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On the occasion of Cadbury’s start as the official partner of the Irish women’s team, captain Katie McCabe is pictured with the players from left, Jadine McDonnell, Evie Bohan, Abby Croke Radley and Chloe Croke Radley, who is visiting their old club Raheny United (details below ). Photo by Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

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Irish captain Katie McCabe hopes the 3-2 win over Australia last month can give her side a kick-start when the World Cup is over – Qualification campaign on Thursday in sold out Tallaght against the second best team in the world, Sweden, begins.

Ireland should already have three points on board, but after the postponement of the first qualifier against Georgia means a trip to Helsinki around next week to fight against Finland that they have to start their campaign with a duel against the two best players.

“This is what international football is about measuring yourself against the best, and there is no better start than against Sweden”, said Arsenal’s formidable star McCabe when the FAI announced a new sponsorship partnership with Cadbury.

“Of course we did have some in the last camp against Australia Worked things and got the rewards. It’s about doing the best you can to get a positive result.

“Of course I enjoy my football, it was a great start to the season for Arsenal, it was a pretty tight schedule, but I hope this form next week and hopefully get results. “

McCabe returned to her old haunts in Kilnamanagh and Raheny over the weekend as the FAI welcomed another big deal on board to unite the emerging sport in the country “When I started playing the internationals in Tallaght, we only got a few hundred, but you could always feel their support, then see them after the game and sign autographs, and even now you saw them Faces, but more now. ” , “She said.

” It’s nice to get this sold out ring going. I would love to see more when the restrictions are lifted. Hopefully we’ll see Tallaght Stadium rock out on Thursday. “

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McCabe appreciates the fact that her team, having missed the European Championship in Great Britain next summer, has to be doubly determined to break through their major tournament break and reach the next World Cup final.

” I turned 18, 19 then and we talked about going to a big tournament, always wanted to do it for the players, the Emma Byrnes, we still haven’t done it and it’s frustrating but I know where we are are on their way.

“The games were tough in the last qualifying round, especially with Covid, but we have got used to playing against top teams in these stressful situations and are ready for Thursday.

“I think the confidence that we can take with us from the game against Australia is what we’re going to look at this week. We’re confident, we have great players and a great organization, we will prepare well and see what happens.” / p> midfield game erin Roma McLaughlin joined the Irish women’s national team ahead of qualifying for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Cadbury is expected to take an active role in supporting the FAI’s strategy, awareness and women’s football in Ireland through generosity, the is synonymous with the brand to keep growing.

Cadbury, whose Irish manufacturing facility is based in Coolock, will seek to support women’s football on a broader scale by improving club facilities while raising the profile of women players in Ireland.

The Raheny United FC senior team will be the first of many women’s grassroots teams in Ireland to receive funding from Cadbury to increase women’s participation. The funding will provide the team with new equipment and help the club and players cover running costs and fees for a year, making it more affordable for individuals to participate in the sport.

On today’s announcement About the partnership, said Eoin Kellett, Managing Director of Mondelez Ireland, “We at Cadbury are delighted to announce our partnership with the Republic of Ireland women’s national team. We have seen the team grow stronger over the past few years and look forward to helping them reach the World Cup in 2023 and beyond.

“We believe this partnership also gives us the responsibility to Developing women’s football – a challenge we are happy to support the FAI with.

“According to Nielsen research, 73% of the general population agree that greater visibility of women’s sport and athletes is critical to the growth of women’s sport.

“We will try to support the FAI in improving football facilities for women and to raise the profile of exemplary role models in this sport.” We are thrilled to partner with Cadbury in an exciting time for women’s sport in Ireland, both at & and off the field have recently We have made significant progress and we are developing all areas of the game to improve structures, increase participation and raise the profile of women players in Ireland, in line with the draft FAI Strategy 2022-2025 / p> “Cadbury is a world-renowned brand that will bring a lot to this partnership to help us influence women’s football at all levels – from grassroots football to the Irish women’s national team. It’s exciting to start this partnership ahead of our FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualification campaign and we look forward to working closely with Cadbury. ”Captain Katie McCabe visited on the occasion of Cadbury’s launch as the official partner of the Irish women’s team their old club Raheny United, whose senior team will be the first of many women’s grassroots teams across Ireland to receive funds from Cadbury to increase women’s participation.

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