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  • Getting to know Fiacre Kelleher

    Getting to know Fiacre Kelleher

    By: Newsroom Staff on 15 Nov, 2015 08:59

  • DURING the course of this week there are a number of young Celts who could be involved in international games played at various levels.

    Over the weekend, the Celtic website is taking a look at some of the youngsters involved by taking a look at their Introducing The Academy Bhoys features in this season’s matchday programmes.

    Here we have Fiacre Kelleher who is on stand-by for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 games this week and he answers the following getting-to-know-you question

    ON THE PITCH

    What position do you play?

    Centre-half. I have always played there throughout my career.

    How long have you been part of the Celtic Youth Academy?

    This is my fourth year now. I came from a club called Avondale back in Cork. Celtic picked me up from there after watching me. I signed in the summer of 2012 when I was 16.

    Where do you hail from?

    I am from a place called Blackrock in Cork. I live on the edge of the rough part of Cork, while Eoghan O’Connell is from the soft part! I lived there my whole life before I came over here. I now stay in Hamilton.

    What are your main strengths as a player?
    I don’t shut up! I am always talking on the pitch. I have a good presence and size about me and I’m quite quick in a straight line. I am decent at organising and the vocal side of things, along with being good in the air.

    What areas of your game are you looking to improve?
    I want to sharpen up my feet and be able to turn quicker. I also want to improve my passing as the manager wants to play from the back so it’s important I can do that. You can always improve every part of your game but those are the main things I’m focusing on.

    Career highlight so far?
    Winning the Youth Cup last year. That was nice. We won the game 5-2 and played really well in the semi-final and the final. It was a really good way to top off the season and get some silverware after losing out on the league title.

    Next on the agenda?
    I am going to be playing for the Development Squad again this season so I will look to do well there and try and impress the manager.

    Aims for the season?
    Winning the league with the Development Squad would be one.  I can still play in the Youth Cup this season so I would like to win that again and, of course, impressing the manager and coaches. You know the manager will give young players a chance from last season so that gives me motivation to do well and improve.

    Greatest influence?
    My three older brothers – I looked up a lot to them growing up and tried to follow them, along with my Dad. I wanted to be like them as they have a bit of a reputation from where I’m from of being good at stuff, so I was always known as their brother. They played hurling and were well known for that. They played for Cork Intermediates when they were younger, which would be the equivalent of our Development Squad. I started out playing hurling as I wanted to be like them but then I took a liking to football.  

    Football idol?
    It has to be Roy Keane. I would also have to mention Wayne Sherlock, another hurler from back home who played for Cork. I always looked up to him. He had a great attitude in the way he played hurling which you can take into your own sport. He is from where I live so he is a bit of a local hero. 

    OFF THE PITCH

    Favourite song
    Ordinary Man by Christy Moore. It’s a really good song and I really like Christy Moore as an artist. The song has just been a long-time favourite of mine.

    Favourite TV show/film
    The Shawshank Redemption. It used to be my Dad’s favourite film as well and I watched it with him a good few times. I just liked the storyline behind it, and you can’t really beat Morgan Freeman as an actor.

    Prized possession
    I have a Blackrock jersey in my drawer that I have always kept since I was a little kid. They were my local hurling team and I have hung on to that since I was about eight.

    What other sports or hobbies do you have?
    Hurling, obviously, but I like a lot of other sports like golf and tennis. I also like to read. I like any type of book really but I particularly like thrillers. I play a lot of golf and tennis the odd time. I don’t have a golf handicap, but I’m better than Eoghan O’Connell which is a real highlight for me! 

    Celebrity crush

    Margot Robbie, who was in Wolf of Wall Street

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