Great Irish Sports Stars: Cora Staunton

2 April 2020

This is by far the best book we have ever read. It is about Cora Staunton’s life, both personal and sporting. Cora is a GAA legend in Ladies Football.

The book tells us about the build-up before the games as well as the highs and lows of not just the games but of life as well. Cora went through some tough personal times, but we won’t mention any spoilers. 

When Cora started playing, she played with both boys and girls. She played with Alan Dillon, who went on to play with the Mayo Senior Men’s team.

Cora worked really hard at her skills and practised lots. She even broke a couple of windows when practising at home. She admits that she is hugely competitive and says she had to learn how to deal with losing.

Her choice of secondary school was determined by which school had the best football team. She chose Ballinrobe – where our daddy went to school!

We would highly recommend this book to all sporting enthusiasts, or anyone who wants to be inspired … even if you are not a Mayo fan, which we are! We give this book 10 stars.

Reviewed by Ava and Rachel O’Loughlin, 5th Class, Scoil Mhuire, Newtownforbes,   Co. Longford

P.S. Up Mayo!


Author Eimear Ryan is based in Cork and is a lifelong camogie player. As well as fiction, Eimear also writes a sports column for the Irish Examiner, mostly about the GAA.

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