Player Profiles

Andrew Smith

Name: Andrew Smith
DOB: 08/07/83
Position: Midfield/half forward
Club: Portumna
Best memory on pitch: 1st county final win
What do you hate/love about training: Hate - getting dogged/ Love - the craic
What pre-game routines do you have: Wouldn't have any
Favourite Player of all time: Mike Gill
Motivation: iPod
Funniest Incident on pitch: Donnellan knocking Glennon on his arse with a shoulder
Favourite band: The Coronas 
Favourite food: Beef stew
Other hobbies /interests: Golf & fishing
Advice for young players: Take up Golf!!

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Brian Flaherty

Name: Brian Flaherty
DOB: 03/03/1991
Position: Half-Back
Club: Abbeyknockmoy
Best memory on pitch: Winning Minor All-Ireland 2009
What do you hate/love about training: Hate Physical Training/Love Training Matches
What pre-game routines do you have: Just To Relax
Favourite Player of all time: Ken McGrath
Motivation: To constantly improve all the time
Funniest Incident on pitch: Falling over while running out to pitch at start of game. 
Favourite band: The Dubliners
Favourite food: Steak Sandwhich
Other hobbies /interests: Rugby, Gaelic Football
Advice for young players: Listen to your coaches and take on any advice given.

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Conor Cooney

Name: Conor Cooney
DOB: 22/10/1992
Position: Forward
Club: St. Thomas's
Best memory on pitch: Winning U21 All Ireland 2011
What do you hate/love about training: The running in winter
What pre-game routines do you have: A fry up the day before
Favourite Player of all time: Henry Shefflin
Motivation: To win an All Ireland senior medal
Favourite band: U2
Favourite food: Lasagne
Other hobbies /interests: Any sport, music
Advice for young players: puck around every day

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Damien Hayes

Name: Damien Hayes

DOB: 18-2-1985

Position: Forward

Club: Portumna

Best memory on pitch: Winning our first County Final in 2003

What do you hate/love about training: I hate all the running we do at training and warm ups. I love all the top class ball drills we do at high tempo

What pre game routines do you have: I sit in the same corner of the dressing room and sit in same position on bus

Favourite Player of all time: Jamsie O'Connor

Motivation: To win

Funniest Incident on pitch: None

Favourite band: Saw Doctors

Favourite food: Paddy's home made beef burger and chips

Other hobbies /interests: Rugby and farming "Aberdeen Angus"

Advice for young players: Keep trying and only listen to positive people at training

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David Burke

 

Name: David Burke

DOB: 07/01/1990

Position: Midfield

Club: St.Thomas'

Best memory on pitch: U21 All Ireland win in 2011

What do you hate/love about training: love the banter with the lads

What pre-game routines do you have: Eat and sleep wellFavorite Player of all time: Seanie McMahon

Motivation: Losing

Favorite band: Snow Patrol

Favorite food: Steak and Mash

Other hobbies /interests: Fishing and Farming

Advice for young players: Train hard and give 100 % for your team mates

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David Collins

Name: David Collins
DOB: 17/03/84
Position: #3
Club: Liam Mellows
Best memory on pitch: 2005 All Ireland Semi Final V's Kilkenny
What do you hate/love about training: Love seeing the benefits of the
hard sessions, hate it when lads that dont put in the required effort.
What pre-game routines do you have: Usually a swim in Blackrock with a wall ball session with Tony Regan
Favourite Player of all time: Christy Ring
Motivation: All those negative comments you hear about yourself from punters, put them in the back of your mind and go out to prove them wrong each and everyday you train and play. Be the best you can be.
Funniest Incident on pitch: Tend not to remind myself of any funny moments caused by myself!! Get me on my own and I might tell a few...
Favourite band: Bruce Springsteen
Favourite food: Thai Green Curry
Other hobbies /interests: Triathlons and anything to do with computers!!!
Advice for young players: What you do on the training field with show on the big day. Train hard and you will see results, do the opposite and you will get what is coming to you. Get the basics right from the start and dont ever forget them. Learn to stay focused and concentrate for the full duration of the game. Be open to advice, you dont know it all and possibly never will as I am still learning.

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Donie Fox

Name: Donie Fox
DOB: 04/07/1991
Position: Half back/ Midfield/ Half forward
Club: An Carn Mór
Best memory on pitch: Winning 2009 All Ireland Minor Final vs Kilkenny after losing late on the previous year
What do you hate/love about training: Hate travelling from Dublin, love the matches
What pre-game routines do you have: Sit with the man I'll be playing beside
Favourite Player of all time: TJ Hynes (An Carn Mór)
Motivation: Not wasting potential
Funniest Incident on pitch: Tadhg Haran crying after we won Minor All Ireland 2009 
Favourite band: Bruce Springsteen 
Favourite food: Pork/Steak
Other hobbies /interests: The odd game of golf, movies. 
Advice for young players: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard"

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Fearghal Flannery

Name: Fearghal Flannery
DOB: 03/01/1991
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Padraig Pearses
Best memory on pitch: Winning minor All Ireland 2009
What do you hate/love about training: Hate making mistakes/ love training with talented players
What pre game routines do you have: Alway spend a few days before a match visualising every thing that could happen during the game and have my mind made up on what to do in each scenario before it happens
Favourite Player of all time: Brian Lohan
Motivation: To be well known as a top class keeper all over Ireland and to be the pride of my parish and making my family proud
Funniest Incident on pitch: Watching our manager come on corner forward in a league match, wearing navy tracksuit bottoms and his "Sunday shoes"
Favourite band: Dont have a favourite, listen to all types of music.
Favourite food: Can't beat a good Subway
Other hobbies /interests: Playing Golf, betting on horses and going to cinema
Advice for young players: Practice practice practice, never give up even if it looks like a lost cause, your time will come

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Fergal Moore

 

Name: Fergal Moore

DOB: 7/7/82

Position: Half Back

Club: Turloughmore

Best memory on pitch: Minor All-Ireland 1999

What do you hate/love about training: Hate the thought of it, love doing it1

What pre-game routines do you have: None in particular

Favorite Player of all time: Joe Cooney

Motivation: To win a senior All-Ireland Hurling Medal for Galway

Funniest Incident on pitch: A high profile player from my own club won the throw in for the second half in a league match and forgot which way he was playing…hit the perfect low ball straight into our own full back line!
 
Favorite band: Franz Ferdinand
 
Favorite food: Steak
 
Other hobbies /interests: Horse Racing, Golf
 
Advice for young players: Train hard every session and listen to all the advice you can get from your coaches

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Gerard O'Halloran

Name: Gerard O'Halloran
DOB: 22/6/90
Position: corner back
Club: Craughwell
Best memory on pitch: Winning the u21 all ireland final last year with Galway
What do you hate/love about training: Hate team talks after training. love the food after training
What pre-game routines do you have: I always wear the same pair of jocks and always shave the night before a game
Favourite Player of all time: Ollie Canning
Motivation: I have never seen Galway win the Liam McCarthy cup
Funniest Incident on pitch: Davy Glennons fashion sense on and off the pitch always gives us a laugh
Favourite band: Amazing Apples
Favourite food: Lasagne
Other hobbies /interests: Im a die hard Man United fan
Advice for young players: Be confident in your own hurling ability

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Iarla Tannian

Name: Iarla Tannian                      
DOB: 12/04/1984
Position: Forward
Club: Ardrahan
Best memory on pitch: 2005 Fitzgibbon cup final
What do you hate/love about training:  Physical training. Can’t do enough of it.
What pre-game routines do you have: listen to music on Ipod
Favourite Player of all time: Bernie Forde
Motivation: to be the best you can be
Funniest Incident on pitch: A player got knocked out from heavy tackle. Manager shouts in “get up you little boy and stop sunning yourself”. It wasn’t put as politely as that. 
Favourite band: All American Rejects. Bruce Springsteen
Favourite food: Rice
Other hobbies /interests: Golf, Soccer 
Advice for young players: Keep practicing on skills of game

