1. He is signed to the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he performs under the ring name Sheamus (pronounced /? ? e? m ? s/) shortened from his previous ring name Sheamus O’Shaunessy.
2. He is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion in his third reign.
3. Prior to joining WWE, Farrelly wrestled on the European circuit and was a two-time International Heavyweight Champion during his tenure in Irish Whip Wrestling (IWW).
4. After becoming part of the WWE main roster in 2009, he would go on to be a four-time world champion in WWE, having held the WWE (World Heavyweight) Championship three times and the World Heavyweight Championship once. He is also a two-time United States Champion.
5. In addition to these championships, he has won the 2010 King of the Ring tournament, the 2012 Royal Rumble match and the 2015 Money in the Bank ladder match, making him only the second wrestler (after Edge) to achieve all three accomplishments.
6. Farrelly’s inspiration into a professional wrestling career came from watching both British wrestling from ITV’s World of Sport and American wrestling from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on Sky One. Six weeks later he officially debuted as a fan favorite under the name Sheamus O’Shaunessy against Robert Pigeon.
7. It was during this time that he developed the nickname the “Irish Curse” after low-blowing an opponent.
8. Farrelly soon developed his wrestling character by drawing on Celtic mythology.
9. In May 2004, still using the ring name Sheamus O’Shaunessy, Farrelly returned to wrestling at the newly opened Irish Whip Wrestling (IWW) school in Dublin.
10. He then made his debut match for the promotion at their Mount Temple show on 9 July against Mark Burns, who he easily defeated.
11. On 28 March, O’Shaunessy put an end to his main rivalries when he defeated Vinny and then Vain in the quarter and semi finals, respectively.
12. As well as wrestling in Ireland, O’Shaunessy occasionally travelled to Great Britain to make appearances on the British independent circuit.
13. In April 2006 he was brought into Wales’ Celtic Wrestling promotion as a contender for their top title but was defeated by the champion, Chris Recall.
14. As well as making top contender appearances based on his growing reputation, O’Shaunessy also brought with him to Britain his long-standing rivalry with Galloway.
15. The two first met during April’s Taking On The World show which ended in a double countout.