Archives 2020

 January/February 2020


Sports Award for John Twomey – Jan 2020

We’re proud to see John Twomey was presented with the ‘Lifetime Contribution to Sport’ award at the Southside & District Sports Awards on Friday. See this week’s edition of The Carrigdhoun for the report and photos


JAFL V Ballygarvan – 26/1


Shamrocks started their season with defeat on Sunday morning in Ballygarvan, 4-10 to 1-7. They were short key players but the players on show battled hard throughout. Training continues.


MFL DÓM V Ballinhassig – 22/2


Ballinhassig 8-6, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 2-4

A typical start of season game played in heavy conditions. For many, this was their first game playing for Diarmuid Ó Murchús and despite an encouraging first half, it showed in the performance.

Ballinhassig led 3-3 to 2-0 at half time, having played with the strong wind. Ó Murchús were reasonably happy with that scoreline as they turned to play with the wind. However, nothing went right for them as Ballinhassig took over completely and Ó Murchus were under constant pressure from the throw in. The goals flowed and it was all over. The 12 men (down a player due to injury) simply had no answer in the second half. Still,  the season is up and running and the teams performances will only get better.  Michael Nugent and Shane Darcy got the Ó Murchús goals in the first half.

Players on duty – D. O’Brien, C. Herlihy, O Merchant, A. McSweeney, A. Power, R. Keal, M. Sisk, S. Darcy, A. Maye, C. Finn, C. O’Flaherty, H. O’Connell, M. Nugent


JAFL Shamrocks v Ballymartle – 27/2

Shamrocks 0-14 V Ballymartle 0-4

Last night (Thurs) we headed to Riverstick to take on Ballymartle under lights in their 2nd Pitch. We had a tremendous turnout of Players (22), great even to see Roy Twomey there, though carrying an injury. It all adds to the support that exists this year for our strong panel. Some serious players were also unavailable for this tie.

The Selection team of Dave O’Neill (Manager), Pat Mc Carthy, Dick Andrews and John(Socket) Twomey were busy and under pressure to name the starting 13, with 8 subs who could equally have started. There was a great expectant buzz as we headed out. It was great to see that all of the Hurling management were there to support the lads as well. Echoing our Chairman Kieran Lynam’s insistence that we are all together this year for the Players.

It was a great clear, chilly night for football, on a firm surface. The fall of ground in that pitch (the one we all played on over the years) is quite pronounced and we were against it in the first half. The team that started was as follows: J. Wilson(Keeper), N.Hayes, S.Kidney. B.Scannell,M.Hitchmough, S. Andrews. Coby O Grady, Alan McCarthy. Cillian Hayes, D.Andrews, D. Scriven,A. O’Grady, C. O’Neill. It was tough defending that led us to be ahead at halftime on a scoreline of 0-2 Ballymartle, 0-4 Shamrocks. Definitely our Fitness showed in the 2nd Half. Coby was outstanding at midfield; our forwards combined well, and some serious defending kept them at bay. All our Subs came on and contributed to maintaining our Tempo. Jack made a vital save to keep that distance between the teams.

Subs: J. Tuohy, T. Murphy, J. Lynam,S. Collins,S. Downey, S. Hurley, D. Barry and C. Kidney.

Great satisfaction all round. It is going to be a serious competition for places on this team. Showing commitment at Training is going to have a serious impact. The Brent Geese outside Gobby and Monkstown Creek will head back to the Arctic this week..but our season is about to get more serious over the next few weeks. Just a note to our Hurlers, plans are almost ready to get us up and running.


March, April, May, June 2020

MFL DÓMs v Grenagh – 1/3

Grenagh 4-10, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 1-9

A second loss in a row but a much better turnout and performance. Grenagh were a good footballing side and deserved their win but the Ó Murchús lads played their part in a fine game of football that was played on two pitches in Crosshaven!


Grenagh had an early goal from their dangerous full forward line and despite a reply from Harry Andrews (who did most of the scoring), Grenagh pushed on before half time and led 3-4 to 1-2 and had a nice cushion as the teams changed pitches.


The concession of an own goal didnt help Ó Murchus on the scoreboard but they finished strong with a few nice points from play. An encouraging performance and a step in the right direction from the lads in what is a learning curve with everyone with this new team.


Panel on duty: D. O’Brien, R. Keal, C. Herlihy, A. Power, F. Herlihy, P. Cotter, A. McSweeney, S. Darcy, H. O’Connell, C. Deane, S. Andrews, M. Sisk, A. Maye, H. Andrews, R. Twomey, D. Ryan, P. Murphy.

U16 FL V Grenagh, lost 4-10 to 1-9


U14 FL V Tracton – 1/3

Shamrocks 4-7, Tracton 2-5

No report submitted


U16 FL DÓM v Donoughmore – 7/3


A first game of the season for the new u16 footballers of Diarmuid Ó Murchús resulted in a 6 point win. Conditions were blustery but Ó Murchús fully deserved their win, could have won by more and got plenty of game time into all the players. All in all a pleasing start.


