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Five minutes with Down’s Rian Branagan

Name: Rian Branagan rian
Age: 22
Occupation: Student physio


Teams played for:

Clonduff hurling and football, Down, UUJ, Ulster NY

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

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather until we get this fight going, maybe take Snoop Dogg to referee it.

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

Macs in Hilltown for the club, surprised that place still has a roof! Hatfield is the easy choice for Belfast, no explanations needed!

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

I’d have to do something sport-orientated to stop me from becoming a full-time tenant in the Hatfield, so maybe a bit of Sunday league football.

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

The pitch we played the Div 2B Final on last year in Dundalk.

Which character in any film are you most like?

Not a film but I can relate a lot to Nick in the series New Girl.

Any odd items in your kit bag?

Couple of inhalers in case things go south on the field.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

Copa Mundials boots, Brian Walsh hurls.

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

I think Brendy Britton lives for making a mug out of people at Clonduff and you’d need your wits about you with Stephen Keith and co. at the county! UUJ team is full of jokers, Liam Dunphy reckons he’s a better rower than the O’Donovan brothers!

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

I’m going to give this one to Christopher Young for consistently having a different other half every weekend, I can’t be keeping up with all his friendship statuses on Facebook!

Who is the worst trainer?

There’s a rumour going about that Liam McParlan actually completed a training session last year, but I reckon he started that rumour himself!

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

James O’Connell takes a good ten minutes to fix his hairline up at UUJ, with Michial Dudley not too far behind him. Barry O’Hagan needs a mirror to check how well his orange boots look from a different angle.

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

Worst without a doubt would be Chrissy Brown from Clonduff, you’d need to be sleeping with one eye open with that man about!

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

Best place to sit would be at the back for a bit of cards. If you’re looking a bit of peace to sleep I wouldn’t recommend sitting beside Caolan Taggart.

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

Couldn’t give you an answer as to the best, lot of fellas on all the teams eat very well. Liam McParlan eats very well too, just a pity its Dolce and Friar Tucks he’s eating.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

Darren O’Hagan, Clonduff
Shane O’Donnell, Clare
And Sean Doherty, Strabane Sigersons

Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?
“Not one backward step!” Growler, Down
“Lads, as Frankie said…” Marty McNeil, Clonduff

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

Ross Carr

Best ever performance?

Probably Castlewellan in the SFC last year for Clonduff.

One to forget?

SFC Final vs Kilcoo

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

This is a toss-up between Henry Shefflin and Stanley Matthews, but apparently as a young fella Stanley was the man so I’m going to go with him!

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

I’d transfer in Joe Canning.
I’d transfer out Christopher Young because ever since he’s won Player of The Year he won’t pass the ball anymore.


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