Tuesday 15 October 2019

Where are they now?

Pádraic Davis (Former Longford footballer)

Coming from a GAA background is one of the main reasons that Gaelic football forms such a major part of Pádraic Davis's life. But on top of being brought up with the game, the former Longford footballer loves everything about it too.

From the first day he kicked a ball he was hooked and, luckily for Davis, he was a talented player and made the county team right up through the underage ranks. Back in those days he felt honoured to wear the blue and gold jersey and had a great desire to win in it.

"I was obsessed with the game itself and the inter-county scene," explains Davis. "Maybe it was born out of the fact that we weren't successful. We were winning with the club at underage level and senior but being successful with Longford was always eating away at me. And that dream and ambition is still there and we won't stop until we get there.

"What happened back then was that population played a big role in where you were at. But a lot has been invested in the coaching structures and currently more often than not Longford is winning matches at underage level."

Davis played senior football from 1995 to 2007, and although the O'Byrne Cup was the only silverware he got his hands on at senior level, he still has great memories from his playing days.

"My career wasn't laden down with Leinster titles or All-Ireland titles but beating Kerry in the National League in 2004 was a huge achievement. Kerry are the team in football, like Kilkenny in the hurling so winning that day was special."

After he retired from inter-county football, Davis went straight into management. In 2011, he was at the helm of the Longford under 21 team that reached the Leinster semi-final, losing out to Wexford.

In that same year he joined the Longford senior management set-up as a selector and has been there since. And although this will never replace playing, Davis enjoys it immensely.

Today Longford play Wicklow in the first round of the Leinster championship and the forward feels they have their work cut out for them going to Aughrim.

Davis is still playing junior football with his club Fr Manning Gaels. In 1996, after a 41-year gap they won the county championship and went on to three consecutive titles and another one in 2001. Away from football, Davis runs a successful auctioneering business in Longford town.

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