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Name: James Regan
DOB: 7/2/91
Position: Forward
Club: St Thomas
Best memory on pitch: Wining under 21 title.
What do you hate/love about training: Hate when its raining but love it when its not
What pre game routines do you have: Non
Favourite Player of all time: Joe Cooney
Motivation: watch motivational films
Funniest Incident on pitch: seen Bernard Burke been floored by a shoulder in a club game
Favourite band: cold play
Favourite food: Lasagne
Other hobbies /interests: Soccer
Advice for young players: Work beats talent if talent does not work

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James Skehill

Name: James Skehill

DOB:22/02/1988

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Cappataggle

Best memory on pitch: Winning '08 intermediate club championship

What do you hate/love about training: Hate doing warm ups / love shot stopping

What pre-game routines do you have: order in which i put on gear, have to start from bottom up

Favorite Player of all time: Damien Fitzhenry / Tony Keady

Motivation: i hate losing

Funniest Incident on pitch: no particular incident, canning doing celebrations after scoring a goal.... he thinks he is Messi in the Nou camp

Favourite band: one direction

Favourite food: no favourites id eat anything

Other hobbies /interests: rugby / farming

Advice for young players: you can never practice enough

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Joe Canning

Name: Joe Canning
DOB: 11-10-88
Position: Forward
Club: Portumna
Best memory on pitch: All-Ireland club final 2006
What do you hate/love about training: Hate the travel to training and the laugh is probably best thing about training
What pre-game routines do you have: Go to mass
Favourite Player of all time: Larry Murphy from Wexford
Motivation: Winning
Funniest Incident on pitch: Jason Grealish smackin a ball off one of the management one day very funny
Favourite band: Coldplay
Favourite food: Fish
Other hobbies /interests: Rugby,Golf
Advice for young players: practice the basic skills and never be content with what you have achived,always strive to become better

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Jonathan Glynn

Name: Jonathan Glynn
DOB: 7 June 1993
Position: Centre Forward
Club: Ardrahan
Best memory on pitch: All Ireland Minor Final 2011
What do you love about training: Physical side
What pre game routines do you have: Eating bananas and wine gums
Favourite Player of all time: John Mullhall
Motivation: To win a club championship
Funniest Incident on pitch:  60 man free for all while I was waterboy against carnmore in 2009 senior championship
Favourite band: The Calling
Favourite food: Roast Chicken
Other hobbies /interests: Rugby and hanging with the bears (boys in college)
Advice for young players: Enjoy Hurling and make many friends

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Joseph Cooney

Name:Joseph Cooney
DOB: 28/03/1991
Position:Forward
Club:Sarsfields
Best memory on pitch: Winning an U21 title in 2008 with my club
What do you hate/love about training: Hate the winter months training
What pre game routines do you have: Just relax and look forward to the game    
Favourite Player of all time: Henry Shefflin
Motivation: Wanting to win a senior All Ireland medal with Galway
Funniest Incident on pitch: James Skehill picking up a stray dog in Pearse Stadium, nearly took the fingers off him!!        
Favourite band:Coronas
Favourite food:Lamb Stew
Other hobbies /interests: Golf/ Gaelic Football
Advice for young players: Always enjoy your hurling, win loose or draw

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Kevin Hynes

Name: Kevin Hynes
DOB: 28/05/1986
Position: Ask the Management!!
Club: Sarsfields

Best memory on pitch: Captaining Galway to u21 All Ireland in 2007
What do you hate/love about training: Love: The craic with the lads. Hate: Being flogged!
What pre-game routines do you have:
Favourite Player of all time: Joe Cooney
Motivation: To Win All Ireland Senior Medal
Funniest Incident on pitch:
Favorite band: Eminem
Favorite food: Chicken Curry
Other hobbies /interests: Swimming/Soccer/Music
Advice for young players: Practice, practice, practice

