Monday 24 October 2016

The Future Is Bright: Aidan Moynihan (Second year academy)

Published 15/01/2016 | 02:30

Aidan Moynihan (INPHO/James Crombie)
Aidan Moynihan (INPHO/James Crombie)

I was born and lived in a small area in mid Cork called Canovee. My family has a massive GAA background so Gaelic football dominated my early life.

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I first played rugby when I was seven with Muskerry RFC and was instantly taken by the sport. I played all my underage rugby with Muskerry before moving to Rockwell College in fourth year.

The highlight of my time in Rockwell came in my first year when we won the Munster Schools Senior Cup. I played for the Munster schools and U-19s before moving to Connacht for U-20s.

Favourite Connacht game?

The recent fixture game at Thomond Park. It was Connacht's first win in Thomond since 1986 and the manner in which the team performed shows just how much the province has grown.

Most memorable game I have played in?

Munster Schools Senior Cup final in 2012. We beat St Munchin's College in the final in Thomond Park to win back-to-back titles for the school. I played with some great players on that team and, at only 16, had never experienced a game like it before.

Favourite ground?

As a Corkman, I grew up watching games in Musgrave Park - now Irish Independent Park - and for the immaculate surface alone it is my favourite place to play. The surface there when I was in school was like a carpet and I used to love playing there.

Date of birth: Sept 20, 1995

Place of birth: Cork

Height: 180cm

Weight: 91kg

Position: Out-half

Club: Galwegians RFC

School: De La Salle College, Macroom (1st to 3rd year); Rockwell College (4th to 6th year)

University: NUIG, 2nd year commerce

Other sports played: Football, hurling

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