Sports Award for John Twomey – Jan 2020
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.
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.
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.
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
WE WILL MISS YOU – PADDY ANDREWS
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.
A SHAMROCK PLAYER;
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;
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.
NI BEIDH A LEITHEAD ANN ARIS;
Paddy has touched so many people’s lives in a truly positive and Christian manner. He shunned highlights and publicity. He was happy in the background taking satisfaction in being able to help. Paddy Andrews was a corner stone in his own Club, Community and Parish, always there and synonymous with all that was for the common good.
Sean Ó Tuama, May 2020
Return to Play – July 2020
U12 HL V Tracton – 18/7
Tracton 5-12, Shamrocks 2-6
The u12 hurlers were the first club team to return to competitive action on Saturday morning against Tracton in Shanbally. Tracton were the stronger and more tuned in team from the start. Shamrocks got better as the game went on and never gave up which was great to see. Training and matches continue this week
U14 HL V Crosshaven – 20/7
Well beaten by a good Crosshaven side. No other report to hand
U16 F Challenge V Blarney – 20/7
The Ó Murchús u16 footballers played Blarney in Rathpeacon on Monday night in the lovely sunshine in a challenge game. It was a good outing where all players got a good run out. Some excellent football was played and Ó Murchús won well in the end. Thanks to Rathpeacon GAA for hosting the match at late notice.
U12 FL V St Vincents – 22/7
Shamrocks 6-13, St Vincents 3-6
Well done to all the lads on the night. A superb performance from all. Each and everyone gave 100%. Some great interplay and scores taken throughout. They should all take great confidence for the games going forward.
U12 FL V Tracton – 25/7
Shamrocks 4-10, Tracton 2-7
A huge well done to all the lads again this morning. From goalkeeper to full forward they ran themselves into the ground. Trailing by a point at halftime they showed heart and courage to run out winners on a score line of 4-10 to 2-7 👏👏
DÓM U16 FL V St Nicks – 25/7
Ó Murchús 2-19, St Nicks 2-7
This was the lads first game in the league post lockdown and it was a great win. It was played in Crosshaven and they found themsleves down by 2 goals after 15 minutes to a big physical tea, from Nicks. However, they regained a bot of composure up until HT and trailed by 5 at the break.
The second half saw Ó Murchús turn to play with a slight breeze and the lads upped their game considerably. They took over totally and outscored Nicks by 2-14 to0-3 in that half in an impressive display. All players from both clubs (6 from Shamrocks) got plenty of gametime and there was anice spread of scores. They ply Kinsale in 2 weeks time but for now, well done to all involved, job done.
U14 FL V Courcey Rovers – 27/7
Shamrocks 5-11, Courcey Rovers 4-8
After a tough first half, the U14 footballers turned in a brilliant second half display to make the long trip to Ballinspittle worthwhile on Monday evening. Shamrocks started with 1-1 from Cian Lynch and Sam Foy. However, they lost their way thereafter and Courceys took over and went into a 1-4 to 1-1 lead by the first water break. Courceys continued to pound the Shamrocks goal and led 4-5 to 2-3 at HT, after further scores from Dara McCormick (penalty) and Bartlett and Lynch.
Shamrocks played with a bit of a breeze in the second half and the transformation was remarkable. A few switches worked a treat. Two goals from Evan Twomey and Harry O’Leary allied to points from McCormick, Lynch and Cathel O’Donovan, all from play and the game was level, 4-6 each. Shamrocks sensed victory and another goal from Sam Foy and points from McCormick, Lynch and David Herlihy helped them over the line. Thanks to all parents and players who made the trip and to John and Shane on the sideline.
Panel – Noah Morris, Callum Gregson, Euan Clarke, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, David Herlihy, Evan Browne-Wilson, Kieran May, Dara McCormick, Josh Bartlett (capt), Cathal O’Donovan, Cian Lynch, Sam Foy, Evan Twomey, Conor Coleman, Ryan Roberts, Harry O’Leary, Donal Herlihy, Ollie O’Brien
DÓMs MFC V Ballinhassig – 29/7
Ballinhassig 2-12, Ó Murchús 4-3
Ballinhassig deserved the win in the end. The game was played in very wet conditions in Ballinhassig and while Ó Murchús they played well at times but found scores hard to come by, unlike the home team who were much more efficient in front of the goals. At HT the home side led 1-6 to 1-2 but they scored 1-2 straight after the restart to open up a 10 point cushion. In fairness to the Ó Murchús boys, they continued to play football and a a couple of late goals made it an exciting finish – However, Ballinhassig held on for a deserved win. There is definitely scope to do well further on those year. Next game verses Sliabh Rua in 2 weeks
Team: Adam Power, Mark Sisk, Fionn, Herlihy, Rob Twomey, A. McSweeney, D. Gregson, O. Merchant, J. McCarthy, S. Andrews, R. Keal, P. Cotter, S. Darcy, R. O’Sullivan, C. Herlihy, H. Andrews
U14 HL V Tracton – 3/8
Shamrocks 6-13, Tracton 1-3
Shamrocks welcomed Tracton on Monday evening on a beautiful evening. Shamrocks were on top throughout in the first quarter with scores from Ryan Roberts, Josh Bartlett, Seamus O’Mahony, Luke Jordan and Cian Lynch and this set the tone for the rest of the match. Shamrocks led 1-5 to 0-2 at the water break. A goal from Sam Foy with further points from Lynch, Jordan on top of some resolute defending from Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney at full back and Kieran May at half back ensured Shamrocks were on top at halftime, 2-8 to 0-3.
