‘One of our greatest ever’

Thanks for the memories, big guy!

Former Roscommon senior footballer Donie Shine has decided to bring the curtain down on his playing career. On Saturday, Donie’s club Clann na nGael announced his decision to retire via their social media platforms.

“Clann na nGael would like to advise that our senior player Donal Shine has decided to bring an end to his playing career due to ongoing injury concerns.

Donie has enjoyed a glittering playing career for both club and county. He was instrumental in the Roscommon minors claiming the All-Ireland title in 2006.

“Donie also won two Connacht senior titles and will always be remembered for his man of the match performance in the 2010 final against Sligo. Over the years, Donie had some memorable performances in the Clann jersey, culminating with captaining the club to our 21st county title in 2018.

“Donie was one of the greatest ever players to wear the Clann colours and everyone in Clann na nGael wishes him the very best in the future”.

Brian Carroll, Chairperson of the Roscommon GAA County Board, paid tribute to Donie Shine, saying: “Donie was a great servant to our county and his club Clann na nGael. In 2006 Donie won the hearts of every Roscommon person as he and the mighty minor team brought us all on a journey of joy and celebration that none of us will ever forget.

“Donie made 72 appearances for Roscommon, scoring a brilliant 4-243 along the journey and none of us will ever forget the magical 10 points Donie scored against Sligo in the 2010 Connacht Final win in Castlebar.

“Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and that time has come for Donie. On behalf of every Roscommon person everywhere I want to thank Donie for his dedication and commitment and for giving us all so many great memories along the way. I wish Donie and his wife Deirdre and family the very best of luck and good health in the future”.