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Five Minutes with… Augher’s Darragh Kavanagh

Name: Darragh Kavanagh

Age: 25

Occupation: Teacher

Teams played for: Augher St Macartan’s, St Mary’s University, Tyrone Minors and U21’s

Game you most enjoyed playing in?

Intermediate Semi Final 2018. Scored 2-9. Should have saved a few for the Final.

Game you least enjoyed playing in?

Intermediate Final vs Tattyreagh 2018. Nothing went right for us.

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

Played away to Dregish once. It was an experience.

Toughest training session you’ve every been involved in?

Dooher told us with Tyrone he’d never make us do anything he wouldn’t do himself. The following hour was sketchy!

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

Adidas boots and Murphy’s gloves

Most inspirational individual you’ve ever met?

My Father. Made me love the game from an early age.

Where do you like to go out to celebrate?

Dessies in Augher is always the spot. Manys a good night/morning in Thompson’s with the Belfast boys.

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

Love playing a bit of Soccer or Basketball. I’m the right height for it you see!

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

Jackson Maine – A Star is Born. Minus the alcohol!

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

Aidy Cassidy is serious value, but completely uncontrollable.

Dee Ball (St Mary’s) … if Janet allows him to go that is!!

Which team mate is the worst dancer?

Saw Ruairi Mooney of Derry in Belfast not so long ago pulling some very questionable shapes.

Which team mate is the loudest in the changing room?

Eggy Treanor. He’s the oul fella now. Had to take over Woody’s pre-match speech.

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

Cathal McShane taking out the corner flag in Abbotstown one night. It’s gone down in Ranch history.

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

McShane sent a video of himself sliding about on ice in his shoes one morning saying the roads were while bad. Will never forget Tally’s reaction to that one.

Biggest ego?

Played with Skinner Bradley in Boston one Summer. Still the best player in Derry he tells me! Paddy disagrees.

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

Worst – Aidan Cassidy … always mad looking a snoop through Instagram at women.

Best – Pee Treanor. Knows all the gossip. Can nearly tell you a story before it’s actually happened.

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

Best -Damien Ball of Clan Na nGael. While craic.

Worst – Colm Byrne. Two months in America. Never shut his mouth!.

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

Best – Conor Meyler. Rueben’s Meals ambassador.

Worst – Raymie McElroy Augher. Man lives out of McElroy’s hot food counter.

Toughest opponent you have played against?

Paudi Hampsey. Hard as nails.

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

Jesus lad they’ve three stands. They must be some side’ … He got the sack for anyone interested.

Best manager you have played for?

Paddy Tally…he’s a genius.

What frustrates you most about the GAA?

Playing league football in November. It’s crazy!

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

The friends that are made throughout your career. The memories last a lifetime.

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