St Catherine’s and Coleman feature on Sky Sports

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St Catherine’s and Coleman feature on Sky Sports
St Catherine’s FC and Seamus Coleman from Killybegs featured on ‘Barclay’s Premier League World’ on Sky Sports on Thursday.

St Catherine’s FC and Seamus Coleman from Killybegs featured on ‘Barclay’s Premier League World’ on Sky Sports on Thursday.

Coleman played all his underage football at the Emerald Park club before forging a career for himself in the Premier League.

The programme charted that meteoric rise for the now 25-year-old, who this month captained the Republic of Ireland for the first time, when they lost 3-0 to Germany in Cologne in a World Cup qualifier.

“I’d be lying of I said that I sometimes don’t sit in the house and think ‘wow - I’m playing in the Premier League,” Coleman said.

The Cummins Hill native played for his local St Catherine’s club until 2006, the season they last won the Donegal Junior League Premier Division.

The club were managed then as they are now by Brian Dorrian.

“I don’t actually think that anyone could actually foresee the future - where he is at the present day,” Dorrian said.

“We all knew he had something special and was an all round good sports person who could turn his hand to most things.”

John Conwell, a current coach of St Catherine’s, was also complimentary of his former player.

“He was always tenacious and always wanted to learn,” Conwell said. “He was always willing to give it 110 per cent and you knew if you had Seamie on your team he would give it his all for you.”

Coleman, like many in his locality, split his time as a teenager representing both St Catherine’s and Killybegs GAA club.

“Gaelic was my No 1 sport as everyone knows,” he added.

“But when I got to the age of 18 and I had to choose which one I had to pick, soccer is the only one you can make a career out of.

“Thankfully I made my choice but I did really enjoy my Gaelic football.”

Coleman joined Sligo Rovers in 2006 and made his first team debut that October.

In January 2009, he signed for Everton and first represented the Merseyside club against Benfica in the Europa League later that year.

He was loaned to Blackpool in 2010 and helped Ian Holloway’s side to promotion to the Premier League.

In 2011, Coleman made his Ireland debut and Wales and now has 19 caps and is a regular in the Everton team.

The right-back scored in Everton’s first match of the current season against Norwich City.