Shape I'm In: Kerry GAA star, Séamus Moynihan

Shape I'm In: Kerry GAA star, Séamus Moynihan
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On Twitter, he’s described as a ‘superstar’, ‘legend’ and ‘hero’. But former Kerry GAA star Séamus Moynihan prefers to to keep a polite distance from such compliments.

“It’s not something that I look for or need or require but it’s certainly very nice when people say nice things about you in terms of your football or whatever,” says the 46-year-old.

Married to Noreen, the Shronedarraugh native is equally independent-minded when it comes to his children’s involvement in the GAA. Jamie, 13, Clíona, 11, and Eve, eight, enjoy a wide range of sports. “They are involved in the GAA, they are into soccer and basketball — my youngest is into horses, which is great.

It’s important that they are happy in whatever they do. There is going to be enough pressure on them — never mind me putting them under pressure as well. Once they are happy and doing their best I think that’s the most important thing.

What shape are you in?

I’m institutionalised — coming from a GAA background and training all my life. It’s like a drug at this stage, it’s part of my life. Every second day I try and get out and do an aerobic exercise — either running or cycling. I run on the chip track in the local GAA club. It’s very friendly to the body. The bike is very friendly to the body as well. There is a bunch of fellas I cycle with on the weekend which is great.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

Like everyone else, I try to avoid junk food. I try and eat a good breakfast in the morning especially — it’s always a great start. I’d normally have porridge or Weetabix with yogurt and a slice of wholegrain toast — we try to avoid white bread as much as we can.

I aim to get my five a day in terms of fruit and veg and drinking water as well,sipping away during the day as opposed to slugging down two litres in one given sitting.

Shape I'm In: Kerry GAA star, Séamus Moynihan

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love my bottle of Bulmers with ice after a long cycle. It’s a real thirst quencher.

What would keep you awake at night?

Luckily, I’m able to get my seven to eight hours a night. It’s rare that I don’t get that with the exception of having a cold.

What do you do to relax?

I like watching documentaries on Sky — either on animals or on the Second World War or the like. Also, when I get the opportunity, reading the papers to find out about local sports, national and international sports. With three kids it’s harder and harder to get time for yourself. And going out with my wife or my friends the odd night.

What is your favourite smell?

The smell of a new car. I think there’s nothing nicer. If you could bottle it, patent it and sell it you’d be a rich man.

Is there anything you’d like to change about your appearance?

I’d love to have my hair back — but that ain’t going to happen. It doesn’t really bother me in any shape or form.

When is the last time you cried?

When my father Dan died on October 30 last year. He struggled with dementia in the last few years.

Shape I'm In: Kerry GAA star, Séamus Moynihan

What traits do you least like in others?

People who are miserable with their money, who can’t pay for a drink.

What traits do you least like in yourself?

At times I am over competitive — I can push the boat out. Sometimes you have to look at yourself in the mirror — it can be good and bad. As I get older I think I’m managing that better.

Are you taking any steps to improve the environment?

We’ve been recycling at home for the past 15 to 20 years. It’s good for the kids to see that as well.

Do you pray?

I do indeed. I’d be a regular Mass goer with my family. My faith is important to me.

What would cheer up your day?

Getting a phone call from one of my kids letting me know what’s happened during school or finding out what their day was like. I’m fortunate that I am working in Kerry — I’m a business development manager with Musgraves.

What quote inspires you most?

‘Winning isn’t everything but wanting to is’. It’s so important for kids to know that winning isn’t the be-all and end-all but wanting to win is the most important thing. Not everyone can win.

Seamus Moynihan was at the launch of the 2020 Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon, Sigerson and Higher Education Championships. For details see ElectricIreland.ie/HEC

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