Monthly Archives: November 2013

Monkstown Man Mick Coakley scoops Shamrocks Jackpot


The Ensign Bar, Monkstown, was the venue for last week’s Shamrock Lotto Draw.

There was great news for local man Mick Coakley as he scooped the Jackpot.

Congratulations to Mickey who is a regular and long time supporter of the draw.


Mickey has an old and long connection with the Club and he first featured with the Under 14 Hurling teams of 1959 and 1960.

The team trainer in those days was the legendary Jerh Coveney who trained and prepared the players at the Grounds near Ringaskiddy. In 1960 Shamrocks defeated Carrigaline in the semi-final and qualified for their first final ever against St. Patricks from Upton. Mickey was the goalkeeper and was at all times very dependable. Also on that team was Eddie Forde, Paddy Andrews, Tony McCarthy, John Twomey, John Collins, Flor O’Driscoll Denis Hurley and Mick Shanahan and Mickey’s cousin Joe Fitzgerald.

The final was played in Carrigaline with Eddie Cooney as Referee. The game ended in a draw. However, in the replay Upton were much stronger and took the title.

He often recalls those days of long ago and the great enjoyment he got from the games and the friends he made.


He may not have won in 1960 but he pulled off a much bigger win in 2013, fifty three years later. Well done to Mick.


Mick Coakley, winner of Shamrocks Lotto Jackpot, receives his cheque outside the Ensign Bar from John Towmey (Treasurer) and Paddy Andrews (winning ticket seller).

Mick Coakley, winner of Shamrocks Lotto Jackpot, receives his cheque outside the Ensign Bar from John Towmey (Treasurer) and Paddy Andrews (winning ticket seller).

Gala Race Night – 22/11


The Shamrock Bar hosted the 1st Shamrocks Gala Race Night in 4 years last Friday and what a night it turned out to be.


It was a very successful night, pub was packed, the course was in great nick, the best dressed lady competition was won by Helen Prout, the best horse’s name went to Jim Ronayne with Stayawaygar.


Stevie O’Neill won the hamper in the raffle, John Joe and Pat Mac won the Auction race with their horse “Unlucky Sars”.


Steven Downey, Susan and Aideen O’Mahony, Pat O’Neill and John Twomey (Shanbally) were the bookies so thanks to them for their unselfish work on the night.


Thank all sponsors and advertisers.

Shanbally NS win Girls Sciath na Scol final – 12/11


ShanballyN.S.  2-9, Cloyne 4-2


In a tense and nail biting game and very little between the teams it would have been a brave or foolish person who would have predicted the winner right up to the Referee’s final whistle.


The teams were level and led each other on several occasions but the will to win by these magnificent girls from Cloyne and Shanbally was absolute.


With one minute left on the clock and the teams level 2-8 to 4-2, Shanbally were awarded a 45 metre free. Magnificent team captain Molly Barrett stepped up and kicked a match winning point and wrote her team into the history books. The huge Shanbally support were in euphoria. It was truly a day to remember and School Principal Mr. David Nolan along with his staff can take a bow.


The coaching and management of team was in the very capable hands of Mr. Paddy Clifford, Ms. Sinead Ni Loinsigh and Ms. Aideen O’Mahony. Comhghairdeas do ghach duine.

Golden Jubilee Dinner Dance – 8/11


Anything containing a reference to gold is surely special and this was certainly the case when the Shamrock Hurling Club gathered together groups of Hurlers of fifty years ago who were part of a golden era which left an indelible mark in G.A.A. history.


