Roscommon GAA Speciall: Meet the backroom team…


Name: Aisling Creighton

Club: Shannon Gaels           

Lives in: Croghan

Occupation: Chartered Physiotherapist


Describe your role with Roscommon.

My role involves the assessment and treatment of players with potential injuries pre- and post-training. I liaise with other members of the medical team for the prevention and management of injuries and also rehabilitation programmes, which aid players as they return to play. I also liaise with the management team regarding injured players’ returning to competitive play.

Best thing about it?

Being involved with Roscommon GAA and at such a high level of performance.

Worst thing about it?

How could there be anything bad that?

Number one player complaint?

Not being the first onto the treatment table; they can’t wait to get out training!

Biggest joker in Roscommon set-up?

Hugh Lynn, the Public Relations Officer.

Most under-rated member of the backroom team?

I hope everyone is respected for the role they play within the set-up. 

Tool of the trade you’d be lost without?

The treatment table. 

Any superstitions or lucky routines ahead of Sunday?

Remembering to bring the first aid bag is enough of a routine for me!



Name: Shay Wade


Lives in: Mulhuddart, Dublin


Club: St. Brigid’s GAA Club, Blanchardstown


Occupation: Taxi driver

Describe your role with Roscommon GAA.

I am the official travel/taxi partner, Entertainments Officer, surrogate parent and Agony Aunt to the Roscommon Senior Football Team.

Best thing about It?

Being a part of a great squad of young men, which keeps me young at heart. They are a credit and great to be around even though they take the p*** out of me over my all-time favourite player Diarmuid Connolly, farmers, traffic cops, cyclists…need I go on?

Worst thing about it?

Waiting on Niall ‘Aw no, like you know’ Kilroy to shower so we can hit the road. Oh Hello! Family Show!

Number one player complaint? (DD – Shay also added a new category called ‘Number one complaining player’)

I suppose a complaint would be sometimes a lack of respect or understanding from some quarters when it comes to the effort these lads put in representing their county. They leave Dublin City at 4.30 pm to train in all types of weather and they don’t return ‘till after midnight. They then have to show for work or college the next day!

The number one complainer is Donie ‘Jack Russell’ Smith who is always snapping about something, closely followed by Captain my Captain, Ciaráin Murtagh.

Biggest joker in the pack?

In my view, the biggest joker in the panel is Conor Devaney – very sharp-witted. Up and down the road, it’s got to be Ian ‘Pull The Pin’ Kilbride. Ian causes unbelievable controversy and then heads off to sleep, much like pulling the pin on a grenade and walking away.

Best characters in the backroom team?

The two best characters in the backroom team are Pat Regan and Ryan Worden. Pat would rub the creases out of a shirt better than any iron – the most positive person I have ever met. Ryan is a serious operator to go on a session with!

Tool of the trade you’d be lost without?

Excuse me, through the chair! Is this a trick question? My car of course, it has 568,000km on the clock, which requires her to take a short nap from time to time at the side of the road, but if that car could talk it would make a blockbuster of a movie!

Any superstitions before the big game on Sunday?

As far back as I can remember I have always tossed a coin: heads wins, tails loses and it’s best of three. This Sunday there’s no need for a coin because the boys are going to win!