Mayo v Dublin: 10 Questions with… Aidan O'Shea
Footballer of the Year contender and owner of the most famous fringe in the GAA Aidan O’Shea chatted to Elverys about his sporting hero, cinema dates and copying Ciaran McDonald’s style.
Should he end up on the winning side on Sunday, it would crown a memorable season for Aidan O’Shea.
One of the outstanding players in the Championship to date, his hairstyle has attracted national attention and even spawned its own Twitter account and his display against Donegal in the quarter-final was so good that even his sporting hero Brian O’Driscoll publicly praised the Breaffy native.
Ahead of the All-Ireland Final this weekend, O’Shea sat down with the folks at Elverys to discuss O’Driscoll and some of the inside secrets from the Mayo panel, such as the evolution in Ger Cafferkey’s fashion choices, Michael Conroy’s fondness for cinema dates and Cillian O’Connor’s appeal to the fairer sex.
Elverys: Who’s your all time sporting hero and tell us why?
Aidan O’Shea: Brian O'Driscoll. The reason being he always stands up in games in key moments and when needed most. He’s just a leader without needing to say anything.
Elverys: Who’s been your toughest opponent on the field so far?
Aidan O’Shea: Tommy Griffin of Kerry – in my brief full forward days.
Elverys: Your favourite pair of football boots ever and what do you wear now?
Aidan O’Shea: My favourite boots ever would have the Adidas Predator Mania (White Bottom) and at the minute I’m wearing the blue Adidas Nitrocharge.
Elverys: Best Gaelic Football goal or point of all time?
Aidan O’Shea: Very hard to pick one. Maurice Fitzgerald, Kerry v Dublin in Thurles from the sideline in 2001 and Ciaran Mc Donald’s point after three minutes of the 2004 All Ireland Final v Kerry.
Elverys: Best sporting occasion you were ever at and why?
Aidan O’Shea: I remember being at the Dublin v Tyrone replay in 2005. It was one of the craziest atmospheres I can remember, I couldn’t hear myself think it was that loud.
Elverys: What’s your nickname?
Aidan O’Shea: I don’t really have a nickname. Most boys call me Aido or AidoX, the latter coming from my Twitter handle.
Elverys: Biggest joker on the panel?
Aidan O’Shea: We have a few, but at the minute Barry “Big Bird” Moran is the biggest joker. He's always coming up with chants about players and always playing pranks about the place.
Elverys: Who on the Mayo panel should be reported for crimes against fashion and who’s the next Paul Galvin?
Aidan O’Shea: For crimes against fashion it has to be Andy Moran. His good wife has to do all his shopping for him, but he did go to Kildare Village for a few hours to update the wardrobe.
The next Paul Galvin would be Ger Cafferkey. He has come a long way in the last few years from his Coca Cola & Super-hero t-shirts. He’s become much more cultured after his time in Maynooth.
Elverys: Who on the team reckons he’s the biggest hit with the females?
Aidan O’Shea: This would have to Cillian “Herbert” O'Connor and Mickey Conroy, a great man for a cinema date.
Elverys: Finally the eternal question, Billy Joe’s Mullet, Ciaran Mc’s cornrows or your fringe?
Aidan O’Shea: Well I’m a big fan of Ciaran Mc’s hair styles, so has to be his cornrows. It may be my next style, watch this space…
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