Monthly Archives: November 2012

Underage/Girls Football Christmas Disco – 30/11

There was a huge crowd of parents and their children in Pfizers Sports club last Friday night for the Christmas Disco. This was easily our biggest ever crowd, with well in excess of 100 people and augurs well for 2013.


We hope that the kids had a great night and we hope to see them involved with the club in 2013, with the support of their parents of course. It was a very good way to build up for Christmas but next week its back to the Academy; we’re on in the NMCI next Friday and the following Friday before we break for Christmas.


Thanks to anyone who got involved in the organising in particular Susan O’Mahony of the Girls Football and Socket of the Underage.





Some of the lads recieve certs at the Disco, attended by over 100 children. Darragh O’Leary, Killian O’Mahony and Daniel O’Mahony at the back and in front Luke O’Driscoll, Seán Browne and Jody Sisk


Presentation of Winning Lotto Cheque

Mr Declan McDonnell is pictured below receiving his winning Club Lotto ticket from Shamrocks Club Officers, which he bought in Sams Bar recently. Well done Declan!


Geraldine Twomey (Fundraising Committee), Declan McDonnell, John Twomey (Club Treasurer) and Paddy Andrews (Underage Treasurer) present the cheque in Sams Bar

End of Year Outing for U15’s

Shamrocks U15s were guests of both Anglesea Street Fire and Garda Station on Wed 28th Nov. This proved to be a very popular event as the lads got a detailed tour of both stations.


In the Fire Station they broke into two groups and the officer leading one group knew some of the lads from Coolmore Gardens where he resides. He actually told us that he’s fed up getting nut megged every time they play football on the green. We were shown all the modern fire and rescue equipment along with River rescue, road accident and infra red vision equipment. We were then shown an 1950 Fire Engine along with its equipment that has all been restored to pristine condition by the staff of Anglesea Street Fire Station. Special thanks to Barry O’Donovan and the two Wills for their leadership.
Part two of the tour the was a trip to the neighbouring Garda Station. The lads were shown all the administration side of the station first. Then came what proved to a mind blowing experience when two members of the Armed Garda Rapid Response Unit described their line of duty, along with a full display and the operation of the weapons they have at their disposal. These included Teasers, Pepper Spray, Machine Guns, Pistols and other equipment. We then moved on to the Traffic Division and got a full display of all the updated equipment at their disposal to combat all types of road incidents. These included the motor bikes, Garda Cars and the on board cameras and computers that they have. All of us then received a safety pack which included high visibility vests and safety leaflets.
A dinner was then arranged in the dining quarters of the station and special thanks must go to the staff of the canteen for the excellent food and beverages that they provided.
An excellent day was had by all and our special thanks must go to Garda Cathal Collins who organised the whole day including transport, tours and the dinner.

Introduction of Mandatory Mouthguards to Football

Following the GAA’s Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor) and at U21 and Adult level from January 1st 2014.



Schools Coach and Education Officer

The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Liam Shanahan as our new Schools Coach and Education Officer. Liam’s job will basically involve him going into the 3 schools in the parish (namely Scoil Barra Naofa (Monkstown NS), Shanbally NS and Ringaskiddy Lower Harbour NS) and coaching the boys and girls in all the classes in the skills of Gaelic Games. Liam will be liasing with the schools on a coaching plan for the rest of the school year and he will be visiting the schools once every forthnight.


This is a big development for the club and its hoped to see a positive effect on the underage numbers currently playing for us. Liam is raring to go and will be taking his first sessions this coming week. Shanbally native Liam has extensive knowledge of Gaelic Games having been involved all his life, being a former player and serving more recently as club chairman between the years 2009 and 2011. Of course Liam is also a former principal of Shanbally NS so im sure you’ll agree that he is the perfect man for this new and important challenge. We wish him well.

Fundraising 10km Run/5km Walk 2012

We held our now annual Fundraising 10km Run/5km Walk for 2012 on Saturday last. The weather was fantastic and the turnout, in particular from the parents was excellent. Our sincere thanks to everyone, idir óg ‘is aosta, who got involved.


The event organisers John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) and Liam Shanahan were very happy with the way things went. Our thanks to them for the effort they put in. But the happiest man was club Treasurer John Twomey (Shanbally) who’s evey lit up every time competitors came forward with their sponsorship cards. John sat in the corner and counted the money while the rest of us sweated our way around the roads of Shanablly and Ringaskiddy. Well done to all the runners and walkers. The first man past the post was Mr Paddy Clifford from Shanbally NS. This is the second year in a row that Paddy has done this.


Thanks to all our course stewards and to the Order of Malta who were on standby in case anything untoward happened (it didnt!). Also to all the ladies in the kitchen who provided sandwiches and refreshiments afterwards. Also thanks to the on course marshall Kieran Lynam who made sure everything ran off shooth on the day.


Afterwards, Club Chairman Pat McCarthy thanked everyone and announced that the money raised will be going towards the installation of floodlights on the bottom pitch, work to start hopefully this side of Christmas and to be ready for the start of February. All club teams will then be in a position to avail of the lights.





Runners at the Start of the 10 Run, 2012


U9 Hurling Blitz – 4/11

Shamrocks travelled to St. Vincents Hurling and Football Club on Sunday 4th of November for their second hurling blitz which was run by Coiste na nOg. Players were on the road at nine o’clock for a 9.45am start.


Shamrocks were drawn against Blarney, Na Piarsiagh and Ballincollig. The lads played against Blarney first in what can only be described as Arctic conditions. With temperatures at only 5 degrees a cold biting wind and driving sleet it was hard for both teams to perform any way near their best.


Shamrocks were up against Na Piarsiagh in their second match and after a change of jerseys after the first match (to try and heat the lads up), they took to the field again but were no match for a very physical northside team.


There was a decision made after this game by the mentors of both Shamrocks and Ballincollig not to play the last game as some of the lads couldn’t feel their hands. Thats how cold it was.


Thanks to John Neville for inviting us and to the players and parents who were on the road very early. Players on duty were Sean Andrews, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Fionn Mehigan, Fionn Herlihy, Robert Van Pelt, Mark Sisk, Daniel O Brien, Colin Murphy, Michael Foy and Eoin O Flynn.