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Ayeisha McFerran - Hockey Player

Ayeisha McFerran

Ayeisha McFerran is an Ireland women's field hockey international. She was a member of the Ireland team that played in the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup final. She was also named Goalkeeper of the Tournament. McFerran was also a member of the Pegasus team that won the 2014–15 Women's Irish Hockey League. Between 2015 and 2017 she was named three times as an NFHCA All-American while playing for Louisville Cardinals.

When McFerran was 14 her mother was dying and she was told she would be put into foster care. She didn’t realise that she would be separated from her siblings. She had a good experience in foster where she was able to pursue hockey, some crucial to her wellbeing and aim in life: ‘They were very understanding of my situation, what I had come from and they were just very relaxed about me coming into their home. They just really made me feel very welcome from the get-go and that's something that many foster kids, I believe, don't have.’