Mayo legend Christina Heffernan will be officially inducted into the Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s Hall of Fame at the TG4 All Star awards night, in association with Lidl, on Saturday November 16.
Having lost a series of All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-finals in heart-breaking fashion, Mayo and Christina finally got over the line in 1999 to contest their very first Senior decider.
Not content with that, Mayo would then embark on a spell that saw them contest five successive Finals, with four victories achieved (1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003).
Mayo had won an All-Ireland B title in 1993, when Christina’s inter-county career was in its infancy, but the All-Ireland Senior title was always the aim for Christina and her Mayo team-mates.
In 2002, Christina, a seven-time All Star recipient, also had the immense honour of captaining Mayo to the All-Ireland Senior title.
Christina cites the constant support of family as a big part of her ability to forge a successful career as a Ladies Gaelic Footballer.
Married to Raymond Connelly, himself a former Mayo player, the couple have three children; Ava (8), Leah (6) and Seán (3).
Named on the TG4 Team of the Decade in 2001, Christina Heffernan is regarded as one of the finest players ever to grace our game.
Long after she thought her days of winning awards were done, Christina is deservedly back in the limelight, and she is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.