At this point (Mid March), the Covid 19 pandemic swept the country so no more games were played until the summer


Eddie Forde R.I.P. – April 2020

We received the sad news of the death of Eddie Forde in Dublin and  late of Ringaskiddy. Eddie was a former hurler and footballer with the Club. He was an outstanding under age player and played in the club’s first ever under 14 Hurling South East Final against St. Patrick’s Upton in 1960 when Ger. Coveney was in charge. He won a South East under 21 football medal with Shamrocks in 1967. He played Intermediate Hurling and Junior Football with the Club and played football with his Alma Mater Colaiste Criost Ri.

He was a member of an old Ringaskiddy Family who ran Forde’s Pub ( now The FBI).  His brother Michael was a member of the Shamrock Junior Hurling side that won the S.E. title in 1959.   He was predeceased by his other brother Denis.

Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife and family


Breda Barry R.I.P. late of Shanbally

Earlier this week the death of Breda Barry in Toronto, Canada was announced.  Breda was married to Joe O’Sullivan of Castle Farm and after getting married in the mid 1950’s emigrated to Canada. Joe died in 1981. Breda made many visits home over the years and perhaps part of her never left Ireland.

We send our profound sympathy to the Barry and O’Sullvan families.


April 2020 – Covid-19 Hand Sanitizer distribution

Ringaskiddy Residents Association and Shamrocks GAA Club, in conjunction with Hovione, handed out free Hand Sanitizer in the local Community Centre to the local community and district to help combat the Covid 19 virus. Help was at hand from our team of volunteers and judging by the comments of the local community this was really appreciated.

Our thanks must go to Kieran Lynam, Brendan Barrett, Clara O’Grady, Diarmuid Murphy, Susan O’ Mahony, Gordan Ryan and John Twomey Ringaskiddy for all their efforts, time and assistance. Special thanks to Hovione Eireann Loughbeg who manufactured and supplied the Sanitizer. In these testing times for all of us it’s important to abide by rules, keep our social distancing, stay at home and hopefully we’ll all be back pucking sliothars, kick footballs, training and playing our national game before too long.



A Tribute to Paddy Andrews RIP – May 2020



Paddy Andrews sudden and untimely passing has left us with heavy hearts and a great void to fill.


The virus that is stalking our land has brought much anxiety and heartfelt sorrow to family and home. We all share the huge loss of Paddy with his dear wife Mary, sons Patrick, Peter, Vincent and Senan together with his grandchildren, many relatives and friends. It is a time to grieve, to reminisce, to ask why, to reignite a flame that has gone out and most importantly to always hold a special place for a loyal and sporting Shamrock.


A man of fine Christian principles where each passing day saw him propagate and touch someone with help, guidance, sustenance and reassurance. Paddy’s style was his own and while many of us were talking and scheming, he in his own inimitable was getting things done


Paddy was born in Ringaskiddy 73 years ago to Noel and Betty (nee Quinn) Andrews, where he grew up in their very popular home known as “Rose Lodge” located in the heart of the village. His home sported a magnificent front lawn where The Shamrock Club held many Carnivals and Festivals in days of yore. He attended Ringaskiddy National School, received his first Holy Communion in Shanbally and was Confirmed in Shanbally in May of 1959 by Bishop Lucey along with his friends John Collins and Tony McCarthy. He received his secondary education in Rochestown College and subsequently played a part in the Past Pupils Union.


His first and lasting love was the game of hurling and the Shamrock Club. Throughout his long career he played in all grades from Under 14 through to Intermediate level. His hurling skills, speed and prowess saw him excel in the Shamrock green shirt. He played in the Club’s first ever Under 14 South-East Final versus St. Patricks of Upton in 1960. In an Intermediate Hurling League game played in Midleton versus Midleton in 1969 he hit ten points between the posts from play. Another stand out performance from Paddy was the first round of the J.H.C. in 1968 versus Ballinhassig played in Carrigaline. The numbers were tight and Shamrocks had to call in three “long pants men” to make the 15, namely Rob Andrews, Charlie Maye and Jim Lenihan (The Fireman). The Mentors forgot the bag of jerseys so a set was borrowed from Ballygarvan who had played in a curtain-raiser. Shamrocks were in red and the pressure was on. The match report, written by Tom Fitzgerald of Kinsale, in the Southern Star the following week stated “Andrews latched on to every ball at centre field and helped fashion a mighty win for his Raggle-Taggle side”


He took a keen interest in the Club’s Under Age activities and would go on to give over forty years of unbroken service which was unique and unsurpassed. He was well known and respected among the wider GAA Community as he represented the Shamrock Club at the various Board Meeting over such a long period. The large number of Expressions of Sympathy, led by Rebel Og Cork bore testimony to his level of respect and popularity. There was only one Paddy Andrews.

He served for many years as an Officer of the Club’s Executive Committee where his late father Noel also participated. He surely became an intrinsic part of the Shamrock Club. In his time he enjoyed successes with the Under age teams many of whom he mentored.


