Archives 2018

Months Ended – January & February 2018


Underage AGM – 18/1


The underage AGM was held on Thursday January 18th. The outgoing Chairperson John Twomey, Secretary Pa Andrews and Treasurer Peter Crowley (read out by auditor Paddy Andrews) gave their yearly reports. All were discussed on the night.


All outgoing officers were relected for 2018. Team managements were discussed and as usual, positions have to be filled before the season starts. The underage will be running a Foundation Course on Saturday February 3rd. Shamrocks will be amalgamating with Crosshaven at u16 hurling, Minor hurling and Minor football in 2018 due to a lack of numbers. Garda vetting, the new Gym and the roadway outside the dressing rooms were also discussed.


Foundation Coaching Course – 3/2


Well done to the 14 coaches who completed the Foundation Coaching Course on Saturday February 3rd. The course ran in the Ringaskiddy Community Centre and the tutor was our own Pa Andrews. Hopefully, the newly qualified coaches will transfer their knowledge onto the young players in our club. The club will be holding a Child Protection Course in the very near future; open to anyone coaching in the juvenile club.



Month Ended – March 2018


Child Protection Awareness Workshop – 7/3

Well done to all our coaches who completed a Child Protection Awareness Workshop in the Club on Wednesday night. The tutor was Mairéad Ní Mhaoileóin from the Sports Council. All the coaches who participated got a cert on the night. 


U14 FL V Tracton – 10/3


Shamrocks 3-8  Tracton 3-1


First Football league fixture of the season was played in Shanbally this afternoon. The game was played in challenging conditions with the morning rain giving way to a stiff breeze down the field. Shamrocks decided to play against the elements in the first half. After a sluggish first quarter, Shamrocks settle to play some fine football and were unlucky not to have built up  a more commanding lead by half-time. Half-time score 3-2 to 1-1 in favour of Shamrocks.


They started the second half brightly and added some very well worked and executed scores. Fatigue and perhaps a little over-confidence crept into their play which allowed our opponents to nibble into our lead. To be fair, Shamrocks were never in trouble as some stout defending held Tracton at bay. The management of Seamus O’Flynn and Joseph O’Keeffe were more than delighted to have begun with a win and look forward to their next fixture on 31/03 v Aghinagh.
Special word of thanks to Sam & Kieran, our 2 subs today who waited patiently to come on in the second half – not a grumble from them despite the cold!!


Thanks to parents, siblings and friends for their support. Thank you to Mairead for her work behind the scenes.


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Fionn Herlihy, Robert Barrett, Aaron Clarke, Declan Carroll (c), Aiden Brady, John Coleman, Dara McCormick, Jack O’Leary, Michael Foy, Derry Howard, Eoin O’Flynn,Ferdia Hayes, Sam Foy, Kieran May.


U16 FL V Tracton – 17/3


Tracton 5-3, Shamrocks 0-5


Shamrocks lost their first game of the season on St Patricks morning in the league. Despite a spirited effort against a good Tracton team, they went down to a 13 point defeat where the goals were the obvious difference. Lack of numbers once again was a key factor as Shamrocks had to play the entire first half with 12 players. In that time, despite a competitive first 20 minutes in which Shamrocks led 0-2 to 0-1, Tracton scored 3 goalsd before HT to lead at the break 3-2 to 0-3.


Try as they might in the second half, Shamrocks just couldn’t penetrate the Tracton rearguard and indeed, Tracton got in for 2 more goals to win comfortably in the end. The Shamrocks players tried very hard on the day but once again the lack of numbers was a killer and by the end, a few players had hobbled off leaving Shamrocks with 12 players once again.


Panel: D. O’Brien, D. Gregson, Fionn Herlihy, P. Dorney, J. Coleman, A. McSweeney, D. Howard, T. Sheehen, M. Sisk, S. Darcy, C. O’Flaherty, S. Andrews, J. O’Leary, H. Andrews, A. Maye,


MFL V St Colmans – 19/3


Shamrocks and Crosshaven played their first game as Diarmuid Ó Murchús in the Minor B1 FL in Cloyne. Unfortunately, it was the home side who took the points. Shamrocks had 5 players on duty with Tim Hayes on sideline duty. Diarmid Ó Murchús led by a couple of points at HT but the home side played much better in the second half and took the league points. Training continues every Wednesday night in Crosshaven, 7.30pm.


U12 FL V St Vincents – 28/3


Shamrocks 4-9, St Vincents 1-5

The U12s played their first game of the season in Shanbally against St. Vincents. A lot of training was had over the winter months in the National Maritime College of Ireland with this age group. The lads started well and soon found the range as some nice points were scored from play. A goal midway through the half was followed by another just before half time leaving us ahead on a scoreline of 2-03 to 0-03 at half time. We started to play the better football in the second half and scored another 2-03 before St. Vincents got the final few scores to leave us victorious on a scoreline of 4-06 to 1-05 at the final whistle. It’s great to see a large turnout of both players and parents on the night. Next up it’s away to Whites Cross next Tuesday 3rd April at 6.45pm.

Team. Josh Bartlett, Barry O’Mahony, Zach Coughlan, Euan Clarke, Kieran May, Shane O Mahony, Luke Jordan, Sam Foy, Calum Gregson, Cian Lynch, David Herlihy, Conor Coleman, Evan Twomey, Donal Herlihy, Zach Johnson, Harry O’Leary, Shane O Flynn.



Month Ended – April 2018


U16 FL V Passage – 3/4


Passage 3-6, Shamrocks 2-5


Passage took the league points on offer on Tuesday evening. Shamrocks were short players on the night due to various events but the players on duty played some great football at times and can be proud of their efforts. Some players made impressive contributions on a pitch that was in good condition considering all the recent rain.


U10 Hurling Blitz – 7/4


The under 10’s faced stiff opposition in Tracton and Granagh on what was a great day for hurling in Minane Bridge on Saturday. Even though they where overshadowed by a slightly stronger Tracton team they went on to score a comprehensive victory over Grenagh. It was a great team performance but we have to mention a certain Raffeen corner forward who scored 4 goals. Well done to all.


Team: Liam Dorney, Luke Jordan, Billy Hanna, Harry O’Leary, Sean Og Lynch, Calum O’Neill, Jason O’Driscoll, Ryan Doolan, Calum Fitzgearld,  James Keane, Shane O’Flynn, Seamus O’Mahony, Ollie O Brien, Donal Herlihy.




U8 Hurling Blitz – 7/4


The U8s played in the outside 4G pitch in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday last and had 13 players togged. Shamrocks entered 2 teams and all played very well on the day. Well done to all.




U14 HL V St Vincents – 12/4


St Vincents 6-9, Shamrocks 3-10


Shamrocks welcomed St Vincent’s to Shanbally for the first league game of the season. A physically stronger St Vincent’s held the upper hand throughout. Nevertheless, Shamrocks kept going all through the game and made sure that our visitors earned their victory.


A number of younger lads made themselves available and acquitted themselves very well. Once we have all our lads available, we should be more competitive. Thank you to all for coming to support.


