St Mary’s College coaching co-ordinator Peter Smyth was suitably impressed when Armagh GAA star Enda McNulty gave a motivational talk to the Dublin’s club first team squad recently.
Armagh defender Enda McNulty
St Mary’s College coaching co-ordinator Peter Smyth was suitably impressed when Armagh GAA star Enda McNulty gave a motivational talk to the Dublin club’s first team squad recently.
The 2002 All-Ireland winning corner back travelled south to offer some motivational tips to the Mary’s players as they gear up for their return to the AIB League’s top flight this weekend.
Saturday’s visit of seven-time champions Shannon to Templeville Road is hardly an ideal starting point, but recent results may have shown the benefit of McNulty’s talk.
Last weekend saw Mary’s beat UCD 19-13 at Belfield in an encouraging Leddin Finance Leinster Senior Cup result. Over the past four weeks, old rivals Terenure College (19-0), Skerries (36-14) and Naas (22-8) have also be handed Cup defeats by Mary’s.
Smyth said of 2002 All-Ireland winner McNulty: “He was very impressive, and passionate about as he saw it “being more professional than the professionals themselves.”
“He pointed out that the Armagh players put in 25-30 hour a week between training and playing, and that’s on top of their jobs.
“In the All-Ireland League, that would be about 10 to 15 hours. Players in either sport don’t do it for the reward.”