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'If you could....?' to Kealy


By GTD
August 25 2005

One of our 2005 summer series is a supporters 'If you could', the series continues with Kealy! You'd know him anywhere!!! Throughout the off season we plan to learn a little bit more about many of our 'Usual Suspects'

If you could............. Kealy - Declan Kealy
Relive any 'non-sports related' moment in your life, what would it be and why?

I was going to say reliving the last few moments of the 1999 Champions League Final. But that could be construed as a “sports” moment rather than a “life” moment.

So I will go for my second ever visit to an Indian restaurant back in Worcester. Everything the same, including the setup date, but this time I will not be talked into stepping up from Korma to Phall (I had no idea it was inferno on a plate) by my best mate

Enjoy a 'champagne moment' again in your career which one would it be and why?

Career? Champagne moments? Ha-ha-ha. Getting up on the table and entertaining the gathered masses (a couple of hundred) with a fine rendition of “Delilah” at one infamous Xmas-do when working at BT.

Unfortunately said table was where all the bigwigs were sat. I could tell by the stone-faced expressions on their faces that there were to be NO more champagne moments with BT. I moved on (and up) into the world of contracting not too long after.
Enjoy a 'champagne moment' again in sport which one would it be and why? Landing a 60-yards (with the wind) last second drop-goal to beat the sworn rivals at Schools rugby by 1 point. Not bad for a back-row – years before Zinzan did similar against England (and his wasn’t from 60-yards).
Not be asked one question for the rest of your life what would it be?

Why don’t you become a pub landlord. I kid you not.

Be a celebrity for the day who would you be?

No real desire for celebrity and all the bumf that goes with it. Wouldn’t mind being Nelson Madela for a day – just for the opportunity to sing “Free Nelson Mandela” in the shower in the morning, changing the words to “Free Me”.

Be a sports star for the day who would it be? Dunno about all this “Star” bit. Wouldn’t mind being Brian O’Driscoll (without the dislocated shoulder).
Have dinner with 4 people from the past or present who would they be? Jimi Hendrix, Leonardo da Vinci, Brian Boru and Brendan Grace.
Witness one event from history what would it be?

The very first Easter, complete with notepad, camcorder, digicam, and dictaphone.

Go back in time and give advice to a 13 year old Declan Kealy what would it be?

Do NOT buy those lemon yellow corduroy trews from The Trading Post in Worcester, despite your mate who worked there saying they are excellent.They are not excellent and you will save yourself a lot of embarrassment.

Do NOT decide that you don’t need to make too much effort at school as your natural ability will scrape you through (it did, but that’s not the point).

Do NOT spurn the advances of the stunning 16-yr-old Felicity Lloyd in three year’s time!

Win any sporting event in the world what would it be?

The undisputed Heavyweight Boxing championship perhaps? Olympic 100m? Leading Ireland to fabulous unexpected glory in the Rugby World Cup?

Scoring a 30-yard, last second winner to bring the Football World Cup to the Emerald Isle ?

All highly desirable, but I reckon I’d go for winning the Grand National as history would be made with the first winning jockey to be over 17 stone.

Try out a new sport what would it be? Superbikes.
Have one extravagance what would it be? A top-of-the-range Caterham Cosworth CSR 260.
Only ever eat one meal again what would it be?

Bacon, egg, sausage, white pudding and fried potato toasties.

Live anywhere else in the world where would it be? Boston. Lived, worked, played hard there for 18 months. Fell in love with the place.
Support any other Rugby Club which would it be and why? Greystones in Ireland. Many happy years playing for the club…..oo-er, 20 years ago now !
Tell us a claim to fame what would it be?

Refusing to serve Moss Keane and Tony O’Reilly a beer in a pub in Dublin because they were too inebriated.

See into the future what do you expect to be doing in 10 years time?

Accepting, with grace and humility, the position as head of the Playboy mansion and empire from Hugh Hefner who has decided to retire and join the priesthood.

Only ever drink one drink again what would it be?

For the rest of my days ? Ice-cold Orange and Passionfruit J2O.

Do any other job other than your current one what would it be? Toy Tester
Change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Honestly I wouldn’t change a single thing. Quite content with things as they are.

Buy one player from past or present to play in London Irish colours who would it be?

As many people have answered before me, the incomparable CMH Gibson. Simply outstanding.

(I’d try and persuade Michael Jones as well).

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