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Five minutes with Donegal’s Mark Anthony McGinley

Name: Mark Anthony McGinley
Age: 27
Occupation: Teacher


Teams played for:

St. Michaels and Donegal

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

Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Robert Downey Jr, Pia Miller

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

Normally Roses’ bar in Creeslough

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

I’d probably still be playing soccer

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


Which character in any film are you most like?

Jack Sparrow

Any odd items in your kit bag?

Nothing in the kitbag but I’ve a lot of pre-game rituals.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?


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

Colm McFadden’s always good for making something disappear out of your bag…normally your shampoo but I still can’t figure out what use he has it for.

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

Well obviously after myself i’d have to say Enda McCormack he’s loved up now for a while we’re all waiting for a big day out soon.

Who is the worst trainer?

Kieran Gillispie, think he’s trained about four times since he’s come into the panel.
Martin McElhinney gets an honorable mention for his role as Mr. Rehab.

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

Neil McGee never seen so many many care products in a washbag in my life.

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

Well I’m usually in with Peter Boyle and his snoring would wake the dead!!!

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

Marty O’Reilly is always good for a story or two!

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

Paddy McGrath has the best by a mile
There would be a few contenders for the worst but I’d have to say Jason McGee, he starts every day with a hot chocolate and a Starbar without fail.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

There’s a few but I’ll probably have to say Conor McManus since he’s scored one or two goals against us, even though they were penalties.

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

Our former club manager Eddie Harkin had a couple. “Into your pairs of twos and threes” and “Hem him into the corner”.

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

Probably the most enjoyable was my underage managers Shaun Langan and Michael Kelly.

Best ever performance?

Probably my championship debut against Fermanagh

One to forget?

Probably Galway this year.

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

I was either Maurice Fitzgerald or Tony Boyle if I was playing Gaelic. If it was Soccer Patrick Kluivert or Ruud Van Nistlerooy.

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

I’d bring in Brian Fenton


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