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Origins of player nicknames....?

  • 28-02-2021 11:59pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 781 ✭✭✭ Asdfgh2020
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    Not a fan of ‘nick-names’ (Marty loves to mention them during his commentary) but of those that we hear or have heard regularly in the past does anyone know where they came from.....I’ll start off with a couple

    1. Fingers / the lad with the mullet and swagger of a stride that played for Clare in their glory years
    2. Ger ‘sparrow’ o’loughlin - what da eff Is the bird reference about....?
    3. Cake - Shane Curran ex crazy horse Roscommon goalie
    4. Sambo mcnaughton from Antrim. Was he a big sandwich eater or something
    5. The Gooch......?
    6. James ‘cha’ Fitzpatrick.....
    7. Diarmuid ‘rock’ O’ Sullivan.....?
    8. ‘Totts’ or something similar - player for da banner again from 2012 to 2020 era....??


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  • Registered Users Posts: 984 ✭✭✭ manofwisdom
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    Asdfgh2020 wrote: »
    Not a fan of ‘nick-names’ (Marty loves to mention them during his commentary) but of those that we hear or have heard regularly in the past does anyone know where they came from.....I’ll start off with a couple

    1. Fingers / the lad with the mullet and swagger of a stride that played for Clare in their glory years
    2. Ger ‘sparrow’ o’loughlin - what da eff Is the bird reference about....?
    3. Cake - Shane Curran ex crazy horse Roscommon goalie
    4. Sambo mcnaughton from Antrim. Was he a big sandwich eater or something
    5. The Gooch......?
    6. James ‘cha’ Fitzpatrick.....
    7. Diarmuid ‘rock’ O’ Sullivan.....?
    8. ‘Totts’ or something similar - player for da banner again from 2012 to 2020 era....??

    Shane Curran. Apparently comes from the Currant cake.


  • Registered Users Posts: 141 ✭✭ KIB4Life
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    Asdfgh2020 wrote: »
    Not a fan of ‘nick-names’ (Marty loves to mention them during his commentary) but of those that we hear or have heard regularly in the past does anyone know where they came from.....I’ll start off with a couple

    1. Fingers / the lad with the mullet and swagger of a stride that played for Clare in their glory years
    2. Ger ‘sparrow’ o’loughlin - what da eff Is the bird reference about....?
    3. Cake - Shane Curran ex crazy horse Roscommon goalie
    4. Sambo mcnaughton from Antrim. Was he a big sandwich eater or something
    5. The Gooch......?
    6. James ‘cha’ Fitzpatrick.....
    7. Diarmuid ‘rock’ O’ Sullivan.....?
    8. ‘Totts’ or something similar - player for da banner again from 2012 to 2020 era....??

    https://youtu.be/rXxViCtI40k About 12:30 in this video it tells where the Sparrow got his nickname. I would say the Rock got his nickname because of his strength and Tots O’Connell because of him being small, don’t know about the rest.


  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 22,654 ✭✭✭✭ beertons
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    The Gooch, an older lad said he looked like an old doll. He would have been a young lad at the time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 781 ✭✭✭ Asdfgh2020
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    Getting a bit of ‘traction’ at last :)....another couple that came to mind would be two KK ones

    Gorta ...?
    Taggy.....?

    Where da eff did these originate from...?


  • Registered Users Posts: 775 ✭✭✭ Deskjockey
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    Asdfgh2020 wrote: »
    Getting a bit of ‘traction’ at last :)....another couple that came to mind would be two KK ones

    Gorta ...?
    Taggy.....?

    Where da eff did these originate from...?

    https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/arid-30990871.html

    A few of them in here.

    Gorta - Irish translation for famine is gorta- not uncommon for extremely skinny lads in Ireland to be called famine... The Irish twist on this in Kilkenny is unusual but a great nickname for a hardy player.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 781 ✭✭✭ Asdfgh2020
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    Deskjockey wrote: »
    https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/arid-30990871.html

    A few of them in here.

