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Up Close and Personal with...Michael Murphy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Michael Murphy

Ever wondered what your favourite GAA star listens to on their iPod? Ever wondered what the country’s top GAA players get up to in their spare time?’s latest weekly feature allows you to get ‘Up Close and Personal’ with the stars of Gaelic Games. Each week, we’ll talk to a top inter-county player and ask him the questions you’ve always wanted answered. And some you’d never have thought of asking!

"I wanted to be a professional soccer player, but Iâ??m afraid that was never going to happen."
Michael Murphy

This week gets 'Up Close and Personal' with Donegal star and 2009 Young Footballer of the Year Michael Murphy.

Name: Michael Murphy
Age: 21
Height: 6’ 2”
Position: Full forward
Place of Birth: Letterkenny
Inter-county debut: 2007 McKenna Cup v UUJ
Occupation: Student (P.E. and Biology at DCU)

What’s on your iPod?
Mumford and Sons and a bit of Snow Patrol.

If you could change one thing about your game what would it be?
I’d like to work more on my left foot. In the modern-day game you need to have two feet.

What would you like to change about the game?
I’d block out swarm defences.

What are your hobbies and interests outside the GAA?
I like reading, watching TV and playing the Xbox.

What’s your favourite TV programme?
I’m watching the Sopranos box set at the moment.

Who’s your sporting idol?
Ronan O’Gara or Dan Carter.

When I was younger I wanted to be…?
I wanted to be a professional soccer player, but I’m afraid that was never going to happen.

What’s your earliest GAA memory?
Watching replay upon replay of the Donegal’s 1992 All-Ireland win.

What’s your favourite venue?
Croke Park.

Which county other than Cork has the best supporters?
You couldn’t look any further than the Dubs.

If you could choose one inter-county player to play with your own team, who would it be?
It would be between two: Colm Cooper or Bernard Brogan.

Who is the most difficult opponent you have ever encountered?
The next one.

Who is your all-time favourite GAA player or childhood hero?
Maurice Fitzgerald.

Who is the best player you have ever seen?
Peter Canavan.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career?

Who do you share with on away days?
Karl Lacey. He snores an awful lot.

Who is your most confident team-mate?
Karl Lacey.

Who has the worst haircut on the Donegal panel?
It’s an even toss between Neil Gallagher and Colm McFadden.

Who is the worst trainer on the Donegal panel?
Conor Classon never likes training.

Who is the biggest joker?
Colm McFadden and Conor Classon.

Who fancies themselves as a ladies man in the squad?
Neil Gallagher.

Name one Donegal player to watch out for the season?
Dermot Molloy, Mark McHugh and Paddy McGrath.

Michael will be in action for Donegal in Sunday’s Ulster GAA Football Championship Preliminary Round clash with Antrim at Ballybofey (throw-in 3.30pm). 

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