In a West Cork Minute with Pat Curran

February 19th, 2018 9:00 AM

By Southern Star Team

Bantry basketball guru Pat Curran.

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Doing his bit in Bantry to power the worldwide avocado renaissance, basketball guru Pat Curran is also hoping to put his best foot forward at Strictly Come Dancing Bantry …


What’s the one thing you can’t live without? Basketball.

What would I find in your fridge right now? Coconut milk and avocados.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? Basketball.

Who has been the biggest influence on your sporting career? I didn’t really have a glittering sporting career as a player but as a coach I learned an awful lot from John Caulfield and Christy O’Neill. 

Pick two celebrities to be your parents: David Attenborough and Ricky Gervais.

What do you think cats dream of? Basketball.

If you could play any other sport for one day what would it be? Quidditch. Google it. 

If you joined a circus, what would you perform? I’m already in a circus. It’s called ‘Strictly Come Dancing, Bantry’.

If you could get rid of one county in Ireland what would it be and why? I don’t think I could get rid of any counties but there are a few countries we could do without. We could reverse global warming if we got rid of the USA and China.

What would you do if you found a penguin in your freezer? Teach him how to play basketball.

Before we let you go, teach us something that we don’t know: Here’s a geography lesson. Global warming is going to actually make Europe colder. Polar ice caps are melting at such a rate that the Gulf Stream, which brings us our mild temperatures, will slow down due to new cold currents coming against it from the poles. People need to become more mindful about the environment.


Pat Curran (39) lives and breathes Bantry basketball, and as well as being an assistant coach/player with the town’s men’s team that won a championship title last month (the first at that level in over 30 years), the Cólaiste Pobail Bheanntraí PE and geography teacher is also the coach of the school’s senior boys’ team that is through to an All-Ireland final later this month.


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