Archives 2013

Week Ended – 20th January 2013


Underage AGM – 10/1


The Juvenile Section of the club held its AGM on Thursday night last before an encouraging attendance. Topics such as fixtures, playing numbers, mouthguards, lack of games and how to promote our games etc were debated at length. Outgoing officers John Twomey, Patrick Andrews and Paddy Andrews presented their comprehensive reports.


The Officers elected on the night were :


Chairman – John Twomey (Ringaskiddy), Vice Chairman – Peter Crowley, Secretary – Patrick Andrews, Assistant Secretary – Gemma Kavanagh, Treasurer – Paddy Andrews, East Board Delegates – Paddy Andrews, Patrick Andrews & Peter Crowley (both Proxy). The Adult Club will elect PRO and Registrar next Monday to serve the juvenile club as well.


The following are confirmed mentors for the various teams in 2013:


U8 – To be confirmed.

U10 – Kieran Kramer, Seamus O’Flynn, Richard Murphy.

U12 – Pa Andrews, Jed O’Flaherty.

U14 – John Herlihy, Tim Hayes.

U16 – David Nolan, Dick Andrews, Peter Crowley, Kevin O’Grady, Michael Prout. Minor – Kieran Lynam, Liam Shanahan, Kevin O’Mahony, John Twomey (Ringaskiddy).


The chairman finished the meeting by paying tribute to John Jordan who will be finishing up next month as our FÁS worker.


Adult AGM – 15/1


The Shamrocks held their delayed AGM last Monday night in the Grace McCarthy Room.


In a AGM that went off swiftly and efficently, the outgoing Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman delivered their as usual comprehensive and wide ranging reports to the assembled audience.


The election of officers followed and all officers from 2012 remain the same apart from 2 changes – Dave O’Flaherty was elected the new Secretary, replacing his brother Finbarr. Tributes were paid to Finbarr for his 11 year stint on the Executive; Im sure we’ll see him back in some capacity in the future. As a result of Dave taking up his new position, there was a vacancy as South East Board delegate alongside Declan O’Neill and John Herlihy was elected to this position.


All team managements were entering their second of two years in their positions and will stay on in 2013. U21 was set aside for the first meeting of the new Executive Committee, probably to be held next week as the football starts in 6/7 weeks. Meanwhile, we’ve yet to see the majority of the under 21’s at training. Junior training is for them as well, the schedule is well known at this stage.



 Week Ended – 17th February 2013


Foundation Course 16/2


12 hardy souls undertook and completed the Foundation Level Hurling & Football Course in the Clubgrounds last Saturday.


John Jordan celebrated his first official day of retirement……by opening the gates at 8.30am! An early start of a Saturday morning saw the original numbers who committed to doing the course whittled down to the aforementioned 12 participants.


They drove on. The essential core modules of the course were thrashed out inside with no little debate and discussion in the Grace McCarthy Room before sampling the delights of Geraldines scones and tea for mid morning breakfast, and hot soup and rolls at lunchtime.


Then it was onto the practical side of things. With the weather just about holding up, each group of coaches had a chance to put the other coaches, who acted as players, through their paces in areas like FMS (Fundamental Movement Skills), Skills Development and Fun/Modified/Full games.


At the end of the day, it was obvious that each of the 12 got maximum value from the course and we wish them well in their budding coaching careers, whether it be with the underage boys or the girls. From a boys point of view, each team in 2013 will have at least 1 coach who is at least trained up to Foundation Level, a first for the club.


Our thanks go to the Coach Education Tutors, Shamrocks man himself Patrick Andrews and Gerry Dineen (Dripsey). They were very impressed with the level of competence and enthusiasm shown by the group. Also thanks to the aforementioned Geraldine for the grub and to the “retired” John Jordan who was on hand all day long to lend any assistance required. Hopefully, there will follow a Level 1 down the line.




Group who did the course - From left - Patrick Andrews (Tutor), Seamus O'Flynn, Kevin O'Grady, Tim Hayes, Peter Crowley, Gerry Dineen (Tutor), Lorcan Aherne, Jed O'Flaherty, Gemma Kavanagh (in front), Vincent Coyne (in front), Stephen Keane, Joe McCarthy, Jason Deasy and Brendan O'Connell.
Group who did the course – From left – Patrick Andrews (Tutor), Seamus O’Flynn, Kevin O’Grady, Tim Hayes, Peter Crowley, Gerry Dineen (Tutor), Lorcan Aherne, Jed O’Flaherty, Gemma Kavanagh (in front), Vincent Coyne (in front), Stephen Keane, Joe McCarthy, Jason Deasy and Brendan O’Connell.



JAFL V Valley Rovers – 17/2


Shamrocks 0-8, Valley Rovers 0-14


Shamrocks went into this game not really knowing what to expect as the 21’s had been withdrawn from the championship due to lack of interest from players, training numbers had been relatively small and a ball had barely been touched. Valleys, who put out a team with a number of under 21’s who were up to recent championship speed, deserved their win at a windy Shanbally on Sunday morning.


The strong wind blew up the pitch, quite unusual for the Track. Valley Rovers had the advantage of playing with it in the first half and they used it well, especially in a devastating 5 minute spell before half time when they scored 5 points in that time. Up until that point, the home side had done enough to lead 4 points to 3 with some excellent moves put together, none more so than the one resulting in Joey Bradys delightful point on 20 minutes,  a flowing move that started with Fergus O’Neill in the goal and ended with the ball hitting the net behind the goal at the other end. This had followed some earlier efforts from Seanán Collins and Stephen Keane, and the game was evenly balanced. Then Shamrocks just went to sleep in that 5 minute period, they couldnt win any kickouts and it was point after point after point. HT 0-8 to 0-4 for the visitors.


The second half started brightly and inside 2 minutes Philip Brady drove a piledriver just over the bar and it looked like game on. Valley Rovers however controlled the next 10 minutes and added a few points to their score before their keeper made an excellent one handed save from Seanán Collins to deny Shamrrocks a much needed goal. There was still 6 points in it with about 15 minutes to go but once again Shamrocks upped their game to score the next 2 points from Darragh O’Sullivan and Brady. However, O’Sullivan had the opportunity to bring it back to a three point game from right in front of the posts but he fluffed his lines and the ball spent the last 10 minutes at the other end of the field, Rovers adding on 2 points to leave 6 points between the teams at the end.


Training continues this week Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Shamrocks were down a massive 8 players from last years championship. Some players seemed to have disappeared off the face of the planet…where are they? Shamrocks had only 16 players togged off today – not a good start to what we hope will be a long year.


Team: F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, C. Brady, D. O’Neill, R. Harrington, C. Kidney, S. Andrews, A. McCarthy, P. Lordan, S. Keane, E. O’Mahony, P. Brady, J. Brady, S. Collins, D. O’Sullivan. Sub used – S. O’Reilly.



Week Ended – 24th February 2013


MBFL V Cobh – 23/2


Shamrocks 1-12, Cobh 3-6.


Last Saturday afternoon Shamrocks young panel and mentors set off for Cobh, travelling across the harbour estuary on a cold dry afternoon. A lot of effort was put in by all concerned to ensure we would fulfil the fixture, and thus we travelled more in hope than with conviction. One obvious plus was the number of mentors and parents who were there to support these lads on this important fixture…. You may say it was only a league game but in fact it was a statement of intent from the Club to ensure some future prospect for the Club at this difficult time.


Kieran Lynam, Liam Shanahan and Kevin O’ Mahony selected the side and encouraged and exhorted the boys to give of their best. The first 10 mins showed us that these boys were in serious mood and our spirits were lifted by the great attacking play and committed defensive efforts throughout the team. We had 2 points on the board before Cobh caught us with a sucker punch of a goal. Still what we lacked in physical comparison was overcome with tigerish play from our lads. Sean O Brien at midfield did Trojan covering, Brian Coffin gave the Cobh defence an amount of trouble with his searing pace and runs. Dave Raleigh was busy but confident in goal and Sean Kidney (only 15) was outstanding in defence. It was a pleasure to watch this team giving their all!


Half time came with the score Shamrocks 0 – 6 and Cobh  3 – 3. As you can see the goals didn’t reflect our good play….they had a Cork Minor panellist who was very good… still we were pleased and with 2 substitutions and some positional switches we faced into the second half with more confidence.


Straight away we were awarded a penalty which Brian Coffin expertly tucked on! The switch of Luke Garvin to the half forward line worked wonders and he won some great possession as well as scoring a great point. Coby O Grady, Darragh and Cormac scriven and Tom Murphy were growing into the game. Joe O Brien, just back after a year out through surgery gave his all as did Shane Kelleher. Special mention to Andrew O Grady (not yet 15!) and Mark Hitchmough and Christopher Hayes all very young and talented Club players, playing way above their age group but not afraid to make themselves available. Anyway, the play swung helter skelter up and down the field under the Water tower in Cobh! Brian Coffin was absolutely on fire and banged over some great points. Time was almost up and we were losing by a point. One last attack up the field, and lo and behold, Sean O Brien, fittingly, with great determination, shrugging off tackles left and right, slotted over the equaliser!



All the team were delighted with the effort and result as were we. We were missing some of our experienced players on Saturday some such as Rory Horgan boarding in Rockwell College, are excused. We still would love these other players to make themselves available and continue their allegiance to the Club they have played with since they were little boys. It’s time to show some leadership and courageous qualities and join in with these lads and enjoy your GAA.



PS  8 of that team togged out the following day against Dripsey in u16 and had a handsome win… Well done all the lads… keep up the Training..we are all with ye!!

Team: D.Raleigh, S.Kelleher, S.Kidney, D.Scriven, J.O Brien, T.Murphy, S.O Brien, C.O Grady, B. Coffin, A.O Grady, L. Garvin, C.Hayes, B.Crowley

Subs: C.Scriven for A.O Grady(inj. 24 mins), M. Hitchmough for B. Crowley (H/T).



U16 FL V Dripsey 24/2


Dripsey 4-6, Shamrocks 4-11


We played our first football match of 2013 on Sunday morning away to Dripsey.


The lads settled very fast and played some fine passing football to take a comfortable lead during the first half. It was great to watch the lads play with a very positive attitude and go in at the break on a score line of 3-09 to1-01.


The second half began with Dripsey scoring 1-03 before Shamrocks got on the scoreboard with two points from play, Dripsey were coming on stronger at this stage (as some of the lads were beginning to tire as they had played a very hard minor football match against Cobh the previous day) to score another 1-02 but Shamrocks launched a final attack to score a goal and in the dying minutes. Dripsey got two more goals. However, Shamrocks had done enough to run out winners on a scoreline of 4-11 to 4-06.


Team was Cormac Scriven, Sean Kidney, Shane Kelleher, Nathan Hayes, Coby O’ Grady, Tom Murphy, Daragh Scriven, David Andrews, Killian Murphy,  Mark Hitchmough, Andrew O’ Grady and Brendan Crowley. Subs were Christopher Hayes, Joseph O’Keeffe and Eric Desmond.



Week Ended – 3rd March, 2013


JALF V Carrigaline – 1/3


Shamrocks 2-10, Carrigaline 0-9


Shamrocks got their first win of the season under their belt with a deserved 7 point win over old rivals Carrigaline in “Friday night lights”.


The foundations of this victory lay in the 2 goals that Shamrocks scored through the boot of Stephen O’Reilly early on and a rocket of a shot from Darragh O’Sullivan mid way through the second half.


In fact that goal was the highlight of a largely confident second half display from the visitors who performed much better after a lethargic first 30 minutes. Eventhough they started very well and led 1-1 early doors, Carrigaline came back into the game and brought it back to a 2 point game at the break, 1-4 to 0-5. Indeed it could have been a Carrig lead but Fergus O’Neill made one brilliant stop in the Shamrocks goal just before halftime.


However, a much better Shamrocks second half resulted in some fine scores from sub Stephen O’Neill, Brian Sweeney, Michael Prout and Cannice Cafferey. Shamrocks ran out comfortable winners in the end. The management were reasonably pleased afterwards.


Training continues ONCE a week in the NMCI Ringaskiddy, Mondays at 7pm. Some players have yet to appear.


Team: F. O’Neill, D. O’Neill, C. Brady, J. Tuohy, M. Prout, C. Kidney, S. Andrews, C. Cafferey, A. McCarthy, Ciarán, B. Sweeney, S. O’Reilly, S. Collins, D. O’Sullivan, J. Brady. Subs used – P. Brady, S. O’Neill, A. Hickey.


MBFL V Bride Rovers – 2/3


Bride Rovers 2-10, Shamrocks 1-5


Bride Rovers made the trip to Shanbally a winning one on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon last, over a gallant but once again, extremely young Shamrocks team.


Due to a number of defections by older players due to various reasons, the Minor team in 2013 will rely heavily on our u16 panel and things wont always go their way.


For instance today, the Shamrocks lads played well in the first half, with the aid of the breeze to lead by 1-4 to 0-2 at halftime and they were going ok. However, some wrong options were taken in the second half, in particular the idea of trying to score goals all the time and also, the physical strength of the Rovers players shone through. In addition, some of the players got a little frustrated in that second half, one of them getting sent off 15 minutes from the end. These small little things were discussed by the panel and mentors afterwards and will be addressed hopefully for the next few matches. They are a young but promising group and despite the scoreline today, they have competed very well in their two matches so far, training is going well and all this after the team was nearly pulled from the competition 2 weeks ago.


The returning Alex O’Sullivan opened the Shamrocks scoring with Brian Coffan adding a few frees before Coby O’Grady slotted home the goal after 15 minutes of the first half. Slowly but surely, Bride came into the game and score 0-2 themselves to leave it 1-4 to 0-2 at the break.


The largely dominated the second half and chipped away at the Shamrocks lead, leveled it and then went 3 points clear with 10 to go. A Shamrocks shot hit the post just after that and with the man advantage, Bride added on a further goal to run out deserving 8 point winners.


Minor (and u16) training this coming Wednesday night, 7.30pm, up at the pitch under lights.


Team: D. Raleigh, S. Kelleher, S. Kidney, T. Murphy, A. O’Sullivan, D. Scriven, S. O’Brien, L. Garvan, B. Coffan, C. Scriven, B. Crowley, C. O’Grady. Subs used – N. Hayes, C. Hayes.






Shamrocks Minor Football 2/3/13



U14 FL V St Catherines – 3/3


St Catherines 14-13, Shamrocks 2-5


Shamrocks played their first game against previously unbeaten St Catherines and were down a load of players for various reasons. The above scoreline is not a misprint though.


However, the lads on duty tried their hardest, especially in the second half.



Week Ended – 17th March, 2013



U11 Football Blitz – 9/3


Shamrocks played in an u11 Football Blitz on Saturday morning against Brian Dillons in Mayfield Community School. We only had 10 players on the day but Dillons gave us 2 players so we fielded 2 teams of 6 and everyone got plenty of game time.


Thanks to all the parents for their support and to the mentors on the line. Hopefully full report to follow.



JAFL V Ballymartle – 15/3


Ballymartle 1 – 13, Shamrocks 2 – 7

Shamrocks had eighteen players togged-out for competition with Ballymartle despite six regulars being unavailable on the night.


The lads on duty got off to a flying start with two excellent points recorded in the first few minutes.  This was as a result of direct and no-nonsence football.   Alas. when Ballymartle made their very first excursion into Shamrock’s territory they scored a very soft goal and quickly the gloss was knocked of the fine start. However Shamrocks responded magnificently and great goals from Ciarán Carragher and Joey Brady lifted the the spirits leading 2-2 to 1-0.  For the remainaing twenty minutes of the first half Shamrocks scored just 1pt to Ballymartles 7pts.  Ballymartle led 1 – 7 to 2 – 3 at the break.


Shamrocks resumed with an early point and dominated the first ten minutes but poor finishing and cumbersome play put very little on the scoreboard.  Ballymartle went on to score another 6pts to Shamrocks 3pts leaving a goal between them at the end.  Ballymartle were sharp and competitive and was it not for some poor finishing particularly in the second half the winning margin could have been more.


Shamrocks need to be near full strength for every game if they are to gain league points.
Team; J. Wilson, D. Hayes, C. Brady, D. O.Neill, M. O’Neill, S. Andrews, M. Prout, A. McCarthy, C. Caffrey, J. Brady, P. Brady, D. O’Sullivan, B. Sweeney, C. Hartigan, S. O’Neill. Subs used – A.Hickey, J. Browne and S. Keane.

Week Ended – 31st March, 2013



MFL V Crosshaven – 24/3

Shamrocks received a walkover here from Crosshaven.



JAFL V Ballygarvan – 26/3


Ballygarvan 1-20, Shamrocks 1-6


This game was played in sub zero temperatures.  However this did not deter Ballygarvan from running into a eight point lead in the first fifteen minutes and holding Shamrocks scoreless.  It was over as a contest at the break with the home side 1 – 14 to 0- 3 ahead.


Scores were even in the second period 1 – 3 to 0 – 6. Ballygarvan had a mixture of experience and youth and they were fast out of the blocks for every ball. On the other hand Shamrocks were missing a few reliable regulars, who certainly would have made a difference on the night.  Goalkeeper Fergus O’Neil excelled and the Ballygarvan forwards kept him on his toes.  Seanan Collins put in a huge effort up front with Senan Andrews, Colin Brady, Michael O’Neill, Robbie Harrington and Canice Caffrey always giving of their best.


A lot of work must be done between now and the championship and hopefully, many of our players, after a bit of soul searching, will measure up to the requirements.

Team: Fergus O’Neill, Senan Andrews, Colin Brady, Dave O’Neill, Cathal Kidney, Robbie Harrington, Michael O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Canice Caffrey, Dara O’Sullivan, Oin O’Mahony, Joey Brady, Aaron Hickey, Senan Collins, Steve O’Neill.  Subs used:  Brian Cusack, Jack Wilson and Stephen Downey.


