People in Focus: St. Macartan’s Shauna McRory ready for latest big Championship test

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Tyrone Ladies GFA County Finals Day will take centre-stage on Saturday with Carrickmore hosting the 2017 Junior, Intermediate and Senior Championship Finals.

For St. Macartan’s it will provide the opportunity to go in search of another major title win and reclaim the Jarlath Kerr Memorial Cup, which they won twelve months ago. On that occasion, the Clogher Valley side overcame County final debutants, Killeeshil, and Saturday will now see a repeat encounter of the two clubs again

St Macartan’s Ladies go in search of a 9th Tyrone Senior Football championship title this weekend with back-to-back successes in the event

 

For St. Macartan’s Shauna McCrory, it will be a return to the County final stage as the 2014 title winning captain missed last season. Tyrone Life caught up with Shauna this week for the latest in our People in Focus series to find out about the final ahead, club, county and of course all the ‘Fun and Favourites’ in there too…

Q&A, People in Focus
with Shauna McRory, St. Macartan’s

Football Honours & Achievements:

St.Macartan’s

  • 4x Senior Championships
  • 6x Senior Leagues
  • 1x Minor Championship
  • 1x Minor League
  • 1x U-16 League

St.Marys

  • Lynch Cup All Ireland Colleges Winners

Shauna McCrory receives the Jarlath Kerr Cup from Tyrone Ladies county Committee’s Patsy mcCrory, after captaining St. Macartan’s to the SFC title in 2014

Hobbies & Other interests:

Football has always been the main hobby. However, I also enjoy watching the rugby, tennis and gymnastics. I also enjoy a run or a good forest park walk, as well as yoga. For wind-down time (if I ever get any) I love to turn on the Kindle and read a good book.

School Years: Can you tell us a bit about your school years, three big moments that stand out for you and who would have had a big influence on you in those years – sporting or non-sporting:

Number One would have to be mum & dad – going out to training with dad in Truagh is probably my first memory of football and they have been very supportive and encouraging both on and off the field since.

In Primary School both Gemma Quinn and Terence McCaughey were huge influences in developing my Gaelic skills as every break and lunch was spent playing football, leading to great success in Aughadarragh – one stand out memory being winning the Ellie Rogan Cup.

As an underage player with St. Macartan’s, one of the main influences would have to be Sean McElroy (RIP). Huge highlights with Sean as manager included winning a u12 league right up to winning the minor championship! A lot of this success was down to Sean’s love for ladies football and the commitment and encouragement he gave is still remembered.

“Playing with the 4 sisters” – Celebrating woth family following County SFC title win

Teenage years: When growing up can you tell us about your three biggest memories of football in club and/or county…

as a spectator…

  • – Seeing Tyrone ladies win the Junior All Ireland in 1999 – my first time in Croke Park
  • – Being in Croke Park to see Tyrone men win their first All Ireland in 2003
  • – Watching the hubby captain Omagh CBS when they won the McRory cup

as a player…

  • – Making my debut on the St. Mac’s senior team in the first round of the championship against Errigal in 2001
  • – Winning my first championship medal with our minor team in 2004
  • – Winning my first senior championship in 2009

“Number one supporter-Bodhi”

Tyrone Life – My thoughts on…

Where you came from: Tell us a bit about your community, your club and where you grew up?

Mum and Dad ended up settling in Augher, as it was near enough the midway point between their homes in Monaghan and Fermanagh, so it was inevitable we would end up out at Fr. Hackett Park at some stage. Playing out on the lawn with the 7 siblings, we always had a ball in our hands and were lucky enough to have our own mini pitch to practice on thanks to dad. Sean McElroy was the first person to get me out to St.Macartan’s training for u12’s and I haven’t looked back since.

Characters in the Community: Tell us about some of the big characters in your community/club when you were growing up and any memories, stories or ‘nicknames’ that jump out when talking about them?

  • Sean McElroy – a founder of St. Mac’s… always collected you when you needed a lift… and his two favourite lines on the field – ‘goals win matches’ and ‘no hospital balls’.
  • Mairead Holland, aka Maisie – from nose blowing to lipstick, to an infectious laugh, to throwing balls at umpires!
  • All the dads from the team – heard shouting ‘encouraging’ things from the stands

Celebrating 25 years: In January 1992, St.Macartans ladies were formed. Here is a picture of the very first team.

Places in Tyrone: Can you tell us about three places in Tyrone which you feel would stand out for anyone visiting the county and which would be well worth going to see?

  • Knockmany forest park would be top of the list – nothing better than getting to the top and looking out over the Clogher Valley on a frosty morning – a few championships won here.
  • McKenna’s Bar Augher (aka ‘Dessies’) – a few championships celebrated here.
  • St. Macartan’s Church – Mass said in it by a former Cardinal of New York and many a prayer said in it before a big match!

GAA Life – My thoughts on…

Former Tyrone greats: Can you tell us, from watching Tyrone ladies and men’s teams over the years, tell us three players whom you looked up to and who really stood out for you (and why) in the Tyrone Ladies teams and Men’s teams?

LADIES

  • 1 Maura Kelly – able to play anywhere – always reliable and never gives up!
  • 2 Lynda Donnelly – not afraid to go in hard and one you always want on your team.
  • 3 Eilis Gormley – intelligent player with plenty of skill and tenacity.

