Colm Shine, the man who captained Roscommon to the county’s first-ever All-Ireland U-21 football title 54 years ago, has died.
Roscommon famously defeated hot favourites Kildare by a point, 2-10 to 1-12, in the 1966 decider at Croke Park to win the Clarke Cup for the first time, thanks to goals by Jim Keane and Jimmy Finnegan. The late Dermot Earley also pitched in with 0-4 in what was a famous day in Roscommon GAA folklore.
Tony Conboy, writing in his book “101 Years of Gaelic Games in County Roscommon, 1989 to 1990” referred to the “thou shalt not pass tenaciousness of Shine” who was a lynchpin in the Rossies’ defence.
In a statement this afternoon his club Clann na nGael said: “It is with deep regret and sadness that Clann na nGael advise of the passing of Colm Shine.
“Colm was a well-decorated player, captaining Roscommon to U-21 All-Ireland glory in Croke Park in 1966 and winning a senior title with Clann the same year.
“Colm will be sadly missed, not only in Clann na nGael but also throughout Roscommon and the wider GAA community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”