MHL V Clondrohid – 31/3


Shamrocks and Clondrohid played their opening game in the Minor Hurling League in Shanbally today. The weather conditions were very poor indeed for hurling and a big well done to all players for turning in a very sporting game in what were almost impossible conditions.


Shamrocks have had to consider long and hard whether to enter a minor hurling team due to various outstanding circumstances; at one stage they were going to pull out but there are determined hurling people involved with this group and they wouldnt let this thing go. Backed up by some committed players, parents and the under 16 team, Shamrocks fielded today with 14 players, eventhough they were down some of their more prominent players on the day itself.


Clondrohid ran out impressive winners; indeed the game was over at half time as they led by 12 points having played with the wind and the rain. Shamrocks were on a hiding to nothing and probably the youngest team to wear the Minor hurling jerseys ever went out and hurled their hearts out in the second half. Andrew O’Grady looked threathening every time he got ball inside and ended up with 1-2.


The mentors were pleased with the effort on the day and the hurling season is up and running; with just a few more additions they will be very competitive. Training will be tied in with the under 16’s on Wednesday. We wish David Raleigh a speedy recovery from his knee injury which he suffered towards the end when he went over awkwardly.



Week Ended – 7th April, 2013



JAHL V Ballymartle – 2/4


Ballymartle 5-16, Shamrocks 0-7


Once again Ballymartle gave Shamrocks a lesson in how to play hurling at a frozen Shanbally on Tuesday evening last. It was eerily similar to last years championship game between the sides.


The visitors played with the strong biting breeze in the first half and actually put the game to bed inside the first 12 minutes with a blistering scoring burst. They scored points from all angles and then the goals began to follow and there was an ocean of a gap between their level of hurling and that of the home side. The score at this stage was 2-8 to 0-0.


The scoring rate slackened off a bit in the lead up to half time as Shamrocks got more stuck in and made more of a game of it. Seanán Collins struck over a beauty into the wind but it was just a sporadic moment in an otherwise first half from hell – half time score was Ballymartle 3-13, Shamrocks 0-3.


Shamrocks fought for pride in the second half; they changed the team right around did make it a bit more interesting but never threathened even one goal while Bally tagged on a few majors at the other end. A sharp looking Stephen O’Neill and Seanán Collins scored the second points for Shamrocks.


Hurling in Shamrocks needs lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of hard work.


Team: M. O’Neill, M. Prout, C. Brady, D. Hayes, J. O’Driscoll, S. Andrews, J. Tuohy, D. O’Neill, F. O’Neill, C. Kidney, A. McCarthy, J. Brady, D. O’Sullivan, S. Collins, J. Browne. Sub used – C. O’Grady, S. O’Neill.


U12 Hurling V Lisgoold – 6/4


Lisgoold 10-7, Shamrocks 0-4


Shamrocks u12 hurlers made the trip to Lisgoold on Saturday afternoon and once again Shamrocks had to play against a team who were bigger, older, play at a higher grade and were simply better hurlers.


The scoreline was a bit flattering to the home side; however, this doesnt take away from the gulf in hurling class between the teams. All the Shamrocks players tried their heart out for the whole game and indeed the second half effort was much better all round. However, these lads simply have to be encouraged to practice their hurling at home, down the village, against a wall, wherever they get a chance. One hour a week up at the pitch is not enough.


The three mentors afterwards were happy with the application while at the same time realising that there is lots of hurling work ahead. Numbers are very tight so we need as many at training as possible.


Next game is Saturday April 20th at home against Dripsey, 12pm. Hurling training the next 2 Wednesdays at 6pm and next Saturday 11.30am, same time as the Academy. The lads would like to include anyone from 9 years old up in the training.


Thanks to all the parents who made the trip down East.


Panel: Harry Andrews, Evan Seymour, Jody Sisk, Dylan Gregson, Dylan O’Flaherty, Robert Van Pelt, Seán Andrews, Mark Sisk, Seán Browne, Shane Donegana, Luke O’Driscoll.





U16 HL V Kinsale – 6/4


This was Shamrocks first competitive game of the season and they came away with the league points from Kinsale.


Their next game is Monday week, home to Lisgoold.



JAHL V Valley Rovers – 7/4


Valley Rovers 3-5, Shamrocks 0-5


After the hammering against an on fire Ballymartle team during the week, this was a much better performance from an understrenght Shamrocks team at wet, windy and cold Brinny on Sunday morning last.


The conditions were certainly not conductive to fast, flowing hurling and it was reflected in a relatively low scoring affair. However, the greater firepower of the Valleys forwards was the real difference between the teams in the end, in particular their ability to put the ball in the back of the net.


The bitterly cold wind and rain blew right across the pitch – if anything it favoured Shamrocks in the first half as it blew into the Valleys corner back area. However, some early Valley Rovers goals, of the sloppy variety, made life difficult for Shamrocks. They were doing well throughout the middle third and apart from the early goals, they were holding their own. At half time, the score was 3-1 to 0-3 in favour of the home side.


Shamrocks played good hurling in the second half, indeed their striking of the sliotar was good in poor conditions – however, the old achilles heel of not being able to score enough, even create clear goal scoring chances stymied their chances, which their fine efforts no doubt deserved. Rovers held on for the 3 goal win on a morning when everyone was just glad to get indoors after the game. Hurling championship is on in June V Tracton. Football takes over for the next 2 weeks now.


Panel on duty: M. O’Neill, C. Brady., M. Prout, D. O’Neill, C. Kidney, J. Tuohy, B. Cusack, F. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, S. Collins, J. Brady, S. Keane, J. Wilson, D. Hayes, C. O’Grady.



Week Ended – 21st April, 2013


MHL V Kinsale – 11/4


Kinsale 4-10, Shamrocks 4-7


Kinsale came away with the league points from Shanbally on Thursday evening. The fact is that Shamrocks should have won this game but a combination of 3 silly, soft, preventable goals conceded in the last 15 minutes on top of one or two glorious chances missed at the other end meant that Kinsale went off home with a 3 point win.


The teams were more or less evenly matched throughout the game and the 12 a side meant that there were plenty of open spaces. Mark Hitchmough doubled on a ball in the air to billow the Kinsale net in the first half, while Luke Garvan did very well also, scoring 3 points from play. Nathan Hayes scored a great goal just on half time to leave it 2-6 to 1-5 for Shamrocks at the break.


The second half was tight all the way; unfortunately, this young Shamrocks team, featuring 8 u16’s in the starting line up, switched off at the vital times and conceded those scores at the other end. They can only learn for the experience going forward and hopefully be able to close out matches. They have a 2 week break until they play their next hurling game, away to Ballygarvan. In the meantime, they have a football league game or two to catch up on; details to follow.


Panel on duty: J.O’Brien, S. Kelleher, C. Scriven, T. Murphy, C. O’Grady, B. Coffin, S. O’Brien, M. Hitchmough, D. Scriven, L. Garvan, B. Crowley, N. Hayes. Subs used – D. Andrews, C. Hayes.



U16 HL V Lisgoold – 15/4


Lisgoold 4-6, Shamrocks 1-5


The under 16 hurlers played Lisgoold on Monday night at home in Shanbally in shocking weather conditions.


The lads started brightly but Lisgoold scored a goal against the run of play and a few minutes later got a second goal; the lads hurled on and scored 1-1 from play only to see Lisgoold score another goal and two points; as we approached half time, we got another point to go in at the break behind on a scoreline of 1-02 to 3-02.


As the second half began the weather disimproved even more, both sides battled on but we gave away a few frees which Lisgoold capitalised on and got three points from play. We got two more points but missed a few goal chances ourselves and in the last few minutes. Lisgoold scored another 1-01 to run out winners on a score line of 1-05 to 4-06.


The team on the night was K. Murphy, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, C. Scriven, C O’Grady, D. Barry, D. Scriven, D. Andrews, N. Hayes, B. Crowley, M. Hitchmough, and C.Hayes. Subs used were A. O’Grady and J. O’Keeffe.


U12 HL V Dripsey – 20/4


Dripsey 4-6, Shamrocks 1-2


Dripsey and Shamrocks played out an entertaining game in Shanbally on Friday evening with the Dripsey side winning comfortably. Shamrocks are very tight on numbers at this age group (in hurling anyway) and on this occasion, they had 3 missing; therefore had to borrow a player from Dripsey to make up the 11 players required at this age level.


The lads started slowly and Dripsey dominated the first half really. They had one excellent player at midfield who basically scored everything and the lads were finding it hard to stop him running up the middle and scoring at will. Evan Seymour in the Shamrocks goal made some outstanding stops in the Shamrocks goal. However, some of our young lads will have to realise that the ball remains in play on the rebound as two excellent saves were gobbled up by the same player totally on his own and blasted home for goals. The half time score was 2-5 to 0-0 for Dripsey.


The Shamrocks players got more stuck in the second half and played a lot better. Dylan O’Flaherty scored a much deserved goal after some goal mouth scrambles had returned nothing while Harry Andrews tagged on a few points.


The lads have a lot, a lot of hurling work ahead of them. And the majority of it NEEDS to be done at home, against the wall with a tennis ball. The mentors are going to try and get a few more games organised in the next week or so. In the meantime, hurling training on Wednesday at the usual time of 6pm.


Panel on duty – E. Seymour, L. O’Driscoll, J. Sisk, M. Sisk, S. Andrews, D. O’Flaherty, C. O’Flaherty, H. Andrews, R. Van Pelt, S. Donegana.


Shamrocks U12 V Dripsey in Shanbally, 19/4/13. Back Row, l to r: Harry Andrews, Evan Seymour, Sean Andrews, Dylan O'Flaherty, Jody Sisk. Front, l to r: Shane Donegana, Robert Van Pelt, Cian O'Flaherty, Luke O'Driscoll, Mark Sisk.
Shamrocks U12 V Dripsey in Shanbally, 19/4/13. Back Row, l to r: Harry Andrews, Evan Seymour, Sean Andrews, Dylan O’Flaherty, Jody Sisk. Front, l to r: Shane Donegana, Robert Van Pelt, Cian O’Flaherty, Luke O’Driscoll, Mark Sisk.



U10 Football Blitz – 20/4


Shamrocks U10 footballers  were invited to a Blitz in Whitechurch on Saturday morning April 20th.


Our  lads played 3 matches against Whitescross, Whitechurch and Carraig Na bhFear. Each match was 20 minutes – ten minutes a side so all the lads had plenty of game time. Shamrocks more than held their own in the 3 games and coped very well against  strong opposition especially the home side Whitechurch.


This was a very worthwhile experience and its very encouraging to see this talented bunch of players turn up so early (they left Shanbally at 9.15am!). Thanks also to the parents for the help on the day. Resources need to be put into these lads as they are the future of the club.


Players on duty were  Colin Murphy, Fionn Herlihy, Mark Sisk, Declan Carroll, Michael Foy, Seán Andrews, Cian O’ Flaherty, Derry Howard, Fionn Mehigan, Daniel O Brien, Harry Andrews, Adam Maye and Eoin  O Flynn.


The u10 panel who won 3/3 in Whitechurch in the first football blitz of the year.
The u10 panel who won 3/3 in Whitechurch in the first football blitz of the year.



MFL V Whitescross – 20/4


Whitescross 4-6, Shamrocks 2-10


At the end of a well disciplined, physical encounter, with a much older minor team from Whitescross, our young charges can once again hold their heads high, even though in defeat. In a match where the final score would initially lead you to think it was one sided, those present will tell you otherwise. A heroic effort by all involved from start to finish, where in the end superior fitness levels won out.


The wet and heavy ground played tricks with the bouncing (or not) ball and turning was difficult, but that was true for both teams. If any benefit was gained by the home team winning the toss it was with the wind in the second half. But! No excuses here the team put in a mighty effort and though “no cigars” this week, this observer was happy to tell all of the team to walk off the pitch knowing they had done themselves, their jersey, their club and community proud.

A thank you also to those who volunteered to drive the team to the match without your help we are in trouble.


Team :  R. Horgan, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, D. Scriven, C. O’ Grady, D. O Leary, S. O Brien, M. Leeson, B. Coffin,  A. O’ Sullivan, M. Hitchmough, B Crowley, L Garvan. Subs :  D. Andrews, A O Grady.


JAFC V Tracton 21/4


Tracton 2-15, Shamrocks 0-7


Shamrocks enter the back door route in their quest for the SE football championship after being crushed by Tracton on Sunday night in Carrigaline. They simply had no answer to Tracton who at times played scintillating football that would have troubled even the best sides in the county.


The game started off at a blistering pace and the scores came thick and fast from both sides. Shamrocks played with the breeze in the first half and both teams scored some wonderful early points from distance to leave the score at 0-3 to 0-3 after 10 minutes. The Shamrocks players to score were Philip Brady, Michael Prout, and Cannice Caffrey (with Darragh O’Sulivan later on in the half). Shamrocks really needed to kick on at this juncture if they were to have enough of a cushion for the second half playing against the elements. However, from there to the half time whistle, the contrast in what both teams did in front of the posts could not have been greater. Shamrocks wasted numerous chances between wides, passes going across the goal and astary and dropped balls. Meanwhile, Tracton were extremely economical with their possession and scored with practically every attack they had, including their well worked goal midway through the half which gave them a nice cushion to drive on and grab the rest of the half by the scruff of the neck. They completely dominated the final 10 minutes of the half to open up a 6 point half time lead, 1-8 to 0-5 and only the extremely optimistic of Shamrocks supporters held out any hope of a turn about.


Well that hope lasted 5 minutes of the second half. Tracton had opened up with a point before Shamrocks gave themselves some hope with Alan McCarthys and Philip Bradys excellently worked points. (Their last score of the game). However, from the kick out, Tracton worked the ball up the pitch, played the overlap to perfection and their full forward buried the ball and the game in the back of captain Fergus O’Neills net. That had the lead at 9 points and increasing.


The final 25 minutes were just academic. Tracton did as they pleased and Shamrocks were chasing shadows. Shamrocks needed a miracle, even one goal but alas on this occasion, they were unable to create even a sniff of a goal. The game limped to its inevitable conclusion with Tracton tagging on point after point to rub it in big style.


Shamrocks play Carrigaline in the back door on May 12th.


Team: F. O’Neill, J. Tuohy, C. Brady, D. Hayes, M. Prout, R. Harrington, M. O’Neill, C. Hartigan, A. McCarthy, P. Brady, E. O’Mahony, C. Caffrey, S. Collins, B. Sweeney, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used – C. Kidney, S. Andrews, S. O’Neill. Unused – D. O’Neill, J. Browne, J. Brady, J. Wilson, S. Downey, S. Keane, B. Cusack.


Shamrocks Panel V Tracton, 21/4/13. Back Row, l to r: Dave O'Neill, Cathal Kidney, Jack Wilson, Alan McCarthy, Stephen O'Neill, Brian Sweeney, Ciarán Hartigan, Colin Brady, Seanán Collins, Darragh O'Sullivan, Michael O'Neill, Philip Brady, Steven Downey, Joey Brady, Stephen Keane. Front, l to r: Jason Browne, Brian Cusack, Cannice Caffrey, Fergus O'Neill, Eoin O'Mahony, Jonathan Tuohy, Michael Prout, David Hayes, Robbie Harrington, Senan Andrews.
Shamrocks Panel V Tracton, 21/4/13. Back Row, l to r: Dave O’Neill, Cathal Kidney, Jack Wilson, Alan McCarthy, Stephen O’Neill, Brian Sweeney, Ciarán Hartigan, Colin Brady, Seanán Collins, Darragh O’Sullivan, Michael O’Neill, Philip Brady, Steven Downey, Joey Brady, Stephen Keane. Front, l to r: Jason Browne, Brian Cusack, Cannice Caffrey, Fergus O’Neill, Eoin O’Mahony, Jonathan Tuohy, Michael Prout, David Hayes, Robbie Harrington, Senan Andrews.



Week Ended – 28th April, 2013


U14 HL V Ballinora – 24/4


Ballinora 7-10, Shamrocks 1-7


Forget the scoreline. With all the struggles with numbers and walkovers that this u14 bunch have had to endure so far this year, it was refreshing to see the lads finally take the field with the required amount of players on Wednesday evening.


Some of the players have been mad keen to just get on with the games in a Shamrocks jersey for the past while and this finally came to pass here. It was basically their first game of hurling in 2 years. The management team of John Herlihy, Tim Hayes and Noel Murphy were adamant that they would get a team on the field and get the lads as much exposure to live hurling as possible so well done to them.


The game itself was enjoyable and despite the scoreline, Shamrocks held themselves well at times. Ballinora had 4 goals on the board inside 15 minutes and led 4-4 to 0-4 at half time, with the Shamrocks scores coming from Joseph O’Keeffe and James Lynam. The Ballinora keeper was very solid inside and thwarted a few Shamrocks goal attempts as well, despite some good efforts from Cillian Hayes and David O’Sullivan (picking up the Camán for the first time in a long time – long may it continue as he has potential)


The lads battled long and hard right until the end – with a few more games and training and the most important of all – playing at home, on the street etc in their spare time – they can become competitive on the scoreboard, as some of the players who tend to have hurleys in their hands more than the others can more then hold their own in this league. For instance, Ruairí Meighan at full back was simply outstanding and was clearing ball off left and right throughout. Joseph O’Keeffe got the Shamrocks goal.


Their next game is a football game at home to Grenagh next Thursday (May 2nd).


Panel on duty: Evan Seymour, Shane Downey, Ruairí Meighan, Cillian O’Mahony, James Lynam, Dylan O’Flaherty, Joseph O’Keeffe, Cillian Hayes, Shane Flavin, Keith O’Donoghue-Howe, David O’Sullivan, Sam Geary.


MHL V Ballygarvan – 25/4


Ballygarvan 3-8, Shamrocks 1-7


Once again the young men that entered the fray tonight against Ballygarvan have done themselves proud. Yes they were beaten, but once I see fight in a team up to the final whistle and players come to the sideline looking exhausted, I know they have done all that any mentor will expect. They have given their all.


