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Gaels Past & Present - Barry Watters

Barry Watters

1. First memory of the club -

For me this is quite a recent one having only joined the club back in 2017 from my home club Drung GFC in Cavan. First impressions were that it was a brilliant club with a good sense of community and great people involved. All the lads and the club in general welcomed me with open arms and ensured that anything I needed in regard to getting settled into Dundalk was helped with and that’s what the GAA is all about.

2. Biggest GAA influence -

For me the biggest influence on my GAA career would have to be my father Brendan who would have engrained the love of GAA and sport in general in me. He would have travelled all over bringing me to training and games always ensuring mam and himself were there to support. From Drung Thomas Jackson would have had a big influence coaching me all the way through and Terry Brady who was involved with Cavan development and underage squads. Player wise I would say Anthony Forde a great Cavan player and someone I aspired to.

3. Worst trainer -

There could be a couple in the running here and less about effort in training but more being able to get as far as the training field in the first place. So I have to agree with a few of the previous lads and say Gog the man has no luck with injuries and I thought I was bad.

4. Best trainer -

Couple of worthy mentions here in David McComish, David Moloney, Gary Shevlin and Jamie Faulkner but it has to go to Derek Crilly for the aggression and intensity he brings to all sessions and overall very well rounded fitness and strength wise leaving no stone unturned to allow him be successful on the pitch great example to younger players.

5. Funniest team mate -

This is hands down Sean McCann very funny man. The impersonations are just something else and have him made famous around these parts. Also a good man for a story and overall brings that sense of fun to the team. Adrian Rafferty worth a mention here also especially his photoshopping skills

6. Favourite pitch -

Outside the Ramparts I would say The Grove or Dowdallshill

7. Most memorable win -

For me it would have to be our quarter final replay win over Sean O Mahony’s in Haggardstown back in 2017 after two good battles and to win it at the death the way we did, closely followed by our semi-final win that same year.

Barry in action in the Senior Championship QF replay against Sean O'Mahony's in 2017

8. Favourite sportsperson -

Cristiano Ronaldo and main reason being that he epitomises hard work and dedication and the fact that talent alone isn’t enough. Hard work and dedication have led him to be one of the best ever.

9. Your having a dinner party, Three people you'd invite -

Kevin Bridges, Alex Ferguson, Roger Federer

Barry Watters



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