Meet the Players 

We have done a Meet the Players Q and A for the 2020 season

Our Team

Damien Hanahoe

Corner Back

Name: Damien Hanahoe

 

Occupation: Accountant

 

Home club and county: Moy Davitts Mayo

 

Favoured position: Corner back.

Least favoured: Least is anywhere outside the full back line

 

Think you miss about home: Family and friends

 

Favourite gaa player: Andy Moran. Got better with age.

 

Best player played with and against:

With. Conor Hallissey for his inspirational quotes during games and pin point accuracy on kick outs.

Against Colm O Driscoll

 

Favourite tv show: Has to be Game of Thrones.

 

Favourite food: Beef stew

 

Who is the joker in the team: Has to be Paddy. Mcgov is a close second.

 

Who is always late: Easy. Mcgov. Holds up everything.

 

Favourite manager to have played under: Lynch.

 

Best trainer: McGuigan/Niall

 

Worst Trainer: Has to go to Hallissey

 

Best thing about the GAA: The craic and mates you make.

 

Funniest thing you have seen during a match/game: Has to be watching Gartlan trying to score a point with his knee.

 

Motivational quote or advice that you would give to others: It's my last game. Seems to work.

 

Best attribute as a player: I turn up.

 

Song that motivates you for games: Bit of AC/DC does the job.

Shane Carty

Wing Back

Name: Shane Carty


Occupation: Quantity Surveyor


Club: Aodh ruadh

Co. Donegal

 

Favourite Playing position: On the side line abusing the lads for messing up especially Gav?...which in fairness is fairly regularly

 

least favourite: being that lad on the field getting hurled with sideline abuse?

 

Miss at home: Footing turf in the bog

 

Favourite player:

To keep Peter Wallace and Cormac happy. I’d have to say Michael Murphy ?

 

Best player played with:

James Gartlan when he gets out of second gear!! The problem is it only usually happens as frequented a leap year sadly

Against: Cormac in a training match!! He only needs one crack At ya and ur ?...how he never made it as a MMA fighter I’ll never know

 

Tv show: Banged up abroad... waiting patiently to see which Joes lad will appear on it first as there are plenty of eligible men

 

Favourite food: steak and peppercorn sauce ?

 

Joker in team: Wee Decky and his PG video ?

 

Who is always late:
Me!!! No thanks to my chauffeur Eamonn Mc Govern! Only way he will ever be early for training is if it’s in his bed...Zzzz

 

Favourite manager: Has to be the player/manager role Cormac done with the joes reserves last year... although come to think of it I don’t think he made a game?... too busy flying home to be under the missus’ thumb

 

Best trainer: Has to be McGuigan! Is he ever not training

 

Worst trainer:
ha there is too many to mention here but Hallisey, coughlin and “my leg hurts Wallace” are fairly on par... they appear to take it night about. They must be loving the lockdown...

 

Best thing about GAA:
Team bonding wkds away... never a dull moment even from the minute before ya get on the train to Glasgow... isn’t that right coughlin

 

Funniest thing: Gartlan “our then London county star” getting sick in pre season match in Newcastle after 2mins is up there!! Great team leader ??

 

Motivation quote/advice: It’s ladies night in the swan later

 

Best attribute: team player

 

Motivation song: again one to keep Cormac and Wallace happy... it have to be a wee bit of DANIEL... A good Donegal man there?

Liam McGuigan

Wing Back

Name - Liam McGuigan

 

Occupation - Project Manager

 

Home club and county - Clan Na Gael, Armagh

 

Favourite playing position and least favourite position? Anywhere in half back line...least favourite full back!

 

What do you miss most about home? Pints with mates and the Lurgan gossip!

 

Favourite Gaa player ever? Andy Mallon (touch tight)

 

Best player played with and against? Best I played with was Barry O’Hagan and Diarmaid Marsden / best against Michael Murphy & Jamie Clarke.

 

Favourite tv show? Friends

 

Favourite food? Pizza

 

Who is the Joker in the team? Wallace loves the banter!

