Ballyforan girl selected to play for Ireland There was great news this week for Convent of Mercy Roscommon student Anna McCormack as she was told that she is to represent Ireland at U-17 soccer level in a quadrangular international tournament that is to take place in Holland next week. The Ballyforan girl was thrilled at her selection when she spoke to the Roscommon People this week. ‘I went to trials in Dublin over the weekend and must have done OK — I am thrilled that I have been picked’ she said. Anna will travel to Holland for the tournament which will take place from April 1st to the 7th. Ireland will play Sweden, Moldova and the hosts Holland. 40 girls were chosen to attend the trials at the weekend and 18 were selected on the final panel to travel. Anna has been showing promise as a soccer player for some years now and played for Dysart before joining Cam Celtic whom she plays with presently. Anna was also on the Connacht girls team this year and was one of the leading players on the Convent of Mercy School team who lost to Westport in the Connacht final earlier in the year by 4 goals to 2. Anna plays as a striker usually but the Irish team have been using her in a midfield role. ‘I don’t care where I am playing. It’s just a great thrill to be in the squad’ she told me. Anna follows Manchester United and says that she hopes that they win the Premiership and The FA Cup. ‘We might not win the Champions League though!’ she said. Soccer coach at the school Sean Boland told the People that it was a great honour for Anna and for the school that she was chosen to represent her country. ‘She is a great player and she has a fantastic attitude and remember that she is still under 16 this year. We are all very proud of her’ he said. Anna is the daughter of Eamonn and Carmel McCormack (Carmel is a member of the teaching staff at the Convent of Mercy) and lives in Ballyforan. She has three brothers — Eoin, Shane and Eamonn (a former Roscommon county footballer).