Ballygarvan were older and bigger but this minor squad of ours have in some cases four years of minor left. Lead by the elders Seán O’Brien, Luke Garvan and Brian Coffin, who gave of their all, as usual, the younger players rose to the grade again. D Scriven was once again outstanding in mid field. At only fourteen A O Grady only missed one point from frees contributing a massive 1-5 of the team tally. All of these from frees won by the hard work of his team mates.


Once again a big thank you to the parents that drove and to the mentors on the line. This observer was once again proud of a Shamrock teams display.


Next week the minor hurlers play Grenagh another tough test.


U12 Hurling Challenge – 26/4

Evan Seymour and Harry Andrews battle for possession



U10 FL V Courcey Rovers – 28/4


Shamrocks 5-5, Courcies 2-6


Shamrocks and Courcey Rovers got the ball rolling in the under 10 league season and it was teh home side who came out on top in Shanbally on Sunday afternoon. It was Shamrocks dominance in the first half, when playing up the hill against teh breeze that laid teh proper foundations for this merited win. They scored 3 goals in that time and led 3-1 to 0-2 at half time.


Courcey Rovers made a fight of it in the second half and indeed had the lead down to 2 points at one stage. However, Shamrocks burst forward and finished out the game in style to wrap up the win with a very fast 2-2 scored mainly from Fionn Herlihy and Harry Andrews.


All players played their part (on both sides) and mentors Seamus O’Flynn and Richard Murphy were happy with the hours work after the game. There is something refreshing about watching a game at this level. Defensive tactics or getting a grip around the middle are alien concepts to these youngsters who just want to go out and play, have fun and win if possible. They have a few more games coming up over the summer, the next one is hurling on May 11th.


Panel on duty – Michael Foy, Fionn Herlihy, Colin Murphy, Mark Sisk, Eoin O’Flynn, Declan Carroll, Harry Andrews, Fionn Meighan, Derry Howard, Jack O’Leary, Darragh O’Brien, Josh Bartlett.



Week Ended – 5th May, 2013


U16 HL V Dripsey – 29/4


Shamrocks 6-7, Dripsey 3-9


We played Dripsey on Monday evening in our last game before the exams break, you could see the lads were fired up for this match as during the warm up and drills their first touch was perfect.


In the first few minutes we had two great chances for goals but failed to capitalise on them and it was six minutes before we opened the scoring with a point and followed up with a goal; we played some great hurling as the lads contested every ball and chased and harried the Dripsey players to never let them settle into the game; the halftime score was Shamrocks 2-05, Dripsey 0-08, with five of Dripseys points coming from frees taken by their midfielder.


After the break Dipsey got two points from play but this did not bother the lads as they continued to play their passing game and got two goals (one from a penalty) to stretch their lead; Dripsey at this stage moved their midfielder up to the half forward line and brought on three subs to try and stop the lads and though Dripsey did score 3-01 with this move Shamrocks scored another 2-02 to run out winners on a final score line of 6-07 to 3-09. It was a pleasure to see the lads play such skillful hurling and for all the half forwards and full forwards to get on the score sheet.

The team was Cormac Scriven, Seán Kidney, Shane Kelleher, David Barry, Coby O’ Grady, Nathan Hayes, Darragh Scriven, Mark Hitchmough, Tom Murphy, David Andrews, Andrew O’ Grady and Christopher Hayes The subs were Killian Murphy, Joseph O’ Keeffe and Brendan Crowley.



U12 FL V Dripsey – 1/5


Dripsey 1-7, Shamrocks 1-6


Dripsey and Shamrocks played out a very exciting game in Shanbally on Wednesday evening and after a great hours ball, Dripsey snatched a late, late win by the odd point.


Fact is that Shamrocks should really have won this game as they led from the 1st minute until practically the last when Dripsey got 1-2 to edge themselves in front at the winning post.


Shamrocks led 1-3 to 0-1 at half time and looked set for the win as they turned to play down the hill in the second half. Dylan O’Flaherty was outstanding in that first half and he scored some great points, off both left and right. Seán Andrews, busy as always scored the goal direct from a free from out the field.


The mentors warned the lads at half time that Dripsey would come right back into it in the second half and that they did – but only at the death. Shamrocks were in control of teh game entering the last 10 minutes but Dripsey started to pick off the scores and they did just enough to win in the end.


The Shamrocks boys were obviously disappointed at the end after such a great effort. While they want to win, its important not to take our eyes off the bigger picture – player development. Sometimes a loss can teach a harsh but valuable lesson. Some of the decisions taken in the last 15 minutes cost them scores – small things like going for goals when an easy simple point would have done just as nicely at that stage. However, the selectors will be working on that in the next few weeks.


We wish Seán Browne a speedy recovery from his hand injury that necessated his subsitiution at half time (we had no subs to replace him as some players didnt turn up again).


IMPORTANT NOTICE – The Academy continues for these boys on Saturday and its important that we get a good turnout in Rochestown College next Wednesday for hurling training in the ball alleys at 6pm. The front gates of the school are normally locked at that stage; but the old entrance just down a bit towards Rochestown is available; we’ll assemble at the Church carpark outside the school and walk up. Remember to bring hurley, helmey, runners and tennis ball.


Panel – C. O’Flaherty, E. Seymour, S. Donegana, M. Sisk, S. Andrews, J. Sisk, D. O’Flaherty, H. Andrews, S. Browne, F. Herlihy, R. Van Pelt, A. McSweeney.


The mentors have made out an u12 schedule for the month of May and is available from Pa Andrews and is also on our calendar.





MHL V Grenagh – 2/5


Grenagh 3-15, Shamrocks 3-9


Once Grenagh arrived Thursday night with only 11 players, the whole aspect of the game to be changed. Playing a goalkeeper and two players at each line (backs, Halfbacks etc.)allowed us to try players in different positions. It is a very big field with only eleven players on it, so open spaces were a plenty. Grenagh to their credit seemed to use this to better effect.

In what was a very open, flowing game of hurling both teams seemed to relish the opportunity to express the hurling prowess, which those of us on the sideline were delighted to enjoy. Shamrocks played fast passing hurling in the first half and took their scores well and deserved to lead at half time 2-5  to 1-6. Grenagh however were there for a match and came out after the interval with A goal and three points within the first two minutes. A point from S O Brien stopped the rot but three more points unanswered for Grenagh gave them a grip on the game. The scores went tit for tat until the final whistle blew.

Again I say well done lads for a disciplined effort of hard fought hurling that you and your mentors can be proud of.

Team : J O Brien, S Kelleher, N Hayes,  C O Grady, S O Brien, T Murphy, D Scriven, L Garvan, M. Hitchmough, C Hayes, A O Grady. Subs used : D Andrews For C Hayes, C Hayes for C O Grady



U14 FL V Grenagh – 2/5


Grenagh 5-10, Shamrocks 3-5


The U14 footballers played Grenagh in Shanbally on last Thursday evening 2nd May. It was a great evening to play a match. The match started with a lot of possession for our lads but scores were hard to come by. We were playing down the hill on the second pitch with the aid of a strong breeze. Grenagh soon found their rhythm and put over some nice points from play. This was soon followed by a Grenagh goal. This was the wake up call our lads needed and for the next twenty minutes they played some excellent football. A David O Sullivan goal and two points from play had us back in the match. It was tit for tat right up to the half time whistle. The second half started with us getting some more points from play and another O Sullivan goal had us trailing by just three points. Grenagh then opened us up to score a goal and three points without reply to kill off the game going in to the last few minutes. Joe O’Keeffe got a goal and a point soon afterwards to leave the final score 5-10 to 3-05 to Grenagh.


The score line didn’t do justice to a very brave and encouraging Shamrock performance. Shane Flavin in goal made some fine saves and used the kick outs wisely. The full back line consisted of Cathal Murphy who made some fine interceptions and the Man of the Match Evan Seymour who still at U12 was a rock all night. In the half back line we had Daniel O Mahony, Ruari Mehigan and James Lynam. These lads ran themselves into the ground and can take great pride in their effort over the hour. Joseph O’Keeffe had the difficult task of maintaining midfield on his own. He showed some fine touches and also got on the score sheet. Our half forward line was young Dylan O Flaherty, David O Sullivan & Shane Downey. Some of the fast movements that they showed lead us to some fine scores. The two inside forwards were Darragh O Leary and Jake O Donoghue and they were marked by much more physical and older opponents. Cillian Hayes, Sam Geary, Sean Andrews and David Johnson all made fine contributions when introduced throughout the match. These lads are away to Whitescross next Thursday and hopefully will get the result that they are overdue.


Week Ended – 12th May, 2013


U14 FL V Whitescross – 9/5


Whitescross 3-11, Shamrocks 1-7


The Shamrocks u-14 travelled to Whitescross on Thursday 09-05-2013 on what was a very blustering evening.Having won the toss Shamrocks opted to play against the breeze in the first half. It certainly was a very tough half for the boys as they absorbed wave after wave of attacks from a very crafty Whitescross side. Despite the best efforts of Dylan O’ Flaherty, Ruairi Mehigan and captain James Lynam in the half- backline  Whitescross rattled up a score of 2-8 before halftime. There were only a few good attacks during the half and a couple of frees won by David O’ Sullivan weren’t converted by Joseph O’ Keefe due to the strong breeze.


However, the second half was a very different affair as Shamrocks came thundering in to the game with all players hitting form and giving great display of very creative football and there were some fine scores taken aided by the very strong wind. David O’ Sullivan showed his true class scoring 1-2 in the first ten minutes of the half and was given great supply by Joseph O’ Keefe and Cillian Hayes. Two inspirational points from Ruairi Mehigan  brought out the best in all the defenders with goalie Shane Flavin bringing off a few great saves and ably assisted by corner backs Evan Seymour and Cathal Murphy.


With Shane Downey and David Johson working very hard winning valuable frees that were converted by Joseph O’ Keefe Shamrocks were now in real contention. However, time ran out for the lads and  the final score of Whitescross 3-11 to Shamroks 1-7 shows how really close they were to gaining their first victory this season.There is great credit due to the boys and if they persist success certainly is not far away.

U10 HL V Whitescross – 11/5


Shamrocks had a good win over Whitescross on Saturday morning in Shanbally in their first hurling league game.




U8 Football Blitz – 11/5


Shamrocks made trip to Whitechurch a successful one on Saturday morning by playing in 3 games and winning all 3 games.



JAFC V Carrigaline – 12/5


Shamrocks 2-14, Carrigaline 3-5


Shamrocks avoided elimation from the competition at an early date with a fully comprehensive win over Carrigalines second team in a match played in Camden in Crosshaven on Sunday morning.


If Shamrocks lost they were out because they played a Preliminary game earlier on. This was Carrigalines first outing, in the 1st Round proper so they survive to fight another day. However, Shamrocks wont care and this win opens up a window that may last until July, depending on results.


The game was dominated throughout by the fierce crosswind that blew right across the pitch and made football difficult, in particular at the start as the teams tried to adapt to the tough conditions. Shamrocks were first to score as Cannice Caffrey rifled over a point from play from a 20 yard angle out that was akin to a player shooting from way out the wing in normal circumstances, so bad was the wind.


However, Carrigaline struck for 2 quick goals, from long balls in and opened up a 2-0 to 0-2 point lead on 10  minutes. Even this early on, it seemed that Shamrocks were the better team and never panicked, always busy on the ball and threathening danger in attack. They scored a few points, again mostly from play, to come right back into it and lead 0-7 to 2-0, after 20 minutes. Their forward line was getting nice ball, direct and largely clever and with purpose. And they added 2 goals in the last 10 minutes of half time, first from Philip Brady (MOM) and secondly from Brian Sweeney who was excellent all through. Shamrocks now had a 2-7 to 2-1 lead and turned to face the hill in confident mood.


Carrig started well in the second half and added a few points to bring the gap back to 4, eventhough Shamrocks never really looked in danger at any second half point. They proceeded to kick some wonderful points, 5 in a row all from play, to open up a 9 point gap. They really were all excellent scores from Philip Brady, Brian Sweeney, Cannice Caffrey, Darragh O’Sullivan and sub Stephen O’Neill who was prominent when introduced. Philip Bradys scores were a thing of beauty and every single time he got the ball, he had the Carrigaline defence ringing the alarm bells.


Shamrocks were 10 points up, 2-13 to 2-3 with 10 left. Carrigaline did make a valiant effort in the last 7 minutes with 1-2 but it was all over at that stage.


Shamrocks will be happy with the rebound after the disappointmet against Tracton. 2-14, of which 2-11 was from play was impressive enough. When the forwards get good ball, they will trouble any defence with their skill and alertness. The whole side played their part today, including the defence with their ability to deal with the ariel ability of Carrigaline. With a few regulars to come back into the side like Michael Prout, Joseph Shanahan (just back from his travels) and Barry Mulqueen, not to mention Dave Hayes (both returned from Oz and was outstanding), the greens can look forward with confidence going forward. Shamrocks now have a break until the end of June/early July, depending on other results elsewhere.


Meanwhile its hurling training starting this Tuesday, 7.30pm. Ted Hanley Park.


Panel on duty – Fergus O’Neill (captain), S. Andrews, C. Brady, J. Tuohy, R. Harrington, C. Kidney, D. Hayes, M. O’Neill, A. McCarthy, C. Caffrey, E. O’Mahony, P. Brady, D. O’Sullivan, B. Sweeney, S. Collins, S. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, J. Brady, S. Keane, S. Downey, J. Raleigh, D. O’Neill, B. Cusack.



U14 HL V Whitecross – 12/5


Whitescross 8-20, Shamrocks 0-3



Shamrocks lost out to unbeaten Whitescross on Sunday morning. While the scorline doesnt look good, the team are fielding and the players are trying very hard.


Full report to follow hopefully.



Week Ended – 19th May, 2013



U12 FL V St Vincents – 17/5


St Vincents 5-13, Shamrocks 2-9


Shamrocks under 12’s made the trip to Knocknaheeny on Friday night and after a good display from our lads, had to give way to an older home side.


Shamrocks played some excellent football in the 1st half and deservedly led by 2 points at halftime. The homeside gradually got on top however in the second half – the Shamrocks lads made some slips ups in front of goal and they got tired naturally.


However, they are making great progress and the future looks bright for them. Our thanks to Aidan O’Leary and Dick Andrews who looked after the team on the night and to the parents who supported the lads and provided transport.




Dylan Gregson attempts a blockdown V St Vincents
Dylan Gregson attempts a blockdown V St Vincents



U10 Monster Hurling Blitz – 18/5


Shamrocks took part in a u10 Hurling Blitz in Ballinhassig on Saturday morning but unfortunately were beaten in their 3 games. However, for some it was their first ever hurling matches and no doubt hurling coaching will bring them on.


Thanks to Seamus O’Flynn and Richard Murphy who are doing great work with this group.



Week Ended – 26th May, 2013

Shamrocks Biennial Golf Classic – 20/5


The Club’s biennial Golf Classic took place on the Monkstown course on Monday May 20th.


The course was in great shape and the prevailing weather helped in no small way in making it a splendid day for all the participants. Some fine scores were recorded and the programme was completed on schedule, much to the satisfaction of the organising committee.


The prizewinning teams were as follows-
1st.     John Joe Shanahan, Ger O’Halloran and Pat O’Sullivan (Ballingeary).
2nd.    Fergus O’Neill, Tom Scannell and Oliver Webb representing Cork Builders Providers Ltd.
3rd.    The three Collins brothers, Fergal, Daragh and Seanán.
Club Vice-Chairman, Mr. Kieran Lynam, spoke on behalf of the Club. He expressed sincere thanks to all the participants for their goodwill and support. Thanks was extended too, to the sponsors and the many people who donated prizes.


Special thanks was extended to the Golf organising Group headed up by Alan Geary along with Daragh Collins, Mark Hickey, John Twomey (Shanbally) and that great veteran Shamrock and Club Vice-President Neally O’Mahony.
Kieran Lynam presents the overall winning team of John Joe Shanahan, Ger O Halloran and Pat O Sullivan with their winning prizes.




JAHL V Courcey Rovers – 22/5


On Wednesday evening Shamrocks make the trip to Ballinaspittle to play Courcey Rovers in the Hurling League.


Shamrocks have been out of hurling competition since Aprll 7th and the long layoff had its effect in the first half of the game. The home side aided by the strong prevailing wind and evening sun got into action from the throw-in and were hitting points from all over the field. On the other hand Shamrocks were struggling to get themselves back on track.


Despite this, full back and captain Colin Brady and centre back Barry Mulqueen were competing manfully and bringing life back into the team. Courceys had a twelve point advantage at halftime.


Team Coach Declan O’Neill had some sensible advise for the lads at the break and they entered the second half like a new team.   Shamrocks were now competing all over the field with some great individual efforts emerging.


David Hayes, Dave O’Neill, Alan McCarthy and Jamie Murphy were driving the team forward and Shamrocks scored 2-6 to Courceys 0-4 in that period. Shamrocks hit a lot of wide balls, whereas the home side hit very few. Michael O’Neill’s long striking from the goal proved very effective. Courceys possess some very fine and talented players and competition with these lads was most beneficial to our team on the night.
Team: Michaell O’Neill, Michael Prout, Colin Brady (Capt.), David Hayes, Senan Andrews, Barry Mulqueen, Dave O’Neill, Fergus O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Jamie Murphy, Stephen Keane, Brian Cusack, Stephen O’Neill, Senan Collins, Joey Brady.  Subs – Stephen Downey, Cathal Kidney, Coby O’Grady.
The next encounter for the Hurlers will be on Monday evening next May 27th at Bishopstown.
Shamrocks will play the ‘Town at 7.30pm.  A full turnout is called for and no doubt further progress will be achieved.
It was great to see our esteemed Club Chairman Mr. Pat McCarthy at the game. He was recently indisposed and is making a rapid recovery. He was enthusiastically driving on the team and was so pleased with their second half performance.

