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Day On My Plate: Limerick’s Aaron Gillane lets us in on his match day diet!

Have you ever wondered what an All-Ireland champion eats?

As a member of the All-Ireland winning Limerick Senior Hurling team, Aaron Gillane has to keep his diet clean and nutritious.

We chatted to Aaron to find out what is on his plate when it comes to match day. From a hearty breakfast served up by his mum to a possible cheat meal at the end of the day, Aaron lets us in on what he eats to ensure he is ready for any challenge on this pitch!


My mother would have my breakfast ready. It would be three poached eggs and three rashers. Then Cian (Lynch) would come to collect me and my mother would have a cup of coffee made for both of us. She’s a gem! 

Before the Game

We get to the hotel before the match and I would normally have some banana bread and peanut butter. I would have some pasta and chicken and then I would stay hydrated with loads of water as well and that would do me before we go onto the field!

19 August 2018; Aaron Gillane of Limerick in action against Adrian Tuohy, left, and David Burke of Galway during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final between Galway and Limerick at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile


I would maybe have a bit of energy gel and some Lucozade but nothing too filling anyway. I want to be free enough going onto the second half.

Post-match meal

After the match, I think we are sick of eating! We always had an option of beef or salmon. Nothing too special, but I always go for the beef. It is supposed to be good for recovery as well so I wouldn’t be complaining about that. It would fill me!

Before Bed

In the evening, it depends how Cian (Lynch) is feeling because he is always the one driving. Sometimes he would stop off at McDonald’s on the way home, so I would go along too and I would have to get something seeing as I am there with him! We will blame Cian for my cheat meals!

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Ellen McConville

Typically found on the sidelines or in Croke Park, Ellen is the Sports Content Editor for Littlewoods Ireland and your go-to gal for all things GAA. A big lover of all things Christy Moore, fashion and some wine and cheese as well.

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