Monthly Archives: March 2015

Paddy Brennan RIP

It is with much regret that we have learned of the death of Mr. Paddy Brennan R.I.P. (29/3/2015)


Mr. Brennan was father of Mary Andrews, wife of Paddy and mother of Patrick, two of our Club’s distinguished and long serving Officers. He was also a grandfather of Senan who is one of our dual Junior players.


Mr. Brennan, from Cappagh just outside Kilrush in Co Clare, was one of the last of the Lighthouse Keepers and served as head lighthouse keeper on the Skellig Michael, The Tuskar Rock off Wexford, Galley Head, Loop Head, the Bull Rock in West Cork, Blacksod in Co Mayo, Ballycotton, and Eeragh on the Aran Islands among other places. He played Gaelic Football for Kilrush Shamrocks Football Club when he was in his younger years before being called to sea. He was a nonagenarian who was born in 1916. He would have been 99 on his next birthday. He was a strong supporter of the GAA and was a member of the Cork GAA Clubs Draw through Shamrocks up until last year.


The President, Officers and members of the Club tender their most profound sympathy to the Andrews family.
Beannacht Dé ar a Anam.


U12 HL V Valley Rovers – 31/3


Valley Rovers beat Shamrocks tonight in the first league game of the year. Valleys were a strong outfit and were more physical and technically a better hurling team. They certainly gave the Shamrocks mentors something to think about for the coming season. Final score was Valley Rovers 6-6, Shamrocks 0-5.


Valleys won this game in the first half and led by their few goals at halftime. A few changes were made by the Shamrocks mentors at half time and this resulted in a much improved second half display, Shamrocks winning it by 0-4 to 0-0. The Shamrocks players kept going until the very end. So lots to look forward to.


Managers Pa Andrews and Stephen Keane were unavailable due to other commitments so our thanks to Seamus O’Flynn and Tim Hayes who stood in their absence. Also special mention to Catherine Sisk who communicated with all the parents and ensured that we had 15 players togged and ready to go, no mean feat during the Easter break. Well done to all the players, parents, siblings and grandparents who supported the lads on a bitterly cold evening for hurling.

They’ll take a break now for Easter and will resume football training next Tuesday.

U16 HL V Lisgoold – 30/3


Lisgoold 6-10, Shamrocks 2-3.
On Monday last, we played our first hurling game of the year and I want to issue a big thank you to those who could turn up, both players and parents. We travelled to Lisgoold with a depleted young team. The manager Kieran Lynam was pleased and surprised at the approach of those who played.

Dave O’Sullivan, a last minute volunteer as goalkeeper, showed some excellent touches and was only beaten by close range rockets that Nash would have had trouble with. Full backs James Lynam and Daniel O’Mahony were tenacious in their tackling. They won some lovely ball and cleared well down field.

Captain of the Hurling team Ruairí Mehigan alongside Jodi Sisk were half backs, and they worked their area tirelessly, making good surges forward and finished the match in bits, with Ruairí picking up a late goal from the 21.

Cillian Hayes and Shane Flavin swopped between midfield and center forward and put some lovely runs in but the area they had to cover was just to much for them.

Full forwards Luke O’Driscoll and Sean Andrews (both still thirteen) put themselves about well in the final area of the pitch but were both marked by bigger older players and only struggled for strength.

I have to say the level of hurling skill surprised me (Kieran) a little as we have not had to many opportunities for practice lately. So well done lads I look forward to seeing you on the training ground….

MFL V Whitescross – 28/3


Shamrocks 3-9, Whitescross 1-2


Shamrocks minors recorded a good win over Whitescross on Saturday afternoon last in Shanbally in their second league game of the year.


No report available.

U16 FL V Carraig na bhFear – 22/3


Carraig na bhFear 9-8, Shamrocks 3-5


Team  : Shane Flavin, James Lynam, Cathal Murphy, Daniel O’ Mahony, Nikita Zigunuv, Evan Seymour, Cillian Hayes, James O’ Callaghan, Shane Downey, Ruairi Mehigan, Dave O’ Sullivan, Dylan O’ Flaherty.  Used subs:  Jody Sisk, Cillian O’ Mahony and Seán Andrews. Injured: Adam O’Keeffe, Seán O’Farrell, Sam Geary, Seán Browne and Luke O’Driscoll.



I know I sound like a stuck record but once again the scoreline is misleading. A spirited first half showing by all players,( Most playing in unfamiliar positions) was spoiled in the second half by our lack of stamina and fight in defense. The opposition finally wore down our tireing young players and for the last couple of minutes seemed to waltz through our lines un opposed.