Panel – Sam Foy, Fionn Herlihy, Robert Barrett, Kieran May, Aidan Brady, Barry O’Mahony, John Coleman, Michael Foy, Conor Coleman, Derry Howard, Ferdia Hayes, Josh Bartlett, Cathal O’Donovan, Cian Lynch



U12 HL V Kinsale – 12/4


Shamrocks 6-7, Kinsale 2-1

We played our first hurling game of the season at home to Kinsale on a very heavy pitch after all the bad weather that we have encountered. Both teams were evenly matched throughout this contest but Shamrocks ability to get the scores at vital times proved to be the difference in the end. Kinsale started well and got a goal after 10 minutes of play to leave us playing catch up. Some fine performances were on show on both teams. We settled down at last and scored 4 unanswered points before the break to leave us leading by a point at half time. 


Shamrocks were now playing with the breeze at our backs in the second half and the long balls into the Kinsale area was proving to be fruitful as they converted their possession into scores. They also got some lovely long distance points from play. At the end Kinsale try as they may found our keeper inspired and also hit the woodwork on two occasions. It was a great start to the hurling season.


Team. Sam Foy, Nigel O’Sullivan/Kearney, Shane O’Flynn, Calum Gregson, Kieran May, Barry O’Mahony, Harry O’Leary, Cathal O’Donovan, Dara McCormack, Cian Lynch, Luke Jordan, David Herlihy, Zach Johnson, Josh Bartlett, Evan Twomey, Donal Herlihy, Calum O’Neill.



U10 FL V Nemo Rangers – 14/4


Shamrocks u10s took on a talented Nemo Rangers team on Saturday morning in their second football match of the season. A full squad lined out for what turned out to be a great game. A great first half by the Shamrocks backs meant Shamrocks held a slender lead at halftime. Nemo came out strong in the second half and surged into a 4 point lead but a determined and spirited effort by the Shamrocks lads saw them score 4 goals and take a great win. Well done to all.


Team on duty: Liam Dorney, Luke Jordan, Billy Hanna, Harry O’Leary, Seán Óg Lynch, Callum O’Neill, Jason O’Driscoll, Ryan Doolin, Calum Fitzgerald, James Keane, Shane O’Flynn, Seamus O’Mahony, Ollie O’Brien, Donal Herlihy, Ronan Crotty.



U14 FL V Aghinagh – 19/4


Aghinagh 5-9, Shamrocks 2-8


Aghinagh made the long journey to Shanbally this evening for this 2nd league fixture of the season. This game was well contested for up to the third quarter. Shamrocks held a good lead at that stage and looked likely winners. However, they ground to a halt and allowed their opponents to dominate the last quarter to run out easy winners.


This was a game Shamrocks left behind; a real pity as they were in control and playing so well. They’ll dust ourselves down and go again and hope to have learned from this experience. Thank you to the supporters.


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Fionn Herlihy, Barry O’Mahony, Sam Foy, Declan Carroll, Kieran May, John Coleman, Aidan Brady, Robert Barrett, Derry Howard, Aaron Clarke, Conor Coleman, Michael Foy, Cian Lynch, Cathal O’Donovan.


Co JAHL V Kilbree – 20/4


Kilbree 2-18, Shamrocks 3-12


Shamrocks first foray into the county hurling league ended in defeat in Rossmore on Friday night; however the lads put up a great performance on a pitch that was originally deemed unplayable in the morning and could have won it in the end if there was more time. Well done to all the players and management who made the long trip west as the season begins to take shape. 


U10 HL V Crosshaven – 19/4


Shamrocks U10 hurlers played Crosshaven on Thursday night in Camden. The home side came out on top in what really was a game of two halves. Shamrocks were on top in the first half while Crosshaven were on top in the second. 


Shamrocks players on duty: Luke Jordan, Liam Dorney, Harry O’Leary, Jack O’Sullivan Kearney, James Keane, Donal Herlihy, Calum O’Neill, Seamus O’Mahony, Ollie O’Brien, Shane O’Flynn, Billy Hanna, Calum Fitzgerald, Ronan Crotty, Ryan Doolan, Seán Óg Lynch. 


U12 HL V Brian Dillons – 20/4


Brian Dillons 2-4, Shamrocks 0-8


Shamrocks lost a tight game in the Tank Field on Friday night in a game that could have gone either way. Well done to all on a decent performance. 

U8 Football Blitz – 21/4


Shamrocks had 10 players, played 3; lost 3. No other report available. 



U12 HL V Crosshaven – 27/4


A very exciting game on a heavy Shanbally pitch went Shamrocks way on Friday evening. The game was exciting all through and by the end, there was a fair amount of mud on the players jerseys – testament to the commitment shown by everybody. Well done to the players on duty



U8 Football Blitz – 28/4


The u8 footballers played Sliabh Rua, Tracton and Ballygarvan in Minane Bridge. They had 10 players togged and entered the 1 team. The players did much better this time after a frustrating day the week before.



U10 FL V Douglas – 28/4


Shamrocks U10 footballers beat a Douglas selection on a heavy bottom pitch in Shanbally on Saturday morning. The home team started very strong and kept the pressure on the visitors to the end resulting in a big winning margin of 5-6 to 0-1. Well done to all and to manager Andrew O’Neill and referee Adrian Doolan.


Players on duty: Harry O’Leary, Jason O’Driscoll, Luke Jordan, Shane O’Flynn, Calum O’Neill, Donal Herlihy, Seamus O’Mahony, Calum Fitzgerald, James Keane, Ryan Doolan, Billy Hanna, Ollie O’Brien



U16 HL V Courcey Rovers – 30/4


Courcey Rovers 4-10, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 3-7


The U16 hurlers eventually got to play their first hurling game of the season in Ballinspittle on Monday night. Courcey Rovers won by 8 points but the new Shamrocks/Crosshaven hurling combination can be happy with their efforts in their first ever outing. They had 15 players on duty and all got plenty of game time and contributed well.


Seán Andrews got an early DÓM goal and they led 1-0 to 0-2 early on. The lads played well together for a time but for the last 10 minutes before HT, Courcey Rovers went on a scoring spree and scored 2-4 without reply to move 3-6 to 1-3 ahead at HT. Tim Sheehan had another DÓM score in that half.


The second half was much better and after Courcuies scored 2 early points, the DÓM lads got the bit between their teeth. From 10 points down, they took over and scored a couple of goals from Mark Sisk and Adam Power. They were now within a goal of Courcies but that al important equalising score never came despite plenty of chances and Courcey Rovers finished the stronger. Overall, a good first outing.


Players on duty – Joe Glossop, Fionn Herlihy, Cian Herlihy, Mark Sisk, Harry Andrews, Christian Byrne, Seán Andrews, Josh McCarthy, Adam Power, Conor Finn, Owen MErchant, Tim Sheehan, Phipip Dorney, Adam McSweeney, John Coleman


Diarmuid Ó Murchús first hurling game, 30/4/18 in Ballinspittle. Back, l to r: P. Dorney, C. Herlihy, H. Andrews, S. Andrews, A. Power, J. McCarthy, O. Merchant, A. McSweeeney, J. Coleman. Front, l to r: C. Finn, M. Sisk, T. Sheehan, C. Byrne, F. Herlihy, J. Glossop



JAHL V Carrigaline – 30/4


Carrigaline 2-13, Shamrocks 0-17


The scoreline tells its own story in this well contested JHL game played in Carrigaline under lights on Monday.  
Both teams served up some great hurling over the hour and Shamrocks, despite being tight in numbers contested bravely and with conviction right up to final whistle.  It is a pleasure to watch our youthful side excel in the skills and commitment.



