Monthly Archives: December 2014

Puc Fada 2014 – 28/12/14

 

Shamrocks held a very successful Puc Fada on Sunday in Ringaskiddy/Shanbally. There was a very satisfactory turnout and it was pleasing to see the underage players make up a large proportion of the competitors, along with a nice sprinking of the girls football and ladies club members.

 

Colin O’Sullivan was the overall winner with a fantastic 20 shot over the parcours, followed by Stephen Jordan with 21 shots.

 

Other winners included Emer O’Neill (Ladies), Joseph O’Keeffe (U16’s), Cathal Browne (Minors), Dick Andrews (over 40’s) and Declan O’Neill (over 50s)

 

Afterwards, club Secretary Dave O’Flaherty and Club Chairman Pat McCarthy thanked everyone who took part, some who came home from Australia just for it.

 

Mark Hickey and the Shamrock Bar once again sponsored the event so our thanks to them.

 

Puc Fada

 

Schools Visit to Monkstown NS

 

Members of the Juvenile Club visited Monkstown National School last Thursday to show the boys and girls of the school the trophies that the club won in 2014. All 7 trophies were on display and were received by the Principal, Ciara Iníon Ni Bhuaigh. The event was organised by Jaquai Scriven, herself a member of the staff and it was a particularly proud occasion for her as her 2 sons, Darragh and Cormac were on hand to show the trophies. 2 other proud Monks were also present, both former pupils of the school – our Minor Hurling captain Aonghus Boland and Club Coaching Officer Pa Andrews.

 

The group visited every class and were received with a bualadh bos láimhe in every room.  Its not often the local club brings SEVEN trophies to a school. Our thanks to the Principal, Jaquai, and all the members of staff for accommodating the club, during a busy time in the lead up to Christmas. It is hoped to visit the other schools in the new year.

 

 

From left: Darragh Scriven (Minors), Aonghus Boland (Minor hurling captain and past pupil of Monkstown NS), Cormac Scriven (U16 and Minors), Pa Andrews (Club Coaching Officer and past pupil of Monkstown NS) and Ciara Ní Bhuaigh (Príomhoide of Scoil Barra Naofa, Monkstown NS)

From left: Darragh Scriven (Minors), Aonghus Boland (Minor hurling captain and past pupil of Monkstown NS), Cormac Scriven (U16 and Minors), Pa Andrews (Club Coaching Officer and past pupil of Monkstown NS) and Ciara Ní Bhuaigh (Príomhoide of Scoil Barra Naofa, Monkstown NS)

Death of Club Vice President Breda Andrews

 

Breda Andrews, Lady Vice-president of our Club was called to her eternal reward on Saturday night last after bravely fighting illness with courage and dignity. May she rest in heavenly peace.
Surley, this lady who was the heart and soul of Ringaskiddy village over a lifetime will be sadly missed and mourned by the countless people locally and further afield who befriended or worked with her in so many of her voluntary engagements.
She championed volunteerism and generosity in giving which without doubt manifested the wonderful Christian lady that she was.

 

Breda was a matriarchal lady whose great energy and gifts were always at the disposal of others, especially those who needed them most. There were so many beneficiaries including Shamrocks, The Community Hall, ICA, The Annual Youth Festivals hosted and organised by Donal O’Connor, and many others whom only Breda knew.
One of the great corner stones and flag bearers of our Community is now gone from us  She loved her own place and took great pride in its life and achievements. She has set the stage for others to step on.

 

With heavy hearts and sadness we all mourn her passing. Life, without Breda, will never be the same.
Our sympathies are extended to husband Bernie and her devoted family and grandchildren. Ní bheidh a leithead ann arís agus ar dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam dílis.

The Oratory Restoration Project

 

One of Ringaskiddy’s old landmarks is the Oratory located on the main street, and one of the smallest churches in the dioceses of Cork and Ross.


In the late 1800’s this was a League of the Cross  Hall. The League of the Cross Society was a temperance movement in line with the original Fr. Matthew Temperance Society. The hall was also used for concerts, functions, card drives, handicrafts including crochet, knitting and sewing, dressmaking etc.

 


The records show that on St. Patrick’s Day 1883 a Ball and Soiree was held there commencing at 9pm with an admission charge of 4 shillings. The Secretary’s name displayed on the ticket was D.B. O’Flynn.

Circa 1915 the local residents made a request to have the hall used as a chapel. Locals had to walk to Shanbally for Sunday and weekday masses. In 1923 the building was refurbished and enlarged. The work was done voluntarily by local people including shipwrights who made the seating and joinery from pitch pine kindly supplied by Palmer Bros. the adjoining Boat year. Retired navy man William James was one of the leaders of this initiative and he crafted the statue of Christ carrying the Cross from local sea sand and gravel. He also made the pillars near the front door and the belfry containing a ship’s bell recovered from the stricken White Star Liner The Celtic which floundered on the rocks near Roches Point in 1928.

