Q&A with Emma Fitzpatrick

January 5th, 2018 2:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

Rosscarbery road bowler Emma Fitzpatrick.

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One of West Cork’s top women bowlers, the Rosscarbery woman talks underwater cycling, full back Donald Trump and Birkenstocks – that’s a winning combination any time of the year


Q. If you could relive one sporting moment from the past year, what would it be and why? 

On a personal level this year it would probably be winning the Gretta Cormican Cup. I didn’t do myself justice in the championship, so it was great to pull one back.


Q. Picture this: Donald Trump has relocated to West Cork – fake tan, quiff and all – and he is interested in the local sports scene, what sport do you think would best suit the American President?  

Sure, you’d have to say football. He probably couldn’t run very fast, the créatúr, so he’d be thrown in at full back. I can just picture him giving the full forward an earful of abuse before he’s left for dust!


Q. What will you miss most about 2017? 

I’ll miss fanny packs and Birkenstocks! What a trend! Also, the ‘Cash me outside girl’. I wonder how her life is going ....


Q. Who do you think is West Cork’s biggest sports star? 

Niall Flavin – he’s a dab hand at everything; football, football manager, road bowling. I’m sure if he took up underwater cycling he’d probably be great at that too!


Q. Outside of your sport, what sporting moment from 2017 captured your imagination?  

I’d have to say our neighbours Kilmacabea winning the West Cork junior A football final and finally getting the monkey off their back after 129 years. You could see how much it meant to the club and I’m sure they will move onto bigger and better things in the not so distant future.


Q. How do you usually spend New Year’s Eve? 

Usually, I’m out drinking sensibly (sic) with my friends in Cork or Clonakilty. I love the festive period. Everyone is home for the holidays and it’s lovely to catch up and have the few hot toddies.


Q. If you could go for New Year’s Eve drinks with three sports people – local, national or international – who would you pick? 

Aisling Thompson, she seems a good laugh and is smokin!! Rob Kearney for the bit of eye candy, and Conor McGregor because, come on, it’s Conor McGregor! You’ll do nothing!


Q. What local sports star should we keep an eye on next year?  

In my own sport I’m going to give the little sis the nod on this one: Maria Nagle, take centre stage. She’s been up and coming and just this past year she was studying for the Leaving Cert so her priorities were understandably elsewhere – but I’ve a great feeling about 2018 for her. 


Q. Any advice to get over the January blues? 

Ideally you’d love to jet off for the month but if like any normal person that isn’t financially viable, take up a new hobby,


Q. Finish the sentence: In 2018 I want to …. 

win the senior championship. As I’m told most years, ‘This could be your year’, so here’s hoping it actually is in 2018. The clock is ticking!

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