Monthly Archives: May 2016

Shanbally NS Winning Hurling Blitz – 27/5


Congratulations to the successful Shanbally N.S hurling team who won the Carrigdhoun Hurling blitz hosted by Shamrocks GAA last Friday. The team consisted of Adam McSweeney (captain), Mark Sisk, Charlie O Brien, Michael Foy, Dara McCormick, Darragh Hayes, Tim Sheehan, Philip Dorney, Aidan Brady, Daniel O Brien, Eoin O Flynn, Ferdia Hayes, John Coleman and Robert Barrett.


They had great victories against Gurrane, Dunderrow, Summecove and Ringaskiddy to win the shield. The boys have put in a huge effort to improving their hurling skills this year and were very unlucky not to secure a place in the County Sciath na Scol finals in an extremely competitive group. It is also very encouraging to note that half of the panel are only in fourth class so hopefully there will be plenty more success to come. Well done to all the lads involved.


Our girls team were in action earlier in the week and finished runners up to Minane Bridge in their Camógie tournament that was also hosted by Shamrocks GAA. This was a fantastic result in a very competitive group. 


Finally Jill Roberts has made the Cork Primary Game Football panel and will play at half time during the Cork v Tipperary Football Championship game.    


Winning Shanbally NS hurlers who took part in a Primary School Blitz held in Shamrocks GAA Grounds on Friday May 25th.

Winning Shanbally NS hurlers who took part in a Primary School Blitz held in Shamrocks GAA Grounds on Friday May 25th.

U12 HL v Crosshaven – 25/5

Shamrocks 3-9, Crosshaven 2-1


Shamrocks travelled to Crosshaven tonight buoyed by their win last Friday night v Lisgoold.


We were missing two of our regulars, Aidan Brady & Dara McCormack but welcomed back Fionn Herlihy following his hand injury.We also called on three of our younger players, Cian Lynch, Euan Clarke & Barry O’Mahony, to bolster our squad.


It would be fair to say that we dominated this game from start to finish in what was our best Hurling display of the year. In addition to the three younger players, we also had a further four u10 players on the team but you would not have thought it.


As predicted following the Lisgoold match, further positional changes were made for this game. Our goalkeeper, Sam Foy, was almost redundant but when called on was well up to the mark –  puck outs were excellent.The full back line of Aaron and Eoin were untested really but dealt efficiently with the ball that came their way.


The half back line is gathering legendary status with Ferdia, Michael & Robert providing a very robust defence. John ploughs a lone furrow in midfield and is commended for the work rate he gets through in every game. Kieran, Josh and Derry made up our very effective half forward line. Josh scored a tremendous opening goal which settled us down.


Cathal & Fionn were in the inside line and were lively all night; Cathal scoring his very first u12 goal – well done! We kept rolling on and off the subs all through and this worked very well for us.This win puts us back into the league and if we continue to improve we may surprise a number of teams later in the summer.
A big shout out to the grandparents, parents, siblings and friends who again turned out in big numbers – we out-supported the home team yet again! Seriously, this means an awful lot to the lads and also makes our job on the sideline that little bit easier – thank you!


We’re back to Football next Thursday, 2nd June, when we play Grenagh away in a crucial fixture – texts with details will follow in due course.


Panel – Sam Foy, Aaron Clarke, Eoin O’Flynn, Ferdia Hayes, Michael Foy, Robert Barrett, John Coleman, Josh Bartlett, Derry Howard, Kieran May, Cathal O’Donovan, Fionn Herlihy, Barry O’Mahony, Euan Clarke & Cian Lynch.

John Kerins Memorial U11 Football Tournament – 21/5


Shamrocks hosted the annual John Kerins Memorial u11 football tournament on Saturday morning last. Shamrocks won all 3 games they played against Crosshaven, Passage and Ballygarvan to qualify for the finals on June 18th in Páirc Ui Rinn.


U12 HL V Lisgoold – 20/5



Shamrocks 2-4, Lisgoold 2-1


Shamrocks secured their first win of the season at this grade. It was a fully deserved victory in very poor weather conditions.
We fielded a number of younger players and the experience will stand them in good stead.


