THE country's newest GAA superstar described his newfound fame as a 'sideshow' and said he is "flattered and embarrassed" by the attention.
In the week following his three goal man-of-the-match performance in the All-Ireland final, Clare's 19-year-old hurling prodigy Shane O'Donnell has been mobbed by adoring fans and even needed a garda escort after a charity game during the week.
Last night, he insisted taking the Liam MacCarthy Cup back to the Banner County was what he would remember most.
"It's flattering and borderline embarrassing at some stages but I suppose when you look back on it an a couple of months or in a year or two, it's not the not being able to get off the pitch last Wednesday you remember, it's winning the Liam MacCarthy with your best friends on the Saturday," he said on the 'Late Late Show'.
"It's only a sideshow really. You don't think about too much afterwards. It hasn't all really sunk it yet."
On his incredible hat-trick, he played down reports he had been instructed by coach Davy Fitzgerald to just "go for goals".
"I don't think there was any promise like that. I just can't score points so I just generally go for goals. Davy and the lads know that," he joked.
The star's mother Mary joked she regretted revealing to the world her son was single in the wake of the newfound female attention witnessed during the week.
The huge demand for Shane, who has been nominated for an All-Star award, led one inter-county teammate to compare him to Canadian pop superstar Justin Bieber, who is frequently mobbed by throngs of adoring fans at concerts. "He's a full-blown celebrity now," joked fellow All-Ireland winner and close friend Podge Collins on RTE radio yesterday morning.
"As one of the lads says, he's the Bieber of hurling."
The Eire Og clubman has some way to go yet before he eclipses Bieber's 45m twitter followers but has already attracted some 10,000 followers since he sent his first tweet in the hours before last weekend's All-Ireland hurling final replay.