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Irish Women’s Senior Hockey Team – Serena Barr’s Favourite Things

Irish Women’s Senior Hockey Team – My Favourite Things

If you’ve been keeping an eye on our social media, you’ll have seen our My Favourite Things posts. We got touch with some of the Hockey Ireland Senior Women’s team and some have shared their favourite things with us!


Name: Serena Barr

Position: Defender

Number of Cap’s for Ireland: 22

What club do you play for? Belfast Harlequins

Where is your hometown? Lurgan

 The memory? There are so many. Probably my first cap with the team, having it in Chile, alongside my twin sister, Beth was something special. Also qualifying for the Olympics in such nail biting fashion in Dublin was so special, and having my whole family, my 93 year old Poppa included, in the stands shouting, is something I won’t forget.

The person? Jesus – If you know Him, you’ll know why I say this. If anyone can change your life He can. I couldn’t face anything head on without the knowledge of having Him go with me.

The gadget? I’m not much of a gadget person, so just my phone really

The advice? My sister Charlene’s favourite verse was Roman’s 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us”. We found this written all over her diaries when she passed away and it was the reason behind her grit and determination. She only had the strength to get through all that life threw at her because God strengthened her and because she was living for an Audience of One, God. So this is the best piece of advice I think anyone can live by.

Also, I would say, never give up, your only limit is your mind, you can do as much as your mind allows you to.

The song? Blinded by your grace – Stormzy

The hobby? Apart from hockey, I love to bake, cook and play badminton

The movie? How to lose a guy in 10 days – love a romcom

The book? I’m not much of a bookworm, but I enjoy a thriller or murder mystery. On hockey trips books always do the rounds so there’s always good book swaps going on

The hero? My older sister Charlene, who had Cystic Fibrosis. She had such perseverance, determination and grit throughout her illness. When her health deteriorated and she went on the Double Lung transplant list she had to drop out of school, yet she didn’t let this deter her and faced it head on, she decided if she couldn’t go to school with her illness, she would use her time to raise money so others could go to school in Uganda where she had been a year previous with our family. That was the birth of Charlene’s Project and now we are working with 8 primary schools in one district in Uganda and also have 2 schools in Guatemala and are working with 2 schools on the Turkey Syria border for refugees

The place? Uganda, 100%

The cheat treat? Anything chocolate

The Saba dish? Xao Hao Lo (beef fillet) or Gaeng Karee Fuktong with chicken


Which team member would you like to hear from next? We’ll be adding a new My Favourite Things to the blog every month!

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