Donie Shine Snr. RIPA dark cloud hung over the Clann na nGael community this past weekend with news of the passing of Donal Shine Senior. There was a huge outpouring of grief for the last number of days and vast crowds attended his funeral in Drum church, travelling from all sides of the country to pay their respects.
While it is only natural to grieve, we should also be proud and celebrate a life that was lived to the full by a man who gave so much to the club and community.
Donie was an iconic figure within our club as a player, manager, administrator and lifelong supporter. As a manager, he led the senior team to 7 County titles and 5 Connaught Championships. The team also reached 4 All-Ireland finals, giving the club exposure and respect on a national level. Although they never reached the pinnacle, he did taste success at All-Ireland level by winning the Kilmacud 7's tournament in 1989.
During this time, he also managed clubs in neighbouring counties, and remarkably led Clann (Roscommon), Longford Slashers (Longford) and Athlone (Westmeath) to county final victories in one calendar year. His success at club level was noticed further afield and he went on to manage the Roscommon county team in the mid 1990’s and again in 2005.
Throughout the years, Donie was involved as a mentor with many of the club’s underage teams and there are likely very few players in the Clann setup who did not receive his guidance at some point in their career.
While there have been many tears in the last few days, the Clann na nGael community are better for knowing Donie and having him impact on our lives.
The huge crowd that ascended on Drum church were treated to refreshments afterwards in Johnstown clubhouse and reminisced with collections of match reports and photos of Donie which will forever be part of the Clann museum and in the history of this fine club, which Donie was a huge part of over the decades.
The club passes our deepest sympathy to Donal’s wife Lil, his daughters Karen, Clodagh and Susie, his sons Mark and Donal Junior, his brothers Enda, Michael and Paddy, his extended family, neighbours and wide circle of friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Donie Shine - a gentleman-a GAA giant- a great character- they don't make them like that any more RIP- sympathy to family and friends #donie— Seamus Duke (@SeamusDuke) April 28, 2017
Few gave as much to his club and county as Donie Shine senior did. His passion for the game was something else. RIP to a true gent.— Ross4life (@Rossie4life) April 28, 2017
RIP Donie Shine Snr, manager of our 1991 SFC winning team, who has passed away. Our sympathies to the Shine family & @ClannGAA on their loss— Athlone GAA (@AthloneGAA) April 29, 2017
Championship FeverOur Matrix Bathrooms and Supermacs Monksland sponsored Senior team will be out next weekend in the first round of the Championship against Kilmore. The match is part of a double header in Johnstown on Sunday (7th) and throws in at 3:45pm. Please get down to Johnstown to support the team and cheer them on to victory!
Cake SaleWe are having a cake sale on Sunday 7th May in the clubhouse in aid of the U.14 Feile girls heading to represent our club the last weekend in June. This cake sale is hoping to run from early Sunday morning to the double header on the day. Please pay a visit and help fund the girls trip to Feile.
GAA Cúl Camp NOW OPEN!Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games.
The Cúl Camp will take place in Johnstown from Monday 3rd July until Friday 7th July.
Online booking is preferred to ensure child will get the training gear and backpack on the week of the camp. Cost for the first child is €60 with discounts for additional children included. The cost is great value for money, given the gear that will be provided. These camps are hugely successful for the GAA throughout the country and we hope there will be a very large turnout in Johnstown!
Click here to book your place at Cúl Camp Johnstown.
You can also contact Oliver Lennon at 089 4066094 for more information.
Clann U.14 Division 1Clann 5-14 Boyle 1-6
A convincing win for the Division 1 team in Johnstown this evening, even if the scoreline was a little surprising. Boyle have a strong underage development, and did well in other matches in the league. No doubt they’ll be back in force during the championship.
With the aid of a strong breeze, Clann opened up the scoring from the start, and had registered 2-9 by half time without a response. Plenty of good play between the midfield and forwards, with no fewer than 5 different players getting their names on the scoresheet in this half, with good consistent play throughout.
Second half afforded the home side to play the remainder of the panel, but with high quality substitutions, the scores continued to rack up, and from new sources, including the subs. Boyle did have a brief purple patch in the middle of the half, scoring 1-2 in the space of 5 minutes. Clann replied though, and finished out as strongly as they started, to win the game outright by a 20 point margin.
Next, Clann face Pearses in the last round of the Division One league, and will head out to Woodmount this coming Tuesday 02/05, for a 7pm throw in. The lads are guaranteed a playoff at least, and a favourable result next match may even see them to the final. Roll on next week!
Panel - D. Campion, O Hynes, A McManus, B Costello, L Gavin, I Harney (0-1), T Lennon, J Mulvey, C O’Reilly (1-0), S Cleary, G Mulvihill (1-2), A Milton, C Ryan (0-2), J Shine (2-5), J Gavin (0-1), K Greasley, S O’Connor (1-0), T O’Neill (0-2), E Henry, P O’Leochain (0-1)
The draw took place in the Springs on Monday 1st of May with a jackpot of €3,400.
The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 21, 27.
No winner, match 3 wins €100 each:Winner (Seller)
Marion Dunning (Kitty Naughton)
Padraig Cunniffe (Eileen Whelan)
Next week's jackpot will be €3,600 and the draw will be in the Grove.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week.
Online LottoDid you know? Over €25,000 was won in the Clann lotto in 2016. We're aware that there's lots of club members living in Dublin and abroad who would like to enter but do not have the access to do so. With this in mind, we are happy to announce that the Clann lotto can now be entered online.
Visit clanngaa.ie/lotto to take part. Entry closes every Sunday at 6pm, entries after 6pm will be carried over.
Club ShopThe Clann Shop is now online with a wide range of O'Neills gear to purchase. The shop can be accessed via the ClannGAA.ie menu or directly by visiting tiny.cc/ClannShop
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