Jenny started out playing Gaelic football and soccer when she was six years old, and as there was no local girls’ soccer team she had to join the boys team. At the age of 12 she joined Peamount United, winning the Women's FAI Cup, the league title and also making it to the Champion League qualifiers in 2011.
Gaelic football had always been her main sport growing up and she has been lucky enough to represent her county. She first started playing rugby when she moved to London to go to University falling in love with the sport instantly. She balanced her studies with both Rugby and Gaelic training, earning two British University titles with St Marys and an All Ireland Medal with London club Parnells.
In her third year of playing Rugby Jenny was chosen to represent the Irish Exiles for a friendly warm up game against Ireland. That same year she was picked in the final 22 for Ireland as well the Irish Rugby Sevens team. She eventually had to make the difficult decision to choose between Gaelic Football and Rugby. She chose Rugby and although Jenny will eventually play Gaelic football again, she is firmly focused on Rugby for the time being.
In 2013 they won the Grand Slam, something Ireland had never done before and they had become a core team in the Women’s World Rugby Sevens series. She believes hard work, determination and the ability to not take yourself too seriously is important not just in achieving in sport but in life.
When joining the team as an Athlete Mentor, Jenny said: "I feel privileged to be involved in such a fantastic initiative. Sport has given me so much and now I get the opportunity to share my experiences and what I've learnt with young people across Ireland. The positive impact sport can give is immeasurable, I'm looking forward teaching this to young people, helping them make the right choices in life”.
- Six Nations Winner
- Grand Slam Winner