|Irish name||Séamus Ó Dúnaigh|
5 January 1922|
Conahy, County Kilkenny, Ireland
22 December 2013 (aged 91)|
Ballyraggett, County Kilkenny, Ireland
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 12:48, 27 December 2013.|
Born in Conahy, County Kilkenny, Downey first arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Kilkenny minor team. He made his senior debut in the 1946 championship. Downey went on to play a key part for Kilkenny over the following eight years, and won one All-Ireland medal and three Leinster medals. He was an All-Ireland runner-up on two occasions.
Downey was a member of the Leinster inter-provincial team on a number of occasions throughout his career, however, he never won a Railway Cup medal. At club level he won one championship medal with Tullaroan.
- Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship (1): 1948
- Matthews, Sam (23 December 2013). "Former Kilkenny and Tullaroan hurler Shem Downey has died aged 91". Kilkenny People. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
- "Kilkenny GAA profile". Hogan Stand website. Archived from the original on 14 October 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
- "Leinster Senior Hurling Finalists" (PDF). Leinster GAA website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2012.