With the Irish public being urged to maintain social distancing and self-isolate if required, we are increasingly looking for movies to watch, books to read and rooms to clean.

RTÉ Sport is speaking to our sports stars and asking how they're using their time and tweaking their training routines to stay fit and healthy.

Today, it's the turn of Republic of Ireland and Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne.


What's the first thing you do in the morning?

Wake up and say a couple of morning prayers, have healthy breakfast with a cup of tea. Most of the time it's porridge.

What’s your favourite exercise?

That would have to be football but without that at the moment I’ve enjoyed going on long runs to get out of the house and stay fit.

Is there one particular skill you practice every day?

Just any basic skill to improve my game. I don’t really focus on just one particular thing. But I enjoy doing keep-ups with the ball. 

Netflix and chill or a nice evening jog?

Netflix and chill. Most of the time during the day I’d have got through a lot of training so it’s usually time for the feet up and spend time with the family.

Name one book you want to read.

I would read the Bible most nights. But seeing as I was on his podcast last week and he has a new book I’d have to say Richie Sadlier's.

On a scale on 1 to 10, how good are your DIY skills?

1! Not my expertise. I have a mother to do all that for me. Ha ha.

Have you a favourite pre-training meal to help you through a tough session?

I love having salmon and pasta. My team-mate Aaron Greene (above) makes it for me before most games, it gives us a bit of energy although sometimes it’s a bit burnt. I need a better chef than Greener.

Name one movie you want to watch.

The Gentleman, I heard it’s brilliant.

What’s the best way to stave off boredom?

I think just to keep thinking positive and trying to visualise everybody coming out of this stronger and healthy together. I lived away from my family for eight years so it’s nice to enjoy their company for now. 

Have you any tips for training at home?

I just went out and bought some basic training equipment just to keep ticking over but there are some great YouTube videos that personal trainers are putting out there available for the public. My own friend Jamie Goonery does them on Instagram

Name one documentary you want to see.

I just watched the first episode of The Tiger King on Netflix. Fella's a mad man.


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Have you discovered any new music or podcasts?

I've been listening to a lot of The Dubliners. We are big fans of them in this house so a lot of Irish music is getting played. 

Is there one piece of housework you can no longer avoid?

No, I can avoid them all. Sure I tell the ma I can’t leave the house to take the bins out. Ha ha. 

Favourite room of the house to spend time in?

Favourite room is the kitchen, that’s where all the tea talk happens.