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Quickfire questions with Aidan Kilcoyne



Quickfire Questions

Name: Aidan Kilcoyne
Club: Knockmore   Age: 34 (ouch)
Occupation: Head of Marketing for Betfair Europe  

Working from home or just at home?
Working from home. Given the impact of Covid-19 on the sporting calendar globally, I was expecting to be a little quiet but its actually been exceptionally busy.
My wife has also returned to work from maternity leave during the ‘lockdown’ period. So we are both trying to balance work and taking care of our 10-month-old daughter Eila.
So I haven’t had as much time for perfecting my Tic Toc videos as I would have liked!   

Strangest thing you do to pass the time?
Not getting too much time to pass, but I did invest in a ‘Putt Out’ and putting mat and have assembled some form of chipping/putting area in the back garden. I think this has actually increased the frustration levels though. Getting a daily reminder of how bad I am at golf !!  

What’s the best thing about going nowhere?
Between commuting to the office and weekend trips to Mayo for training, I usually spend quite a lot of time in the car so not having to drive for a few weeks has been great - saved a fortune on diesel!

Best thing about social distancing?
Getting to spend time with my wife and daughter. Eila is at the age where she is developing so quickly and changing almost daily. This period has allowed me to be at home more where otherwise I would have been in the office or travelling and may have missed out.

Worst thing about social distancing?
Not being able to see family and friends and having to cancel our family holiday (golf trip) that was planned for the beginning of June. Also not being able to get a haircut is not doing me any favours at all!  

Favourite song to wash your hands to?
Saint JHN — Roses. It just pipped a ‘Frog went a courtin’

What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
Money Heist.

Which three celebrity guests would you invite to your Zoom party?
I think at the moment its more important than ever to keep the spirits up and have a laugh so I will go for Peter Kay, Kevin Hart and Ricky Gervais.

What’s your most prized possession at the moment?
It would have to be my laptop, I suppose.  

First thing you’ll do when the lockdown ends?
Get a haircut.

One old match you’d love to watch back?
The 2006 Under-21 county final versus Ballina would be one I’d love to see again, but I think if I had to choose it would be the 2002 county senior final versus Crossmolina.
It was my first County Final, unfortunately we didn’t get the win, but I’d love to watch back the shoot-out between Kevin O’Neill and Ciaran McDonald.
If it was as good as I remember, then it definitely deserves another look.

What do you miss most about training?
Beating Darren McHale in the fitness tests, beating Peter Naughton in shooting drills and physically bullying Shane McHale in the tackling drills would be the main things I am missing (Note: artistic license may or may not be used here).

Favourite lockdown snack?
Carrot sticks dipped in hummus with Nandos sauce has been a game changer.

Sum up Coronavirus in three words?
Stay At Home.

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