#IRLWNT early trailblazer honoured

Anne O'Brien relatives at photocall
Photo: @FAIreland

The late Anne O’Brien, an early trailblazer for women’s football in Ireland, has been inducted into the FAI Hall of Fame.

As part of the 2019 ‘Three’ FAI International Awards, family members connected to O’Brien were invited to FAI HQ in Abbotstown to receive the awards.

Dublin-born midfielder O’Brien was a Republic of Ireland international, won six League titles and two Cups during her time playing in Italy.

O’Brien comes from a rich bloodline of Irish footballing talent as she was related to both John Giles and Jimmy Conway, while her nephew, Ger O’Brien, captained St Patrick’s Athletic to FAI Cup glory.

Paul O’Brien, Anne’s brother who accepted the award on her behalf, told fai.ie: “This is a fantastic honour to recognise what Anne did. She would have been delighted with this and our family are very appreciative for it. We’d like to thank the FAI for remembering Anne and what she did in her footballing career.”

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