In this player profile, Sports Editor Dara Smith-Naughton gets to know one of UCD’s own footballers, Danú Kinsella-Bishop.
League of Ireland 2023 stats:
2 goals in 5 appearances
Course of Study at UCD:
Information Communication with English (Joint Honours)
Favourite player of all time:
My favourite player of all time is Messi. However, my inspiration growing up would probably be Fernando Torres or Didier Drogba.
Moment and/or match which made you fall in love with football:
I’d have to say the 2012 Champions League final that took place in Munich between Chelsea vs Bayern. I was 10 and had been playing football for years by then, but I would have to say that was a moment that made me realise how much I love the game.
Leeds vs Spurs 2010 FA Cup. I was 8 and the game was end to end. It went to a replay and my Dad and I were buzzing.
Favourite goal you’ve scored:
Although it was a shame we didn’t get anything from the game, I would say my favorite goal I’ve ever scored is the opener against Bohemians at Dalymount park on St. Patrick’s Day this year.
Ciaran Behan (Beaner)
The worst thing about being a footballer:
Any injury. Such a difficult thing to deal with mentally.
Proudest moment as a footballer:
Scoring my first professional goal against Sligo Rovers in the LOI premier division
My goal is to be a professional footballer and be able to do it as a full-time career for as long as possible. It’s something I’ve been manifesting since I was 4 and I won’t be stopping until I make it. I’ve always had the dream of playing in a European match (Champions League). Even if it’s only 1 game.
Dara-Smith Naughton – Sports Editor