Aisling on a mission
JUNIOR CERT. student Aisling Cronin is Austria bound on a sporting mission after finishing the last of her examinations at the Loreto School in Wexford. The talented teenager has been chosen to play hockey for Ireland by the selectors of the national Under-16 team.
The hard-working midfielder has already been playing the game for about eight years in the junior section at Wexford hockey club. And she was to the fore this season as she helped her school to reach two cup finals, only to suffer the disappointment of defeat on both occasions.
Aisling sets off on July 3 for the European championships in Austria where Ireland are due to play Italy and the Czech Republic as well as tackling one of the continent's hockey super powers, the Netherlands. She is daughter of Mary and Kevin Cronin, resident in Piercestown where she also turns out for St. Martin's on the camogie pitch.
The selection of someone from the south-east is a rarity these days, as most Irish squads are dominated by representatives of Dublin and Ulster schools, with a scattering of Munster players. However, her rise to prominence has come as no great surprise to Loreto P.E. teacher Elaine Kinsella.
'Aisling is a talented player and very fast,' commented Elaine, 'and she is very dedicated'. She also pointed out that hockey in the south-east has been boosted by the availability of an astroturf surface at the C.W.C.W. in Enniscorthy.