Dan Shanahan

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Dan Shanahan
Personal information
Irish name Dónal Ó Seanacháin
Sport Hurling
Position Wing Forward
Born (1977-01-04) 4 January 1977 (age 40)
Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Nickname Big Dan, Dan the man
Occupation Truck driver
Years Club
1993- Lismore
Club titles
Waterford titles 1
Years County Apps (scores)
1995-2010 Waterford 52 (21-58)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 4
All-Irelands 0
All Stars 3
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 17:49, 7 August 2012.

Daniel "Dan" Shanahan (born 4 January 1977) is an Irish hurling selector and former player. He has been a selector with the Waterford senior team since 2013.[1]

Born in Lismore, County Waterford, Shanahan was introduced to hurling by his father, a former hurler with Waterford. He was a Harty Cup runner-up with Lismore CBS while simultaneously enjoying championship successes at senior level with the Lismore club.

Shanahan made his debut on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Waterford minor team. A two-time Munster runner-up in this grade, he later lined out with the under-21 team. Shanahan joined the senior team in 1995. He went on to play a key role for Waterford in attack during a hugely successful era, and won four Munster medals and one National Hurling League medal. He was an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.

Shanahan represented the Munster inter-provincial team at various times throughout his career, winning one Railway Cup medal in 2007. At club level he won one championship medal with Lismore.

Throughout his career Shanahan made 52 championship appearances for Waterford. His tally of 21-58 marks him out as Waterford's fourth highest scorer of all-time, while he is the all-time leading goal-scorer for Waterford. Shanahan announced his inter-county retirement on 18 August 2010.[2]

Shanahan is widely regarded as one of Waterford's greatest hurlers.[3] During his career he won three All-Star awards, while in 2007 he was named Texaco, All-Star and GPA Hurler of the Year.

His brother, Maurice, is a current member of the Waterford senior team.And former teammate, Eoin Kelly is his cousin[4]

In retirement from playing, Shanahan became involved in team management and coaching. In October 2013 he became part of Derek McGrath's management team to the Waterford senior hurlers.[5][6]

Playing career[edit]


Shanahan plays his club hurling with the Lismore club in Waterford and has enjoyed much success.

He has enjoyed some success at underage levels winning county medals in hurling at under-14, under-16, minor and under-21 levels. Shanahan was only sixteen years-old when he won a senior county club championship in 1993 following a one-point defeat of Passage. The following years proved to be somewhat frustrating for Shanahan and Lismore. Ballygunner and Mount Sion both had very strong teams and dominated the county scene for a number of years. Despite having a depth of talent within their ranks, Lismore were unable to win another county title in this period, going very close on a number of occasions most notably in the 1996, 2001 and 2009 county finals. In 2016 and at 39 years old, Shanahan finally captured another county medal, this time in the intermediate grade. This win was followed by Lismore winning the Munster Intermediate championship with a victory over Kerry side Kilmoyley.[7]


Shanahan's inter-county career began with the Waterford minor and under-21 teams. He was a member of the Waterford team that reached the Munster minor final in 1994. However, Cork ran out comfortable winners. The following year Shanahan and Waterford were back in the Munster final against the same opposition, and once again it was the Cork men who emerged victorious. He was also a member of the Lismore CBS side that reached the Harty cup final the same year. A star studded Midleton CBS outfit were the opposition, and despite Shanahan being amongst the goals, it was the east Cork school who took home the cup.

He joined the Waterford senior team in 1995, however, he didn't make his senior championship debut until 1998. That year Waterford held All-Ireland champions Clare to a draw in the Munster final, however, the Decies lost the replay. Shanahan’s side later faced Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final in what would be the county's first appearance in Croke Park since 1963. Kilkenny won by a single point.

In 2002 Waterford emerged from the doldrums by reaching the Munster final once again, however, Shanahan could not command a definite place on the starting fifteen. In spite of this he came on as a substitute to claim his first Munster winners' medal as Waterford defeated Tipperary by 2-23 to 3-12. It was their first provincial crown in thirty-nine years.[8]

After surrendering the Munster title to Cork in 2003, Shanahan's side were back in the provincial showpiece for a third successive year in 2004. He was by now a regular on the starting fifteen. In one of the greatest games of all-time Waterford defeated Cork in a Munster final for the first time in forty-five years to take the title by 3-16 to 1-21. An All-Ireland appearance subsequently eluded the team yet again. In spite of this there was some consolation at the end of the year as Shanahan's scoring prowess earned him his first All-Star award.

The following few years proved difficult for Shanahan. Waterford crashed out of the early stages of the provincial championship in 2005 and 2006. On both these occasions his team was defeated by Cork in the All-Ireland series. He did, however, win a second All-Star award in 2006.

In 2007 Shanahan added a National Hurling League medal to his collection when Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 0-20 to 0-18 in the final.[9] He later claimed a third Munster winners' medal as Waterford defeated Limerick by 3-17 to 1-14 in the provincial decider.[10] Shanahan himself scored a hat-trick of goals in the second half. While Waterford were viewed as possibly going on and winning the All-Ireland title for the first time in almost half a century, Limerick ambushed Waterford in the All-Ireland semi-final. In spite of falling short of championship success Shanahan’s tally of eight goals over the whole championship marked him out as one of the best forwards in the country. He was later presented with a third All-Star award as well as claiming the Vodafone Hurler of the Year award. Shanahan later made a clean sweep of all the player of the year awards by also collecting the GPA Hurler of the Year and Texaco Hurler of the Year awards as well.

2008 began with Waterford losing their opening game to Clare as well as their manager Justin McCarthy. In spite of this poor start Shanahan's side reached the All-Ireland final for the first time in forty-five years. Kilkenny provided the opposition and went on to defeat Waterford by 3-30 to 1-13 to claim a third All-Ireland title in-a-row.[11]

Shanahan was relegated to the subs' bench in 2010 as Waterford faced Cork in another Munster final. A 2-15 apiece draw was the result on that occasion, however, Waterford went on to win the replay after an extra-time goal by Shanahan. It was a fourth Munster winners' medal for Shanahan, a record that he shares with five other Waterford players.

In August 2010 he announced his retirement from the inter-county game after Waterford's exit to Tipperary in the All Ireland semi final.[12]


Shanahan was also a veteran of five inter-provincial championship campaigns with Munster. He first lined out with his province in 1998, however, he did not capture a winners medal in this competition until 2007 when Munster defeated Connacht by 2-22 to 2-19.[13]






  1. ^ "Derek McGrath named new Waterford hurling boss". Irish Independent. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Shanahan calls time on Deise career". Breaking News website. 18 August 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dan Will Always Be "The Man"". World Sports Team website. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Murphy, John (5 June 2010). "Shanahan brothers team up for Déise". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "McGrath Ratified as Waterford Hurling Manager". GAA website. 23 October 2013. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dan Shanahan: 'I do have to control myself, I've been warned'". Irish Independent. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/gaa/hurling/lismore-lift-off-in-second-half-431557.html
  8. ^ Breheny, Martin (1 July 2002). "Waterford wonders whip Tipp with awesome display". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Breheny, Martin (4 May 2007). "Waterford end 44-year faminewith National League title". Munster Express. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Breheny, Martin (9 July 2007). "Dynamic Dan adds some extra dash for the Déise". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13". RTÉ Sport. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Shanahan calls it a day". Irish Times. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "Railway Cup Hurling". Munster GAA website. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
Preceded by
Henry Shefflin
Vodafone Hurler of the Year
Succeeded by
Eoin Larkin
Texaco Hurler of the Year
Gaelic Players' Association
Hurler of the Year