Olympic biographies – Shane O’Donoghue

Debut: vs Canada, April 2011 (2-1 loss)
Age: 23
Caps: 107
International goals: 51
Current club: Dragons (Belgium)
Previous clubs: Glenanne, UCD
School: High School/Templeogue College
Position: Midfield

Shane O'Donoghue. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Shane O’Donoghue. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Nominated for the FIH Emerging Star of the Year, Shane O’Donoghue is one of the hottest properties on the world stage at the moment and the midfield lynch-pin around which much of the Irish game ticks.

He combines his strength on the ball and control of the ball with an excellent array of set-piece options which has already yielded 50 goals at more than a goal every two games.

He made his debut in 2011 at the age of 18 and played in his first ranking event of note at the World League Round 2 in Delhi, scoring five times. In 2015, he scored three times in both the World League in Antwerp to ensure Olympic qualification and in the European Championships bronze medal success – including two against England.

O’Donoghue grew up with Glenanne with whom he won an Irish Senior Cup in 2010 when still in school. Next, he went to UCD for his studies before departing to Belgium and Dragons with whom he has won back-to-back Belgian league titles. He also captained the Irish Under-21s to Celtic Cup and European C division success in 2012.

Twitter: @shaneod16

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