Talented Finn Valley Athlete Loses His Fight for Life - R.I.P.

This was as the result of a road accident in the early hours of Thursday morning. His family, father PJ, mother Kay, brothers Dean, Niall, sister Nicola and indeed his extended family had maintained a vigil at Letterkenny General Hospital from the hours after they learned the news. Accompanied by club members and friends who had gathered in an impressive sign of solidarity and initially hope that the wee man would pull through.  Despite the best efforts of staff in Intensive Care it became clear that this was one race that he was not going to win.

Shane a second year Civil Enginerering student at LYIT and formerly Deele College Raphoe and St Bridget's NS was a talented young athlete who like so many in the area came along to have a go at running aged 10 years. This journey was to bring him together with other like minded young teenagers who as a unit became winners, national champions year on year under the direction of their respected coach Peader Mc Granaghan and more recently with Kieran Carlin and Mark Connolly .

This involved endless hours of dedication, training on cold miserable nights, no excuses given or taken and it became a way of life.  There were many moments of joy, and indeed fun, led by himself that was his indomitable nature.  He educated himself about the sport, led the argument, did the wind ups and could take you off to a tee.

In circumstances such as this you tend to immediately recollect your last encounter with the person and as Finn Valley AC Chairman Patsy Mc Gonagle explains "it was Wednesday afternoon last when a text came through 'passed all exams'.  The reply 'Good give me a shout'.  After that in LYIT Shane and his pal Pauric McLaughlin arrived for a cup of tea.  While later in the discussion the planning for the weeks ahead was laid out and there was the usual craic".

His family need to understand the love and respect his peers had for him, need also to understand they did absolutely everything to support him as was clearly the case day by day. This young man is what community activity is all about, in one particularly memorable instance he needed to come up to the mark when as an 18 year old.  His club was under pressure to take the Donegal Senior Cross-Country title, he responded, job done. Great days.

He will be sorely missed by his family, devastated girlfriend Rachel and by his friends and those who he ran and played football with. He will never be forgotten.

Shane will be laid to rest in his native Convoy on Monday, timings to be confirmed.

May he Rest In Peace.

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