Sport GAA

Thursday 13 December 2018

The GAA background of Kwame Ampadu, Thierry Henry's assistant manager at Monaco

Kwami Ampadu playing for a northside hurling selection in Croke Park and (right) at Arsenal
Kwami Ampadu playing for a northside hurling selection in Croke Park and (right) at Arsenal

Niall Scully

KWAME Ampadu could play anything. Arsenal signed him. He played soccer for O'Connell Boys. A talented team-mate was Adam Dunphy, Eamon's nephew who wrote for The Herald.

Kwame, now Thierry Henry's assistant manager at Monaco, was born to a Bradford mother and a Ghanaian father. They moved to Dublin. He was reared just off the North Circular Road.

He liked Gaelic games. Football and hurling. He gained Cumann na mBunscol recognition. He played on the Northside hurling selection versus the Southside in Croke Park. It was back in 1983. Long before the big stadium make-over.

Teachers remember him with fondness. His quick feet made him a natural.

His son, Ethan, is now excelling.

He played for the Welsh senior side against Ireland a few weeks ago in Cardiff. And he showed all of the Da's guile and daring.   

Who is your sportstar of the year?

Vote in the Irish Independent Sport Star Awards and you could win the ultimate sports prize.

Prizes include, a trip to Old Trafford to watch Man United take on Liverpool in the Premier League, tickets to Ireland's home games in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more.

Simply click here to register your vote

Herald Sport

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport