Mooney's Hyundai Deansgrange are delighted to announce Deirdre Duke as brand ambassador for this year. Deirdre is local to our Deansgrange showroom and represents Ireland in hockey.
Deirdre Duke is a multi-talented player who has won an All-Ireland Under-14 Ladies' Football Championship with Dublin and played for the Republic of Ireland women's national under-17 football team, where she played alongside Ciara Grant, Naomi Carroll, and Dora Gorman. In her early years, she and Emily Beatty helped Alexandra College win the Leinster Schoolgirls Senior Cup in 2011. They defeated a St. Andrew's College team that included Gillian Pinder in the final.
Deirdre Duke has 146 caps, receiving her first one in June 2013 when she played against Scotland. She currently plays for Old Alex, former clubs being Three Rock Rovers, Hermes, UCD, Northeastern Huskies (USA), Düsseldorfer HC (Germany). Off the field, Deidre is a trainee solicitor.
She went on to win a slew of titles with UCD, including eight on the national stage and led them to a treble in 2017. UCD defeated Cork Harlequin in the Irish Senior Cup final that season, and she scored the game-winning goal. A year later, she was captain when UCD defeated Pegasus 4–0 to retain the cup.
Her time at UCD was cut short by a year with the Northeastern Huskies. When Duke was in Boston for the 2013 marathon, the festivities were disrupted by a terrorist attack. She was standing near the second bomb's detonation point, but she had fled the area only half an hour before the explosions.
Duke confirmed she will be joining Düsseldorfer Hockey Club for the 2018–19 season after her performances with Ireland at the 2018 Women's World Cup, and she reached the German final four playoffs with the club.
Duke played for Ireland at the Under-16, Under-18, and Under-21 levels before making her senior debut in June 2013 against Scotland. Duke was a member of Ireland's 2015 Women's EuroHockey Championship II winning team, which defeated the Czech Republic 5–0 in the final.
But it was at the 2018 World Cup when she really shined. She scored twice against the United States on July 21, 2018, as Ireland won their first pool round game 3–1. She also played in the pool games against India and England, as well as the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals against India, Spain, and the Netherlands.
Duke was named as a travelling reserve for the EuroHockey Championships this year, but after Sarah Torrans was ruled out due to injury, she went into the starting lineup. For her shot against England, she was awarded the official "Goal of the Tournament."
Deirdre Duke will be driving the Hyundai i30 N-Line this year as she trains for and participates in the World Hockey Championship. All the staff of Mooney's Garage wish Deirdre the best of luck in the coming months.