Sleepwalking, rats and teeth falling out: the stuff of GAA nightmares

Updated: Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 22:32 | Comments

He's smiling now, but James O'Donoghue is a stressed sleep-walker
He's smiling now, but James O'Donoghue is a stressed sleep-walker

James O’Donoghue sleep-walks, Lester Ryan’s teeth fall out, and Paudie O’Sullivan battles rats – GAA stars have been revealing their nightmares.

The GAA asked a host of inter-county stars if they ever had nightmares, and the results were quite insightful.

Football is never far from the mind of Kerry’s James O’Donoghue, it seems; the Killarney Legion man reveals he is a regular sleep-walker, who brings his football into the Land of Nod.

“There was one night I ran into my brother’s room, and I started calling, ‘Pass the ball! Pass the ball!’”, O’Donoghue recalls.

Cork’s Paudie O’Sullivan admits rats and spiders are regular features in his bad dreams, and Kilkenny’s Lester Ryan said he has dreams about losing his teeth. Ryan reckons it is to do with getting old – “but I’m only 26!”

Dublin hurler Liam Rushe said having a nightmare in front of 30-40,000 people in a Leinster final was one of his, before adding sheepishly, “that one came true, though, so it’s not really a nightmare anymore.”

Donegal’s Karl Lacey also recalled nightmares on the pitch, citing last year’s Ulster final as “one of the biggest nightmares I’ve ever had”(he may well sleep sounder after this year’s final).

Cork hurler Lorcán McLoughlin had no time for nightmares, though; a 13-month-old daughter means “you don’t get an opportunity to have nightmares – you’re probably up as it is!”

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