - maybe their team will provide some of the players for the new county squad," admits Bronagh.

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