45-year-old Waterford hurling legend Dan Shanahan is still going strong after 30 seasons in the player

Waterford legend Dan Shanahan is still going strong at 45.

In his youth, Lismore’s clubman was all about staying healthy and fit, and today he still keeps his life in shape.


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Detailed view of Lismore's Dan Shanahan shoulder tattoo


Detailed view of Lismore’s Dan Shanahan shoulder tattoo

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‘Dan the Man’ was Hurler of the Year in 2007 and won 4 Munster SHC titles and 3 All-Star Awards during his illustrious career. He retired from inter-county hurling in 2010.

An All-Ireland medal eluded him, but he would go down as one of the Daeds all-time greats.

His love for the game has never waned and he is a vital player for the club he loves.

Speaking to SunSport about staying healthy, Shanahan said:

“Honestly, this is what I do most days of the week.

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“I go to the gym a lot, but staying in shape is what I do anyway. Not just physically, but mentally as well. When I take a shower, I’m a new man.”

Shanahan grabbed the headlines two weeks ago when he came off the bench in a 2-20 to 0-19 loss to Lawnmore at the Waterford club’s SHC, rewinding the years with a great overhead point.
But from the moment he made his minor county debut in 1994, a lifelong obsession was born.

All he knows is to keep himself in good shape – and that’s essential for both body and mind, he says.

Shanahan has often spoken out about her struggles 15 years ago when she was in the limelight.

Former Forward says: I love working hard.

“It’s something I’ve grown up with, and it’s been a tradition that I’ve trained hard since I was young and it’s stuck with me. It’s something I’ve always had.”

Lismore is still in his blood and has a tattoo on his arm, so he continues to play for them well into his 40s.

Shanahan finds it hard to throw.

He needs a club, but they need him too.

After making his debut in the 1993 county semi-final against Lonemore, this is his 30th season of playing at the adult level.

The club won their third county title that season.
But 29 years later, they’re still waiting for their next team and struggling to assemble one.

Shanahan’s younger brother Maurice is out with a broken finger, and his absence is a fatal blow. And Déise star Iarlaith Daly (right) is still recovering from his ankle injury that missed his championship campaign in Waterford.

Many young players have been overseas and their most famous son is still an integral part of the team.

Local clubs across the country face the same problem as the often sought after stalwarts.

Shanahan is enjoying the heat of club championship hurling as Ireland is hit with a heat wave this week.

he said:

“At the moment we have no choice, the club will not be stranded.

“I can’t comment on other clubs, but at Lismore it’s very difficult. It’s between injuries and everything else.

“There are some young people in America and suddenly they are down four or five players because of injuries.

“Maurice broke his middle finger and won’t be able to play this weekend. Iarlaith Daly is injured and with the youngsters going to Dubai on Tuesday we are missing some big players. said.

The veteran needs a win today against Dunhill in Group C at Flaherfield.

Being active at the senior level is essential to keep the show going.

The club reached the county semi-finals two years ago, but are now struggling to put their bodies on the field in all grades.

Shanahan says the rule prohibiting minor players from lining out at senior level must be repealed.

When he made his debut nearly 30 years ago, he played in the senior grades. At the moment, only players over the age of 17 are allowed to line out at the senior level, and he argues the rules need to be considered if clubs like him are to survive.

Evergreen Shanahan said:

“Several clubs in the western part of the county have struggled but are surviving. Ballygunner are on track to win nine county titles in a row, with everyone else competing for the final county standings.

“There are still seven to 10 clubs in West Waterford and all of them have made a name for themselves.

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“Taro, Ballyduff, Ballysaggart, Kapokin, Shamrocks – they’re all defending a team that’s just a stone’s throw from each other, and it’s a credit to each and every one of them.

“All we are looking for is to see the young players coming in, because playing senior hurling is very important.” 45-year-old Waterford hurling legend Dan Shanahan is still going strong after 30 seasons in the player

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