Archives 2020

 January/February 2020


Sports Award for John Twomey – Jan 2020

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


JAFL V Ballygarvan – 26/1


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


MFL DÓM V Ballinhassig – 22/2


Ballinhassig 8-6, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 2-4

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

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

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


JAFL Shamrocks v Ballymartle – 27/2

Shamrocks 0-14 V Ballymartle 0-4

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

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

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

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

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


March, April, May, June 2020

MFL DÓMs v Grenagh – 1/3

Grenagh 4-10, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 1-9

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


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


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


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

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


U14 FL V Tracton – 1/3

Shamrocks 4-7, Tracton 2-5

No report submitted


U16 FL DÓM v Donoughmore – 7/3


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


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


Eddie Forde R.I.P. – April 2020

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

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

Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife and family


Breda Barry R.I.P. late of Shanbally

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

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


April 2020 – Covid-19 Hand Sanitizer distribution

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

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



A Tribute to Paddy Andrews RIP – May 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

Sean Ó Tuama, May 2020


July 2020