JANE Adams is a name synonymous with Antrim GAA and on Friday night her tremendous hall of medals and trophies had a new addition as she was inducted into the John Morrison Hall of Fame.
First introduced for the 2012 season, the award honours those who have made a significant impression on the Ulster Club scene and previous inductees have included Oisin McConville (Crossmgalen), Ballycastle’s Eddie Donnelly, former GAA President, the late Sean McCague.
Adams, of course, won an All-Ireland medal with Rossa in 2008 and through her stunning performances with the Saffrons, can lay claim to being perhaps the most famous camog to ever emerge from the
“It feels absolutely amazing, I never thought at this age I would be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Adams said.
“For it to be from Gaelic Life who are going so long and giving back to the clubs and the communities is just brilliant.”
Although previous winners have been inducted for their work with female athletes, Adams becomes the first woman to be recognised – something she said makes it extra special.
“I love being the first at anything,” she said.
“In 2008 we were the first Ulster club to ever win an All-Ireland in the 40-year history competition, so I love being the first woman into this. I like being number one, so I’ll keep trying.”
Female sport continues to grow at a rapid rate in Ireland and across the world, and the GAA is no different.
Adams called on all young camogs and ladies footballers to set high targets and to pursue them with vigour.
“If you can’t see her, you can’t be her.
“All the young ladies at these awards, right across the board, and all the young ladies right across Ireland have to have somebody that they can look up to.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is brilliant as it can lead the way for a lot of young girls who thought this kind of thing couldn’t happen.”