FIVE MINUTES WITH…Diarmuid Ó Cathail

Name: Diarmuid Ó Cathail

Age: 19

Occupation: Student


Team: Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn

If you were throwing a party and you could invite anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you ask around?
Christy Moore and Trevor Noah, that would be great craic.

Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?
Has to be the Pin, no questions asked.

What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?
It’s a close call between Setanta and Dungloe, both of them are on a hill and full of holes.

Which character in any film are you most like? Rocky – The ones in UCD would probably agree as I’m often in the gym and said to be difficult to understand at times, being from Donegal.

Any odd items in your kit bag? Not really, apart from enough resistance bands to open my own shop.

Who’s the biggest joker in the team you play for?
James Carr, always has something to say.

Which team mate has the best looking other half?
There are a few going for that, to be fair the lads have done better than you’d expect. We’ll leave it at that as I don’t want to be responsible for any broken relationships.

Who is the worst/best trainer? Best trainer: Brian Diver, when he’s at training he’s there to get it done and to get it done right.
Worst trainer: Ciarán Kilfeather, when he bothers to turn up. He seems to decide what parts he’ll do and which he won’t.

Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?
Probably Liam Doherty, he always makes sure he’s looking his best and that his tan is topped up.

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus?
Best: James Carr. Worst: Seán McGilloway, you wouldn’t know what stories or hypotheses he’ll throw at you.

Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include?
Worst Diet: Has to be James Carr again, he likes a takeaway and isn’t slow to put it up on his story.

Toughest opponent you have faced?
I found myself on Jason McGee for a couple of kick-outs in an Under 21 game, it’s safe to say it wasn’t much of a contest.

Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent? ‘Pull’ followed by, ‘That’s the hurling’ for the full game. – Dan Harnett, hurling manager.

Best manager you’ve ever played under? Paul Melaugh – meticulous.

Best ever performance?
Against St Michael’s in the minor championship.

One to forget? County final, last year, against Buncrana.

Sporting ambition?
To play Division 1 and senior championship with the club.

When you were playing in the back garden, who did you pretend to be?
Charlie Creevy.


If you were in charge of transfers, who’d be in and who’d be out of the team? In David Clifford. Out: Ciarán Kilfeather, if he continues being lazy.


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