 

Who is always late? McGov and his car load!

 

Favourite manager to have played under? Gerdy Skelton

 

Best trainer? McAlynns an animal!

 

Worst trainer? Jimmy Gartlan (if and when he trains)

 

What's the best thing you love about the Gaa? Pints with mates after a hard fought victory! What it’s all about.

 

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a match/ training? Sprints in training last year and a bee flew into my mouth and stung back of my throat! Lynchy had me back in tackling grid 5mins

later..lucky!

 

Motivation quote or word of advice that keeps you going or something you would tell others?
There’s not a lot between a pat on the back and kick up the arse! Stay grounded.

 

What's your best attribute as a player? Speed / Stamina

 

Song that motivates you for games? “Roll with it” - Oasis / hard to beat “Now we are free” also (Gladiator movie time)

Our Team

Paddy Fleming

Corner Forward

Name? Paddy Fleming

Home club = Eadestown
County = Kildare

Favourite playing position: centre forward/ wing back

Least favorite position: wing forward

What do you miss most about home: Playing with the club and the mother doing the washing

Favourite GAA player ever:
Ciaran McDonald of Mayo

Best player played with: Emmet Bolton of Kildare
against: Daniel Flynn of Kildare

Favourite tv show: US Office (Steve Carroll unreal)

Favourite food: all you can eat Chinese in Leicester square (Dangerous)

Who is the Joker in the team: I like to think Dec O Mahoney and myself have a part to play in this Role.

Who is always late: Alan Griffin loves rocking up on the bike late as fuck

Favorite manager to have played under: Lynchy and Richie ?

Best Trainer - Eamonn McGovern

Worst Trainer - Liam McGuigan

What's the best thing you love about the Gaa:
Shane Carty getting slagged by Cormac on a daily basis brightens up my day also.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a match/ training: A friend came off at half time faking a hamstring injury to go on the piss only to be cought by the manager that night sprinting home. He never started a sigerson match again.
Also McAlynn injuring himself kicking a lad up the ass on a night out is up there.

Motivation quote or word of advice that keeps you going or something you would tell others:
Fall down 7 times get up 8

What's your best attribute as a player: getting infront of my man for the ball

Song that motivates you for games: San Diego - Coronas

Conor Hallissey

Goalkeeper

Name? Conor Hallissey

 

Occupation? QS

 

Home club and county? Eire Og, Cork

 

Favourite playing position and least favourite position? Keeper. Any position where running is involved

 

What do you miss most about home? Togging out and representing your home playing for and with your childhood friends.

 

Favourite Gaa player ever? Martin Storey (Wexford)

 

Best player played with and against? Daniel Goulding, Paul Kerrigan

 

Favourite tv show? Game of Thrones

Favourite food? Lasagna

 

Who is the Joker in the team? Probably for just the videos alone small Decy. Need his head checked

 

Who is always late?

Fonzy (Dr Griff) and McGov

 

Favourite manager to have played under? John O Shea from the home club.

 

Best trainer? Guigs

/ Nialler

 

Worst trainer?

Gartlan

 

What's the best thing you love about the Gaa? Friends for life

 

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a match/ training? The fight against Harlesden was a good one, especially when Aaron Walsh recorded it

 

Motivation quote or word of advice that keeps you going or something you would tell others? Always keep your head up

 

What's your best attribute as a player? Kick Outs on Point ???

 

Song that motivates you for games? Humble - Kendrick Lamar

Liam Clifford

Corner Back

Name? Liam Clifford

 

Occupation? Occupational Therapist

 

Home club and county? Laune rangers
Kerry

 

Favourite playing position and least favourite position? Corner forward (never given a proper run there)
In goals

 

What do you miss most about home?
Family

 

Favourite Gaa player ever? Seamus Moynihan

 

Best player played with and against? Mike Frank Russell, David Moran

 

Favourite tv show? The Chase

 

Favourite food? Bacon and cabbage

 

Who is the Joker in the team? The man from scart (deck mahoney)

 

Who is always late? Too many to mention

 

Favourite manager to have played under? John mac

 

Best trainer? Damo (he's been showing off on strava during lockdown.)

