Shamrocks Hurling & Football Club


Santa visits U7s at the Academy Dec 2nd 2023

Santa visits U7s at the Academy Dec 2nd 2023

Santa visits U8 and U9s at the Academy Dec 2nd 2023

A very special traveller all the way from the North Pole paid a visit to the last #FUN Academy of 2023 on Friday night in the Sports Hall in the Marine College in Ringaskiddy.

Yes, the man himself Santa Claus took time out from his busy schedule getting ready for Christmas to pay a visit to the boys who were in the midst of hurling training/Fun on Friday night. He was mistaken for one of the three Wise Men as he came bearing gifts for all the players – a selection box – on this the last Friday night of action in the club this year.

After nearly having his “real” beard torn off, he went on his merry way back to Lapland and hopefully all the players will be GOOD over the next three weeks and he might pay them a secret visit again, possibly with a new hurley, helmet, sliotar, football or whatever other item is required to play Gaelic Games.

The Academy committee would like to thank Santa for paying the visit and would expecially like to thank all our young wonderful players, our dedicated coaches, our administrattion staff led by Dee and our wonderful parents for all their support throughout the year. It would not have been possible without you.

We will take a break now until Friday February 2nd when we will have another two months indoors again in the superb Sports Hall in the Marine College.

Nollaig Shona daoibh uilig

Santa visits U7s at the Academy Dec 2nd 2023

Santa visits U6s at the Academy Dec 2nd 2023

Hour 1 at the Boys #FUN Academy

AGM 2023

The AGM of the Shamrocks Adult Club took place on Thursday November 30th  the Grace McCarthy Rooms in the Clubhouse. There was a good attendance to hear the three main reports from the outgoing Chairperson John, outgoing Secretar Jonathan with his first report and John Twomey with his financial report. There was also a repot read out from Chris O’Neill from the Junior hurling and football teams management from 2023.

There followed some discussion on various matters including a new membership price structure which was voted in at the meeting and a possibility of an online shop for club gear. Also planned and further club developmnets were hotly debated.

The outgoing officers were all unanimously voted in for 2024 apart from one position – Gemma Kavanagh is the new PRO, replacing David Andrews. Good luck to all the officers in 2024.

Shamrocks Executive 2024

Chairman  John Twomey (Socket – 0876547331)
Vice Chairman  Stephen Hurley (0872334907)
Secretary  Johnny Tuohy (0831681177)
Treasurer  John Twomey (Shanbally – 0862517740)
PRO/Community Liaison Officer  Gemma Kavanagh (0876167727)
Registrar  Tony O’Sullivan (0866029045)
Cork GAA Clubs Draw/Insurance Officer  Lorcan Aherne (0863346054)
South East Board Delegate  John Herlihy (0879787174), Pat McCarthy (0861651984)
Oifigeach Gaeilge & Cultúrtha  Seán Ó hIarlaithe (0879787174)
Childrens Officer  Ann Herlihy (0863695235)
Designated Liasion Officer  Deirdre Twomey (0877027811)
Coaching Officer  Pa Andrews (0861914926)
Members of the Executive  Diarmuid Murphy (0877593319), Pat McCarthy (0861651984)
Groundsman  Pat O’Neill
Ladies Football Chairperson  Aidan McGrath (0872280425)
Underage Chairperson  Lisa Cronin (0876650574)
County Board Delegate  TBC
Players Rep  TBC
Hurling Manager  Alan Geary (0862695520)
Football Manager  Chris O’Neill (0860629735)

Top Table at 2023 AGM – John Twomey (Treasurer), John Twomey (Chairman), Jonathan Tuohy (Secretary)



On Sunday 9th September 1973, 50 years ago, Shamrocks won the u21 A Hurling Championship in Carrigdhoun. We got a great thrill beating our neighbours and great rivals, Carrigaline, in the Final in Minane Bridge. The game was played before a huge crowd, as it also preceded the S. E. hurling final between Ballinhassig and Ballymartle. Our game was refereed by Donal Coleman of Ballinhassig. Alas, Shamrocks have never won this competition since. It was a close and exciting game with Shamrocks finishing strongly with 2 or 3 minutes to go.

Final score: Shamrocks 4-12 Carrigaline 2-11

1973 was the Club´s 75th Anniversary, so this year is the 125th Anniversary of this old club.
It was also a great year for Hurling in the Club as our u18(Minor) team also won the A Championship, beating Valley Rovers in the Final in July. In fact, 8 of that Minor team started in the u21 Final, with many of the other lads lining out as subs.

