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Podge Collins talks Love Hate, idolising Messi, the 49ers and James O'Donoghue's tweets

Collins landed a county senior double with Cratloe this year but what are his interests outside of GAA?

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

PODGE COLLINS ENJOYED a memorable 2014 campaign at club level as he helped Cratloe claim a senior county double in Clare.

After plying his trade in both hurling and football this year, he’s focusing on Gaelic football in 2015 but we wanted to know other stuff about the Banner player

Like his hurling hero growing up.

His favourite app on his smartphone.

And what three celebrities would he like to have dinner with?

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12. What’s your favourite sport other than hurling?

“Probably American football. I follow the 49er’s. I’ve cousins in San Fran so I’ve been over there once or twice. When the championship is on, you can’t stay up that late to watch it but I would at other times.”

11. Who’s the most entertaining person you follow on Twitter?

“Most entertaining person on Twitter…well Shane O’Donnell is entertaining on Instagram alright with his dodgy selfies. James O’Donoghue is pretty funny now on Twitter.”

James O'Donoghue Kerry's James O'Donoghue Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

10. Do you have any pre-match superstitions?

“If a club match is on up on Cusack Park in Ennis, I drive up with Davy Ryan. I drive him up, so that’s a new superstition from this year.”

9. What TV programme do you always Sky Plus?

“Probably Love Hate this year. If I missed it, I had to watch it.”

8. What star from other sports do you most admire?

“Oh Messi. I’ve serious love for Messi. I’d love to have seen him win the World Cup this year. I don’t know will he play get one now.”

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Lionel Messi Source: Miquel Llop

7. What’s the most memorable game you’ve played for your club?

“Any of the county finals of the four that we’ve won. That’d be ’09 and this year in hurling, and then last year and this year in football.”

6. What’s the most memorable game you’ve played for your county?

“Have to say the All-Ireland senior final replay last year in Croke Park.”

5. What’s your favourite app on your smartphone?

“I’d say Snapchat.”

4. Name the sporting event you’d most like to attend in the world?

“Has to be the Superbowl.”

3. What was the first inter-county senior game you can remember going to?

“I went to a lot of them but the one that sticks out in my memory is 2005. Not even being a kid, I was 13, Cork against Clare. That one sticks out in my memory. Every play from that game.”

2. If you could have dinner with any three celebrities alive or dead, who would they be?

“I’d go for Messi, Carmelo Anthony and Georgia Salpa.”

1. Who was your hurling hero growing up?

“DJ Carey and Joe Deane. Their skill levels were ridiculous, just class.”

DJ Carey DJ Carey Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHO

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