My heart goes out to one young man who volunteered to take the job of Goalkeeper for the football. I will say this, that again, he above all others can hold his head high for putting up a great fight. The best generals in the world would not stand up to the wave after wave of attack the he endured. It takes a mighty man to stand between the posts as he does, knowing unless the players in front of him click he is the only and last line of defence. We will once again take a lesson from this and improve another little bit.. One step at a time.. Thank you all for the effort… Next time we play football we will be better…



U16 FL V Crosshaven – 8/3


Crosshaven 12-8, Shamrocks 4-3


Once again to read the score line would give the wrong impression. Yes Shamrocks went down but went down fighting and all hands played. By the end of the match, though dejected, the Shamrocks players kept going, looking to score right to the end. A great big thank you to all the players for the supreme effort.


I will not go through the players and single out individual enterprise, or point out mistakes  this is not the forum for such discussion. Instead let me ask those who have witnessed both of our matches, players included, to reflect on the improvement throughout and be mindful of the fact that these young players will only improve individually and collectively as a team by such experience. There is a long season there and at the end of it, this team will be a team that this club, like this banisteóir, will be proud of. Keep up the hard work.


Team : Shane Flavin, Cathal Murphy, Evan Seymour, Jodi Sisk, Nikita Zigunuv, Daniel O’ Mahony, James Lynam, Cillian Hayes, Ruairí Mehigan, Adam O’ Keeffe, Dave O’ Sullivan and Dylan O’Flaherty. Subs: Luke O’ Driscoll, Sam Geary, Sean Andrews, James O’Callaghan, Sean Brown, Cillian O’Mahony.

JAFL V Courcey Rovers – 7/3


Shamrocks 5-10, Courcey Rovers 0-2


Shamrocks got back on winning ways against Courcey Rovers on Saturday afternoon in the football league, to register their first league victory of the year. Shamrocks were on top from the moment the ball was thrown in.


Courcey Rovers were severly depleted due to hurling commitments but at the same time, some of the Shamrocks scores were a joy to behold, in particular the points scored in the first half while playing up the hill and against the wind. The forwards were able to put some nice moves together, thanks to a solid midfield platform. Barry Mulqueen, the ever lively Joe Shanahan, Darragh Scriven, Brian Sweeney, David Hayes among others were able to capitalise on the possession and added on the scores both sides of the break. Shamrocks led 2-6 to 0-1 at HT.


The second half brought 4 changes for Shamrocks but the pattern of the game emained the same. Courcey Rovers battled on but this game petered out to its inevitable conclusion as Shamrocks totally dominated. Training continues this week.


Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, R. Harrington, R. Murphy, J. Browne, C. O’Neill, S. Kidney, M. Prout, A. McCarthy, D. Hayes, B. Mulqueen,  B. Sweeney, A. Boland, J. Shanahan, D. Scriven. Subs used – J. Wilson, C. O’Grady, S. Downey.



U12 FL V Lisgoold – 7/3


Shamrocks 3-8, Lisgoold 0-0


Shamrocks u12’s started their season in style on Saturday afternoon with a comfortable win over our visitors to Shanbally on Saturday afternoon. Both teams had more than the required 12 a side so they played 15 a side.


Shamrocks, through good strong play from Harry Andrews and Derry Howard  at midfield and Cian O’Flaherty at centre forward, got on top playing up the hill against the wind and drove on to lead by 2-6 to 0-0 at HT. Eoin O’Flynn and Harry Andrews got the goals.


Shamrocks brought on all the subs in the second half and pushed on, despite a brilliant Lisgoold effort. Some great defending from Shamrocks kept them out at times.


A special word for Lisgoold GAA. Their dressing rooms are currently being redeveloped which renders their pitch unplayable for the last and next few weeks. By a strange quirk in the fixtures program, they were down to play Shamrocks in Minor, U14 and U12 in football at home last week and this week. But Lisgoold sportingly elected to travel up for 3 games in a row at the start of the season, going back to last Saturday afternoon – Their U14s, minor and u12 teams travelled to Shanbally without a word of complaint. Well done Lisgoold.


Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Aaron Clarke, Eoin O’Flynn and Shane Darcy were among the goalscorers. Overall, a brilliant performance from all the 19 players in action and the management team of Stephen Keane, Pa Andrews assisted by Seamus O’Flynn and Jed O’Flaherty on the day were very happy with the players afterwards. Also, thanks to Catherine Sisk for communicating with the parents and ensuring that there were 19 players togged and ready to go. Football training continues this week on Wednesday at 4pm, as the pitch is currently not suitable for hurling due to the weather and the high volume of games its taking. The next game is a hurling challenge at home to Douglas 2 on Saturday MArch 21st at 4.30pm.


Panel: D. O’Brien, M. Foy, M.Sisk, A. Brady. D. Carroll, F. Herlihy, A. McSweeney, H. Andrews, D. Howard, J. Hickey, C. O’Flaherty, E. O’Flynn, F. Hayes, S. Darcy. A. Maye, A. Clarke, R. Barrett, J. Bartlett, D. McCormick.