U12 FL V Grenagh – 22/5


Shamrocks 2-13, Grenagh 2-7


A quite incredible second half performance from Shamrocks got them their first win at under 12 this season. After playing so well in many games and improving without much success on the scoreboard, its nice for the lads who are putting in the effort to get a moral boosting win.


It was a game of 2 halves, dominated by the strong wind. Grenagh played with it to their backs in the first half and went in at halftime leading 2-6 to 1-1, Evan Seymour with the Shamrocks goal. It was a battling first half from Shamrocks who enjoyed plenty of possession and attacks considering the wind but shooting from 25 yards out was proving difficult. A few switches seemed to keep Grenagh from adding to their total; despite the 8 point gap and some silly mistakes which cost the lads 2-1, there was enough to suggest that maybe a comeback in the second half was on – it all depended on Shamrocks getting some early scores.


And did they what. Shamrocks owned the ball from the throw in and scored a cracking 1-7 in the first 7 minutes of the second half. Seán Andrews scored the all important Shamrocks goal that put them ahead for the first time, following a flurry of points from Dylan O’Flaherty, his brother Cian (moved out from goal) and Harry Andrews. Shamrocks were further boosted by some outstanding defending from Evan Seymour, Mark Sisks blockdowns and young but tigerish Fionn Herlihy. Robert Van Pelt showed safe hands in goal, while Jody Sisk was busy throughout, getting stuck in wherever needed.


Grenagh, after being stung by that blitz, realised that they were behind and came right back into it but further good work from Luke O’Driscoll, Keith O’Donoghue Howe who won good ball in the corner forward position and Shane Donegana who was always willing kept Grenagh to only a point. Shamrocks broke up the pitch and tagged on a few points, mainly from frees to close out the game. Sam Geary at corner forward also had a great second half.


This was the lads first win and hopefully they can kick on from it. They play Whitescross next Wednesday in a hurling league game, away at 7.30pm. Therefore, they will train on Monday at 7pm. With numbers tight, it was great to see practically everyone available ready for action and rearing to go in a Shamrocks jersey. Two players are currently on the injured list with hand injuries, namely Sean Browne and Dylan Gregson and the club wish them a speedy recovery and hope to see them back soon.



Mentors John Jordan, Jed O'Flaherty, Aidan O'Leary and Patrick Andrews. Back row, l to r: Jody Sisk, Evan Seymour, Sam Geary, Cian O'Flaherty, Luke O'Driscoll, Seán Andrews, Keith O'Donoghue Howe. Front, l to r: Dylan O'Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Shane Donegana, Robert Van Pelt, Mark Sisk, Fionn Herlihy.
Mentors John Jordan, Jed O’Flaherty, Aidan O’Leary and Patrick Andrews. Back row, l to r: Jody Sisk, Evan Seymour, Sam Geary, Cian O’Flaherty, Luke O’Driscoll, Seán Andrews, Keith O’Donoghue Howe. Front, l to r: Dylan O’Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Shane Donegana, Robert Van Pelt, Mark Sisk, Fionn Herlihy.



U8 Monster Hurling Blitz – 25/5


Shamrocks took part in a Monster Hurling Blitz in Ballinhassig on a perfect Saturday morning last.



Despite communion being held in Shanbally National School, managers Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan were determined to get a team out hurling, in this a 7 a side competition, with the emphasis on participation and fun.



18 teams in total took part and Shamrocks played 3 games; against Carrigaline, Ballinhassig and Sliabh Rua. While scores and winning were not the be all and end all, it was pleasing to note that Shamrocks were competitive in all 3 games – winning all 3 in fact.


Its important that these lads are exposed to as much hurling as possible, whether it be blitzes, matches, training or indeed at home. Thats the only way they will learn the basics of the game. All players got plenty of game time and did themselves proud.


Next u8 blitz is Saturday June 8th, a football one.


Players who took part: Aidan Brady, Eoin O’Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Michael Foy, Cathal O’Donovan, Robert Barrett, Ferdia Hayes and Diarmuid Cahill.





U8 Hurling Blitz, 25/5/13. Back Row, l to r: Seamus O'Flynn (mentor), Aidan Brady, Eoin O'Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Michael Foy, Shane O'Donovan (mentor). Front, l to r: Cathal O'Donovan, Robert Barrett, Ferdia Hayes. Diarmuid Cahill also took part.
U8 Hurling Blitz, 25/5/13. Back Row, l to r: Seamus O’Flynn (mentor), Aidan Brady, Eoin O’Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Michael Foy, Shane O’Donovan (mentor). Front, l to r: Cathal O’Donovan, Robert Barrett, Ferdia Hayes. Diarmuid Cahill also took part.




Lotto Presentation – 25/5


Last Saturday evening, at a function held in the Ferry Boat Inn, Ringaskiddy, Shamrocks made presentations to four the winners of €500 each in last weeks Lotto.


The weekly lotto takes place every Monday night at 9pm and rotates between the six pubs in the parish. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the 4 winners (pictured below) and thank all our buyers, many of whom are regulars and supporters on a weekly basis.


Of course the lotto wouldnt be able to function without our dedicated band of sellers. One seller last week, Geraldine Twomey, who puts in trojan work every weekend selling tickets, sold 3 of the 4 winners! We thank her and indeed her accomplice John Twomey (Shanbally) who run the lotto without fail every Monday night.


This vital source of club income continues each and every week and we need your support. Its only €2 a ticket and we would love to see more buyers and sellers, in particular more players. Its going well but an extra push over the summer months would do no harm at all.




Lotto Presentation of €500 cheques, 25/5/13. From left - Geraldine Twomey (seller) representing Denis Good and Roy Maye, Debbie O'Grady representing her brother in law Stephen Long and Chris Davis, receiving their cheques from John Twomey, Club Treasurer.
Lotto Presentation of €500 cheques, 25/5/13. From left – Geraldine Twomey (seller) representing Denis Good and Roy Maye, Debbie O’Grady representing her brother in law Stephen Long and Chris Davis, receiving their cheques from John Twomey, Club Treasurer.



Week Ended – 2nd June, 2013 



U12 HL V Whitescross – 29/5


Whitescross 6-6, Shamrocks 1-2


Shamrocks u12’s made the trip to Whitescross on a beautiful Wednesday evening but a great second half display from the home side meant that the visitors left with nothing.


Shamrocks had only 10 players for the trip due to injuries and illness to 5 of our players. The first half was played up the hill against the wind and it proved to be the high point of the game for Shamrocks as they restricted Whitescross to 2 points while registering a Harry Andrews free themselves, half time 2 points to 1. The hooking and blocking in that half was excellent from Shamrocks.


Shamrocks felt that they were in with a right chance turning to play with the hill and breeze in the second half. However, they never really came out of the blocks – Whitescross scored 2 early goals and eventhough Shamrocks responded each time with a point, they never came close to creating a goal chance, which they badly needed. The intensity of the first half was gone and mistakes crept in. The heads were down and Whitescross tagged on a few goals and points towards the end.


Shamrocks kept fighting and were rewarded when Seán Andrews free from out the field went all the way to the net. There is an ocean of hard work ahead to bring these boys up to speed on a hurling pitch and the coaches are prepared to put it in. In fairness, most of the Shamrocks players are being exposed to proper, competitive, regular hurling games for the first time ever and they are learning all the time.


Hurling training each and every Wednesday throughout June, 6pm. Players involved were Robert Van Pelt, Luke O’Driscoll, Evan Seymour, Mark Sisk, Dylan O’Flaherty, Seán Andrews, Harry Andrews, Fionn Herlihy, Jody Sisk, Shane Donegana.




Shamrocks players in  the blue bibs, from left - Jody Sisk, Fionn Herlihy, Shane Donegana, Harry Andrews
Shamrocks players in the blue bibs, from left – Jody Sisk, Fionn Herlihy, Shane Donegana, Harry Andrews



Week Ended – 9th June, 2013



JAHL V Carrigaline – 3/6


Shamrocks 2-12, Carrigaline 2-10


This was a very competitive game played in splendid conditions at Pairc Tadhg O’h-Ainnlaoi on Bank holiday Monday evening. Throughout the game only a couple of points separated the teams and on a number of occasions the scores were level.


At half-time Shamrocks led 1-5 to 1-3. Brian Cusack scored a great goal before halftime when he first-timed the ball to the net despite being under great pressure. With cousins Barry Mulqueen and Michael Prout showing up well in the backline, Carrigaline were finding it difficult to register scores. Again Michael O’Neill was in great form in goal and that great veteran of yesteryear Dick Andrews, playing at left full back put up the shutters and gave a ‘man of the match display’.


Alan McCarthy and Fergus O’Neill hurled well in the middle of the field with good support coming from Dave O’Neill and David Hayes.


The second half hung in the balance most of the time but Shamrocks desire to win enabled them to push for that vital win at the end. When Stephen Keane was upended heading for goal the resultant penalty was convincingly driven to the Carrigaline net by ‘keeper Michael O’Neill.  Stephen O’Neill showed some fine touches and hit one of the winning points with a great strike from his left. Well done to Jason Browne who put in another great hour.


Team;  Ml. O’Neill, Ml. Prout. Colin Brady, Dick Andrews, Dave O’Neill, Barry Mulqueen, David Hayes, Fergus O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Stephen O’Neill, Seanán Collins, James Raleigh, Brian Cusack, Stephen Keane, Jason Browne.




U14 HL V Kinsale – 6/6


Kinsale 3-5, Shamrocks 2-3


No report received




U8 Monster Football Blitz – 8/6

Shamrocks played in the u8 Monster Football blitz on Saturday morning in Riverstick in great conditions.


These are 7 a side games and on this occasion, Shamrocks entered 2 teams, of equal ability. While once again scores are not kept, its pleasing to note that Shamrocks beat both Courcey Rovers teams and both Balinora teams, while losing to both Valley Rovers teams.


Shamrocks had a very young panel out; some of the players were playing their first ever game of competitive sport. One stand out performer was Cian Lynch, who is only in Junior Infants.


Overall, managers Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan, who are doing great work with this group, were very pleased with the mornings work from Shamrocks.


Players on duty for Shamrocks – Michael Foy, Josh Bartlett, Cathal O’Donovan, Harry O’Leary, Marc Galland, Aaron Clarke, Euan Clarke, Eoin O’Flynn, Robert Barrett, Ferdia Hayes, Cathal O’Brien, Zach Coughlan, Diarmuid Cremin, Shane O’Mahony, Barry O’Mahony, Cian Lynch and Fionn Gallagher.



JAHC V Tracton – 9/6


Tracton 1-18, Shamrocks 1-13


On a beautiful Summer’s evening, with conditions ideal for hurling Tracton deservedly defeated Shamrocks at Liam McCarthy Park. Overall Shamrocks were well below par on the night and some recent good form displayed in league games completely deserted them.


Shamrocks started positively with ‘keeper Michael O’Neill pointing a long range free.  Unfortunately for Shamrocks the concession of needless free pucks enabled Tracton to register easy scores.


Shamrocks experienced problems in all lines of the field and many players were unable to get into the pace and thrust of the game.


Seven points separated the sides at the break and even though they put in some better efforts late in the game scores were very difficult to come by, especially goals.


As always Michal Prout excelled with a good hour put in by his first cousin Barry Mulqueen


Steve O’Neill  was the only forward to pose a serious threat to Tracton and again Brian Cusack couldn’t be faulted for his brave efforts.


The backdoor now awaits the team with a game against Ballymartle scheduled to be played next Sunday.
Team;  Ml. O’Neill, Ml.Prout, Colin Brady, Senan Andrews, Dave O’Neill, Barry Mulqueen, David Hayes, Fergus O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Jamie Murphy, Seanán Collins, Brian Cusack, Steve O’Neill, Stephen Keane, Brian Sweeney. Subs used:  Dara O’Sullivan and Stephen O’Reilly.

Week Ended – 16th June, 2013


U10 FL V Tracton – 10/6


Shamrocks 3-6, Tracton 2-0


This game was rescheduled from the weekend and was played in a constant downpour from start to finish.


However, this didnt take away from the comprehensive Shamrocks victory from this talented bunch of lads. Shamrocks dominated the game throughout and really should have won by more. This particular age group is 11 a side and Shamrocks had 14 togged out, which was encouraging considering the conditions. This group of players are undefeated in all games so far in 2013, in both codes. Everyone got a game and the manager Seamus O’Flynn was very happy with how things went on the night.


Squad on duty – Cian O’Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Mark Sisk, Declan Carroll, Daniel O’Brien, Adam Maye, Fionn O’Herlihy, Josh Bartlett, Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, Eoin O’Flynn, Ferdia Hayes, Cathal O’Brien, Marc Galland.



U14 FL V Donoughmore  – 11/6


Shamrocks 8-16, Donoughmore 8-6


Shamrocks under 14 footballers got their first win of the season on Tuesday playing some delighful football against Donoughmore on what was a very miserable night.


Donoughmore began the game in fine form scoring 1-3 before the Shamrocks boys got to grips with the very slippery conditions. David O’ Sullivan and Joseph O’ Keefe stormed into the game and had the scoreboard level within fifteen minutes with some well taken scores. The launching pad for this dominance was the halfback line of Dylan O’ Flaherty, Ruari Mehigan and the team captain James Lynam. Donoughmore tried very hard during the remainder of the game and did get two fine goals and  a few points from frees though it must be said that Daniel O’ Mahony was excellent between the posts. Cillian Hayes, who was giving his marker a torrid time, finished the half with a fine individual goal leaving the score at the break 4-6 to 3-5 in favour of Shamrocks.



The boys didn’t need much talking to at half time as they sensed victory was within their reach and were back out on the field quickly ready to take the game to Donoughmore again. Both teams are to be complimented for the way the game was played despite the underfoot conditions. The opposition tried desperately to get back into the game in the second half but were ground down by a resolute Shamrock’s team performance. The full back duo of Cathal Murphy and Evan Seymour were the the unsung heroes of the night as they time and time again won balls that they had no right to win.Their clever distribution enabled David O’ Sullivan and Joseph O’ Keefe to work their magic in front of the posts and and they began to take fine scores. Cillian O Mahony in the half forward line began to win very good possession and distribute it very well while David Johnson and Darragh O’Leary battled very well to mop up loose ball in the full forward line. Shamrocks finished the game with a bagful of points with many players getting in on the scoring most notable of these was Ruairi Mehigan’s long range point. The final score was Shamrocks 8-16, Donoughmore 8-6  on what was a memorable night for the boys.
Team: – Daniel O’ Mahony, Cathal Murphy, Evan Seymour, Dylan O’ Flaherty, Ruairi Mehigan, James Lynam, Joseph O’ Keeffe, Cillian Hayes, David O’ Sullivan, Cillian O’ Mahony, Darragh O’ Leary, David Johnson.



U14 HC V Whitescross – 13/6


Whitescross 4-12, Shamrocks 1-5


Shamrocks were very competitive in the early stages of this championship match played in Ballygarvan. Seán Andrews got things off to a flying start with a nicely struck point from the half forward line. Joseph O’Keefe quickly followed up with a nicely struck free from the 21 yard line. However Whitescross came thundering into the game with some powerful hurling notching up 3-8 in the first half. To be fair, the Shamrocks lads battled bravely but Whitescross had some powerful hurlers in key positions. Mark Hitchmough was superb in goals pulling off some fine saves and setting up attacks with some decent puck outs. Unfortunately, Shamrocks were not able to take scores due to some resolute defending by Whitescross. However, Joseph O’ Keeffe did catch the Whitescross defence napping with a finely struck goal from a free on the twenty fifth minute leaving the half time score of Whitescross 3-8 to Shamrocks 1-2.


The second half resumed with one change of personnel, that being Killian O’ Mahony for Sam Geary at corner forward. In the second half good teams usually choke the opposition and Whitecross proceeded to do just that to Shamrocks. Shane Downey and Cathal Murphy tried their best in the full back line but despite their best efforts Whitescross began to pick off some nice points. Cillian Hayes really began to thunder into the game at left half back and was a constant thorn in Whitescross’  side as he gained valuable possession and drove forward at every opportunity.


Ruairi  Mehigan, at right half back, also won valuable possession and surged forward at every opportunity but Shamrocks were unable to notch off any scores though coming close a number of times. James Lynam played the captain’s role and played his heart out at centre back . Joseph O’ Keffe had the difficult job of containing their best hurler at centre field while David O’Sullivan at centre forward found it difficult to make headway.


Under 12 players Dylan O’ Flahertay and Seán Andrews battled on the wings in the half forward lines but were well marked by two fabulous players. David Johnson and Killian O’Mahony tried their best in the full forward line but their supply was limited due to the dominance of Whitescross. The game finished on a scoreline off Whitescross 4-12 to Shamrocks 1-5. The Shamrocks boys are to complimented for their brave efforts and it is clear underage hurling in the club has a future with these boys. This Whitescross team will definitely walk the C grade championship and one may wonder why they didn’t compete in the B grade with the quality of players at their disposal.


Shamrocks Team : Mark Hitchmough, Cathal Murphy, Shane Downey, Ruairi Mehigan, James Lynam (captain), Cillian Hayes, Joseph O’Keeffe, Dylan O’ Flaherty, David O’ Sullivan, Seán Andrews, Sam Geary and David Johnson.
Sub – Killian O’ Mahony for Sam Geary.



John Kerins Memorial Tournament V Fermoy – 15/6


Fermoy 4-3, Shamrocks 2-3


We played Fermoy in the semi-final.

We put together a strong team with a good mix of  experienced and younger players.

We started well and were unlucky not to have at  least one goal and one point scored early on.

As the half progressed, Fermoy came more into the  game and they hit us for three goals and two points in 6 or 7 minutes before half time. Unfortunately, we failed to register a score in the  first half.


The lads were disappointed at the break as they  felt that the start they had should have kept them in touch.