A busy person always seems to find time and energy to take other tasks on board. Paddy was such a person. He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and gave many hours helping the Meals on Wheels Organisation with daily deliveries up to time of his death. He spent a number of years as an active Officer of the Monkstown NS Parents Association. On Sundays he was not found wanting as he was a regular volunteer to do Mass Readings in Monkstown Parish Church.


Paddy has touched so many people’s lives in a truly positive and Christian manner. He shunned highlights and publicity. He was happy in the background taking satisfaction in being able to help. Paddy Andrews was a corner stone in his own Club, Community and Parish, always there and synonymous with all that was for the common good.

Sean Ó Tuama, May 2020


Return to Play – July 2020


U12 HL V Tracton – 18/7

Tracton 5-12, Shamrocks 2-6

The u12 hurlers were the first club team to return to competitive action on Saturday morning against Tracton in Shanbally. Tracton were the stronger and more tuned in team from the start. Shamrocks got better as the game went on and never gave up which was great to see. Training and matches continue this week


U14 HL V Crosshaven – 20/7

Crosshaven 6-16, Shamrocks 1-7

Well beaten by a good Crosshaven side. No other report to hand


U16 F Challenge V Blarney – 20/7

The Ó Murchús u16 footballers  played Blarney in Rathpeacon on Monday night in the lovely sunshine in a challenge game. It was a good outing where all players got a good run out. Some excellent football was played and Ó Murchús won well in the end. Thanks to Rathpeacon GAA for hosting the match at late notice.


U12 FL V St Vincents – 22/7

Shamrocks 6-13, St Vincents 3-6

Well done to all the lads on the night. A superb performance from all. Each and everyone gave 100%. Some great interplay and scores taken throughout. They should all take great confidence for the games going forward.


U12 FL V Tracton – 25/7

Shamrocks 4-10, Tracton 2-7

A huge well done to all the lads again this morning. From goalkeeper to full forward they ran themselves into the ground. Trailing by a point at halftime they showed heart and courage to run out winners on a score line of 4-10 to 2-7 👏👏

DÓM U16 FL V St Nicks – 25/7

Ó Murchús 2-19, St Nicks 2-7

This was the lads first game in the league post lockdown and it was a great win. It was played in Crosshaven and they found themsleves down by 2 goals after 15 minutes to a big physical tea, from Nicks. However, they regained a bot of composure up until HT and trailed by 5 at the break.

The second half saw Ó Murchús turn to play with a slight breeze and the lads upped their game considerably. They took over totally and outscored Nicks by 2-14 to0-3 in that half in an impressive display. All players from both clubs (6 from Shamrocks) got plenty of gametime and there was anice spread of scores. They ply Kinsale in 2 weeks time but for now, well done to all involved, job done.

U14 FL V Courcey Rovers – 27/7

Shamrocks 5-11, Courcey Rovers 4-8


After a tough first half, the U14 footballers turned in a brilliant second half display to make the long trip to Ballinspittle worthwhile on Monday evening. Shamrocks started with 1-1 from Cian Lynch and Sam Foy. However, they lost their way thereafter and Courceys took over and went into a 1-4 to 1-1 lead by the first water break. Courceys continued to pound the Shamrocks goal and led 4-5 to 2-3 at HT, after further scores from Dara McCormick (penalty) and Bartlett and Lynch.


Shamrocks played with a bit of a breeze in the second half and the transformation was remarkable. A few switches worked a treat. Two goals from Evan Twomey and Harry O’Leary allied to points from McCormick, Lynch and Cathel O’Donovan, all from play and the game was level, 4-6 each. Shamrocks sensed victory and another goal from Sam Foy and points from McCormick, Lynch and David Herlihy helped them over the line. Thanks to all parents and players who made the trip and to John and Shane on the sideline.


Panel – Noah Morris, Callum Gregson, Euan Clarke, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, David Herlihy, Evan Browne-Wilson, Kieran May, Dara McCormick, Josh Bartlett (capt), Cathal O’Donovan, Cian Lynch, Sam Foy, Evan Twomey, Conor Coleman, Ryan Roberts, Harry O’Leary, Donal Herlihy, Ollie O’Brien

Panel – Noah Morris, Callum Gregson, Euan Clarke, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, David Herlihy, Evan Browne-Wilson, Kieran May, Dara McCormick, Josh Bartlett (capt), Cathal O’Donovan, Cian Lynch, Sam Foy, Evan Twomey, Conor Coleman, Ryan Roberts, Harry O’Leary, Donal Herlihy, Ollie O’Brien


DÓMs MFC V Ballinhassig – 29/7

Ballinhassig 2-12, Ó Murchús 4-3


Ballinhassig deserved the win in the end. The game was played in very wet conditions in Ballinhassig and while Ó Murchús they played well at times but found scores hard to come by, unlike the home team who were much more efficient in front of the goals. At HT the home side led 1-6 to 1-2 but they scored 1-2 straight after the restart to open up a 10 point cushion. In fairness to the Ó Murchús boys, they continued to play football and a a couple of late goals made it an exciting finish – However, Ballinhassig held on for a deserved win. There is definitely scope to do well further on those year. Next game verses Sliabh Rua in 2 weeks


