After calling time on a lengthy and successful playing career with club and county recently, former Roscommon and Clann na nGael forward Donie Shine spoke extensively to the Roscommon Herald for this week’s edition, talking about the highlights of his career and how he has made peace with the extensive injury issues that afflicted him, particularly since 2014.
Shine, who studied in DCU and won a Sigerson cup medal in 2010 alongside future Dublin stars like Paddy Andrews, Paul Flynn, Bryan Cullen, Philly McMahon and Jonny Cooper, also added his voice to the debate about Dublin in the All Ireland football championship, and whether the current dominance of the boys in blue is just a phase, or something more.
“I don’t believe it’s cyclical, it’s a plan that was well-thought out, carefully executed and has come together” is how he summed up the current situation, where Dublin will be chasing a seventh successive All-Ireland senior title in 2021.
“It’s not a single group, it’s more or less a completely different team from the group that made the breakthrough in 2011” he continued, before highlighting the immediate measures that he feels need to be taken.
“There are huge imbalances in funding, and then you have the fixtures, where Dublin play nearly all their games in Croke Park”.
“I lived for six or seven years in Dublin, and there’s some stuff you can’t equalise – for example the travelling makes a huge difference. I remember travelling from DCU, coming down to Roscommon for training with Cathal Cregg and David Keenan, maybe sitting in a car for two and a half hours getting to Kilbride or Kiltoom, wherever we were that night”.
“You get back up to college at 12.30 or 1 a.m., and it has a has a huge bearing on your rest, your recovery, and even the general balance of your life”.
For the full interview with Donie talking about his career, the influence of his family and the key moments that defined his career, pick up this week’s Roscommon Herald.