"Donie was a great servant to our county"

January 03, 2021

The Rossies celebrate after Donie Shine's winner against Sligo steers them to the 2010 Connacht SFC title ©INPHO/James Crombie

Roscommon GAA have thanked Donie Shine for his "dedication and commitment” to the county during his illustrious playing career.

Yesterday Shine’s club Clann na nGael confirmed the 31-year-old’s decision to retire from Gaelic football “due to ongoing injury concerns”.

Paying tribute to him, he was described by the club as “one of the greatest ever players to wear the Clann colours”.

Roscommon county board chairman Brian Carroll also gave a glowing tribute after hearing of Shine’s decision to call it a day.

“There’s always a tinge of sadness when you hear one of your sporting heroes has retired and that feeling is very much present this evening when I heard that the mighty Donie Shine is retiring from the game. Donie was a great servant to our county and his club Clann na nGael,” he said.

“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.”

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