Team: Adam Power, Mark Sisk, Fionn, Herlihy, Rob Twomey, A. McSweeney, D. Gregson, O. Merchant, J. McCarthy, S. Andrews, R. Keal, P. Cotter, S. Darcy, R. O’Sullivan, C. Herlihy, H. Andrews

August 2020


U14 HL V Tracton – 3/8


Shamrocks 6-13, Tracton 1-3


Shamrocks welcomed Tracton on Monday evening on a beautiful evening. Shamrocks were on top throughout in the first quarter with scores from Ryan Roberts, Josh Bartlett, Seamus O’Mahony, Luke Jordan and Cian Lynch and this set the tone for the rest of the match. Shamrocks led 1-5 to 0-2 at the water break. A goal from Sam Foy with further points from Lynch, Jordan on top of some resolute defending from Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney at full back and Kieran May at half back ensured Shamrocks were on top at halftime, 2-8 to 0-3.


By the third quarter water break, Shamrocks were totally dominant after Cian Lynch’s 1-2, Darra McCormicks, Josh Bartletts and Seamus O’Mahonys points. In the last quarter, Seamus bagged two goals with Lynch and David Herlihy ading further points, Shamrocks ran out easy winners.

Panel used – Shane O’Flynn, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, Callum Gregson, Barry O’Mahony, Evan Browne-Wilson, Kieran May (capt), Dara McCormick, Josh Bartlett, Cian Lynch, Sam Foy, Seamus O’Mahony, Harry O’Leary, Ryan Roberts, David Herlihy, Ollie O’Brien.


DÓMs U16 FL V Kinsale – 9/8

Kinsale 7-8, Ó Murchús 0-8


An extraordinary game insofar as DOM dominated the first 15 minutes and only had one point to show for their efforts. Kinsale then attacked 3 times and came away with 2-1.Again the Ó Murchús lads attacked with gusto after water break but found scores hard to come by. Kinsale on the other hand were much more economical and led 3-2 to 0-6 at the break.


The Ó Murchús lads were disappointed with the score but were happy enough with their performances at that stage. We felt that we were ready to take off in the 2nd half but unfortunately fell flat on their faces. They conceded some very soft scores and understandably the lads heads sank. Poor discipline and decision making resulted in a hammering which was undeserved.


This is a good team and no doubt will prove this in our next outing v Ballinora in 2 weeks. Kinsale have a fine footballing side and were very well coached. They will be a test for the best. Finally thanks to the players, mentors and supporters for their efforts on what was a sweltering hot afternoon in Kinsale.


U12 FL V Brian Dillons – 9/8

Shamrocks 7-5, Brian Dillons 3-5

Another superb team performance again this morning. With 13 of the 14 players aged Under 11 or less, they all played like men. Up against a big Brian Dillon’s side, they all gave 100% for the entire match in sweltering heat to run out winners on a score of 7-5  to 3-5.

U14 FL V Tracton – 10/8

Tracton 4-8, Shamrocks 3-2

No report


U12 HL V Cloughduv – 11/8

Cloughduv 11-9, Shamrocks 4-5

A bad day at the office. The lads were up against a good Cloughduv side. The lads battled all the way through but it was not to be. Best wishes to James Keane who received a nasty head injury. Thanks to all the parents, players and management who made the trip to An Chloch Dhubh on Tuesday evening.


DÓM MFC V Sliabh Rua – 12/8

Sliabh Rua 4-19, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 1-13


A second defeat in 2 championship games and the lads are getting a taste of how difficult it is playing in a higher grade with practically no training – Sliabh Rua were far to good; they led by 3-11 to 0-7 and coasted to the victory in the second half


Adam McSweeney in possession supported by Seán Andrews



U14 HL V Kinsale – 17/8

Kinsale 3-10, Shamrocks 1-4

No report


DÓM U16 FL V Ballinora – 22/8

Ballinora 8-8, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 1-6

Goals, goals and more goals. That was the difference between the 2 teams in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon as Ballinora won easily. Having led 3-6 to 0-2 at HT after playing with a very strong breeze, it was hoped that the Ó Murchús lads would make a game of it in the second half. However, they found the Ballinora defence in top form and couldnt break through for a goal until it was all over; by whuch time Ballinora had added a further 4 goals.

They will be home to Canovee in the shield semi finals.



U8 HL V Ballinhassig – 22/8

Well done to our under 8 hurlers who played their first match of the year against Ballinhassig on Saturday morning. Fantastic performance by everyone. Thanks to all who played and well done to the management led by Darragh Collins who organised the game



U14 FL V Passage – 24/8

Shamrocks 9-10, Passage 2-7

A good performance from Shamrocks to qualify for the semi finals of the league. They were up against a strong physical Passage team but played good football to win well in the end.



