Interview with Club Member "Emmet Byrne"

1. In 2001 you were part of the team that won the league and Cup double getting promotion to the Premier Division for the first time since the 80's!
Can you name the best player in the squad at the time?
- Brian Costello was a goal machine.

2. In 2004 & 2005, Athenry first team had been drawn against Athenry B. What was it like to play it both of these game, considering the B team won the game in 2004?
- I remember that game like yesterday. I was so nervous. The slagging was unreal. They had a super team.

3. In 2006, getting to the FAI Junior Cup was the biggest achievement in the Clubs history, only to lose in extra time.
There was many great players in the side, what for you was the best thing about the team?
- The team spirit was super. It was like a big family.

4. What coach made the most impact on you and helped you as a player?
- Timmy Houlihan

5. You went on to win more trophies, which one meant the most to you? Why?
- My last year winning the Connacht cup. I was captain and I knew it was my last year.

6. Nowadays, you have taken on a couple of coaching roles at the Club, do you enjoy coaching?
- Love it. Especially seeing the talent that is coming in the under age structure.

7. What are the positives you have taken from coaching?
- The development of young players.

8. Will we one day see you in the dugout as Manager of the First Team?
- Would love to someday, when the family are bigger.

Thank you,
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