She picked up her first All-Ireland senior medal in 2013, lining out at wing-back for the maroon and white, and this week the Mullagh lady is getting set for yet another big test. Old foes Wexford stand in the way of Galway’s second All-Ireland camogie final appearance in three years (Saturday, 3.30pm, Nowlan Park).
“Last year proved how difficult it is to win back-to-back titles,” said the primary school teacher. “We came up against a really strong Kilkenny team in the semi-final, but I never remember any semi-final being easy and Wexford will present a major challenge.”
The season so far has gone well for the Tribeswomen. They are the league champions and in topping their group section of the championship, they have already defeated the Slaneysiders in Innovate Wexford Park.
“But we must remember that was a really bad day, weather-wise. We would also be aware they were a bit depleted due to injuries. We are preparing for a big battle.
“The likes of Tara Kenny, she is settling in well in the back line, she progressed from the intermediate team. Ailish O’Reilly is becoming more established now in attack. Catherine Finnerty is another young girl, this is her first year at senior level and she is showing good form as well.”
Cahalan had to battle back from a knee injury in recent years and is enjoying full fitness again.
“Back to myself now — just my old age,” she jokes. “I only came back into the panel around the end of May. I took my time because I wanted to get over a long year with the club. I have been coming on in most of the games. I am playing fine but our backs have been excellent all year. So you couldn’t move any of them. I would be happy to make an impact if needed.”
No such good fortune for Orlaith McGrath and Ann Marie Starr. “Orlaith is a big loss at centre-forward. Ann Marie has a badly broken arm since the Offaly game. Unfortunately, this is a serious injury as well. These are two big losses up front. We are trying to cope without them and the girls have stepped up.”