Sean Andrews

The Club extends hearty congratulations to Sean Andrews who was a member of The St. Francls College Rochestown Team, that won the Tom Cullum Cup final at Pairc Ui Rinn last Saturday.
The game which was played before the Harty Cup Final, saw Rochestown defeat Hamilton High School Bandon and win their first Munster Hurling Title ever in front of over 7000 people. They will now go on to play the Cannaught representatives in the All Ireland Semi-Final.
Sean lined out at corner forward and was on the scoresheet early in the game when Rochestown  asserted themselves and let 1 -3 to 0 -1, thus giving them the momentum and confidence to stay the course and make college history.
It was a great day for Rochestowh College and our own Club Shamrocks too.

Club Ciaran 2018

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Water Boys Nicholas O’Driscoll and Patrick Keane seen at the annual Camp Ciaran GAA Camp at the Shamrocks GAA Club. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Sam Foy about to hit the sliothar during the recent Camp Ciaran GAA Camp at the Shamrocks GAA Club in Shanbally. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Josh Bartlett keeping his eyes on the sliothar during the recent Camp Ciaran GAA Camp at the Shamrocks GAA Club in Shanbally. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Concentration from Aidan Brady as he strikes the sliothar during the recent Camp Ciaran GAA Camp at the Shamrocks GAA Club in Shanbally. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Carol Harris of Ward and Burke pictured presenting a sponsorship cheque to Pat McCarthy, Chairman Shamrocks GAA Camp for the annual Camp Ciaran GAA Camp at the Shamrocks GAA Club at Shanbally. Also pictured are Hugh Foy, Vice Chairman Shamocks Under Age; Geraldine McGrath, Vice Chairperson Ladies Football Club and Terry Thompson, Ward and Burke, sponsors. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Shamrocks players who played for Cork pictured at the annual Camp Ciaran GAA Camp at the Shamrocks GAA Club at Shanbally. Included are Sean Andrews (Cork Under 16 football); Dara McCormack, Cork Schoolfootball; Shauna McSweeney, Cork schools football and Ellen Herlihy, Cork Under 16 camogie. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Dara McCormack, Eoin O’Flynn (overall winner) and Barry O’Mahony who were the first three in the Boys Long Puc competition at Camp Ciaran at the Shamrocks GAA Club. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – John Twomey pictured with Alannah O’Mahony, Sophie Geary and Chloe McGrath who were the first three girls prizewinners at the recent Long Puc competition at Camp Ciaran at the Shamrocks GAA Club. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Coach John Herlihy pictured with his daughter Ellen who was part of the Cork U16 camogie team pictured at the annual Camp Ciaran at the Shamrocks GAA Club. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Supervisotr John Twomey pictured with his granddaughters Hannah O’Keeffe and Ellen Mallon at Camp Ciaran GAA Camp at the Shamrocks GAA Club. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Enjoying the sunshine at Camp Ciaran GAA Camp at the Shamrocks GAA Club were Molly Kate Geary, coach Siomha Coyne and Aoibheann Behan. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Becca May bringing refreshement and sliothars to the annual Camp Ciaran GAA Camp at the Shamrocks GAA Club. Picture: Howard Crowdy

EE 05/07/2018 SPORT – Nicholas and Sammy O’Driscoll taking a break during the recent Camp Ciaran GAA Camp at the Shamrocks GAA Club. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Donal O’Connor NT “The Master” RIP


Ni beidh a leithéad ann arís


The ‘Master’ passed away peacefully in his home town, Bantry, on December 18th last in his 91st year. His passing severed a long link with his adopted village Ringaskiddy, where he devoted every telling moment for the common good. Adieu, farewell agus slán abhaile ar neamh, a Dhónal dilis.


Donal O’Connor was born in Bantry in 1927 and pursued a teaching career, qualifying in 1947. His very first posting was in Ballyhea but after six months moved to Monkstown School near Cork Harbour. He lifted anchor again in 1952 to move further down the Harbour to Ringaskiddy School where he filled the position of Principal. Ringaskiddy had a new twenty five year old principal full of energy and ambitions. He had laid his foundations and he would go on to carve out and mould a wonderful career.



