They may have their mind on the game most of the time but for Dublin player Brian Fenton, his relationship is up there on the list of important things.
He and girlfriend Katie Molloy have been together now for nearly three years. The pair get on like a house on fire and recently told EVOKE how they are ‘The good craic couple,’ living life to the full.
So how did this Kildare girl stumble across her Dublin prince?
How they met
The workplace is often the perfect opportunity to stumble across your future partners (even though some places may frown upon it.)
Both Brian and Katie work in medical sales and it was all thanks to modern technology that the pair met.
Brian told us ‘We work in separate sections but with the same group. The first time I saw Katie was on a Zoom call and it was during Covid, and I was like, who is that!’
Katie then said ‘You know what I love was that I didn’t know what Brian was about. I didn’t know Brian at all. I played football. I never would have watched it… It was only after that I realised.’
When asked if Brian is romantic it was then the All-Ireland player began to blush but Katie was straight in there.
She revealed ‘Surprisingly he is very, very romantic. He’s a gentleman.’
Trying to brush past the question he said, ‘ When I get some time, when I’m not training we love to get away, make the most of life away from the football pitch.’
Keeping the spark
Playing for your county is no walk in the park and commitment is huge often involving three or four days of training each week and then matches as the weekend. So, as you can imagine it doesn’t leave much room for anything else.
However, when it comes to keeping the spark alive Katie told us it is all about understanding.
She said ‘For me, in my respect, I think it’s communication. Knowing Brian’s ambitions and how much he enjoys the club and that’s what makes him happy. So, if that’s what makes him happy, it makes me happy. And seeing him come back from training and having a craic with the lads- telling his stories or whatever- like that’s what he’s about.’
For Brian though his relationship allows him to focus on other important things in life.
He told us how ‘Katie gives me a great opportunity to get away from football… it is a bubble, and it’s so important to kind of rest your mind, because you’ll be worrying about games, or stressed about games, and particularly in the hype of the championships. But when you come home, you’re kind of just living that normal day-to-day life.