Week Ended – Sunday May 13th, 2018


U16 FL V Aghinagh – 3/5


Shamrocks 6-10, Aghinagh 3-4


Shamrocks got their first win of the season after a very competent performance at home on Thursday night. They never let the visitors to Shanbally get any foothold on the game and some fine scoring bursts and team play did the real damage. Shamrocks started much better and even before they registered the first score, a goal from Shane Darcy, they could have had 1-3 but the goal settled them. The added a further 2-3 from Adam Maye, Tim Sheehan and Harry Andrews before Aghinagh began to come into the game more. They scored 1-1 and the HT score was Shamrocks 3-4, Aghinagh 1-1.


Aghinagh started the second half like they meant business and had Shamrocks on the back foot for a 10 minute period, adding 1-1 to their total. It was now 3-4 to 2-2 but from this point on, Shamrocks first responded with 3 quick points from play from Sean Andrews and two from Shane Darcy and the scores flowed after that as they had all the momentum now. Harry Andrews lobbed the keeper for a beautiful goal and that was it. A good team performance from all the players on the night and thanks to the parents and supporters as well.



U12 FL V Cill na Martra – 5/5


Shamrocks 4-6, Cill na Martra 4-5


Shamrocks won a thrilling game against the visitors to Shanbally on Saturday morning. The Shamrocks lads were behind for the entire first half but reduced the gap to a point by the break, having been 1-4 to 0-2 behind. They played up the hill in that half and did well to be within a point after an important goal from Evan Browne.


The second half was an excting affair with each team sharing the lead on two occasions. Shamrocks got the boost they needed after half time scoring 2-1 to move ahead for the first time. However, Cill na Martra went down the other end and scored 3-1 in the space of 10 minutes to move back into a goal lead. Shamrocks never gave up and scored a late 1-1 to take the victory by a single point. Well done to all the players and thanks to the magnificent support from the parents and siblings.


Players on duty: J. Bartlett, B. O’Mahony, N. O’Sullivan-Kearney, K. Maye, E. Twomey, C. Gregson, S. Foy, C. O’Donovan, L. Jordan, C. Coleman, E. Browne, C. Lynch, David Herlihy, Donal Herlihy, C. O’Neill, S. O’Flynn 




U12 FL V Cill na Martra, 5/5/2018 in Shanbally. Back, l to r: Conor Coleman, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, Luke Jordan, Calum Gregson, Cathal O’Donovan, Evan Browne, Kieran MAye, Sam Foy, Evan Twomey. Front, l to r: Barry O’Mahony, Calun O’Neill, Shane O’Flynn, Josh Bartlett, Donal Herlihy, David Herlihy, Cian Lynch



U16 H Challenge V Erins Own – 9/5


Diarmuid Ó Murchús 6-15, Erins Own 6-8


A high scoring challenge game against what was Erins Own U15 team; Diarmuid Ó Murchús played only their second game as a group and played some nice hurling at times, well done to all the players on a useful outing; it was played as a 15 a side game. 



U10 HL V St Vincents – 11/5


Shamrocks u10 team was involved in what could only be described as a an epic battle against a strong and feisty St.Vincent’s team on Friday evening. 
Under serious pressure from all fronts they dug deep and did themselves and the club proud by producing some of the most outstanding and gutsy hurling seen in a green jersey this year. An extremely hard fought victory was just rewards for what turned out to a bruising encounter. Our players can be very proud of the way they played and represented the club as were the managers, parents and supporters who were there on the night. Well done lads.



Week Ended – Sunday May 27th, 2018


U10 FL V Whitescross – 16/5


19 players showed up in beautiful sunshine for our home game against Whitescross on Wednesday evening. It was great to see some new players joining the squad for what was a great night for football. Whitescross were a skilled and determined side but shamrocks proved too strong and came away with yet another fine victory. Great teamwork and a determination to fight for the ball throughout the whole game proved to be the key to their success. Well done to a great bunch of lads



U14 FL V Clondrohid – 17/5


Shamrocks 5-11, Clondrohid 1-5


Shamrocks travelled to Clondrohid last Thursday evening for their third league fixture of the year. We had a near full squad and most importantly had all our on the age players. We gave our best display of the year.

Our hosts were a typically strong, physical team sprinkled with good footballers. However our lads knuckled down early on and never loosened their grip over the hour. We played some marvelous football and took excellent scores.

Thanks to Mark Hitchmough and David Barry for their invaluable help on the night. Thank you to the parents and families for making the long but worthwhile trip. We’re back to Hurling for the next few weeks.


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Fionn Herlihy, Robert Barrett, Kieran May, Declan Carroll, Aiden Brady, Michael Foy, John Coleman, Derry Howard, Eoin O’Flynn, Aaron Clarke, Ferdia Hayes, Evan Browne, Conor Coleman, Cathal O’Donovan.


U12 HL V Mayfield – 21/5


Mayfield 8-5, Shamrocks 1-1


We travelled to play Mayfield in the U12 hurling league on Monday night last.  The pitch was very heavy due to the down pours we had on Monday. We struggled  in every area to contain this excellent Mayfield side. After a poor start we settled down a bit and came more into the game in the second period but found scores hard to come by. Mayfield were very strong right down the centre and were able to take scores from mid field up. Our young team deserve great credit for the way they kept going and were rewarded with some fine scores for their efforts. The game was over as a contest just after half time but we kept going right to the final whistle.


Team, Sam Foy, Nigel O Sullivan Kearney, Calum Gregson, Kieran May, Barry O Mahony, Shane O Mahony, Cathal O Donovan, Luke Jordan, David Herlihy,  Cian Lynch, Harry O Leary. Evan Browne, Josh Bartett, Shane O Flynn, Zach Johnson & Donal Herlihy.


U14 HL V Whitescross – 23/5


Whitescross 3-11, Shamrocks 2-5


Bad first half followed by a much better second half.



Primary Schools Football Blitz – 23/5


Well done to the 1st and 2nd class pupils from the 3 primary schools in the parish who took part in our Annual Schools Football Blitz on Wednesday in Shanbally in glorious sunshine. All the 120 boys and girls on the day showed great enthusiasm and skill. Our thanks to Coaching Officer Pa Andrews who organised the blitz along with our GDA Paudie O’Brien who was present on the day. Also thanks to the staff and teachers of the 3 schools of the parish – Scoil Barra Naofa Monkstown, Ringaskiddy NS and Shanbally NS.


Some of the 120 kids at our schools blitz, 23/5/2018



U12 HL V Passage – 25/6


Passage 6-8, Shamrocks 2-6


Shamrocks and Passage played in the sunshine in Passage on Friday night and Passage were well worth the victory. They were much the better team in the first half and led 5-5 to 0-2 and never really gave Shamrocks a chance to get into the game. The sleectors asked for a more committed second half performance and that’s what they got; despite not being within a chance of winning the game, the lads were much better in the second half and pleased the Shamrocks selectors with their attitude. The lads never gave up and showed what a bit of heart in a team can do. Well done also to John Herlihy who refereed the game.


