Shane ‘Byrnes’ up the ice for char­ity

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ONCE one of the shin­ing stars of Ir­ish and In­ter­na­tional rugby, Aughrim man Shane Byrne took a more del­i­cate but just as skil­ful ap­proach to his lat­est chal­lenge.

Se­lected as one of four celebri­ties to com­pete as part of the Late Late Show Celebs on Ice, Shane took to the chal­lenge with gusto for his cho­sen char­ity Spe­cial Olympics.

With an au­to­matic pledge of € 15,000 from show spon­sors, Shane man­aged to dou­ble the fig­ure by out-skat­ing so­cialite Lisa Mur­phy, Green Party politi­cian Pa­tri­cia McKenna and TV pre­sen­ter Brian Or­monde dur­ing the live show on Fri­day night.

Fol­low­ing a week of in­ten­sive prac­tic­ing and re­hears­ing Shane soon picked up the skill and even showed a nat­u­ral flair for it.

Hav­ing never stepped onto the ice be­fore, Shane was the group novice but soon over­took his op­po­nents to take this year’s Celebs on Ice ti­tle.

Of course, with a brand new ice rink on his doorstep in Ark­low he was ahead of the game!

Shane Byrne.

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