AN all-conquering Clare hurler who broke Rebel hearts has now helped launch his Cork university's scholarship programme for talented students.
All-Ireland man-of-the-match Shane O'Donnell (19) joined with University College Cork (UCC) President Dr Michael Murphy to unveil the 'Quercus' programme, which aims to recognise excellence.
Scholarships worth up to €10,000 are available for students who demonstrate exceptional ability in a range of fields. These range from academia to active citizenship and from creative arts to sport and entrepreneurship.
Shane, who was selected as the Hurler of the Month for September after a devastating display in the All-Ireland final replay against Cork, is studying for a BSc in genetics at UCC.
Dr Murphy said scholarship winners will be supported throughout the length of their studies. "At UCC we believe in creating an environment in which academic excellence can be combined with opportunities for personal development and independent thinking," he added.