Shane Ryan (Gaelic footballer)

This article is about the Gaelic footballer. For the association footballer, see Shane Ryan (association footballer).
Shane Ryan
Personal information
Irish name Shane Ó Riaín
Football Position: Midfield
Hurling Position: Left Half Forward
Born (1978-10-05) 5 October 1978
Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Occupation Primary School Teacher
Years Club
Naomh Mearnóg
Years County Apps (scores)
Dublin footballers
Dublin hurlers
48 (1–16)
4 (0–5)
Inter-county titles
  Football Hurling
Leinster Titles 6 0
All-Ireland Titles 0 0
League titles 0 1
All-Stars 1 0

Shane Ryan (born 5 October 1978) is an Irish sportsman who plays hurling for Dublin and a former Gaelic footballer and All Star with Dublin.[1] Ryan plays his club hurling and football for Naomh Mearnóg and his preferred position is centre back, although he is known to have played many positions for Dublin. He made his senior debut for Dublin on 4 June 1999.[2] He made the decision to concentrate solely on Gaelic football in 2004, which dealt a blow to the then hurling manager Humphrey Kelleher.[3] This was a turnaround from his original decision in 2001, to only concentrate on football just for that year. In 2009 he made the decision to switch back to hurling and join Anthony Daly's team after giving it much consideration. Ryan is a graduate of Business Studies (2001) in Dublin City University and is a teacher by profession.

Ryan has an illustrious ancestry in the Gaelic Athletic Association as his father, Jack Ryan, won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship medal with Tipperary in 1971. His mother, the late Orla Ní Shíocháin was an inter-county camogie player with Dublin for many years and won three All-Ireland Senior Camogie medals. She also won many Interprovincial Championship medals with Leinster. His paternal grandfather was Séamus O'Riain, President of the Gaelic Athletic Association 1967–70 and his maternal grandfather, Seán Ó Síocháin, was the first Director General of the Association, having served as General Secretary for many years.

Sporting achievements

Ryan was a Leinster Under 21 finalist in 1998 in football and a Leinster Minor and Under 21 finalist in 1996 and 1998 in hurling. He has won six Leinster Senior Football Championship medals with Dublin in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2011 Ryan won a National Hurling League medal and was part of the Dublin team that reached the All-Ireland Hurling semi-finals against Tipperary.

In 2006 Ryan won the Sigerson Cup with Dublin City University and was nominated for an All Star award for his performances with Dublin in Midfield. 2006 continued to be a good year for Ryan as Seán Boylan named him on the Compromise Rules squad to play Australia in the first test at Pearse Stadium on 29 October 2006. He then won his first All Star award in 2008 where he was named in midfield alongside Enda McGinley from Tyrone. In May,2012 Ryan announced his retirement from Inter-County Career due to plagues of injuries.[4][5]


  1. "Ryan switches codes". Retrieved 2010-02-11.
  2. "Dublin players on hoganstand". Retrieved 2006-09-14.
  3. "Ryan to concentrate on football". Retrieved 2006-09-14.
  4. "Dublin Star Ryan retires". The Score. 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  5. "Dublin dual star forced to call it a day". 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
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