Limerick’s Martina McMahon recently completed the most sensational year in GAA Handball history for any Irish player, male or female. Along with captaining the Irish Ladies’ team, in 2018 McMahon won all three major titles in Ireland across the three codes of Handball (4-wall, 1-wall, softball). On top of that, she became the first player to win both the World 4-Wall and World 1-Wall titles in the same year.
McMahon’s success embodies GAA Handball’s aim to provide equal support and promotion for all handball athletes regardless of gender. In 2018, a new Ladies Masters (40+) grade was added to the Irish Nationals for the first time to provide continued playing opportunities for ladies. Similarly, other yearly events such as the “She’s Ace” Ladies Only Festival, Girls’ Interprovincial Championship, and Mother & Daughter Doubles Tournament (now infamous within the Handball community) continue to provide unique opportunities and encourage females of all ages to play. Additionally, the Elite Ladies’ Finals and Elite Men’s Finals are held on the same programme, gathering greater attendance for both with an HD live stream of all major Ladies’ Finals available free of change on Facebook Live.
To read McMahon’s latest interview with The Irish Times click here.
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