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Four-leaf family: An unlikely AFLW Irish household

Take a look inside the home of four Irish recruits from three different clubs

FOUR players, three clubs and one household. What could possibly go wrong?

Throw in the fact the quartet have come across from Ireland to take part in the NAB AFLW season, and this isn't your regular footy family.

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North Melbourne duo Mairead Seoighe and Aileen Gilroy, Carlton's Joanne Doonan and Western Bulldog Aisling McCarthy have spent the 2020 season living together, just a stone's throw away from McCarthy's second home of VU Whitten Oval.

Four-leaf family: A sharehouse with an Irish twist

04:28 Apr 3. 2020. 6:00 AM

We look at the unusual dynamic of four irish housemates playing for three different AFLW teams

McCarthy had already played at the Dogs in 2019, but the other three quickly fell into the routine of AFLW and living with their new housemates.

"We've all got different, kind of, strengths. Mairead is obviously Mammy. She knows what's happening all the time; buses, training, everything," Gilroy said.

I'm definitely grateful to have the girls over here because it's just that wee piece of home whenever you do get that homesick sometimes

Joanne Doonan

"She'll have it all organised. She's always keeping us on our toes."

Seoighe agrees, saying it was a role she quickly fell into.

"I started doing the cooking and whatnot, and would be trying to get them out the door when we're going to places [to make sure we're] on time."

The household only had one car, which saw McCarthy walk to training, while Doonan drove to Arden Street to drop off the Kangaroos before making her way to Ikon Park.

"We've all got similar struggles when we're out [in Australia] training, especially for me, because I'm the only Irish at the club," Doonan said.

"You come back and we're all talking about the same issues, so it's nice to have that kind of outlet. 

"Our house is kind of like a rollercoaster of emotions. You know you could be on a high one week from playing and then, like with selection and different things that are out of our control, it's good to have the girls there to talk about it. 

"I'm definitely grateful to have the girls over here because it's just that wee piece of home whenever you do get that homesick sometimes."

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