U10 Hurling v Ballinhassig – 29/8

Well done to the U10 hurlers who played their first match of the year against Ballinhassig on Aug 29th. Great performances by all, well done to the players, parents and management team of David Andrews and Barry Fitzgerald



U12 Hurling Plate Final v St Vincents – 29/8

Shamrocks 6-10, St Vincents 3-5

Yet again the U12 hurlers crossed the white line and played as men in the shield final against St Vincent’s Each and everyone one of them gave 💯 for each other. Trailing by 7 PTs after 10 mins they fought there way back into the game and went in a goal down at halftime. Better was to come in the 2nd half as they held St Vincent’s scoreless and ran out convincing winners on a score line of 3-5 6-10. Well done to all and thanks for the commitment they have all put in so far this season 👏👏👏



September and October 2020


U10 F Challenge V Ballinhassig – 5/9

Well done to the U10 footballers who played 2 simultaneous games verses Ballinhassig in Shanbally on Saturday morning. Thanks to all who turned up and to the parents and management for organising


U14 HL Shield Final v Tracton – 7/9

Shamrocks 4-10, Tracton 6-3

Shamrocks travelled to Minane Bridge on Monday evening to play our last U14 hurling match of the season, the U14 Shield Final. This game was an outstanding game which had everything from start to finish. Both teams gave an exhibition of hurling and the end to end action was a joy to watch.


Shamrocks started on the back foot and Tracton had us in all types of trouble all over the pitch. After ten minutes they had rattled our net three times and added on a few points before we got on the score sheet via the acurate free taking of Cian Lynch. Tracton cancelled out our revival by adding another goal as the half time whistle was approaching. A close in free by Josh Bartlett rattled the Tracton net just on half time to leave us trailing on a score line of 4-01 to 1-04.


Some positional switches were made at half time along with words of encouragement and also some harsh words which had to be said in the circumstances.


Shamrocks started the second half by adding on two early points from Dara McCormick and Luke Jordan. Luke then done his impression of the famous John Fenton Goal for Cork by score an identical one from 35 meters out. This gave the lads great hope and confidence. Try as we might to get the equaliser, it just wouldn’t happen. Tracton then took control again and scored another two goals to leave them in the driving seat with ten minutes to go. More frees from Cian Lynch and Josh Bartlett kept us in the hunt and they two quick fire goals from Sam Foy left us trailing by just a point as we entered injury time. A converted tight angled free from Josh Bartlett had us level two minutes into added time. Possession was won from the resulting Tracton puck, the sliothar found it’s way to Dara McCormick and from the half wsy line he pointed the winning score to leave us victorious by the slimmest of margains on a scoreline of 4-10 to 6-03.


Great scenes of delight at the final whistle were witnessed. Tracton were devastated have led the whole game except for the last puck. Captain Kieran May accepted the shield on behalf of the team and thanked Teacton, Referee, Brian Coinnery who stated it was the best game he did in along time, Parents, team mates and coaches, John Herlihy, Shane O’Donovan and John Twomey. A victory parade was held and we even got a Garda Escort as they were escorting the Windmills out of Ringaskiddy.


Team. David Herlihy in Goal, Full back line, Calum Gregson, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney and Seamus O’Mahony. Half back line, Shane O Flynn, Evan Browne and Captain, Kieran May. Mid field, Dara McCormick and Josh Bartlett, Half forward line, Cathal O Donovan, Cian Lynch and Luke Jordan. Full forward line, Barry O’Mahony, Sam Foy and Donal Herlihy. Subs, Ryan Roberts for Calum Gregson, Jack O’Sullivan-Kearney, Conor Coleman and Harry O’Leary.

U12 FL V Ballinhassig – 9/9

Shamrocks 6-10, Ballinhassig 0-6


A strong performance from shamrocks keeps them unbeaten in the football this year. With a full squad of 21 players available every player got game time. Leading 4-7 to -01 at halftime wholesome changes were made for the second half. A lot of positional changes as well led to another 2-3 in the second half. A victory or draw in the final league game against Grenagh next Tuesday will guarantee a league final against Kilmurry

DÓM U16 FL V Canovee

Ó Murchús 3-22, Canovee 2-8

Ó Murchús played well and scored early and often putting the game out of reach really in the first half. Due to injuries and early retirements meant we were down to 17 players togged. All played significant parts at various stages.

Hopefully we will have a fully fit squad for the final which we believe will be against St. Nick’s – who we have already met in the round robin stage. Management were delighted with the display.


U12 FL V Grenagh – 15/9

Shamrocks 6-7, Grenagh 5-3

Shamrocks completed their league season unbeaten with a hard fought win against Grenagh. Despite not playing at full throttle throughout the match they dug deep and outfought a fast and well versed Grenagh team. A much deserved league final now awaits this fine team against Kilmurry this Saturday in Shanbally at 12pm.


MFC  V Donoughmore – 16/9

Donoghmore 3-12, Ó Murchús 4-7

The lads gave it their all, especially in the final quarter but they came up just short in Donoughmore on a beautiful Autumn evening, perfect for football. It was a good hard game between evenly matched teams. After 3 early DÓM goals, Donoghmore pushed on after the first water break and led by 3-7 to 3-4 at HT.

A restructuring of the Ó Murchús team after the break seemed to give the team better shape but they found scores hard to come by. Entering the last 5 minutes, there was only 2 points between the team but try as they might, Ó Murchús couldnt get the all important scores. Thats the end of the season – thanks to all for their efforts.

