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Five minutes with Armagh’s Lauren McConville

Name: Lauren McConville 1109070
Age: 21
Occupation: Student

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Teams played for:

Crossmaglen Rangers, Armagh, Queen’s University, Ulster, Cavan New York

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

Kevin Hart, he cracks me up

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

We would usually head back to the Carrickdale and take it from there, we would be fond of the odd night in the Cooley mountains!

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

I would be a professional dancer or the Bard of Armagh because of my poetry skills

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

I played a challenge game once on a horse field in Knockbridge in Louth, it had a huge hill with one set of goal posts at the top #siege

Which character in any film are you most like?

Rapunzel, no need for players to pull my jersey when they can just grab my ponytail

Any odd items in your kit bag?

The odd packet of Haribo sweets and a collection of hairbands

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

I’m a big fan of Gaelic Performance gloves and I’ve been buying the same Adidas boots this 10 years.

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

Roisin Murphy is an awful messer but she prefers to be called Princess Roisin, South Armagh’s finest

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

Siobhan Feeney’s man isn’t bad

Who is the worst trainer?

I’ll not mention names but we’ve had a girl miss training because she was doing her fake tan and another who was burnt from the sunbeds!

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

Kelly Mallon by a country mile, the hair has to be ‘on fleek’

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

Best: Probably the Marley sisters- they would give you a full packed lunch and plenty of laughs. Worst: Sharon Reel – she’d have you up an hour early for pre-training legs, bums and tums

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

Best: Aoife McCoy because she shares her Haribos with me and Katie Daly because she plays games with me to pass the time Worst: Some of the older folk on the team, you wouldn’t get much craic out of them

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

Best: Sinead McCleary/Kernan – she is an avocado outfit. Worst: Let’s just say Fionnuala McKenna is a fan of the chips

Toughest opponent you have faced?

Vera Foley or Sharon Reel

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

Best: ‘Don’t wait for it to happen, go and make it happen!’
Worst: ‘We’re here now, we may as well win’ my mother/ teammate

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

James Daly

Best ever performance?

Possibly All-Ireland final v Laois 2014

One to forget?

All-Ireland semi-final v Cork 2014

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

Colm Cooper

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

Caroline O’Hanlon would be out because she gives me serious bad manners and mocks my accent. I’d have to take up Cora Staunton, she’s unstoppable.

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