My Kildare Life interview with former Kildare footballer Eamonn Callaghan

Naas man chats about life after retirement

Sarah Peppard

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My Kildare Life interview with former Kildare footballer Eamonn Callaghan

Eamonn Callaghan

Eamonn Callaghan is a retired Kildare footballer from Naas. He called a day on his inter-county career earlier this year after 17 years with the Lilywhites.

Eamonn is the son of Pat and Teresa. He has three sisters, Siobhan, Niamh and Eadaoin. He is married to Katie, and they have  a son Fionn.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST KILDARE MEMORY?

Going to Punchestown as a young lad, and McKiernans sweet shop in Naas.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SPORTING MEMORY?

Representing my Country in Australia during the 2011 International Rules series.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT KILDARE AS A COUNTY?

Its people and their interest in sport.

WHO WAS YOUR GREATEST GAA INFLUENCE OVER THE YEARS?

My Parents, John Drewitt (St Corbans Primary, Naas), and Niall Rennick (CBS Naas)

WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS FOR CLUB AND COUNTY?

Winning an Intermediate Championship with Naas in 2004. Captaining my County team for three years.

WHO WAS THE BEST PLAYER OR PLAYERS YOU EVER CAME UP AGAINST?

Colm Cooper and Jack McCaffrey.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RETIRE THIS YEAR? ANY PLANS WITH THE FUTURE?

The commitment levels are so high. I haven’t taken a break in 17 years so I’m looking forward to enjoying an off season this year and spend more time with my family and friends. In the future I’d like to get back doing a bit of coaching with the club.