Saturday, 19 July 2008


Ryan Bradley lives in Buncrana and in the day he is a mild mannered block layer, working hard around the peninsula. The rest of his time is spent training hard and playing for the Buncrana GAA and the Donegal Senior team GAA. Ryan has been involved in the Buncrana GAA since he was 10 years old and has played for Donegal since 2005, so he knows the business and the extensive training that is required to be on top form.

What music do you like?
I have an ipod with a mixture of everything on it. I especially enjoy listening to new pop music. I like it all

What would you never throw away?
It’s not very likely that I would get a chance to throw anything away; my mother usually gets there before me. I do have match tops from Donegal and jerseys that I will keep a hold of.

What book are you reading?
I have just finished The Boss: the Many Sides of Alex Ferguson, written by Michael Crick. It’s a fascinating story of a man who was arguably the most successful, and controversial club manager in British football history.

What was your favourite childhood game?
I don’t think you need to ask that… football, it’s all I ever played..

Have you been to the cinema recently, what did you see and was it any good?
I went to see Wanted with James McAvoy, Morgan Freedman and Angelina Jolie. It was a fascinating film about a pathetic nobody's transformation into an unparalleled enforcer of justice. Great escapism, if a little far fetched.

What section of the newspaper do you turn to first?
I start at the sports pages and work my way in.

What is your idea of a good night out?
Meeting my mates and going out to the bars in town, and going out with my girlfriend Claire…….. Maybe I should have said going out with Claire first… We enjoy Flaherty’s and the An Tua Nua.

Most embarrassing moment of your life?
I was at an award ceremony at Tullyarvan mill last year. The nominations were being read out for best player from the stage and I heard my name. I automatically thought that I had won the award and got up on stage to receive it. To add insult to injury it wasn’t me that won when it was announced….

Have you a favourite TV programme?
Any football on Sky Sports.

How do you relax?
Watching football on Sky Sports…

What job did you want to do when you were a child?
I was always active and playing sport. I was much too busy to be thinking about such things.

Where would you like to go for your holidays?
Anywhere in the sun.

Your idea of heaven?
Winning an All Ireland medal.

Your idea of hell?
Playing GAA in a Burt jersey……

What famous people would you invite around for dinner and why?
The RTE sports commentator Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Peter Canavan the ex Tyrone Galic footballer and Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time.

Favourite animal?
I like big dogs and would say the German shepherd was my favourite.

What couldn’t you live without?
I would be lost without my mobile phone. I am so used to having it now.

Biggest thrill?
Playing for Donegal since 2005.

The world’s most irritating invention?
This sounds a bit daft, but ticking clocks drive me around the bend, especially when I am trying to get to sleep.

What is your idea of a good night in?
A night in with my girlfriend Claire, a DVD and a takeaway. (I mentioned Claire first this time).

Do you have a hobby?
Erm , let me think about this… oh yes, football….I do enjoy swimming 2-3 times a week.

Biggest disappointment?
Losing the County Minor final in 2004 to Glenties.

World’s most useful invention?
My work van comes in very handy. It gets me to jobs and I can store all of my building tools in the back. I would be lost without it.

What do you have for breakfast?
I usually have cereal, tea and toast. I would treat myself to a big fry on Saturdays.

Personal philosophy?
Take each day as it comes...

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