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Conor Heneghan’s Quickfire



Quickfire Questions

Name: Conor Heneghan
Club: Kiltimagh
Age: 33 (the new 25)
Occupation: Journalist with JOE.ie

If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Travel. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen a lot of places, but plenty more to see yet.

Tell us something about yourself we don’t know?
I was part of a Kiltimagh team to represent Mayo in pitch and putt at the Community Games in Mosney in 1997, the same year as Tiger Woods’ first major win. Tiger’s game showed a slightly more marginal improvement than mine in the years since. 

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten?
Marmite and my God, never again, That stuff should come with a health warning.

What makes you angry?
As my team-mates will testify, questionable decisions during heated training games!

First sporting hero?
Ryan Giggs.

Name three things that are always in your fridge?
Eggs, milk and *checks fridge* chicken that should have been thrown out long ago.

Your last meal before training and first food afterwards?
A bowl of Weetabix with a banana beforehand. Sandwiches, tea and a biscuit or two afterwards.

One team-mate you’d have in your corner in tag-team MMA?
It would have to be a toss-up between Brian ‘Chucky’ Gallagher, who wouldn’t back down from any challenge and Ciarán Charlton, a machine.

Who is the best and worst dresser in your squad?
Paul Kelly has been known to sport a trendy jacket on a night out. The young fellas would probably see old-timers like myself and Damien Gallagher as the worst dressers, skinny jeans haven’t caught on with us yet. 

Who is the prankster in the squad?
Plenty of messers, but I’ll give Stevie McDonnell the nod for this one.

Any football superstitions?
A seat beside my old mate Damien Gallagher in the dressing-room and a splash of cold water on the face to wake me up before a match. 

What makes you nervous?
Ronan Malee taking a penalty.

What’s the best show on TV?
Just finished the most recent season of Narcos on Netflix, a brilliant watch. All-time favourites would be Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights.

Last time you cried?
I might have shed a tear or two after the All-Ireland Final.

Who’s the most famous person you’ve met?
I stayed in the same hostel room as Olly Murs in Melbourne in 2008. He unceremoniously ditched me as a friend on Facebook when he became famous on the X-Factor. True story!

Who would you like to be stranded on a desert island with?
I’m a little over two months’ married so if I don’t say my wife, Patria, I’ll be in serious trouble!

Who is the most under-rated player in Mayo?
I’m being biased but I’ve soldiered with Liam Lydon for years and I can’t remember him having many bad games. Serious player. 

What do you miss most about being a kid?
The innocence of it all and playing ball in the TEC on the Balla Road until all hours. 

What’s your most prized possession?
Probably my county and Connacht Junior medals from 2009.

Best advice you ever got?
“Conor, that left foot of yours is purely for standing on.”

Mayo footballer who was your childhood hero?
Showing my age here, but the great Willie Joe Padden was an early idol of mine.

Best thing about being a club footballer?
It’s a cliché, but the friendships you make out of it are invaluable. Representing a town like Kiltimagh with the supporters we have is always a privilege.

Worst thing about being a club footballer?
Missing out on social occasions.

Describe yourself in three words?
Lazy. . .  Ah no... loyal, thick, honest.

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