 


In more recent times the altar was replaced and crafted by a local man Martin O’Donoghue. This unique altar came from a 250 year old piece of Sweet Chestnut kindly donated by the Newenham family of Coolmore.
The little church, because of its simplicity and style, has endeared itself to generations of Ringaskiddy people and countless visitors from far and wide.

 

Earlier this year, major renovation work commenced on the church. Much needed remedial and re-construction had to be done. One of the imperatives of the undertaking was the conservation and protection of all its distinctive artefacts and original features. Gladly this work has proceeded at pace under the watchful eye of Rev. Fr. Sean O’Sullivan PP and the Oratory Fundraising committee headed up by Mr. Wojciech Garbuz. It is hoped to have it re-opened for Christmas ceremonies. Full credit must be attributed to all concerned including the Building Contractor, the Architects and Engineers.

 

On Sunday morning last the Shamrock G.A.A. Club, the oldest Club in the area, dating back to 1898, made a generous donation to the Committee.
Of course, like all such projects, a debt will have to be paid off after the re-opening. Hopefully, people will include a donation among their Christmas gifts for 2014.

 

Club Chairman Pat McCarthy presents Wojciech Garbuz of The Oratory Restoration Project a donation from the club. From left: Dick Andrews (underage), Michael Brennan (Club President) Helen Prout (Club Vice President), Fr Seán PP, Gertie O'Driscoll (Oratory Restoration Project), Geraldine Twomey, Kieran O'Flaherty (Oratory Restoration Project), Wojciech Garbuz (Oratory Restoration Project), Pat McCarthy (Club Chairperson), John Twomey (Treasurer), Jonathan Tuohy (underage Secretary), John Twomey (Underage Chairperson)

Club Chairman Pat McCarthy presents Wojciech Garbuz of The Oratory Restoration Project a donation from the club. From left: Dick Andrews (underage), Michael Brennan (Club President) Helen Prout (Club Vice President), Fr Seán PP, Gertie O’Driscoll (Oratory Restoration Project), Geraldine Twomey, Kieran O’Flaherty (Oratory Restoration Project), Wojciech Garbuz (Oratory Restoration Project), Pat McCarthy (Club Chairperson), John Twomey (Treasurer), Jonathan Tuohy (underage Secretary), John Twomey (Underage Chairperson)

Underage Celebration Mass – 7/12

 

The underage shared a lovely occasion on Sunday morning in Shanbally Church when Fr Seán celebrated a Mass in honour of the underage teams in 2014 and their success. Everything went off smoothly with the readings and prayers of the faithful being read by members of the Minor and U16 teams. All the members of those panels brought a splash of green to the church in their club tracksuits, along with the team mentors. There was a good sprinkling of players from all the other teams and their mentors as well. The 7 trophies that were won during the year were also on display in the church.

 

Thanks to all who made this such a great occasion. Thanks to Fr Seán (an accomplished footballer himself from Bantry Blues) who remarked that it was great to see not just success for the teams but anything that brings together young people with a common purpose at a local level. Thanks also to Jaquai Scriven and the choir who sang faith of our fathers among others.

 

The Adult club were represented by Club Chairperson Pat McCarthy and Treasurer John Twomey (Treasurer). The underage committee were represented by chairperson John Twomey (Ringaskiddy), Paddy Andrews (Treasurer) and our new underage Secretary Jonathan Tuohy. Best of luck Jonathan.

 

Afterwards, the Club made a donation to The Oratory Restoration Project (Click here)

 

AGM Dec 2014

 

The AGM of the club in preperation for 2015 took place in the Grace McCarthy Rooms on Thursday night last before a medium sized attandance. The outgoing chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer gave their very detailed and comprehensive reports to the meeting.

 

All outgoing officers of the Executive were returned unopposed (Club President Michael Brennan conducting the election), with the exception of Vice Chairperson. The outgoing Kieran Lynam was not putting his name forward due to other committments and the Chairperson Pat Mccarthy thanked him for his trojan work over the past few years on the Exec. Declan O’Neill is the new Vice Chairperson.

 

The outgoing hurling selectors will be willing to go again in 2015. However, Mark Hickey will not be going forward in 2015 in the football managers position. This means that the incoming Executives first job is to source a replacement.

 

The Chairperson reported that Shamrocks will be entering both U21 B competitions in 2015, indeed training has already started. Aidan O’Leary, Shane O’Donovan, Colin Brady and Jonathan Tuohy will be leading up that team; the best of luck to them.

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