Panel: C. O’Donovan, C. Gregson, N. Kearney/O’Sullivan, B. O’Mahony, K. Maye, C. Lynch, L. Jordan, D. Herlihy, E. Browne, J. Bartlett, H. O’Leary, D. Herlihy, Z. Johnson, C. O’Neill



U12 HL V Passage, 25/5/18. Back row, l to r: N Kearney/O’Sullivan, L. Jordan, J. Bartlett, K. Maye, C. Gregson, Z. Johnson, E. Browne. Front: D. Herlihy, H. O’Leary, B. O’Mahony, C. O’Donovan, C. O’Neill, C. Lynch, D. Herlihy



U8 Hurling Blitz – 25/6


Shamrocks U8 hurlers played in Belgooly on Saturday morning May 25th in a blitz. They played Sliabh Rua, Tracton and Crosshaven and all players were outstanding on the day. Well done to them, their parents and to the managers Jason Browne and Stephen Keane.


Players on duty: Nicholas O’Driscoll, Michael Dorney, James Dorney, Danny Calnan, Eoin Murphy, Maurice Bermingham, Rylan O’Brien-Browne, Patrick Keane, Sam Jordan. Daniel O’Rahilly, Aonna Boland Yildrim, Shane Foley



John Kerins Qualifying (U11 F) – 25/5


Camden pitch was the venue for this year’s John Kerins Memorial Cup qualifiers. Four U11 teams battled it out for two qualifying spots in the semi finals to be held on the 16th June. First round games pitched Shamrocks against Passage and Ballygarvan against Crosshaven.


Crosshaven won convincingly against Ballygarvan and Shamrocks had a great game against Passage, coming out 4-4 to 1-2 victors. Our next match was against Ballygarvan which had Ballygarvan leading by one point at half time. Shamrocks dug deep and produced a great 2nd half which was rewarded with a winning tally of 4-5 to1-5.


Having now qualified Shamrocks took on a very strong Crosshaven side. Tagged as favourites they were a little too strong for our lads and won 3-5 to 0-5. Three great performances by the Shamrocks side ensured our place in the semi finals, so well done to all the lads and thanks to the parents and grandparents for their support.



John Kerins Memorial Qualifying, 25/5/18. Back row, l to r: Euan Clarke, Evan Browne, Callum Gregson, Barry O Mahony, Jack O Sullivan Kearney, Luke Jordan, Cian Lynch, Harry O Leary, Jason O Driscoll. Front row, l to r: Séan Óg Lynch, Ollie O Brien, Seamus O Mahony, Ronan Crotty, James Keane, Calum O Neill, Ryan Doolan.



Week Ended – Sunday June 10th, 2018

U12 HL V Whitescross – 28/5


Shamrocks 4-1, Whitescross 1-5


No report available



JAHL V Kinsale – 29/5


Kinsale 1-23, Shamrocks 2-19


This high scoring encounter played in ideal summer conditions in Kinsale saw the home side steal a one point win in injury time. Though Shamrocks were understrength, the lads on duty gave of their all and recorded some excellent scores in both halves. Kinsale led 1-13 to 0-10 at the break. Shamrock’s second half performance was very encouraging and when Colin Brady gets a full squad together, they will do some serious business.


Team:  J. Tuohy, C. Kidney, D. Barry, J. Browne, B. Mulqueen, S. Collins, J. Lynam, D. Andrews, F. O’Neill, M. Hitchmough, M. Jordan, D. Scriven, M. Fleming, A. O’Grady, C. Hayes.


U14 HL V Cloughduv – 1/6


Cloughduv 7-13,  Shamrocks 1-8


A vast gulf in standards were evident this morning in Shanbally. One wonders what good this did our opponents as they are clearly located in the wrong section. Cloughduv has big numbers and more importantly some very fine hurlers who would, in my opinion, hold their own in “A” or Premier for that matter.


Nevertheless, our lads did their best to compete. I would contend that we had as much possession in the first half but found scoring difficult. We were blocked , hooked and physically out-muscled whilst in good scoring positions on a number of occasions. To the great credit to our lads, they kept going to the end and I’m sure better results will follow once we meet our match again. Due to holidays, injury and low numbers, we did not have any substitutes, so well done to all the lads for playing the full hour. Thanks to all for turning up to support.


Panel – Sam Foy, Aiden Brady, Barry O’Mahony, Derry Howard, Fionn Herlihy, Dara McCormick, Michael Foy, John Coleman, Cian Lynch, Eoin O’Flynn, Cathal O’Donovan, Conor Coleman, Josh Bartlett.


U12 FL V Aghinagh – 1/6


Shamrocks 5-18, Aghinagh 2-6


We played 2 matches over the bank holiday weekend. The first was in Shanbally against Aghinagh and this resulted in a comfortable win for us. We played some great football and the large panel of players that we had present resulted in everyone getting game time.  A lot of the younger players who came on as subs enjoyed their run out and this will give them good confidence going forward. A big thank you to all the parents who supported us on the night.


U12 FL V Whitescross – 4/6


Whitescross 4-11, Shamrocks 3-13


We travelled to play a table topping clash with Whitescross on Monday evening and this turned out to be a ding dong battle. We were playing catch up for most of the first half as the Whitescross outfit hit us with some great long distance points. We trailed at half time on a scoreline of 2-07 to 0-07. We regrouped and made two tactical changes along with some positional switches and this resulted in us coming back in to the game. We were trailing by four points with time running out. A pointed free was quickly followed by a well placed goal to leave the sides level as the clocked showed that time was up. Whitescross got a free in front of goal which they converted to leave them leading by a point. We then were awarded a free a bit out from goal but after a great effort the ball tailed off wide to leave us defeated at the final whistle by a single point. The final score was 4-11 to 3-13. In speaking afterwards with both sets of parents, mentors and supporters of both teams the general consensus was this was one of the best U12 football games witnessed in along time. Again thanks to all who travelled and supported us in large numbers.


Panel for both games (Whitescross and Aghinagh the previous Friday night). Josh Bartlett, Calum Gregson, Nigel O Sullivan/Kearney, Harry O’Leary, Barry O Mahony, Kieran May, Euan Clarke, Sam Foy, Cathal O Donovan, Luke Jordan, Evan Browne, David Herlihy, Cian Lynch, Conor Coleman, Noah Morris, Eoin Forde, Donal Herlihy, Shane O Mahony, Seamus O Mahony, Shane O Flynn, Zach Johnson, Calum O Neill, Dara McCormack


U14 HL V Lisgoold – 6/6


Shamrocks 4-7, Lisgoold 3-9


Shamrocks travelled to Lisgoold last Wednesday evening for this latest league fixture. The points were conceded by Lisgoold before the ball was thrown in as due to injuries and holidays, they had to play some of their Premier players to fulfill the fixture. We travelled with only 12 players for a variety of reasons and decided that once points were not an issue, we would accept 2 players from our opponents and play 14-a-side. This also meant that we had to play full pitch including full goals.


