McGrane Tomas

05 June 1998
Dublin’s Tomas McGrane

NAME: Tomas McGrane

DATE OF BIRTH: 22-9-79

HEIGHT: 5’ 8"

WEIGHT: 10st 7lbs

CLUB: St Vincents

COUNTY: Dublin

NOTABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS (GAELIC): Under 15 County Football Championship; County Minor Football Championship 1993; Leinster football finalist (Minor Dublin) 1996

NOTABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS (OTHER): (Hurling) Under 15 County Hurling Championship; 2 Dublin Colleges Hurling Championships; Leinster hurling finalist 1996

INTERCOUNTY DEBUT: Oireachtas League against Antrim in Parnell Park, scored 2 goals and 5 points

TOUGHEST OPPONENT: Padraig Kelly, Sarsfields. Very skilful and fast. It is good experience marking players like that

FAVOURITE GROUNDS: Parnell Park

HOBBIES: Hurling, football, reading, fishing

FAVOURITE POSITION: Left half forward

FAVOURITE PLAYERS: DJ Carey, Jamesie O’Connor

INFLUENCES ON YOUR CAREER: My mam and dad (Tom and Cathy McGrane), my granny and grandad and uncles and aunts, especially my uncles Frank and Patrick, and girlfriend Lisa

THE HIGH POINT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE: Playing for my county

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Losing the Leinster Hurling Minor Final 1996 against Kilkenny

OTHER PLAYERS WITH A PROMISING FUTURE: Shane Martin, Emmet Carroll, David Sweeney - all Dublin

WAYS OF IMPROVING THE GAME: Better referees

DISLIKES ABOUT THE GAA: Players and teams should benefit more financially from the GAA

DO YOU HAVE ANY RELATIVES INVOLVED IN GAELIC GAMES?: My two brothers Keith and Emmet play and my uncles Frank and Patrick are mentors for St. Vincents

PERSON YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO MEET: David Jason (Del Boy) out of Only Fools and Horses, because he reminds me of my dad and looks like him

FAVOURITE PERSONAL SAYING OR TERM OF ABUSE: ’Too rude to write!’

PET HATES: Dirty players who don’t play the ball and only concentrate on hitting their opponent

FAVOURITE MUSIC: Chart music

FAVOURITE FILM: The Shawshank Redemption

IDEAL DATE: A dinner in the Plaza Hotel (New York) with my girlfriend Lisa

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED? As one of the greatest players of all time all over the country

Taken from Hogan Stand magazine
5th June 1998
Vol 8 No 23