Monthly Archives: November 2017

New Gym


Another Milestone for the Shamrocks Club – November 2017


When The Shamrock Hurling & Football Club reflect on the season, now drawing to a close, they will surely feel very satisfied and proud of their Building Programme and Pitch development just completed.


We customarily summarise and access our season by the amount of silverware accumulated. However, there are other essential undertakings on hand, so necessary in positioning the Club into the future. Such was the case with Shamrocks in 2017 when a significant undertaking involving the construction of a new Gym with ancillary facilities along with the reconstruction of the main playing pitch.


The pitch was first laid out in 1964, the land having been purchased in 1963. In those years Michael Walsh was Chairman, Ted Hanley, Vice Chairman, Donie Enright Hon. Secretary and Paddy Drievers Hon. Treasurer. It was a big and brave decision then, buying six acres of land and proceeding with the development work. Prior to that the Club rented fields from local farmers. We have come a long way since and the men and women at the helm in 2017 possess the same ambition and desire for progress as those of fifty four years ago.


The main pitch has undergone a complete re-development including drainage, and an extension of its size in width and length. Modern fencing has been erected with all the other facilities brand new as well. It is a magnificent job of work and one which the Club can be very proud of. Modern training requires new methods and facilities.


The construction of a new purpose built Gym with all its extra facilities including a Wheelchair Toilet, is another progressive signal going forward. The short term and long term future is well catered for at Pairc Tadhg O’h-Ainnlaoi in Shanbally.


Recently The Club President, Mr. Michael Brennan along with his Vice-Presidents was invited to visit and view the new work. They were joined by members of the current Executive Committee and the Club Trustees. It was a real opportunity for these Ladies and Gentlemen who rendered sterling service to the Club in the past to view and admire the work being done by the people of the present. Having toured and visited all the facilities and new Pitch they were entertained to lunch locally afterwards.


The Club’s Senior Vice-president is Fr. Sylvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. based in Holy Trinity Church, Fr. Matthew Street, Cork City. He is our longest serving Vice-president having been elected 37 years ago in1980. He duly blessed the new premises and pitch and wished every good luck to all who would use them in the years ahead, while acknowledging the great work done by the people who made it all possible.


The people tasked with organising the work and all that goes with it were, Club Chairman Pat McCarthy, Dave O’Flaherty, Hon. Secretary, John Twomey, Hon. Treasurer and Paddy O’Mahony, former Chairman who acted as the Coordinator for the Pitch and Gym developments.


Among the guests were Joe O’Driscoll, a former Club Chairman and a man who served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the South- East Cork Division for fifteen years. Jerh Coveney led the Clubs Under 14 Hurlers to unprecedented successes in the early 1960’s winning South-East and County Titles. Neally O’Mahony and Anthony Ronayne were never found wanting on the playing pitch and when they hung up their booths served in many other capacities. Michael Brennan and Donal Brady are the only survivors of the Shamrock Under 16 Hurling team of 1948 that won the first ever championship in that grade having defeated St. Patricks of Upton in the final. Pat Howard and Helen Prout are the Club’s two Lady Vice-Presidents. Helen was a former distinguished Hon. Treasurer and Pat’s father Tom was one of three Shamrock Hurlers to win Junior All Ireland medals in 1916, having played against Midleton in the Cork County Senior Hurling Final that year as well. Our Groundsman Mr. Pat O’Neill, who is a Club Trustee will be looking forward to cutting a lot of grass on the new pitch. Also enjoying the gathering were Pat Twomey, former Chairman and Vice-president, Pat Tuohy, Brendan Harte, Paddy Andrews, Billy Hurley, one of our hurling greats of the past, Denis Allen, Diarmuid Murphy, Club PRO, Colin Brady, Hurling Manager and a grandson of Vice-President Donal Brady, and John Twomey, the Club’s Under Age Chairman.


To borrow an old phrase “ a great day was had by all”




Our Club Vice Presidents with executive Committee Members at the Gym Opening

Co FC Semi Final V Adrigole – 19/11


Adrigole 5-8, Shamrocks 3-11


Shamrocks bowed out of the county championship on Sunday afternoon in Kilmichael. This game could have gone either way after 60 minutes of pulsating football played out between 2 evenly matched teams but Adrigole gained momentum in the last 5 minutes with two goals after a few breaks had gone their way. However, the Shamrocks lads lost nothing in defeat and can look back on the year with great pride for all their efforts.