We started the second half well and had a point  immediately.
We then hit a purple spell where we scored two  goals and two points to bring us back to within two points of the  lead.
We were playing great stuff with all the lads making a significant contribution.


Fermoy broke and scored a point from a free to  extend their lead to a goal.


We had a number of opportunities after that,  including a ball off the line following a scramble.
Fermoy, to their credit, kept plugging away and in  the last attack of the game, scored another goal.


Final score – Fermoy 4-3 – Shamrocks  2-3.


Selectors – Dick Andrews, Shane O’Donovan and  Seamus O’Flynn wrere delighted with the second half display.
The younger lads stepped up to the plate and we  should be stronger in this tournament over the next 2/3 years.
Medals were presented afterwards by John Kerins’  widow and Tony Davis.








Shamrocks V Fermoy, John Kerins Shield Semi Final, All eyes on the ball
Shamrocks V Fermoy, John Kerins Shield Semi Final, All eyes on the ball

JAHC V Ballymartle – 16/6


Ballymartle 4-17, Shamrocks 1-10


The scoreline tells its own story and a youthful Ballymartle side filled with gifted players and excellent hurling acumen, made light of the Shamrocks challenge.


Unfortunately for Shamrocks, too many players underperformed and it was left to the few to salvage any pride. Shamrocks led briefly after ten minutes when our best forward on the night Seanán Collins scored a cracking goal. A succession of needless frees were conceded which enabled Ballymartle to pick off easy scores. Shamrocks always laboured in their quest for scores.


The concession of some very soft goals at vital times proved to be a huge blow from which we could not recover. It was a hugely disappointing night for the team and the Club.


Again Michael Prout performed magnificently with Senan Andrews, Barry Mulqueen, Brian Sweeney and Alan McCarthy salvaging some pride for the Club. After a lay-off of three months due to injury, Stephen O’Reilly came on as a substitute and he got into the game quickly and finished with a resounding performance.


Team;  Ml. O’Neill, Ml. Prout, Barry Mulqueen, Senan Andrews, Dave O’Neill, Brian Sweeney, Fergus O’Neill,  Alan McCarthy Stephen O’Neill, John O’Leary, Jamie Murphy, Brian Cusack, Dara O’Sullivan, Seanán Collins, Stephen Keane.  Subs used –  Stephen O’Reilly, Joey Brady, Coby O’Grady.



Week Ended – 30th June, 2013


U8 Monster Hurling Blitz – 22/6


Shamrocks entered a team in Whitechurch in what was our second hurling blitz at this level this year.


They are proving to very successful for the Shamrocks lads and the old chesnut of not getting enough games for our young players, in particular in hurling, is certainly being addressed in 2013.


Shamrocks played Nemo Rangers, Mayfield and the hosts Whitechurch and once again, while stressing that scores are not officially kept, its pleasing to note once again that Shamrocks won all 3 games.


Managers Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan and all the parents and players (who all played well it must be said) who travelled up to Whitechurch for a 10am start are to be complimented. Well done to all.


Players on duty – Marc Galland, Michael Foy, Cathal O’Brien, Eoin O’Flynn, Aiden Brady, Cathal O’Donovan, Robert Barrett and Fionn Gallagher.



U10 FL V Ballinhassig – 24/6


Shamrocks just about got the better of Ballinhassig in a game played in Ballinhassig on Monday night. It was a great game – Ballinhassig led by 4 points at halftime but the Shamrocks lads dominated the second half to run out 2 point victors in the end. They remain unbeaten all year.


Manager Seamus O’Flynn is delighted with progress and reports that all players played well. They play Gleann na Laoi on Wednesday night in a challenge game.



JAFC Quarter Final V Ballygarvan – 30/6


Ballygarvan 1-11, Shamrocks 1-4


Another disappointing evening for the Club and its supporters, with our Junior Footballers failing to advance in the championship played in Belgooly.


Shamrocks were poor and indecisive throughout the game and on the night their opponents were but a shadow of their great team of a few years ago. With any reasonable amount of form and zeal the game was their for Shamrocks. However, the form was flat and well removed from what was required to win a championship game.


Shamrocks scored one point in the first half and registered a goal when the Ballygarvan ‘keeper was adjudged to have carried the ball over the line. Ballygarvan registered five points with only one from play.


Despite the best exhortations from Coach Mark Hickey the second half was flat and lacked any real conviction. We must credit our backline players and goalkeeper who kept the opposition under control for most of the game, but on the other side of the field very little happened.


Poor finishing and wasteful kicking up front was the order of the day, unfortunately.


Team;  Fergus O’Neill, Colin Brady, Steven O’Reilly, David Hayes, Michael Prout, Cathal Kidney, Robert Harrington, Michael O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Cannice Caffrey, Philip Brady, Barry Mulqueen, Dara O’Sullivan, Brian Sweeney, Joseph Shanahan. Subs used – Senan Collins and Stephen O’Neill.




Week Ended – July 14th, 2013


Camp Ciarán (Monday Jul 1st – Fri Jul 5th)


Camp Ciarán was held in Shanbally from 1st July to the 5th July. Ciarán was definitely looking down on us for the week as he made sure that the weather was fantastic for the week. Last year we had 80 boys and girls registered. This year we had 131 boys & girls enrolled. This itself is a major achievement for the club.


On the Monday morning it was all hands on deck to ensure a smooth start to the week. Credit must go to the children and parents who had the patience in the first enrollment, the distribution of jerseys and the allocating of the different groups.


The coaches had everyone on the playing pitch at 10.30 to the delight of all. The coaching staff of John Herlihy, Aidan O’Leary, Gemma Kavanagh, Mary Coveney, Alan McCarthy, Sean O’Brien, Joey Brady and Senan Andrews were assisted by some of our U16 players namely, Darragh & Cormac Scriven, David Barry, Mark Hitchmough and Coby O’Grady.


The kids were split up in to 6 groups with a minimum of 2 coaches per group. The coaching drills were suited to all ages so that everyone was involved at all times. The younger children were introduced to new friends from the schools in the parish. New members were welcomed in to the club. The first refreshment break was welcomed by all to quench the thirst and hunger. Our kitchen was in full operation in supplying everyone with their requirements. The camp Co-ordinator and Executive Treasurer, John Twomey Shanbally ensured that there was plenty of fresh food daily which was supplied by the local Spar Shop in Shanbally. After recharging the batteries it was back to the playing pitches for more enjoyment. 12 noon came too soon for the younger kids who were finished for the day. Some of them insisted in staying on and train with the older lads. They were accommodated and didn’t look out of place at all. The final whistle sounded at 1PM for the completion of Day 1. Time flies when you’re enjoying yourself.


Day two started at 10am on Tuesday morning. The weather was a bit on the damp side but nothing was going to stop 131 kids getting out on to the pitches to show off what they had learned on Monday. It was the same routine as Monday and this carried on for the rest of the week. Matches were played against each other and when the day finished there was a lot of tired bodies heading home for some well earned rest.


On Days Three and Four the weather again picked up to the delight of all involved. Howard Crowdy from the Carrigdhoun Newspaper arrived to take some lovely Photographs of those involved in Camp Ciarán.


Day five arrived and to the disappointment of all, this was the final day of a fantastic week. The different groups were again showing their skills and it was evident to all that what they learned during the week they were putting in to practice. Our P.P. Fr Sean O Sullivan graced us with his presence and he was very impressed in what he saw. Kieran Kraemer in addressing the parents and children thanked everyone for the excellent attendance and behaviour throughout the week. On behalf of the club there is a long list of people to be thanked. The following is a list of those involved in the organising and smooth running of the camp.


  1. The two John Twomeys, Gemma Kavanagh & Kieran Lynam for the Trojan effort they put in in the weeks leading up to the camp and also the week itself.
  2. All our coaches who were on hand for the full week.
  3. Our first aider Evanna O Keeffe
  4. The committee of Geraldine Twomey, Kieran Kraemer, Pat McCarthy, John Jordan and Declan Turner. Without these people it would not have been possible to run the camp so successfully. From Kitchen duties, to setting up pitches, to arranging parking etc they were readily available.
  5. Adrian Ryan and his Staff at Sports Gear Direct who worked tirelessly to ensure all the jerseys were available on time.
  6. To Spar Shop Shanbally who provided the refreshments on a daily basis.
  7. And finally to all the children who participated and to their parents who turned up daily.


If I have forgotten anyone please accept our apologies as it’s impossible to remember all those who helped out.


We will be inviting everyone back again on Saturday 7th Sept at 11.00am for a follow up and refresher training. Our Academy will then start on Saturday 28th Sept in the pitch in Shanbally.


Once again thanks to everyone involved and to enjoy the rest of the school holidays.




U14 FC V Whitescross – 4/7


Whitescross 7-8, Shamrocks 4-6


With a depleted team due to holidays etc. our very committed team of 12 really showed what can be done with determination & effort.


The scoreline doesn’t reflect what the lads put in to tonight’s game. We played uphill in the first half and when we got our chances we took 2 great goals, which left is with a good hope for the second half being only 4 points down.


At midway through the second half we were level but weariness took over & Whitescross were able to regroup & got the scores to win the game.


Thanks to all the players for a great effort in the league & championship and have a great summer, see you all again in September .



U16 FC V Dripsey – 8/7


Dripsey 5-8, Shamrocks 3-6


No report received



MFL V Ballyphehane – 11/7


Shamrocks V Ballyphehane


Shamrocks received a walkover from Ballyphehane.



U12 FL V Whitescross – 12/7


Shamrocks 2-12, Whitescross 1-8


The lads put in an outstanding performance in very testing conditions last Friday night. Plenty of water was on hand to keep everyone well hydrated.


We started very well and soon had 2-02 on the board. The movement from our players was a joy to behold. Dylan O Flaherty and Sean Browne were dominating the midfield and with Sean Andrews, Cian O Flaherty and Sam Geary causing all sorts of problems for the Whitescross defence it was looking good for this youthful Shanmrocks outfit. To Whitescross’s credit the never gave up and by the half time whistle we were only leading by 1 point. 2-03 to 1-05.


After the break our backs played great football in clearing their lines at every opportunity. Cian O Flaherty took over the goalkeeping duties from Harry Andrews. The Sisk brothers Jody and Mark were getting the better of their opponents along with the rock solid Evan Seymour and the forever running Fionn Herlihy. Our midfielders and half forwards again took control and put over 13 points in the second half to leave us the winners on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-08. Credit must go to every player involved and to the parents who gave up their time to provide the transport to Whitescross on a brilliant Summers evening.


Thanks to Kieran Lynam, John Twomey & John Jordan who stood in for the usual U12 management team who were missing due to holidays, work and weddings.



U8 Football Blitz – 13/7


Shamrocks played in the U8 football Blitz in Ballinhassig on Saturday morning in very hot and trying conditions for the young lads.


Shamrocks were in a group with Carrigaline, Valley Rovers and Courcey Rovers and played and won all games against them. The lads were very impressive. Manager Seamus O’Flynn was delighted with the young Shamrocks lads that included Cian, Diarmuid, Cathal, Michael, Josh, Robert and Eoin.


Once again, our thanks to the parents, grandparents and to all other travelling supporters.



Week Ended – August 4th, 2013


Minor Hurling Challenge V Cobh – 24/7


We played Cobh in a challenge match in Shanbally last night. We had only one minor on show for the first half and two for the second period. The rest of the team consisted of our U16 team. This was a great exercise for the upcoming U16 and minor hurling championship games next week.
Cobh proved to be of equal quality and strength as ourselves. We played some lovely hurling and it’s evident for all involved in the club to see the influence that our U16 coach Mr. David Nolan has had on our players. The were a joy to watch. From a defence point of view the hooking, blocking, man marking and clearances  were excellent. Going forward the inter changes between midfield and the forwards along with the attacking play, shooting and positional movements were excellent. The final scoreline resulted in a five point win for Cobh 3-04 to 0.-08. In fact Cobh scored 1-01 in the last two minutes. We can take many positives out of this performance and hopefully continue it on for the rest of the season.

Team, Cormac Scriven, Shane Kelleher, Sean Kidney, Nathan Hayes, Mark Hitchmough, Brendan Crowley, Sean O Brien, Andrew O Grady, Darragh Scriven, Coby O Grady, Eric Desmond, Christopher Hayes, Brian Coffan.



U8 Hurling Blitz – 27/7

Shamrocks entered an under 8 team in another hurling blitz in Riverstick on Saturday morning.


Its always tough at this time of the year for us to enter teams due to the holidays etc but due to the determination of a few individuals involved, we’re now playing more games, in particular hurling, at this level than ever before. It can only benefit the club in the long run. Shamrocks beat Tracton and Ballinhassig and lost to Sliabh Rua on this particular morning but once again, participation is the key.


Our thanks again to the parents and grandparents for their support and transport on the day.



U16 HC V Dripsey – 29/7


Dripsey 1-15, Shamrocks 2-10


No report received.



JAHL V Ballinhassig – 30/7


Ballinhassig 4-10, Shamrocks 1-7 


This delayed League encounter saw a very determined and committed Shamrock side put in a fine effort against their more illustrious and accomplished opponents. The Shamrocks players who lined out on the night showed their true colours and they were there for one thing only and that was to give of their best. They had pride in themselves and their Club.
Every player gave of his best but the youngster Coby O’Mahony put us all on notice that he has a big engine and won’t stand back from anyone.
The magnificent input from twin corner backs O’Reilly and Andrews matched anything Ballinhassig could offer. Up front, Seanán Collins was well up for the occasion and we saw the real Collins leading from the front. Alan McCarthy is making real progress in hurling this season and we saw more of this throughout the game ably assisted for Fergus O’Neill. Barry Mulqueen was safe and sure throughout.
When we needed a late substitute, Kevin O’Mahony, the father of the youngster, threw himself into the fray as only he could.

Ballinhassig deserved their victory but they had to work hard for every score.With these lads wearing the green jersey, hurling will always be alive and well in our Club.

Team:  Michaell O’Neill, Steven O’Reilly, Senan Andrews, Coby O’Grady, Barry Mulqueen, Colin Brady, Fergus O’Neill, Alan McCarthy, Brian Cusack, Senan Collins, Dave O’Neill, Stephen Keane, Stephen Downey.  Sub uised – Kevin O’Mahony.
Referee:  Mr. Alan O’Connor (Ballygarvan).

MCHC V Brian Dillons – 1/7


Brian Dillons 3-13, Shamrocks 0-1


Shamrocks played Brian Dillons in wet conditions in Passage on Thursday night in the championship.


Unfortunately, Shamrocks had only 11 players ready for championship action on the night. Championship at this grade is 12 a side so Dillons played with the man advantage for the whole game. The Shamrocks team consisted of one 18 year old with the rest of the team coming from our under 16 team. No team will win a championship match with this kind of statistic, especially against a team of the calibre of Dillons who had good, strong (and huge) hurlers down the spine of their team. Some of the older Shamrocks minor players just didnt bother their barney turning up – it really is incredible how this mentality exists in anybody, after playing and training earlier on in the year. Its completely unfair on the younger players. Other players were unavailable due to retirements, weddings, holidays and injuries. Its a long list indeed.


Still, the lads on duty tried their heart out and its obvious that the under 16’s in particular have improved their standard of hurling since the start of the year, no doubt about that.


Shamrocks scored first through Andrew O’Grady but that was it for Shamrocks. At HT Dillons led 2-7 to 0-1. The second half the lads again tried their heart out and restricted Brian Dillons somewhat. However, the spare man, their centre back just cleaned up everything and fed the forwards. The young Shamrocks players tried very hard all through.


Thanks to John Twomey (Ringaskiddy), Kevin O’Mahony and Mark Hickey for helping out with the team.


Also, the club wish speedy recoverys to both Brian Coffin and Christopher Hayes who both picked up nasty injuries in the second half of the game.


Team: Cormac Scriven, Shane Kidney, Shane Kelleher, Mark Hitchmough, Coby O’Grady, Brendan Crowley, Brian Coffin, Chris Hayes, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O’Grady and Eric Desmond.

The board have fixed Shamrocks to play football championship next week. The same lads are going to have to try and pick themselves up for that.



Week Ended – August 11th, 2013


JAFL V Ballinhassig – 7/8


Ballinhassig 1-14, Shamrocks 1-4


Shamrocks managed to get a team out for a game that meant nothing to them at this stage of the year. The result was inevitable, indeed it could have been a greater winning margin for Ballinhassig but they squandered a hatful of goal chance throughout.


The first half is a half that Shamrocks would want to forget in a hurry. After Brian Sweeney swung over a beauty from play 5 minutes in to level things up at 0-1 apiece, Ballinhassig completely and utterly dominated the rest of the half. Shamrocks, apart from a total of 3 attacks that brought nought, couldnt get the ball beyond the halfway line, such was Ballinhassigs dominance. They went into practice shooting mode and led by 1-10 to 0-1 at halftime.


Shamrocks only had pride to play for in the second period and with a whole host of positional switches, they made a better fist of it and played some nice ball at times, without threathening a goal alas. The game was wide open and while Shamrocks ran at Ballinhassig, the moves invaribly broke down around the 45 bmetre mark. At the other end, Ballinhassig wasted some goal scoring chances but tagged on a few points to keep things moving for them.


Joey Brady got on the end of his brother Philip’s Garryowen with 10  inutes left to bundle home a Shamrocks goal and add some semblence of respectibility to the scoreline. The game limped to its inevitable conclusion.


Starting team: F. O’Neill, A. Hickey, B. Mulqueen, D. Hayes, M. Prout, M. O’Neill, P. Brady, A. McCarthy, B. Cusack, S. Collins, J. Brady, E. O’Mahony, B. Sweeney, S. Downey. Sub used – J. Wilson.



MFC V Whitescross – 9/8


Shamrocks 3-11, Whitescross 3-6


Passage was the venue for our minor footballers as they took on Whitescross in the Championship. Both teams played excellent football throughout. The passing, movement, energy and commitment from both teams made this an excellent game of football.