 

Worst trainer? Ah everyone tries there best!

 

What's the best thing you love about the Gaa? Friendships you make.

 

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a match/training.

Having to run a herd of sheep off the pitch before a junior match.

 

Motivation quote or word of advice that keeps you going or something you would tell others? Fame rests lightly on the shoulders of kerrymen

 

What's your best attribute as a player? I used to be quick

 

Song that motivates you for games?
Creedance clearwater: fortunate son

Our Team

Gavin Watchorn

Centre Forward

Name? Gavin Watchorn
Occupation: Student

Home club and county?
Club: Duffry Rovers
County: Wexford

Favourite playing position and least favourite position?
Favourite: Centre Forward
Least: Wing Back

What do you miss most about home?
Miss playing for the club and chicken fillet rolls.

Favourite Gaa player ever?
Mattie Forde

Best player played with and against?
Played with: Cian Fitzhenry- clubman- genie
Played Against: Mattie Forde

Favourite tv show?
Game of thrones

Favourite food?
Bacon and Cabbage

Who is the Joker in the team?
Shane Carty

Who is always late?
Has to be the Hoff- Alan Griff

Favourite manager to have played under?
Brendan Daly FCJ Bunclody

Best trainer?
Liam McGuigan

Worst trainer?
Conor Hal

What's the best thing you love about the Gaa?
Playing games and Lynchys 7 steps to heaven.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a match/ training?
Was taken off after 8 mins in a Leinster quarter Final after being on the beer for 2 days.

Motivation quote or word of advice that keeps you going or something you would tell others?
Go and enjoy it. Where else would you rather be.

What's your best attribute as a player?
Taking players on

Song that motivates you for games?
Destiny NF

Shane Ruane

Full Forward

Name? Shane Ruane

Home club and county?
Kiltimagh
Mayo

Favourite playing position and least favourite position?
Favourite- Full forward

Least- The bench

What do you miss most about home?
Pints with the lads I would have grew up with and played ball with

Favourite Gaa player ever?
Andy Moran

Best player played with and against?
With- Jason Forkan
Against- probably Diarmuid o’ Connor

Favourite tv show?
Coronation street 100%

Favourite food?
Chicken curry

Who is the Joker in the team?
Cormac McCooey thinks he’s fairly funny!!

Who is always late?
Eamonn McGovern - loves a good nap between work finishing and training

Favourite manager to have played under?
Big Tom Byrne

Best trainer?
Liam Mc guigan

Worst trainer?
Myself I’d say

What's the best thing you love about the Gaa? The craic with players and day’s out in Croker supporting mayo ??

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a match/ training?
Definitely James gartlan trying to kick a point with his left!!! (He can’t even kick points with his right)

Motivation quote or word of advice that keeps you going or something you would tell others?
Always keep encouraging your team mates.

What's your best attribute as a player?
Kicking points

Song that motivates you for games?
PUMP IT UP!

James Gartlan

Midfield


Name? James Gartlan

Home club and county? An Port Mor , Armagh

Occupation - Contracts Manager

Favourite playing position and least favourite position? Favourite - Midfield , Least Favourite - Full forward

What do you miss most about home? Friends & Family

Favourite Gaa player ever? Oisin Mcconville!

Best player played with and against? With - Liam Gavaghan (London) Against - Jamie Clarke (Armagh)

Favourite tv show? Only Fools & Horses

Favourite food? Nando’s!

Who is the Joker in the team? Paddy Flemings Glasgow bar surfing gives him take that title!!

Who is always late? Me ?

Favourite manager to have played under? John McNamara

Best trainer? Liam mcGuigan

Worst trainer? Niall mcalynn (Liam McGuigan wannabe)

What's the best thing you love about the Gaa? Summer Saturday games followed by a big session in Clapham! (Not the swan!!)

