Monthly Archives: April 2012

Scrap Metal Collection – 27/28 April

Shamrocks GAA Club Scrap Metal Collection Fundraiser was held on the weekend of Friday April 27th to Sunday April 29th.


The clubs car park was turned into the proverbial scrap yard and the response was fantastic and the people involved were very happy with the response of the community. We had cars, trucks and vans of all shapes and sizes depositing everything from 10 gram nails to Fiat Puntos and old 1/4 ton boilers.


We’d like to thanks the two main driving forces behind the event – Finbarr O’Flaherty and Kieran Lynam who brought great drive and energy to the whole thing and sourced scrap where many thought the sun didnt even shine. They were on hand all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday and visited all corners of the parish and beyond! Well done lads.


Not far behind them were both John Twomeys, John Hanley, John Jordan who seemed to be fasting for the weekend he was so busy, Club Chairman Pat McCarthy who was all business in his boiler suit, Dave O’Neill and his brother Stephen who had all the equipment on standby. Terence O’Keeffe also chipped in with a lorry or two. Jason Browne, Patrick Andrews and Declan O’Neill also lent a few hours hand at the pitch. I hope i havent left anyone out here.


We’d like to thank everyone who made the effort to support us and brought metal to the pitch. There are still a few hours to go on Sunday morning before the place is tidied up and we can get ready again for putting on the boots.





John Twomey, Finny and John Jordan with Kieran Lynam and Dave O'Neill behind working away

Presentation of New Adult Jerseys – 23/4

The club was presented with a brand new set of O’Neills adult jerseys at a break in training on Monday evening last.


Pat McCarthy, club chairman and football captain Brian Sweeney accepted the jerseys from Mr Pat Twomey, a former chairman of the club. Pat wished Shamrocks well for the year ahead and beyond and hoped that the new jerseys would help them bring silverware back to the parish.


The club is very grateful to Pat for this wonderful gesture.




U13 FC V Crosshaven – 23/4

Crosshaven 10-11, Shamrocks 5-8


Crosshaven went into the quarter final of the Grade C Football championship (doubled up as league game as well) after this comprehensive defeat of a gallant Shamrocks side at a cold Camden on Monday night last. Shamrocks were expecting to be much closer in this game but Crosshaven produced a performance from nowhere to overwhelm the visitors in the second half.


Shamrocks played with the wind and the hill in the first half (the wind more across than out to sea really) and David O’Sullivan scored a point from the throw in. Crosshaven went up the pitch and scored a goal to move ahead. The scores came thick and fast after this with both sets of forwards on top. Shamrocks had goals from Shane Flavin, Davis Fox and Joseph O’Keeffe (who played a great game throughout) with some nice points from O’Keeffe himself, O’Sullivan, Flavin, Shane Downey and Seán Andrews who was lively. HT Shamrocks led 4-7 to 4-1 and it was all to play for considering the hill and wind advantage.


Crosshaven got the start they needed with a couple of quick fire goals, all down the centre of teh pitch. They moved 8 points ahead within 10 minutes of the restart and Shamrocks found it difficult to even get out of their own half. Crosshaven were piling on the goals now as the Shamrocks full back line was under tremendous pressure. The last few minutes saw a goal from David O’Sullivan. The lads tried hard as per usual throughout and cannot be faulted for effort. It was good to see an almost full turnout for the first time this year


There will be training this Thursday at 5.30pm and the next game is home to Carrig na bhFear next Monday at 7pm.


Team: A. Jones, E. Seymour, R. Meighan, C. Murphy, D. O’Mahony, J. Lynam, S. Downey, S. Fox, J. O’Keeffe, C. Hayes, D. O’Sullivan, D. O’Flaherty, S. Andrews, S. Flavin, D. Fox. Subs used – S. Geary.







U15 Hurling V Grenagh – 21/4

Grenagh 4-12, Shamrocks 4-9


Shamrocks travelled to Grenagh on Saturday with a positive frame of mind after a great few weeks of good hurling coaching and with good attendances.


Talk about a game of two haves and this certainly fits that category, a very strong downpour of rain and with a gale wind facing the Shamrocks defence, they were under pressure from the start.


Killian Murphy in goal had a busy time and made some good saves before Grenagh got there first goal, From a few frees and loose play they build a lead of 1-4 but then Shamrocks took control for 10 minutes but failed to score, Sean Kidney and Nathan Hayes clearing well. Some of the lads were unable to grip there Hurley’s due to the cold wind and rain. A soft goal conceded was added by a few scores by Grenagh put Shamrocks now falling behind until a good attack by Darragh Scriven into David Andrews who in turn played in Andrew Grady who rifled the sliotar  home leaving a half time score of Grenagh 3-8 to Shamrocks 1-0.


The second half started with Shamrocks showing more desire and intensity with the forwards led by Mark Hitchmore started to take control and an early goal by Shane Kelleher started the comeback. Andrew with some great frees bringing the score closer all the time. Coby O Grady with his never say die attitude and his just about on the level tackling gave the lads big encouragement, Grenagh got another goal with 10 minutes left, that was to be there last score.