The early days; Like all small rural communities, the GAA Club was an integral part and soon Donal joined the ranks. He was a splendid footballer but had to start from scratch with the caman. He went on to play with Carrigdhoun at Senior level. A young energetic person will never be short of work and he became Club Secretary where his views and vision put the Club on a new wavelength. The Shamrock Hurling & Football Club had a very old tradition of staging concerts during the winter months in the Forrester’s Hall to raise much needed money. The Club had built up a reputation and among their ranks was an officer who wrote plays annually for their concerts. Donal caught the bug and obviously was hugely impressed with the local talent that took to the boards. In the 1950’s he organised Irish Dancing lessons on Sunday afternoons in the Foresters Hall.



Drama: In 1957 he formally set up the Shamrock Drama Group that went on to achieve great things. They would be found competing in all the great Drama Festivals and entering the winners rostrum on several occasions. Donal began to write his own material, sketches and plays. He now had really got the bug. He would go on to produce a major play every year. His very first production was Sean O’Casey’s play ‘The shadow of a Gunman’. In all he produced nearly fifty full length productions. This very ambitious programme of production needed a bigger hall with all the necessary facilities.



A site was acquired in the centre of Ringaskiddy village and a brand new Community Hall was erected with a magnificent modern stage and lighting systems. Donal was the initiator, the motivator and the huge driving force ensuring that this great dream would come through. On Saturday 13th January 1968 their very first show was put on in the new hall. In Ringaskiddy School Donal introduced the pupils to drama with great success and he wrote new plays every year, some of which were translated into Irish. For many years the School entered the Feile Schoil Dramaiochta in Dublin, a total of twenty one in all. Ringaskiddy won a record sixteen All Ireland Titles. He also used informal drama improvisation to teach pupils a love of the language. From this came the Irish Learning Scheme known as ‘Modh an Aoibhnis’. Bord na Gaeilge made a video of this system of teaching, which was later used in schools around the Country.


Other Initiatives; In 1970 Donal formed the Ringaskiddy Youth Talent Festival. It had a small and humble beginning but over the years grew into a huge event staged over the late Spring and Summer months. It catered for every conceivable type of talents. It was one of the biggest in Ireland running only second the annual Feis Maithiu.



The Ringaskiddy Youth Group was another one of his brave ideas, again providing schemes and services for all the youngsters of the locality. This led to the production of a monthly RAG MAG which was full of local and interesting information. Interaction and communications were good and healthy within the community.



When Shanbally Church was renovated in 1958 Donal headed up the Development Committee and all targets and deadlines were met. With Donal at the helm, other fine people of like mind were drawn in. In 1984 when the GAA celebrated its centenary year The Shamrock Drama Group put on a special show to mark the occasion called ‘Centenary-itis’. It ran for three nights in the Community Hall with full houses. In 1992 he was elected a Vice-president of the Shamrock GAA Club.



Worthy Awards and Recognitions; Many National and Local Institutions acknowledged the work of this great man at various stages of his career. In 1975 the RTE popular programme ‘My Own Place’ featuring the life and times of Donal O’Connor in Ringaskiddy. In 1980 he was nominated to receive one of The ‘People of the Year Awards’. At a banquet held in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on November 27th he was presented with his Award by Government Minister Dr. Michael Woods. Joining Donal on the rostrum that night were Lady Valarie Goulding, Fr. James McDyer from Donegal and Fr. Eoin Murphy, based in Dublin, a brother of our own local curate Fr. Frank Murphy.



To mark his retirement from teaching in 1991, The GAA Club presented Donal with a solid wood bust at their annual Dinner dance. The same year he received the West Cork Achievements Award for his huge contribution to drama.



Donal made a huge journey through life and touched so many thousands of people in a very positive and beneficial way. An engagement or encounter with Donal O’Connor rendered many plusses. Donal gave so much from a bottomless pit marked with sincerity and goodness.



We will not see his likes again, agus‘ suaimhneas Síoraí dá Anam’.

Puc Fada – 31/12/17


Long Puck competition results

  • Girls Fe- 15 : 1st – Abbey McLoughlin and 2nd – Chloe McGrath.
  • Female Adults : 1st – Lisa Sisk.
  • Boys Fe-15 : 1st – Seán Andrews and 2nd – Harry Andrews.
  • Boys Fe-18 : 1st – Joseph O`Keeffe and 2nd- James Lynam (after a puck-off)
  • Male over 40 : 1st – Keith Roche and 2nd – Stephen Keane.
  • Male over 50 : 1st – Sammy O`Driscoll and 2nd – Kevin O`Grady.
  • Male Seniors : 1st – Stephen O`Neill and 2nd – Cian O`Neill.

