Healy Michael

March 03, 2000
Galway's Michael Healy NAME: Michael Healy DATE OF BIRTH: 3-1-78 HEIGHT: 5' 11" WEIGHT: 12st 7lbs CLUB: Castlegar COUNTY: Galway NOTABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS (GAELIC): All-Ireland U14, U16, Minor, U21 medals; 3 All-Ireland Vocational medals; 3 Connacht Senior medals; 1 Oireachtas medal; 1 Minor Football League medal NOTABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS (OTHER): Guinness Scholarship in University of Limerick, Sports Star of the Year in second level school TOUGHEST OPPONENT: Seanie McGrath FAVOURITE GROUNDS: Croke Park HOBBIES: A game of golf, a night on the town FAVOURITE POSITION: Centre back/full back THE WORST PLAYER TO TRAIN THAT YOU KNOW: Mark Kerins MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT ON OR OFF THE FOOTBALL FIELD: Calling a girl I was going out with a few years ago by the wrong name! FAVOURITE PLAYERS: Joe Cooney, Sean McMahon, John Fenton, John Connolly, Brian Whelehan INFLUENCES ON YOUR CAREER: Joe Cooney's sound words of encouragement and advice. Also my own clubmate and hurling legend John Connolly who has coached me down through the years with words of advice THE HIGH POINT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE: Playing in Croke Park against Clare this year in the All-Ireland quarter final BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Losing the minor All-Ireland 1996 (as captain) OTHER PLAYERS WITH A PROMISING FUTURE: Fergal Healy, Mark Kerins, Alan Kerins, Darren O'Shaughnessy (all Galway), Ben O'Connor, Joe Deane (Cork), Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny) WAYS OF IMPROVING THE GAME: Teams should use ground hurling more often. It quickens the game considerably, better for the spectator DISLIKES ABOUT THE GAA: At times seem to be more interested in money rather than looking after their most important assets - The Players! RELATIVES INVOLVED IN GAELIC GAMES: Brother plays for the club, county. Cousin plays for Kilconieron PERSON YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO MEET: Jennifer Lopez FAVOURITE PERSONAL SAYING OR TERM OF ABUSE: Anyone I don't like is a 'Mong' PET HATES: I hate playing corner back FAVOURITE MUSIC: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Luke Kelly, most rebel songs FAVOURITE FILM: The Shawshank Redemption WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WON THE LOTTO: Go on a sun holiday - I'm embarrassed to say I've never gone on a sun holiday PERSON LEAST WELCOME AT YOUR HOME: Anyone from Cork GAA circles! For all the times they beat us!! IDEAL DATE: Go for a meal and then go to the cinema HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED: On the field: as one of the greats. Off the field: as a successful, honest, genuine individual that made a difference or had an impact on people, also to be respected Taken from Hogan Stand magazine 3rd March 2000 Vol 10 No 9

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