Five Minutes With

Five minutes with Down’s Colm Flanagan

Name: Colm Flanagan
Age: 28
Occupation: Area Sales Manager at Pallas Foods




Teams played for:

Castlewellan & St Malachy’s High School

Game you most enjoyed playing in?

Derbys, Kilcoo, Bryansford big rivals and always a tasty encounter.

Game you least enjoyed playing in?

Away to Glenn several reasons very hard to play against, small box changing rooms and a terrible pitch.

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

Bryansford back pitch.

Toughest training session you’ve every been involved in?

First year on our senior panel I got my eyes opened with Sunday morning’s sand dunes under Gerry Doherty.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

Nike clothing, Adidas boots.

Most inspirational individual you’ve ever met?

Finty McGreevy, a Castlewellan legend. Played along side him for a few years and he’s a leader on and off the field.

Where do you like to go out to celebrate?

Canal Court followed by a trip to Bru Bakers or Quinn’s.

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

Spend time with my fiancée, walk our dog, visit friends and family.

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

Lucas Scott (One Tree Hill)

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

Conor McGrady best DJ around, direct message him for more info.

Which team mate is the worst dancer?

I’ll take the rap for this one as I get stick for my stiff hips.

Which team mate is the loudest in the changing room?

Davy Boom Bastic always got something smart to say.

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

Club match away to An Riocht. Gerard Keown took several attempts at picking the ball up before losing it, when asked after the game what happened he claims he got stung by a nettle.

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

Club Aidy Burns, tough running session organised at Castlewellan forest park and I asked him if he was training. He replied, no, I’m taking a mid-season break.

Biggest ego?

Caolan Mooney AFL star! Backs it up, class player.

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

best – Kevin McKernan enjoy listening to his stories.
Worst – Rory Burns aka Bubba, cross head at times.

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

Worst – Shay Millar loudest snorer.
Best – Anthony Doherty as we get paired up a lot.

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

Worst Niall Madine. Explained how he will travel around several chip shops as he likes chips/chicken from one place and sauces from another it’s like a combination of four takeout stops.
Best – Davy Mckibben (Mr Boombastic) eats no carbs claiming he’s getting ready for Ibiza.

Toughest opponent you have played against?

Shay Millar away to Glenn last year I couldn’t get a hand on him.

Best manager you have played for?

PJ McGee, took me under his wing from an early age. Five successful years at St Malachy’s great coach on and of the field.

What frustrates you most about the GAA?

Commitment, feeling like you’re not your own guy.

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

Conditioning, competitiveness, match day buzz.


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