Darragh Scriven opened the scoring for us with two well taken points inside the first few minutes. Whitescross scored 1-03 without reply to leave us trailing by 4 points but to the lads credit they kept playing free flowing football. Another Darragh Scriven point was quickly followed by a Luke Garvan goal to leave the sides level. Both sides then traded points and Whitescross then got a second goal just as halftime approached to leave them leading on a score line of 2-04 to 1-04.


Great words of encouragement were spoken by the management team of Kieran Lynam and Kevin O Mahony and it was evident to see that the lads were up for the second half big time. We started the second half with great pace and commitment. We played our best football in a long time in the opening fifteen minutes and scored 2-05 without reply – the goals coming from Luke Garvan and Andrew O’Grady. Our five points came from Brian Coffin x 2 and Michael Hughes x 2 and another Darragh Scriven free.


Whitescross scored a breakaway goal and this gave them belief that all was not lost yet. They added on another point but then Michael Hughes scored another two points from play and this ensured that we were victorious at the final whistle on a score line of 3-11 to 3-06.


This game was a credit to both teams. Our team consisted of Rory Horgan in goal who made three fantastic saves. His kick outs were a huge advantage to the team. The two full backs were Diarmuid Barrett who made some vital interceptions and this game will stand to him in the future, and the ever reliable U16 player, Sean Kidney who is improving with every game he plays. His covering and link up play is excellent.


The whole half back line consisted of our U16 half back line. Nathan Hayes gave a rock solid performance as usual. Coby O Grady at centre back dominated from the start to the finish and covered some ground. Cormac Scriven also played his part and contributed to some fine attacking play down the right wing. Our captain Sean O’Brien played in midfield and his link up play with the forwards led to them getting many scores. He also covered the defence when required.


The three half forwards were Andrew O Grady who scored 1-01, Darragh Scriven (0-04) and Michael Hughes whose 0-04 all came from long range efforts from play. The two inside forwards were Brendan Crowley whose link up play was excellent and led to many scores and Luke Garvan who was a handfull for the Whitescross defence. Luke scored 2-00 and won most ball that came his way. Brian Coffin returning after injury came on at half time and scored two points. He made a huge difference when introduced and if he can stay injury free he will be a huge player for us. David Raleigh returning after a long injury absence came on at full back to stem the Whitescross comeback. He added some steel to our defence and he too will be a great benefit to us. U16 player, Eric Desmond who is really enjoying his first season with us came in at corner forward and he held up some great ball when in possession.


This was our best performance at this level since we captured the South East in 2010. Our executive Chairman Pat McCarthy spoke with great pride afterwards in the dressing room and congratulated all the players individually. Special thanks must go to Kieran Lynam , John Twomey (Ringaskiddy) and Kevin O Mahony for their effort, time and commitment with this team. Training Tuesday night at 7pm.


Team (2 a side): Rory Horgan, Diarmuid Barrett, Sean Kidney, Cormac Scriven, Coby O’ Grady, Nathan Hayes, Sean O’Brien, Darragh Scriven, Michael Hughes, Andrew O Grady, Luke Garvan, Brendan Crowley. Subs used – Brian Coffin, David Raleigh, Eric Desmond.


Shamrocks extended panel V Whitescross in Passage, MFC, 9/8/13. Back row, l to r: David Andrews (inj), Cormac Scriven, Eric Desmond, Andrew O Grady, Coby O Grady, Luke Garvan, Rory Horgan, David Raleigh, Michael Hughes, Darragh Scriven, Chris Hayes (inj)  Front, l to r: Brendan Crowley, Sean O Brien, Nathan Hayes, Sean Kidney, Diarmuid Barrett, Brian Coffin.



U13 Hurling Tournament – 10/8


Shamrocks took part in the Pat Laverty U13 Hurling Memorial Tournament organised and hosted by Crosshaven on a beautiful Saturday afternoon last.


Shamrocks, Passage, Clondrohid and the host club Crosshaven made up the teams and all 4 teams played 2 matches each.


Shamrocks played Passage in the semi final. Passage were way too big, old (all 13 year olds) and strong for Shamrocks, who featured a sprinkling of u10’s, 11’s, 12’s and three u13’s. However, they never gave up against their stronger opponents and battled away until the end. Final score was Passage 3-14 to Shamrocks 0-5. Harry Andrews (u10) was Shamrocks only scorer in that game.


So it was on to play Clondrohid in the plate final after a 15 minute break. Clondrohid had earlier been beaten by Crosshaven in the other semi final.


This was an absolute cracker of a game, with scores coming literally by the minute. Clondrohid won by the odd point in 43, 2-16 to 4-9. The lads found this level more to their liking and really enjoyed the experience. Everyone got on the ball and it was evident that some of the younger players were gaining confidence from being exposed to live action.


Two players really stood out in this game –  the Clondrohid centre fielder (Seán Desmond) who was excellent throughout. He had everything and Shamrocks tried a whole host of different players to stop him, but to no avail. He constantly soloed down the middle and popped over easily 13/14 points and scored a goal as well.


At the other end, the Shamrocks mentors of Pa Andrews and John Jordan, knew thet they lacked scoring power. So they put Seán Andrews (u11) at corner forward from the start, almost as an expirement. It worked, especially in the first half. Sean scored a whopping 3-5 from play in those 20 minutes. It contributed to Shamrocks leading by 2 points at halftime.


The second half saw Clondrohid get on top and they moved 5 points clear. Shamrocks had an extra player and to be fair to everyone and to give everyone the same game time, they substituted a different player every 2 minutes. This definately had an unsettling effect on the shape of the team and it showed.


With 3 minutes to go, Clondrohid were 5 points up. Shamrocks once again burst forward and scored 1-1 to bring them back to 1 point down. However, referee Brian Keniry blew his full time whistle shortly afterwards.


Afterwards, the players got medals and refreshments and our thanks go to Crosshaven for inviting us down and making it a great day for our young hurlers. Despite the results, it was a successful day out and with the target of at least 7 hurling matches for this team getting ever closer, the mentors are happy. Each player on Saturday got at least 70 minutes of hurling in. Still, some players need tonnes of work, especially at home against the wall – in fact they all do. You can never get enough hurling practice!


Our thanks to the players and parents for going down and supporting the tournament. Also well done to Mark Andrews. Mark is the son of our former player and legend himself Bernard Andrews, formerly of Ringaskiddy but living over in Windsor in England for a good few years now. Mark is home on holidays to meet all his cousins and played his first ever hurling match today. You wouldnt have thought it! He got stuck in right from the off and even managed to get on the scoreboard as well. Shamrocks will be approaching our esteemed Club Treasurer to get funds to fly Mark home every summer for the matches!


Hurling training continues on Wednesday at 12 noon. Squad on duty – Seán and Harry Andrews, Luke O’Driscoll, Cillian O’Mahony, Evan Seymour, Robert Van Pelt, Shane Downey, Sam Geary, David Johnson, Mark Andrews.



Shamrocks panel in u13 Tournament in Crosshaven, 9/8/13. Back row, l to r: Pa Andrews (mentor), Evan Seymour, Mark Andrews, Shane Flavin, Shane Downey, David Johnson, John Jordan (mentor)  Front, l to r: Robert Van Pelt, Luke O Driscoll, Harry Andrews, Sean Andrews, Sam Geary, Cillian O Mahony.
Shamrocks panel in u13 Tournament in Crosshaven, 9/8/13. Back row, l to r: Pa Andrews (mentor), Evan Seymour, Mark Andrews, Shane Flavin, Shane Downey, David Johnson, John Jordan (mentor) Front, l to r: Robert Van Pelt, Luke O’ Driscoll, Harry Andrews, Sean Andrews, Sam Geary, Cillian O’ Mahony.



Week Ended – August 18th, 2013


JFL V Tracton – 14/8


Shamrocks 1-8, Tracton 1-6


Shamrocks had a 2 point win over Tracton in Shanbally in the league on Wednesday night.


Tracton played with the wind advantage in the first half and led 1-4 to 0-6 at halftime. Shamrocks kicked some good scores in that half, Cannice Caffrey and Philip Brady among the scorers. They turned to play with the breeze with confidence high that thay would win the game.


Shamrocks dominated the second half and Seanán Collins early goal set up the win. Michael Prout also scored a great point in that half.


Shamrocks play Courcey Rovers on Monday night in Ballinspittle, throw in is at 7.15pm.


Team: F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, C. Brady. S. Hurley, D. Hayes, B. Mulqueen, M. Prout, B. Sweeney. A. McCarthy, P. Brady, E. O’Mahony, C. Caffrey, S. Keane, S. Collins, D. O’Sullivan. Subs used – S. Downey, J. Wilson.



U10 Monster Football Blitz – 17/8


Shamrocks played in the under 10 Monster Football Blitz in Ballinhassig on Saturday morning last.


The games were 9-a-side and Shamrocks had 10 players available for duty. They beat Tracton and Crosshaven while they drew with Sliabh Rua.


Mentors Seamus O’Flynn and John Jordan were very happy with the lads and all players got plenty of game time. They will be organising training sessions soon to help the lads hone their basic skills further.


Thanks to the all the parents and supporters who were very encouraging and got right behind the team.



Week Ended – August 25th, 2013


U16 C Hurling League Playoff V Grenagh – 19/8


Shamrocks 6-18, Drispey 1-8


Shamrocks took care of Dripsey in the semi final of the league on Monday evening in Shanbally, on a perfect evening for hurling.


Dripsey had beaten Shamrocks by 2 points in the championship back at the end of July so Shamrocks had some motivation to reverse that result in this game. They went about their business with authority and a no nonsense approach to Dripsey. They attacked every ball, picked out better placed players when needed and targetted the inside Dripsey line early on.


David Andrews was the main beneficiary of this approach. He had 4-1 from play racked up by the 20 minutes after some good approach work from the players out the field who ran at the Dripsey defence and drew the man all the way into the inside line, where Andrews did the rest. It was impressive stuff and knocked the stuffing out of the visitors. After 20 minutes Shamrocks led 4-1 to 0-1. The sides traded 3 points each from there up until halftime, Mark Hitchmough and Darragh Scriven with the pick of the Shamrocks scores – Hitchmough must have been 90 yeards out on the wing while Scriven caught a huge ball in midfield from a puckout from his brother Cormac, turned, soled down the middle of the pitch and struck over a beauty from the 45.


Dripsey needed a blistering start to the second half to have any hope but it was Shamrocks who carried out from where they left off with some early points and 2 quick goals, Andrews with his 5th goal from play and Christopher Hayes also getting in on the goal scoring act. Tom Murphy, Nathan Hayes and Andrew O’Grady from frees also slotted over points as the game was well and truly over 20 minutes form the end. This was a great team performance all round – the lads have most definately improved their hurling from the start of the year and the attitude from them is first class.


Shamrocks now play Lisgoold this weekend (either Friday night or Saturday) and the game will be on in Lisgoold.


Team: C. Scriven, S. Kidney, N. Hayes, S. Kelleher, C. O’Grady, M. Hitchmough, D. Scriven, B. Crowley, T. Murphy, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes, D. Andrews. E. Desmond.



JAFL V Courcey Rovers – 19/8


Courcey Rovers 2-7, Shamrocks 0-9


Shamrocks made the journey to Ballinspittle to play the home side in their penultimate league game.


The fact that both teams were out of both league and championship contention meant that the game was played at a leisurely, almost pedestrian pace where the objective of just getting the game played was foremost in everyone’s mind.


The referee was a no show and the game was a 13 a side affair, until the second half when it became 14 a side. Courcey Rovers slipped in for 2 goals in the 1st half and led 2-4 to 0-5 at the break – Cannice Caffrey, Seanán Collins, Dave Hayes and Michael Prout getting on the Shamrocks scoreboard.


The second half was played out at the same pace and Courceys held on; Brian Sweeney kicked a few scores before the stand in referee blew the final whistle much to everyones relief!


Shamrocks players who made the journey were F. O’Neill, S. Andrews, A. Hickey, D. O’Neill, B. Mulqueen, M. Prout, A. McCarthy, C. Caffrey, J. Wilson, S. Collins, D. Hayes, S. Keane, S. Downey, B Sweeney.



U10 HL V Courcey Rovers – 22/8


Courcey Rovers 5-0, Shamrocks 0-4


Courcey Rovers proved that bit too good for a gallant Shamrocks u10 hurling side in Shanbally on Thrusday evening. They got 4 early goals and that was the defining part of the game. However, from there to the end of the game, the teams were more or less evenly matched but the Shamrocks lads just couldnt put the ball into the opposition goal.


After being 5-0 to 0-1 down at halftime, the Shamrocks lads, after a few positional switches, made a great effort of it in the second half and all players played a significant part in the competitive action that unfolded. Fionn Herlihy and Harry Andrews scored some nice points and the rest of the players were not afraid to get stuck in.


There still is a lot of hurling work to go into the team; they have only played matches and blitzes so far this year so the next step is training. There are moves to incorporate u10 hurling training into the u12 hurling training, who will train every Wednesday throughout September at 6pm, games and weather permitting. More details to follow on this. In the meantime, they play Tracton at home next Wednesday at 7pm in their last hurling league game.


Our thanks again to the parents who turned out in great numbers to support the lads who included Michael Foy, Mark Sisk, Cian James, Josh Bartlett, Fionn Herlihy, Adam McSweeney, Cian O’Flaherty, Harry Andrews, Aidan Brady, Adam Maye, Aaron Clarke, Ferdia Hayes, Daniel O’Brien.



U8 Monster Hurling Blitz – 24/8


Shamrocks played 3 Blitz Hurling games on Saturday morning last in Ballinhassig.


They beat Courcey Rovers and Carrigaline in close games. They drew with Kinsale in the other. Overall, the management were happy with the standard from the Shamrocks players.


Shamrocks had 8 players and with the consent of the opposition, Shamrocks played all games 8-a-side. They had a mixture of young and old and all played excellently.

Players – Michael Foy, Josh Bartlett, Aidan Brady, Eoin O’Flynn, Cian Lynch, Harry O’Leary, Cathal O’Donovan & Barry O’Mahony.


Again, the team had wonderful support and thanks to all for making the effort.


This was the last u8 Blitz of the year. The lads have had a very good run this summer and they all enjoyed their games.

Obviously, they will need to refine their basic skills and hopefully the return of the Academy will assist with this.


Big thanks to Seamus O’Flynn and Shane O’Donovan who has been brilliant with the lads all year.



Week Ended – September 1st, 2013


U12 FL Playoff V Grenagh – 27/8


Shamrocks 5-7, Grenagh 2-6


Shamrocks u12 footballers are through to the C grade league semi final against Whitescross after a second victory over Grenagh on Tuesday evening. With 3 teams finishing level in second place, this game along with the Semi final was played to determine who will play St Vincents in the final on September 14th.


Shamrocks made the journey to Grenagh again and funnily enough, the pattern of the game followed the pattern from the game back in May. The first half was low scoring with the halftime score being 0-2 each. Shamrocks had played up the hill and were reasonably happy at that stage. The backs had dealt well with the early Grenagh attacks; Cian O’Flaherty in goal made some vital interceptions while Evan Seymour dealt with any high ball pumped in.


The selectors of Jed O’Flaherty, Pa Andrews and Aidan O’Leary, mindful of the second half display back in May, decided to go for it in the second half. They moved Cian into the forwards and made some other adjustements, moving some prominent players forward. And it worked. Shamrocks started to get on top and through great play from Seán Andrews and Dylan O’Flaherty who did the majority of the scoring from centre forward, they opened up a 9 point gap, 4-2 to 0-5.


Grenagh responded by scoring 2 goals of their own with 10 minutes left but the Shamrocks lads reasserted themselves and Cian O’Flaherty and Jody Sisk, along with a few points from Dylan O’Flaherty sealed the deal for Shamrocks. It was a great team effort all through.


They play Whitescross in football this Saturday at 12pm in Shanbally. Football training this Thursday at 7.15pm.


Team on duty – C. O’Flaherty, E. Seymour, M. Sisk, F. Herlihy, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, D. O’Flaherty, S. Browne, L. O’Driscoll, J. Sisk, R. Van Pelt, J. Farquer






Cian O'Flaherty scoring a goal V Grenagh, 28/8/13
Cian O’Flaherty scoring a goal V Grenagh, 28/8/13

U10 HL V Tracton – 28/8


Tracton 2-5, Shamrocks 2-5


Shamrocks and Tracton played out an exciting draw on Wednesday night in Shanbally.


It was a very closely fought game with Shamrocks securing a draw with a last minute goal.


Again, our basic skills were exposed as our blocking, hooking, catching, lifting were inferior to the oppositions.


However, we didn’t lack for spirit and through hard work by all, we got our deserved draw in the end. We had 15 togged out on the night and all played.

Squad – Sean Andrews, Mark Sisk, Josh Bartlett, Fionn Herlihy, Adam Mc Sweeney, Harry Andrews, Aidan Brady, Cian O’Flaherty, Eoin O’Flynn, Cian James, Derry Howard, Ferdia Hayes, Jack O’Leary, Robert Barrett, Adam Maye. Cian James and Jack O’Leary picked up nasty injuries during the game but both were fine later.


Again parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters etc turned out in great numbers to support us and for this we are extremely grateful. Thanks to Tracton also for turning up in big numbers.


We will now join with u12 panel for training on Wednesday nights for the month of September – a text will be sent to all concerned.



MCFC V Cill na Martra – 29/8


Shamrocks were well beaten by Cill Na Martra in the minor football championship in Ballinora on Thursday evening.


From the first whistle we found ourselves to be under immense pressure. This Cill Na Mathra team were superior to us in every department on the pitch. They were physically stronger and the age difference was evident from the start.


This game was over as a contest well before half time. We started with the majority of the team that played so well in the last round against Whitescross. No one can be faulted for their effort, time and commitment they showed throughout the season. Only two of the panel of nineteen players we had on duty tonight are overage for next season.


