Meet the O’Connor Brothers
Thanks to Cian and Eanna O’Connor for taking part in our latest interview. Cian and Eanna transferred to Moorefield this year and have played a big part in getting the team to the Championship Final.
We would like to wish Cian, Eanna, the team and management the very best of luck in the final this Sunday.
Moorefield v Sarsfields
St. Conleths Park, 4.15pm
“Nothing Beats Being There”
Meet the O’Connor Brothers
Name: Cian O Connor
Date of birth: 16/07/89
Height: 6 foot
Name: Éanna O’ Connor
Date of birth: 22/04/1992
Position you would like to play?
Cian: Midfield- Full Forward
Éanna: I was minor goalie aged 13, a position I really enjoyed playing in.
Favourite Club Player?
Cian: Frank Hanniffy
Éanna: Former club mate Ronan O’Gara
Favourite County Player?
Cian: Dara O Sé
Éanna: Donnacha Walsh
Biggest influence on your football career?
Cian: My Father/ James Mike O Sullivan
Éanna: My Father
Best advice someone has given you?
Cian: Practice kicking off the gable of a house
Éanna: Enjoy playing as much as possible
Best grounds you’ve played in?
Cian: Croke Park
Éanna: Croke Park or Johnstownbridge
Best player you’ve played with?
Cian: James O’Shea (Kerry man who played with Cork and is from my old club)
Éanna: Coláiste na Sceilge team-mate Niall O’Shea
Best player you’ve played against?
Cian: Maurice Fitzgerald
Éanna: They’re all tough
Cian: Lance Armstrong before the racket broke out but apart from that Maurice Fitzgerald.
Éanna: Quade Cooper
Did you enjoy much success with your club St Michael’s Foilmore?
Cian: Yes, we won four south Kerry Championships and a County, Munster and All Ireland Intermediate in 2009.
Éanna: I won 2 South Kerry Championships and was voted player of the year last year which was very humbling.
Your father Jack managed the Kerry Senior team to All Ireland titles in 2004, 2006 and 2009 and the Kerry minor team this year. Which victory stands out the most to you?
Cian: 2004 for me, Kerry came into the championship after a heavy defeat from Tyrone the previous year. Kerry’s first game in the league in 2004 was against Longford. They lost…… but as the year went on they gained momentum and won the All Ireland that year.
Éanna: Definitely 2009, having come so close to getting knocked out on several occasions and to eventually triumph, proving so many people wrong including our own, will live long in the memory.
Who is Kerry’s greatest ever sportsman in your opinion?
Cian: The Casey brothers from Sneem, especially Steve Casey. Steve Casey was a world wrestling champion in the 1930s, he defeated world boxing champions and he also won All England rowing championships.
Éanna: The Casey brothers from Sneem.
What has been your greatest sporting achievement to date?
Cian: Winning the All Ireland Intermediate in Croke Park in 2009
Éanna: Winning the Hogan Cup will be pretty hard to beat.
Getting to know your Team-Mates!
Who’s the tough nut of the team?
Cian: Roli when the angry red monster comes out.
Éanna: Ian Lonergan welcomed me to the club in the only way the Lonergans know how.
Who’s the quickest?
Cian: Liam Healy
Éanna: Eamonn Callaghan
Who’s the Joker/Messer of the team?
Cian: Frank Hanniffy, he is also a great singer.
Éanna: Adam Tyrrell tries very hard to be funny.
Who’s the most skilful?
Cian: Ciaran Kelly
Who’s the best trainer?
Cian: Lee Murphy
Éanna: Liam Callaghan
Who’s the worst time keeper on the team?
Cian: Ross Glavin
Éanna: Ger Naughton
Who’s the biggest whinger on the team?
Éanna: Niall Hurley-Lynch has the ear burnt off everyone.
Who’s the worst dress sense?
Cian: RYAN MOORE
Éanna: Ryan Moore wears very controversial clothing.
Who’s the laziest trainer?
Cian: Adam Tyrrell
Éanna: Ross Glavin by a mile
Funniest nickname on the team?
Cian: Smoking Joe (James Lonergan)
Éanna: Kerry ****
Finally, who’s the manager’s pet??
Cian: Adam Tyrrell, I have seen him kick 8 wides in a row and then get great praise for a tap over.
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