A Reunion has been scheduled for Saturday 2nd December between 4 and 8pm.
We invite all the lads from both the u21 and Minor Panels to meet first up at Shamrocks Pitch at 4pm, for a photo shoot around the Monument to the late great Ted Hanley RIP.  (and a quick game of Backs and Forwards…..only joking!). We will then move down to the Shamrock Bar, where Peter Kingston will provide us with refreshments. Thanks for that Peter and best of luck with the Shamrock Bar.
We have a famous Hurler to present a set of Commemorative medals to mark the occasion

u21 Team:  John Hanley, Martin Hickey, Barry O´Keeffe, Jerry O´Grady RIP,Derry Hurley (0-3), BarryO´Neill, Joe O´Sullivan (1-0), Liam Shanahan (Capt.) Ger Hanley (0-8), Joe McCarthy,James McGrath, Con Twomey (0-1), Jim Kidney, Barry Kind (1-0), Sean O ́ Sullivan (1-0) RIP. Sub used: Paddy O`Sullivan (1-0)
Other Subs and part of the  Minor Panel..( they also won the 1974 Minor A Championship)
Dan McCarthy, Ronald Sisk, Kevin Jordan, John Brennan RIP, Jimmy Cowhig, John Brady, Deccie O’Neill, Owen O’Neill, Finbarr O’Sullivan, Tom Dunne RIP, Kieran J. Barry, Dan Twomey, Joe Kelleher. In ’74 a few young brilliant hurlers for Shamrocks burst on the scene ie John Dineen, William Ashman and Eddie Hanley.

We have done our best to contact everyone, but if you don’t hear directly from us please come along! Joe O’Driscoll RIP was our u21 Manager/Coach Ted Hanley RIP Selector
Selectors with the Minors, John Twomey and Ted Hanley RIP and Ray Sisk RIP / Coach

Organisers of the Reunion:
Liam Shanahan 087 2930470
Barry O’Neill 087 2102898
Joe McCarthy 086 4670461

Aghada 8-6, Shamrocks 4-7

A mighty effort from the 16s came up short on Wednesday evening on Bishopstowns 4G pitch. The concession of 8 goals didnt help matters; the lads put in a huge shift but found that too much to overcome.


There is no doubt but hard work and honest endeavour will always bear fruit despite the fact that some targets may seem at first unsurmountable. Despite small numbers, these young girls and their Mentors first tasted football as six and seven year olds. A good start is half the battle and they kept together and persevered and tasted some success and disappointments too. However, it was quite evident that they would prevail and better days and accolades lay ahead. 2023 would be the year of delivery.



The Under 13 girls showed much promise and a huge amount of work was put in on the training field. They set their goals and winning the Regional Championship was the big target. They qualified for the semi-final and took on a very accomplished side in St. Michaels from Blackrock. True grit was the order of the day and when the final whistle blew Shamrocks were into the final match against Ballinhassig. On a very pleasant July evening the two South-east Teams journeyed to Manning Park Passage West accompanied by large groups of supporters. There was great anticipation about this final and winning was never going to be easy. On the night all the years and hours of coaching bore fruit and the girls in green led all the way finishing up winning on the scoreline 5-8 to 3-2. Joint Captains, Aoibheann Behan and Molly Geary accepted the winning trophy on behalf of their gallant team. The victory parade led the players and supporters home to Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi in Shanbally – truly a great night for all.



Moving up a grade to Under 14 saw another bold campaign to emulate the feat of the Under 13’s. It would transpire that nine of the successful Under 13 team would line out on the Under 14 side. No doubt they brought their experience of success with them and they set their minds on winning every game. They qualified for the County Semi- Final against St. Colmans and without fear and great zeal they were on top at the final whistle. Now we had a Ladies Football Team in The Shamrock colours contesting their very first County Final. Cloyne from East Cork would be our opponents.