We had a lot of the play in the first half but unfortunately could not translate that into scores.
We conceded 2 goals but other than that we were quite comfortable at the back.
Our midfield and forwards were breaking even with their opponents but just couldn’t make the breakthrough for scores.
Half time score Lisgoold 2-0  Shamrocks 0-1.


Encouraging words were spoken at half time and the lads themselves motivated each other to go for it in the second half.
We conceded an early point  (which was to be Lisgoold’s last score) but took over for the rest of the game.
We launched attack after attack and eventually got through for a couple of goals.
We added a few points and on a drier day might have run riot.
In any event, a great win and the confidence gained from this victory will hopefully drive us on for the rest of the season.


A number of lads played in new positions and these worked very well.
We have another Hurling League game v Crosshaven next Wednesday and more experimentation is expected!!
We can see improvement with every game and the plan is to train and play as much as we can.
Thank you to all our supporters who got absolutely soaked but stayed with us to the bitter end.


Panel: Sam Foy, Aidan Brady, Aaron Clarke, Ferdia Hayes, Michael Foy, Robert Barrett, John Coleman, Josh Bartlett, Derry Howard, Dara McCormack, Eoin O’Flynn, Cathal O’Donovan, Kieran May.

U14 CHC V St Vincents – 19/5


St Vincents 8-6, Shamrocks 3-7


St Vincents got the better of Shamrocks in the quarter final of the championship on Thursday evening last in Shanbally. The teams had met in the league earlier on where Vincents were easy winners but Shamrocks had done some preparation in the meantime and really put it up to the winners this time around. However, they ran out of gas in the last 10 minutes when St Vincents scored 3 goals to put a better look on the scorline from there point of view – from a Shamrocks point of view there was no way Vincents were 5 goals a better team on the night after a truly battling display from the Shamrocks lads.


The early exchanges were tight but Vincents, playing with the strong wind, started to get on top from the 15th minute until halftime and scored 3 goals and a couple of points to open up a commanding 3-5 to 0-2 lead. Shamrocks managed to give themselves hope when Daniel O’Brien scrambled in a high ball to the Vincents net to leave the score at HT St Vincents 3-5, Shamrocks 1-2.


Shamrocks needed an early goal to set a light under this game but Vincents got it and held Shamrocks at bay. However, Shamrocks had a purple patch from the 5th to the 20th minute and had Vincents on the rack, bringing the deficit back to 6 points after goals from Seán Andrews (who was brilliant throughout and caused endless problems for Vincents) and Eoin O’Flynn who had moved out from goal. Harry Andrews and Philip Dorney were also on the scoresheet for Shamrocks. With 8 minutes to go, it was St Vincents 5-6, Shamrocks 3-6 but unfortunately from a Shamrocks point of view, their attacking all-in line up at this point was caught for 3 goals right before the final whistle.


It was a great game of hurling from both sides with real championship intensity to it. For most Shamrocks players, they are so young that this was their first ever taste of championship action and they will learn lots from it. They improved immeasurably over the last month and left everything on the field against Vincents. They can be proud of their efforts.


Panel:  Adan McSweeney, Adam Maye, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Tim Sheehan, Mark Sisk, Philip Dorney, Daniel O’Brien, Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, Eoin O’Flynn, Robert Barrett, John Coleman. 


Shamrocks U14 HC V St Vincents, 19/5/16. Back row, l to r: Adan McSweeney, Adam Maye, Harry Andrews, Cian O'Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Tim Sheehan, Mark Sisk, Philip Dorney. Front, l to r: Daniel O'Brien, Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, Eoin O'Flynn, Robert Barrett, John Coleman.

Shamrocks U14 HC V St Vincents, 19/5/16. Back row, l to r: Adan McSweeney, Adam Maye, Harry Andrews, Cian O’Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Tim Sheehan, Mark Sisk, Philip Dorney. Front, l to r: Daniel O’Brien, Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, Eoin O’Flynn, Robert Barrett, John Coleman.

JAFC V Valley Rovers – 10/5


Shamrocks 1-11, Valley Rovers 0-7


Truly great night for Shamrock Football where we had a team with a mission and full of purpose. They were fully focused on winning and led throughout the contest.


They made light of the consistent rain and poor underfoot conditions and their team work and great disciplined support play ensured that the Innishannon side would not take this one.
Having led 0-7 to 0-4 they started the second half containing a determined effort by their opponents. A quick piece of interplay between full forward Brian Sweeney and Roy Twomey saw the latter score a brilliant goal to shore up a good lead going into the final quarter.


