Monthly Archives: July 2012

MCFC V Nemo Rangers 3 – 25/7

Shamrocks 5-8, Nemo Rangers (3) 2-8


An important victory for our Minor team in a game played earlier this evening at Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi.


Shamrocks were deserving winners having led 1 – 5 to 1 – 2 at halftime. The game featured some splendid scores from both teams.  We saw some excellent goalkeeping from the two ‘keepers in this entertaining contest.


So Shamrocks go forward to round two next week and with a small improvement and more consistency in their play over the hour they can have more ‘scalps under their belt’. Shamrocks now play Carraig na bhFear on Sunday September 2nd.

Michael Prout Wedding – 20/7

On Friday afternoon last at St. Joseph’s Church Glanmire, Michael Prout married Jackie Cussen in a very beautiful cermony presided over by Canon Micheal O’Dalaigh. This recently refurbished Church was packed with families and friends to witness the great occasion when Michael and Jackie exchanged wedding bands after just over eight years of courtship.

Michael had three Dual-Players manfully standing by him.  His brother Peter, former S.E. Hurling winning Captain, was Bestman.  Groomsmen were cousins Barry Mulqueen and Brian Cusack.  Lovely Jackie had a very stong team too with three gorgeous Bridesmaids, Judith Daly, Jennifer White and Orla Daly. It was a balmy and warm mid summer afternoon blessed with colour, style and high spirits all round.

The magnificiently appointed Marlborough House Hotel was the idyllic setting for the reception where Michael, Jackie, their families and nearly three hundred guests relished and enjoyed the great day that it was.





JAHL V Tracton – 16/7

Tracton 2-19, Shamrocks 0-16


On a splendid sod on Tracton’s new sand based pitch scores were aplenty. Shamrocks had some absentees and it was an opportunity to provide important playing time for players who needed same.


Shamrocks were under pressure early on and Tracton duly punished their shortcomings with a string of points. A few positional moves by the Shamrock mentors brought some equilibrium into the game with Cathal Kidney now at centre back contesting and defending manfully. As always Fullback Stephen O’Reilly was well up for the challange and behind him ‘keeper Michael O’Neill showed much class and bravery and hit some great free pucks to accumulate valuable points.


Unfortunately a few players were well below their normal form which resulted in our opponents making easy capital  Joe Shanahan had another fine outing and as always Fergus O’Neill and Brian Cusack battled bravely throughout. Full marks too to a ‘never say die’ Stephen Keane playing at centre forward. Sixteen points was one of our best scores for the season but unfortunately too many easy scores were leaked to the opposition through the concession of needless free pucks.


Team –  Michael O’Neill, Jonathan Tuohy, Stepehn O’Reilly (Captain), Jamie Sweeney, Jason Browne, Alan McCarthy, Senan Andrews, Fergus O’Neill, Brian Cusack, Joseph Shanahan, Stephen Keane, Cathal Kidney, Daragh Collins, Dara O’Sullivan, Steven Downey.  Subs used Jack Wilson and Barry Mulqueen.

Mary Glossop (nee Hickey) RIP

On Saturday last the death of Mary Glossop (nee Hickey) was announced. The news of her death has shocked and sadened all of us who knew and grew up with this wonderful charismatic lady from old Ringaskiddy. Mary was a very outgoing and pleasant lady always wearing a smile.


Forty one years ago she married one of the finest hurlers Carrigaline ever produced the one and only Will Glossop. Mary along with her late mother the legendary Norrie Hickey were stars of many a Donal O’Connor produced play in Ringaskiddy’s Community Centre. Those were the days when The Shamrock Drama Group were among the best in the Country.


Her funeral Mass in St. Brigids Church Crosshaven was celebrated by her cousin Rev. Fr. Aidan Dunne. (Fr. Aidan’s father the late Dave Dunne played with Carrigdhoun in the Senior Hurling County Final of 1945 against the Glen). A packed Church reflected the wide regard and huge respect that there was for Mary. There was many a tear shed throughout a service that was both moving and most reverend. To her husband Will, daughter Michelle, son Adrian, her sister Aine, grandchildren and wide circle of relatives and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy.


