Everyone is buzzing after the weekend announcements that there will be Championship after all! And as JJ Doyle says, it’s all about Championship! This week’s coffee guest knows a thing or two about championship, having played a central part in her clubs dominance of the All-Ireland for the past number of years. Grab a coffee, kick back and enjoy five minutes with Slaughtneil speed merchant Shannon Graham.
Coffee order: Skinny latte (championship is coming!)
Occupation: ESP Musculoskeletal physiotherapist in A&E
First place you ever pucked a ball: Kill Hill, Creggan. Da used to take the senior camogs up the road, so I’d be dragged along three days a week as a cub. So you’d no choice standing abut but to bate a ball against a wall. After a few years I got promoted to keep nets when the seniors trained. I was still in primary school!
WH: If you’re good enough you’re old enough! 😅
Who makes your hurls: Matty Murphy
Any nicknames: Shanzo
Of all the teams you’ve played for, what’s your favourite jersey: Slaughtneil plain white one
If you could have the jersey of one opponent you respect the most who would it be: I have never played against her but Niamh Kilkenny. I’d take her, jersey and all and take her to Slaughtneil! What a player!
WH: Now that would be a midfield!
Who is the biggest whinge at Slaughtneil training: Mickey Glover! The girls never gurn!
Most likely to hang you out to dry on social media on a night out: I do a good enough job of destroying myself on social media on a night out! But if I haven’t managed to do so then Clare Burns or Eimear Tiff are sure to have a snap or two up!
Of everything you’ve won, what’s your most cherished medal: The first club All-Ireland
Medals, up on the wall or in a drawer: I don’t even know if I collected half my medals. What I have are thrown in a drawer. Memories over medals for me. Prefer a nice picture on the wall.
WH: You’d need a big wall! 🧱
Midi or long socks: Midi. Anything to make the legs look longer, especially if I’m standing next to Eilis Cassidy!
Carpool karaoke on way to training, which song and who would you pick to belt it out with: Cranberries – Dreams with Louise Dougan, Siobhan McKaigue and Jolene Bradley. Harmony wouldn’t be great!
WH: Hon Limerick! 👍 David Reidy likes this
Pre match meal: Porridge. Or a bagel with peanut butter and banana
Cheat meal: Mexican… Burrito or fajitas
WH: From the Mexican restaurant in Slaughtneil? 💃
Favourite ground to hurl in: Robert Emmets
What’s the one thing you have to do to play that you will stop immediately on retirement: Put serious mileage on the car! The aul audi is like an antique now. You hear it before you see it!
You might not know this about me but… I was the first single female to fake a hen party at Bushtown Hotel, with tremendous success!
Finally Shannon, hurling rules or keep it as it is: Let us hurl. Been trying to for years. Keep getting blown up!