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Niall Burke

Name: Niall Burke
DOB: 21/05/1991
Position: Forward
Club: Maree/Oranmore
Best memory on pitch: Winning Minor All-Ireland
What do you hate/love about training: hate pre-season running love training matches
What pre-game routines do you have: I usually eat the same breakfast and go for a short cycle before I go
Favourite Player of all time: most players would be from other sports, Johnny Wilkinson would be a favourite.
Motivation: To play in Croke Park on All-Ireland final day and win 
Favourite food: salmon
Other hobbies /interests: gym, swimming, holidays, socializing
Advice for young players: practice

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Niall Donohue

Name: Niall Donohue
DOB: 25-10-90
Position: defender
Club: kilbeacanty
Best memory on pitch: winning all ireland u21
What do you hate/love about training: the thing i like most about training is challenge matches because it helps you prepare best for da real thing.
What pre game routines do you have:  bed early and up early for a puck around, also get plenty fluids in that morning.
Favourite Player of all time: Brian Lohan
Motivation: the thought of winning an all ireland senior title is always a good motivator
Funniest Incident on pitch: Referee once saying I dont care belt the (blank) out of each other so
Favourite band: Kings of Leon
Favourite food: sheperds pie and stir fry 
Other hobbies /interests: gym, swimming
Advice for young players: always train hard even harder when things are going bad you wil get rewarded eventually

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Paul Gordon

Name: Paul Gordon
DOB: 01 March 1990
Position: Backs
Club: Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry
Best memory on pitch: Winning intermediate championship final 2009
What do you hate/love about training: Hate too much talking/ love training matches
Favourite Player of all time: Brian Whelan
Motivation: Enjoy playing the game and willingness to succeed for myself and my teammates.
Funniest Incident on pitch: Bernard Burke soloing the length of the pitch and then putting the ball wide
Favourite band: Bruce Springsteen/Rolling Stones
Favourite food: Carbonara
Other hobbies /interests: All other sports
Advice for young players: Practice as often as possible

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Paul Hoban

Name: Paul Hoban
DOB: 12/08/92
Position: Defender
Club: Baile Locha Riach
Best memory on pitch: final whistle in the county minor final 09
What do you hate/love about training: hate running, love playing matches
What pre-game routines do you have: Sit down, chill out and relax
Favourite Player of all time: Tommy Walsh
Motivation: Want to win every match even if its a game of tiddlywinks.
Funniest Incident on pitch: Johnny Coen's shorts falling down to his ankles in an underage match
Favourite band: The Derga
Favourite food: Spaghetti Bolongnese
Other hobbies /interests: Soccer and Golf
Advice for young players: Use the ball wall often

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Tadhg Haran

Name: Tadhg Haran
DOB: 06/09/1991
Position:Forward
Club: Liam Mellows
Best memory on pitch: All Ireland u21 Final 2011
What do you hate/love about training: 150's / Matches
What pre-game routines do you have: Play a few games of snooker
Favourite Player of all time: Colin Lynch
Motivation: To be the best player I can be
Funniest Incident on pitch: I once played an u14 game where the goals blew down on the goalie. (He wasn't inj. by the way)
Favourite band: The High Kings
Favourite food: Sunday Roast
Other hobbies /interests: Gaelic,swimming,Snooker
Advice for young players: Perfect practice makes perfect

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Tony Og Regan

Name: Tony Og Regan
DOB: 14/11/1983
Position: Centre Back
Club: Rahoon/Newcastle
Best memory on pitch: Winning National League 2010 & All Ireland Semi '05
What do you hate/love about training: December/Jan Slog & Slagging after training
What pre-game routines do you have: Too many to say
Favourite Player of all time: Tony Keady
Motivation: To win an All Ireland
Funniest Incident on pitch: Alan Kerins getting knocked out with concussion & a former manager telling him 'to stop sunning himself'
Favourite band: Corona's
Favourite food: Thai
Other hobbies /interests: Travel, cinema, golf, watching TV, reading, swimming
Advice for young players: Train as you mean to play in a match

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