Shane O'Neill (hurler)

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Shane O'Neill
Personal information
Irish name Seán Ó Néill
Sport Hurling
Position Right corner-back
Born (1986-03-01) 1 March 1986 (age 30)
Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Occupation Advisory associate at PwC
Years Club
2004-present Bishopstown
Club titles
Cork titles 0
Years County Apps (scores)
2005-present Cork 35 (0-1)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 1
All-Irelands 0
All Stars 0
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 15:43, 18 July 2014.

Shane O'Neill (born 1 March 1986) is an Irish hurler who plays as a right corner-back for the Cork senior team.[1][2]

Born in Bishopstown, Cork, O'Neill first excelled at hurling whilst at school in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Cork minor team, before later joining the under-21 side. He joined the senior team as a member of the extended panel during the 2005 championship. Since then O'Neill has become a regular member of the starting fifteen and has won one Munster medal on the field of play. He has been an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.

As a member of the Munster inter-provincial team, O'Neill has won one Railway Cup medal. At club level he has won several championship medals in all grades with Bishopstown.

Playing career[edit]


O'Neill was a beneficiary of the under-age hurling boom with Bishopstown between 2003 and 2007. Back-to-back minor championship medals in 2003 and 2004 were followed by back-to-back under-21 championship medals in 2006 and 2007.

In 2006 O'Neill was a key member of Bishopstown's top team that faced Carrigtwohill in the final of the premier intermediate championship. A 0-20 to 1-11 victory gave him a coveted championship medal.


O'Neill first lined out with Cork in the minor grade in 2003. A disappointing season followed, however, in 2004 he won his first Munster medal as Cork ended Tipperary's hopes of four-in-a-row with a 2-13 to 3-8 victory.[3]

The following year O'Neill was a key member of the Cork under-21 team. He won a Munster medal in his debut year, as Cork defeated old rivals Tipperary by 4-8 to 0-13.[4]

Two years later and O'Neill was appointed captain of the Cork under-21 team. He won a second Munster medal on that occasion following a 1-20 to 0-10 trouncing of Waterford.[5]

By 2005 O'Neill's performances for the Cork minor and under-21 teams brought him to the attention of the senior selectors. He was a member of the extended panel during Cork's All-Ireland victory. He won a Munster medal in 2006 as an unused substitute.

On 17 June 2007 O'Neill made his senior championship debut in a 5-15 to 3-18 Munster semi-final defeat by Waterford. The following few seasons saw Cork go into decline, however, a highlight for O'Neill was being appointed captain of the team in 2011.[6]

O'Neill lined out in his second Munster decider in 2013, however, Cork faced a 0-24 to 0-15 defeat by Limerick.[7] On 8 September 2013 he lined out against Clare in his first All-Ireland final. Three second-half goals through Conor Lehane, Anthony Nash and Pa Cronin, and a tenth point of the game from Patrick Horgan gave Cork a one-point lead as injury time came to an end. A last-gasp point from corner-back Domhnall O'Donovan earned Clare a 0-25 to 3-16 draw.[8] The replay on 28 September was regarded as one of the best in recent years. Clare's Shane O'Donnell was a late addition to the team, and went on to score a hat-trick of goals in the first nineteen minutes of the game. Patrick Horgan top scored for Cork, however, further goals from Conor McGrath and Darach Honan secured a 5-16 to 3-16 victory for Clare.[9]

In 2014 O'Neill won his first Munster medal on the field of play as goals by Séamus Harnedy and Paudie O'Sullivan gave Cork a 2-24 to 0-24 victory over Limerick.[10]


O'Neill also had the honour of being picked for Munster in the inter-provincial series of games. He won an Interprovincial Championship medal in 2013 as Munster defeated Connacht by 1-22 to 0-15.[11]




  1. ^ "Player profile: Shane O'Neill". Cork GAA website. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Brian (19 June 2014). "Shane O'Neill: 'We can't keep losing'". GAA website. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Brendan (28 June 2004). "Murphy ends Tipperary dreams of four in a row". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Brendan (4 August 2005). "Hartnett goal seals Cork grand slam". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Keyes, Dermot (3 August 2007). "Waterford's Munster treble dream dashed by Rebels". The Munster Express. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  6. ^ O'Toole, Fintan & Fogarty, John (5 January 2011). "O'Neill the 'ideal choice' as new Cork hurling captain". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  7. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (15 July 2013). "Day of joy sends tremor through Treaty". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  8. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (9 September 2013). "An emotional, riveting roller-coaster". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  9. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (30 September 2013). "A day borrowed from the hurling gods". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  10. ^ O'Flynn, Diarmuid (14 July 2014). "Irrepressible Rebels rule Munster again". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Munster too strong for Connacht". Irish Examiner. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.