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Strabane Man Danny Mc Bride Takes Loughtec 1-15 Challenge

Tuesday 06.04.2021
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1: Who or what first got you into the GAA?John Curry. A former teacher in St Mary’s Primary School, Strabane. John was a great man for motivating young players and encouraging us to take part in all sports. 

2: Who has been the biggest influence on your career?

My mother.

3: Who has been your most difficult opponent and why?

Toss up between Johnny Lafferty or Stephen Donnelly. Two talented boys!I I remember marking Stephen in a match down in Strabane when I was about 17. After 5 minutes I was thinking to myself ‘this big lad is a gentleman!’ He was asking me what A-Levels I was studying and where I was considering for university etc. Then, after 25 minutes, he had chalked up 1:6 and I was on the bench! I felt like some eejit!

4: Apart from your home club, which club ground in Tyrone do you most enjoy playing on? 

Always liked Healy Park. Spacious pitch, just like Strabane’s. 

5: Most memorable or inspiring words of advice you have ever heard in a changing room?

Palor McNulty had an entire catalogue of inspiring words of advice! I wouldn’t know where to start! He was a master motivator and brought great success to our senior team during his tenure. 

6: Club volunteer of note?

Jimmy Bonnar. Jimmy put in decades of fantastic work at youth level. He played a key role in developing many a senior player.

7: How is your club currently ensuring it is playing its part in the community? 

The club has been at the forefront of community work throughout the pandemic. From the outset, a club Support Group was formed to help out the most vulnerable in our community. Also, the club organised a hugely successful ‘Solo through Strabane’ event that raised tens of thousands of poundsfor local charities and schools. It also helped to raise the profile of GAA in the town. Hundreds of representatives from the club soloed through each and every street in Strabane. It was a brilliant day!

8: Are there other sports you enjoy playing or have a keen interest in?

I’m a Liverpool fan. So I’m in a state of shock at the minute. 6 successive home defeats! I’m a huge sports fan so I’d say I’m interested in them all (apart from cricket)!

9: Which county side, if any, look capable of defeating Dublin in the championship?

Genuinely think Tyrone have as good a chance as anyone. The talent in the squad is frightening. Hopefully they can push on with this exciting new management team in place. 

10: How would you describe your own involvement in the club?

I’m about to enter my 18th year with the club’s senior team. Which is hard to believe! There have been many ups and downs but that’s the joy of sport.

11. What rules, if any, would you like to see implemented or changed in the modern game?

A rule that forbids anymore changing of rules!

12. If there was a transfer market in GAA, what club player in the same division as you would you like to see playing for your club and why?

County players aside, I’d opt for Ronan McHugh. A class act! If I was in Dooher or Logan’s shoes, I’d be doing everything in my power to get him back into the panel.

13. Any superstitions or routines that you have or use on match days? 

Remind Warner Mullen to pass me the ball.

14. Do you have a favourite training drill or one that you dread hearing the coach say is coming next?

The ‘Bronco’ seems to be gaining a bit of traction at the minute. The thought of it puts my head away!

15. Last year’s club championships were very competitive, what are your predictions for the championship winners across all three divisions this year?

Senior – Trillick

Intermediate – Gortin

Junior-Urney

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