Sportstalk GAA Star Secrets – Offaly’s star forward Shane Dooley


Shane Dooley – Offaly forward


What is your Favourite……………

TV Programme – Game of Thrones.

Box set – The Sopranos.

GAA Pitch – Croke Park.

Position on hurling pitch – Full Forward.

County jersey (not your own) – Cork.

Football team – Liverpool.

Song to listen to before a game – The Foggy Due (Sinead O’Connor & The Chieftains).

Holiday destination – New York City!

Other sport – Gaelic Football & Soccer.

Medal won – Senior Hurling Championship with the club in 2009.

Hurling cliché – “he wouldn’t pass a hand grenade”

Quote – To LIVE is the rarest thing in the world, most people just exist! – Oscar Wilde.

Woman on TV – Rachel Riley

GAA analyst – Michael Duignan, he’s one of ours!

Other sporting event attended – Notre Dame vs University South Carolina in American College Football.

What’s App group you are in – Tullamore Hurlers What’s App… madness!

Radio show you listen to – Off The Ball!

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What do you eat on match day?  

Porridge for breakfast followed by toast and eggs. Chicken and pasta/sweet potato for lunch /dinner 3 hours before game.

Advice to young players

Practice on your own as much as you can, that’s what’ll set you apart from the rest!

Best individual display you ever saw from a team mate (club & county)
Joe Bergin vs Limerick in qualifiers in 2008… he scored 3 goals that day!

Stephen Egan, corner back in 2009 County Final and gave man of the match performance!

What is your idea of a romantic date with the other half?
A nice Italian dinner, followed by a nice traditional pub with live music and a few drinks! Simple but enjoyable!

If you could change one rule in hurling, what would you change?
Id award 2 points for a sideline! Coaches might not give out to me for going for them as often then!

Most annoying person, you follow on snap chat & twitter Paddy Farrelly… he tries too hard to be cool! He’d be in the same league as Joey Barton and Joe Brolly!

Best person you follow on snap chat & twitter Dapper Laughs, Rory’s Stories and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

Apart from current county manager, who is the best manager you ever had?

My Father, Joe Dooley. I think we competed best, in both League and Championship, when he was over us.

Best club player that has never played inter county?
Killian Bane.

Team mate mostly likely to have his own TV show
Sean Ryan in ‘Mr Cool’s Woodcraft and DIY’

3 celebrities you would like to have dinner with
Jesus, Marilyn Monroe, Robin Williams.

Best advice you were given
When under pressure use the ‘3 D’s’ Deny, Deny, Deny.

Funniest thing you have watched on you tube
Just look up ‘Father Goes Crazy When Song Comes On In Car’ … cracks me up every time!

If you could be one person for a day who would you be
Dan Bilzerian.

Most embarrassing moment playing hurling
I missed a 21 yard free to draw an u/14 Feile County Final against Birr! Took me a long time to live that one down!

Biggest moaner on county panel & club panel

Since Brian Carroll retired it’s probably Cillian Kiely… always giving out!

3 team mates you would bring with you to a desert island
Joe Bergin because he never panics, Sean Ryan because he’d be a good lad for morale and Dan Kelleher because it’d be handy to have an army man with us, just in case we needed to start a fire or something!

3 team mates you wouldn’t bring to a desert island

Dermot Mooney because unless his mother gives him a bag of food going to the island he’d be useless, Cillian Kiely because he’d eat anything we’d find or catch, and James Mulrooney because he’d be too lazy to do anything constructive! Sorry lads!

Tell us about a funny story from your hurling career….

In that u/14 Feile Final that I mentioned above, I actually didn’t miss the free… I hit it low enough and hard so that it was about 1 foot over the crossbar. Paul Cleary who played for Offaly after was nearly as tall at u/14 as he was at senior… and Paul is about 6ft4″! He just stuck his big long arm up and blocked the ball from going over and subsequently ruined me for a long time after! Thanks Paul!



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