Five Minutes With

Five minutes with… Antrim’s Sean McVeigh

Name: Sean Mc Veigh Antrim Football Squad Portraits 2015
Age: 31
Occupation: P3/4 teacher at St Caolan’s primary in Darraghcross Co. Down


Teams played for:

All Saints Ballymena, London and Antrim

If you were throwing a party and you could invite anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you ask around?

Teresa Halbach so I can ask her what the helll went on and who actually, if at all, killled her.

Where do you like to go out to celebrate after a big victory?

For Ballymena we always go to The Slemish bar in town it would be the GAA bar in Ballymena. If the single lads were looking to pull it would Gillie’s.
After Antrim games it would be the Whitefort, then Catherdal Quarter, usually Ollies and always Thompsons.

If you weren’t playing GAA what would you be at?

Probably having a social life, going on holidays and going out with my mates.

What’s the worst pitch you’ve ever played on?

My first year on the squad we trained in Allen Park in Antrim. The pitch had no posts and was like a dirt track. Our trainer at the time, Paddy McNeill loved it because he just ran us round it.

Which character in any film are you most like?

Maverick from Top Gun.

Any odd items in your kit bag?

Just the usual.

What’s your preferred brand of gear?

Peninsula gloves and half socks, Adidas boots and Skins. (Hopefully Skins see this and send me some stuff)

Who’s the biggest joker in the teams you play for?

There’s a few. Conor Murray is always up to no good, Chris Kerr is always messing. We were playing Down last week and Niall McKeever drove us around the roundabout outside Pairc Esler in the wrong direction. Niblock and I thought it was the end of us.
Peter McNichol is a messer for Ballymena. He’s the Facebook advertising king. Check out Peter McNichol – FB expert.

Which team mate has the best looking other half?

Paddy McBride, although he is single he’s always making friends with girls on Facebook. Himself and Paddy McAleer managed the St Mary’s university girls team this year. They say it was for the CV but everyone knows it  was for the girls. They based their team selections on the fittest players and it was nothing to do with training fitness.

Who is the worst trainer?

Micky Armstrong. He’s spent more time on the physio table than the pitch especially when its a running match. Pure bluffer.

Who spends most time in front of the mirror in the dressing room?

‘The Toomebridge Pirlo’ Mick McCann, if he’s not checking out his Crossfit physique he’s looking at his new skinny track bottoms. He loves the skinny bottoms.

Who’s the best/worst person to share a room with on away trips?

Mick again. He’s nuts in his sleep. People are actually scared to room with him.

Who’s the best/worst person to sit beside on the team bus?

Kerrso never stops talking. He’s like a fog horn. Kobo is the best. He’s got all the best DVDs. It’s also good craic watching Ryan Murray on Tinder, the man never swipes left.

Who has the best and who has the worst diet on the team, and what does it include?

Conor Murray loves sweeties and he snap-chatted his dinner one night and it was tinned beans with sausages in it.
Best diet is Mark Sweeney only so fits into a small T-Shirt when he’s on the hunt in Coppers.

Toughest opponent you have faced?

Enda Muldoon. He can field a ball and is good of both feet and he’s quick.
He still gives me nightmares.

Best or worst quote you’ve heard, either from a manager, player, opponent?

Paul Coggins – “I want ye to play like ninjas today lands, like ninjas in the forest runnning around free.”

Best manager you’ve ever played under?

Paul Coggins for his enthusiasm and self belief in every play, it was contagious.

Best ever performance?

Ulster intermediate semi-final v Culloville.

One to forget?

The second game last year v Fermanagh. Even though I was sent off in the first, I had a terrible game the second day. The sending off played in my head too much.

When you were playing in the back garden, who did you pretend to be?

Antony Tohill. My Granda played with Derry and he brought me to all the Bellaghy and Derry games at that time and Tohill was always my favourite.

If there was a transfer market who’d be in and who’d be out of the team?

Out- Chris Kerr. I’ve been full back the last few games and my head is killing me from his shouting. I’m hearing ‘I’ve seen them missed’ and ‘he’s a muffler’ in my sleep
In- James Loughrey. He’s ours anyway


Sean McVeigh, Antrim

Sean McVeigh, Antrim

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