Monday 15 October 2018

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Ross Munnelly: ‘I’ve always remembered the people who put me on the right road and those who helped me stay there.’ Photo: David Conachy

'Go and kick a football over the extra gym or pool session' - Ross Munnelly backs traditional training 

The year was 2003, but the conversation remains as fresh as if it was yesterday. "Do you think you are good enough to start on Sunday?" asked Mick O'Dwyer. "Ya, I think so," replied 20-year-old Ross Munnelly. "Right that's settled so, you'll start against Wexford," said O'Dwyer, and he walked off leaving Munnelly staring into his bowl of jelly and ice-cream, wondering what had just happened.

Derval O'Rourke

'I'm coming back to try and win' - Derval O'Rourke 

A relaxed Derval O'Rourke strolls into the bustling Cake Café in Dublin City centre, the staff rush to greet her. Not because she is a famous athlete, arguably the best sprinter the country has seen, but more for her baking skills. She's been in the specialist café on many occasions, talked to the staff about what they do and discussed recipes, not sport. When O'Rourke isn't running, baking is her thing and many of Ireland's elite athletes will testify to that.