This was a fifteen man effort where every player can take a bow and the three substitutes introduced all dovetailed into the cut and trust of the game instantly.
Well done to all concerned and no doubt the preparatory work and unbeaten run in the league created a serious team


Team: Fergus O’Neill, Senan Andrews, Michael Prout, Cathal Kidney, Jason Browne, Chris O’Neill, Mark Hitchmough, Alan McCarthy, Barry Mulqueen, Joe Shanahan, Sean Cunningham, Andrew O’Grady, Senan Collins, Brian Sweeney, Roy Twomey.  Subs. David Hayes, Canice Caffrey and Darragh Scriven.

Maureen Barry RIP


The death of Mrs. Maureen Barry, Ringaskiddy has been announced. This lovely genial lady has been an integral part of the local community all her life and of course she was the Sacristan at the Oratory Church. Ever present in this very special holy place she treasured every minute there.
No one was so pleased and elated when the Oratory underwent a complete overhaul and rebuild.
Her endearing personality and pleasant smile were her trade marks. She was a native of Ballygarvan.


She is survived by her two sons Kieran and Denis. Both of them starred on the Shamrock Under 14 Football team of 1972 that brought the Club its very first County title in that code. Denis was in goal and Kieran at full back. Kieran went on to captain the Shamrock Junior football team in 1989 to win the Championship title back to back. In 1990 he captained the Carrigdhoun Senior Football team and they won their first championship match in twenty one years.


Her passing is a huge loss to our local community. We will all miss her greatly.
We send our deepest sympathies to Kieran and Denis and their extended families and the Fenton families of Ballygarvan..


Ni beidh a leithéad ann aris agus ar dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam dilis.

U8 Football Blitz – 7/5


Our first morning out took us to St. Vincents complex in the northside of the city. The inclement weather did not put off our enthusiastic young lads who gave a great exhibition of football.Due to holidays and other engagements, we had less numbers than usual but I’m sure that all those missing this week will return for future blitzes.


We played Brian Dillons, Nemo Rangers & Whitechurch. Our thanks to St Vincents for hosting the event. I also wish to thank the parents and siblings for turning out in atrocious conditions to support the lads.


A number of the younger players were togging out for Shamrocks for the first time and on first viewing, the future looks bright!!


This was the first of many blitzes over the coming months and I would encourage parents etc. to bring their child along to see first hand the fun to be had.
Texts will be sent during the week preceding the blitz and please reply (yes or no) to facilitiate the registration of teams.
Panel – Calum Fitzgerald, Ollie O’Brien,Ryan Doolan, Billy Hanna, Calum O’Neill, James Keane, Donal Herlihy, David Herlihy & Shane O’Flynn.

U12 FL V Castlelyons – 6/5


Shamrocks 6-4, Caslelyons 3-3


Shamrocks good run continued tonight in Shanbally. The players were well up for this game from the off and held the upper hand for most of the half. They went a point down against the run of play but their reaction was exemplary. They hit 3 goals and one point before half time to lead by 4-1 to 1- 2 at the break. A number of substitutions were made coming up to half time and also at half time to facilitate all the players who turned up.


The second half was a more evenly contested game and in fairness to our opponents, they made a great effort to get back into the match.
However, Shamrocksbacks held firm and repelled most of their attacks.


The game was well over when we conceded 2 late goals and the Shamrocks keeper, Josh Bartlett, produced a fine penalty save.
Manager, Stephen Keane, was delighted with the result and congratulated all the players for their efforts.
Shamrocks have a number of young players on the panel and it would be remiss of me not to mention the progress they have made over the past number of weeks – keep it going lads!! They had a big support tonight and this was a great lift to the lads – thank you all most sincerely!


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Aaron Clarke, Aidan Brady, Nathan O’Sullivan, Fionn Herlihy, Declan Carroll, John Coleman, Derry Howard, Michael Foy, Dara McCormack, Jack O’Leary, Eoin O’Flynn, Ferdia Hayes, Conor Coleman, Kieran May, Cathal O’Donovan & Sam Foy.

MHL V Laochra Og – 2/5


Shamrocks 5-20, Laochra Óg 1-4


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