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Meet the Team

Grainne Seoige
Grainne Seoige

Grainne Seoige

From: Spiddal, Connemara, Co. Galway

Hobbies: Cycling. Completed 90km cycle as part of 2011 Galway Ironman

Follows Gaelic Football and Manchester United.

Has presented All-Ireland final preview show, "Up for the Match" with Des Cahill since 2008.

Won the VIP Style Award in 2004.

Has worked as news anchor on TG4, TV3, and Sky News Ireland.

Graduated with honours in English, Sociology and Political Science from University College Galway before completing a Higher Diploma in Applied Communications for Television and Radio, also at UCG.

Patron of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI)

Follow on Twitter: @grainne_seoige


Ruby Walsh
Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh

Height: 5'10

Profession: Champion Jump Jockey

From: Kill, Co. Kildare

Over 1400 career wins.

Won Aintree Grand National at first attempt on Papillion in 2000 (when he was aged 20). Papillion was trained by Ruby's father Ted Walsh. He went on to win that great race once more on the Willie Mullins-trained Hedgehunter in 2005.

More wins at Cheltenham than any other jockey.

Won a record 7 races at the 2009 Cheltenham festival

8 time Champion National Hunt Jockey in Ireland.

Career Injuries include: Has broken one of his legs twice, fractured his wrist, cracked his elbow; dislocated one hip, broke the other, and managed crack and bruise some vertebrae. In 2008 he had to have his spleen removed.

Hobbies: He enjoys playing other sports, including rugby, soccer and golf, and is a Manchester United FC supporter.

Favourite film is 'Braveheart'.

If Ruby were not a jump jockey, he would like to be a professional footballer.


Pat Spillane
Pat Spillane

Pat Spillane

Height: 6'0

Gaelic Football Star

Position: Half Forward

From: Templenoe, Co Kerry

Won 8 All Ireland titles with Kerry, and a joint record of 9 All-Star awards. He also has 12 Munster medals.

Won his first All-Ireland senior football medal in 1975 at the age of 19. As team captain Mickey Ned O'Sullivan had gone off injured in the first half, Spillane lifted Sam Maguire.

Part of Kerry team that achieved record equaling 4-in-a-row All-Irelands, winning in 1978,'79, '80 and 81.

Named on GAA Football "Team of the Millennium", and appeared on a stamp to commemorate the team.

Retired primary school teacher. Taught for 34 years.

Retired from GAA in1991 having lost to Down in an All-Ireland semi-final, before beginning work as a pundit with RTÉ.

Represented Ireland against Australia in International Rules series in 1986 & 1987.

Follows all sports.


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