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Hat-trick hero Shane O'Donnell's single status could soon be contested

Published 30/09/2013 | 08:54

Hat-trick hero Shane O’Donnell’s proud mother has confirmed that he is indeed single.

The nineteen-year-old Clare teenager has become a superstar overnight following his All-Ireland performance on Saturday against Cork.

Ennis hurler O’Donnell helped bring his native Clare to victory over the Rebel county with a thrilling 5-16 to 3-16 replay triumph.

And the glory days for the Clare teen with the boyband looks are just beginning.

Man of the match O’Donnell and his team were welcomed home to the Banner county last night by over 30,000 fans.

And, although his total amount of tweets amounts to just five, he has clocked up over nearly 7,000 followers on the social media network since he started his account on September 25.

Clare's Shane O'Donnell celebrates the first of his three goals in yesterday evening's All- Ireland hurling final replay. Photo: Gerry Mooney
28 September 2013; Clare's goalscorer Shane O'Donnell lifts the Liam McCarthy cup after his side's victory. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
28 September 2013; Shane O'Donnell, Clare, celebrates with team-mate John Conlon, left, after the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Shane O'Donnell pictured with his older brother Oisin (second right). (Photo: Oisin O'Donnell/Facebook)
28 September 2013; Hat-trick goalscorer Shane O'Donnell, Clare, is interviewed by Paul Collins of Today FM out on the pitch after the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
29 September 2013; Clare players Shane O'Donnell, left, David O'Halloran, centre, and selector Louis Mulqueen with the Liam MacCarthy cup on the team bus as they arrive for the homecoming celebrations of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions.
28 September 2013; Shane O'Donnell, Clare, shoots to score his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Clare’s Shane O'Donnell tries to get away from Matthew Donnelly in Semple Stadium yesterday. Photo Brendan Moran
28 September 2013; Shane O'Donnell, Clare, shoots to score his side's second goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
28 September 2013; Shane O'Donnell, Clare, celebrates with team-mate Pádraic Collins, left, after scoring his side's second goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Daire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 September 2013; Shane O'Donnell, Clare, celebrates with team-mate Pádraic Collins, left, after scoring his side's second goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Daire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
28 September 2013; Shane O'Donnell, Clare, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Pdraic Collins, 13. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
28 September 2013; Shane O'Donnell, Clare, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Padraic Collins, left. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
28 September 2013; Shane O'Donnell, Clare, shoots to score his side's third goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
28 September 2013; Clare's goalscorer Shane O'Donnell lifts the Liam McCarthy cup after his side's victory. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Clare's Shane O'Donnell lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup during the homecoming celebrations for the All Ireland SHC champions in Ennis last night
28 September 2013; Clare's Pádraic Collins, left, and Shane O'Donnell celebrate after victory. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Shane O'Donnell lifts the Liam McCarthy at homecoming of the senior and minor All Ireland champions Clare who returned to Ennis with the Liam McCarthy Cup this evening Pic:Mark Condren 29.9.2013
Clare’s hat-trick hero Shane O'Donnell scores his first goal early in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling final replay at Croke Park. Photo: David Conachy.
Shane O'Donnell, Clare, shoots to score his side's third goal
Shane O'Donnell, Clare, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Padraic Collins, left
Shane O'Donnell of Clare fends off the attentions of Cork's Shane O'Neill during Saturday's final

O’Donnell’s profile was trending on Twitter last night as thousands of fans, mostly female, followed and tweeted the hat-trick hero.

One tweet in particular summed it all up; “I'd say there isn't one woman in the country that doesn't have there [sic] eye on @townhurler (Shane O’Donnell) at the moment!” one girl wrote.

Other young girls tweeted the hurler thanking him for his time to take photos with the fans at the Liam McCarthy homecoming.

And O’Donnell has more going for him than just his All-Ireland worthy hurling skills and his chiseled good looks.

The teenager also has brains to boot; he’s a second year student of genetics in UCC.

O’Donnell’s mother’s claim that he doesn’t have a girlfriend could soon be contested.

Watch this space.

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