Eoghan Hennelly, Systems Engineer & GAA Player

What I love the most about GAA is playing with my friends and representing my community. It is great to stay in shape, and I also really enjoyed the nights out after games and team-bonding sessions. They are great fun, and you get to know team members that are not necessarily the same age as you. It is also great to win some silverware along the way!

My name is Eoghan Hennelly, and I am currently working as a Systems Engineer with CBE. I started working with CBE in late 2020, and I am really enjoying my role.

When I was younger, I always had a keen interest in working with technology. I would always be messing about with my parent’s computer or playing video games. Also, when I was in college, I worked in my local shop, and this is where I became interested in working with EPOS machines (Electric Point of Sale).

I currently live in Galway City. I grew up not far from Galway City, so I am familiar enough with the area. I like where I live because Galway is a vibrant city, and it also allows me to be close enough to my home club that I can still attend trainings for GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association).

My family was always interested in sport and GAA. We would attend Mayo matches together, and I probably started playing when I was 8.

One of my biggest inspirations is Lee Keegan, who plays for the Mayo county team. I have played in the same position as him, and I admire him because he really has all the attributes that make a good footballer: defending + attacking. In the modern game, I find that you would do more attacking from wing-back than you would from playing wing-forward, just because of how the game has evolved over the years.

I play with my local team Shrule/Glencorrib. I have played with Shrule/Glencorrib since I was under 8. I really enjoy playing with all my school friends, and it is a good way to keep in touch. I also like the fitness element; it really is nice to keep in good shape. I currently play corner forward. Our club has been lately hit very hard with emigration, so I have played in numerous positions.

When I was in Chicago, I played with John Mcbrides GAA club. It was a great way to meet people over there; it was like a home away from home. It was also great to play in an environment that had more of a social aspect for a change, and it was not as serious as it is at home.

In the future, I would like to help my club win a county title.

I definitely think my experiences with GAA have benefited my technological career. I have been playing with people all my life, and I really find that being in a team environment prepares you for working with others. When things get tough, it also really helps that I’ve built up a bit of resilience and a never-give-up mentality from playing GAA.

There is always more than tech. it is great to have different pastimes and a varied lifestyle too (I also have other hobbies like playing guitar and playing soccer). I think it is great to have different hobbies outside of tech, and we all should try out as many different activities as possible.

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