On a rare clean sweep weekend for Offaly teams, one name stood out above the rest.

Sure, Niall McNamee made one of his specialist cameos for the footballers against Limerick, providing two cool-as-you-like points to help Offaly over the line in Tullamore.

And the hurlers won their third game in a row when beating Carlow and Oisín Kelly was named on the GAA's team of the week.

But when the final whistle blew at Carlow IT on Sunday, Gráinne Egan of the women’s football team had put up 1-08 of their tally in a 3-16 to 1-16 win.

Not a bad return for the forward but made all the more exceptional by the fact that she had racked up 3-05 for the camogie side just 24 hours earlier in the Littlewoods Ireland National League.

That haul came in a 4-07 to 1-14 win over Dublin, which puts the team through to the knockout stages of the competition.

"I’m delighted, it’s nearly feels like I won an All-Ireland," Egan tells RTÉ Sport with a smile. "My family are telling me to keep my feet on the ground.

"When is the last time that Offaly won in all four codes in the one weekend.

"It’s fantastic for the teams I’m involved with but more so for the county as a whole.

"Over the last few years the headlines about Offaly GAA have been more negative than positive so it’s brilliant."

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Egan, a school-teacher based in Tullamore, has a hectic schedule and trained every night bar one ahead of the weekend’s double-header.

Both games were on the road so it meant round trips from Tullamore to Dublin on Saturday and Carlow on Sunday. That adds up, too.

The hat-trick in Dublin, in the team’s first outing of the year, was celebrated with a night in.

"On Saturday night I was in a home-made ice bath, I was stretching, I was eating all the protein and carbs that I could, I was sleeping in compression leggings," says the 25-year-old from Shinrone.

"Anything I could do to move the next day.

"It was [team-mate] Michaela Morkan who said to me, 'as soon as you hit 26, it’s downhill from there, you start pulling everything'.

"I’m 26 in a month and I’m feeling it. I don’t recover as quick as I did when I was younger but you have to be clever.

"I think it was Ronan O’Gara who said you don’t train harder when get older, you train smarter. You have to be strong enough and mature enough to say I can’t actually train tonight, I need to rest up or just stretch instead."

Egan is one of two dual players with Offaly and reckons her position on the field, and a few injuries on the camogie side, aided her scoring feats at the weekend.

"Roisin Egan is a dual player as well and I feel a little bit sorry for her," she says.

"She was playing midfield in the camogie and centre-forward in the football and probably covered a lot more ground than me. It’s just the scoreline flatters me.

"I take the frees with my club but Offaly were missing three free-takers, Michaela, Siobhán Flannery and Mairead Teehan would have been ahead of me and they are phenomenal on the frees.

"It was a bit of added pressure.

"But at the weekend we were missing so many players and had a lot of young girls there like Emma Mulrooney, who scored a cracker of a goal.

"Susan [Earner, manager] had us up for it and has instilled a belief that might have been lacking in Offaly for the last number of years.


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"It couldn’t happen either without the management being so good about it. Gary Daly [football] and Susan [camogie] work together. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be possible.

"Last week I trained every night apart from Monday, it’s the same again this week and the same again the next weekend with matches on Saturday and Sunday, so it’s fairly full-on.

"Susan said to me on Saturday ‘we’ve training Tuesday. Don’t even tog out, just come, puck around, take frees or whatever’. They are good that way, they know I’m not messing around.

"If I’m not training it’s because I’m physically wrecked."

The Faithful County have two home games at the weekend and a win for the footballers against Limerick would mean more back-to-back fixtures for Egan. She’s not complaining.

"All things going well we’ll have double games for the next two weekends," she says.

"It’s about balancing it and managing my time.

"Hopefully it will keep going onwards and upwards for Offaly."