Fitzgerald Ian

19 April 1996
Laois’ Ian Fitzgerald

NAME: Ian Fitzgerald

DATE OF BIRTH: 26-7-77

HEIGHT: 6’

WEIGHT: 12st

CLUB: Portlaoise

COUNTY: Laois

NOTABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS (GAELIC): Laois Minor Player of the Year 1995; GAA Scholarship to TCD 1995; 2 Minor county medals (93/94); Sporting Student of the Year 1994/95 Ballyfin College; Laois Young Sports Person of the Year 1995

INTERCOUNTY DEBUT: v Meath (O’Moore Park 1995), National League

TOUGHEST OPPONENT: Damien Gavin (Westmeath)

FAVOURITE GROUNDS: Dr Cullen Park, Carlow; Croke Park

HOBBIES: Cinema

FAVOURITE POSITION: Centre forward

FAVOURITE PLAYERS: Peter Canavan, Paul Curran

INFLUENCES ON YOUR CAREER: Coaching received from Niall Tully during my five years at Ballyfin College. He taught me that temperament and dedication had to be combined with skill

THE HIGH POINT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE: Last minute penalty at Croke Park v Westmeath in Leinster Final, joining the Laois senior panel

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Defeat to Westmeath in third game of Leinster Final

OTHER PLAYERS WITH A PROMISING FUTURE: Dara O’Cinneide (Kerry) - football; Sean Og O hAilpin (Cork) - football, hurling


DISLIKES ABOUT THE GAA: Sometimes expect too much from players

DO YOU HAVE ANY RELATIVES INVOLVED IN GAELIC GAMES?: No, but my father Seamus played for Cork Minors for two years (1971/72)

PERSON YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO MEET: Mariah Carey

FAVOURITE PERSONAL SAYING OR TERM OF ABUSE: ’Ah, ref!’

PET HATES: College accents, noise when studying, complaining to referee with no justification to do so

FAVOURITE MUSIC: Weezer, U2

FAVOURITE FILM: Braveheart, Seven

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED: Member of Laois team to win All-Ireland Final

Taken from Hogan Stand magazine
19th April 1996
Vol 6 No 16