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Tattyreagh’s Eoghan Murray Takes The Loughtec Q&A

Thursday 14.05.2020
Team Talk Mag
Club



Earliest GAA memory.

I’d say it would have to be first arriving at Tattyreagh GAA as a newcomer to join in with ones the same age. Jumped into nets and after a few goals were conceded I had enough for one day… Keysey wouldn’t have had much competition put it that wayClub stalwart Nigel Mullan was the man in charge that day if I remember correctly!


2. Was your family a traditional GAA family?

I’ve had uncles who played for Tyrone minor teams, and regulars in the Tattyreagh senior teams. There’s always been an interest in GAA. My grandad, Tommy Mc Aloon, is a massive GAA man and a big Trillick supporter. He was more than happy with their recent championship success as he let me know about it enough!


3. The best GAA venue you have been to?

Hard to look past Croker; Clones on a summer’s day is up there too.

4. School participation and/or success.

Played in a right few teams for Omagh CBS from Dalton cup to Macrory Cup. Won the Corn Na Nog and lost a couple of finals (Rannafast, Macrory, Mc Cormack Cup). Captained a few teams which was good too.

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

There is a few but for the club it would have to be Chris Mc Carroll, Sean Gormley and Darren Mullan. Plenty more lads too. Finally broke our championship duck with these men before they retired which was great. Legends. Conor Gormley and Ricey Mc Menamin were great to watch. Antics. Brian Dooher for pure workrate and always was a fan of Mugsy! Think it was the same name that made me initially interested. ‘’Mulligan out in front…christy out of the game…. got to work a score from this…” If you know, you know.

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

Played a bit of soccer during primary school days and made a few excellence academies. Quit that soon enough and it was all GAA then.

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

There’s been a few. Would probably say Jack Mc Carron when our clubs met in Ulster in Healy Park. He can score off both feet and only needs an inch to do it so little room for error. Colly Harkin in training is a good battle too, man’s fast.

8. Best player you have ever seen play Gaelic football

Obvious one is always Peter Canavan; man was class. Also think Diarmuid Connolly is one of the best, and has plenty of football ahead of him. Ciaran Mc Donald was quality too.

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

No, don’t see a need for them to be honest. As a defender, it’s made our lives more difficult.


10. The best GAA match that you ever saw.

Love watching the 2003 All Ireland Semi Final Tyrone v Kerry where Tyrone tackled like mad men. The workrate and intensity was crazy by everyone. The Dublin and Mayo All – Ireland Finals the past few years were brilliant too.


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

Yeah, they are a great way of developing younger players to be ready for minor and adult football. Training methods and ideas can be used by the players within their own club teams to then develop them too. I see some negative comments about these squads affecting younger players’ confidence but I feel not making it should make you more determined to improve and make the next squad. Ricey Mc Menamin never made any youth Tyrone squad if I’m right?


12. Your own involvement around the club.

Try to help out when I can via fundraisers and events throughout the year. Also, I take gym classes in the club’s new Gym @Fort Fitness which is great craic!

13. How important is the GAA in your community?

Massive. Everybody is involved and everybody looks forward to a game on a Sunday. It brings everyone together. Strange times we are in, although the first game back will be sweeter than ever, for everyone.


14. Favourite county jersey (not Tyrone)

Kerry and like Monaghan too.

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

No, if spectators see the training that is put in for a championship game, they would understand how unfair it would be to be put out by a penalty.

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