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Murphys Gloves Q +A With Loughmacrory’s Eoin Mullan

Thursday 04.06.2020
Team Talk Mag
All County League


 

This week its the turn of Loughmacrory’s Eoin Mullan to do the Murphys Gloves senior player Q and A.

1. What is your earliest GAA memory?

The underage blitzes on a Saturday morning stick out as an early memory and of course Tyrone winning the 2003 all Ireland is an obvious early memory.

2. Who has been the biggest influences on your career?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have some great managers all throughout my career who have all had an influence on me, but especially my mum as she was always pushing me on and encouraging me throughout the years even when I give the football up for a bit

3. The best GAA venue you have been to?
Within the county our own pitch Pairc an Locha is up there with the very best and then of course Croke Park being the obvious choice as it’s hard to beat the atmosphere of Croke Park on a big game day

4. School participation and any success?

Played throughout my 5 years with the Dean Maguire College in Carrickmore.We had a good team but unfortunately didn’t win anything, came up short in the u16 county final and got beat by St Joes Coalisland.

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

Club: Ronan Ward, he was an unbelievable forward who had it all, was lucky enough to get playing alongside him as well and he was a part of the management team that got us promoted last year.
County: Peter Canavan (God)

 

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

Had a big interest in handball growing up, have a couple of Ulster medals and was fortunate enough to win an all Ireland as well in the teams category representing Tyrone. Had to give it up unfortunately as football took priority. Play a bit of soccer too for Mountfield FC.

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

Underage would have been Ciaran McLaughlin of Omagh, hated marking him he’s a quality player. And then probably Cathal McShane as well, last year trying to sweep in front of him was a near impossible job everything he touched was going over.

8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football?

Colm Cooper-oozed class

9. What has been the biggest disappointment of your career to date?

It would have to be from the Intermediate championship 2 years ago when we got a bad beating from Augher in the first round and didn’t do ourselves justice. We had a great season apart from that so it was a very hard one to take as we felt we had a lot more to offer in that years championship.

10. The best GAA match that you ever saw?
The Mayo vs Dublin All Ireland final that ended in a draw back in 2016, was lucky enough to get tickets for it and it didn’t disappoint as it  was top class quality from both sides and the intensity of the game was unreal.

11.What was the most memorable match that you ever played in?

Beating Eglish in the playoff final last year to get promoted for the first time since 2007. It was an unbelievable feeling as we had come so close throughout the season and suffered a few sickening blows, so to get over the line that day was something I won’t forget.

12. Your own involvement around the club?

I’m not involved in any coaching as of yet but hope to be down the line. Apart from the coaching aspect I help out wherever I am needed and can be of use.

13. How important is the GAA in your community?

Massive, it is the heartbeat of the community and really pulls everyone together. Especially in these tough times the club has really dealt with everything so well and are trying to help everyone through these tough times.

14. Favourite county jersey apart from Tyrone?

Kerry

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

I’m unsure on that one as it is something different to the game which adds some extra excitement, but it’s very harsh for any team to get put out on penalties in such a big game.

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