          Many thanks to all the competitors and stewards who assisted on the day. The Club sends New Year good wishes to all its loyal supporters and good friends.  May 2018 be a very happy and successful year for everyone in the Club.

Christmas Draw – December 2017


Confined Members Draw Christmas 2017 held at The Shamrock Bar on December 20th

  1. Deirdre Coveney c|o Kenny Coveney – CLASSICAL HAMPER
  2. Niamh Buckley c|o Kenny Coveney – CLASSICAL HAMPER
  3. Sarah O’Grady FBI Bar
  4. Sammy O’Driscoll
  5. Ruari Mehigan c|o QUE
  6. Dara O’Sullivan
  7. Ciaran Hickey
  8. Hazel O’Flaherty, Loughbeg.
  9. Samanta Lynam
  10. Sean Kidney
  11. Andrew O’Herlihy De Puy
  12. Lucie O’Rourke c|o L. Aherne
  13. Catherine Sisk
  14. Sophie Kent c|o Pat O’Neill
  15. Brian Murphy c|o L. Aherne
  16. Pat O’Neill
  17. Sammy O’Driscoll
  18. James Tobin c|o L. Aherne
  19. Anita Keane, Raffeen
  20. Calum, Ann & Ruby c|o J. O’Neill
  21. Kay Allen
  22. Ronan Murphy
  23. Eleanor Cahill
  24. John Brennan c|o QUE
  25. Con Twomey
  26. Noreen Meehan c|o Shanbally NS
  27. Gino and Nicola c|o FBI Bar
  28. Neally O’Mahony
  29. John Broderick c|o QUE
  30. Audrey O’Driscoll c|o D. Andrews

The Club wishes to thank all the people who supported this Draw and contributed to its success. The Club is also very grateful to all the Ticket Sellers who have again performed magnificently.

Sincere thanks too to all the kind and generous sponsors of prizes.

The Club sends Christmas greetings and New Year good wishes to all its loyal supporters and good friends. May the Christmas season be a very happy one for one and all.

Geraldine Twomey RIP


The Shamrock Hurling & Football Club has lost a wonderful and kind lady whose work and contributions over many years is surely unmatched and her passing has left a huge void that maybe impossible to fill.


Geraldine knew only one measure and that was 100%, week in week out, and year in and year out. Her kind heart and endearing spirit saw her at the forefront doing only good, giving, helping, supporting and ensuring that her effort made life somewhat better for one and all. Geraldine was as long standing member of the Club’s Lotto Committee and every Monday night without fail she would be in attendance for the weekly draw. It is easy for anyone to attend, but Geraldine would have a bag full of sold tickets, and she, without question, provided the main thrust for the success for the draw. Her endearing personality and popularity enabled her to get sales where the rest of us would fail. She was always in great spirits and many a time she gave us all a lift when we were low.


The Saturday morning Under Age Academy has been a marked success for our Club over many years since it first started. We are very fortunate to have a fine group of very dedicated Coaches who do excellent work. But where does Geraldine fit in here? Geraldine had her own special place, running the Club’s kitchen. This was a very happy and pleasant venue for both Parents and Children alike. Tea and Coffee were on the go all morning for parents and visitors. Then when a child might get a knock or al bump they would be brought straight to Geraldine for treatment. She had the best anti biotic in Shanbally, a jar of lolly pops. When the jar was produced from under the counter, tears turned to smiles and pain disappeared. It is only Geraldine could do this. She got her pleasure and her satisfaction in life by giving and helping. This is without doubt a lasting and formidable legacy for this special lady.


Geraldine Twomey, had a big heart, a heart of gold. She epitomised the best of her Christianity, her greatest goal in life was helping and doing good for others. When fundraisers were wanted for deserving causes and charities, she would be to the fore and always make a very telling contribution. Sadly some of the best are taken from us but her passage through life has left an indelible mark never to be erased,


May her gentle soul rest in peace agus ar dheis De go raibh a h-Anam dilis.


