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Errigal Attacker Darren Canavan Answers Senior Club Q + A

Thursday 23.04.2020
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This week its the turn of Errigal Ciaran full forward Darren Canavan to answer the senior club Q + A in association with Murphys Gloves


1.What is your earliest GAA memory?

Going to Errigal Ciaran senior training in the 90s along with my father and the odd time getting a clip round the ear for eating a lot of biscuits when they got tea afterwards!

2. Who was the biggest influence on your career?

Again my father Stevie would have been a great influence along with my uncles. A lot of our family have been involved with Errigal and they were all role models for me when I was growing up.

3. Did you play football at school and had you any success?

After going to primary school at St.Malachys Glencull I then went to St.Ciarans Ballygawley. We were blessed at St.Ciarans to have a number of very good players from various clubs and we won a few titles and those are still fond memories.

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

At club level Eoin Gormley stood out for me, he was one of the best full forwards in the County for a number of years. Rory McCann was another club player that I admired. At County level Stephen O’Neill was a brilliant player while Maurice Fitzgerald was a player that you would try to emulate when playing football in the garden as a youngster.

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

Growing up I had an interest in most sports. I played a bit of soccer and Hurling as well as Basketball. I was keen on the Basketball but when it boiled down to it there is only one sport for me and that’s what I threw all my energies into.

6. Who is the most difficult opponent you have faced in club football and why?

My own teammate Ciaran Rio Quinn is as hard an opponent as you would wish for. The games at training are always competitive and you are always assured of a battle against Ciaran and it stands to you  when you are playing games. I would have to say that Paudie Hampsey is one of the best defenders about and is another difficult man to come up against.

7. Who is the best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football?

I would have to say the uncle Peter. I was very lucky to be able to see at close hand just what he could do. Brian McGuigan is another player high on the list, an outstanding player who was really to the fore when Tyrone won the three All Ireland senior titles.

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

To be fair I’m probably not. I think that there is too much tinkering with the rules  and all that does is disrupt the flow of the game. The sinbin is perhaps a good idea as it gives a side a numerical advantage for ten minutes which they didn’t have in the past.

9. One suggestion that you think might improve the game.

I think if referees could get more help. The majority of them do a good job but with the rule changes things are going to get even more difficult for them and I think that is something that needs to be addressed.

10. Are you a fan of Development squads?

I’m not against them but I think that it’s better for young players to give as much as they can to their own clubs and really get to know what your club means to you. I think that can be done inside your own club. When it gets to minor level it’s a little different and if you are fortunate enough to have made a County squad then perhaps you would feel that you have earned it more that perhaps getting a County jersey at an earlier age.

11. What advice have you for young players?

Play and enjoy football as much as you can, that’s the most important thing when you are young. Cherish the time that you spend playing with your friends and neighbours for your club. You can never practise the basic skills enough as well, that is so important to learn at an early age.

12. Apart from playing have you any other involvement around the club?

I was very blessed to get a teaching job in my old School St.Malachys in Glencull and I take after school football which I really enjoy. I am also a part of the Health and Wellbeing group within our club.

13. How important is the GAA in your community?

Our club is like any other club in that the GAA is such a key part of our Community. It’s all about friendships, families and it’s a social sport as well. Especially in the times that we are currently in the GAA is vital in helping people on many fronts.

14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone)

I will keep with the same colours and go with Louth.

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

Most definitely not. It happened Trillick last year in the Ulster Club and my old School St.Ciarans Ballygawley in the Markey Cup Final. It’s an awful way to decide a game and I think that you would get as much drama if not more if a game was decided on the next score wins.







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