Mags D’Arcy wants female coaches in men’s hurling to be normalised (Ireland)
At the end of it all, she’s uncomfortably aware that her gender kind of is a story. Wexford’s Mags D’Arcy, four-time All-Ireland winner and twice goalkeeping All Star, has an extensive coaching CV but her position as a woman working with a men’s team, the county hurlers, sometimes appears to be treated as an anomaly.
“Yeah, there seems to be a bit of an echo in the room, to be honest,” she says. “I’d like for it to be normalised. I don’t want headlines; I really don’t want headlines but it seems to come with the territory.
“I go about my job and look, I’ve been told that it has inspired other girls and other females to get involved, that it’s given them the confidence to get involved. If it does inspire others, that’s great but my primary objective is to be involved and to win games.
“I’m a winner. I’m really competitive; that’s just in my nature. Do I want the conversation to continue? Not really. I’d like it to be normalised.”
She is happier talking about her work as a goalkeeping coach with Wexford, a spot-lit role you’d imagine under a manager David Fitzgerald who was one of the best ‘keepers in what was a golden age in the 1990s and 2000s for the position.
“I’m loving it,” she says. “I’m really enjoying it, the high performance element to the environment. Look, Davy’s no fool. I’m competent at what I do; I’m professional in my role. He doesn’t entertain substandard work nor do I. That’s kind of where it stands. To be honest, he’s been a real mentor for me through it all.”
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