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Daire Mc Carroll Answers Back In Nang Construction Q and A

Tuesday 05.05.2020
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1.Earliest GAA memory.

The annual Joe Kelly Cup was always an exciting time of year for the children of Eskra. Taking home the trophy has to be a highlight but I was on the losing side many times and that’s not nice. Just ask Aaron Kelly.


2. Was your family a traditional GAA family? 

Very much so. I’ve heard many stories about the Junior team of ’03 that the ole boy was a part of. I have 3 sisters that seem to have got all the footballing ability enjoying much success with St. Macartans and Tyrone. I very much enjoyed watching Slaine play in and win an All – Ireland Final with Tyrone from the comfort of O’Hagan’s bar in Eskra. Football is a big part of the household.


3. The best GAA venue you have been to?

Always enjoy getting to Healy Park to play but Lochmacrory have a brilliant set up both pitch and facilities. Their Clubhouse bar is the cherry on top. Thomas Meegan is also a big fan.

 
4. School participation and/or success.

Warmed the bench for 7 years thanks to Paul (Minty) O’Hagan. Was always nice to get out of class for game but.


5. Club/ County role models that you looked up to as a youth

Club – Adrian Scullion has been a recent hero of mine. Always had peace of mind when he was at full back. Broke my heart when he stopped playing.

County – Steven O’Neill was a joy to watch. Wasn’t much of a joy to watch up in Clann Na NGael when I was in goals and he stuck one in the top left hand corner from 20 yards out whilst being marked by Paul Marlow. Demon.


6. Other sports that you played or had an interest in.

Tried my hand at Golf. Which reminds me. I have golf clubs for sale.


7. Most difficult opponent you have faced in club football and why?

Diarmuid Mc Nulty from Gortin. His nickname was ‘Reesa’ I think. I played against him 3 times and he got a Hat-trick every time. I used to hate going to Gortin because of him. I could be wrong but I believe he isn’t playing anymore. That’s why I’ve been sleeping better.


8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football

Being a bit biased here but Paul Marlow was different class.


9. Are you a fan of the recent rule changes?

Kick-outs from the 20 metre line. Any rule that increases the length of the kick out is an excellent rule. Not a fan of the ‘inside mark’. Slows the pace of the game.


10. The best GAA match that you ever saw.

Eskra U’14 Championship win against Castlederg in Drumragh in 2019. What a team, what a comeback, what a win.

11. Are you a fan of academies/development squads? Why

Not a Fan. Had the game of my life up in Garvaghy during Tyrone Minor trials. Saved a penalty and stopped three one-on-ones and still never made the cut. I never ran the pitch and scored, maybe that was the problem.


12. Your own involvement around the club.

Been trying to help out with underage but it has been hard with work commitments. I’m an avid supporter of the weekly Lotto.


13. How important is the GAA in your community?

I believe the GAA is a lifeline for a lot of people. The sense of camaraderie and belonging is invaluable. If not for the GAA there would be a lot more men doing donuts at crossroads which wouldn’t be a bad thing either. Keep her low through Ardboe.  


14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone)

Love the Offaly jersey.


15. Are you a fan of penalties to decide the outcome of championship games?

The concept sounds brilliant, until I’m laying with my head in my hands because I couldn’t save any of the penalties.

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