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Women’s National Team lace up to support Breast Cancer Ireland

The Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team have shown their support for Breast Cancer Ireland’s “Lace Up for a Cure” campaign by wearing pink laces during training this week as they prepare for tomorrow’s vital World Cup qualifier against Germany at Tallaght Stadium.

The campaign, which will officially launch later this year, is being spearheaded by Peamount United defender and former Ireland international Susan Byrne who lost her mother Philomena to breast cancer in April of last year. 

As a sportsperson, Byrne was aware of how players and athletes like to decorate their sporting equipment and personalise their footwear. Since debuting the laces in a Bus Éireann Women’s National League game against Raheny United in March, Byrne has been inundated with requests, not just from the sporting community but across the board by people who wish to lend their support and wear these pink laces. The Peamount defender and her team-mates drove her campaign on Twitter through the use of the hashtag #keepthehopealive

Her Peamount United team-mate Aine O’Gorman, who is a member of the Women’s National Team squad, suggested to her team-mates when they gathered this week to prepare for the Germany game that they should join the campaign and got an enthusiastic response.

“All the girls, the manager Sue Ronan and the backroom team were up for it and they all had the laces in their boots at training this week. It was a great idea by Sue Byrne and it’s really caught on among other teams in the Women’s National League and some of the League of Ireland players also want to get involved as well. It’s a great cause and we as players are delighted to help. Most of us are going to wear them against Germany tomorrow as well,” said O’Gorman.

Byrne, who won nine caps and scored two goals for Ireland during her senior international career, said: “I was delighted when Aine told me that all the girls in the national team were supporting the campaign. It is because of my mother’s inspiring and heroic fight that I was motivated to get involved with Breast Cancer Ireland and come up with a fundraising idea to help support cancer research and raise awareness about this devastating disease”

Professor Arnie Hill, Professor of Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons and Chairman of Breast Cancer Ireland commented: “We know from studies that breast cancer if detected early has a much more positive survival outcome.  Our hope is that by encouraging women to become breast aware, they will be more familiar with the natural changes in their breasts throughout their monthly cycle,

and they will in turn recognise any abnormalities should they arise.”

Aisling Hurley, Director of Development at Breast Cancer Ireland also commented:  “We were delighted when Susan came to us with her idea last month and we are currently putting plans in place to have the laces widely available in retail outlets as soon as we can.”

There are a limited number of laces available through www.breastcancerireland.com and they are priced at €5 each. Further information about Breast Cancer Ireland can also be obtained from @BreastCancerIre and facebook.com/breastcancerireland.  

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