Name: Gareth O’Donnell
Occupation: Teacher at Balla Secondary School
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
Jack Reilly swinging the winner off the left for us on county final day! Followed closely by Newcastle winning the Premier League.
Which living person do you most admire?
My parents Gerry and Breige have always been hugely encouraging. When we were younger, there wouldn’t be an evening when there wasn’t something on for myself or my sister and they always put us before themselves.
What’s your greatest extravagance?
Not a big man for the flashy stuff so probably my new (ish) car. Us teachers can’t afford extravagance!
What’s your favourite journey?
Going down the right-hand side of Fr O’Hara Park! I really enjoyed New York when I was there a couple of years ago. Would love to go back.
What or who is the love of your life?
Desserts! Sweets in general, I have a very bad sweet tooth.
When and where were you happiest?
Any time I get enough sleep.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Would love to be musical and able to play instruments. The tin whistle is as far as I stretch.
What’s your greatest achievement?
In football, I’d say keeping Owen Mulligan relatively quiet when I marked him against Cookstown in the All-Ireland semi-final in 2013. I had just turned 18 and was nervous enough about marking a guy I had always watched on TV. Playing for Mayo at minor and U-21 level was also a big honour. However, I wouldn’t consider my brief time in with the senior team as much of an achievement!
What’s your most treasured possession?
I often look back on photos with my granny. She was an amazing woman who had a great passion for us. She followed football and always wanted to know how we were doing. Grandparents are something I don’t think you fully appreciate until they’re gone.
What’s your favourite pass time?
I’m a big tennis fan! I used to play a lot and was fairly decent, but then football took over. Still like to play whenever I can.
What’s the quality you most like in a person?
Honesty and someone who doesn’t take things too seriously.
Who are your favourite footballers?
As a youngster it was David ‘Ginger’ Tiernan and Ciaran Mc [Donald].
What’s your motto?
A tap on the back is only six inches away from a kick up the arse. Keep going.