In a West Cork Minute with Olympic-bound Irish men's hockey goalkeeper and captain David Harte

February 15th, 2016 8:30 AM

By Southern Star Team

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Olympic-bound Irish men’s hockey goalkeeper and captain David Harte (27) – whose home is Ringrone, Kinsale – has come a long way since his early days when his twin brother, Conor, convinced him hopping into a wheelie bin was a good idea ...

How would your best friend describe you? Sarcastic, definitely not a morning person, kind, sports mad and better looking than my twin brother Conor! 

Who was your sporting hero when you were 10 years old? It was, probably, my Dad, Kieran. 

Tell us a funny story from your childhood: Being shoved into a wheelie bin – oddly, not against my will – by Conor and let go down the steepest hill outside my house!  

Where would you recommend for a weekend away? Utrecht – it’s the city in Holland where I have lived for the past six seasons. It’s small, lively and picturesque with plenty to do, and it’s only 25 minutes from Amsterdam by train. 

If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring? 1. Camera. 2. Matches. 3. Friends. 

If you could go back in time, where would you go and why? I’d go back to 1999 to relive the Manchester United Champions League final live in the Nou Camp against Bayern Munich, completing the famous treble. I think I missed the important last few minutes as I stopped watching on TV – too upset that they had lost (or so I thought)! The roller coaster of sport, eh?

What song best describes you? ‘I get knocked down but I get up again’ by Chumbawamba. I think it’s very apt for my day to day job of being a hockey keeper. 

What is your least favourite word? No.

What’s your favourite knock-knock joke? Never was the biggest fan of knock-knock jokes...

What’s the world’s greatest invention? The airplane – I love to travel and especially with hockey it has allowed me to visit continents and countries I’d never have dreamt of visiting.

How many cows are there in Ireland? Hmmm, three million?

If you know you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day? Without a doubt, with family and friends involved in some sporting games finished off with some savage food and a few drinks – it’s the simple things!

A penguin walks into the room wearing a sombrero, why is he wearing it and what does he say? The room is a bar, the penguin is Mexican and he orders a round of tequila sunrises ‘on the rocks’!


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