Cora Staunton

  • Carnacon are Mayo county champions for the 20th year in-a-row after a convincing win against Bohola Moy Davitts.

    It finished in Swinford Amneity Park 3-11 to 0-8 to the star-studded team from West Mayo.

    Carnacon's talisman Cora Staunton made a nice cameo off the bench, scoring with her first touch.

    They will look to rediscover the form of 2017 which brought them back an All-Ireland title.


  • Cora Staunton looks to be close to returning to action after suffering a horrendous double leg break during the summer in an Aussie Rules Game.

    Initial scans of her injury at the time confirmed that the four-time All-Ireland winner broke both the tibia and fibula bones in her right leg, according to her Australian Football League Women's (AFLW) club Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants.

    The injury was considered to be a threat to her Aussie Rules career, but the 37-year-old appears to making great strides in her recovery.

    A video published by the GWS Giants shows the Carnacon native doing a running drill, some five months after sustaining the horrible injury.

    The 11-time All-Star first signed for the Giants in 2017 and is now heading for her third campaign with the club after recently signing a new contract.

  • Mayo Ladies star Cora Staunton has confirmed the dates for the publication of her autobiography.

    Game Changer will be published on October 18th this year and it is now available for pre-order with Easons.

  • Lidl Ireland invest over €125,000 in this new initiative which aims to reduce the drop-off rate in sport participation amongst girls aged 11-14 years.


    The ‘Serious Support’ Programme will see 33 chosen schools across Ireland partner with one of Lidl’s ten athlete mentors who are current or former elite-level ladies Gaelic football players.


    Three of the mentors involved are Lucy Hannon and Sinead Burke of Galway and Mayo’s Cora Staunton.


    All schools involved will receive talks, workshops from their mentors and will then undertake a Ladies Gaelic Football project of their own throughout the year, applying the concepts they’ve learnt through the workshops.

  • Cora Staunton has likened to a "witch hunt" the Mayo County Board's actions against her club.

    The County Board have appealed against Carnacon's reinstatement to the League and Championship.

    They expelled the All Ireland Champions after eight of their members walked away from the Mayo Senior panel citing 'player welfare issues'.

    Legendary forward Staunton was among those and feels it is illogical to punish everyone connected with the club.

  • Mayo’s Cora Staunton notched up a tally of four goals to help Greater Western Sydney Giants to a 48-28 victory over West Coast Eagles in the Women’s AFL.

    The Carnacon footballer scored the hosts' first two goals in the space of two minutes before adding two more to seal a victory by 20 points.

    Grace Kelly was in action for the opposition, making one tackle and managing seven disposals, while Tipperary's Aishling McCarthy also contributed 12 disposals and seven tackles for the Eagles.

  • Cora Staunton has returned to training with the Mayo ladies football panel ahead of their Connacht Final against Galway.

    The 11-time All-Star will be playing in her 23rd consecutive Championship campaign.

    Staunton missed Mayo's run to the League Final as she was in Australia playing for the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the women's A-F-L.

    The 36-year-old will return to Sydney for a second season in November.

  • Carnacon and Mayo player Cora Staunton has signed a new deal with the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

    Staunton is only back from playing with the club about six weeks, in a stint where she enjoyed huge success.

    She confirmed the news at Carnacon’s All-Ireland victory dinner dance last night and this morning the GWSG posted a statement confirming the news also. 

    Cora will link up with the club at the end of the year when her club and county duties have concluded here. 

  • Cora Staunton is staying with the Greater Western Sydney Giants for a third season.

    The 11-time All-Star has joined Donegal's Yvonne Bonner is signing a new contract with the Giants.

    Cora enjoyed another solid season with the Giants in 2019 and has resigned for another year.

  • Former Mayo star Cora Staunton has suffered a double leg break playing Aussie Rules for her club the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

    Cora has been playing for the club for the past two seasons. The Giants confirmed that Cora had suffered a break to both the tibia and fibula bones in her right leg.

    She will undergo tests to establish the full extent of the injury before she has surgery.

    Cora recently signed  a new contract with the club to play with them in 2020.

  • Mayo forward Sarah Rowe has joined Women's AFL club Collingwood in Melbourne. She has become the second Ladies Gaelic footballer to join the WAFL and the second Mayo player after team-mate Cora Staunton to try her luck in the recently formed Women's AFL. Now in its third year, the WAFL has been a massive success and Rowe told Midwest Radio how much she is looking forward to joining up with the club.