Team: C. Finn, R. Keal, C. Herlihy, A. Power, M. Sisk, F. Herlihy, D. Gregson, J. McCarthy, P. Cotter, P. Murphy, O. Merchant, S. Darcy, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, D. Howard. Subs N. Deane, C. Deane.


JHC semi-final v Ballinhassig – 13/09

SHAMROCKS Exciting Junior A Hurling Championship semi-final win V Ballinhassig on Sunday 13th September 2020 in Ballygarvan.

Travelling to play Ballinhassig in a hurling championship match is always a daunting task. I always say the toughest Clubs to play in Hurling in Cork are Ballinhassig, Newcestown and Bride Rovers! Our young team, sprinkled with some serious experience, had prepared very well, under Coach Dave Nolan and the backroom team of Alan Geary, Jim Ronayne, Kevin O’Grady and Liam Shanahan. The game itself didn’t disappoint, as Shamrocks thundered out of the blocks, upsetting a complacent looking Ballinhassig. There were some outstanding tussles throughout the Pitch, notably between Cathal and ‘Hassigs full forward Stephen Dineen. This account won’t break down the match score by score. We were leading at halftime 1-10 to 1-8.’ Water break time’, halfway through each half is now a feature of every match, due to Covid-19 and at the break in the second half, we were a point down. 15 mins to go and all to play for!

Hurling is a game, especially in the white heat of battle, where there is no place for half-hearted efforts or any form of fear or lack of courage. By God , our lads have huge heart, bravery, courage and great skill and gave it everything as we went down to the wire. … a point up..a draw.. a point down,… equaliser!!..time almost up..breathless stuff!! To think clearly on the sideline, and on the field of play, wins matches. Our 3 subs who came on all contributed. Notice, I’ve refrained from naming players, and we had towering performances from almost all, but we keep that information for ourselves. Our Captain, Mark Hitchmough, delivered the winning point on the stroke of full time, to unleash scenes of joy among those of us lucky enough to have been there.

Full Time Score: Shamrocks 2-20, Ballinhassig 3-16: We are now relishing the prospect of playing our old rivals, Kinsale, in the Carrigdhoun Division South East Hurling Final 2020, provisionally fixed for Ballinspittle Sun. 27th Sept. Na Seamroga Abu!…

TEAM: S. Keane, C. O’Grady, C. Kidney, S.Kelleher. B. Mulqueen, M. Hitchmough, S.Collins. N.Hayes, D.Andrews, R.Twomey, A.O’Grady, S. Andrews. H. Andrews, J. Boylan, D. Kennedy.

Subs used: J.Tuohy, C. O’Neill, M. Jordan.

U12 FL Final V Kilmurry – 19/9

Kilmurry 4-6, Shamrocks 1-4

Despite a great team effort Shamrocks fell short at the final hurdle in a highly competitive league shield final. Playing against a team that had 12 players on the age Shamrocks dug deep and held their own for long periods of the game.

Despite trailing by 5 points at halftime Shamrocks started strongly in the second half and reduced the deficit to 2 points with 15 minutes to play. Going toe to toe with a big physical team hope remained high going into the final throws of the game. However 2 quick goals allowed Kilmurry to pull away and it was a lead that they never looked like surrendering.

A great league campaign from Shamrocks ended disappointingly with their one and only defeat. Special praise must go to each and everyone one of these lads as they gave everything they had from day 1 and their day in the sun will arrive at some stage.


DÓM U16 F Shield Final V St Nicks – 26/9

St Nicks 8-1, Ó Murchús 1-13

Yes that scoreline is correct. Ó Murchús outscored their opponents in Blackpool by 14 scores to 9 but still came out losers by 9 points. It was a similar story to a few games played earlier in the season – the majority of possession not being converted into scores and then being hit for a flurry of goals in a short space of time to knock the stuffing out of the challenge. Ó Murchús had comfortably beaten Nicks earlier on in the season but the reverse was the case here. A disappointing end to the season. Our thanks to all the players, parents and management team for their efforts in 2020.


U14 FL Semi Final v Aghabullogue – 26/9

Shamrocks 3-7, Aghabullogue 3-5

Shamrocks travelled to Coachford to take on the home team Aghabullogue in the semi final of the u14 football league.

Both teams found scores hard to come by and at the half time whistle it was 1-03 a piece. We had a lot of possession but failed to capitalise with some poor wides. Strong words of encouragement were spoken at half time and the lads responded very well in the second half.

Some fine performances were rewarded with us scoring 1-02 without reply but soon conceded a very soft goal when we failed to clear our lines. We regrouped and were leading by 5 points with 3 minutes to go. A third Aghabullogue goal was quickly followed by a point to leave just the bare minimum between the teams in our favour as we entered injury time. Some 7 minutes later and after heroic defending, we broke out of defence to move the ball up to our forwards and they did the business by tapping over the bar for a much relieved point. On the kick out the final whistle sounded to great scenes of joy amongst the large Shamrock supporters.

