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

Denise Calnan

Published 30/09/2013|08:54

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

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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.

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

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; 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
Shane O'Donnell of Clare fends off the attentions of Cork's Shane O'Neill during Saturday's final
Shane O'Donnell of Clare fends off the attentions of Cork's Shane O'Neill during Saturday's final

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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