Kildare have been blessed with some great half backs over the years. During the Kildare renaissance in the late 90’s, Glenn Ryan and Anthony Rainbow were more than instrumental in their success. In even more recent times, the ever-attacking Emmet Bolton was pivotal in Kildare’s 2010 season that almost brought them to the All-Ireland Final. Now it is the turn of Kevin Flynn to assume the role. The Celbridge man has been a shining light in Kildare’s return to Division 1, popping up with vital scores at vital stages in the mine-field that is Division 2. He could have easily ended up playing in the green and gold of Leitrim had his parents not left their native county, but fans of the 'Lily Whites' are thankful they did. This week we went ClubSpotting with Kevin Flynn to Celbridge GAA club.
What are your first memories of your club Celbridge?
Watching Celbridge win the county championship in 2008 was probably my first memory. I was only 11 at the time and would have looked at the players as heroes. It was my first experience of going to a county final and I still remember it clearly.
Who were your sporting idols growing up?
I played a bit of rugby when I was younger and loved Dan Carter. Skilful, good under pressure and wore lovely predators. In terms of GAA, it would have been Tomás Ó Sé and Emmet Bolton. Two players who I definitely would have tried to emulate.
What has been the proudest moment of your playing career?
Making my debut for Kildare was obviously a massive day for me and family. Something I would have dreamt about as a child, so it was a proud day for me. Unfortunately, with both Kildare and Celbridge silverware has been limited, so hopefully there are some prouder moments ahead involving medals.
Toughest opponent you have faced?
Shane Walsh from Galway. Very pacey, skilful and accurate. Hard to mark any forward when they can kick off either foot.
Best Player you have played with?
Actually a very tough one and hard to pick just one. I enjoy playing with Kevin Feely and he is the best overall player I’ve probably played with. His football IQ makes other players around him play better.
What are your hopes and ambitions for the remainder of the season?
Win a county championship with Celbridge. 13 years since Celbridge last won one so hopefully this year is the one. On a personal note, make sure I’m enjoying my football and not taking games for granted with Celbridge after the last 18 months and how disruptive Covid has been.
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