Name: Shane Hogan
Lives: Yonkers, New York
Occupation: Doorman and Bartender
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is any time I’m with my family and friends. The memories and good times we share are things I can look back at and smile. Just being with the people I love make me truly happy.
Which living person do you most admire?
The people close to me that I admire most would have to be my parents. They have been nothing but loving and supporting no matter what road I’ve taken. Through good times and bad they are always there for me.
What’s your greatest extravagance?
I try and take a trip every year. Whether it’s to Ireland or to a different part of the US. I’ve been to Nashville, Tennessee, Milwaukee and Wisconsin over the past year. Both were incredible places and vastly different from New York, so it was fun to see the difference in how we live.
What’s your favourite journey?
Honestly, my favorite journey is the one from January to May. We start training and we have a vastly different team from the year before so it’s good to meet new guys from different walks of life.
I know that in the beginning it’s brutal because a lot of us haven’t done much running or lifting since the end of the season before, but that’s what bonds us. It’s what brings us closer as team-mates, having to go through that misery and pain to try and get a reward together.
What or who is the love of your life?
It will sound corny but Gaelic football is the love of my life. Anyone who knows me knows that it’s what I take the most pride and joy in doing. I love getting involved in the community as a coach and a referee and it’s really what brings me joy.
When and where were you happiest?
I’d say I’m happiest when I’m home on a day off. When I can relax and not have to set the alarm to get up for work, have no real expectations for the day, and I’m free to do what I please. Sleeping in and Netflix are what make me happy.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Although I think I’m world class, I wish I could sing. People may shudder or cover their ears when I’m singing next to them, but It would be nice to just hear, ‘what a lovely voice you have’ instead of “Please for the love of God keep quiet’!. Cooking would also help. I mean besides toast, cereal, and pasta, I’m pretty useless.
What’s your greatest achievement?
I’d have to say starting for New York against Sligo when I was 17 years-old. The panel may not have been the strongest, but to break in then and get my first look at inter-county football was hugely important in developing the player I am.
What’s your most treasured possession?
I’d say my World Games medal. I travelled back in 2016 to UCD, played the final in Croke Park and was presented with the cup and my medal by the GAA President at the time, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, in the Hogan Stand.
What’s the quality you most like in a person?
The quality I admire most is a good sense of humour. Being able to laugh at the little things and being able to cheer up others around you.
What’s your favourite pass time?
Sports really consume my life, whether it’s be Gaelic football, American football, soccer, basketball, baseball, playing and watching those sports.
On most of my days off and during the week, this is what I spend most of my time doing.
Who are your favourite footballers?
Colm Cooper and Seán Cavanagh would be my favourites. Cooper is probably the greatest footballer of all time and Cavanagh has unbelievable skill for a bigger guy. His style of play was the one I tried to emulate the most.
What’s your motto?
The motto I live by is ‘progress, not perfection’. We all have things we do, qualities we have that we wish to change, dreams we want to reach that we try to achieve. There are times we fail, but they can’t be looked at as failures. Every obstacle in the road presents progress and that is what we should strive for. We are not perfect nor can we truly achieve perfection, but as long as we are a better person through our progress we are successful.