"To stay alive! I was notorious for getting injured as a child – perhaps I didn’t help myself pushing the boundaries with my brothers, I remember having a mother and father of a fall off my bike while sticking my fingers up at the next-door neighbour and ending up in casualty, not ideal."
"Roy Keane, a great footballer."
"My father who supported me throughout my childhood and Peter Kavanagh who taught me so much in Noel Meade’s and is still a very close friend now."
"The Beach – whether it be Youghal, my hometown or Embelton in Northumberland where my wife Louise grew up."
"My dad taking me to point-to-points every Sunday."
"It is a dead heat between Ansar winning Galway Plate in 2005 in Ireland and Inglis Drever and Tidal Bay wining at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival in the UK."
"My favourite horse I have ridden is Tidal Bay. My favourite horses that I would like to ride is Frankel. I was lucky enough to see him win The Juddmonte International at York, a terrific performance and the atmosphere at York was amazing. I have never experienced anything like it."
"My first ride was on Marians Own who was owned by my father, she ran in a bumper in Tralee and finished sixth. When I look back at it now, she was a great introduction as I had no clue, but I knew I wanted to ride in races again and again."
"To be fair, you are always learning but when you are riding against Ruby Walsh, Paul Carberry, and AP McCoy it doesn’t take very long!"
"My first winner was All Honey, at Listowel for my first boss, the late Francis Flood at Listowel on April 20th, 2001. She was only the second horse I had ever ridden at the track – after Marians Own. Everything went well throughout the race, until the closing stages, when both horse and rider were very green! However, she stuck her neck out and won by two lengths. More luck than judgement on the rider’s behalf, but a great day."
"Winning the Arkle on Tidal Bay in 2008. It was my first winner at the Cheltenham Festival and my first Grade 1 in the UK. Inglis Drever won the Stayers Hurdle later in the week so it was a pretty memorable Festival."
"Leopardstown and Navan – although it is very hard to ride winners at either!"
"Generally, I am very competitive so I would love to say I would have been a hurler, but after Covid-19 I would say I am well on my way to becoming a master in IKEA flat-pack furniture."
"I haven’t been under any major pressure for a while! I just stick to a routine and keep things simple."
"Sleep well and do my homework."
"My wife has aspirations for a really big house."
"Keep going, don’t stop, keep riding."
"The Wimbledon men’s final between Federer and Nadal in 2008 was brilliant; France winning the World Cup 2018 was another great sporting moment."
"Rush is a brilliant film. My wife Louise and I are currently watching The Last Dance on Netflix about the Chicago Bulls and Gangs of London on Sky Atlantic and really enjoying them."
"A cup of Barry’s tea and chocolate."
"Past The Point Of Rescue, Mick Hanly.
"Sing, Ed Sheeran.
"Someone Told Me, Jake Bugg."
"Sir Henry Cecil and Niki Lauda. I can’t pick."
"Anything with potatoes."
"Anywhere close to the sea – I go from white to red, so sunshine is not essential for me."
"I would love to ride 800 winners and winNational!"
"Lombard’s pub in Youghal."
"I am a wizard at IKEA flat packs and cutting the lawn."
"Speak to your family and friends as often as possible."
"Listen more and say less – But tell my mum to have €1000 on Mon Mome in the 2009 Grand National."
"What is for you, won’t pass you."