Monthly Archives: January 2012

Maureen O’Sullivan RIP

The death has taken place of Maureen O’Sullivan late of Coolmore in her 87th year.


Maureen was a former winning Captain of the Shamrock Camogie team.  In 1949 she captained the Shamrock Junior Camogie team to win the County final played in Cobh.  She was one of the youngest members of the team and was a very skillful player.  The team was coached by Georgie Andrews . The other members of the team were the Harding sisters from the Kennel boreen, Hannah, Kathleen and Noreen, Kathleen Farrell (still going strong at 95 years of age), Norrie Dunne, Minnie Jeffers, Mary Hayes, Faye Kind, Nell Bradley, Ettie Hayes, Pat Livesey, Pauline Nugent, Marie Murphy and Dolly Crowley.


In 1999 to mark the 50th anniversary of the victory The Club organised a re-union for members and next of kin of the deceased at The Monkstown Golf Club. Ar dheis De go raibh ah-Anam dilis.

Players Meeting – 17/1

There was a players meeting last Tuesday night in the Clubhouse after training (in the Marine College).


The various selectors/mentors for the Junior teams were announced to the players by Pat McCarthy and John Twomey (Shanbally). They are as follows – Junior A Football: Pat McCarthy, Tony O’Sullivan, Paddy O’Mahony and Dave O’Flaherty. Junior A Hurling: John Twomey (Shanbally – chairman of selection committee), Pat O’Neill, Declan O’Neill, John Hanley and Dick Andrews. Junior B Football – Patrick Andrews, Peter Prout, Stephen Jordan. Shamrocks will also be entering the Junior B Hurling League later on in the year. As of now, nobody knows what Regional leagues Shamrocks will be playing in, which is a most disappointing situation to be in at this time of year.


Training will continue for all Juniors and U21’s on Tuesday nights in the Maritime College in Ringaskiddy, incorporating a fitness test in early February. Thursday nights will be resuming in the next few week at the Track, more to follow on that.


There will be Junior Hurling and Football Training for the next few weeks from 3pm to 4pm on the Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 1pm STARTING THIS COMING WEEKEND. The idea is to just get everyone back into using a ball and getting the touch going in the hurling. If you train on the Saturday, you dont have to train on the Sunday and vice versa. Of course, players are welcome to train both days if they wish!


John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) spoke briefly about forthcoming changes to the running of the Club Lotto, incorporating the players. He thanked the players on behalf of the Fuindraising Committee for their support in the Floodlighting project last October.


Training this Saturday (January 21st) at 3pm at the pitch.

St Nicks U21 Football Tournament Plate Final – 8/1

Shamrocks 1-6, St Nicks 0-3


There was finality to the St. Nicks Under 21 football tournament this Sunday with Shamrocks taking on the host Club in the Plate final.
This was a well contested game with both sides keen to collect the laurels.  Shamrocks played with great cohesion and committment and dogged defending saw very few scoring opportunities for St.Nicks.
In a low scoring game, played in difficult conditions Philip Brady got the most vital score of the game, a cracking goal just before the break, after some enterprising outfield play by Cusack and McCarthy.  Shamrocks led 1-3 to 0-1 at half-time.
The second half was fiercely competitive with St. Nicks putting in a huge effort to salvage the game.  Shamrocks possessed players who would not falter and centre back Cathal Kidney was truly outstanding and perhaps the best player on the pitch. Team captain Canice Cafferey played himself to a standstill and fullback Stephen Hurley was so dependable all through.  At the final whistle Shamrocks were ahead 1-6 to 0-3 and worthy winners.
Sean O’Brien, Conor Walter, James Raleigh,  Roy Twomey and goalkeeper Jack Wilson, who kept a clean sheet, were all to the fore on many occasions. The final point of the game was scored by super-sub Stephen Downey.
Team;   Jack Wilson (goal), Jonathan Tuohy, Stephen Hurley, Conor Walter, James Raleigh, Cathal Kidney, Sean O’Brien, Alan McCarthy, Cannice Cafferey, Joey Brady, Brian Cusack, Tony O’Mahony, Roy Twomey, Philip Brady, Shane Horgan.  Subs – Aaron Hickey and Stephen Downey.
The Chairman of St. Nicks, Denis Coughlan (Cork and Glen Rovers Legend), after making the presentation congratulated Shamrocks on their fine victory and their committed participation in the tournament.  He wished them and the Club well for the coming season.
Sincere thanks is extended to New Club Chairman Pat McCarthy and Dave O’Neill, who were the team Mentors.

Back Row, l to r – Pat McCarthy (manager), Conor Walter, Alan McCarthy, Joey Brady, Jack Wilson, Cathal Kidney, Roy Twomey, Philip Brady, Brian Cusack, Stephen Downey, Dave O’Neill (selector)​.
Front Row, l to r: Jonathan Tuohy, James Raleigh, Cannice Caffrey, Stephen Hurley, Tony O’Mahony, Shane Horgan, Seán O’Brien, Aaron Hickey

Underage AGM – 5/1

The underage section of the club held their AGM in the Grace McCarthy Rooms in the Clubhouse on Thursday night last, before a reasonable attendance.


Outgoing officers John Twomey (Chairperson), Patrick Andrews (Secretary) and Paddy Andrews (Treasurer) gave their full and comprehensive reports to the meeting. After a brief few words for the Adult Club Chairperson Pat McCarthy, all the Outgoing Officers were re-elected unopposed.


After a discussion on the new format that came into effect in 2011 and verious grades that the club will be playing in, it was decided to enter teams in the following age groups (H & F) with the mentors names following on –


U8’s and U9’s – Kieran and Jonathan Kramer, Paul Lordan, Jonathan Tuohy, Cannice Cafferey.

U11’s – Jed O’Flaherty, Frank Van Pelt, Bobby McGinty.

U13’s – Patrick Andrews, Anto Meighan, Matthew Laffan, Jed O’Flaherty.

U15’s – Peter Crowley, John Herlihy, Kevin O’Grady.

Minor (and U21 Hurling) – Liam Shanahan

Minor Football to follow.


John Twomey finished the meeting by thanking everyone for being present and wishing everyone the best for 2012

Puc Fada 2012

The Club’s annual Puc-Fada took place on Sunday January 1st 2012 with a record number of participants.
The traditional course from the Oratory in Ringaskiddy to Shanbally Cross saw the competitors brave a stiff north-west wind.
Again the goodwill and support of Mark Hickey and The Shamrock Bar had the prizes sponsored and equally important hot beverage aplenty awaited the competitors to warm their cold bodies and stiff limbs.  Club Chairman Pat McCarthy was a happy man with the great turnout and the magnanimous goodwill that was prevailing for the Club.
Results –
Adult Winner of The Shamrock Bar Perpetual Trophy
1.  Michael O’ Neill
2.  Jonathan Tuohy
Boys Under 14 –
1.  Mark Hitchmough
2.  Nathan Hayes
Boys Minor
1.  Tony O’Mahony
2.  James Raleigh
Mens Over 40
1.  Gary Brown
2.  Sammy O’Driscoll
Mens Over 50
1.  Pat Cusack
2. John Bourke
1. Laura McCarthy
2. Lisa Cronin-Sisk
Well done and thanks to all our participants. Wishing you all the best for 2012.
Click HERE for some photos (Courtesy of Howard Crowdy)