Monthly Archives: June 2015

Club Ciarán 2015 – Day 2


Day 2 of Club Ciaran went off very well with all participants very enthusiastic. Fortunately the early morning rain cleared and we had another perfect day. There will be rising temperatures for the remainder of the week.


We were very pleased to greet our very popular Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Sean O’Sullivan when he paid us a visit today. Fr. Sean is essentially a football man having starred in many games with his home town, Bantry. He was most impressed with this year’s programme and very complimentary of the Coaches who were taking their tasks so seriously. He arrived in time for the mid morning break and was well looked after in the busy kitchen by Deirdre and her helpers.

Club Ciaran 2015 – Day 1 (June 1st)


Pairc Tadgh Ó hAinnlaoi was brimfull of youngsters all aspiring to be at the top of their trade in years to come. Club Ciaran 2015 went into motion.


And the boys and girls from the Parish along with their Coaches were a source of delight for any hurling enthusiast. They all want to play hurling and set the scene for another great week to the start of their Summer holidays.


With a well prepared pitch and all facilities set for the challenge, much praise is due to John Jordan and Donal Turner for their preparatory work.
We had a splendid setting and well matched by the enthusiasm of the Club Ciaran participants.


Sincere thanks to the organisers and all the parents and guardians who have displayed so much goodwill.

U16 HL V Kinsale – 28/6


Kinsale 4-12, Shamrocks 3-6


No full report available.


Shamrocks played very well and were keeping with Kinsale until the home side got 2 late goals to put a gloss on the scoreline. The Shamrocks lads tried very hard all through.

U8 Hurling Blitz – 27/6


Innishannon hosted the latest installment this morning. Again we fielded 2 teams. Both teams performed very well against all their opponents.


We had a very large following and a big thank you to them for their support. These lads are coming along nicely and hopefully we will see the reward in the years ahead.


Squad – Cathal O’Donovan, Diarmuid Cahill, Cian Lynch, Shane O’Flynn, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, Barry O’Mahony, James Keane, Evan Twomey, Josh Busted, Luke Jordan, Kieran May, Conor Coleman, Calum Gregson.

U12 HL V Grenagh – 26/6


Shamrocks 3-5, Grenagh 3-2


Shamrocks recorded their first win of the season with a merited victory over a strong Grenagh side.  


We started well but failed to trouble the scoreboard whilst on top. Harry Andrews scored a “bullet” from a free and this seemed to settle us down. It was nip and tuck up to half-time but a Grenagh goal just before the break left the score level – 1- 2 a piece.


The second half started with us under pressure but our opponents failed to register a score during this period. Again we settled and led by 5 points following another superb Harry Andrews goal from a close in free. Unfortunately, at this stage one of our heroes on the night, John Coleman, suffered a very serious knee injury.


This set us back and Grenagh went on to score 2 goals in less than a minute to leave us trailing by 1 point with 5 miniutes to go. The spirit of this squad was then tested to the full.


Led by Mark Sisk, Fionn Herlihy and Adam McSweeney, who were magnificient all night, Shamrocks attacked in droves. With 2 minutes to go, Eoin O’Flynn latched onto a breaking ball to finish well to the net and followed this up a minute later to give us a goal lead which we held to the end.


This was our best performance of the season and all the lads played their part. The victory was soured by John’s injury and we wish him all the best in his rehab which may take some time.


It was great to hear the huge shout out for John by his fellow players in the dressing room later.


It would be remiss of me not to mention Kieran & Catherine Sisk, Anna Barrett and Niamh O’Brien for their wonderful support and assistance – we surely have special people associated with this age group. Thanks to all the other grand-parents, parents and siblings who travelled and supported us on the night.


Panel – Adam Maye, Fionn Herlihy, Daniel O’Brien, Robert Barrett, Mark Sisk, Adam McSweeney, Harry Andrews, Derry Hurley, John Coleman, Josh Bartlett, Eoin O’Flynn, James O’Keeffe, Marc Galland.


Jimmy Doyle RIP


On Thursday afternoon the remains of Tipperary Hurling legend Jimmy Doyle passed through Shanbally and Ringaskiddy to the Island Crematorium.


The Shamrock Club, thanks to an initiative from Mr. David Nolan, Minor Team Mentor, decided to render a final honour and farewell to the Hurling great as his cortege passed Pairc Thaidhg Ó hAinle in Shanbally.


A guard of honour was drawn up led by our esteemed Club president Mr. Michael Brennan. Included were a number of our Minor Players, who were part of our County championship winning side last year.


With a blend of Tipperary Colours along with Provincial, Cork, and Club, lines were drawn up on both sides of the road with hurleys saluting the great hurling hero of yesteryear. Two of these hurleys were replicas of Christy Ring’s and Donie Nealon’s.