Best decision we have made all year! A fabulous game of hurling ensued; end to end play; some fine scores; brilliant performances from all our lads. Without naming names, I would contend that we had the best 2 players on the pitch. We eventually came out with a 1 point win after a titanic tussle. Our lads were buzzing after it, particularly after the drubbing from Cloughduv the previous week. If only we had more numbers…. Regardless, we’ll keep going and hope for the best.


Thanks to all who travelled.


Panel – Sam Foy, Aiden Brady, Kieran May, Barry O’Mahony, Fionn Herlihy, John Coleman, Evan Browne, Michael Foy, Cathal O’Donovan, Eoin O’Flynn, Conor Coleman, Josh Bartlett.


U10 HL V Whitechurch – 6/6


In glorious sunshine our under 10’s took another great home win against Whitechurch on Wednesday evening. Determined and skilful hurling led to goals galore and plenty of well taken points. This well deserved victory was a credit to the full panel of players on the night all of whom played their part in this fine win. Thanks to all.



U12 FL V Tracton – 8/6


Our U12 football team travelled to Minane Bridge to play Tracton in the u12 football on a glorious Friday evening. We stated this game very poorly and found ourselves 2-01 down within 10 minutes. Not a single ball was going right for us. Heads were dropping all over the place. We had to move quickly on the line and after some positional switches we started to settle down again. At half time we were 3-07 to 2-05 in arrears.
Three changes were made at the interval and some more positional switches also. We battled away and played some delightful football. We were awarded a penalty with 3 minutes to go tie the game but their goalkeeper made a fantastic save. We scored another point to leave just 2 between the teams. Our final passage of play resulted in us scoring what we thought was the winning goal when a high ball in to the area was fisted into the Tracton net but to our astonishment the referee disallowed the goal for what he said afterwards was a square goal. It’s now back to basics as we need to start games better and get back to winning ways in order for us to qualify for the knockout stages of this competition that we won last season.


U8 Football Blitz – 9/6


Shamrocks U8s played in a football blitz in Passage West last Saturday morning; we played Sliabh Rua, Passage West and Sliabh Rua’s second team. We had 10 players they were:

Michael Dorney, James Dorney, Eoin Murphy, Maurice Bermingham, Rylan O’Brien-Brown, Sam Jordan, Daniel O’Rahilly, Jack Cunningham, Bradley Fitzgerald, Shane Foley



U10 FL V Brian Dillons – 9/6


The highest pitch in Cork city was the venue for our U10 football fixture against Brian Dillons on Saturday morning. A very competitive first half was played in glorious sunshine and ended with Brian Dillons ahead by one point. Shamrocks came out a different team in the second half and with  great grit and determination by all 13 players,  went on to win comfortably. This was another outstanding team performance by all and we wish the lads best of luck in the John Kerins this coming Saturday.

Week Ended – Sunday June 24th, 2018


U12 FL V Lee Gaels – 11/6


Shamrocks 1-11, Lee Gaels 1-3


This was an important game for us as we tried to get back to winning ways. Both teams started on the back foot but we slowly found our shooting boots and scored five unanswered points to settle us down. A goal soon followed and this gave us the confidence to continue attacking before the short whistle. Some lively work by our half back line and midfielders left out forwards the task of adding another six points to leave us leading at half time by 1-11 to 0-00. It was a totally different story in the second half as Lee Gaels attacked us from the first ball. They dominated possession and kicked over some fine points from frees. Half way through they scored a goal to get them back in the game. We defended well and kept them at bay as we ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-03. 


U14 FL V Cill na Martra – 14/6


Shamrocks 5-23, Cill na Martra 2-7


Shamrocks welcomed our mid Cork opponents to a wet and windy Shanbally this evening. The inclement weather didn’t spoil our lads enthusiasm for a game. Our lads played very well all through and the score-line was a reflection of the flow of the game.
Shamrocks have been on the end of these type of results over the years and whilst they are soul-destroying to a degree, a lot can be gleaned from them. We were short a couple and would probably have felt their loss had we played a more competitive team.


However, the experience and confidence gained by our younger lads from this game is immeasurable and will mean that competition for places is getting hotter – as it should be. We lead by 10 points at half-time playing up the hill against a stiff breeze. We didn’t play as well in the second half but still managed to put up a fine score.


Congrats to all and to parents/ friends who turned up. Also to J.J. for his help.


Panel – Josh Bartlett, Kieran May, Aiden Brady, Evan Browne, Declan Carroll, Aaron Clarke, Fionn Herlihy, Dara McCormick, Sam Foy, Michael Foy, Eoin O’Flynn, Derry Howard, Cathal O’Donovan, Conor Coleman.


U12 HL V Tracton – 14/6


Shamrocks 2-4, Tracton 0-5


This was the start of another 3 hurling games over the next two weeks. Tracton were doing great stuff in their games played so far.


Our lads got stuck in from the first whistle as both teams exchanged points over the opening period. A goal by full forward Josh Bartlett had us leading at half time on a scoreline of 1-03 to 0-03. Tracton had the wind with them in the second half and started to dominate the game. They scored two points to leave only the bare minimum between the teams entering the last ten minutes. Some changes were made by us and these resulted in our U10 players getting valuable game time. They done themselves and the club proud as they stormed in to it. A goal and a point was scored by our new full forward line and the final whistle soon sounded to the great delight of the large Shamrocks supporters. The final result was 2-04 to 0-05.


There is great credit due to these group of players and their parents for the time and effort that they have put in so far. Some of the players are playing three and four games a week. Thanks must also go to coach John Herlihy and selectors John Twomey and Shane O Donovan.



John Kerins Memorial Plate Victory – 16/6


Pairc Ui Rinn was the venue for what turned out to be a great day for our U11 squad last Saturday. Lifting the John Kerins shield after two magnificent displays of football.


Shamrocks first played Whitechurch in the semi final and came out convincing winners with a host of expertly taken goals. They then went on to tackle a hotly favoured Crosshaven team who had beaten Shamrock sin the qualifiers. The scene was set, the supporters shouting from the stand as the team followed the band, and the roar of “up Shamrocks” as Amhrán na bhFiann came to a close.


The early minutes of the first half were a tense affair as both teams traded points but a great Shamrocks goal rocked the Crosshaven men and took some wind from their sails.Shamrocks dug deep and with pure grit, determination, heart and spirit  went on to overcome the men in black and red with a scoreline of 3-5 to 0-5.


As soon as the whistle sounded the well deserved celebrations began. It was great to see these young Hero’s get their medals and carry the shield down trough both villages with great excitement all round. Congratulations and we’ll done to all involved but especially to all the members of this great team who proved that hard work and determination will always win out.




The winning panel with their mentors Andrew O’Neill, John Jordan, John Herlihy and Sammy O’Driscoll



U16 HL V Castlelyons – 18/6


Diarmuid Ó Murchús 2-11, Castlelyons 3-8


Diarmuid Ó Murchús and Castlelyons shared the spoils in Crosshaven on Monday evening. This was an encouraging outing from the new team against previously unbeaten Castlelyons and they could easily have won this game as well. Training continues this Saturday before the next league game away to St Vincents next Monday night



U10 HL V Courcey Rovers – 20/6


The U10 action this Wednesday evening saw Courcey Rovers making the long journey to Shanbally  on what was a beautiful summers evening. Shamrocks took to the pitch with a full panel and while they were slow to get into their stride it wasn’t long before the scores began to come. Two solid halves of hurling including the whole panel ensured a comprehensive victory for the home side. Again well done to all. Next game playing Lee Gaels away on Saturday morning.



