Tributes are being paid this evening to the late Roscommon GAA legend, Donie Shine.
The former Clann na nGael and Roscommon manager passed away this morning following a short illness.
Donie enjoyed a successful playing career with Clann and also played for Roscommon during the 1974 National Football league campaign. It was as a manager that he enjoyed most success and when he was in charge of Clann na nGael they dominated Roscommon and Connacht football from 1986 until 1990.
During his reign as club manager, Clann embarked on a run which included the South Roscommon club winning eight county senior football titles, six Connacht football titles and they competed in the All Ireland finals of 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Unfortunately, they never finished in the winners enclosure, but nevertheless they were widely regarded as one of the finest teams of their generation.
Donie Shine went on to manage the Primrose and Blue of Roscommon at Junior, Minor and Under 21 level. He was senior manager up until 1997 before a Connacht championship defeat at the hands of Sligo brought down the curtain on his managerial career with the Roscommon senior team. In more recent years the Donie Shine played a significant role as GAA analysist with Shannonside FM and was an ever present for all major games involving Roscommon County and Club teams.
Shine will be best remembered for working on memorable commentaries alongside Willie Hegarty for the All Ireland minor final of 2006, the Connacht Senior Football Final of 2010 and the All Ireland Club final of 2013 where St Brigid’s were crowned All Ireland Champions.
Donie was also a very proud parent for those aforementioned successes of 2006 and 2010 when his son Donie Jnr played on the Roscommon teams and he also proved himself to be one of the top GAA pundits in the country by displaying a unique ability to read the game and he was hugely popular with the Roscommon GAA public.
Aidan O’Brien is the chairman of the Clann na nGael Club, he says the passing of Donie Shine has been greeted with huge sadness in his local club.
The Roscommon County Board Chairman Seamus Sweeney, also outlined to Shannonside Sport that Roscommon GAA have lost a great servant today.
Let’s remember our great friend and College by taking a listen back to the Connacht Senior Football Final of 2010 in Castlebar where Roscommon defeated Sligo in McHale Park in Castlebar. Willie Hegarty and Donie Shine describe the closing stages.
Donie Shine RIP