After a short guard of honour walking beside the hearse a huge ‘buladh bas’ was spontaneously rendered to the great Tipp man and his accompanying family and friends.


There were no boundaries to the respect and admiration of this wonderful hurler and sportsman.


 Ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam dílis.


MBHL V Tracton – 25/6


Shamrocks 1-11, Tracton 1-11


No report available




Great action photo from Shamrocks V Tracton, MBHL, 25/6/15

Great action photo from Shamrocks V Tracton, MBHL, 25/6/15

U16 HL V Donoughmore – 22/6


Shamrocks 5-12, Donoughmore 2-9


Team;  Shane Flavin, Evan Seymour, Cathal Murphy, Jodi Sisk, James Lynam, Daniel O Mahony, Ruairi Mehigan, Seán Andrews, Shane Downey, Luke O’Driscoll, James O Callaghan and last but certainly not least Mark Sisk.


It was a pleasure to watch. Two teams who had a good scattering of strong players and willing to play hurling as it is meant to be. Not a bad pull in the game. We started out with two early points from James Lynam from a 65 and Ruairi Mehigan from a free from about forty. Settled the nerves..   


Seán Andrews scored a lovely point on the run. Ruairí added three more from frees six points before they got off the mark with one of their own from a free. Mark Sisk pulled on a bouncing ball in the square and buried it. They replied with one of their own and a point but two more goals from Shane Downey and Luke O’Driscoll left Shamrocks in a commanding lead at half time 3-8 to 1-6. 


As you will know though hurling is a game where a lead like that can disappear in a flash. 


Not going to happen because while we continued to score during the second half our goalkeeper Shane Flavin  ( staking a claim on the position Permanently) stood tall on occasion to block and clear his line like a man with years of experience. The backs Evan, Cathal, Daniel, Jody under the marshalling of James gave nothing up easy and gave the captain Ruairí and the forwards plenty of ball to be working with.


While we had players on holiday i would like to quickly mention two players who were not on holiday but could not play – Dave O’Sullivan (injured during minor game) and Sam Geary (who offered to get out of  a sick bed rather than leave us short). Get well soon to both of you. Thank you to young Mark for filling in a pair of boots at short notice and to James O’Callaghan who got his first experience of hurling last night and happily told me afterwards he enjoyed it..


Until the next one….Slán tamaill

U10 Hurling Blitz – 20/6


This blitz was hosted by Ballinhassig club.
We were tight on numbers due to holidays etc.


We played Kinsale, Valley Rivers and Ballycastle Gaels (Ballyhooley). We hurled well in all games.
A number of younger lads stepped up to the mark and were excellent.


The older players – Josh Bartlett, Robert Barrett & Eoin O’Flynn – led by example and a number of hooks and blocks by these lads were outstanding.
Next blitz at this level is Football on 4th July – venue Tracton – texts etc will be sent in good time.


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Eoin O’Flynn, Robert Barrett, Barry O’Mahony, Cathal O’Donovan, Kieran May, Conor Coleman, Cian Lynch & David Herlihy.

U14 CFC Final V Crosshaven – 16/6


Crosshaven 4-2, Shamrocks 1-10


The first final of the 2015 season was played in Passage between ourselves and Crosshaven in the U14 football East Board Championship. When both teams met in the league Shamrocks had a comprehensive victory. The final proved to be a different set up altogether. This was a totally different Crosshaven team. They were much bigger and stronger than the earlier one that we met. They started the final well on top and were leading on a scoreline of 3-01 to 1-00 after ten minutes. A few positional switches before the interval settled us down and we scored 4 points without reply to leave us losing by a goal at half time.


Great words of advice was given to the team and after some excellent displays from all our lads we found ourselves in front by 3 points with the full time whistle fast appraoching. The score at this stage was 1-10 to 3-01. Crosshaven threw all their big lads forward for the last few minutes and scored 1-01 in the very last minute to leave them leading by a point. The referee blew the full time whistle without allowing any injury time whatsoever despite the game being stopped on at least four occasions because of injuries. Crosshaven emerged victorious by the smallest of margins.

It was heartbreak for the players, mentors and the large number of Shamrock supporters. The mentors of Jed O’Flaherty, Tim Hayes and John Jordan deserve great credit for their effort, time and commitment with this team. Team – Cian O Flaherty, Jody Sisk, Evan Seymour, Mark Sisk, Seán Browne, Harry Andrews, Dylan O Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Andrew Egan, Ronan Connolly, Luke O’ Driscoll, Sam Geary. Subs: Conor Hourihan, Robert Van Pelt, Dylan Gregson, Adam Maye, Adam McSweeney.




Seán Browne looks up in action in the final V Crosshaven, 16/6/15

Seán Browne looks up in action in the final V Crosshaven, 16/6/15