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Shane O Connell

Townland: Never heard the term townland before I moved to Cork.  I originate from Marlfield in the county known as the “Home of Hurling”.

DOB: 18th June 1981!

Height: 5’10

Occupation: Primary School Teacher

Favourite Position: 

H     Midfield              F Left Back (on bench!!)

Junior Debut: 2007 versus Dohenys

Most memorable GAA Game: Tipperarys win against Kilkenny-Hurling All-Ireland 2010

Most memorable St. James GAA Moment: Been one the team mentors for under 12 hurling team that won the league and championship double in 2010

Earliest St. James’ GAA Club memory:

The bus ride home from All-Ireland Junior semi final in 2006 when St James beat a team from Cavan. The craic was mighty on the bus and as a new arrival it gave me an insight to the bunch of lunatics on the team. I knew then I was at right at home!!

GAA Player you admire most: So many! Eoin Kelly Tipperary for pure commitment. Seán Óg is not far behind! Nicky English for his unique goals but will have to see what he does with Tipp seniors, if he takes the job, before I  allow him take the honour for certain.

Best player you have played against: Declan Browne, Tipperary. Although his All-Star was for Football, he’s not a bad hurler either!!

Best player you have played with: Declan Browne (Tipperary) for picking off points, Setanta in the air, Mark Evans from the side-line, Paul O’Sullivan for reading the game and Fish for just been Fish.

Honours won: Won a South Tipp C Minor medal when I was 9 years old. We only had 12 players in first round of championship. We had to have 13 to play so I was thrown on till the other players arrived. Still, I got a medal out of it. Probably didn’t win another till I got involved with the infamous St James Junior D football team

Greatest Influence on your career: My eldest brother

What you like most about St. James’ GAA club: Fantastic commitment within the club. The way everyone pulled together to fundraise for the Sports Hall was remarkable. The ongoing commitment to underage development. But most of all I enjoy the craic and banter at the training sessions although we’re missing John Johns messing since his departure to Aussie land.


Favourite St. James’ GAA Supporter: Padraig Mc Carthy. As well as supporting his 4 young lads, he’s at all the underage games. Liam Evans is another man who is at all the games and always happy to stand beside the goals and raise the white flag for St. James.

Any other comments you would like to include: Can someone ask Hego to watch what he eats before training. Training is tough enough as it is.