Name: Marty Kavanagh
Club: St Mullins
Earliest sporting memory: Would have to be the 2000 and 2002 senior hurling finals in Dr Cullen Park that St Mullins won. There is a team photo before one of the finals and I’m in the front of it with my hurl. I was mad to be like them from day one and play senior for my club!
Memorable sporting moments: Luckily enough, I have a few but there’s definitely two or three that stand out. First one would have to be last year with the club. We won a serious county final and then went on an incredible run in Leinster getting to the final against Ballyhale Shamrocks after beating Cuala and Rathdowney Errill. The 2017 Christy Ring final in Croke Park will always be special to me as I was captain and it was just an incredible team performance from the lads. The 2014 county final was very special as it was my first and the first for a lot of the lads too!
Biggest influence on career: My parents and Pat Mullet. Mam and Dad would have always brought us to games all over Ireland in all kinds of weather. That would be following St Mullins seniors or going to see Carlow or Kilkenny. Pat Mullet was my underage trainer with St Mullins and he would have always brought me to training and to the matches. He was brilliant.
Sporting Hero: Henry Shefflin
Most difficult opponent: Either Alan Corcoran or Shane Kavanagh!
If I could turn back the clock: I spent four great years in IT Carlow and wasn’t able to get my hands on a Fitzgibbon Cup medal. We had a great team but came up against brilliant teams too. So it would definitely have to be a Fitzgibbon Cup medal. We were all gutted when we were leaving because we never got to win the Fitz!
Your favourite holiday: Has to be skiing. I’ve gone twice now and it’s brilliant. I much prefer it to a sun holiday – the crack you have is deadly!
Memories outside sport: Just enjoying time with family and friends. I have a big family with nieces and nephews so they are great and also my college years in Carlow where I met brilliant people and made friends for life.
Favourite bar/restaurant: Teach Dolmain for food and Carpe Diem is a lovely bar!
Three people you would bring for dinner: I’d definitely bring Cristiano Ronaldo. I’m a big fan so couldn’t pass up that opportunity! Second, I’d bring the former Kilkenny hurler Tommy Walsh. He’d be great crack and keep the lads entertained with his stories. Lastly then I’d have to bring Tiger Woods. I’m a big golf fan and he is, without doubt, the best!
What would heaven be like for you: Heaven for me would be family and friends reuniting, sports continuing and getting stronger than ever! And a cure for all sickness.