Footballer Shane Carthy was disappointed to see his club St. Vincent’s bow out of this year’s All-Ireland Club Championship at the semi-final stage but is already looking forward to new challenges on the pitch and a new job with Bank of Ireland.
February 20, 2017
When we last caught up in December I was looking forward to the Leinster Club Championship where St. Vincent’s were playing Rhode from Offaly. We won that game 1-16 to 1-12 with probably our best performance of the year and I was happy to contribute two points to the scoreline.
In a way the performance was a bit too early and we lost last week’s All-Ireland semi-final against Derry and Ulster champions Slaughtneil. We were beaten by a better team on the day but the 12-10 result was massively disappointing. We were one game away from the final in Croke Park and the loss was a tough one to take.
My club commitments took priority so I haven’t played any League football with Dublin. The squad had a great break in Jamaica at the start of January and it was nice to get some sun having spent Christmas with my family in New York and skiing in Vermont.
I have big ambitions for the year and I want to play Championship football, so I am focused on getting back to training with the Dublin and finding a place on the team. We’ll take a break from things at club level for a few weeks and get back into the swing of it before the new club championship starts in April.
I’m moving job in a few weeks to Bank of Ireland to take up a position as Community Brand Ambassador for Marino and North Dublin. Bank of Ireland have just signed a sponsorship deal with St. Vincent’s too and it is great to be starting something new for the new year.
My new role involves promoting the Bank of Ireland brand, building relations and relationships with key influencers in the community, schools, sports clubs, fundraising initiatives and developing opportunities to further business relationships. I’m looking forward to it and to a good year ahead, on and off the pitch.
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November vlog – featuring some very fancy silverware
December 12, 2016
Footballer Shane Carthy is one step away from winning a Leinster Club Championship medal with his club St. Vincent’s and is also looking ahead to a well earned holiday.
The countdown to Christmas is underway and I have a few busy weeks ahead of me trying to close off the year with work and football. I’ve plenty to look forward to. I am heading home to spend two weeks with my family in New York on December 20th and I am flying to Jamaica for a week’s holiday with the Dublin team on January 2nd.
The last time I checked in St. Vincent’s were preparing to play Ballymun in the Dublin county semi-final. We won that game by a point and went on to win the final against Castleknock, who were playing in the final for the first time, beating them by five points.
We have been in the Leinster campaign for much of November and that has been going well. We beat Palatine from Carlow in the quarter-final and saw off St. Columba’s from Longford in the semi-final. The bus journeys for away days make the journey with your club that bit special.
The final against Rhode from Offaly takes place on 11th December and we are taking nothing for granted. They have been in four Leinster finals and never won. This is their fifth and they are going to be hungry. It would be nice to win that one ahead of the holidays.
I have two younger sisters and a brother at home in New York so I am looking forward to seeing them and to enjoying a bit of skiing in Vermont. I don’t get home too often. I was over for two or three days at the start of June but other than that I usually only get home once a year at Christmas.
Most of the Dublin squad are travelling to Jamaica at the start of January for a bit of a break. It will be nice to get some sun in and to look ahead to 2017. Depending on how the Leinster final goes in two weeks I hope to go on to win an All-Ireland Club title on St. Patrick’s Day, to win the All-Ireland with Dublin and to solidify my place in the starting fifteen.
Follow Shane’s workout routine!
December 5, 2016
Dublin senior footballer Shane Carthy is enjoying a return to club football with St. Vincent’s and the prospect of competing in a County Final, as well as a busy time finalising wind energy projects at work with green energy suppliers Vayu.
It’s been busy on and off the pitch and it seems like a good while now since we won the All-Ireland.
A lot of preparation went into the first game against Mayo. Everything about the build-up to it and the game itself was highly anticipated. We thought that we’d get a really tough game and we did.
Mayo are a serious team with a strong panel right the way through. They pushed us hard and we did not get the performance we wanted to in the first game. We regrouped and thankfully got over the line. There was only a point between the teams at the finish, so we were happy to come out on the winning side.
The celebrations were good but they were short-lived. I was straight back into it six days later with St. Vincent’s for our first Club Championship game against Na Fianna, which was a local derby for the clubs. I was happy to be get back into playing club football, which puts everything into perspective. It was great to be back training with friends and to enjoy all that’s great about your local club.
We had a good win over Na Fianna so we’re into the semi-final against Ballymun this Wednesday. It’s a big game. They’re a good strong team and we always have a good tussle with them. A win there puts us into the County Final and a county title would be a great way to finish out the year.
Off the pitch I’ve been pretty busy too at Vayu. We’re working hard on getting a few wind energy projects over the line and I’ve had a number of meetings in Northern Ireland around that. We’re progressing well and we hope to have all of that finalised before the end of the year.
Training, training and more training!
September 7, 2016
Shane has been super busy training this August. His work takes him to Co. Tipperary for an Energia project.
Preparing to face Kerry
August 23, 2016
Dublin senior footballer Shane Carthy has his eyes fixed on success on and off the pitch as Dublin prepare to face Kerry and green energy suppliers Vayu continue to expand in the Irish market.
The Championship is in full swing and the focus right now is on the game against Kerry. It’s flat out with training at the moment with different camps and prep work to win an All-Ireland. I am busy at work too but everything is progressing nicely.
The prep work is all part of making sure everything goes to plan against Kerry. It’s all about detail, looking at tapes, seeing the way they play and building a game plan to beat them. I am confident enough that we can beat them but there are no guarantees in life or sport.
The tradition of great games between the two counties goes right back to the 70’s, so you know it’s going to be a full house at Croke Park and that there will be a great atmosphere on the day.
My field training now involves a lot of kicking, catching and shooting and working on the basic skills of the game. It’s all about sharpening up and sharpening the axe for battle! All the hard training is done in the winter and during the League, so right now you just want to be as fresh as possible.
My job with Vayu, who are commercial and industrial suppliers of natural gas and electricity, is quite busy too. It’s a growing market and it’s interesting to be working in a sector that is expanding so quickly.
I look after Northern Ireland business development for the renewables team. It’s a small team and a very niche market. We work closely with businesses to provide 100% green energy, sourced from renewable technologies in Ireland. These technologies range from Wind farms, Solar PV, Biomass and hydro, to name a few. We have ambitious targets for the year ahead and we are driving on to make Ireland a more sustainable country.
Shane Carthy – Juke Tour
August 9, 2016
Take a look at Shane’s first video blog as Nissan Generation Ambassador and check out his blue and white peronalised Juke!