Some long range points by Darragh and Tom Murphy and a well taken goal by David Andrews now left only 6 points the difference, Shamrocks now in full flight had the home team wondering what was happening. THEN David Barry set up Andrew Grady who cheekily lobbed the keeper with a great bit of skill left only one goal in it. It was great to see such heart and to see the lads putting their bodies in front of every tackle. The last two minutes was played at such a high tempo even the mentors from both sides were pucking every ball. The sound of the final whistle left a score of Grenagh 4-12 to Shamrocks 4-09.


A great advert for the game in such bad conditions left us waiting in anticipation for our next match. In the second half every single shamrock player including the subs should take that performance into every game and be very proud of themselves.

Underage Update

Every single underage fixture is now provisional.


We depend on other factors now more than ever. Shamrocks cannot make a fixture now without something interfering and ultimately changing it.


Its time we looked at this situation. It getting serious now and the people in our club charged with providing games for our youth are getting fed up of the constant changes.


JBF V Carrigaline – 17/4

Carrigaline 3-8, Shamriocks 1-5


Shamrocks were beaten by Carrigaline in a game played under lights in Carrigaline on Tuesday night.


The game was played in weather that wouldn’t have seemed out of place on a late November night, howling wind, driving rain and icy cold conditions throughout. Shamrocks playing against the elements started the game on top and except for some wayward shooting, should have been a few points to the fore. Carrigaline came more into the game late in the half but thanks to some stout defending from all the Shamrocks backs they were limited to 6 points in the half and led at the interval 0-06 to 0-00.


After making a few changes at half time Shamrocks started the second half well on top. Darragh Collins slotted over a point which was followed up by a Barry Mulqueen score. Then a long ball was delivered into the full forward line where Joey Brady managed to get a hand on the ball and directed it into the back of the net. Michael O’Neill tagged on another point and the game was level.


Shamrocks then suffered the agony of leaving Carrigaline back into the game via a soft goal. This seemed to knock the wind out of the Shamrocks sails who conceded another goal and a point soon after. Shamrocks still fought bravely and got 2 more points on the board from Stephen O’Neill and Darragh Collins. Carrigaline finished the game stronger and scored a goal and a point late on to win the game on a score line of 3-08 to 1-05.


Special mentions must go to the 2 elder players on the team Kevin O’Mahony and Darragh Collins who rolled back the years and were outstanding throughout. Kevin was immense in the full back line and Darragh showed for every ball delivered his way and was rewarded with two great scores.


A plus point for the night was the turnout, Shamrocks had 21 players togged out and the full allocation of subs was used.


Team: J. Wilson, A. Hickey, P. Prout, K. O’Mahony, M. O’Neill, S. O’Reilly, R. Murphy, B. Mulqueen, N. Hayes, C. Ronayne, S. Collins, B. Cusack, S. Downey, J. Brady D. Collins. Subs used – D. O’Neill, S. O’Neill, J. Browne, E. O’Mahony, P. Lordan. Sub not used – G. Beatty

Junior A Football League – 15/4

Ballymartle 0-10, Shamrocks 0-8


In many ways this game was a repeat of the defeat to Ballinhassig on Wednesday night. In that game Shamrocks conceded some early scores, came back into the game with some excellent football, in particular from their wing forwards and controlled the possession, only to fade towards the end.


This game was played in Riverstick last Sunday afternoon and the weather was not really a factor – the wind, little that was, blew down the hill mostly. Bally were 3 points up inside 10 minutes but Shamrocks came back into it through nice interplay, in particular from a new half back line of Michael Prout, Alan Mac and Michael O’Neill and the two half forwards Cannice Caffrey and Philip Brady. They were easily the most dangerous Shamrocks forwards and their form going into championship is good to see.


Ballymartle led 0-6 to 0-5 at half time after Shamrocks had clawed back a 0-5 to 0-1 lead, just before HT. Shamrocks were pretty confident of recording their first win of the season at this stage.


And they started the second half well with some lovely scores from Philip Brady and Dave O’Neill and they went into a 0-8 to 0-6 lead with 20 minutes to go. But yet again, a Shamrocks team didnt finish the job and they didnt score again, despite way more possession. Ball was spilt, passes went astray, shots were skewed. Bally seemed to be able to go down the pitch and score at almost every opportunity using direct ball – once again like Ballinhassig during the previous week.


So Shamrocks have yet to record a victory on the field of play this year. Championship is 3 weeks away and they need everyone pushing hard, as manager Pat McCarthy said afterwards.


Team: F. O’Neill, S. O’Reilly, S. Collins, S. Andrews, M. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, M. Prout, C. Kidney, B. Mulqueen, C. Caffrey, E. O’Mahony, P. Brady, D. O’Neill, B. Sweeney, S. Keane. Subs used – J. Browne, S. Downey





Junior A Football League V Ballinhassig – 11/4


Ballinhassig 2-11, Shamrocks 2-8


Its been a slow burning season for Shamrocks so far in A football and it continued at Shanbally on Wednesday afternoon. Things are slowly getting better as we go on but unfortunately on this occasion it was the visitors who took the points after a strong finish.