The 1960’s saw Shamrocks emerge as a great Under 14 Hurling force both in South-East Cork and throughout the County. In 1962 they recorded their first ever Divisional Title defeating Kinsale in the final. Inniscara defeated them in the County semi-final that year.
However, the following year in 1963, they went all the way defeating Bandon in the County Final played in Ballinhassig. One of the really outstanding games of that year was the County semi-final against neighbours Passage, played at Carrigaline.  Shamrocks won on the score of 10 – 4 to 5 – 2. The Shamrock centre forward that evening was Robbie McCarthy and he scored 5 – 2 himself.  Again in 1964 they repeated this historic feat defeating St. Patricks from the City Divison in a thrilling final played in Carrigaline. That evening the Club had hired two double decker buses from C.I.E. to transport supporters to the game.  They got value for money too and saw two very evenly matched teams score 16 goals and 5 points between them. A match winning goal from forward Martin Murphy ensured that Shamrocks retained the title on the scoreline 8 – 5 to 8 – 2. Later in the season, at a party held for the team in the local Forester’s Hall, Shanbally, the Cork Hurling Trainer Jim ‘Tough’ Barry presented the medals.
The Club’s Junior Hurlers of 1963 regained the South East Hurling title after defeating Ballinhassig in a thrilling final played in Carrigaline. The team captained by Joe O’Flynn, got vital early goals scored by Paddy Dreivers, which set them on the road to success. Both Ballinhassig and Shamrocks were the two dominant Junior Hurling teams in South East Cork in those years and large crowds came from far and wide to watch them play. Both teams psssessed some truly outstanding hurlers.
The Shamrock Club organised a Golden Gathering at Fernhill Country and Golf Club On Friday night November 8th last. The large attendance created a very special atmosphere with many people renewing old acquaintances and reliving the golden days of yore. Sadly some of players have been called to their reward, but their relatives were proud to represent them on an occasion that was both invigorating and nostalgic.
The Club’s esteemed President Mr. Michael Brennan, presented  suitably inscribed golden medallions to the players or their representatives.
The three Under 14 Hurling Captains were Anthony Ronayne (1962), Robert McCarthy (1963) and Michael McGrath (1964). Many of these Under 14 players went on achieve further successes later. Gerald Hanley captained the North Mon. to win Harty Cup and an All Ireland title. He won three All Ireland Minor Medals (Hurling and Football) with Cork and an All Ireland Intermediate medal too. Michael McGrath won Harty Cup and Corn Ui Muiri Medals with Criost Ri  and an All Ireland medal too. Others played Senior Hurling with Carrigdhoun and later won adult titles with the Club.
The under 14 team was trained by Jerh. Coveney from Loughbeg. He was a man who possessed very special talents which enabled him to get the trust and respect of all his players and in turn they gave him unprecedented victories and success. Jerh. was the Trainer,and he looked after the hurleys, jerseys, the transport and first aid as well. Tommy Walsh’s blue Ford Transit Van along with Pa Ryan’s American Studybaker Car provided the transport. There were no bill for transport in those days. A special and long deserved presentation was made to Jerh. by Michael Brennan to much applause and a standing ovation.
The late Joe O’Flynn captained the Junior Team of 1963. A wonderful athlete he excelled in Hurling and Football. He was son of the late Bernie and Kathleen O’Flynn who taught at Shanbally N.S.  Joe played Fitzgibbon Senior Hurling with UCC. He was a regular with Carrigdhoun and wore the Cork jersey too.  He was represented at the function by his sister Eileen, a Nun in the Mercy order, just back from Peru and his brother Michael who travelled from Kilkenny.  Michael was for many years the physical trainer of the Kilkenny Senior Hurlers. Paddy Sisk, the late long serving Secretary of the South East Cork Board had three sons and two sons -in-law on the team, namely Raymond, Ronnie and Noel, Paddy Drievers and Charlie Maye. Raymond played Junior and Senior Hurling with Cork where he lined out with Christy Ring. Corner back on the team was Joe O’Driscoll who later went on to serve as Chairman of the South East Cork Board with distinction.
The twin half-backs of Neally O’Mahony and Teddy Hanley were the best around in those days. Danno Pearse was a majestic centre fielder and the evergreen Finbarr Cahill was always good for a goal or two.  Donie and Tommy Livesey were great servants too along with Dick McCarthy, the lion-hearted Billy Hurley, Jackie O’Driscoll, Joe Hickey and Jim Turner.
The team was trained by the late Captain Kevin Barry, who was called to his reward very recently. Representing Kevin at the function was his son Kevin John, no bad hand with a camán himself.
For the record the following is the panel of the Under 14 players; Liam Allen, Richard Beecher R.I.P, Braham Brennan, Henry Cunningham, John Crowley R.I.P., Denis Dunne, Ger. Fehilly, John Fitzgerald, Michael Forde, Michael Fowley, Declan Harte R.I.P. Gerald Hanley, Michael Hayes R.I.P., Con Jordan R.I.P., Donie Kidney, Joe McCarthy, Robbie Andrews (Capt), Sean McCarthy, Martin McDonald R.I.P, Michael McGrath (Capt.), Martin McNamara, Kenneth Murphy, Martin Murphy, Willie Murphy R.I.P., Michael O’Connor R.I.P., Jimmy O’Neill, Dermot O’Sullivan R.I.P, Michael O’Sullivan, Teddy O’Sullivan R.I.P., Dan Regan R.I.P., Anthony Ronayne (Capt.), John Joe Shanahan, Pat Tuohy, Mattie Twomey, Michael Twomey R.I.P., Pat Twomey and Mr. Jerh. Coveney Trainer.
The Junior list is as follows;   Donal Brady, Finbarr Cahill, Larry Cotter R.I.P., Frank Coughlan R.I.P., Paddy Dreivers R.I.P., Noel Fowley, Robbie Frizelle, Ted Hanley R.I.P., Brendan Harte, Joe Hickey R.I.P., Billy Hurley, Donie Livesey R.I.P., Tom Livesey R.I.P., Charlie Maye, Michael Murphy, Dick McCarthy, Jack O’Driscoll R.I.P., Joe O’Driscoll, Joe O’Flynn R.I.P. (Capt.), Neally O’Mahony, Danno Pearse R.I.P., Noel Sisk R.I.P., Ray Sisk R.I.P., Ronnie Sisk R.I.P., Jim Turner R.I.P., Kevin Barry R.I.P (Trainer), Mick Walsh R.I.P (Selector), Rob Andrews R.I.P. (Selector), Jimmy McCarthy R.I.P. (Selector).The Committee who organised this Gathering included Declan O’Neill (Chairman) Anthony Ronayne, Pat Tuohy, Pat Twomey and John Twomey.
Some of the assembled memeber at the Shamrocks Jubilee Dinner Dance, November 8th, Fernhill GC.