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a match/ training? Cormac McCooey flattening 10 Harlesden harps players in a field fight

Motivation quote or word of advice that keeps you going or something you would tell others? Don’t pass the ball to Mcalynn

What's your best attribute as a player? Height

Song that motivates you for games? Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Can’t Stop

Declan O' Mahoney

Corner Back

Name? Declan O Mahony

 

Occupation? Accountant

 

Home club and county? Club: Scartaglen, County Kerry

 

Favourite playing position and least favourite position? favourite: Wing back

Least favourite: Wing forward

 

What do you miss most about home? The smell of fresh cut grass.

 

Favourite Gaa player ever? The Gooch

 

Best player played with and against? Played with: Philip O Connor
Played against: Declan O Sullivan

 

Favourite tv show? The Savage Eye

 

Favourite food? Five Guys ‘loves me a good burger’

 

Who is the Joker in the team? Close one, between Paddy and Mcgov

 

Who is always late? Wouldn’t be the most punctual myself, mick Lavelle will second that.

 

Favourite manager to have played under? Pat O Shea - Scartaglen

 

Best trainer? Shane Carty

 

Worst trainer? Conor Hal

 

What's the best thing you love about the Gaa? Membership fees and 80 entry to enter Croker on match days.

 

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a match/ training? Cormac throwing slaps on a frequent basis.

 

Motivation quote or word of advice that keeps you going or something you would tell others?
- Kerry for Sam

 

What's your best attribute as a player? My height

Song that motivates you for games? Eye of the tiger

Alan Grittith

Wing Forward


Name? Alan Griffith

Occupation? Scientist

Home club and county? Shelmaliers Wexford

Favourite playing position and least favourite position? Wing forward Corner back

What do you miss most about home? Grandparents

Favourite Gaa player ever? Colin lynch hurling Clare

Best player played with and against? Walter Walsh Hurling. Ciaran lyng football

Favourite tv show? Eastbound and Down

Favourite food? Laura's Cauliflower and Broccoli bake

Who is the Joker in the team? Not Hallisey.

Who is always late? Me.

Favourite manager to have played under? Eddie Doyle Shelmaliers / Tommy Harrell

Best trainer? Liam Mcguigan

Worst trainer? Hallisey / Bardon

What's the best thing you love about the Gaa? Camaraderie

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a match/ training? Got 3 yellow cards in a game before. Ref names all jummbled up

Motivation quote or word of advice that keeps you going or something you would tell others? Do something great today that your future self will thank you for.

What's your best attribute as a player? Height (lol) is squareness an attribute!?

Song that motivates you for games? Ice Cube No Vasaline
 

 

Mark Porter

Wing Back

Name? Mark Porter

Home club and county? Urnai/Tyrone

Favourite playing position and least favourite position? favourite =half back
Least favourite = full forward

What do you miss most about home? Decent food

Favourite Gaa player ever? = Ryan Mcmenamin

Best player played with and against?- with an on form James Gartlan ?, (doesn’t happen often) played against -muggsy

Favourite tv show? Still game

Favourite food? Chicken curry (Horsehoe)

Who is the Joker in the team? - split decision - Paddy Fleming/McGovern youd need a bag of eyes to watch them.

Who is always late? McGovern if Laura and Carty didn’t wake him up and dress him he mightn’t make it to most matches

Favourite manager to have played under? Lynchy

Best trainer? Mcguigan/McAlynn

Worst trainer? Gartlan, but have to give him credit this year though he was seen in Perivale running track in February.

What's the best thing you love about the Gaa? Trips to Newcastle- Lavelle getting confused between a train and a plane ?.
Glasgow- paddy Fleming jumping across the bar counter will be talked about for a while.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you during a match/ training? = McCooey causing a rukas in the scrubs against his mates from Eire og who he had played with the year before, (this was the first of many)

Motivation quote or word of advice that keeps you going or something you would tell others?
The pubs will be open shortly lads hold in there!

What’s your best attribute as a player?, = fitness not much else.

Song that motivates you before games- Shane Ruane singing the green and red of mayo is enough to get any man going

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