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Lockdown Interview with Connacht Fly-half Jack Carty

We interviewed some Irish influencers and sports stars for tips on how they are staying busy and motivated during self isolation.

Today’s interview is with Jack Carty. Jack Carty is a rugby union player from Ireland. His primary position is at fly-half. Having started out with his hometown club, Buccaneers, Carty currently plays for the team of his native province of Connacht in the Pro14, having come through the team's academy.

We interviewed him to see if he has any motivation tips for our readers during this time.


Who are you self-isolating with?

I’m isolating with my girlfriend Rebecca and my roommate Johnny Murphy. 


What tips do you have for people to stay positive and motivated?

I’ve tried to keep my routine of getting up early and starting my daily routine. I’ve found that has set me up nicely for the day. We have been given quite a lot of training to do at home so it keeps you busy!


If there anything you have been putting off that you have finally found time for?

Spring Cleaning!


What’s your favourite movie/book?

I’m currently reading ‘Can’t Hurt Me’ by David Goggins and I’m watching Homeland.


Have you participated in any online challenges or TikTok videos that we can check out?

I tried one or two however I’m not the most co ordinated person so they’ll never see the light of day..


Any tips for working out/staying fit at home?

You don’t need any fancy equipment, going out and running within your 2km radius a couple of times has proved really beneficial for me. Basic body weight exercises such as push ups and squats can be underrated at times. Finally try get innovative with your workouts - we have been doing a few Friday challenges which can be found on the Connacht Instagram page!


What does playing sport mean to you?

I suppose it’s an opportunity to test myself physically, mentally and technically every week. Getting to play within a team at a high level is something I’m extremely fortunate to do which makes the wins and triumphs that little bit sweeter.


What’s your favourite sporting memory?

My first start for Ireland in the Principality Stadium in Cardiff which we won, on my birthday and I managed to get man of the match - doesn’t get better than that!


Any Netflix shows/documentaries you want to watch?

I started ‘The Last Dance’ yesterday and I’m loving it so far. I finished Too Hot To Handle’  last week. It’s effectively Love Island for Netflix, you can’t beat car crash TV!


What is the first thing you will do/ place you will visit when the lockdown is over?

I’ll give my niece, nephew and parents a hug as soppy as it sounds. It's something we’ve all probably taken for granted so I look forward to doing that first. They are all based in Athlone at the moment so I’ll be going back home to do it.


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