Regrets? The Rossies have had a few…

One of the most interesting GAA books on the market for Christmas is entitled A Scrapbook of Regrets, which is the brainchild of former Leitrim star player Pádraig Kenny.

  In the book he speaks to 200 well known GAA players and team managers about their biggest regrets. There are players and managers from every county and there are four from Roscommon: Gay Sheeran, Harry Keegan, Shane Curran, and Paul Earley. Roscommon senior football team manager Kevin McStay is also featured in the book.

   Former Roscommon goalkeeper and team manager Gay Sheeran says that losing the 1980 All-Ireland SFC final was his biggest regret. Other regrets were losing the 1977 Connacht U-21 final to Leitrim by a point and the infamous Connacht senior final in 1986 when Stephen Joyce scored a late goal to give Galway a dramatic victory.

   Roscommon’s only three-time All Star Harry Keegan also says that being beaten in the 1980 All-Ireland final tops his ‘regrets list’. He says that not being able to play in the 1979 league winning side against Cork because of injury is another regret and Harry says that he would have loved to have experienced the modern day training and medical and technical support that football teams enjoy now.

   Shane Curran says that his biggest regret is not winning an All-Ireland senior medal with Roscommon during his career. Shane also says that being beaten by Leitrim in the championship in 1994 is up there as well. Shane also says he would have loved to have been a full-time professional soccer player in England.

  Paul Earley says that losing two All-Ireland semi-finals in 1990 and 1991 is his biggest regret. Paul also says that having to retire from inter-county football at 29 because of injury is also a regret. Finally, Paul says that he regrets that there were no qualifiers in place when he was playing, as Roscommon lost a couple of Connacht finals narrowly and he would have loved another chance to play in the championship in those years.

  The Scrapbook of Regrets is on sale at all bookshops priced €19.95 and funds raised go to St. Hugh’s National School Balinaglera, Co Leitrim.