Celebrating 2014 Senior Championship glory, a first win at the time since 2011. Picture by Damien McAnespie

MENS

  • 1 Brian Dooher – Mum’s favourite Tyrone player – never stopped working and someone who you could always depend on.
  • 2 Peter Canavan – ‘God’ – need I say any more.
  • 3 Ryan (Ricey) McMenamin – might be given punishment laps if I don’t give him a mention!

Tyrone Ladies 2017Tyrone ladies are into the all Ireland Intermediate Championship final, can you tell us what you think of the progress being made in ladies football in the county and how a win for Tyrone could further boost this progress?

A great achievement for Tyrone and one that probably should have come sooner due to the great talent within the county. A lot of work has been put in by schools and clubs at underage level and I think Tyrone should be back competing well at senior level very soon. The team has evolved greatly over the last few years with a lot of new faces and a young crop of players that are beginning to make their mark on the field. I think the build up to the final will bring all the clubs together and make for a very enjoyable day in Croke Park – good luck to all the players and management – especially Niamh and Chloe!

Shauna in action in the 2014 SFC Final

Club Life – My thoughts on…

Former St Macartan’s players: Can you tell us, from watching St Macs ladies teams over the years, tell us three players whom you looked up to and who really stood out?

There are too many – I couldn’t just name three… growing up with the St. Mac’s girls was lots of fun and was always a ‘family’ affair – from the Hollands, to the Donnellys, to the McGirrs, to the Kellys and everyone in between. I was just delighted to get playing alongside some of the ‘greats’ such as Bronagh Holland, Lisa McGirr and Ciara Daly.

Current St. Macartan’s Team Could you put a player to the word that might best describe them below…

Great craic: All of the ladies – can’t pick one – any St. Mac’s night out is full of craic

One liners: Ricey – two many to name

Scary: Lynda Donnelly – scary on the outside but a sweetie on the inside

Tough: Shauna McGirr (McGregor) – avoid in tackles

Fast: Everyone – because I’m the slowest

Skillfull (sport): Chloe McCaffery – loves to chip a ball into the back of the net

Genius: Colleen McQuaid – in charge of people’s drugs (pharmacist)

Fashionista: Niamh McKenna – spends the longest glamming up for a night out

Spongebob: Kirsty McCaughey aka KB – always can fill you in on a nights events

“Night out with St.Mac’s girls”

Check out our other St. Macartan’s Player Profiles here…

Social Life – My thoughts on…

Tell us about what things you enjoy best about the ‘weekend’ and favourite things to do?

Spending time with the hubby and our wee man Bodhi – anything from swimming lessons to walks in the park, to going out for lunch. When we get a babysitter it’s always dinner and a visit to the cinema or a night out with the girls.

Tell us best places to go for a night out (why?) in (a) Tyrone (b) anywhere in Ireland?

Tyrone – Salleys – because that’s where you will catch up with everyone from school

Ireland – Left Bank / Matt the Millers / The Field – basically any bar in Kilkenny -always good craic and even better to have free accommodation with the sister!

“The famous ‘Dessies'”

Could you tell us what places you have travelled to (anywhere in the world) – and best memories & places that really stood out?

I got to visit Sri Lanka through a sports programme in Loreto – amazing to see a different culture and how sports are developed in another country.

I am fond of the sun holidays – Portugal, Spain, Lanzarote, Turkey, Greece to name a few – all lovely holidays with the other half, family, and friends.

One stand out holiday was the St. Mac’s trip to Marbella to play in a Gaelic tournament – lots of laughs and memories made!

at the Dubai-Burj al Arab

Dubai and Thailand were also beautiful places to visit – lots to see and do and would definitely return if I got the chance.

My one and only ski trip to Italy last year definitely gave me the skiing bug and would highly recommend a visit to the Folgaria resort.

“Italy skiing”

For fun…

Funniest thing you would say has happened to you in your life:

Probably more embarrassing than funny – a list of places where I have fainted – mass, the hairdressers, the cinema….

Funniest person you know? One sentence that best describes them?

Probably the hubby – he thinks he’s funny anyway!

Enjoying some Family time

Tell us your favourite Joke?

I am terrible at remembering jokes and laugh at the worst ones– heard this one today:

RIP Boiled water…you will be mist.   

(Thanks John Kelly)

Spitting Image – Name two people you always thought were spitting image doubles?

Ursula McKernan and Frankie from the Saturdays

My life & favourites…

Gaelic Footballers (Mens and Ladies): Ronan McRory 😊

Sports: Gaelic / Rugby / Tennis

Sportstars: Roger Federer, Brian O’Driscoll, O’Donovan brothers, Serena Williams

Celebrities: Ryan Reynolds, Emilia Clarke, Gabriel Macht

Band/Singer(s): Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Yiruma

Music Video: Lily Allen – Somewhere only we know

TV Show(s): Prison Break, Game of Thrones, Suits, beginning to enjoy Peppa Pig!

Movie(s): The Green Mile, Braveheart, anything with Leonardo Dicaprio in it

Item of clothing: Anything ‘comfy’

Perfume: Thierry Mugler Alien

Food: I love a Gaze Chinese (off season of course!)

Place (apart from home): Kilkenny – to visit the sis

Pub: Dessies / Squealing Pig

Nightclub: Salleys / Spy

Sports Venue: Croke Park

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat? Why?

I have all but Snapchat probably the fave, except when Erin McQuaid screenshots everything!

Favourite Facebook or Twitter Page(s)?

Bride Ideas / Love Blossoms, anything baby advice related…

Favourite website(s)? Pinterest / Twinkl (teacher favourites!)

Inspirational Quote you like?

Success comes in can’s not cant’s!

 

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