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Five minutes with Armagh’s Gavin McParland

Name: Gavin McParland
Age: 26
Occupation: Beef farmer


Teams played for:


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

Eva Mendes for her looks, Ronaldo, Brad Pitt

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


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


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

There are a few bad pitches in Division Three…2015 Limerick took us till Kilmallock. The changing rooms, showers if there were any, and pitch were terrible

Which character in any film are you most like?

God I don’t know!

Any odd items in your kit bag?

No I wouldn’t say so, just my gear and boots ready to train or play. I do have my headphones as I like to listen to music before a game.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?


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

Armagh – Aaron McKay he acts about 15, I’ve never seen him sad
Ballymacnab – Tony McKee, he’s a clown

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

Haha can’t answer that

Who is the worst trainer?

Couple of the lads…a gust of wind would injure Joe McElroy
Ballymacnab – Kevin Beagan hasn’t trained in five years but is still trying his best…and Tony McKee

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

Joey McElroy and Ryan Owens

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

Niall Grimley, top man. The worst would probably be Aaron McKay, he wouldn’t stop talking

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

I take two seats to myself as I like the legroom. But you always hear Aaron McKay no matter where you sit on the bus

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

Ballymacnab – Tony McKee, he hasn’t a clue
Armagh – best would be Aidan Forker. Worst used to be Niall Grimley but he’s sorted it out

Toughest opponent you have faced?

The next one

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

There’s a right few. One that I keep saying to myself is if you’re not on your knees or out of breath at half time you haven’t worked hard enough – one of many from Geezer

Best manager you’ve ever played under?


Best ever performance?

Maybe Kildare this year

One to forget?

Cavan last year in the championship

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

McConville or Stevie Mc

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

Nobody. Keep all the lads together…but for the club would be great if Tony McKee just went away out of the road to Madden.


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