Commenting on the announcement Fiona said: “I am honoured to team up with LauraLynn, as Ireland’s only children’s hospice, they do fantastic work in supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families. I’m excited to join the team and look forward to doing whatever I can in assisting with this very worthy charity.”
Orla O’Brien, CEO of LauraLynn, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Fiona to our team of Ambassadors. Fiona has had success on and off the pitch with an impressive playing career and most recently becoming one of Ireland’s first female rugby pundits on television. She is an incredible role model to young people in this country and to all our children here in LauraLynn. She will be a fantastic addition to our team and we are excited to work with her. This year alone LauraLynn requires €5 million to maintain services, of which €4.3 million must be raised through donations, and Fiona will greatly help us in promoting the campaigns, fundraisers, and events which will help us reach this target.”
Fiona recently became one of Ireland’s first female rugby pundits on television and currently joins Jamie Heaslip, Stephen Ferris and Michael Lynagh as part of the punditry team for RTÉ’s coverage of the Rugby World Cup.
Having only picked up rugby when she attended the University of Limerick in 2001, Fiona holds an impressive 85 Caps for Ireland and Captained Ireland to their first 6 Nations Grand Slam title in 2013 and went on to make history again when she captained her side when they beat the All Blacks in the 2014 Rugby World Cup.