Team manager Mr. Kieran Lynam and his assistant Kevin O Mahony thanked the players for the honesty and commitment that they gave to Shamrocks throughout the season. He reminded them that the majority of them will be playing minor again for the next two years.


This now leaves this group to concentrate on their own age group, ie U16 hurling & football where they have a busy schedule for the next few weeks. The minor footballers have one league match to play and are also invited to play in the Ballypheane Festival in mid September.


Final score 5-14 to 0-6.



U12 FL Playoff V Whitescross – 31/8



Shamrocks 2-12, Whitescross 1-6


Shamrocks are through to play St Vincents in the final of the Grade C League after accounting for Whitescross by double scores in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon last.


The teams looked evenly matched early on with Shamrocks playing into a slight breeze up the pitch. The teams were level 0-2 to 0-2 after 15 minutes but then Shamrocks seemed to get a grip on things somewhat, in particular after Dylan O’Flahertys long range free went all the way to the Whitescross net. This gave Shamrocks a big boost and they added a further point from Seán Browne to lead 1-4 to 0-5 at halftime.


Once again, Shamrocks made some positional switches for the second half and they did the trick. The main one of swopping Cian O’Flaherty and Robert Van Pelt proved to very successful. Cian was on the end of many moves, helping himself to a few points while linking up well with Seán Andrews (now at midfield) and his brother Dylan, who once again was top scorer and proved a handful for the Whitescross defence all through.


Van Pelt in goal was a revelation – when Whitescross came strong at Shamrocks midway through the second half looking for their much needed goal, he brought off at least 4 brilliant saves; throuing himself in front of the attackers on occasions to thwart the inside line. His defenders in front of him, Evan Seymour and Dylan Gregson (returning from injury) were also strong when counted. Mark Sisk’s confidence grew as the game went on while young Fionn Herlihy stuck to his task all through at half back.


Besides the afore mentioned players, Seán Browne at midfield had a good first half in particular and always did something constructive with the ball, laying it off for the scoring forwards normally. Jody Sisk battled hard and laid off some important ball as well; Sam Geary won some good ball in the corner and drew vital frees which were slotted over while Luke O’Driscoll and sub Jeff Farquer also made telling contributions.


The second half mostly belonged to Shamrocks who got on top from midfield and apart form the Whitescross fightback midway through the second half, they were always in control after Seán Andrews belted home a brilliant goal after 5 minutes of the second half. The lead of 6 points at that stage was strethed to 9 thanks to points from the 2 O’Flahertys; Whitescross did get a goal themselves but Shamrocks went down the pitch and slotted over more points to leave them deserving winners by 9 points.


The final against St Vincents will be played the weekend of Friday September 13th, exact time, venue and date to be decided. Shamrocks will train this Wednesday at 6pm. Further training schedules to be decided.


There was an accidental nasty clash of heads before half time between Harry Andrews of Shamrocks and the wing back from Whitescross, also called Harry! Both players received treatment on the field and well done to the mentors/parents from both sides who reacted quickly to the situation. We’re glad to report that Shamrocks Harry, after a visit to the hospital is fine this evening. Indeed, typical of Harry, he was back out on the green in front of his house pucking sliotar with his brother and teammate Seán only 4 hours later!


Panel on duty – C. O’Flaherty, M. Sisk, E. Seymour, S. Andrews, F. Herlihy, L. O’Driscoll, S. Browne, D. O’Flaherty, H. Andrews, J. Sisk, R. Van Pelt, S. Geary, D. Gregson, J. Farquer.



U16 CHL Quarter Final V Lisgoold – 1/9


Lisgoold 1-16, Shamrocks 2-9


Shamrocks played Lisgoold on Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinal of the u/16 hurling league. Both teams settled very quickly but it was Lisgoold first on to the scoreboard. The first half was very intense with both sides playing some fantastic hurling and sharing the lead numerous times to finish 1-07 apiece at the interval.


The second half began with the same tempo and intensity and ten minutes into the half it was still a draw at 1-09 each but Lisgoold began to dominate and took a seven point lead before Shamrocks got back into the game and reduce the deficit to four points. Shamrocks were now dominating play but simply ran out of time and Lisgoold ran out winners on a score line of 1-16 to 2-09.


The team was: C Scriven, N Hayes, S Kelleher, S Kidney, M Hitchmough, C O’ Grady, D Scriven, B Crowley, T Murphy, A O’ Grady, C Hayes and D Andrews. Our sub on the day was David Barry.



Week Ended – September 8th, 2013


U14 FL Semi Final V St Catherines – 2/9


St Catherines 9-11, Shamrocks 5-7


Shamrocks were well beaten by the championship winners in Ballynoe on Monday evening. It was obvious from early on that Catherines were going to win easy; howevere the Shamrocks players battled on throughout in the face of severe pressure from the home side.


John Herlihy did a fine job of reffing the game as the apointed referee didnt arrive. Himself and Noel Murphy have battled numerous problems with the team this year and have managed to get them to play all their matches in both hurling and football when lesser efforts would have resulted in walkovers given. Our thanks go to them.


The u14 season is now over and the players who are 14 this year will move on to u16 in 2014, training to resume in January/February.


Shamrocks team V St Catherines, 2/9/13. Back row, l to r: Shane Downey, David O'Sullivan, Ruairí Meighan, Shane Flavin, Daniel O'Mahony, Cillian Hayes, Darragh O'Leary.  Front, l to r: Evan Seymour, James Lynam, Dylan O'Flaherty, Cillian O'Mahony, Cathal Murphy.
Shamrocks team V St Catherines, 2/9/13. Back row, l to r: Shane Downey, David O’Sullivan, Ruairí Meighan, Shane Flavin, Daniel O’Mahony, Cillian Hayes, Darragh O’Leary. Front, l to r: Evan Seymour, James Lynam, Dylan O’Flaherty, Cillian O’Mahony, Cathal Murphy.



U16 FL V Grenagh – 4/9


Shamrocks 5-6, Grenagh 1-9


Shamrocks played Grenagh yesterday evening in ideal conditions for football. After a long summer of mainly hurling the lads got back on the football pitch to try and qualify for the latter stages of the U16 league.


They started brightly and were 0-3 to no score up after 10 minutes. Grenagh then took over and outscored us by 1-05. Shamrocks played some nice football up to the last third of the pitch but the wrong options were taken sometimes in front of goal and some silly mistakes were being made all over the pitch. They regrouped at half time and some words of encouragement were given to the team. The selectors pointed out their errors and the silly mistakes that happened in the first half.


The Shamrocks lads started the second half with a totally different attitude and it was soon evident that the words that was spoken at half time was paying dividends. They blitzed Grenagh in the first 15 minutes of the second half and scored a total of 5-03 without reply. The goals came from 2 a piece for Darragh Scriven and Christopher Hayes and a wonder solo goal from Coby O Grady. We played out the final few minutes of the game by containing the Grenagh attack. It’s Carrig Na bhFear next on our agenda next Monday night away.


Team. Cormac Scriven, Sean Kidney, Shane Kelleher, Nathan Hayes, Coby O Grady, David Barry, Darragh Scriven, Andrew O Grady, Mark Hitchmough, Brendan Crowley, David Andrews, Christopher Hayes & Eric Desmond.



U10 FL V Crosshaven – 6/9


Shamrocks were well beaten by Crosshaven on Friday night in Shanbally. Our thanks once again to the parents, coaches, players and supporters.



Week Ended – September 15th, 2013


U16 FL V Carraig na bhFear – 9/9


Shamrocks 4-7, Carraig na bhFear 3-6


Shamrocks made the trip to Carrig na bhFear on Monday evening a winning one after a great 4 point win over the home side.


The result now means that Shamrocks leapfrog Grenagh and previous table toppers Carraig na bhFear to lead the table and they are now guaranteed top spot in the table, with Carraig na bhFear and Grenagh to play off to see who meets Shamrocks in the final at a yet unconfirmed date.


Full report to follow hopefully….


MF Tournament V Ballyphehane – 15/9


Back Row, l to r: K. Lynam (bainisteoir), C. Scriven, D. Raleigh, R. Horgan, L. Garvan, A. O'Grady, S. Kelleher, D. Scriven, J. Twomey (selector). Front, l to r: C. Hayes, S. O'Brien, N. Hayes, B. Crowley.



Multisports Camp 2013


Shamrocks Ladies Football Club held their third successive Multisports Camp on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th of September. The Camp provided the children with a great mix of sports which included: Hurling stations, Gaelic Football stations, Olympic Handball, Rounders & an Obstacle Course The camp was attended by almost 100 boys & girls and all the children thoroughly enjoyed the variety of sports offered over the weekend. All the children also enjoyes the party & Disco that followed in the clubhouse.The primary aim of the Multisports camp is that all the children have great fun & that the parents realise that Gaelic Games can have a focal place in all of their lives.


As is the case with all Voluntary Organisations, the running of the Multisports Camp would not of been possible without the fantastic help of all the coaches who helped out on both Saturday & Sunday. Massive thanks also to those who helped out with the Registration & in the kitchen ALL weekend. Your help was really appreciated. Finally, we hope to see all the boys/girls back on Sat 5th of October for the beginning of the Academy.






Week ended – September 22nd, 2013


U12 CFL Final V St Vincents – 21/9


Shamrocks 2-12, St Vincents 4-3


Shamrocks captured the u12 C Football League crown with a thrilling 3 point win over a gallant St Vincents team on Saturday afternoon last in Ballinora’s pitch in Waterfall.


A strong second half propelled the Shamrocks lads to the clubs first ever win at Rebel Óg level ansdsparked great scenes of celebration among the players, mentors and the huge travelling support of parents and supporters.


Shamrocks started the better with a great early Luke O’Driscoll point from a free way out the wing. Shamrocks scored 2 goals in the first half through Sean Browne (who was Shamrocks most conisstent performer throughout) and Fionn Herlihy. St Vincents hit back each time though and went in a point adrift at half time of Shamrocks (2-4 to 2-3).


The second half was nip and tuck again and when St Vincents got an early goal to go ahead for the first (and only time) in the game, it looked like they were going to push on for victory. However, the Shamrocks players reacted to this and driven on by Evan Seymour, operating in a more midfied role, Dylan O’Flaherty who was the scorer in chief in the second half and Sean Andrews who really came strong in the last 10 minutes and won virtually every Vincent kick out with superb reading of the play, they drove on to victory, kicking 4 points in that time to close out the game.


This is Shamrocks first underage victory since the Minor footballers in 2010 and before that, the u16 hurlers in 2001. Well done to all the players, the 3 bainisteoirí Jed O’Flaherty, Aidan O’Leary and Pa Andrews who started out with the lads in February. The responce from both players and parents has been getting better each week and it culminated in yesterdays victory!


Panel: Robert Van Pelt, Evan Seymour,  Mark Sisk, Sean Andrews, Jody Sisk, Dylan O’Flaherty, Sean Browne, Fionn Herlihy, Harry Andrews, Luke O’Driscoll, Cian O’Flaherty, Jeff Farquer, Shane Donegana, Sam Geary, Dylan Gregson.




Shamrocks team and supporters in Ballinora, 21/9/13


U16 CHL Final V Lisgoold – 21/9


Lisgoold 5-10, Shamrocks 1-12


Having lost the toss, we had to travelled to play Lisgoold in the final of the Rebel Óg U16 C hurling league. Conditions were ideal for hurling and both teams soon found their rhythm and got some early points on the scoreboard. Our first four points came frees converted by the reliable Andrew O’ Grady. Darragh Scriven was finding space in the middle of the pitch and got our first score from play when he pointed after a great clearance from our defence.


We were now three points to the good but that was wiped out when Lisgoold scored two quick goals to leave us trailing by a goal with half time approaching. Another Andrew O Grady point was followed by a Mark Hitchmough beauty. The half time whistle sounded to leave us trailing on a scoreline of 2-04 to 0-07.


Strong words of encouragement  were spoken by the mentors and when the game restarted we soon were had our best period of the match. We scored five points from play, without reply from Andrew O Grady, Tom Murphy and three from the excellent David Andrews. Alas that was to be our second last score as Lisgoold took over totally. Lisgoold took over at this point and despite a Nathan Hayes goal,  Lisgoold scored another two quick fire goals to put them in command. We were hampered further when Mark Hitchmough picked up an ankle injury and soon had a player dismissed for dangerous play. Lisgoold scored another 1-04 without reply to leave them worthy winners on a final scoreline of 5-10 to 0-12.


Naturally the lads were very disappointed afterwards but will realise when the dust settles how far they have come this year. Their skill, commitment and discipline has vastly improved over the past nine months. The management team of David Nolan, Peter Crowley, Dick Andrews and Kevin O Grady have worked tirelessly with this group of lads and the club are very thankful to them for that. Some of the lads will still be under sixteen again for the 2014 season. For the rest of them its now up to the minor grade for them. Indeed most of the U16 team played minor this season. They still have a football semi final to play. When the playing season will finish we will then take a break before regrouping for some winter training.


Team, Cormac Scriven, Shane Kelleher, David Barry, Nathan Hayes, Coby O Grady, Mark Hitchmough, Darragh Scriven, Brendan Crowley, Tom Murphy, Andrew O Grady, David Andrews, Christopher Hayes and Eric Desmond.
The club would also like to thank Mark Hickey and the staff of the Shamrock Bar for the hot food and refreshments he provided for both the U12 footballers earlier in the day and the U16 hurlers later in the evening.

Week Ended – October 6th, 2013


U12 HL V Grenagh – 30/9


Shamrocks 8-7, Grenagh 1-3


Shamrocks finished up their u12 league season with a comprehensive win over a young Grenagh side at a wet Shanbally on Monday evening. Despite the County Senior Hurlers defeat at the weekend, the show goes on at local level and it was great to see the Shamrocks lads play with a confidence that has been soaring since the football run.


The management at the start of the year set out 2 main hurling targets – one was to improve each player and secondly for the team to win a league match. Its safe to say that both were achieved, ableit the first win at the seasons end but it doesnt matter.


The lads can feel very happy with their steep progress this year and can reflect back and say that a trophy was garnished ag deireadh an lae. On this particular occasion, Shamrocks had scorers in Harry and Seán Andrews, Evan Seymour, Dylan O’Flaherty and Luke O’Driscoll. The team was rejigged at halftime to give the corner backs and forwards some time out around the middle where most of the action was and they all got on the ball.


The club are planning on getting all 10 to 13 year olds on a once a week hurling training program, over the winter months under the lights. It will probably start up next week and run each Friday – more details to follow.


Team: C. O’Flaherty, M. Sisk, F. Herlihy, J. Sisk, S. Browne, E. Seymour, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, D. O’Flaherty, S. Donegana, L. O’Driscoll and R. Van Pelt.



MFL V Brian Dillons – 3/10


Brian Dillons 5-8, Shamrocks 4-6


In what was the final football game of the minor calendar this year, Shamrocks travelled to Brian Dillons new pitch in Whitescross for a match that had no bearing on the position of either team in the league table. It was played in the worst possible conditions for football. The driving rain made it damn near impossible to see the football, let alone catch it.


However I must say that both teams rose to the challenge. David Raleigh , the only minor available to play, led his team of under sixteen players in a free flowing encounter, where neither team was biting into tackles. (The referee was firm but allowed play to keep going when possible). It was a game where a lot of positional changes were tried from the start. Tom Murphy stepped in to the goalkeeping spot. The two pillars at the back Sean Kidney and Shane Kelleher were at their usual commanding standard. Coby O Grady, Dave Raleigh and Andrew O’ Grady played at half back but given the freedom to move on what was an extremely big pitch. A new roll for Andrew, who normally plays in the forwards, but he rose to the occasion. Midfield was Darragh Scriven who found the ball hard to control at times, but when he did get to grips with it we inevitably scored. The forwards on the night were Dave Andrews who gave his usual deliberate, reliable,  gutsy performance in spite of the atrocious conditions. Christopher Hayes who seemed to enjoy the roll of half forward given the freedom to go look for the ball. His interplay with the forwards and the surging backs was worthy of comment. Man of the match for me was Nathan Hayes.


Even when the ball was at the other end Nathan took his marker on a charity run. He never stopped. However when the ball came his way his turn of pace and sure handling left his weary defender floundering. With goals, points and assists a plenty, to say that enjoyed his trip up to the forward line (he is normally a back) would be an understatement. Food for thought for the U16 mentors.


The performance by both teams to produce  such a high standard was invigorating, dare I say enjoyable in the pouring rain. In the end League leaders Brian Dillons won out  5-08 to 4-06.


Not bad for a bunch of young fellas!



U8 Monster Hurling Blitz – 5/10


Shamrocks took part in the final u8 blitz of the year in Ballinhassig on Saturday morning. They had 12 players togged out on the day and all players aquitted themselves well over the course of the three games, of which Shamrocks won one, lost one and drew one! Managers Shane O’Donovan and Semaus O’Flynn, who have driven this age group all year and provided more game time for the players than we could have wished for, were happy with the attitude shown by everybody.


Our thanks to the two lads above, the players and the parents who have supported the blitzes all year long. Also to Martin Coleman GDA we thanks him for running these important blitzes which have definately benefitted the Shamrocks players throughout the year.


Watch out for further details regarding a Winter hurling training program for these lads!



Nathan Kirwin Trust – 13/10


Shamrocks provided the staging venue for the 5k race and walk organised by the Nathan Kirwin Trust Committee from Currabinny. Sunday morning October 13th was a perfect day with a very large attendance showing their goodwill and support for this very worthy cause.


The large group of participants started at the entrance to Pairc Tadgh O-Ainnlaoi at 11am on a route that took them through Shanbally, Coolmore, Raheens, Barnahaley and Ringaskiddy. The finishing line was 100 metres inside the entrance to the Club.


Full credit to all the people who took part, fully tuned athletes, ladies and men, teenagers, grandparents and lively parents pushing trollies and go-cars containing another generation. All those people were truly splendid.


