Five Minutes With

Five Minutes With… Monaghan’s Dermot Malone

Monaghan man dishes the dirt!

I hid David Kirk’s kicking tee down my shorts during a championship game”

Name: Dermot Malone

Age: 30

Occupation: Sales

Teams played for: Castleblayney Faughs & Monaghan

Game you most enjoyed playing in?

Monaghan v Kerry 2018 ‘Super 8s’

Game you least enjoyed playing in?

Monaghan v Down McKenna cup 2012- Lined out at corner-back, haven’t been back there since.

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

The stoney Meadow – Doohamlet

Toughest training session you’ve ever been involved in?

A pre-season training in December 2017 after a three-week lads’ holiday in the States. Luckily Karl O’Connell had my back that night for moral support. I owe him one.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

I’ve gone off Adidas since they won’t bring back the original Predator Manias so I’d have to say Nike & Gaelic Performance.

Most inspirational individual you’ve ever met?

Declan Loughman

Where do you like to go to celebrate?

The Spinning Wheel

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

I’d be a good man for the PlayStation and a bit of five-a-side Astro.

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

Lesley Chow

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

Beggars can’t be choosers, whoever is willing to listen to me.

Which teammate is the worst dancer?

John Beattie

Which teammate is the loudest in the changing room?

Conor Laverty

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

Hid David Kirk’s kicking tee down my shorts during a championship game once, he spent two kickouts running around the goals looking for it, and scuffed both of them without it!

What’s the worst excuse you’ve heard to get out of training and who did it come from?

This is genuine. Darren Daly – Fell asleep on the tanbeds in Dundalk and got sunburnt.

Biggest ego?

Kieran Hughes would have been in his hay day but he’s a well-settled man now, cheers Claire.

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

Ryan Wylie, on the dating apps 24/7. Although strong rumours circulating that he’s been tamed.

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

I’d usually pack the Playstation for away trips. Some men love it, others not so much. Vinnie Corey wasn’t a big fan of Fortnite believe it or not.

Who has the best diet, and who has the worst?

Best Colin Walshe

Worst Ryan McAnespie

Toughest opponent you have played against?

Paul Murphy

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

At the end of the day, GAA is just a hobby so don’t ever dwell too much into your wins or losses.

Best manager you have played for?

Eoin McTiernan

What frustrates you most about the GAA?

The fact that there is so many games played on Sundays. Club games, in particular, should all be played on a Fridays & Saturdays only.

What’s the best thing about being part of the GAA?

The social element after games.

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