Panel. Noah Morris, Calum Gregson, Nigel O’Sullivan/Kearney, Barry O Mahony, Kieran May, Shane O Mahony. Josh Bartlett, David Herlihy, Cathal O Donovan, Cian Lynch, Sam Foy, Evan Twomey, Shane O Flynn, Ryan Roberts, Dara McCormick, Seamus O Mahony, Ollie O’Brien, Conor Coleman, Liam Dorney, Donal Herlihy, Jack O’Sullivan-Kearney


JHC Final – 27/9/2020 – Kinsale end long wait for divisional hurling title with a win over Shamrocks

(Report by : Joe Keneflick, PRO Carrigdhoun Board Evening Echo – 27/9)

KINSALE claimed the Declan O’Neill Furniture and Carpentry South East Junior A Hurling Championship Title for the first time since 2007, when they overcame a slow start to defeat the strong challenge of Shamrocks in an eventful final, that was played Sunday afternoon in Ballygarvan.

Shamrocks, wind assisted, hit five unanswered points in the opening seven minutes, and when Sean Andrews goaled for them in the 11th minute, they looked like they might run away with the game.

But gradually, Kinsale got into the game. Aided by strong performances from Niall McCarthy, Brian Coughlan, Gearoid Finn, Timmy Broderick and John O’Brien, they grasped the inactive, and aided by a Eamonn Dunne goal in the 27th minute, the sides were level at the interval.


 Kinsale's James Rooney atempts to break away from Shamrocks Nathan Hayes during the South East JAHC final in Ballygarvan. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Kinsale’s James Rooney atempts to break away from Shamrocks Nathan Hayes during the South East JAHC final in Ballygarvan. Picture: Howard Crowdy


Kinsale really upped their performance and 15 second half points had them seven points ahead as the game entered stoppage time before a couple of late Shamrocks goals gave the winners a scare, but they ran out of time, and Kinsale held on for a deserved win.

Points from Andrew O’Grady (3) John Boylan and Sean Andrews had Shamrocks 0-5 ahead after 7 minutes, before Brian Coughlan had Kinsale’s opening score in the 8th minute.

The impressive O’Brian, who hit 0-11 and won the man of the match award had his sides second score, but they were rocked when Sean Andrews goaled for Shamrocks 11th minute.

Kinsale responded impressively and hit six of the next nine points before a Coughlan delivery wasn’t controlled by the Shamrocks keeper, and Eamonn Dunne bundled the ball into the net to tie the match.

O’Brien put Kinsale ahead on the stroke of half-time with a good point from the wing, but an equally good point from Harry Andrews saw the sides level 1-9 each at half-time.

Kinsale started the second-half the better. Coughlan (3), O’Brien (2) and Tim Broderick all had points, with O’Grady (2) and Sean Andrews replying for Shamrocks as Kinsale led 1-15 to 1-12 after 45 minutes, before the impressive David Andrews set up O’Grady for a stunning goal in the 47th minute to leave the sides level again.


 Shamrocks David Andrrews about to clear the sliothar upfield as Kinsale's Gearoid Finn looks on during the South East JAHC final in Ballygarvan. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Shamrocks David Andrrews about to clear the sliothar upfield as Kinsale’s Gearoid Finn looks on during the South East JAHC final in Ballygarvan. Picture: Howard Crowdy


However, Kinsale hit seven unanswered points from O’Brien (3), Broderick, subs Michael Murphy (2) and Kevin Roche to lead 1-22 to 2-12 as the final whistle approached. However, Shamrocks refused to die and were rewarded with goals from Sean Andrews, and his brother Harry, direct from a 60 metre free that went all the way to the net, but Kinsale held on.

Scorers for Kinsale: J O’Brien 0-11 (5f), B Coughlan 0-6 (4f), E Dunne 1-0, T Broderick 0-2, M Murphy 0-2, K Roche 0-1.

Shamrocks: A O’Grady 1-6 (5f, 1 65), S Andrews 2-2, H Andrews 1-1, D Andrews 0-2, J Boylan 0-1.

KINSALE: D Shorthall; R O’Regan, D Coughlan, K O’Connor; C McCarthy, N McCarthy, J Rooney; B Coughlan, G Finn; J O’Brien, C Lane, T Broderick; S O’Brien, E Dunne, B O’Neill.

Subs: M Murphy for J Rooney (38), K Roche for E Dunne (46), W O’Hea for K O’Connor (48), G O’Leary for S O’Brien (59).

SHAMROCKS: S Keane; S Kelleher, C Kidney, C O’Grady; B Mulqueen, M Hitchmore, S Collins; D Andrews, N Hayes; S Andrews, A O’Grady, R Twomey; H Andrews, J Boylan, D Kennedy.

Sub: C O’Neill for D Kidney (56).

Referee: Fionn Ó Murchú (Valley Rovers)


U14 FL D2 Final V Tracton – 3/10

Shamrocks 6-10, Tracton 3-5

Shamrocks hosted the final of the u14 B football championship between Shamrocks and Tracton on Saturday. Weather conditions were ideal, the pitch in excellent condition and a large crowd was present to witness a great game of football.

