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O”Donnell nets Harvard scholarship

    Clare hurler Shane O’Donnell has scored a major coup by securing a scholarship to the prestigious Harvard University in the United States of America. Having spent four years studying Genetics in University College Cork (UCC), he is due to take up the Fulbright scholarship in Harvard next September. The Éire Óg hurler became a household name when he helped the Banner to win the 2013 All-Ireland senior hurling final with an impressive tally of 3-3. He is a regular starter on the Clare full forward line and featured from the start in the Banner’s recent Allianz League Division 1 quarter-final defeat to Limerick, which was notable as the first competitive game of hurling decided by a free-taking competition. “I have loved my four years studying Genetics here in UCC,” Shane told the college’s website. “In fact, I enjoyed my degree so much that I am starting a PhD here in UCC next month!” The Fulbright scholarship scheme facilitates students …

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Clare U-21s poised for four-in-a-row

It’s a situation that few expected the county to be in, an hour away from a fourth successive provincial U-21 title. Having tasted defeat in 13 Munster deciders, Clare finally made the breakthrough in 2009, when they went on to add the All-Ireland crown. They have repeated this achievement in the last three years and are now just one win away from a record fourth successive title. Waterford came to Ennis as hot favourites to end Clare’s reign as champions. However, a magnificent display from a new-look Banner saw them emerge with a two-point win, 0-23 to 1-18. It was a similar situation for Limerick 24 hours later, as they went into their semi-final against Tipperary as underdogs. They too produced a very impressive display, however and at one stage, they were 14 points clear and coasting. Tipperary fought back to level and this rally, together with Limerick having centre-back Barry O’Connell harshly sent off on a second yellow card, …

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Shane demands respect for Banner

STAR hurler, Shane O’Donnell is fronting a Clare County Council campaign to promote greater litter awareness in the county. Billboards have been erected at some of the county’s busiest locations, including Shannon Airport, Crusheen and Ennis Train Station to encourage tourists and the people of Clare to take responsibility for their litter. Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, John Crowe, said: “It is great to see the ‘Respect The Banner’ message being promoted in a way that will attract as much public attention as possible.” Shane O’Donnell, said, “Clare people are very proud of their county and it is important that we showcase this pride by preventing litter. I hope my involvement will encourage others to ‘Respect The Banner’. After all, every piece of litter dropped is a point against Clare.”

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O’Donnell says be SMART about college

As the CAO Change of Mind deadline on July1 looms, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is reminded parents and students considering whether to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at third level to visit www. smartfutures.ie. Clare’s All-Ireland hurling final hero, Shane O’Donnell, who is studying genetics at University College Cork (UCC), is an ambassador for Smart Futures and will help Smart Futures highlight the opportunities available to young people in the areas of STEM. Smart Futures is a Government-industry initiative providing access to STEM careers information and role models to second-level students, parents, teachers and careers guidance counsellors in Ireland. At this important time in the education calendar, this online resource will be important for parents looking for information about STEM careers, to help best support their children in making study and career decisions. An online resource for students and parents alike, Smart Futures demonstrates the huge range of opportunities open to post-primary students that study STEM subjects at second and …

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O’Donnell set to return from injury

IT is most likely that the five teams to lose senior status will come from the eight that will compete for the Senior B Championship. To hold onto senior status, victory in the opening round is essential. Last year’s intermediate champions, Whitegate, have a difficult first round on Sunday against Éire Óg. The town side may not have won a game in the league to date but, potentially, they have a squad that should see them as strong contenders for the B championship title. A final decision if All-Ireland hero Shane O’Donnell will play is unlikely to be made by manager, Seamus Durack and his backroom team, until near match time. The full-forward suffered a hamstring injury when training with the county squad a few weeks back. He hasn’t played since but the word from the Clare camp is he will resume competitive action this weekend. Should this be the case, it will be a massive boost to the town …

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Shane O’Donnell makes a smart move

CLARE hurling star, Shane O’Donnell has been unveiled as a SFI Smart Futures ambassador. The position is part of a three-year plan to deliver increase in uptake of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, in launching Science Foundation Ireland’s Smart Futures initiative, outlined how the aim is to achieve a 10% increase in the uptak in STEM subjects at second and third level by 2016. Smart Futures is a partnership between Government, industry and educators, which provides post-primary students, guidance counsellors and parents with important career supports in the areas STEM. The new three year strategy aims to raise awareness of STEM career opportunities among students, parents, guidance counsellors and people who influence students by encouraging industry to play an increased role. Shane, who is studying genetics at University College Cork, has been recruited by SFI to become an ambassador for Smart Futures. The 19-year-old became one of the most talked …

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O’Donnell on target for GOAL

ALL-Ireland hurling hat-trick hero, Shane 0’Donnell will operate on a more leisurely pace on Christmas Day that he did in late September when he officially launches the annual GOAL Mile. O’Donnell will be up bright and early on Christmas morning and he is hoping that the people of Ennis and surroundings will come out and join him in support of the event. The now traditional seventh GOAL Mile will take place on Christmas morning in the Fair Green, St Joseph’s Hospital side, at 11am. Shane will be blowing the whistle to get this year’s mile underway. Mary Collins, organiser told us that she is delighted that Shane agreed to get on board and support the GOAL Mile. “It’s fantastic that Shane will be there to blow the whistle and get the mile going, he is a real role model to so many people in Clare. The GOAL Mile is always a fantastic event taking place every year in the Fairgreen …

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The O’Donnell impact

BOB O’Brien could afford a wry smile as he listened with interest to the half-time conversation among the Éire Óg U-8 hurlers during a recent underage hurling blitz involving teams from Clare and Limerick. The main topic of conversation among the young hurlers at the tournament in Old Christians was who could be the number 22, as they attempted to repeat Shane O’Donnell’s sensational tally of 3-3, which steered Clare to their fourth thrilling All-Ireland senior hurling success. The Éire Óg hurling academy manager smiled as he reflected. “What Shane O’Donnell has done for the game is incredible. These six or seven-year-olds want to line out in the No.22 jersey and become the next Shane O’Donnell. Players were telling each other, I am 22 in this game and you can be 22 in the next game. It is fantastic for the game of hurling and is a great boost for the club,” he said. This is just one example of …

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