“Away From Home” with Paul Morrissey

Written by pmcd. Posted in Away From Home

Published on June 07, 2011 with

Paul & his wife Jackie

Brief Description of yourself. Any close Family, Where were you living back home, Where are you living now, Occupation, Where did you go to school etc

 

I am married 13 years to my wife Jackie. My parent’s are Fintan & Kathleen Morrissey. I have 3 brothers & 5 sisters. I have 8 nephews & 6 nieces. I grew up in Highfield est, and  lived in the Oaks in Newbridge before coming to Australia & I now live in Brisbane. I work as a contract Fitter. I went to school in Scoil Mhuire primary school, then on to the vocational & finished up in Bolton Street Technology.

 

What teams did you play for ?

I played senior and senior b for the club over a 19 year period.

Any achievements or accomplishments whilst playing for Moorefield?

Senior League, Division 2, Two Leader Cups, Two Herbert cups.Two senior b championships. Two senior b leagues.Minor Championship with Newbridge. Beaten in a Jack Higgins Cup Final. Junior A player of the Year.

Played with Kildare in the opening of Erin’s Isle new football grounds in Dublin in 1987. – MY CLAIM TO FAME, lol

 

Teams that you were involved with in the Management side of the club

Selector with Moorefield Under 16 Champions, Selector with Moorefield Minor Champions, Manager of Moorefield Minor League Champions, Won 3 Moorefield Under 21 Titles as Selector, Won 3 Moorefield Senior Championships as Selector, Won Leinster Club Championship with Moorefield as a Selector

 

Back Row- Paul, Martin Ryan, Mixer Condon, Pat Flynn, Front Row- Simon Byrne, Paddy Treacy

 

Any favourite managers/ coaches when you were playing?

Kevin Keogh of Wexford comes to mind, his coaching abilities stood out from most then, He was  stone mad, but had great training methods, Very disciplined and committed and expected nothing less in return.

Do you have any favourite matches or memorable moments about Moorefield?

None will match the Leinster Club win in 06, but the two that came close are my first Leader Cup in 94 because it was over 40 years since we last won it, and the three games against Sarsfield in 87 in which I was captain, the buzz and anxiety in the whole county let alone Newbridge was simply overwhelming,

Do you keep up to date with results and news about Moorefield, if so how ?

Yes through friends at home and the new website. Congrats great Job, special praises to Peter Mc Dermott & Gerry O Connor and all their colleagues who helped to get it up and running. It’s a credit to ye all.

Do you currently play or support any club where you are based now?

I don’t play any football now, however I do support  The John Mitchels Gaa Club in Brisbane mainly due to one of our own ex Moore  Keith Kearney, who won a  Brisbane Senior Football championship managing & coaching them. Dave Murray is also presently playing with this team. I keep fit now practicing Martial Arts with Brisbane Ju Jitsu centre.

 

 

 

3 things you miss about home?

My Parents, my Family, and friends.All the GAA, and The Curragh Races.The banter with friends and the creamy pint of plain.

3 things you don’t miss about home?

The Irish Government ( shower of cheats ),The weather, Sarsfields, LOL, (although if we didn’t have that club in the town what would Moorefield ever do  to amuse themselves)

 

Who was your GAA hero growing up?

Firstly my Father for his hurling achievements with Kildare,  Seamus “Tango” Dooley, he worked tirelessly with the underage of Newbridge when I was playing in my younger days.

One of my dearest friends ( Peter (lofty) Loftus R.I.P) Who was an extremely gifted player who always seemed to get the scores when we needed them.

 

With the current economic climate in Ireland, some members of the club might be thinking of emigrating, can you give any advice based on your experiences?

Australia is a magnificent country, blessed with all aspects of sports, the climate is second to none, the only downside I have to say is the vast distance from Ireland but having said all that there is lots of opportunities as far as work goes.

 

Finally, any words to send back home to friends and family?

To my Family make sure Dad’s glass is always full when you meet him out.

To my mother I love and miss you lots.

To my brother’s and sister’s, I miss all the sing songs and session’s

To my friends , keep the flags flying and drink plenty of stout as you never know when you wont have it, LOL,

Finally I like to take this opportunity to wish Moorefield and Kildare the very best of luck in all forthcoming  Championships and a personal thank you  to Peter Mc Dermott for giving this interview it brought back a lot of memories.

 

GOD BLESS TO YE ALL. Slainte.

 

Looks like he is missing home alright !!!!!!!