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Five minutes with – Armagh hurler Artie McGuinness

Name: Artie McGuinness 27.artie-mcguinnes
Age: 29 1/2
Occupation: BT Engineer


Teams played for:

Newry Shamrocks, Down, South Down, Armagh

If you were throwing a party and you could invite anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you ask around?

All the Shamrocks lads for the craic and Luke Kelly for the tunes.

Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?

Nothing better than club members’ bar after a win.

If you weren’t playing GAA what would you be at?

Been playing bit of rugby during off season and struck up dazzling centre partnership with Warrenpoint hurler John O’Kane, so would love to have played that earlier.

What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?

Old Abbey Grammar pitch had a full size swimming pool between the two 45s that came out when it rained.

Which character in any film are you most like?

Like to think I’m like Jordan Belfort but probably more like Stu from The Hangover.

Any odd items in your kit bag?

Usually a mushy banana that went in with great intentions and a scrum cap.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

Love the new club Adidas gear, usually a Fletcher hurl, Nike boots.

Who’s the biggest joker in the teams you play for?

Shane Courtney always good for a laugh with club, if something happens with Armagh best look for Nathan Curry or Cahal Carvill.

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

Obviously look no further than my own as a married man!

Who is the worst trainer?

No bad trainers in Newry, focused bunch down here.

Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?

Paul Sheehan usually last out onto pitch, everything has to look right.

Who’s the best/worst person to share a room with on away trips?

Seem to get stuck with my brother Eoin mostly and I have to listen to his complaining. Best would be Conrad Dinsmore – good to hear what the young lads get up to these days!

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus?

Best is myself, I like my own space on match days…

Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include?

Worst Patrick Young, lives off sweets and full fat milk! Best probably Neil Courtney, need to fuel them 6am runs.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

Without a doubt Portaferry’s Paul Braniff.

Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?

John Crossey has had some belters but none fit for print!

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

Been very lucky with managers, Ronan Sheehan, Paul Woods, John Rafferty and Paddy Braniff Snr helped me a lot.

Best ever performance?

Scored 6-4 on a windy Wednesday night in Termonfeckin on my comeback from ACL surgery, was a friendly but I had to dig deep for a best ever.

One to forget?

Championship semi-final against Kilclief two years ago! Enough said.

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

Martin Storey or Seanie McMahon, liked no nonsense players.

If there was a transfer market who’d be in and who’d be out of the team?

Couldn’t lose anyone with Armagh but would happily take Podge Collins if he’s not playing with Clare.

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