Monthly Archives: December 2012

Mattie Murphy RIP

The joy Christmas was tempered with the news of Mattie Murphy’s death. 


Mattie who lived in Shanbally was truly one of life’s consummate gentlemen. His quite, pleasant and unassuming manner endeared him to all who were priviliged to know and work with him.


Born in Strawhall, between Raffeen and Monkstown, in the year 1930, he was married to his dear wife Gertie (Nee Ronayne) for 57 years. He had four in family, Joe, Pat, Eileen and Noel. With his family growing up along side the Shamrock playing pitch, the boys spent many happy hours there playing hurling and football. Mattie would take a short-cut through the fields to watch the games and training. Perhaps, 1994 was a very happy and special year for him when Shamrocks won the South-East Cork Junior Football championship. The final was decided over two games at Riverstick.  In the replay his son Pat played at centre back and gave a powerful display and went on to win the ‘man of the match’ award. Pat was later chosed to receive a Carrigdhoun Personality award that season. Mattie, in his own quite and private way relished every minute of that great occasion, without having to raise a shout or a victory leap into the air.


People came from far and near to show their respect and bid a true gentleman farewell.  His removal and Requiem Mass at Shanbally’s Church of The Immaculate Conception drew large attendances. He was laid to rest in Barnahaley Cemetry. To his wife Gertie, family Joe, Pat, Eileen, Noel, brother Dan in Northampton, his grandchildren and many relatives and friends, deepest and heartfelt sympathy is extended. 


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam dílis.

Annual Long Puck 2012

The annual Long Puck competition organised by The Shamrock Hurling Club drew a large attendance with some fine scores being recorded in blustry conditions. 



The traditional route, starting at the Oratory in Ringaskiddy via the Pfizer Road through to Shanbally offered many challanges to the participants.  This event is now part of the Club’s Christmas calendar and is a welcome out of doors event for members and friends over the holiday period.  There were a number of former Club players on vacation from Australia taking part and they relished every moment.

Teddy McCarthy was the guest of honour and despite many demands on his time he was on hand to present the prizes. Club Chairman Pat McCarthy expressed his sincere thanks to all the participants and the tremendous goodwill they have shown to the Club. He had a special word of thanks for Mr. Mark Hickey and the Shamrock Bar for their continued sponsorship of The Long Puck competition.

Adult Men:           1st.  Mark Howard                                                   2nd. Steve O’Neill
Over 50 Men;      1st.  Declan O’Neill                                                   2nd  Pat Cusack
Over 40 Men;      1st.  Finbarr O’Donovan (Barley)                          2nd. Bernard Hickey
Minor Boys          1st. Darragh Scriven
Under 15 Boys;   1st.  Christopher Hayes                                            2nd. Coby O’Grady
Ladies.                  1st. Clara O’Grady                                                      2nd. Laura McCarthy.

Christmas Draw 2012

The Shamrocks Annual Christmas Draw for 2012 was held in Murphs Bar, Monkstown on Tuesday night last, December 18th. Below are the results:


1st Prize (Monster Christmas Hamper, The Chairman) – Jamie Sweeney c/o Pat Mac

2nd Prize (Classical Christmas Hamper, An Old Shamrock) – Sophia Daly, The Demesne, Monkstown.

3rd Prize (A lovely Touch, Anon) – Anna Collins c/o Owen O’Neill

4th Prize (Lunch for 2, The Bosun) – Meabh Mallon c/o J. Twomey

5th Prize (Paint Brush Set, Dosco Ltd) – Mona Carroll c/o Michael Brennan

6th – Tom O’Connor c/o Kieran Lynam

7th – Lady Beth

8th – Fiona Hickey c/o Bernard

9th – Anthony Ronayne

10th – Ian Hennessey, Shanbally

11th – Margaret Murphy c/o Owen O’Neill

12th – Paul Lordan

13th – Clara O’Grady

14th – Emily c/o The Shamrock

15th – Anne Forde, Ringaskiddy

16th – Meave Meighan c/o Anthony

17th – Seán Murphy c/o Colin O’Sullivan

18th – Pat Murphy

19th – Rachel Murphy

20th – Seán Forde, Ringaskiddy

21st – Bernard Hickey

22nd –Breda Andrews

23rd – Gary Hartnett c/o Owen O’Neill

24th – H. Loftus c’o Michael Brennan

25th – Sam Jordan c/o Pat Mac

26th – Bernie Andrews

27th – Dave Broderick c/o Donie O’Leary (De Puy)

28th – Jacqueline O’Connor c/o The Shamrock Bar

29th – Jessica Brennan c/o Michael Brennan

30th – Aoife Lynch c/o Joe Shanahan

Tommy O’Rourke RIP

The death was announced over the weekend of Tommy (Tucker) O’Rourke.

Tommy lived in Carrigaline for many years,but was born in Ringaskiddy. In his youthful years he played hurling and football with Shamrocks along with his late brother Billy (Rusty). He also played at Junior level. 


Along with Billy he was a member of The Shamrock Under 16 team of 1952 which became the first team to win a South-East Cork Hurling and Football double. The other team members were Josie Hickey, Paddy O’Flynn, Sonny Fehilly, Jim Turner, John McCarthy, Justin O’Callaghan, Paul Browne, Joe O’Driscoll, Michael Casey, Declan McDonnell, Leo Hickey, Ronnie Sisk and Joe O’Flynn. His mother Minnie was an accomplished camogie player and lined out with Shamrocks in the 1920’s.


To his wife Betty, family members Kay, John, Linda, Eilish and other relatives we extend our deepest sympathy.  Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dílis.