Five Minutes With

Five Minutes with… Derry’s Padraig McGrogan

Name: Padraig McGrogan

Age: 20

Occupation: student

Teams played for: Newbridge, Derry and Jordanstown

Game you most enjoyed playing in?

All Ireland Minor semi final vs Dublin, I’ll never forget Oran McGill’s block at the very end of the game.

Game you least enjoyed playing in?

Getting beat by Tyrone in the u20 Ulster final last year.

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

Has to be one the back pitches at Owenbeg

Toughest training session you’ve ever been involved in?

Probably the Saturday morning we trained in Lavey this season, think Oisin McWilliams will agree.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

Under Armour

Most inspirational individual you’ve ever met?

Banty the kit man

Where do you like to go to celebrate?

Conor Doherty’s garage, the bar never seems to close.

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

I don’t mind playing a bit of golf even though I’m hopeless.

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

Bob Lee Swagger

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

Anyone except for Danny Mulholland.

Which team mate is the worst dancer?

Toss up between Mark or Peter McGrogan

Which team mate is the loudest in the changing room?

Jude Diamond talks over everyone

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

Jude Diamond smashing Matt Murphy’s windscreen during training and not taking any responsibility for it.

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

Ciaran Brooks missed training one time because he had to walk his girlfriend’s dog.

Biggest ego?

Lorcan McWillams would walk up to anyone during a game and tell them to just give him the ball, to be fair he came up with the goods more often than not.

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

Worst is probably Odhran Lynch because he never shuts up and ideally you always want to two seats to yourself.

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

The worst is probably Odhran Lynch again. Jesus, that man can talk and I’m not really sure who the best would be.

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

Decky McKeever would always have ate fairly healthy and the worst is Nathan Rocks.

Toughest opponent you have played against?

David Clifford

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


Can’t say there’s any that really stick out but Mickey Donelly always had some good quotes.

Best manager you have played for?

Rory Gallagher

What frustrates you most about the GAA?


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


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