Ar dheis De go raibh a h-Anam dilis.

JAFC Quarter Final V Carrigaline – 7/7

Shamrocks 3-11, Carrigaline 1-9


Shamrocks earned themselves a place in this year’s South-East Football semi-final after a facile win over neighbours Carrigaline in Liam McCarthy Park this evening.


Skipper Sweeney was the key man in this comprehensive victory, by hitting the first goal and setting up a second one early in the game. After fifteen minutes Shamrocks had three majors via Sweeney, Shanahan and McGarry which put them in a commanding position and enabled them to to remain well clear of their opponents on the scoreboard for the rest of the game.


Corner backs Tuohy and Kidney had their best games of the season and Barry Mulqueen, back after injury put in a fine hour. It was Simon McGarry’s first championship game this year and showed up well and has lots more potential going forward. He kicked a magnificent 45 meter free in the opening half. Mikey Prout, as always played a very telling role with Michael O’Neill showing much ability going froward. 


 Youngsters Brady and Caffrey were very keen too and we will be seeing a lot more from them in the future.


Team –  Fergus O’Neill, Jonathan Tuohy, Stephen O’Reilly, Cathal Kidney, Michael Prout, Barry Mulqueen, Michael O’Neill, Simon McGarry, Alan McCarthy, Cannice Caffrey, Oin O’Mahony, Philip Brady, Steve O’Neill, Brian Sweeney (Capt.) Joseph Shanahan.  Subs – Stephen Keane and Dara O’Sullivan.
A job well done by all concerned and next week the players will concentrate on Hurling as they are scheduled to play the winners of Ballymartle and Valley Rovers before the end of the month. On Tuesday evening July 10th Shamrocks will pay Carrigaline in a Junior Hurling challenge at 8pm in Carrigaline.

MCHC V Kinsale – 7/7

Kinsale 2-13, Shamrocks 1-12


Shamrocks took to the Brinny pitch on a dry sunny Saturday evening to take on Kinsale in the minor hurling championship.


This was our first hurling game of the season as for one reason or another, we were unable to field a team for the league. The team settled down well and opened the scoring when Tony O Mahony pointed after some lovely team work from the full back line up through the field. Kinsale responded and the teams were level again at 2 points a piece after Sean O Brien pointed after a great run from mid field. The hard working Aonghus Boland got his just reward when he found the back of the Kinsale net after a neat move to put us back in the lead. Roy Twomey then pointed two long distant frees in between two Kinsale points. Kinsale then got a break away goal after a mix up in the Shamrock defence to leave the sides level again. Two more Kinsale points was followed by a Roy Twomey point to leave just the bare minimum between the two teams at half time with Kinsale leading on a scoreline of 1-06 to 1-05.


We started the second half in great spirits and got four unanswered points from Cal O Mahony, Roy Twomey, the outstanding Conor Walter and Tony O Mahony to put us back in a three point lead. Kinsale then hit a purple patch and scored a point from a close in free and soon followed what proved to be the turning point of the game when they scored a  rather soft goal to put them back into the lead that they never lost again. Four unanswered Kinsale points had us chasing the game and try as we did we couldn’t score the vital goal that we needed. We finished the game with another two points but the final whistle sounded and after a very spirited effort, we exited the championship on a final score line of 2-13 to 1-12.


The injured James Raleigh in goal had a very solid game through out and the very young full back line of Coby O Grady and Sean Kidney gave their usual 110%. The half back line was led by man of the match Conor Walter, Rory Horgan and David Raleigh. Sean O Brien ran himself in to the ground at midfield. The half forward line of Roy Twomey, Tony O Mahony and Cal O Mahony were always dangerous when they found possession.


The inside forward line of Aonghus Boland and Brian Coffan gave their opponents plenty to think about through out the game. Luke Garvan and Tom Murphy contributed to the cause when they were introduced early in the second half. We would like to thank Liam Shanahan and Kieran Lynam for the time and effort they have put into this team.


