Name: Padraic Walsh
Age: 22 Lives: The Neale
Occupation: Fitness Coach
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
Watching Steven Conroy track his man, but there’s some miracles even God can’t pull off.
Which living person do you most admire?
That’s a tough one. It’s between Paddy Hopkins and Simone Biles - one was The Neale’s top scorer two years ago, retired, then came back to play in goal and won a county championship. While the other has won 25 world medals between the Olympics and World Championships, all before the age of 23.
I’ll let you decide which is more impressive.
What’s your greatest extravagance?
Food and football boots – between both the bank account is
always ticking over.
What’s your favourite journey?
When I was in UCD, the journey to and from Coppers was always good craic. Even found a nice pink hat on one of the trips.
What or who is the love of your life?
Tommy Conroy shooting the lights out is right up there, and Brian O’Halloran when he’s scoring outrageous goals.
When and where were you happiest?
Mellotte’s, Lydon’s, and O’ Malley’s after the County Final.
Which talent would you most like to have?
A decent right foot would be nice, at the minute it’s just used for standing.
What’s your greatest achievement?
Winning the Intermediate Championship with The Neale.
What’s your most treasured possession?
Coppers Gold Card – saved a lot of money on the weekly trips.
What’s your favourite pass time?
Teaching Noirin Moran how to shoot and showing Rachel Kearns how to kick a 45’ at training.
What’s the quality you most like in a person?
A good sense of humour is key.
Who are your favourite footballers?
I’ll get a bit of shtick for going across the border but Padraic Joyce. A left foot on him that’s almost as good as mine.
What’s your motto?
To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target