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Clare's Tony Kelly talks dinner with McGregor, holy medals and following Liverpool

We got an insight to the Banner captain ahead of tomorrow’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling final.

Ballyea club man Kelly won the Hurler of the Year award in 2013.
Ballyea club man Kelly won the Hurler of the Year award in 2013.
Image: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE

HE’S ONE OF the brightest prospects in Clare hurling.

Last year he won an Allstar as well as the Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year awards.

On Saturday he’ll be involved in the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling final as Clare take on Wexford in Semple Stadium.

But we wanted to know other stuff about Clare hurler Tony Kelly.

Like his hurling hero growing up.

His favourite app on his smartphone.

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


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

“I’d be a big soccer fan, big Liverpool fan. I was following it very closely last year and the Premier League title just slipped away. But we’re not looking too bad this year either. I’d also be into basketball, I’d follow the NBA a lot.”

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

“Shane O’Donnell’s pretty active on Twitter, I get a good laugh out of him! I suppose LeBron James as well, I’d be a big fan of his.”

11. Do you have any pre-match superstitions?

“I get a holy medal blessed before every game. The mother gives me a holy medal, I’d wear that and then I’d get a new one for the next game then.”

10. What was the last film you saw?

“Fault In Our Stars. I got dragged into that!”

9. What TV programme do you always Sky Plus?

“I’d Sky Plus Friends, massive Friends fan.”

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

“Steven Gerrard would probably be the one that stands out.”

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

“My favorite with Ballyea would be the Clare county U21 A hurling final in 2012. We beat Kilmaley, it was a nice one.”

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

“Last year’s All-Ireland senior replay is definitely the one.”

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

“I’d use Snapchat the most.”

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

“Has to be the Superbowl.”

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3. What was the first inter-county senior game you ever went to?

“I think it was 2002, All-Ireland quarter-final against Waterford. Clare won that game.”

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

“I would have Conor McGregor, Steven Gerrard and Mila Kunis.”

1. Who was your hurling hero growing up?

“Colin Lynch. He was great to watch playing for Clare.”

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