A full plate for a full life... 

Meet our FitrWoman Ambassador and passionate food blogger Sinéad Delahunty.

Following work in a busy Dublin hospital and training on the football field, the kitchen is generally where you will find chartered physiotherapist, Gaelic footballer, food blogger and successful author, Sinéad Delahunty. Gaelic football has always been a major part of Sinéad’s life. She represented her native Tipperary at inter-county level for many years and now plays at club level with Foxrock - Cabinteely in Dublin. She currently shares her food inspiration through her food blog – DELALICIOUS which focuses on inspiring others to fuel their lives through tasty and convenient recipes for everyone.

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Recently we caught up with Sinéad to learn a little more about her as an athlete, how she handles her hectic schedule and to hopefully inspire you to start cooking healthy wholesome meals and get active!

How did you first get involved in sport?

Growing up as the only girl between two boys, I honestly can’t remember the first time playing sport. All I do remember is constantly being outdoors in our garden or down the farm helping my Dad. My parents constantly encouraged me and my brothers to try all types of sport and activity, being a girl was never a barrier to any sport. I first started playing Gaelic Football with my local boys team as there was no girls team at the time.

How did you get to where you are today?

Hard work, persistence and belief I think provided me with a strong sense of self-belief and strength. Great coaches and family support provided the drive to step up to the occasion and the platform to excel at the highest level.

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Who do you admire as a female role model?

Angie McDermott - Angie was captain of the Tipperary Intermediate team back in 2008. It was my first year on the panel as a plucky 17 year old. Angie was a leader both on and off the field with her never say die attitude, endless energy and calmness in the dressing room. A great friend and supporter still to this day despite the age gap shows the true friendships that lie within sport!

What does a typical day in the life of Sinéad Delahunty look like. . .

Training Day:

6.50 am - Get up

7 am - Breakfast

7.40 am - Drive to work

8.30 am - Start work as a Chartered Physiotherapist in a busy Dublin Hospital

11 - 11.15 am - Morning Break

1-1.30 pm - Lunchtime

4.30 pm - Finish work and drive home

5.15 pm - Dinner

6.15 pm - Foam roll/Activation work

6.30 pm - Drive to Training

7.10-8.30 pm - Train

8.30 pm - Drive home, drink milk/water

9 pm - Shower, light snack

10.30 pm - Bedtime

What do you do to chill out in your downtime?

Read, go out for food, create recipes or content for my food blog, spend time with family and friends.

Do you have routines or superstitions before a big game?

I always wear two pairs of socks.

Favourite event?

Dublin Senior Club Championship – always a tight affair with back to back matches over 4 weeks resulting in the four semi-finalists surviving.

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How do you deal with pre-game nerves?

I tend to not get too nervous. I find mental visualisation good to run through match scenarios and gain confidence that you know what to do in any given situation.

What to do if you don’t feel like going to training?

Just go, you will always feel better afterwards. Even if you don’t have the best training session of your life, the energy that you will create both within yourself and gain from others will be worth it!

What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?

The Dublin Club Championship, this is where your year can be made or broken. Without the competitiveness of this championship, my club would not have excelled to the stages that we have over the last four years.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self or to younger athletes out there?

Enjoy every moment as you never know when you will play your last game with any given team, player or in any jersey!

What’s your favourite food or go-to meal?

A weird one but oats! They are grown particularly well here in Ireland and can provide the basis for any meal of the day from breakfast, to a snack to dinner.

How has FitrWoman helped you?

FitrWoman has developed my knowledge and insight into exactly how my menstrual health can both influence and improve my performance as a player on and off the field. It has empowered me to share my own menstrual health issues. I can therefore encourage others to explore their own issues and take control of their menstrual health.

For more on Sinéad and her Delicious recipes, follow her now on:

Twitter: @delaliciousfood 

Instagram: @delaliciousfood

Or check out her website DELALICIOUS


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