Name: Keith McLoughlin
Club: Killala Age: 32
Occupation: Electrician at Iarnród Éireann
Nothing in particular, whatever the wife decides to scrape up for me. I pretend I’m too busy getting my gear ready and concentrating on the match, so usually it’s a banana and a yoghurt!
Favourite player growing up?
Graham Geraghty of Meath. He was as effective in the forwards as he was in the backs. The lads think much the same of me!
Best away day room-mate?
Alex Quinn. Well, he kinda follows me around, think it’s how he looks up to me!
Who would headline your houseparty?
Kevy Walsh and Brian Ferguson.
First song they would play?
Hall and Oates, ‘You make my dreams come true’. They love that one, they do a great version of it.
You win the Lotto, first thing you would buy?
A bottle of shower gel and boots for David Lowther, poor lad hasn’t a shilling since he bought the new BMW! Also a pair of socks for Micheál Dooher and a right foot for Martin Maheady. Actually make that a left and right, his good foot is much the same as his weak foot!
Favourite TV show?
The annual ‘Reeling in the Years’ indulgence on Christmas Day with a belly full of turkey and ham. Lovely!
Earliest GAA memory growing up?
Playing one of those underage 7-a-side competitions and the trainer decides to play with no goalie in the second half because of a stiff breeze with us! Needless to say we conceded seven goals in the second half that day!
Who is the joker in the dressing room?
There’s a few — Martin Maheady, Kevy Walsh and young Rory McGuire can be cutting too, but I suppose it would have to be our manager Declan O’Dea. Most people in footballing circles would know he is a quiet type of a lad, but once he gets going he’s full of chat and jokes!
Favourite holiday destination?
It would have to be training. Not that it’s easy or anything, but I’m married with three kids. Men in my position will understand, two hours away three times a week — bliss!
Most memorable sporting moment?
Has to be the Mayo v Dublin match in 2006, when Ciaran Mc[Donald] scores the winner. Croke Park was electric, will never forget it.
Who is the best player you have played alongside?
Karl Dooher, a class act and even in his mid-forties is still putting in fantastic performances. Also, Michael Flynn (related to the O’Connor brothers of Mayo) but I reckon a better free taker!
Who is the best player you have played against?
Michael Lynnot of Kilfian. He’s a midfield maestro, well that was before he shacked up with the wife-to-be and had to get the hip done! I’m sure he’s going to be back in the near future though.
Best thing about being a Killala footballer?
Getting a chance to wear the blue Jersey in Championship, it’s what we train all year for.
Worst thing about being a Killala footballer?
The long football season and the discussion about whether you’re having a few drinks or not at a wedding. (Congrats again to Micheál and Louise Dooher, all the best for the future).
Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I was the first Killala man to get a black card. It was my birthday that day too, some of the lads reckon that’s why the referee wanted to give me a card!
Name three things that are always in your fridge?
I’d be lucky if there’s anything in it, it’s like the oven most evenings!
Best advice you ever got?
‘Some of ye don’t know enough to know ye know nathing!’ And ‘Don’t count the days, make the days count’.