My Kildare Life: Kildare footballer Grace Clifford

Grace talks about her life and loves

Sarah Peppard

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Sarah Peppard

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My Kildare Life: Kildare footballer Grace Clifford

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Grace is the daughter of Mary and Tommy Clifford. She attended Rathmore NS and secondary school in St Marys College, Naas. Grace is an only child — but has 68 first cousins on her mam’s side of the family.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST KILDARE MEMORY?

It has to be the annual Eadestown Field day held in Punchestown Racecourse every September! It is definitely one of my earliest memories in Kildare as the whole Parish and surrounds would attend the event. You wouldn’t dream of missing it. There is something for everyone there. It was and still is a great day out.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT KILDARE?

Kildare as a county has a great sporting tradition, there is such a passion and love for GAA in particular. I find the support for the ladies team and well wishes from people across Kildare is brilliant. People put aside club rivalries and come together in support of Kildare teams. We know how lucky we are as a team, in that we get excellent coverage across a number of media platforms and that means so much to us. It’s great for the future of women playing sport in Kildare.

WHAT'S YOUR IDEAL DAY SPENT IN KILDARE?

Before a big game, I like to keep busy. I love going for brunch with friends then maybe head over to Whitewater for a bit of shopping. I always like to go by the Curragh when I’m going to Newbridge because there’s always so many people out and about there. It’s really a part of Kildare that is unique to everywhere else in the country.

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT?

I work as a recruitment consultant with a great company called Leinster Appointments which is located in Naas Town Centre. This means I have a great selection of lovely places in Naas to choose for my lunch, my two favorites have to be Harvest Kitchen and Swan’s. For brunch at the weekends, the Elms in Punchestown is always brilliant. On the rare occasion I have an evening free, I love the Dew Drop in Kill. But we are so lucky in Kildare to have so many nice places to choose from.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AS CAPTAIN OF KILDARE LADIES FOR 2019?

I’m looking forward to what I hope will be a very successful year for us as a team. There’s a great spirit and camaraderie among the team which certainly makes my job a lot easier. The profile of ladies football in Kildare has grown immensely over the past few years and I know it will continue to do so. Ladies sport is really in the spotlight lately. The ongoing support of people around the county is just brilliant and I am delighted to be a part of that.