U10 FL V Lee Gaels – 23/6


As the first half of our under 10 season draws to a close with only one match remaining, Shamrocks played Lee Gaes on what was a beautiful Saturday morning. Holidays and the good weather took its toll leaving us  with  he minimum panel of nine players. The Dripsy pitch beside the Lee was in great condition and Shamrocks once again put on a fantastic display of football  eading to another comprehensive victory. Great credit is due to all nine players who put in a great effort for the whole game playing some gifted football and scoring many goals despite the scorching temperatures. Again well done to all.



Week Ended – Sunday July 8th, 2018


U12 HL V Lee Gaels – 25/6


Shamrocks 5-4, Lee Gaels 2-6


No report available



U10 HL V Brian Dillons – 28/6


The U10s had there final game before the summer break against Brian Dillons in Shanbally this evening. On a very hot evening and with some players already gone on holidays we had 12 players togged out. After a slow start Shamrocks settled into the game and once our first goal went in we pushed on and the game was never in doubt. A great performance by all and great to see all players getting the full 50 minutes. We had a very impressive first half to the season winning all football games and losing only 2 hurling games that could have went our way just as easy. We look forward to the 2nd half of the season.


MHL V Raonaithe na nGael – 27/6


Raonaithe na nGael 6-7, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 1-4


Report not available



U8 Hurling Blitz – 30/6


The U8 hurlers attended their final blitz of the season in Pairc Ui Chaoimh with a 25° plus weather; they played Tracton, Bride Rovers and Kilworth. The squad  on the day was:
Michael Dorney, James Dorney, Eoin Murphy, Maurice Bermingham, Rylan O’Brien-Browne, Daniel Rahilly, Aonna Boland Yildrim, Bradley Fitzgerald.


Well done to all


U8 hurlers at their blitz in Páirc Ui Chaoimh, 30/6/18




MHL V Ballinora – 4/7


Ballinora 7-19, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 2-2


No report available



Week Ended – Sunday July 29th, 2018


U16 FL V Courcey Rovers – 18/7


A comfortable win for the U16s as they continue their good season. This win moves them up the league table into a possible playoff position.



JAFC v Ballinhassig – 20/7


Shamrocks 0-12, Ballinhassig  1-7


This Junior A Football championship tie, played at Ballygarvan, was most competitive and some excellent points recorded in the opening half gave Shamrocks a sound base from which to move forward in the game. Ballinhassig put in a big push before half time to see two points between the teams Shamrocks 0-8 Ballinhassig 0-6.


The second half was a tough and demanding period with Ballinhassig bringing out the best in our backline.  Some four excellent points were well deserved and a Ballinhassig penalty goal give them sustenance.  However the lads in green had the wherewithal and the bottle not to concede any more scores before the final whistle.


Team Manager Michael Kidney was quick to acknowledge the team spirit and the will to win. Well done to al our gallant players and thanks for a thrilling championship win.
Team:  F.O’Neill, R. Harrington, D. Barry, S. Hurley, J. Tuohy, C. KIdney, J. Browne, B.Mulqueen, A. McCarthy, D. Andrews, C. O’Neill, M. Hitchmough, S.Collins, A. O’Grady, D. O.Sullivan.   Subs used;  R. Twomey, P. Brady, D. Hayes


MBFL V Killeagh St Itas – 22/7


Killeagh/St Itas 6-9, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 3-14


No report available



U16 HL V Passage – 23/7


Diarmuid Ó Murchús 2-13, Passage 2-10


The lads played outstanding on the night and got a deserved win after a tough battle. Well done to all



MBFL V Kiltha Óg – 27/7


Diarmuid Ó Murchús 3-17, Kiltha Óg 3-9


A first win for the minor in this our first year. Well done to all.



Month Ended – August 2018


U16 HC V Nemo Rangers – 7/8


Diarmuid Ó Murchús 4-13, Nemo Rangers 2-8


A first ever championship win for the Shamrocks/Crosshaven combination at underage and a fully deserved win at that with some great scores being registered. Well done to all, onto the next round now verses Castlelyons.


U14 HC V Crosshaven – 9/8


Crosshaven 5-10, Shamrocks 5-8


No report available



MBHC V St Vincents – 14/8


St Vincents 8-19, DÓM 1-2


No report available. No report needed



U16 HC V Castlelyons – 16/8


Castlelyons 4-22, Diarmuid Ó Murchú’s 4-10


No report available



U12 FL V Aghada – 18/8


Shamrocks 6-8, Aghada 2-5


No report available



MBFL V Youghal – 22/8


Conceded by Youghal



U14 FL V Ballinhassig – 29/8


Ballinhassig 5-6, Shamrocks 2-10


No report available



MFL V Blarney – 30/8


Blarney 4-12, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 1-14


No report available



Month Ended – September 2018


U14 FC V Whitescross – 1/9


Whitescross 3-12, Shamrocks 3-11


No report available, suffice to say it was a great game of football but Shamrocks came out on the wrong side of the result.



U16 FC V Tracton – 8/9


Shamrocks 6-7, Tracton 4-5


This was a great win for the 16s footballers over a good Tracton team on Saturday afternoon in Minane Bridge.


The first half was low scoring but Shamrocks were happy at HT as they led by 0-4 to 0-3 after having played good controlled football into the wind and dominating possession. Most of the scores and all the goals came in the second half. Shamrocks piled on the pressure from the throw in and scored three quick goals to move 10 points ahead. They stretched further ahead and were 16 points ahead with 8 minutes remaining. Then Tracton went on a scoring blitz within the next 5 minutes, scoring 4-1 without replay and Shamrocks were on the ropes. However, an important kickout was won to relieve the pressure and they tagged on 1-2 in the closing stages to finish deserving winners. Onto the semi final verses Raonaithe na nGael (Whitescross/Brian Dillons)



U6 Hurling Blitz – 9/9


Well done to the U6s who played in a hurling blitz on Sunday September 9th in Carrigaline. Thanks to the parents and to Darrgah Collins who organised and managed the team.




U12 FL v Brian Dillons – 10/9


Shamrocks 3-11, Dillons 1-6


Shamrocks travelled to Whitescross to play Brian Dillions on a damp Monday evening. Both teams started brightly and it was evident from an early stage why both teams are going well in the league. Some fine points were scored by both teams as we started to enjoy a spell of great pressure on their goal. We soon got our reward with a fine Evan Twomey goal to put some daylight between the teams. Just after the break a Cathal O Donovan goal had us well in control. A great flowing move from one end of the pitch to the other resulted in a peach of a goal from Luke Jordan. Some excellent points from Dara McCormack and Cian Lynch left us comfortable winners at the end. This leaves us in a good position as we play our last two league games next week.