Ballinhassig played down the hill with the slight breeze in the first half and opened the scoring with a goal after 5 minutes. This was the decisive score between the evenly matched teams in the first half as Ballinhassig led 1-5 to 0-5 at halftime. Philip Brady, making his first start for Shamrocks this year, was a thorn in the Ballinhassig side and scored some great points from play, in particular in that first half; Michael O’Neill and Cannice Caffrey from a free were the other Shamrocks scorers.


Again, the second half was even enough for the first 15 minutes – the difference being that Ballinhassig worked the ball that bit quicker than Shamrocks and were more direct. Eoin O’Mahony brought Shamrocks level after half time with a well taken goal. Ballinhassig responded at the other end to go a goal up but Shamrocks battled hard to stay in touch and a great point from Barry Mulqueen and a rebound slotted home by sub Stephen Keane (on the pitch less than a minute) put Shamrocks a point to the good, 2-7 to 2-6 and it was all to play for.


However, Ballinhassig started to get on top at midfield and their strong running had the Shamrocks backs in trouble for the remaining quarter. They won that by 4 points to 1, Shamrocsk point scorer being Eon O’Mahony when a goal was on.


The management, having witnessed another loss, were reasonably happy with the display after experimenting with a few positions. Championship is approaching fast so its time to put the shoulder to the wheel, for everybody.


Team: J. Wilson (one great save), S. Andrews, S. Collins, C. Brady, R. Murphy, C. Kidney, M. Prout, B. Sweeney, A. McCarthy, P. Brady, E. O’Mahony, C. Caffrey, S. Hurley, B. Mulqueen, M. O’Neill. Sub used – S. Keane.





Philip Brady 12, Alan Mac 8, Ronan Murphy


Alan McCarthy 8, Philip Brady 12, Colin Brady, Seanan Collins (right) Action from 11/4/12 in Shanbally

U15/13 Hurling Session with Martin Coleman GDA

Martin Coleman, the Cork Senior Hurler and GDA Officer for Carrigdhoun and Muskerry did a very enjoyable training session with the under 15’s on Wednesday morning in Shanbally. The lads trained for an hour and a half and despite the showers around the place, they held off for the session.


Our thanks to Martin and we hope that the session will benefit the lads in the next few weeks.



Junior B Football League V Tracton – 10/4

Tracton 4-5, Shamrocks 1-5


Tracton beat Shamrocks by 3 clear goals in Shanbally in the Junior B Football League on Tuesday night last, in what was Shamrocks first game back in this grade in 2 years.


Shamrocks played with the strong breeze in the first half in the hope of building up a sufficient lead to withstand the Tracton bombardment in the second half. And in reality the 1-4 to 1-2 lead at half time was nowhere near enough.


Shamrocks started brightly enough and captain for the night Steven Downey whipped over a neat point after 2 minutes, quickly followed by another from Brian Cusack before Tracton responded at the other end. Things became a bit more even around the middle as Tracton came more into the game. However, Shamrocks scored a goal through Jamie O’Driscoll who pounced on a lose ball to drive home. Shamrocks now moved into a 1-3 to 0-1 lead. However, the next 3 minutes proved to be the turning point with a 7 point swing in Tractons favour.


First Shamrocks should have scored an easy 1-1 at one end within the space of a minute with 2 guilt edged chances going abegging. Tracton won the kickout and broke up the field and scored what can only described as a very soft goal from a goalmouth scramble and they were back in it. Brian Cusack scored his second point to leave the half time score as above, 1-4 to 1-2.


Shamrocks knew they faced a big ask and unfortunately 2 goals in the space of a minute knocked the stuffing out of the challenge, the first one after half time even worse than the one in the first half. These goals decided the game and eventhough Shamrocks tried hard to the end, the damage was done from the first half and immediatlely after the break. Darragh Collins did manage to get a late point for Shamrocks.


Training later in the week for ALL players; next league game is away to Carrigaline next Tuesday (April 17th) at 8pm.


Team: J. Wilson, A. Hickey, P. Prout, D. Roche, S. O’Reilly, S. Hurley, R. Murphy, S. Jordan, J. Brady, C. Ronayne, M. O’Neill, B. Cusack, S. Downey, D. O’Neill, J. O’Driscoll. Subs used – D. Collins, S. Collins, K. O’Mahony, C. O’Sullivan, P. Andrews.




Back Row, l to r: Joey Brady, Brian Cusack, Darren Roche, Dave O'Neill, Stephen Jordan, Steven Downey, Peter Prout, Stephen Hurley, Jack Wilson, Michael O'Neill. Front, l to r: Patrick Andrews, Ronan Murphy, Stephen O'Reilly, Cian Ronayne, Aaron Hickey, Jamie O'Driscoll