KCLR Live was out of the studio today, to visit Tile N Style Carlow in celebration of their 20 years in business.
Tile N Style has always been a massive proponent of all things sports, particularly the GAA, a fact which can be seen when chatting to their clientele. Carlow GAA Chairman Jim Bolger and John “Shark” Hanlon were on location for the opening but so was new Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald.
Speaking to Eimear Ní Bhraonáin on KCLR Live today, Davy outlined his delight at being able to return to the Déise, the place were he started his intercounty management journey;
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“Yeah, I am delighted. My first senior managerial job was with them back in 2008, they brought me in for two or three months, and I ended up there for three and a half years.”
“My appetitive and grá for it is always the same, you want to do something that probably has not been done in a long time. You want to give yourself an opportunity to do it. That is all that is in my head.”
“You have to evolve and change the whole time. You have to keep looking for different ways to do things. I spent a lot of the last years asking myself questions, about how to do things better, become better as a man manager, and maybe tactically better. There are a lot of things out there that excite me.”
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Davy has also been a big advocate for positive mental health by outlining his own struggles. The two-time Clare All-Ireland winner was quite introspective when discussing the turbulent rollercoaster that comes with being an intercounty manager;
“Are there flaws in my character I would like to be better? There is, for definite, I can say that. It is stressful. I get up so high and so up for games.”
“You go from highs to lows pretty quick. The highs and lows are incredible, you are right up there and then you get a kick up the backside.”
We look forward to followings Davy’s return to the Waterford fold for the upcoming campaign.