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Dan Shanahan’s calf tattoos explained

Derek McGrath has explained that Dan Shanahan’s ’10’ and ’14’ tattoos are relevant to the former Waterford star’s life development

Derek McGrath has explained that Dan Shanahan’s ’10’ and ’14’ tattoos are relevant to the former Waterford star’s life development.

The De La Salle man joined Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney on ‘Club Talk: Hurling’ this Thursday morning, and previewed another big weekend of action.

During the course of the conversation, the former Deise manager was asked about the relevance of Big Dan’s tattoos, which have done the rounds on social media in recent days.

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The 2007 Hurler of the Year will this weekend line out for Lismore as they pit their wits against Ballygunner in the semi-final of the Waterford championship.

“The first one on Dan’s tattoos, it was the day we drew with Tipperary and the ghost goal (in 2018),” says McGrath.

“Whatever way I looked that day, it was a hot summer, Dan had a pair of shorts on but he had the socks knee-high — almost like Thierry Henry and I said to myself, in my own mind, ‘that’s unusual’.

“Afterwards, he had the socks down and he had tattoos of 10 and 14 on his calves, in terms of the positions he played with Lismore and Waterford over the years.

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“That’s an absolute synopsis of the man and his character. Those things are really relevant to him and important, no more than his family where he has tattoos of them, or the name of his book If You Don’t Know Me, Don’t Judge Me.

“I’m not one to judge him because I know him well and his character.

“But you might have some people saying ‘why would you do that?’ but Dan is Dan, and he would associate the two positions are relevant to his life development, not just his hurling development: right half-forward and full-forward.”

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