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Quickfire questions with Paul Mannion (Mayo Gaels)


Name: Paul Mannion
Club: Mayo Gaels Age: 24
Occupation: Sales Assistant at Eddie Murphy Menswear
(Open until 10, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Lives: Mayo Abbey

Tell us something about yourself we don’t know?
For the past four years I’ve been goalkeeping coach for different ladies football teams including Galway, Clare and this year I’m with the Mayo ladies.

A night in, or a big night out?
A big night out with a good crew is what it’s all about.

What’s your favourite TV show?
Blue Mountain State, it’s an exceptional watch on Netflix.

Name three things that are always in your fridge?
Ice-cream, chicken and a few frosty ones.
Which three guests would you invite to your dinner party?
Ed Sheeran, the man can do no wrong. Johnny ‘Danger’ Bennett, a hilarious New Zealand comedian/stuntman, well worth a follow on Instagram. Lastly, I’d have to say LeBron James, he is the GOAT. Enough said.

Who’s your ideal date?
Hannah Stocking (Instagram model), she’s a dream.

What makes you nervous?
Going in for a 50/50 ball with Kevin Lynch, it’s usually painful.

What’s been your worst holiday?
Sharing the same hotel as a group of English football hooligans during a European Championship, not a fun time.

Any football superstitions?
Look good, feel good, play good.

Biggest messer in the Gaels dressing-room?
Shane Vahey is always up to tomfoolery. I’m not sure if his fashion sense is an ongoing joke, but it’s pretty funny all the same.

What do you miss most about being a kid?
Having no responsibilities whatsoever. Being an adult is the worst!

What’s your most prized possession?
I’d have to say my phone, if it got into the wrong hands, God help me.

Most under-rated player in Mayo club football?
From my own club I would have to say Alan Morris – he’s a top, top baller. Throughout the rest of the county I’d have to say James Shaughnessy, with the scoring numbers he’s putting up surely he deserves a look in.

Last time you cried?
I watched ‘The Lion King’ again quite recently, it’s an emotional roller-coaster from start to finish – especially when Mufasa dies.

Best thing about being a Mayo club footballer?
Representing your parish, community and playing with all my mates.

Worst thing about being a Mayo club footballer?
Facing my aul lad’s criticism after a loss.

Best advice you ever got?
You didn’t come this far to only come this far.

Three things you’d bring to a desert island?
Phone, water and female company.

Describe yourself in three words?
Strive. For. Greatness.

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