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Gaels Past & Present - Martin Harvey

Martin Harvey looks back on his time in Blue & White

1. First memory of the club -

I remember waiting with all the lads from Parnell Park, Stapleton Place and Dublin Street for Joe McNally on Hill Street Bridge and heading for the College to train. I also remember standing in a line waiting my turn for Niall Craven to throw the ball for us to catch and then running back to the end of the line to do it again.

2. Biggest GAA influence -

Danny Culligan was always around when I was playing and deserves a lot of credit. I enjoyed playing under Paul Lynch and JP O'Kane. Off the pitch there are so many to mention, special mention to Tony Coleman and Nobby Garland RIP.

3. Worst trainer -

Burkey, but he was a talented footballer

4. Best trainer -

Niall McCabe set the standard. Robbie McCrave and Paddy Hearty were very competitive but the best trainer for me is Alan Martin, Alan always gave 100% and that's all you can ask for.

5. Funniest team mate -

We had some laughs through the years. Shane Coleman, Colin Moran and David Coleman would have you in tears. I always like to remind Niall Lambert of a time during a game when someone shouted from the sideline. "Niall use your speed" We both looked at one another and from then on I knew he was going to have the nickname "Speedie"

6. Favourite pitch -

Our own pitch. Those who look after the clubhouse and pitch have them looking immaculate.

7. Most memorable win -

The minor win under Tony McDonell was special but the journey we had as a club during the Leinster was a great time.

8. Favourite sportsperson -

Johnny Murtagh (Jockey and horse trainer). Johnny was very successful as a jockey, he lost his way for a while but he came back and got to the top again riding some of the best horses in the World.

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

First person I would like to invite would be Tom Crean, what that man achieved 100 years ago is incredible. Mary McAleese, a giant, I like everything the lady stands for and Michael Collins, the big fella.



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