Davy was born to be a manager of men and preach gospel of respect
Published 05/10/2013 | 05:00
The angelic face with the killer touch. When Shane O'Donnell took off his helmet and sat on the pitch with gold streamers hugging him under the Croke Park lights, it looked like a shot 'Vogue' would be proud of. This was no afternoon matinee. This was box-office. He had just performed a Liam MacCarthy-winning role with 3-3 in an All-Ireland final. And yes, his life would never be the same again.
Have we ever witnessed anything like this before in the GAA? Whatever about the other so-called idols on bedroom walls all over the country; this is a 19-year-old with real talent. One of the Banner Babes. But he's the star-man. The mania after the charity match in Sixmilebridge during the week was unprecedented. He needed to be rescued by gardai after he was mobbed by girls.
How will he handle all this adulation? He told his manager Davy Fitzgerald during the week that he won't let it get to his head.