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Quickfire Questions with Shane Nallen


Quickfire Questions

Name: Shane Nallen
Age: 31 Club: Belmullet
Nickname: Sticky
Occupation: Garda

Pre-match meal?
Usually just keep it simple, scrambled eggs, avocado and toast.

Favourite player growing up?
Michael Donnellan. 

Best away day room-mate?
Not that we’ve had many away days, but I’ll go with Chrissy [Barrett] for the simple reason that we can convince each other that we still have plenty years left in us. Although with him getting married next month, his footballing days might be over.

Who would headline your houseparty?
I’d have to say Scotty K[ilker].

First song they would play?
Broken Strings – James Morrison

You win the Lotto, first thing you would buy?
A constant supply of size 5 O’Neills. I’ve can’t tell you how many we’ve lost this year. We lost four the day of the final.

Favourite TV show?
I’ve a few at the minute, but I’ll probably go with Chicago PD.

Earliest GAA memory growing up?
The ref’ telling my manager in a national schools final to take me off before he sent me off. Nothing much has changed there.

Who is the joker in the dressing room?
We’ve a couple, including myself. Owen Healy always has a few stories about his Tinder dates.

Favourite holiday destination?
Was in Thailand a few years ago. Amazing place.

Most memorable sporting moment?
Winning the Intermediate Final this year. Never felt so proud.

Who is the best player you have played alongside and why?
Probably Pearce Hanley. Played Minor and two years under-21 with him before he went to Oz. Massive loss to Mayo Football.

Who is the best player you have played against?
Ciaran McDonald. He was unmarkable at club level.

Best thing about being a Belmullet footballer?
Getting to represent the area of Belmullet is something special. There’s a great pride of place with the Belmullet people and they’re very passionate about their sport.

Worst thing about being a Belmullet footballer?
All the travelling that you have to do. With Belmullet being such a rural area we haven’t really been able to train at home during the week, so lads have had to hop in their cars after work on a week day and travel from Dublin/Limerick/Belfast to train in Galway.

Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I scored a goal from a kick-out once for Erris United. I think Ed McGreal likes to remind the opposing keeper of it every so often on Twitter.

Name three things that are always in your fridge?
Eggs, chicken and chocolate milk.

Best advice you ever got?
“Shane, don’t say anything to the ref” before every game.


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