Interview with Ciarán McMenamin
Ciarán McMenamin, is probably “Town’s” most famous Old Boy although Gary Beckett will almost certainly disagree!
“Town” Old Boys have attained prominence in many diverse fields. We have among them Businessmen, Sportsmen, Academics, Medics, Dentists and Lawyers. But we only have one Actor and a fine one at that. Ciarán, who was born on 1st October 1975, initially attended drama classes at Ardhowen Youth Theatre before moving on to work with the Ulster Youth Theatre. He first came to prominence as an actor as Dino in the film Titanic Town - a role he clinched while studying at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. After graduating he walked straight into the lead role of Jez McAllister in the Channel 4 series Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rock Star.
Since then Ciarán has been rarely out of work and his list of acting credits includes the TV Movie David Copperfield, the Movie To End All Wars, the part of Leo Young in Jimmy McGovern’s TV Movie Sunday, the TV Series Jericho, Amanda Burton’s deviant son in Silent Witness, the TV Series The Golden Hour and most recently the lead role in The Last Confession Of Alexander Pearce.
Ciarán now lives in South London but whenever the opportunity arises he travels back to Enniskillen to visit family and friends and go fishing with his dad Dermot. Don’t be surprised to see him in Stangmore Park on May Day!
“Well here we go again!!! For the second time in three years, good old Enniskillen Town find themselves in the glory of “The Junior Cup Final”. And here am I the worst, possibly the dirtiest and certainly the shortest tempered right back in the Club’s history to say a few words.
After years of drought it was Busty McClintock who first bought a “Town” Team home to Enniskillen and The County Bar with the Junior Cup in his hands. Rory Judge scored the winner in a replayed Final with Oxford United after the boy’s had come from two nil down in the first match to earn a draw. It was a momentous occasion and a remarkable feat after many years of trying.
Then the drought kicked in again for more than a decade until Gerry Love got his hands on the squad and subsequently his hands and his lips on the Cup in 2007. This time it was Bessbrook United who were put to the sword at Stangmore Park, Dungannon. Again Judgey did the business with a penalty kick to win a tight match after Jamesy Mckenna had scored “Town”s first which triggered days of celebrations in Gerry Macs and other more salubrious taverns.
Now here we are two seasons later and the boys are heading back to Stangmore Park hungry to bring home the Cup for a third time. The opposition are Immaculata from Belfast and the dream is still alive. The core of the victorious 2007 team are still in place, and if Mark “Skino” Connolly comes up with the goods and Fred “Hulk” Fitzpatrick stays on the pitch, anything can happen. “Town”s very own “Ginger Jesus” and Junior Cup hero Judge is now the Manager and maybe that in itself is the biggest omen of all. It’s been done before so why not again? Midfield Maestro Brendan Rogers is actually getting married next year so believe me when I say anything is possible!!
So come on people of Enniskillen! Forget Fergie and Rafa, put the credit crunch on hold, get the backsides off the seats and get out and support our boys!
Sadly The County Bar and Gerry Mac’s are no more but I truly believe if the lads bring the Cup home to Blakes of the Hollow on May 4th we might even get a smile out of Judgey.
As I said, anything is possible!!