Former Clann na nGael and Roscommon GAA Player, Manager and Officer Donie Shine Snr passed away today peacefully at home surrounded by his family.
Donie played an important role in Clann na nGael’s domination of the Roscommon and Connacht Club Championship in the mid 1980. Those sides won eight successive Roscommon titles, six successive Connacht Club titles and appearing in four successive All-Ireland Club Finals. He served as Roscommon Senior Team Manager between 1994 and 1997 and he the mid 2000s served as Roscommon GAA County Board Development Officer. In more recent times he reached a new audience as the co-commentator on Shannonside FM’s coverage of Roscommon Club and Inter-County games.
Reacting to the news Chairman of Coiste Chontae Ros Comain Seamus Sweeney said “First and foremost Donie Shine was a dedicated family man, a stalwart of the GAA, and a person, one was always better off for having met. I’ve known Donie for many years and when I first came on the executive of Roscommon GAA in 2006 Donie was the County Development Officer.”
“I was always impressed by his knowledge of the GAA both county and country wide. I know Donie attended games regardless of who was taking part or where the game was played. He loved the GAA.
As a parent, he got great pride from all his children and what they did, however I’m sure he took great delight from the All Ireland Minor Final victory in 2006 when his own son Donie was outstanding and his Clann na nGael club mate David Flynn was Captain.”
Donie Shine is survived by his wife Lil, daughters Karen, Clodagh and Susie, sons Mark and Donal, sons-in-law Brendan and David, daughter-in-law Philippa, Susie’s fiancée Stephen, Donal’s fiancée Deirdre, grandchildren, brothers Pat, Michael and Enda, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, niece, nephews, relatives, neighbours and his many good friends.
His Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
Reposing at his home at Drum, Athlone on Sunday from 3pm until 8pm. Removal on Monday morning to St. Brigid’s Church, Drum arriving for Mass of the Resurrection at 12 noon. Burial in the local cemetery. House private on Monday please.
May he Rest In Peace.