Name: Jamie Clarke
Sport: Football and Hurling
Club: Bagenalstown Gaels
Earliest sporting memory: Playing an under 8 hurling blitz. I threw my hurl and helmet away sulking because we lost and my mother gave out to me for it.
Memorable sporting moments: There’s a few that I have. The first one would be winning the intermediate hurling and football championship with my club. Playing against Dublin in Portlaoise on Sky Sports is up there as well. In soccer having the highest finish for a Carlow team at the Kennedy Cup (I think it was beaten two years ago).
Biggest influence on career: My mother and father bringing me to every single training session and game for as long as I can remember. They are still going to every game they can possibly go to.
Sporting hero: GAA sporting hero would have to be Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper. He’ was just class winning games for Kerry on his own for years.
Most difficult Opponent: Chris Crowley. He wouldn’t give you an inch even in training; he’d be hanging out of you. I don’t miss the battles with him.
If I could turn back the clock: Losing three hurling minor finals in a row. I’d go back and try to change the outcome on one of them at least.
Memories outside of sport: Any night out I have ever had with Justin Manning will live with me forever.
Favourite bar/restaurant: Nandos Butterfly chicken is just unbelievable. Or breakfast from The Clink.
Three people you would bring to dinner: Gerry Cinnamon for entertainment, Conor McGregor for the after party, Margot Robbie as my date.
What would be heaven for you: Winning a senior championship with my club, be it hurling or football.