Fitzgerald Ian

April 19, 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


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