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Shane Curran Defends Kevin McStay And Liam McHale From Extraordinary "Mayo Men" Attacks

Shane Curran Defends Kevin McStay And Liam McHale From Extraordinary "Mayo Men" Attacks
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A disagreement between two former Roscommon goalkeepers.

Shane Curran, who won an All-Ireland club title with Kevin McStay and Liam McHale at St. Brigid's, has defended his former bosses from the remarkable attack by Gay Sheerin on Shannonside Radio last Saturday evening.

Sheerin, who managed Roscommon in the late 1990s and worked as a selector under John Evans in recent years, delivered a stinging post-match verdict when working as a c0-commentator for their weekend visit to Castlebar.

Most controversially, he said he didn't like to see Mayo men managing Roscommon and wondered how two ex-Mayo players could be truly committed to the Roscommon cause.

Curran, whose own club career confirms that McStay and McHale can thrive with Roscommon players, responded in the Daily Mirror today. Curran himself offered some harsh criticisms of the previous regime under John Evans, particularly after the unexpected loss to Sligo in the 2015 Connacht championship.


He alluded to Sheerin's spells involved with the Roscommon team.

I would counter that Gay has been over Roscommon and on a number of occasions and been involved in management teams and we haven't been able to beat Mayo and on a couple of occasions we weren't able to beat Leitrim.

Sheerin managed Roscommon from 1997 to 2000. In 1998, they came within a whisker of beating eventual All-Ireland champions Galway in the Connacht decider. It took a late Niall Finnegan free in Tuam to deny Roscommon a stunning provincial victory.

However, Sheerin's reign ended in a whimper two years later when Leitrim dumped them out of the 2000 championship in Hyde Park.

Curran totally dismissed the notion that McStay and McHale aren't committed to Roscommon, citing the 2012-13 club success.


Kevin McStay has been living in Roscommon since I think the late 80s so he's probably as much a Roscommon man as anybody else at this stage.

The fact that Liam was from Ballina and Kevin from Roscommon Gaels, it didn't mean that they weren't dedicated wholly and totally to the St Brigid's cause when we won our All-Ireland and, without them, we wouldn't have won our All-Ireland.

He did sympathise with Sheerin's frustrations over player withdrawals. He said he would endorse Sheerin's concerns if they were expressed in a more measured manner.


Since the beginning of the year, a number of Roscommon players have stepped away. Senan Kilbride, Geoffrey Claffey and Niall Carty have retired, while Cathal Cregg has stepped back to focus on his studies.

Read more: Ger Loughnane Warns That Hurling "Will Be Consigned To The Shadows" Under New Structure

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