Clare has given us some of the most memorable moments over the years. Banishing the curse of Biddy Early in 1995, beating neighbours Tipperary in 1997 decider, and the classic final and replay with Cork in 2013 will live long in GAA folklore. Their success at the now-defunct Under-21 grade in the mid-2010s was a massive achievement, of which Éire Óg’s David Reidy played a huge part. Now an established figure of ‘The Banner's' senior side his energy and tenacity is a vital cog in the Clare machine. This week we went ClubSpotting with David Reidy to Éire Óg.
What are your first memories of your club Éire Óg?
My first memory with Éire Óg was joining them when I was U14. GAA was always a secondary sport for me as Soccer was always number 1. This changed my final year at minor when hurling became a priority. We might not have been winning but the fun and enjoyment element of the sport really took over, under the watchful eye of then manager, Mick Maher.
Who were your sporting idols growing up?
As I mentioned, when I was growing up it was all about soccer. Soccer, soccer, soccer so it is no surprise I looked across the pond for inspiration. Being a Man Utd fan, Beckham, Van Nistelrooy and Roy Keane were all class players. When looking at GAA, the Kilkenny team of the 2000s were very impressive and I loved watching them play, even if it was against Clare.
What has been the proudest moment of your playing career?
I have to bring you back to my under 21 days with Clare. The team won 3 Munster and All Irelands in a row. It was in 2014, where I was a regular in the team that brought my proudest moment in the blue and saffron.
Toughest opponent you have faced?
Brendan Maher from Tipperary is class. I have marked him a few times down through the years and there is no such thing as an easy ball from him. He is pure class on and off the field.
Best Player you have played with?
This is a simple one for me. It has to be Shane O’Donnell. The man is a pure joy to play with. Always capable of individual brilliance but his biggest attribute is what he brings to the team as a whole. Most people might not see the work he does when he doesn’t have the ball but this is what makes him a great player. I’m lucky enough to play with him for both Club and County.
Any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
This might be a strange one! The amount of times I go to the toilet on match day! I won't go into any more detail. What are your hopes and ambitions for the remainder of the season? To keep winning. We are currently still in both hurling and football championships.
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