Josh Bartlett made some vital saves in goal for us. The full back line of Calum Gregson, Nigel kearney/O Sullivan and Shane O Mahony were in top form and in control throughout. Outside them in the half back line was Barry O Mahony, Kieran and Noah. These trio was the strongest line in the pitch. The Midfield pairing of Dara McCormack and Evan Browne were always in control. Our half forward line of David Herlihy, Cathal O Donovan and Ewan Clarke were a constant threat and got some great scores. Inside forward line was Luke, Cian and Evan Twomey. All our subs got game time. Conor Coleman, Zach Johnson, Donal Herlihy, Harry O’Leary Shane O Flynn, Seamus O Mahony and Owen Forde played their part when the entered the fray. Next up is Ballinhassig at home on Mon 17th and Macroom away on Sun 23rd.


U12 FL V Ballinhassig – 17/9


Shamrocks 9-6, Ballinhassig 4-6


No report available



U8 Football Blitz – 15/9


We had our first biltz after Sumner  break on a lovely spring morning in Ballygarvan . We played Sliabh Rua in the first two games and Crosshaven in the third. As a group we have improved alot over the year and this blitz saw our biggest number all year with 12 players. This was great to see especially with academy starting on 28rd of this month and hopefully we will see ye all there with a few more.


U16 FC Semi Final V Raonaithe na nGael – 19/9


Raonaithe na nGael 4-14, Shamrocks 4-11


What a great game of football and unfortunately for Shamrocks, they came out on the wrong side of it in Whitescross on Wednesday evening. The players from both sides served up a cracker with the lead changing hands on many occasions before the referee eventually blew it up in near darkness.


Shamrocks played against the strong wind and hill in the first half and went in a point down at HT, 2-6 to 2-5. That was a healthy position to be in considering the elements. Tim Sheehan and Cian O’Flaherty scored the Shamrocks goals in that half while Shane Darcy was on song with 3 points from play. The backs and midfield worked hard to set up the forwards for scoring opportunities. 


The second half was tit for tat all through. Raonaithe na nGael scored an early point and a goal to go further ahead but Shamrocks kept working hard and goals from Mark Sisk and another one from the ever dangerous O’Flaherty had Shamrocks leading by 3 points with 13 minutes left. However, Raonaithe na nGael had a good 10 minute spell and scored 1-4 and suddenly they led by 5 points with 3 minutes left. Shamrocks tried everything to reduce the gap but it wasnt to be. The Shamrocks lads gave it everything on the night and cannot be faulted for one second for their effort and attitude. 


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



U12 HL Semi Final V Mayfield – 19/9


Mayfield 5-5, Shamrocks 3-3


Shamrocks U12 great hurling season came to an end in Mayfield last night as we were beaten in the semi final of the u12 hurling against a very good Mayfield team. It was a huge bonus for us to be in the semi final in the first place and all credit must go to the players for this achievement. The game itself was played in the main pitch in Mayfield and it was great to see and hear the large number if parents, family and supporters that Shamrocks had present.


Mayfield started stronger and got some great scores midway through the first half to leave us trailing at half time on a scoreline of 3-03 to 0-01. Some words of advice was given at half time along with some positional switches. These started to pay dividends and we soon had some scores on the board. With ten minutes to go we were back in the game and only trailing by 4 points but Mayfield got a goal to kill off our great effort. We got another goal and a few points to leave the final score 5-05 to 3-03. The players were gutted at the end but when they look back at a long hard season in which the played ten competitive games in hurling they will realise how great the season was. All the panel got valuable game time throughout the season including last night.


Panel. David Herlihy, Shane O Flynn, Nigel O Sullivan/Kearney. Barry O Mahony, Kieran May, Evan Browne. Sam Foy, Dara McCormack. Cathal O Donovan, Josh Bartlett, Cian Lynch, Calum Gregson, Luke Jordan. Conor Coleman, Donal Herlihy, Zach Johnson, Shane O Mahony, Harry O Leary, Seamus O’ Mahony.



U12 FL V Macroom B – 23/9

Shamrocks 2-7, Macroom 2-4


This games was played in the Tom Creedon Memorial pitch in Macroom on Sunday morning. Shamrocks took to the pitch knowing that only a win would be enough to ensure of qualification to the semi final stage. The game was very evenly matched throughout with both teams cancelling each other’s scores with quick replies. At half time we were leading 1-03 to 0-03. Some nice play from Macroom soon had the scores level entering the final straight. We got back in front again near the end to run out winners by just a kick of a ball to leave us now qualified for the semi final. The management team would like to ensure that ALL players on the panel turn up for training this coming week. It was a big disappointment to field a team today with six players missing for one reason or another for such an important game.


Team. Josh Bartlett, Shane O Flynn, Nigel O Sullivan/Kearney, Shane O Mahony, Barry O Mahony, Kieran May, Noah Morris, David Herlihy, Evan Browne, Eoin Fordes, Luke Jordan, Cathal O Donovan, Cian Lynch, Conor Coleman, Donal Herlihy, Seamus O Mahony.


U16 HL V St Vincents – 29/9


St Vincents 7-16, Diarmuid Ó Murchú’s 0-7


DÓM’s were well beaten in their final league game of the season before the playoffs. Unfortunately, this was their worst performance of the year and they were up against a well coached St Vincents team in Knocknaheeny on Saturday afternoon. Vincents were on form from the off and raced into a 3-13 to 0-2 lead – Ó Murchús had no answer. The home team scored 3 further goals after HT and that was it. It has to be said that Ó Murchú’s were short on the day and better things lie ahead no doubt for them.


Month Ended – October 2018


U8 Football Blitz – 6/10


Well done to the U8 footballers who played in a Blitz in Páirc Ui Chaoimh back pitch on Saturday morning last. They are pictured below with Ruairí Deane, Cork Senior Player, who presented them with their medals. Thanks to the parents and to managers Stephen Keane and Jason Browne






U12 FL Semi V Tracton – 7/10


Shamrocks 6-12, Tracton 2-4


We played Tracton on Sunday morning in Shanbally in the semi final of the U12 football. Tracton had beaten us already earlier in the competition so we were well aware of the task ahead of us. We stated very strong and had 2-03 on the board before Tracton registered their first score. A quick 1-02 from Tracton had them back in it but again we got some great scores to leave a bit of daylight between the teams but 1-01 from Tracton just at the short whistle had us leading on a score line of 3-05 to 2-03. All the words of encouragement at half time was heeded as we pulled away with some quick fire scores in the first ten minutes of the second period to leave the game over as a contest. The final score being 6-12 to 2-04. All our panel got valuable game time. This was a fantastic team performance and everyone contributed hugely to this game. Now it’s on to the Final against Whitescross next weekend. It was great to see a large crowd of supporters present from both sides.


On behalf of the team we would like to wish our captain Sam Foy a very speedy recovery from his recent illness. The jersey is washed and ironed ready for him to put on for the final.


Team: Josh Bartlett, Calum Gregson, Nigel O Sullivan/Kearney, Shane O Mahony. Barry O Mahony, Kieran May, Ewan Clarke. Dara McCormack, Evan Browne, Luke Jordan, Cian Lynch, David Herlihy, Cathal O Donovan, Conor Coleman, Evan Twomey, Seamus O Mahony, Shane O Flynn, Donal Herlihy, Zach Johnson, Owen Forde, Harry O Leary.

