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FIVE MINUTES WITH… Ronan Duffy

Name: Ronan Duffy

Age: 21


Occupation:
Factory worker

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Team: Naomh Muire


If you were throwing a party and you could invite anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you ask around?
If I where throwing a party I’d have to invite Owenie McGarvey and Seamus Roarty. They’d be telling stories all night… I’d bring a 21 year old Eamon McGee too for a bit of chaos.


Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?
Ah have to stay local with Sharkey’s bar. They don’t throw us out too often and they have the second best pint of Guinness in Donegal. Robbed of the Best.


What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?
It has to be Dungloe. You’d need an oxygen tank with you when you’re running up that hill.


Which character in any film are you most like?
Probably one of the lads from Dumb ‘n’ Dumber


Any odd items in your kit bag?
There was a girl’s belt in it for long enough don’t know how it got there to be honest.


Who’s the biggest joker in the team you play for?
Shaun the Yank fancies himself as a bit of a comedian but most people just laugh at his laugh more than anything.

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Which team mate has the best looking other half? Ah it’s a fairly young team this year. I would say some of the lads haven’t been told the birds and bees yet.


Who is the worst/best trainer?
The best trainers are the twins. A 100m race is like an Olympic final between the two of them. Although Dannen Sweeney has been training well since he’s made his comeback from being in the pub for three years. The worst is probably Shaun the Yank – can never be found when we’re running.


Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?
Probably Joey Gillespie he enjoys looking at himself in the mirror

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus? The best person to sit beside is probably James Ferry – he’ll be telling you wee jokes the whole journey. The worst is probably Thomas O’Donnell – very cranky young fella.

Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include? I’ll not lie most of the takeaways around here know me by my first name so I’d have to say myself for the worst diet. Adi O’Gara probably has the best diet don’t think he’s ate sugar in about 10 years.


Toughest opponent you have faced?
The toughest opponent I’ve ever faced was probably Kevin Whyte from Ardara when I was Under 16. He had pace…. I didn’t


Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?
Best quote is probably Gerry Doherty playing soccer at school. He told the goalkeeper “I want your granny that’s been dead for 20 years to hear you when you go up for that ball today.”


Best manager you’ve ever played under?
Best manager has to be Gary Boyle. Very smart man knows his football


Best ever performance?
There’s very few good ones but I’d probably have to pick beating Termon in Under 21s this year. It was a good team performance from everyone

One to forget? Jesus I could be here all day talking about my bad performances but the worst was probably when I was playing minor. My man scored two goals in two minutes and I was taken off after 10 minutes.


Sporting ambition?
Short term is to try and get the club out of the slump that’s hit the last few years, and to try and just get on track again. Long term to aim is to play senior championship again.

When you were playing in the back garden, who did you pretend to be? Ah like most people from the Lower Rosses, I wanted to be like Owenie McGarvey but it’s true what they say you should never meet your idols or they’ll give out stink to you for not being able to kick the ball.


If you were in charge of transfers, who’d be in and who’d be out of the team?
You’d have bring back a fit Hugh ‘Yank’ Boyle and Bryan Grant. We all dream of the day Hugh turns up with his black and gold predators and scores 1-5, and I miss Bryan’s wee left footed goal-kicks. I’d get rid of Darren Gallagher. He can’t play this year anyway but he’s still roaming about.

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