All Roads let to Glenville on Sunday evening November 5th for the clash of Shamrocks from Carrigdhoun and Cloyne from Imokilly with Cathal McAllister from Midleton on the whistle. It was a first game under lights for our girls, but it would not impair their vision. Shamrocks had a panel of nineteen players at the ready with the favourites Cloyne fielding a panel of thirty one players. With a large crowd assembled, on the stroke of 5pm Cathal McAllister blew his whistle and the Girls Under 14 County Final was on its way. From the throw-in Shamrocks went on the offensive with star full forward Rebecca Collins sending a thundering shot to the Cloyne net. A great start, but the Cloyne girls were soon into the attack and bore down on the Shamrock goal. Brave and committed defending by the Shamrock backline thwarted many of their opponents initiatives. Cloyne had some excellent players but they were meeting their match. A second goal from Rebecca Collins put the brakes on Cloyne and at the break Shamrocks led 2-2 to 1-4.

The second half saw Cloyne score a point from the throw-in and everybody wondered if this was a signal of what lay in store for Shamrocks. Cloyne hit the Shamrock goal with waves of attacks but our brave and tenacious defenders were not for yielding and held their opponents scoreless for twenty nine minutes of the second half. Shamrocks finished much stronger and John Collins’s granddaughter, Rebecca completed her

hat-trick with a final and telling goal, ensuring victory. The Under 13 Joint Captains Molly Geary and Aoibheann Behan led the defence with great courage and zeal. Our six backs and ‘keeper excelled on this night of glory. Up front our forwards never yielded and made it a stressful night for the Cloyne defenders.



Surely a welcome shrill, and signalling the Girls in green to be County Champions for 2023. Well done and many congratulations to all these wonderful young ladies who carried our proud and traditional colours with great pride in this the 125 Anniversary year of our Club. Joint Captains, Rebecca Collins and Ruby Lester would mount the podium to accept the County trophy amidst great excitement and celebration. A great night’s work and history was in the making on that November night in Glenville.

Well done and many accolades to the people who trained and coached this history making side. To Nick Lester, Darragh Collins and Nicole O’Neill we say, sincere thanks for your great and unselfish service to Club and Community.

The following are the Ladies Under 14, 2023 County Champions; Emma Feeney, Kate Nolan, Molly Geary, Georgia Bartlett, Adrianna Lannon, Aoibheann Behan, Isabel Dorney, Lilly O’Neill, Lexie O’Riordan, Lucy O’Neill, Ruby Lester, Lucy O’Brien, Caoimhe O’Mahony, Rebecca Collins, Caoimhe Spillane, Freya Hallworth, Lilysue O’Brien, Lucy Fitzpatrick Brady, Rosanna Long, Clodagh Deane, Ellie Tagg.

Pa Andrews (Shamrocks underage), Niamh Gantly (Shanbally NS), Daniel Wall  (LT CDR 2iC), Ian Heffernan  (Dept of Maritime Studies), Martin O Connor (EQUANS), James O’Byrne  (NMCI Training), Roberta O Brien  (CDR Associate Head of College), Anthony Shannon (Schools Coach), Paul Shanahan (Halpin Research Centre) and David Nolan (Shanbally NS Principal) pictured with students of Shanbally NS at the Launch of the Shamrocks GAA National Schools Coaching Program

Shamrocks GAA launched their National Schools Coaching Program for the school year 2023/2024 on Friday November 10th at the National Marine College of Ireland.

While the Schools Coaching, under our schools coach Mr Anthony Shannon, has been ongoing outdoors for the past 2 months, this was an opportunity for all the stakeholders to gather and welcome the boys and girls of both Ringaskiddy Lower Harbour NS and Shanbally NS who provide most of the players for our club.

The wonderful facilities of the National Marine College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy will be the venue over the winter months for the coaching from Anthony, who is originally from the Laune Rangers Club in Kerry and has many years of experience as a top level coach. We are very lucky to have him.

Shamrocks Underage and Shamrocks Ladies Gaelic Football Club are liaising with and investing in the two schools to help us build stronger ties with them and to assist in the further development and education of the children. This venture can only benefit the schools and in particular the young boys and girls who attend both the Boys and the Girls Club

Present at the launch were the centrepiece of the venture – boys and girls from classes in both schools. They were joined by the two school principals; Mr John Herlihy of Ringaskiddy Lower Harbour NS and Mr David Nolan of Shanbally NS. Also lending assistance on the floor were members of staff Gráinne Kelly (Ringaskiddy) and Niamh Gantly (Shanbally).

Representing the Club were Pa Andrews who is our Schools Liaison Officer and John Twomey who is the Treasurer of the adult club, both of whom have done a good bit of work behind the scenes to help get this off the ground.

