Five Minutes With

Five minutes with Fermanagh’s Darragh McGurn

Name: Darragh McGurn.

Age: 21.

Occupations: Student at QUB, doing a Masters of Aerospace Engineering.

Teams played for: Belnaleck, Fermanagh, Lisbellaw, St. Michael’s, Enniskillen, Queen’s.

Game you most enjoyed playing in?
Ryan Cup game against UUJ last year.

Game you least enjoyed playing in?
Sigerson quarter-final against DCU last year.

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

Lissan pitches in the winter. It would be easier to run in sand.

Toughest training session you’ve ever been involved in?

MacRory Cup runs in Castle Coole after a Christmas break were definitely the worst. I think I tried hiding in the trees for a few of them, they were that bad.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

O’Neill’s for GAA gear, Murphy’s for gloves.

Most inspirational individual you’ve ever met?

My grandfather inspired me to want to play GAA at a higher level.

Where do you like to go out to celebrate?

A night out in Belfast is hard to beat.

What do you like to do when you are not training/playing?

Cook, eat food and drink coffee.

Which character in any film/tv show are you most like?

Spider-Man for two reasons. One reason I will not mention, the other because I’m blind as a bat.

Which team mates (from any club/county) are the first you’d invite on a night out?

Oran McCarney, Conor McAuley, Pol McKervey and Brandon Horan are guaranteed to entertain you on a night out.

Which teammate is the worst dancer?

Definitely Lorcan McStravick. If he starts you have to turn away and let on you aren’t with him.

Which teammate is the loudest in the changing room?

You always hear Callum Jones before you see him.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen happen in training/during a match?

Callum Jones getting snipered in Tempo one evening.

Biggest ego?

Conor McGurn thinks he could’ve made it in the Premier League.

Worst/best person to sit next to on the team bus?

Worst – Jonny Cassidy as he steals all my rice cakes.

Best – Bryan Owens is good for a laugh (as long as he doesn’t have a bad game).

Worst/best person to share a room with on away days?

I always seem to get paired with Jonny Cassidy, a man of few words so I usually get a good night’s sleep.

Who has the best diet, and who has the worst, and what do they consist of?

Best – Ultan Kelm – forget five-a-day, it’s 25-a-day for custard.

Worst – Shane McGullion. He lost the plot when the Eat Out to Help Out scheme came into effect.

Toughest opponent you have played against?

Jonny Cassidy. You usually leave training with bruised ribs.

Best or worst quote you have heard from a team mate/opponent/manager?

Best – If you prepare to the best of your ability, you can be content with the result, whatever it may be.

Worst – Stop making mistakes.

Best manager you have played for?

Too young to have a best yet.

What frustrates you most about the GAA?

The difference in treatment for the bigger and smaller counties.

What is the best thing about being part of the GAA?

It gives you something to work for, and you make friends for life.

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