Shamrocks started strong straight from the first whistle and had Tracton playing catch up after the first water break as we were leading on a scoreline of 2-04 to 0-02. Our fast running game was proving to be too much for the Tracton defence. We continued to pile on the pressure and at half time we were leading 3-06 to 0-02. Shamrocks instructed the lads at half time to keep going as this Tracton team will come back at us and also reminded them that they had beaten us already in the league format by 7 points.

Early second half scores by our forwards proved to be too much for Tracton to recover from. We ended up winning at the end on a scoreline of 6-10 to 3-05. Great scenes were withnessed by all. Captain Josh Bartlett accepted the cup and thanked all involved, the four mentors of John Herlihy, Shane O’Donovan, Finbarr O’Mahony and John Twomey. He thanked the parents and supporters for their contribution all year. This was a fanastic team effort of all involved so it would be unfair to mention individual players on this occasion.

Team. Noah Morris, Calum Gregson, Nigel O’Sullivan/Kearney, Euan Clarke, Kieran May, Barry O’Mahony, Shane O Mahony, Dara McCormack, Evan Browne, Cathal O Donovan, Josh Bartlett, David Herlihy, Luke Jordan, Sam Foy, Cian Lynch. Subs, Jack O’Sullivan-Kearney, Shane O’Flynn, Donal Herlihy, Liam Dorney, Seamus O Mahony, Conor Coleman, Ryan Roberts, Evan Twomey, Harry O’Leary and Ollie O’Brien.

The winning Shamrocks U14 Panel V Tracton 3/10/20

JFC Quarter Final – 4/10

Courcey Rovers 4-10, Shamrocks 2-11

No full report available. Shamrocks played against the wind in the first half and found themselves about 10 points down at HT, straight after the break Courcey Rovers added another goal to give them even more of a cushion. Shamrocks started to eat into the lead but time ran out with the strong wind at their backs. Season over.

Joe O’Driscoll, R.I.P.   – A MAN BEFORE HIS TIME – 19/10

Sadly, the Great Reaper has called again and Joe O’Driscoll’s passing has left another void in our Club and Community. We mourn and lament his death, Ni beidh a leithead an aris.

There are always people in life who stand out and come to the front when the need demands. Such people are motivated by a desire to do what is right and provide brave leadership. Joe was such a person and a lot more. Joe was born into a family with a rich Gaelic tradition and his father Denis was an active member of the Shamrock Club. It was understandable that he would follow and develop a love and great passion for our National Games. Under age Games in those years started at Under 16 level. In 1952 Joe along with his brother Paddy were members of the Shamrock Under 16 Team that won the South-Cork double. Joe showed much promise and as he entered Minor level he also became part of the Junior sides. He played Harty Cup Hurling with his Alma Mater, Sullivan’s Quay School. As young as twenty years of age he trained the Club’s Under 14 teams.

This man loved a challenge and had an abundance energy and ambition. Joe O’Driscoll was one of the finest Hurling corner backs in South- East Cork for over a decade and excelled with Shamrocks and Carrigdhoun. For Carrigdhoun he played against some of the great County players of the era, namely Paddy Barry, Christy Ring, Mick Quane to name but a few. He won Championship medals in 1959 and1963 and very proudly led his Club to win the Hilltown Gold Medal Tournament of 1960, having defeated Cobh, Passage and Ballinhassig in the final.

At an early age he was interested in administration and his fresh thinking and bravery to attain his goals made him an ideal candidate for high office. In 1964 he was elected Vice-Chairman of the South-East Board and three years later became Chairman, a post he held for twelve consecutive years. He was very innovative and gathered around him some other like minded people such as Donal Coleman, Ballinhassig, Dermot O’Brien, Valley Rvs., Ted Lyons, Tracton and the Erudite Mylie Collins from Tracton. The South- East Division was on a sound footing with administration and games’ Management improving considerably. Joe was among the very first to open up the idea of inter-Divisional engagement and initially S.E. Officers would visit and attend adjoining Conventions. It was only natural that inter-divisional competitions would commence. When Joe stepped down in 1978 the house was in good order. He quickly became Chairman of his own beloved Club Shamrocks and a new era dawned. Shamrocks progressed both on and off the field with new Dressing rooms under construction and the teams hungry for South-East Titles. He was there in 1979 when Shamrocks and Tracton entertained thousands of people to an epic trilogy of Hurling finals. Historically in 1980 Joe was at the helm when a new feat entered the record books. Shamrocks won the Junior Hurling and Junior Football championships along with the respective league titles, a feat never achieved by any Club before.

Joe was always at hand to lend advice and his wise counsel was much appreciated. In 1990 The Shamrock Club elected him as a Vice-President. On January 15th 2018 he was elected President of the South-Board, a just reward and acknowledgement of his mighty contributions in yester years.

His last official GAA outing was the recent South-East Hurling final played between Kinsale and Shamrocks at Ballygarvan. Playing in Joe’s favourite position, left corned back, was his grandson Shane Kelleher. Surely another generation perpetuating the dream! May his gentle soul rest in Heavenly Peace.

Seán O’Tuama 21/10/2020