Connaire Harrison won two penalties and scored two points before heading back to his stag 3 years ago

Connaire Harrison won two penalties and scored two points before heading back to his stag

Connaire Harrison doesn't do things in half measures.

Most people hold their stag over a weekend. Three days, two nights and they'd be a write off by the end of it. Connaire Harrison wanted a little bit more from his.


The Down man is getting married later this year and he arranged his stag-do to begin in Ibiza last Friday, not to end until this Tuesday, five days on.

It goes without saying that a five day stag requires plenty of staying power and loads of resilience, and the Mourne man appears to possess those in spades.

Because not only did he arrange a five day stag in Ibiza bullish that he'd have no bother surviving, he also went through with it despite the fact that he had a championship final on the Sunday.


The Down number 14 has been playing his club football with Neasden Gaels this year, a tight-knit football club in the heart of London. The 2006 and 2010 senior champions made it through to the intermediate final this year, and as luck would have it, the decider was fixed for Sunday, right in the middle of Harrison's stag out in Ibiza.

It would take more than that to keep him away though.

He'd put too much into their campaign to miss out on the defining game of it so he decided to fly home from Spain's craziest party destination on the Saturday night for the love of his club and for the game on the Sunday.


ย "Only came to look after the rest of them for a day," he assured his clubmates and management on Saturday afternoon.

Coming from a man who claimed his toughest opponents was alcohol, we're not sure if everybody believed him.

Sunday, and Harrison played a stormer as the Gaels secured a famous championship win. The Glasdrumman club man showed no ill-effects of an Ibiza bender as he kicked two points, won two penalties, both of which were slotted home by Ciarain O'Hare, as the club to a 2-13 to 0-13 victory.


He stood up for the Gaels when the pressure was on.

St Joseph's were rallying in the second half and so Harrison came out the field to win dirty balls and to swing the momentum back his club's way.

Back to the stag then and he was en-route to the airport by 8.30 that night.

And now he's celebrating the win out in Ibiza.


That's a man made of steal.