Shane O'Neill (hurler)
|Irish name||Seán Ó Néill|
1 March 1986 |
Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Occupation||Advisory associate at PwC|
|*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 15:43, 18 July 2014.|
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.
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.
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.
O'Neill lined out in his second Munster decider in 2013, however, Cork faced a 0-24 to 0-15 defeat by Limerick. 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. 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.
- Cork Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship (1): 2006
- Cork Under-21 Hurling Championship (2): 2006, 2007
- Cork Minor Hurling Championship (2): 2003, 2004
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (1): 2005 (sub)
- Munster Senior Hurling Championship (2): 2006 (sub), 2014
- Munster Under-21 Hurling Championship (2): 2005, 2007
- Munster Minor Hurling Championship (1): 2004
- Railway Cup (1): 2013
- "Player profile: Shane O'Neill". Cork GAA website. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- Murphy, Brian (19 June 2014). "Shane O'Neill: 'We can't keep losing'". GAA website. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- Larkin, Brendan (28 June 2004). "Murphy ends Tipperary dreams of four in a row". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- Larkin, Brendan (4 August 2005). "Hartnett goal seals Cork grand slam". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- Keyes, Dermot (3 August 2007). "Waterford's Munster treble dream dashed by Rebels". The Munster Express. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- O'Toole, Fintan & Fogarty, John (5 January 2011). "O'Neill the 'ideal choice' as new Cork hurling captain". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- O'Flynn, Diarmuid (15 July 2013). "Day of joy sends tremor through Treaty". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- O'Flynn, Diarmuid (9 September 2013). "An emotional, riveting roller-coaster". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
- O'Flynn, Diarmuid (30 September 2013). "A day borrowed from the hurling gods". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
- O'Flynn, Diarmuid (14 July 2014). "Irrepressible Rebels rule Munster again". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
- "Munster too strong for Connacht". Irish Examiner. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.