U16 FL Semi final V St Vincents – 13/10

St Vincents 5-9, Shamrocks 3-9


Yet another close defeat for our 16s, this time in the league semi final in wet Knocknaheeny on Saturday afternoon last. This was the 6th defeat in a row to this Vincents team in both codes stretching back to u14 and this was a game that could have been won. However, the pattern was similar to the championship defeat – play outstanding up until the 50th minute when the opposition take over and score a couple of quick goals to take the stuffing out of a gallant Shamrocks team.


Shamrocks started brightly and led 1-4 to 0-1 early on but Vincents came back into it and the game was level at HT, 2-4 apiece. St Vincents appeared to be in command after HT as they pushed on but they had a player dismissed with 157minutes to go. Shamrocks slowly got on top and went 4 points ahead with 9 minutes to go but Vincents upped a gear and the game was won in a 60 second spell when they hit 2 quick goals. The wind was gone from Shamrocks sails and Vincents advanced to the final.


Thanks to all the footballers for a great year of progress; we hope to see all u16 players (all bar 2) back at that level in February 2019.


U16 HL Semi Final v Castlelyons – 16/10


Castlelyons 4-19, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 3-13


A cracking game of hurling in Castlelyons on Tuesday night and the Shamrocks/Crosshaven combination played their part. Not only that, but they actually led by a point with 10 minutes left but Castlelyons finished very strong and only asserted themselves in that last 10 minutes to pull away for what has to be said was a flattering 9 point victory. 


The first half was even enough with Ó Murchú’s staying in touch with Castlelyons who were tuning up for a county final next Sunday. Castlelyons led 1-6 to 1-5 at HT and it was all to play for in the second half. That second period featured many scores from both sides with every Ó Murchu’s player putting in a great shift, initially to stay in touch with Castlelyons and eventually move into a winning position. But the big Castlelyons players stepped up to the mark in the last 10 minutes to ensure their victory over a gallant Ó Murchú’s team. 


U12 FL Final V Whitescross – 21/10


Whitescross 1-7, Shamrocks 1-5


Shamrocks just lost out to Whitescross in the league final in Mayfield on Sunday morning. A very strong wind blew right down the pitch making it a game of 2 halves. The first half belonged to Whitescross and they led 1-6 to 1-0 at HT. Shamrocks got a great start to the second half when they scored 3 quick points to reduce the deficit. But they could get the all important points or a goal to move ahead and Whitescross held on. Thanks to the players and management for a great year overall.



Year Ended – December 2018


Juvenile AGM 2019


The juvenile club held their AGM on Thursday November 15th in the Grace McCarthy Rooms in the Clubhouse. The Chairman, Secretatry and Treasurer presented their 2018 reports. All outgoing officers were elected for 2019. Chairman – John Twomey (Ringaskiddy), Vice Chairman – Hugh Foy, Secretary – Pa Andrews, Treasurer – Peter Crowley, Underage PRO – Pa Andrews, Rebel Óg Delegate – Paddy Andrews. Many other items were discussed in an open discussion. The playing season will start up around March in 2019. 


Geraldine’s Kitchen


Recently the Shamrock Underage Club organised their annual charity walk and coupled with event was an opportunity to honour the late Geraldine Twomey, a lady who had done our Club some great service over the years.


A large gathering was present to witness the tribute which the Club had prepared for Geraldine.


She did so much work in the area of fund-raising and of course she was ever present in the Club’s kitchen for all events. Whether it was the Clubs Saturday morning under age Academy or games and training sessions Geraldine’s hospitality always prevailed. The kettle was always on and Members, Parents and Visitors were assured of a hot cup and a bite to eat. Her Kitchen always had a happy and pleasant environment. But of course, the children too were sure to give her a call, as Geraldine kept a well stocked jar of lollipops under the counter. Their eyes lit up when the jar was removed from seclusion.


Geraldine’s untimely passing almost twelve months ago left us all devastated, but she left a rich legacy and our Club is in a better place because of Geraldine’s generosity of time and commitment.

In a tribute to her, the Club decided to name the refurbished kitchen after her. Going forward it will be known as “Geraldine’s Kitchen”, Surely a place filled with happy memories and optimism going into the future.


Club Executive Chairman, Mr. Pat McCarthy made the formal announcement to the large gathering and he paid a glowing tribute to an indispensable lady who in her time made the Club a better place. Joining the gathering too was Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Sean O’Sullivan, who was present to endorse and give his blessing to the noble gesture.


It was a very moving and special occasion for her husband John and family and large circle of relatives and friends. Joining John was son Roy, daughter Aileen, Sister Margaret and brother Craig, nephews Owen, Adam and Dayne along with nieces Chelsea and Elana.


A huge cheer resounded around the Clubhouse when the door of Geraldine’s Kitchen was swung open only to find the tables laden with food and goodies for the walkers on their return. That is the way Geraldine would have wanted it.




Members of Geraldine’s Family and Shamrocks Executive at the opening of Geraldines Kitchen on Monday October 29th, 2018



Christmas Draw 2018 Results – 19/12


Confined Members Draw Christmas 2018 held in the Shamrock Bar on December 19th:


1. Michael Carroll c|o Donie O’Leary Hamper

2. Ger Dunne Shanbally Hamper

3. Jerome c|o Donie O’Leary

4. Canice Caffrey, Coolmore

5. Eilish Callanan Shanbally NS

6. Pat Hickey, Coolmore

7. Cian O’Neill, Ringaskiddy

8. Pat Keane c|o Noel Murphy

9. James Cotter c|o Darragh O’Sullivan

10. Seamus O’Mahony c|o Donie O’Leary.

11. Harry Andrews c|o Dick

12. John Long c|o CUE

13. BH

14. Darragh O’Sullivan, Shanbally.

15. John Herlihy, Ringaskiddy NS

16. Catherine Ronayne, Ringaskiddy.

17. Olan Coleman c|o CUE

18. P. O ’Keeffe c|o Donie O’Leary

19. Brendan Harte, Ringaskiddy.

20. Luke Jordan

21. Clara O’Grady, Ringaskiddy.

22. Jason Browne, Ringaskiddy.

23. Ronan Cullinane c|o Jim Ronayne

24. Gary Murphy c|o Lorcan Aherne

25. Andrew Dowling c|o CUE

26. Noreen c|o Shanbally NS

27. David O’Connor c|o Soc

28. Billy Sisk c|o FBI

29. Sean O’Airgeain c|o B.Mulqueen

30. Irene Murphy c|o Pat Murphy

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

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

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


Poc Fada Results – 30/12/18


The following are the results of the Poc Fada 2018 –


Girls U15. Winner Sophie Geary 31 shots. R/Up. Abbey McLoughlin 32 shots.


Senior Ladies. Winner Ellen Herlihy 29 shots. R/Up Clara O’Grady 32 shots.


Boys U15. Winner Michael Got 25 shots. R/Up Harry Andrews 26 Shots


Boys U18. Winner Sean Andrews 24 Shots. R/Up Shane Downey 30 shots


Men Over 40. Winner Robert Lannon  21 shots. R/up Darren Roche 23 shots.


Men Over 50. Winner Sammy O’Driscoll 24 shots. R/up Declan O’Neill 27 shots.


Senior men. Winner Michael O’Neill 20 shots. R/Up Chris O’Neill 20 shots.