Frankie Sheahan

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Frankie Sheahan
Full name Frank Jeremiah Sheahan
Date of birth (1976-08-27) 27 August 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Toronto, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 107 kg (16 st 12 lb)
University University College Cork
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996–2009 Munster 151 (110)
Correct as of 5 June 2010
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Ireland A
Correct as of 5 June 2010

Frankie Sheahan (born August 27, 1976) is a retired Irish rugby union player. During his career, Sheahan played for Munster from 1996 until 2009 and for Ireland from 2000 until 2007. Sheahan played his whole career as a Hooker.

He was released by Munster at the end of the 2008–09 season after playing 151 games in thirteen seasons. He played his last game for Munster on the 15 May 2009 in 36-10 Celtic League win over the Ospreys at Thomond Park where the team also received the trophy as 2008–09 Celtic League winners.[1][2][3]

Sheahan agreed to join French Top 14 club Brive for the 2009–10 season, he was offered the choice of a two-year deal or a one-year contract with the option of a second season and has chosen the latter. "I spent the weekend there taking in the Brive-Montauban match, there’s a load of ambition," Sheahan said.[4] On May 15 he picked up an injury during the Celtic League win over the Ospreys and aggravated a chest problem. He had been struggling with the injury for the past four months and on 21 July 2009, he announced his immediate retirement from the game[5] after undergoing a scan.[6]

In 2003 Frankie Sheahan was banned from rugby for two years after being found guilty of a doping offence by an Independent Judicial Tribunal. "The Tribunal found that the levels of salbutamol found in the A and B samples of the player were 1,644 ng/ml and 1,764 ng/ml respectively and these were admitted by the player. The ban was later reduced to three months. "The Tribunal also found that the player's level of the Prohibited Substance (salbutamol) was 20 times higher in the sample collected after the semi-final Toulouse game, compared with a sample collected from the player after the quarter-final game against Leicester (two weeks prior to that).[7]

Following retirement, Sheahan has become an agent and is heavily involved in media work for both Sky Sports and RTE. He is the founder and managing director of Front Row Speakers - an international speakers bureau and talent management agency.

He also founded the Pendulum Summit, an international business and self-empowerment summit which takes place annually in Dublin, Ireland. Pendulum Summit 2014 was Ireland's first Business and Self-Empowerment Summit and saw 600 of the country's top business leaders in attendance. Keynote speaker on the day was Commander Chris Hadfield, Canadian Astronaut. Keynote speaker for Pendulum Summit 2015 was Deepak Chopra, while Tony Robbins headlined the 2016 event which attracted over 3,500 distinguished international business leaders and influencers. The 2017 Pendulum Summit, which again took place at the Convention Centre Dublin, is expanded to a two-day (Jan 11/12) event covering 5 masterclasses on important areas of professional development with Jack Canfield confirmed as the leading speaker.


  1. ^ "Munster 36-10 Ospreys". BBC Sport. 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Munster add five-try glitz to ceremonial occasion". Irish Times. 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Across The Gain Line . . . with Colm Kinsella". Limerick Leader. 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Sheahan set for move to Brive". Irish Times. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  5. ^ "Sheahan hangs up his boots". RTÉ. 2009-07-21. Archived from the original on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  6. ^ "Injury threatens Sheahan's Brive move". Setanta Sports. 2009-05-18. Archived from the original on June 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
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