Next up is the football versus Nemo in the championship in two weeks time.



Camp Ciarán – Lá 5

The final day was one of mixed emotions, delight and appreciation of a great week and regret that it should now have come to an end today. Some children and parents queried, why we couldn’t have another week.
John and Kathleen Hanley were the good Samaratians this morning when they arrived with a large bag of ‘goodies’ for staff and children. When the 11 o’clock break came there was a party atmosphere.
The youngest visitor of the week was six month old Holly Lyons and she was there with her mum Jill supporting her three brothers Steve, Niky and Glen.   Holly was dressed in the camp attire and enjoyed every minute.
Camp Ciaran is a tribute to the late Kieran Hegarty, thus the title, and his mother Mary and Aunt Jennie also paid a visit.  They, too, were most impressed to see over seventy boys and girls clad in green, going through their paces and enjoying every minute. Gene Fowley paid his respects and the former Ringaskiddy publican was there to see and collect two of his grandchildren.
The pleasant weather also added to the final day’s enjoyment when all the participants received Club baseball caps as a souvenir of the inaugural Camp Ciaran.
A huge thanks to the Coaches and staff who made this camp work and run successfully. Club Chairman Pat McCarthy and Under Age Chairman John Twomey can reflect on this even with great satisfaction and with real hope and optimism for the future.

In Early September, when the schools re-open, the Saturday morning Academy will resume with a new and re-vamped programme.  New members will be very welcome and outgoing members and all Ciaran Camp participants will be duly notified beforehand.
We wish all boys and girls, Parents, Guardians, Grandparents, Uncles Aunts and friends who who have come to Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi a most enjoyable and fulfilling summer.   See you all in September………


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Camp Ciarán – Lá 4

Lá breá tirim a bhí againn, and Mrs. Jackie Keane (wife of Stephen our dual purpose full forward) arrived into the Kitchen this morning with a large basket of freshly cooked scones. Paddy Andrews, a man with a delicate palate, said these scones were th finest he ever tasted. They didn’t last long.


The boys and girls went through the paces and drills with enthusiasm and determination. Head Coach David Nolan introduced a number of new initiatives that were well received by all participants.


Rev. Fr. Pat O’Donovan C.C. made a courtesy call and after meeting the various Coaches and their charges, expressed his wide admiration for this very worthwhile undertaking. He acknowledged that he didn’t know a whole lot about Hurling, but he added that in matters of agriculture he would be better versed. He added that our Mower needed to be adjusted and the blades sharpened  He was first into the Kitchen and savoured the delicious scones before the troops arrived.
Only one day to go, tempus fugit – time flies.

Camp Ciarán – Lá 3

There was an unusual sighting, witnessed by many people, of blue skies this morning at Pairc Tadgh O’h-Ainnlaoi. The boys and girls in green were rairing to go and all coaches and groups were on the grass for a truly great session.


It is hard to beat the great outdoors and plenty of space in ‘Summertime’. Observers were commenting on the skills of some of the youngsters and the wonderful coaching routines lined up by head Coach David Nolan and his colleagues.

There was no toast and marmalade today and the Chairman wasn’t to be seen. The fresh doughnuts didn’t last long.

Camp Ciarán – Lá 2

Day 2 was hit by the “weather spoilsport” but plan B was brought into action and all the participants were transported to the National Maritime College, Ringaskiddy.


The magnificent gym hall was a secure and ideal alternative location, thanks to the good thinking and planning of our Under Age Chairman John Twomey. Coaches and children adapted immediately to mainfest an excellent session as the rains relentlesly poured down outside. Thanks to Parents and Guardians and friends who helped with transport from Pairc Tadgh O-Ainlaoi to the College.

The only regret was that we missed out on tea, toast and marmalade which our head of catering , the one and only Geraldine, had prepared in the Club’s kitchen.   There is a rumour going around that Club Chairman, Pat McCarthy, who was on duty, consumed the lot.