Representing the College itself were Daniel Wall (LT CDR 2iC), Roberta O Brien (CDR Associate Head of College), Ian Heffernan (Dept of Maritime Studies), Martin O Connor (EQUANS), James O’Byrne (NMCI Training) and Paul Shanahan (Halpin Research Centre)

Pictured at the launch of the Shamrocks National Schools Coaching Program for 2023/2024 in the NMCI in Ringaskiddy we have, from left: Daniel Wall (LT CDR 2iC), David Nolan (Principal Shanbally NS), Roberta O Brien (CDR Associate Head of College), Anthony Shannon (Schools Coach), Ian Heffernan (Dept of Maritime Studies), Martin O Connor (EQUANS), James O’Byrne, (NMCI Training), Paul Shanahan (Halpin Research Centre) and Pa Andrews (Shamrocks Underage)

Boys & Girls from Shanbally NS & Lower Harbour Ringaskiddy NS at the NMCI at the start of the Shamrocks National Schools Coaching Program 2023/2024


Boys & Girls from Shanbally NS & Lower Harbour Ringaskiddy NS at the NMCI at the start of the Shamrocks National Schools Coaching Program 2023/2024.
Also in the picture are from left, Anthony Shannon (Schools Coach), Ms. Gráinne Kelly (Teacher Ringaskiddy), Mr John Herlihy (Principal Ringaskiddy NS), Mr David Nolan (Principal Shanbally NS), Ms. Niamh Gantly (teacher Shanbally NS)


Boys & Girls from Shanbally NS & Lower Harbour Ringaskiddy NS at the NMCI at the start of the Shamrocks National Schools Coaching Program 2023/2024. Also in the picture are from left, Pa Andrews (Shamrocks GAA underage), Mr John Herlihy (Principal Ringaskiddy NS), Mr David Nolan (Principal Shanbally NS) and Anthony Shannon (Schools Coach)

Mayfield 2-14, Shamrocks 1-9

Shamrocks were knocked out of the first round of the U16 hurling championship on Saturday morning in Mayfield. They led by 1-6 to 1-5 at HT but Mayfield took over in the second half to win by 7 points in the end


Well done to all from the club who undertook a Child Safeguarding Course on Sunday morning in the Ringaskiddy Community Centre.

Des Cullinane from both the Cork Co Board and Croke Park committees delivered the course. There was a very good attendance from within the club.

This is all part of our attempts as a club to put the best product in place for the coaches of our underage boys and girls accross the board in all codes.

Our thanks to Des and to our Childrens Officer Deirdre Twomey for delivering and organising.

Des Cullibane delivering Safeguarding 1 course

Safeguarding 1 on Nov 5th 2023 in Ringaskiddy Community Centre

Some of the Girls Football Club members who ran the event
National Primary Schools Coaching Program 2023- Sponsored Walk/Run

A sponsored Walk/Run took place on Bank holiday Monday for the Clubs National Schools Coaching Program 2023/2024.

It was the perfect way to blow away all the Jazz Festival Weekend Blues. It lashed rained just before and just after the event so we were blessed with the weather. enabling a good turnout overall.

It was great to see members from all sections of the club – Adult (led by Chairperson Socket), underage boys (led by Vice Chair Colm Cosgrove) and the Ladies Football (led by Chairperson Aidan McGrath).

Members, young, playing and old from across the club took part – some ran, others walked.

We thank the main organisres Socket and Lisa for their efforst, all our participanst especuially those who brought food and made sure everyone was fed and watered as they finished up and to Gemma, Hannah and Dee who orgainised the kithen and had the defibrilator on standby afterwards for some of our older “retired” participants!

Great also to see two of our school principals Mr David Nolan (Shanbally National School Parents Association) and Mr John Herlihy (Ringaskiddy NS) taking part. Also taking part was our local GDC Mick Daly who was trying to blow away his disappointment after Nemo Rangers losing the Co Final the day before. Thanks to Mick for supporting

All funds raised goes to the Coaching Fund for our Program which enteres a new era this year with the use of the Sports Hall in the NMCI. The indoor starts on November 10th and will run on Fridays throughout the Winter – this aint free so all funds are much appreciated.

Well done all on an enjoyable afternoon

Jamie and Pa who ren the 5km

Refreshments afterwards

Tony Sull reaches the endpint