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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Shane O'Donnell: did you know?

Shane O'Donnell loves science as much as he loves hurling. He is currently in his second year studying genetics at UCC. His ambition is to work in research on diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

*Shane will be 20 on June 15 – the day Clare open their 2014 Munster Hurling Championship campaign against the winners of Cork v Waterford.

*Shane has almost 16,000 followers on Twitter.

*He was recently recruited as an Ambassador for Smart Futures by Science Foundation Ireland. The Smart Futures initiative is aimed at raising awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career opportunities, and delivering a 10pc increase in uptake of STEM subjects at second and third level by 2016.

*Such was his impact in the All-Ireland hurling final replay, it's often overlooked that he won an All-Ireland U-21 championship with Clare a week after the drawn All-Ireland senior final.

*His thoughts after scoring his third goal in 19 minutes: "After the third one, I just fell, and I was lying on the floor for about two seconds and I just thought: 'What is going on here? Twenty minutes into the game, into an All-Ireland final ... ' but then I was just like, 'All right, deal with that later' and I got up."

*Shane's nickname is SOD or SODS.

*His medal haul to date is: Munster Minor Hurling Championship 2011; Munster U-21 and All-Ireland Championship 2013; senior All-Ireland Hurling Championship 2013; Waterford Crystal Cup 2013.

*Shane admits he doesn't score many points but all of the three points he scored in the All-Ireland final replay were important to Clare's success.

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