IF YOU play an instrument, you can keep practising your timing. Dancers can keep going over their steps, while those in the novelty act can keep rehearsing.
But how do you go about getting ready for an All-Ireland final when you’re in the quiz?
According to Ulster champions Trillick, it’s about getting as much GAA and Irish cultural related information piled into the grey matter as possible.
The trio of Sean McCann, Darragh McQuaid and Diarmaid McCaughey will fly the flag for Ulster this weekend as they head to Castlebar. For the St Macartan’s club and their mentor Dermot McCaughey, it’s a path they’ve gone down before having previously claimed the provincial title back in 2001. On that occasion they fell short, but with a brainy bunch and hopefully a sprinkling of luck on their side, McCaughey is hopeful that they can lay claim to an All-Ireland title this Saturday evening.
Their Ulster win should have come as little surprise, the trio having previously been Ulster runners-up in the Cumann na mBunscoil quiz with St Scire’s in Trillick last year. All three are 12 years old, in fact all born within a month of each other, meaning their stint in Scór na nÓg can be an extended one. Not just talented players on the field, they’re also proud to represent their club in an All-Ireland final this weekend in Scór competition.
“They’re all good footballers, three very talented players. Back in 2001 we had three lads Mark McKenna, Proinsais O’Kane and Sean McCann.
“All three of them were very good footballers as well, in fact they ended up being in it because I’d asked in the dressing room of an u-16 game if anyone was interested in taking part. The three boys, who were centre-back, midfield and centre-forward, put up their hands straight away.”
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