    The former underage international soccer star and LGFA All Star nominee in 2017 explained how she sought advice from former Collingwood and Down player Marty Clarke who gave her an insight to the Magpies while she also revealed that she will not be turning her back on Mayo Ladies either, with the 2019 championship campaign very much in her sights. She also revealed how she battled throughout the 2018 campaign with a serious shoulder injury. Listen to the full interview with Midwest Radio below.  

  • Seven Mayo footballers have been named among the top 50 ladies footballers listed in the Irish Independent.

    Mayo legend Cora Staunton tops the charts of journalist Cliona Foley's personal choice of the top ladies footballers over the past 5 decades.

    Mayo's Claire Egan, sisters Christina and Marcella Heffernan, Niamh Kindlon, Helena Lohan and Diana O'Hora are also included in the top 50.

  • Mayo football legend Cora Staunton says the vote to combine the Women's Gaelic Players Association and the GPA is a huge step towards equality in ladies football.

    Inter-county players from both organisations have voted to merge into a single 4,000-member body.

    The votes took place at separate EGMs last night, with 96% of WGPA delegates voting in favour and 100% of GPA delegates doing so.

    Speaking from Perth, Cora Staunton said it's  hugely significant and a monumental day for both associations.


  • Mayo’s Sarah Rowe has been named AFLW Irish Player of the year.

    16 Irish women lined out competitively Down Under this season and the AFL Ireland Women’s team tracked their statistics in relation to goals, disposals, kicks, handballs, marks and tackles across each of the six rounds. 

    The Kilmoremoy footballer, who was representing the Collingwood Magpies, came out on top ahead of Aisling McCarthy of Tipperary (Western Bulldogs) and Carnacon’s Cora Staunton (GWS Giants).

    Kilfian’s Aileen Gilroy who plays for North Melbourne came fourth.

    It is a tremendous achievement to see three Mayo players in the top five.

  • TG4 have announced that the station will broadcast weekly matches and highlights from the upcoming Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) season.

    The NAB AFL Women’s Competition begins on the last weekend of January with fourteen teams battling it out over twelve weekends to see who will reach the Grand Final in April.

    The agreement between TG4 and the Australian Football League (AFL) will see matches being broadcast deferred each weekend as well as weekly highlights.

    The coverage will begin on TG4 on Saturday 30th January at 5.10pm.

    There will be fourteen Irish players playing in this season's NAB AFL Women’s Competition which is Australia's national semi-professional Australian Rules Football league for female players. 

    There are five players from Mayo in the league.

    The Kelly sisters Niamh & Grace both play for the West Coast Eagles, Aileen Gilroy is with North Melbourne, Cora Staunton of the Great Western Sydney Giants and Sarah Rowe of Collingwood.

    Meanwhile, Aine Tighe from Leitrim plays for the Freemantle Dockers.

    AFL Head of Women’s Football Nicole Livingstone said she was pleased with the announcement and looked forward to the NAB AFL Women’s Competition being broadcast in Ireland.  “We are proud to expand the AFLW broadcast to Ireland, a significant announcement for Australian Football given the impact Irish footballers have had on the NAB AFL Women’s Competition,” Ms. Livingstone said.

    “We have 14 Irish players currently on AFLW lists and it is great to know that their family and friends back home will be able to watch them in action this season.”

    TG4's Head of Sport Rónán Ó Coisdealbha said: "We are extremely pleased that TG4 have agreed a deal with the Australian Football League (AFL) to broadcast matches from the NAB AFL Women’s Competition. There are a lot of players from Ireland who play in the AFLW and we would like to thank the AFL for giving us the opportunity to showcase their sport in Ireland."

  • After three rounds of the AFL Women's league there are two Mayo players at the top of the Irish Player of the Year Leader board.

    Aileen Gilroy is in second position while Cora Staunton is currently placed fifth with Tipperary's Aisling McCarthy leading the pack.

  • Up to ten players on the Mayo Ladies senior football squad have walked out ahead of their All Ireland SFC qualifier clash with Cavan on Saturday next.

    That’s according to a front page story in today’s Mayo News.

    Among the players who have withdrawn from the squad are team captain Sarah Tierney, vice captain Fiona McHale and all time leading scorer Cora Staunton.  Team selector Michael McHale has also opted out.

    The Mayo News understands that the players who have left the squad are citing player welfare issues as the reason behind their decision.

    Mayo Ladies GAA Board PRO Susan Rodgers confirmed to the paper that players had left the squad in the last week.

    The team is due to train again tonight before playing Cavan in Clones on Saturday in the first round of the All Ireland Qualifier group stage.