Sunday 25 August 2019

The future is bright: Ed O'Keeffe (first year academy)

Ed O'Keeffe
Ed O'Keeffe

Ed O'Keeffe

I was born in Ballynanty in Limerick and I first started playing rugby with Thomond at the age of seven. I also played soccer with Limerick at underage level.

It was when I moved to St Munchin's College that rugby became the sole focus.

My three years there were really memorable, even though a loss to Rockwell by a point in the senior cup final in 2013 is still a bitter memory to this day.

I was also fortunate to represent the Irish Club side earlier this year.

Favourite Connacht game: There are a few in the memory but it would have to be the win away to Toulouse in the Heineken Cup - one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition. Nobody gave the boys a chance of winning over in the Stade Ernest-Wallon, but the defence shown at the end to hold them out will long live in the memory.

Most memorable game I have played in: The Senior Cup semi-final against PBC in 2012 in Cork was insane! Nobody gave us a chance against a star-studded Pres team but we managed to come through it and that has been by far my most memorable game. To lose out to Rockwell College in the final was a shame after that semi-final win.

Favourite ground: I'm going to get a bit of stick for this of the lads here in Connacht, but I have to say Thomond Park in Limerick as I grew up within a stone's throw

Date of birth: February 8, 1995

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Place of birth: Ballynanty, Limerick

Height: 182cm

Weight: 95kg

Position: Back three

Club: Galwegians

School: St Munchin's College

International honours: Irish Clubs

Other sports played: Soccer, hurling, Gaelic

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