By the third quarter water break, Shamrocks were totally dominant after Cian Lynch’s 1-2, Darra McCormicks, Josh Bartletts and Seamus O’Mahonys points. In the last quarter, Seamus bagged two goals with Lynch and David Herlihy ading further points, Shamrocks ran out easy winners.
Panel used – Shane O’Flynn, Nigel O’Sullivan-Kearney, Callum Gregson, Barry O’Mahony, Evan Browne-Wilson, Kieran May (capt), Dara McCormick, Josh Bartlett, Cian Lynch, Sam Foy, Seamus O’Mahony, Harry O’Leary, Ryan Roberts, David Herlihy, Ollie O’Brien.
DÓMs U16 FL V Kinsale – 9/8
Kinsale 7-8, Ó Murchús 0-8
An extraordinary game insofar as DOM dominated the first 15 minutes and only had one point to show for their efforts. Kinsale then attacked 3 times and came away with 2-1.Again the Ó Murchús lads attacked with gusto after water break but found scores hard to come by. Kinsale on the other hand were much more economical and led 3-2 to 0-6 at the break.
The Ó Murchús lads were disappointed with the score but were happy enough with their performances at that stage. We felt that we were ready to take off in the 2nd half but unfortunately fell flat on their faces. They conceded some very soft scores and understandably the lads heads sank. Poor discipline and decision making resulted in a hammering which was undeserved.
This is a good team and no doubt will prove this in our next outing v Ballinora in 2 weeks. Kinsale have a fine footballing side and were very well coached. They will be a test for the best. Finally thanks to the players, mentors and supporters for their efforts on what was a sweltering hot afternoon in Kinsale.
U12 FL V Brian Dillons – 9/8
Shamrocks 7-5, Brian Dillons 3-5
U14 FL V Tracton – 10/8
Tracton 4-8, Shamrocks 3-2
U12 HL V Cloughduv – 11/8
Cloughduv 11-9, Shamrocks 4-5
A bad day at the office. The lads were up against a good Cloughduv side. The lads battled all the way through but it was not to be. Best wishes to James Keane who received a nasty head injury. Thanks to all the parents, players and management who made the trip to An Chloch Dhubh on Tuesday evening.
DÓM MFC V Sliabh Rua – 12/8
Sliabh Rua 4-19, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 1-13
A second defeat in 2 championship games and the lads are getting a taste of how difficult it is playing in a higher grade with practically no training – Sliabh Rua were far to good; they led by 3-11 to 0-7 and coasted to the victory in the second half
U14 HL V Kinsale – 17/8
Kinsale 3-10, Shamrocks 1-4
DÓM U16 FL V Ballinora – 22/8
Ballinora 8-8, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 1-6
Goals, goals and more goals. That was the difference between the 2 teams in Shanbally on Saturday afternoon as Ballinora won easily. Having led 3-6 to 0-2 at HT after playing with a very strong breeze, it was hoped that the Ó Murchús lads would make a game of it in the second half. However, they found the Ballinora defence in top form and couldnt break through for a goal until it was all over; by whuch time Ballinora had added a further 4 goals.
They will be home to Canovee in the shield semi finals.
U8 HL V Ballinhassig – 22/8
Well done to our under 8 hurlers who played their first match of the year against Ballinhassig on Saturday morning. Fantastic performance by everyone. Thanks to all who played and well done to the management led by Darragh Collins who organised the game
U14 FL V Passage – 24/8
Shamrocks 9-10, Passage 2-7
A good performance from Shamrocks to qualify for the semi finals of the league. They were up against a strong physical Passage team but played good football to win well in the end.
U10 Hurling v Ballinhassig – 29/8
Well done to the U10 hurlers who played their first match of the year against Ballinhassig on Aug 29th. Great performances by all, well done to the players, parents and management team of David Andrews and Barry Fitzgerald
U12 Hurling Plate Final v St Vincents – 29/8
Shamrocks 6-10, St Vincents 3-5
Yet again the U12 hurlers crossed the white line and played as men in the shield final against St Vincent’s Each and everyone one of them gave 💯 for each other. Trailing by 7 PTs after 10 mins they fought there way back into the game and went in a goal down at halftime. Better was to come in the 2nd half as they held St Vincent’s scoreless and ran out convincing winners on a score line of 3-5 6-10. Well done to all and thanks for the commitment they have all put in so far this season 👏👏👏