PicACiara Grant, the Republic of Ireland’s most capped women’s footballer, last week announced her retirement from international football. She is by far Waterford’s most decorated footballer having won nine Premier League titles, seven FA Cup medals, six League Cup medals and an UEFA Cup medal.
Ciara, who will be 35 on May 17, was captain of the Senior Women’s Team for the past seven years. She won a record-breaking 105 caps and scored 11 goals during a 17 year period having made her debut as teenager in a 3-1 win over the Faroe Islands.
Her last appearance in an Ireland jersey was the 2-0 win away to Israel in a Euro 2013 qualifier last September. “I’ve had a great 17 years since I won my first cap against the Faroe Islands,” Ciara said.
“It was a hard decision to make but now is the right time to make it as the team is starting to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers. I have made some great friends from the players I played with and I also played with and against some great players during my career.