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Dan Shanahan
Personal information
Irish name Dónal Ó Seanacháin
Sport Hurling
Position Half-forward/Full-forward
Date of birth

4 January 1977 (1977-01-04) (age 33)

Place of birth Lismore , County Waterford
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Nickname(s) Big Dan, Dan the Man
Years Club Apps (scores)
1993-present Lismore
Years County Apps (scores)
1998- Waterford 48 (20-58)
Senior Inter-County Titles
Munster Titles 3
All-Ireland 0
All Stars 3
** Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 9 August 2009.

Dan Shanahan (born 4 January 1977 in Lismore, County Waterford) is an Irish sportsperson. He plays hurling with his local club Lismore and with the Waterford senior inter-county team. In recent seasons Shanahan has come to be regarded as one of the best players in the game being named undisputed Hurler of the Year in 2007. Dan is the older brother of Maurice Shanahan who is also a member of the Waterford hurling panel.


Playing career


Shanahan plays his club hurling with his local Lismore club in Waterford. He has enjoyed some success at underage levels winning county medals in hurling at under-14, under-16, minor and under-21 levels. Shanahan won a senior county title in 1993 at the age of sixteen. Lismore were in the county final in 2009 but narrowly lost in the replay.


In the mid-1990s Shanahan played hurling with the Waterford minor and under-21 teams, however, he had little success at these levels. He first played for Waterford in 1995, however, his senior championship debut for his native-county came in 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, however, they were defeated by a single point. This was a bleak period for Waterford’s hurlers and the famine that had lasted since 1963 continued. All this changed in 2002 when Justin McCarthy took over as manager of the team. That year Waterford reached the Munster final again, however, Shanahan couldn’t command a definite place on the starting fifteen. In spite of this he came on as a substitute in Waterford’s provincial final victory over reigning champions Tipperary. It was Shanahan’s first Munster title. Unfortunately, the men from the Deise were later defeated by Clare in the All-Ireland semi-final.

In 2003 Waterford reached the Munster final again, however, Shanahan remained on the substitutes’ bench as his team was defeated by Cork. Waterford later crashed out of the championship in the All-Ireland series. By 2004 Shanahan had established himself on the county team and it turned out to be one of his best seasons to date. In his first game against Clare he scored a hat-trick of goals (an impressive feat in hurling). He added to this by scoring another two goals against Tipperary and then scoring a vital goal against Cork in the memorable Munster final, giving Shanahan a second provincial title. This victory allowed the team to advance directly to the All-Ireland semi-final, however, Kilkenny defeated Shanahan’s side on that occasion. 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. Shanahan won a second All-Star award in 2006.

In 2007 Shanahan’s season began well. That year he collected his first National Hurling League title following a victory over reigning champions and three-in-a-row hopefuls Kilkenny. It was Waterford’s first national title in forty-four years. Shanahan’s side later defeated Cork in an exciting Munster semi-final, giving the team a place in the provincial decider once again. Limerick provided the opposition on that occasion. In the game itself Shanahan scored a remarkable total of 3-3. Remarkably, he scored all three of his goals during the second-half at rain-soaked Semple Stadium, as his strikes in the 52nd, 63rd and 71st minutes closed out a deserved, if somewhat flattering, victory. Shanahan was named "Man of the Match" along with picking up his third Munster winners medal.[1]. In the subsequent All-Ireland quarter-final Waterford defeated Cork after a replay, setting up an All-Ireland semi-final rematch with Limerick. While many had predicted a Waterford victory, Limerick had learned a lesson from the earlier defeat. Shanahan was prevented from scoring any goals in that game while Limerick’s forwards scored five. For the fifth time in almost a decade Waterford’s championship came to an end at the penultimate stage. 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 coveted 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.


Shanahan has also lined out with Munster in the Railway Cup inter-provincial competition. He first lined out with his province in 1998, however, he didn’t capture a winners medal in this competition until 2007 when Munster defeated Connacht.