    Gorta - Irish translation for famine is gorta- not uncommon for extremely skinny lads in Ireland to be called famine... The Irish twist on this in Kilkenny is unusual but a great nickname for a hardy player.

    The link covers almost all the ones apart from fingers.....

    The origin of Gotra is quite offensive don’t share the view that it’s a great nickname


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,823 ✭✭✭✭ Danzy
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    Asdfgh2020 wrote: »
    The link covers almost all the ones apart from fingers.....

    The origin of Gotra is quite offensive don’t share the view that it’s a great nickname

    🙄


  • Registered Users Posts: 775 ✭✭✭ Deskjockey
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    Asdfgh2020 wrote: »

    The origin of Gotra is quite offensive don’t share the view that it’s a great nickname

    Rolleyes


  • Registered Users Posts: 517 benji79
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    Cha is short for Charolais like the cattle. Because he was so blonde as a baby they said he was like a Charolais calf. It stuck and was shortened


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,553 ✭✭✭✭ breezy1985
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    Asdfgh2020 wrote: »
    The link covers almost all the ones apart from fingers.....

    He doesn't have much of an explanation for them though.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 450 ✭✭ Formosa
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    Asdfgh2020 wrote: »
    The link covers almost all the ones apart from fingers.....

    The origin of Gotra is quite offensive don’t share the view that it’s a great nickname

    lol


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,097 ✭✭✭✭ Ash.J.Williams
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    Asdfgh2020 wrote: »
    Not a fan of ‘nick-names’ (Marty loves to mention them during his commentary) but of those that we hear or have heard regularly in the past does anyone know where they came from.....I’ll start off with a couple

    1. Fingers / the lad with the mullet and swagger of a stride that played for Clare in their glory years
    2. Ger ‘sparrow’ o’loughlin - what da eff Is the bird reference about....?
    3. Cake - Shane Curran ex crazy horse Roscommon goalie
    4. Sambo mcnaughton from Antrim. Was he a big sandwich eater or something
    5. The Gooch......?
    6. James ‘cha’ Fitzpatrick.....
    7. Diarmuid ‘rock’ O’ Sullivan.....?
    8. ‘Totts’ or something similar - player for da banner again from 2012 to 2020 era....??
    gooch is around my age and gooch was a villain / bully in different strokes sitcom in the 80s?


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,097 ✭✭✭✭ Ash.J.Williams
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    hurlers have nicknames due to being inbred thus differentiating themselves from the rest of the panel with the same surname.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,097 ✭✭✭✭ Ash.J.Williams
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    Asdfgh2020 wrote: »
    The link covers almost all the ones apart from fingers.....

    The origin of Gotra is quite offensive don’t share the view that it’s a great nickname

    i prefer karen Carpenter instead


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,198 ✭✭✭ dobman88
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    gooch is around my age and gooch was a villain / bully in different strokes sitcom in the 80s?

    Yeah, the episode where Muhammed Ali warns him off on the phone.

    But Gooch apparently looked like an old Goochie doll from the 80s as a kid and was called that by the senior players when he used to act as ball boy at training.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,097 ✭✭✭✭ Ash.J.Williams
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    dobman88 wrote: »
    Yeah, the episode where Muhammed Ali warns him off on the phone.

    But Gooch apparently looked like an old Goochie doll from the 80s as a kid and was called that by the senior players when he used to act as ball boy at training.

    i forgot about gooch :) there was one in kildare too cillian brennan


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,526 ✭✭✭ ArielAtom
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    dobman88 wrote: »
    Yeah, the episode where Muhammed Ali warns him off on the phone.

    But Gooch apparently looked like an old Goochie doll from the 80s as a kid and was called that by the senior players when he used to act as ball boy at training.

    Heard that was the reason a few years ago, just as well it was put out there. It could have been linked to the urban dictionary description!!!!!


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