It was a great day for the organisers, who put so much preparatory work into this deserving event. The Shamrock Club were only too pleased to play their part and as an added gesture, Club Chairman Mr. Pat McCarthy, on behalf of the Club, presented a donation to the fund.


The whole exercise demonstrated what community effort and spirit can do and the people of Currabinny can take a bow for a job well done. Hopefully there will be other great fund-raising days for them as they strive to meet their target.

Week Ended – Sunday November 3rd


U16 FL Final V Carraig na bhFear – 20/10


Carraig na bhFear 4-8, Shamrockws 3-5


Carraig na bhFear won the league final in the Mon Field on Sunday morning. The game was mostly played in the rain, which made conditions difficult for both teams, especially ball handling.


Carraig na bhFear did all the damage in the first half when they scored a quick fire 3 goals to really put themselves in control of the game. They led by those 3 goals at half time. Shamrocks made a great effort in the second half but came up short as time ran out on their efforts. Among the goal scorers was Darragh Scriven while Mark Hitchmough kicked some nice points from play.


The team has had a great season and made great progress across all levels. Thanks to the players, parents, supporters and the mentors Kevin O’Grady, Peter Crowley, David Nolan and Dick Andrews for a great year of progress.


Panel: C. Scriven, S. Kidney, S. Kelleher, N. Hayes, M. Hitchmough, D. Andrews, D. Scriven, T. Murphy, C. O’Grady, A. O’Grady, B. Crowley, C. Hayes, E. Desmond, D. Barry.



Week Ended – November 30th, 2013


Underage AGM – 7/11


Shamrocks Juvenile Club held their AGM on Thursday November 7th in the Grace McCarthy Rooms, in the Clubhouse. It was a very positive meeting. The outgoing chairperson John Twomey (Ringaskiddy), Rúnaí Patrick Andrews and Treasurer Paddy Andrews gave their comprehensive reports. The year was a much better one overall for the club with our 1st silverwars being won at Rebel Óg level. The club played 80 matches at underage level – by far and away the most the club has ever played.

The outgoing committee were elected en masse. Namely – John Twomey (Ringaskiddy, Chairperson), Peter Crowley (Vice Chairperson), Patrick Andrews (Secretary), Gemma Kavanagh (Assistant Secretary), Paddy Andrews (Treasurer), Patrick Andrews (Club PRO), Paddy Andrews (Rebel Óg East Board Delegate) with various proxies as the need arises during the year. The mentors for the various teams for 2014 were laid out. More are to follow closer to the start of the season: U’8 and U10′s – Seamus O’Flynn, Shane O’Donovan, Seanán Collins, Sid Kidney, Jamie Murphy. U12′s – Aidan O’Leary, Brian Sweeney, John Herlihy + one more. U14′s – Pa Andrews, Jed O’Flaherty, Colin O’Sullivan + one more. U16′s – Kevin O’Grady, Seamus Barry, John  Twomey (Ring) + 1 more. Minor’s – David Nolan, Dick Andrews, Kevin O’Grady, Peter Crowley. The meeting finished with topics such as Membership, Fundraising, the Winter Training Program and the Garda Vetting amongst others being discussed.


The chairperson John Twomey thanked everyone for coming to the meeting.



Shamrocks Winter Hurling Training Program


In an effort to improve the standards of hurling in the club, the club have decided to run a Winter Training Program in Hurling only. The ages are for the 2014 year. So for instance if a player is u10 this year but u11 next year, he trains with the U13′s group.


A panel of coaches has been drawn up for the Winter.


The groups are divided up as follows:


  • U10′s down.
  • U13 to U10′s
  • Minor to U13′s.


All groups are now up and running for the Winter!



Golden Jubilee Dinner Dance – 8/11


Anything containing a reference to gold is surely special and this was certainly the case when the Shamrock Hurling Club gathered together groups of Hurlers of fifty years ago who were part of a golden era which left an indelible mark in G.A.A. history.


The 1960’s saw Shamrocks emerge as a great Under 14 Hurling force both in South-~East Cork and throughout the County.  In 1962 they recorded their first ever Divisional Title defeating Kinsale in the final. Inniscara defeated them in the County semi-final that year.
However, the following year in 1963, they went all the way defeating Bandon in the County Final played Ballinhassig. One of the really outstanding games of that year was the County semi-final against neighbours Passage, played at Carrigaline.  hamrocks won on the score of 10 – 4 to 5 – 2. The Shamrock centre forward that evening was Robbie McCarthy and he scored 5 – 2 himself.   Again in 1964 they repeated this historic feat defeating St. Patricks from the City Divison in a thrilling final played in Carrigaline.  hat evening the Club had hired two double decker buses from C.I.E. to transport supporters to the game.   They got value for money too and saw two very evenly matched teams score 16 goals and 5 points between them.   A match winning goal from forward Martin Murphy ensured that Shamrocks retained the title on the scoreline 8 – 5 to 8 – 2. Later in the season, at a party held for the team in the local Forester’s Hall, Shanbally, the Cork Hurling Trainer Jim ‘Tough’ Barry presented the medals.
The Club’s Junior Hurlers of 1963 regained the South East Hurling title after defeating Ballinhassig in a thrilling final played in Carrigaline. The team captained by Joe O’Flynn, got vital early goals scored by Paddy Dreivers, which set them on the road to success. Both Ballinhassig and Shamrocks were the two dominant Junior Hurling teams in South East Cork in those years.and large crowds came from far and watch them play.  Both teams psssessed some truly outstanding hurlers.
The Shamrock Club organised a Golden Gathering at Fernhill Country and Golf Club On Friday night November 8th last. The large attendance created a very special atmosphere with many people renewing old acquaintances and reliving the golden days of yore. Sadly some of players have been called to their reward, but their relatives were proud to represent them on an occasion that was both invigorating and nostalgic.
The Club’s esteemed President Mr. Michael Brennan, presented  suitably inscribed golden medallions to the players or their representatives.
The three Under 14 Hurling Captains were Anthony Ronayne (1962), Robert McCarthy (1963) and Michael McGrath (1964). Many of these Under 14 players went on achieve further successes later. Gerald Hanley captained the North Mon. to win Harty Cup and an All Ireland title. He won three All Ireland Minor Medals (Hurling and Football) with Cork and an All Ireland Intermediate medal too. Michael McGrath won Harty Cup and Corn Ui Muiri Medals with Criost Ri  and an All Ireland medal too. Others played Senior Hurling with Carrigdhoun and later won adult titles with the Club.
The under 14 team was trained by Jerh. Coveney from Loughbeg. He was a man who possessed very special talents which enabled him to get the trust and respect of all his players and in turn they gave him unprecedented victories and success. Jerh. was the Trainer,and he looked after the hurleys, jerseys, the transport and first aid as well. Tommy Walsh’s blue Ford Transit Van along with Pa Ryan’s American Studybaker Car provided the transport. There were no bill for transport in those days. A special and long deserved presentation was made to Jerh. by Michael Brennan to much applause and a standing ovation.
The late Joe O’Flynn captained the Junior Team of 1963. A wonderful athlete he excelled in Hurling and Football. He was son of the late Bernie and Kathleen O’Flynn who taught at Shanbally N.S.  Joe played Fitzgibbon Senior Hurling with UCC. He was a regular with Carrigdhoun and wore the Cork jersey too.  He was represented at the function by his sister Eileen, a Nun in the Mercy order, just back from Peru and his brother Michael who travelled from Kilkenny.  Michael was for many years the physical trainer of the Kilkenny Senior Hurlers. Paddy Sisk, the late long serving Secretary of the South East Cork Board had three sons and two sons -in-law on the team, namely Raymond, Ronnie and Noel, Paddy Drievers and Charlie Maye. Raymond played Junior and Senior Hurling with Cork where he lined out with Christy Ring. Corner back on the team was Joe O’Driscoll who later went on to serve as Chairman of the South East Cork Board with distinction.
The twin half-backs of Neally O’Mahony and Teddy Hanley were the best around in those days. Danno Pearse was a majestic centre fielder and the evergreen Finbarr Cahill was always good for a goal or two.  Donie and Tommy Livesey were great servants too along with Dick McCarthy, the lion-hearted Billy Hurley, Jackie O’Driscoll, Joe Hickey and Jim Turner.
The team was trained by the late Captain Kevin Barry, who was called to his reward very recently. Representing Kevin at the function was his son Kevin John, no bad hand with a camán himself.
For the record the following is the panel of the Under 14 players; Liam Allen, Richard Beecher R.I.P, Braham Brennan, Henry Cunningham, John Crowley R.I.P., Denis Dunne, Ger. Fehilly, John Fitzgerald, Michael Forde, Michael Fowley, Declan Harte R.I.P. Gerald Hanley, Michael Hayes R.I.P., Con Jordan R.I.P., Donie Kidney, Joe McCarthy, Robbie Andrews (Capt), Sean McCarthy, Martin McDonald R.I.P, Michael McGrath (Capt.), Martin McNamara, Kenneth Murphy, Martin Murphy, Willie Murphy R.I.P., Michael O’Connor R.I.P., Jimmy O’Neill, Dermot O’Sullivan R.I.P, Michael O’Sullivan, Teddy O’Sullivan R.I.P., Dan Regan R.I.P., Anthony Ronayne (Capt.), John Joe Shanahan, Pat Tuohy, Mattie Twomey, Michael Twomey R.I.P., Pat Twomey and Mr. Jerh. Coveney Trainer.
The Junior list is as follows;   Donal Brady, Finbarr Cahill, Larry Cotter R.I.P., Frank Coughlan R.I.P., Paddy Dreivers R.I.P., Noel Fowley, Robbie Frizelle, Ted Hanley R.I.P., Brendan Harte, Joe Hickey R.I.P., Billy Hurley, Donie Livesey R.I.P., Tom Livesey R.I.P., Charlie Maye, Michael Murphy, Dick McCarthy, Jack O’Driscoll R.I.P., Joe O’Driscoll, Joe O’Flynn R.I.P. (Capt.), Neally O’Mahony, Danno Pearse R.I.P., Noel Sisk R.I.P., Ray Sisk R.I.P., Ronnie Sisk R.I.P., Jim Turner R.I.P., Kevin Barry R.I.P (Trainer), Mick Walsh R.I.P (Selector), Rob Andrews R.I.P. (Selector), Jimmy McCarthy R.I.P. (Selector).
The Committee who organised this Gathering included Declan O’Neill (Chairman) Anthony Ronayne, Pat Tuohy, Pat Twomey and John Twomey.
Some of the assembled memeber at the Shamrocks Jubilee Dinner Dance, November 8th, Fernhill GC.
Some of the assembled memeber at the Shamrocks Jubilee Dinner Dance, November 8th, Fernhill GC.



Shanbally NS win Girls Sciath na Scol final – 12/11


Shanbally N.S.  2-9, Cloyne 4-2


In a tense and nail biting game and very little between the teams it would have been a brave or foolish person who would have predicted the winner right up to the Referee’s final whistle.


The teams were level and led each other on several occasions but the will to win by these magnificent girls from Cloyne and Shanbally was absolute.


With one minute left on the clock and the teams level 2-8 to 4-2, Shanbally were awarded a 45 metre free. Magnificent team captain Molly Barrett stepped up and kicked a match winning point and wrote her team into the history books. The huge Shanbally support were in euphoria. It was truly a day to remember and School Principal Mr. David Nolan along with his staff can take a bow.


The coaching and management of team was in the very capable hands of Mr. Paddy Clifford, Ms. Sinead Ni Loinsigh and Ms. Aideen O’Mahony. Comhghairdeas do ghach duine.



Gala Race Night – 22/11


The Shamrock Bar hosted the 1st Shamrocks Gala Race Night in 4 years last Friday and what a night it turned out to be.


It was a very successful night, pub was packed, the course was in great nick, the best dressed lady competition was won by Helen Prout, the best horse’s name went to Jim Ronayne with Stayawaygar.


Stevie O’Neill won the hamper in the raffle, John Joe and Pat Mac won the Auction race with their horse “Unlucky Sars”.


Steven Downey, Susan and Aideen O’Mahony, Pat O’Neill and John Twomey (Shanbally) were the bookies so thanks to them for their unselfish work on the night.


Thank all sponsors and advertisers.


Week Ended – December 8th, 2013


Monkstown Man Mick Coakley scoops Shamrocks Jackpot


The Ensign Bar, Monkstown, was the venue for last week’s Shamrock Lotto Draw.

There was great news for local man Mick Coakley as he scooped the Jackpot.

Congratulations to Mickey who is a regular and long time supporter of the draw.


Mickey has an old and long connection with the Club and he first featured with the Under 14 Hurling teams of 1959 and 1960.

The team trainer in those days was the legendary Jerh Coveney who trained and prepared the players at the Grounds near Ringaskiddy. In 1960 Shamrocks defeated Carrigaline in the semi-final and qualified for their first final ever against St. Patricks from Upton. Mickey was the goalkeeper and was at all times very dependable. Also on that team was Eddie Forde, Paddy Andrews, Tony McCarthy, John Twomey, John Collins, Flor O’Driscoll Denis Hurley and Mick Shanahan and Mickey’s cousin Joe Fitzgerald.

The final was played in Carrigaline with Eddie Cooney as Referee. The game ended in a draw. However, in the replay Upton were much stronger and took the title.

He often recalls those days of long ago and the great enjoyment he got from the games and the friends he made.


He may not have won in 1960 but he pulled off a much bigger win in 2013, fifty three years later. Well done to Mick.


Mick Coakley, winner of Shamrocks Lotto Jackpot, receives his cheque outside the Ensign Bar from John Towmey (Treasurer) and Paddy Andrews (winning ticket seller).
Mick Coakley, winner of Shamrocks Lotto Jackpot, receives his cheque outside the
Ensign Bar from John Towmey (Treasurer) and Paddy Andrews (winning ticket seller).


Underage/Girls Christmas Disco – 8/12


The boys Underage and the Girls Football held a joint Christmas Disco in Fernhill Golf and Country Club on Saunday evening last.

There were over 110 kids, boys and girls who danced the 2 hours away and were given plentry of grub. All the parents supported the successful event and it was great to see such a big crowd enjoying themselves in the social setting.

All the girls who played with Shamrocks this year were presented with medals, as were the under 8 and 10 boys who took part in the interclub blitzes throughout the year.

The highlight was the under 12 boys footballers being presented with their Rebel Óg East medals for winning the league in the final played in September. The lads got a great cheer as all their photo’s were taken receiving the medals, with a slideshow of the successful year in the background, courtesy of Frank Van Pelt.

Underage Secretary Pa Andrews thanked everyone on behalf of the Club who contributed to the year and to those who organised the evening (Gemma and Susan) and wished everyone a Happy Christmas.

See you all in January 2014!





Week Ended – December 29th, 2013


Christmas Draw Results – 20/12


The following are the results of the Annual Christmas Draw, which was held last Friday night in the FBI in Ringaskiddy.


1st Prize – Catherine Carroll c/o Michael Brennan – Monster Hamper


2nd Prize – Julie Collins c/o Darragh Collins – Monster Hamper


3rd Prize – Barry Brady


4th – Adrian Walsh c/o Jim Ronayne

5th – John Twomey c/o Donal Brady

6th – Seán Ó Coileáin

7th – Chris O’Neill c/o Declan

8th – Declan Turner

9th – Shane Murphy c/o Murphs Bar

10th – Michael Quirke c/o Michael Brennan

11th – Merylin Higgins c/o Dave O’Neill

12th – John Herlihy NT

13th – Catherine Ronayne c/o Jim

14th – Brian Cusack c/o Pat Q

15th – Siobhán O’Sullivan c/o Dave O’Neill

16th – Sinéad O’Mahony co/Dave O’Neill

17th – Joe Mac

18th – Orla O’Leary c/o Declan O’Neill

19th – Audrey Elliffe, Crosshaven (c/o Murphs)

20th – Meabh Mallon c/o JT

21st – Alan Kavanagh c/o Tony Sull

22nd – Dick Hennessey, Curraghbinny

23rd – Kevin O’Brien, Carrigaline GAA Club

24th – Ronan Murphy c/o Deano

25th – Michael Sharkey, Carrigaline

26th – Pat & Liz c/o Michael Brennan

27th – Paddy Brennan c/o Paddy Andrews

28th – Des Murphy c/o Fergus O’Neill

29th – Barry Terry c/o Donie O’Leary (DePuy)

30th – Linda Buckley, Berrings c/o Kenny Coveney.



Once again the club is very grateful to all our sellers, buyers and sponsors who did a great job once again to make this draw a very successful one as we move forward into 2013.


Well done as well to our Christmas Draw coordinator John Twomey (Shanbally) who made sure that everything was in full working order as per his usual high standards.


Puc Fada – 29/12


Well done to everyone who took part in the very successful Puc Fada, which took place along the usual National Road Route between The Oratory Ringaskiddy and Shanbally Cross.


The forecast was bad but we just about were allowed by Mother Nature to complete the course in time before the serious rain arrived, despite the protestations of Colin O’Sullivan who blamed the cross wind and his late arrival (nothing new there) on his disappointing 27 shots!


Well done to all our winners, in particular Brian Sweeney who won the overall in an impressive 22 shots, followed by Cathal Kidney in second (after a playoff) with 25.



The following is the list of winners –


Senior Mens – Winner : Brian Sweeney (22 shots), Runner Up : Cathal Kidney (25 shots).


Womens – Winner : Ann Marie O’Flaherty, Runner Up : Laura McCarthy.


Mens over 50′s – Winner : Declan O’Neill, Runner Up : Jim Ronayne.


Mens over 40′s – Winner : Kevin O’Grady, Runner Up : Nick Lester.


U18 boys – Winner : Coby O’Grady, Runner Up : Darragh Scriven.


U15 Boys – Winner : Andrew O’Grady, Runner Up : David Andrews.


Happy New Uear 2014!