Dora Gorman had a great ability to combine football, her Gaelic football - she would also represent Galway - and her studies from a young age.
She was a member of the Salthill Devon team that won the Under 16 Girls FAI Cup where they defeated Stella Maris 3–2 after extra–time and a year later she was there when they retained the cup after defeating St Joseph's 6–0 in the final.
Gorman was the captain of the Republic of Ireland squad when they finished as runners-up in the 2010 UEFA Women's under 17 Championship and then quarter-finalists in the 2010 FIFA under 17 Women's World Cup. It was the first time Ireland had qualified for either finals.
She has also won the Women’s National League with Peamount United and two WNL Cups, was named the FAI’s U17 Women’s International Player of the Year, won Connacht Young Player of the Year in Gaelic for Galway, while also securing an All-Ireland ladies minor championship with her county.
During her studies at UCD, she finished top of her class of more than 240 students in medicine and was also awarded the distinguished 1941 Medal which is presented to the candidate with the highest GPA across the final two years of the Medicine programme annually.
Gorman made her senior Ireland debut on the 22nd of October 2011, in a UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifier against Israel at Tallaght Stadium, and has won 16 caps in total.