Both teams enjoyed periods of dominance over the other throughout the game. The first half was straight forward enough – Shamrocks were the better team in the opening 15 minutes while Adrigole were the better team in the second 15 minutes. In the Shamrocks period of dominance, Derry Howard and Mark Sisk scored goals while Cian O’Flaherty and Shane Darcy from frees were the main Shamrocks scorers. However, at this point the Shamrocks captain Harry Andrews had to go off injured and this didn’t help matters – Shamrocks couldn’t build on their early 5 point advantage and Adrigole, through good football and strong running, got on top and went in at HT leading 3-3 to 2-3. All to play for in the second half.


The Shamrocks lads played up the slight hill in the second half and things started to get very exciting. They threw everything at Adrigole and scored 3 points to level the game up half way through. Adrigole went a point ahead but then Shamrocks scored a great team goal from dangerman Cian O’Flaherty and Shamrocks led by 2 points with 8 minutes to go. A few bewildering decisions baffled both sides and Shamrocks lost focus. Adrigole levelled matters with a goal of their own. Momentum seemed to swing their way and a controversial goal won it straight after, despite a last gasp Shamrocks effort to force extra time. It just wasn’t to be. The very best of luck top Adrigole in the final.


Thanks to all our players for a great year – they exceeded expectations no doubt. Thanks to their parents who drove all over the county in support. Thanks to the management team of Pa Andrews, Dick Andrews, Jed O’Flaherty and Seán Kideny, assisted as always by John Jordan for their efforts with the team throughout the year. Its important that this team stay together and that was the final message from the mentors in the dressing room after the game. See you all in 3 months time.


Panel: D. O’Brien, P. Dorney, F. Herlihy, T. Sheehan, A. McSweeney, J. Coleman, M. Sisk, S. Darcy, D. Howard, H. Andrews, A. Maye, C. O’Flaherty, E. O’Flynn, A. Brady, D. Carroll, M. Foy, J. Bartlett.




Shamrocks V Adrigole, Semi Final County Champ, 19/11/17

Shanbally NS – November 2017

Shanbally NS – November 2017


In recent weeks Shanbally N.S has made the headlines locally and nationally.


In an unique achievement the School’s two football teams claimed County School Shield Titles.


On a wet afternoon at Pairc Ui Rinn The Boys team were first into the arena against Berrings and after a very competitive contest, Shanbally found an extra gear in the final ten minutes to record a very merited victory.
The Girls team were next into action and from the throw in registered the very first score and led all the way through to the final whistle.  Two County Schools Shields Titles in one day was a phenomenal achievement for these boys and Girls. Well done and many congratulations to all concerned including the Coaches and Trainers who laid the foundations for victory.




On Thursday November 30th in Dublin, it was announced  that Shanbally National School was the winner of the Cara National Inclusion Award in Education Sector. This prestigious award recognises those who enhance participation opportunities for people with disabilities in sport, physical activity and physical education. This category encompasses all levels of education including primary, secondary and third level. Of course this award recognises and fully acknowledges the wonderful work done by over many years in this area in Shanbally School. It is surely a wonderful tribute to the partnership between children, staff, parents and the wider community. What a great ethos to have engrained in the School.


The Shamrock Club says well done and sends its compliments and congratulations to all concerned.

U14 Co FC Quarter Final V Carraig na bhFear – 12/11


Shamrocks 2-13, Carraig na bhFear 2-6


Shamrocks are into the semi final of the B2 Football Championship after this deserved win over Carraig na bhFear in Crosshaven on Sunday afternoon. The game proved a tough one but Shamrocks always led and were comfortable enough in the end.


Shamrocks elected to play with the strong breeze in the first half and they went in leading 0-10 to 0-1 at HT, after dominating possession and getting some scores from Cian O’Flaherty, Mark Sisk, Derry Howard, Shane Darcy and Eoin O’Flynn. Carraig na bhFear werent going to lie down without a fight and made life difficult for Shamrocks in the second half; they scored 0-2 without reply before adding a goal to leave 4 points between the teams after 10 minutes of the second half.; however, Cian O’Flaherty scored a viatl goal almost sraight away and with the wind having eased a bit, added another 1-1 before Carraig na bhFear added a furtehr goal. However, Shamrocks held on for a merited win. Well done to all the players on a great performance.


Panel: D. O’Brien, P. Dorney, F. Herlihy, T. Sheehan, A. McSweeney, J. Coleman, M. Sisk, S. Darcy, D. Howard, H. Andrews, A. Maye, C. O’Flaherty, E. O’Flynn, A. Brady, J. O’Leary, R. Barrett