In the third installment of ‘Five Minutes With’ we sat down with Dublin hurler David Treacy. The Cuala man is fresh off his Leinster Quarter-Final win last Sunday, where the current AIB club champs beat Kilkenny’s Dicksboro 2-20 to 1-16.
David not only plays for his club and county, but he also works for the GAA itself, and still finds time to have an interest in style! We caught up with him to chat about his motivations in work and sport, who he takes style inspiration from, and what he likes to do in his down time.
What keeps you motivated in work and GAA?
“I am very fortunate to work in an area that I’m already so passionate about – which is sport. I am currently working in the sponsorship department in the GAA where I get the opportunity to work with so many innovative brands who do so many exciting activations. The job has so much variety to it that it keeps me on my toes all the time and I’m continuously learning and meeting new people.
“In my playing career my Dad, John, played for Dublin himself and taught me the game growing up. He has always pushed me to give my best to anything and is a huge inspiration of mine.
“The lads I play with in my club, Cuala, are also a huge driving factor. I have been playing with some of the guys for over 20 years and the chance to win something with them is always something I relish. There is no better feeling than winning something with a group of people you have been working so hard with for years. You can’t beat it.”
Favourite/ least favourite gym exercise?
“I don’t really have a favourite exercise – if the sessions stay varied so you’re doing something different to work up a sweat – I find that most enjoyable.
“My least favourite would either be the Watt or Assault bike, or we also used to do a thing called the Jacob’s Ladder – absolute burners!”
Ultimate food guilty pleasure?
When you get some down time, what do you like to do to relax?
“I enjoy going for a coffee with friends or going for a dip in the 40ft (if it’s warm enough!)”
What have you been watching on Netflix recently?
Favourite place to go on a Saturday night?
“There’s always a good atmosphere in Dalkey for a bite to eat, then if I’m heading out on the town, anywhere around South William Street – some cool spots around there.
“Or a local establishment called The Boar’s Head – Hughie will always look after you in there!”
Have you an interest in style? What do you like to wear off the pitch?
Anyone you take style inspiration from?
“Not really, no. I kind of take from bits from a lot of people. David Beckham is a slick, slick man.”
There are some very stylish GAA men around these days! Do you think it’s easier now for athletes to express themselves through fashion?
“One hundred percent. I think there is a huge emphasis with men on the whole to look after themselves and guys within the GAA are no different.
“Now with the growth in online shopping worldwide, with stores such as Littlewoods Ireland, people with huge training commitments can shop round the clock making it much easier to express themselves on the fashion front and bin the flares and brown shoes!”
Quote that you live by?
“There’s always money in the banana stand!”