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Blessed Anna Geary feels lucky to have been married before lockdown despite no honeymoon

The All-Ireland winning camogie star married Dublin hurler Kevin Sexton in 2019

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Telly beauty Anna Geary admits she feels “blessed” she got married and moved into her new house just months before lockdown kicked in.

The 34-year-old All-Ireland camogie winning star got hitched to Dublin hurler Kevin Sexton in October 2019, in Castlemartyr, Co Cork, and then moved into their new home in Sallins, Co Kildare.

“We were really lucky,” Corkonian Anna tells the Sunday World. “Some of my friends had to reschedule weddings. One of them only recently got married after postponing numerous times.

“We had to cancel our honeymoon, but in the grand scheme of things that wasn’t important compared to what some people had to go through, but that can happen down the line.”

Kevin, who hails from Cabra in north Dublin, works in GAA HQ in Croke Park but since March last year has had to work from home.

And Anna has kept busy working on the documentary, Why Girls Quit Sport, Ireland’s Fittest Family and Squad Goals.

And she admits there were some pluses and minuses to the lockdown.

There was a lot of negativity for people in lockdown for people being away for friends and family, but in saying that, myself and Kevin got to spend a lot more time together as we could be ships in the night for various parts of the year,” she reflects.

“So having to eat meals together on a regular basis was quite a welcome upside.”

She adds: “We moved in right before lockdown. It was challenging when you move into an area and you can’t really explore it because everywhere was shut down. So, it’s nice to get out and visit local restaurants and cafés and get our bearings around the place.”

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Anna Geary looks stunning at our photoshoot.

Anna Geary looks stunning at our photoshoot.

Anna Geary looks stunning at our photoshoot.

Anna is fronting a new campaign for Heineken 0.0, with the beer company hosting several pop-up bars around the country to entice people to drink more alcohol-free products.

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“For me as a sportsperson for years there were periods where I had to watch my food and anything I was consuming. In the run-up to games you were very conscious that while training was important so was fuel for your body, it has to be the right type of fuel to make sure you are performing at your optimum level and there were numerous times that I had to abstain from alcohol to make sure that it didn’t hamper my performance,” she explains.

She believes that some people seem to frown on others who don’t drink alcohol when they’re socialising in pubs.

“There is often a taboo around not drinking when you’re out, like ‘what’s wrong with you?’”, she says, “Nearly like ‘I’m on antibiotics’ seems to be the reason people pull, because they just didn’t want to tell people ‘I’m not going to drink because I’ve an early start’, or ‘I have a toddler that I need to get up for’, or ‘I’m preparing for a big match’ or ‘I’m trying to lose a bit of weight, so I’m watching what I’m eating and drinking’.

“So people nearly think ‘what will I say?’, but with Heineken 0.0 its more socially acceptable without making it obvious you’re not drinking.”

Anna is also in the middle of filming the upcoming series of Ireland’s Fittest Family, where she will again do battle with Davy Fitzgerald, Donncha O’Callaghan and Derval O’Rourke.

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“Each of us have a different personality and we bring something different to the show,” she notes.

“Sometimes when you’re pulling coaches together, you never really know when you put four people together how it’s going to work, so thankfully we have great rivalry and great competition between us.

“But we are great pals behind it too, all of us have competed in various sports and we have an understanding that once you cross over the white line you are the competitor, but once you cross back you can have the craic.

“So being able to separate and compartmentalise is really important and I think all of us, when we are in the races and when we are in the competition, doing our best for our families is key so that’s when obviously the rivalry really intensifies between us.

“We can all have dinner at the end of the day and we are still speaking.”

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