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Emma Brennan Takes On The Mc Aleer and Rushe Q and A

Friday 22.05.2020
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1.
Earliest GAA memory.

My earliest GAA memory would have to be winning the Curley Cup with my primary school Magheralough. Not to mention beating our rival Trillick school in the final.

2. Was your family a traditional GAA family?

Yes, I would say that my family was as my uncles and grandfather would have played. I grew up watching my sister and two brothers play when I was young and that started my desire to play.


3. The best GAA venue you have been to?

Croke Park.

4. School participation and/or success

Unfortunately, I did not have much success in school football, however winning 4 All-Irelands with UUJ made up for that, Up the Poly!.


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

Neamh Woods would have always been a player I looked up to from a young age. Her work rate and determination on the field is outstanding.  It is an absolute honour to have watched her and now be able to play alongside her.

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

I enjoyed playing basketball and netball in my school days.


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

Grainne Rafferty – Killeeshil, her tally of 4-5 in the intermediate final last year against ourselves says it all.

8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football 

Ciaran McDonald – Mayo. He was an extremely talented footballer


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

No, I think it takes the fluidity out of the game as well as making it more difficult for defenders and officials.

10. The best GAA match that you ever saw

Trillick v Killyclogher 2015 Championship final, it had a bit of everything, and it was nail-biting the whole way through

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

Yes, I believe that these squads allow players to compete against the best players within the county and develop your game.

12. Your own involvement around the club.

With inter-county training and work commitments it is difficult to find time to contribute as much as you would like, but I hope to get more actively involved in our underage coaching.


13. How important is the GAA in your community?

Trillick is a small rural village with GAA at its very core, everyone in the community volunteers or contributes to the life of the club in some way.


14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone) 

Mayo jersey both home and away.


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

No, I think if it comes to that stage of the game it is only fair on the players that it should go to replay.

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