Conal Fagan: Home Away From Home

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Notre Dame Athletics | May 19, 2020 

“For those who know Notre Dame, no explanation is necessary. For those who don’t, no explanation will suffice.”– Lou Holtz

The Notre Dame experience is one that cannot be summed up succinctly into words alone but rather through the moments in time that shape it. And it is in these moments that we discover our own Notre Dame experience, an experience which changes our lives forever. 

So, how did I get here?

As one of four children from a working-class family in Derry, Northern Ireland, the United States often seemed a far cry from a city which has been crippled by high unemployment and suicide rates. The possibility of developing ‘‘small-town syndrome’– a feeling in which one’s potential is limited only to what surrounds them– is something which I wanted to steer clear from at all costs. 

I knew that I had the potential to do something with my life – I just had to figure out how I would put my skills into action. At age four, I began to realize my love for soccer. After joining Oxford United Stars F.C, I found myself driving towards the goal of becoming a professional soccer player. From playing street soccer against the biggest kids in the neighborhood to captaining my country on my international debut against Estonia, everything seemed to be moving in the right direction. 

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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