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Shannon Lynch Takes On The McAleer And Rushe Q and A

Friday 15.05.2020
Team Talk Mag
Club


What are your earliest GAA memories?
1. I’ve some great memories from training out at St Eugenes School and playing and watching games in Freughlough. It wasn’t a popular venue for most teams but we had some great days there.Was your family a traditional GAA family?
2. Yeah, we grew up with football at the centre of everything. Your week was geared around what training or games was on, that always came first.
What is the best GAA venue you have ever been to?
3. Croke Park, that atmosphere that comes with it wether you’re playing or watching is something else!
School participants and/or success.
4. I was very lucky to be part of a great set up at Loreto with players and management! We had a brilliant few years and in my time there won 5 Ulster titles and 2 All Ireland’s.
Club or county players that inspired you or you looked up to as a youth.
5. I always admired Maura Kelly as a player. A great player all round but her attitude to the game and the positive influence she has on the players around her was something I always admired.
What other sports did you play when growing up?
6. I played a little soccer and netball when I was younger but Gaelic was always the focus. Although I enjoy watching most sports really, the more competitive the better.
Most difficult opponent you have faced in club football and why?
7. Neamh Woods.. Anyone who’s played against her or watched her will understand!

Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic Football.

8. Peter Canavan & Juliet Murphy

Are you a fan of the recent rule changes?

9. You can see both sides to that one and some of the changes have improved aspects of the game. I think we need to be careful now though we don’t change the game too much.
What was the best GAA match you ever saw?
10. The All Ireland Semi final v Armagh In 2005 stands out. It had everything!
Are you a fan of Academies or Development Squads? Why?
11. I think the academies and development squads are great. So much work goes into them and it’s a brilliant opportunity for players to get good quality training and mix with players from different clubs. It gives a good insight into the county set up for those who will move on in that direction but it’s also a great opportunity for players to develop individually and bring that back to their clubs. I’ve seen that with quite a few from our own club, it’s really helped bring them on.
What is your own involvement currently round the club?
12. I’ve been involved with every age group in the club at some stage over the years, the last few years mainly the u14s & u16s. Our girls teams have been steady pushing on these past few years and we’ve some great players coming through. It’s taken many years to get here but it’s brilliant to see and to be able to give back something for all the years I’ve enjoyed at the club.
How important a role does the GAA play in the community?
13. Like most communities the GAA’s a big part of our town. Regardless of your involvement it provides that community and social aspect that’s probably one of the most important parts of it. It’s been evident over the years in Castlederg and I suppose now as much as ever that when support is needed the GAA steps up. That’s been seen in clubs all over the country and in the GAA as a whole.
Favourite county jersey outside of Tyrone.
14. Dublin keeper
Are you a fan of penalties being used to decide the outcome of championship games?
15. From a player and spectator point of view, I’d prefer a game to be won through play. There’s a different level of excitement in Championship games that are point for point until the final whistle.
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