Congratulations to Tinahely and Wicklow’s Eoin Darcy who has just been voted Electric Ireland Minor Football Player Of The Week. This is a huge credit not just to Eoin, but to the Minor Football Management team, his teammates, his club, his family and friends and possibly the most unsung heroes of Wicklow GAA, The Garden County Academy.
So to mark Eoin’s great achievement we have decided to throw a few questions at the man himself to get a better idea of the young man and have a bit of craic along the way so here is what he had to say:
How does it feel to be the Electric Ireland Minor Footballer Of The Week?
Ah ye it’s a great feeling and an honour but the win against Westmeath topped it.
2. A tough encounter lies ahead with Dublin but there is huge quality in this Wicklow Minor team so can we get one over on Dublin?
We done it 2 years ago against the Dubs so we have no fear going into the game.
3. Aside from winning player of the week, what ranks as your favourite GAA achievement to date?
Playing in 5 feiles and coming out with an All – Ireland medal in 2015
4. Who was your GAA idol when you were a child?
James Stafford from Rathnew and Choco (Stephen Hickey) from Tinahely came close😁
5. Who in your opinion is the greatest Tinahely Footballer past or present?
Has to be Choco
6. Which Tinahely Footballer wouldn’t get a kick in a horsebox?
Tony Darcy or Bradley Hickey they both have a brutal left foot
7. If you could be one Wicklow team mate for a day who would you be and why?
Niall Gaffney cos he claims he is a serious Golfer
8. Which Wicklow Player is the laziest when it comes to training?
9. Which Wicklow Player is the managements pet?
Matthew Ging and Kevin O Brien seem to get on well
10. If you and Kevin O Brien had a free kick competition who’d win?
Stupid question Bill we’ll move on😀
11. What person has had the most influence on your GAA career up to this point?
Me oul lad, the upside to all his shouting from the side line is he loses the voice for a day or two
12. What’s the best advice you’ve had from a coach or mentor?
Practice with both feet there will come a time when you need your weaker foot to get you out of trouble
13. Can you see some of your teammates go on to emulate your Manager Kevin O Brien’s achievements and maybe add to Wicklow’s All Stars List?
Yes with the players on our team I wouldn’t be surprised
14. The Garden County Academy do immense work at underage level in Wicklow, Would you say the success to date with this minor team is down to their hard work and dedication?
Yes but the Clubs also have a big hand in our development.
15. What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve had on the GAA field?
Hurling u12 and I went to catch a ball with the sun in my eyes I completely missed it and got it in the childrens allowance
16. Is there anything you’d like to see change in the GAA in County Wicklow to improve the game?
Yes I’d like see more people get behind Wicklow at county level in all ages and a bit of belief instilled😉
Sadly the Gaffer was unavailable for the free kick competition but maybe once he’s finished savouring the victory over Westmeath he might partake in a little shootout😉