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My Club and I: Michael Doran of Killeshin as he gears up for the Senior final

Ahead of this weekend’s Club Senior Football Championship final, we spoke to Killeshin’s Michael Doran about all things Killeshin.

The stylish corner forward made his club senior debut last year and was centre forward for this year’s Laois U-20 team who made it to the Leinster final against Dublin.

The UCD student played a huge part this season helping his side to defeat Stradbally, Arles-Killeen, Ballylinan and Ballyfin to get to this weekend’s clash against Portlaoise.


What’s your earliest football memory?

Being dragged to U-8s training by the parents.

Can you tell us a bit about your club?

We’re good and getting better.

Can you remember the first time you competed with the club?

Yeah, I suppose it was the typical U-8s blitz in Killeshin when all of us followed the ball like sheep.

Proudest achievement with the club to date? (personal or team-wise)

Proudest achievement to date has to be making the senior county final.

What do you like most about your club?

Doing the lotto every week and winning nothing.

What is the importance football/sport for you?

Sure it keeps me on the straight and narrow.

What young player in your club would you say is one to watch out for?

It has to be Ross Bolger. James Doogue on his day would give him a run for his money though.

Chairman Gavin Deering with young player of the year Michael Doran

If you could do anything to improve the club, what would it be?

Realistically it would be for the development of new dressing rooms in the club. A club bar would also be lovely but that would be the stuff of dreams.

Have you any advice for young male and female players in your club?

My advice would be to always stay involved with the club in one way or another. You will make friends for life on and off the field – mainly off it.

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