Deepest and heart felt sympathy is extended to her husband John, the Club’s esteemed Under Age Chairman, her daughter Aileen, sons Steven and Roy, her sisters Margaret and Deirdre and bother Craig and extended family

Oratory Ringaskiddy



Countless thousands of daily commuters, who travel through Ringaskiddy Village on the southern shores of Lower Cork Harbour, pass by and perhaps slow down outside this unique little Church. Its mere simplicity makes it attractive and it has stood the test of time.


The building was originally a Village hall and built in the latter part of the nineteenth century. It became a League of the Cross Hall about 1886. This organisation was a Temperance society a follow on from the Fr. Matthew Temperance Movement. Records show that many attractive concerts were held there and one held on February 5th 1907 was fully covered by the Cork Examiner. The Gaelic League held meetings there around that time too, promoting the Irish language. There still exists a copy of a Ticket for a function held there in March 1883. It reads “RINGASKIDDY BALL AND SOIRRE, Saturday March 17th 1883, Tickets 4|- each, commencing at 9pm, D.B. O’Flynn Hon. Sec.”


In and around 1916 it was decided by the local people to convert the hall into a little church. Ringaskiddy people had to walk to Shanbally for weekly and daily Mass. It was very basic and simple then but in 1923 it was extended. All the woodwork and seating was made by local shipwrights who worked for Palmer Bros. on nearby Parmer’s Island. (Now the Ferry Terminal) Most of the wood used was pitch pine. One key figure involved in the work was a retired British Navy man, William James. He constructed pillars which were on each side of the entrance door.


He made a statue, from concrete, depicting Christ the King, located on the left side of the entrance door. On close examination, Christ sports a pointed Navy beard and had a pair of booths instead of sandals. Of Course the Artist was a navy man. Around 1930 a bell was added to the Church and located above the front door. This is no ordinary bell. It was the Ship’s bell belonging to the White Star Liner THE CELTIC, which hit the rocks and went aground at the entrance of Cork Harbour in 1928. Palmer Brothers of Ringaskiddy were agents for the White Star Line and they presented the bell. William James made the little belfry for the bell and it still stands to this day. In the 1950’s Matt Twomey made a little cross which is mounted on top of the belfry.


Over the years most of the maintenance work was carried by the local people. They cleaned, painted and carried out other repairs. In the late 1990’some more work was done including the installation of a new wooden Altar which became the centrepiece of the church. It was made from a cross section of a 250 year old Sweet Chestnut Tree located in local Coolmore wood. The tree had been felled in the 1950’s and little did anyone know that what remained would become a work of art nearly fifty years later. Local man, the late Martin O’Donoghue, a gifted woodworker, produced this inspirational piece of work. Other decorative woods including Elm and spalted beech were crafted by the same man too.


Throughout the years it has been hugely popular with visitors and many a person found a few solitary minutes within this little special place to relax, wind down and reflect. A very simple and beautiful religious effigy hangs on the wall within. It was sent from Naples, Italy to The Oratory by an Italian Sea Captain. The message on the rear states that he treasured the times he visited this church when his Ship docked in Ringaskiddy. Interestingly many of the Sunday mass goers come from outside the parish. It obviously has a special attraction for them.


Just a few years ago a major refurbishment was carried out. There were many serious defects in the walls and roof and the huge volumes of traffic on the road outside were having an effect too. A group of local Ringaskiddy people along with Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Sean O’Sullivan set about the task. A preservation order was placed on the building, so there were very strict controls and conditions laid out to ensure that all the wonderful old artefacts would be preserved and maintained. There was a small extension to the church with a new side room as well. It was a job well done and there are statues of many of the old favourite saints fully restored and back in their own little settings. When the church was re-opened there was only a debt of €1900 outstanding and the following week a local coffee morning cleared that figure.


The generosity of the local people towards the building fund ensured that their own little holy place would be preserved for generations to come.


In 2009 Frances Twomey and Tony McGettigan produced a splendid book entitled “ Lovely flows the Lee” outlining the journey of the River Lee from where it rises near Gougane Barra and flowing into Cork Harbour near Ringaskiddy. The final chapter features The Oratory and they described it ”as a sacred and peaceful place, near but afar from the hurly burly world.”

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

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.