In recent years, Ciara Mageean has been making a name for herself with her exploits on the track.

European bronze medallist, both indoors and outdoors, and a 10th-place finish in the fastest 1500m metres ever at last year's World Championship underlines her growing reputation.

The focus was firmly on Tokyo 2020, but that goal will have to wait, with sporting activity across the globe severely curtailed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For now, Mageean is at her base in Manchester. Time to take stock, and reflect on what might have been in terms of representing County Down on the camogie fields.

Speaking to Joanne Cantwell on The Sunday Game, she said: "I grew up playing camogie, athletics wasn't part of my life until I was a teenager. I cut my teeth in sport playing camogie for Portaferry.

"It was my first love and I wouldn't lie if I said it's the sport I love the most. It definitely holds a very special place in my heart. My roots are firmly in the GAA."

On making the call to ultimately opt for athletics, Mageean added: "It was a really tough decision. I started doing athletics in secondary school - Assumption Grammar in Ballinahinch.

"My PE teacher got me into running and cross-country.

"Eventually, I started getting quite good at it and won World and European and Commonwealth Youth medals. At that point people were saying that you shouldn't be playing the camogie quite as much.

"At the age of 18, my last year at minors and playing senior camogie with my club, I decided that was the cut-off point. I stopped playing and focused solely on athletics.

"I was going to make the transition to university as well, so it was the right time. It was really hard, I was down in UCD so it was really hard not to sign up for the camogie team."