Ronan Neil

24 December 1999
Cork’s Neil Ronan

NAME: Neil Ronan

DATE OF BIRTH: 1-9-79

HEIGHT: 5’ 10"

WEIGHT: 12st

CLUB: Ballyhea

COUNTY: Cork

NOTABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS (GAELIC): Numerous club titles from Under 10 and Under 12; 1 All-Ireland Colleges; 1 Harty Cup; 1 Fitzgibbon Cup; 1 All-Ireland Under 21; 1 Munster Senior medal; 1 All-Ireland Senior medal

TOUGHEST OPPONENT: Liam Doyle

FAVOURITE GROUNDS: Semple Stadium, Thurles

HOBBIES: Golf, squash, football

FAVOURITE POSITION: Anywhere on the first fifteen, but full forward first choice

THE WORST PLAYER TO TRAIN THAT YOU KNOW: Diarmuid O’Sullivan, my brother Darren

FAVOURITE PLAYERS: DJ Carey, Jimmy Barry Murphy, Seanie McMahon

INFLUENCES ON YOUR CAREER: All my family and Denis Ring, St. Colman’s College, Fermoy

THE HIGH POINT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE: Winning a senior All-Ireland medal and Harty Cup

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Losing county final with Ballyhea seniors in 1995

OTHER PLAYERS WITH A PROMISING FUTURE: Owen and Trevor O’Sullivan (Ballyhea)

WAYS OF IMPROVING THE GAME: If it’s not broken don’t mend it. It’s a great game as it is. Maybe a course for umpires would help get rid of poor decisions

DISLIKES ABOUT THE GAA: We’re not getting forty thousand a week like the soccer players

RELATIVES INVOLVED IN GAELIC GAMES: Every single member of my family and extended family are involved in hurling

PERSON YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO MEET: My fairy godmother

FAVOURITE PERSONAL SAYING OR TERM OF ABUSE: Too rude to be printed

PET HATES: Needing to go to the toilet after three pints

FAVOURITE MUSIC: Wolfe Tones

FAVOURITE FILM: I’d better not say (The Lion King)!

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WON THE LOTTO: Ask Anna Kournikova to marry me

PERSON LEAST WELCOME AT YOUR HOME: I can’t say because he is bigger than me

IDEAL DATE: A cross between Anna Kournikova, Sharon Stone and Jennifer Aniston

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED: For all the right reasons


Taken from Hogan Stand magazine
24th & 31st December 1999
Vol 9 No 52