Championship Appearances

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Match report
1 24/05/1998 Austin Stack Park, Tralee Kerry 0-6 0-20 : 1-09 Munster Quarter-Final Irish Independent
2 07/06/1998 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork Tipperary 0-2 0-21 : 2-12 Munster Semi-Final Irish Independent
3 12/07/1998 Semple Stadium, Thurles Clare 0-3 3-10 : 1-16 Munster Final Irish Independent
4 19/07/1998 Semple Stadium, Thurles Clare 0-0 0-10 : 2-16 Munster Final Replay Irish Independent
5 26/07/1998 Croke Park, Dublin Galway 0-1 1-20 : 1-10 All-Ireland Quarter-Final Irish Independent
6 16/08/1998 Croke Park, Dublin Kilkenny 0-2 1-10 : 1-11 All-Ireland Semi-Final Irish Independent
7 30/05/1999 Semple Stadium, Thurles Limerick 0-1 1-16 : 1-15 Munster Quarter-Final Irish Examiner
8 14/06/1999 Semple Stadium, Thurles Cork 0-3 1-15 : 0-24 Munster Semi-Final Irish Examiner
9 28/06/2000 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork Tipperary 0-1 0-14 : 0-17 Munster Quarter-Final Irish Independent
10 10/06/2001 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork Limerick 0-1 2-14 : 4-11 Munster Semi-Final Irish Independent
11 26/05/2002 Semple Stadium, Thurles Cork 0-0 1-16 : 1-15 Munster Semi-Final Irish Independent
12 30/06/2002 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Thurles Tipperary 0-0 2-23 : 3-12 Munster Final Irish Examiner
13 11/08/2002 Croke Park, Dublin Clare 0-0 1-13 : 1-16 All-Ireland Semi-Final Irish Independent
14 11/05/2003 Walsh Park, Waterford Kerry 0-1 2-26 : 1-12 Munster Quarter-Final
15 01/06/2003 Semple Stadium, Thurles Limerick 0-0 4-13 : 4-13 Munster Semi-Final Irish Examiner
16 08/06/2003 Semple Stadium, Thurles Limerick 0-1 1-12 : 0-13 Munster Semi-Final Replay Irish Examiner
17 20/07/2003 Nolan Park, Kilkenny Wexford 0-1 0-18 : 1-20 3rd Round Qualifier Irish Independent
18 16/05/2004 Semple Stadium, Thurles Clare 3-1 3-21 : 1-8 Munster Quarter-Final Irish Examiner
19 06/06/2004 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork Tipperary 2-0 4-10 : 3-12 Munster Semi-Final Irish Examiner
20 27/06/2004 Semple Stadium, Thurles Cork 1-3 3-16 : 1-21 Munster Final Irish Examiner
21 08/08/2004 Croke Park, Dublin Kilkenny 0-0 3-12 : 0-18 All-Ireland Semi-Final Irish Independent
22 22/05/2005 Semple Stadium, Thurles Cork 1-0 2-15 : 2-17 Munster Semi-Final Irish Examiner
23 18/06/2005 Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow Offaly 0-0 1-26 : 1-15 Group Stage Qualifier Irish Independent
24 02/07/2005 Walsh Park, Waterford Dublin 0-0 4-17 : 1-3 Group Stage Qualifier Irish Independent
25 09/07/2005 Cusack Park, Ennis Clare 0-3 0-21 : 4-14 Group Stage Qualifier Irish Independent
26 24/07/2005 Croke Park, Dublin Cork 1-0 1-13 : 1-18 All-Ireland Quarter-Final Irish Examiner
27 04/06/2006 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork Tipperary 1-0 1-12 : 3-14 Munster Semi-Final RTE Sport
28 18/06/2006 Cusack Park, Mullingar Westmeath 1-2 3-22 : 1-14 Group Stage Qualifier Irish Independent
29 02/07/2006 Walsh Park, Waterford Galway 0-2 1-25 : 2-20 Group Stage Qualifier RTE Sport
30 08/07/2006 O'Moore Park, Portlaoise Laois 0-0 2-17 : 1-13 Group Stage Qualifier Irish Independent
31 23/07/2006 Croke Park, Dublin Tipperary 1-5 1-22 : 3-13 All-Ireland Quarter-Final RTE Sport
32 06/08/2006 Croke Park, Dublin Cork 0-1 1-15 : 1-16 All-Ireland Semi-Final RTE Sport
33 17/06/2007 Semple Stadium, Thurles Cork 2-1 5-15 : 3-18 Munster Semi-Final Irish Independent
34 08/07/2007 Semple Stadium, Thurles Limerick 3-3 3-17 : 1-14 Munster Final Irish Independent
35 29/07/2007 Croke Park, Dublin Cork 1-3 3-16 : 3-16 All-Ireland Quarter-Final Irish Independent
36 05/08/2007 Croke Park, Dublin Cork 2-1 2-17 : 0-20 All-Ireland Quarter-Final Replay Irish Independent
37 12/08/2007 Croke Park, Dublin Limerick 0-4 2-15 : 5-11 All-Ireland Semi-Final Irish Independent
38 01/06/2008 Gaelic Grounds, Limerick Clare 0-0 0-23 : 2-26 Munster Quarter-Final Irish Examiner
39 05/07/2008 Walsh Park, Waterford Antrim 0-4 6-18 : 0-15 2nd Round Qualifier Irish Independent
40 19/07/2008 Semple Stadium, Thurles Offaly 0-0 2-18 : 0-18 4th Round Qualifier Irish Independent
41 27/07/2008 Semple Stadium, Thurles Wexford 1-1 2-19 : 3-15 All-Ireland Quarter-Final RTE Sport
42 17/08/2008 Croke Park, Dublin Tipperary 0-0 1-20 : 1-18 All-Ireland Semi-Final RTE Sport
43 07/09/2008 Croke Park, Dublin Kilkenny 0-0 1-13 : 3-30 All-Ireland Final RTE Sport
44 14/06/2009 Semple Stadium, Thurles Limerick 0-0 0-11 : 1-08 Munster Semi-Final Irish Independent
45 20/06/2009 Semple Stadium, Thurles Limerick 0-0 0-25 : 0-17 Munster Semi-Final Replay RTE Sport
46 12/07/2009 Semple Stadium, Thurles Tipperary 0-1 2-16 : 4-14 Munster Final RTE Sport
47 26/07/2009 Semple Stadium, Thurles Galway 0-0 1-16 : 0-18 All-Ireland Quarter-final RTE Sport
48 09/08/2009 Croke Park, Dublin Kilkenny 0-1 3-15 : 2-23 All-Ireland Semi-final RTE Sport
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



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