Some of the assembled memeber at the Shamrocks Jubilee Dinner Dance, November 8th, Fernhill GC.

Juvenile AGM – 7/11


Shamrocks Juvenile Club held their AGM on Thursday November 7th in the Grace McCarthy Rooms, in the Clubhouse. It was a very positive meeting.

The outgoing chairperson John Twomey (Ringaskiddy), Rúnaí Patrick Andrews and Treasurer Paddy Andrews gave their comprehensive reports. The year was a much better one overall for the club with our 1st silverwars being won at Rebel Óg level. The club played 80 matches at underage level – by far and away the most the club has ever played.

The outgoing committee were elected en masse. Namely – John Twomey (Ringaskiddy, Chairperson), Peter Crowley (Vice Chairperson), Patrick Andrews (Secretary), Gemma Kavanagh (Assistant Secretary), Paddy Andrews (Treasurer), Patrick Andrews (Club PRO), Paddy Andrews (Rebel Óg East Board Delegate) with various proxies as the need arises during the year.

The mentors for the various teams for 2014 were laid out. More are to follow closer to the start of the season:

U’8 and U10’s – Seamus O’Flynn, Shane O’Donovan, Seanán Collins, Sid Kidney, Jamie Murphy.

U12’s – Aidan O’Leary, Brian Sweeney, John Herlihy + one more.

U14’s – Pa Andrews, Jed O’Flaherty, Colin O’Sullivan + one more.

U16’s – Kevin O’Grady, Seamus Barry, John Twomey (Ring) + 1 more.

Minor’s – David Nolan, Dick Andrews, Kevin O’Grady, Peter Crowley.


The meeting finished with topics such as Membership, Fundraising, the Winter Training Program and the Garda Vetting amongst others being discussed.


The chairperson John Twomey thanked everyone for coming to the meeting.