RTÉ journalist Micheal Lehane confirmed on twitter on Thursday evening that former Roscommon inter-county goalkeeper Shane Curran will be running on the Fianna Fáil ticket in the upcoming general election.
Confirmed: Former Roscommon Goalkeeper Shane Curran added to FF ticket in Roscommon-Galway #GE16
— Mícheál Lehane (@MichealLehane) February 4, 2016
The popular and effervescent 44-year-old from Castlerea will fight it out, quite likely, with Fine Gael’s Maura Hopkins for one of the three seats available.
The two sitting independents – Michael Fitzmaurice and Denis Naughten – are expected to be returned in the constituency where the surprise inclusion of Curran could be enough for Fianna Fáil to regain a seat, if the bold move captures voters’ imaginations as anticipated.
Curran is a former captain of his county side, and at the same time as leading the team in 2003, he was voted the county’s Player of the Year, as well as securing an All Star nominee.
A decade later, just shy of his 42nd birthday, he was celebrating an All-Ireland Club Championship win with his club St. Brigids. Curran has also been a part of county and provincial-winning sides between 2005 and 2012. The win for St. Brigids though – alongside fine players of the ilk of Karol Mannion, Frankie Dolan and Senan Kilbride was the Kiltoom club’s first All-Ireland Club win in its existence.
In the game with Dublin side Ballymun Kickhams, on St. Patrick’s day 2013, Curran and his teammates went 2-3 to 0-1 down within the first nine minutes of the game. However his belief was unwavering. In an interview with the Irish Times in the game’s aftermath, he spoke of his self assurance and belief in the team.
“To be honest, I wasn’t one bit worried. The reason I have experience is to learn from it. I was saying to myself I couldn’t remember the last time I conceded two goals in a club game.
“It could be 15 years ago, certainly 10. I never worried about it because we’ve got a great resolve and the team are a great bunch of lads. I knew that when we got the goal back that it was going to be our day.”
Curran proved that day and in recent collaborations with Podcast and TV show Second Captains, that he has the charm and enthusiasm to elicit massive likeability in observers. His enthusiasm and energy that was reflected in that he was still playing with such hunger at the time of St. Brigids national triumph bodes well for a campaign that will demand a massive amount of energy, time and effort.
Away from football, Curran has set up his own company, Global Flood Solutions. He had previous business experience – in 2005 the GAA commissioned him to invent a new type of Gaelic football kicking tee. With Global Flood Solutions he developed and patented a flood barrier system called the Big Bag system, which has enjoyed real success.
His penchant for drama also, as can be seen in the video below, means that the 16th general election in the Republic of Ireland, has just had a new, substantial dimension of colour added to it.
Brian Strahan, Pundit Arena