Archives 2021

Welcome to the Archives for the 2021 season. This season started in June due to the country wide Covid-19 Lockdown in place for the first part of the year. Everything was shut down in the Club in this time.


                                   June 2021

JAFL V Crosshaven – 9/6

Shamrocks 3-15, Crosshaven 0-3

No report available


U13 HL Preseason V Mayfield – 11/6

Shamrocks 4-9, Mayfield 1-7

First game for the U13s end in a win away to Mayfield, the lads led throughout and never looked back after taking a lead early on. Well done to all.


U15 HL Preseason V Tracton – 12/6

Tracton 7-17, Shamrocks 3-6

Shamrocks first game of the season ended in a big victory for Tracton at a sunsplashed Minane Bridge on Saturday afternoon. Tracton have improved a lot since the previous year while Shamrocks havent at the same rate and that comes down to one thing – practice. Tracton had too much hurling for a game Shamrocks team and after a close enough opening 15 minutes which featured some great scores, they hit Shamrocks for 3 quick goals before HT and that was that, the heads went. HT 4-8 to 1-5

The second half was just played out as expected with Tracton dominating, they tagged on a good few scores in a comfortable win. Shamrocks just battled away but didnt have anywhere near the scoring power to trouble the score. Lots of work ahead.

Panel – D. Herlihy, C. O’Neill, N. Kearney O’Sullivan, C. Gregson, C. O’Donovan, B. O’Mahony, K. Maye, J. Bartlett, C. Lynch, S. O’Flynn, E. Browne, H. O’Neill, N. Sisk, S. Foy, J. Kearney O’Sullivan, L. Dorney.


U15 HL V Tracton, 12/6/21



U7, U9 & U11 HL V Lee Gaels – 12/6

The U7s, U9 and U11 hurlers all travelled to Lee Gaels on Saturday afternoon to play the home side in Go Games. They all played 4 games each and all played very well. The managemnet of both teams were very happy with the lads. The U7s (only) had 11 players, the U9s had 9 players and the U11s had 13 players.

Well done to all


U13 FL V Lisgoold – 18/6

Shamrocks 5-9, Lisgoold 1-5

Another win for the U13s, this time away to Lisgoold in football on a lovely Friday night. They were short 7 players, 3 through injusy, so its testament to the lads that they put up a great performance. Andrew O’Neill and Adrian Doolin are off to a good start with them this season, long may it continue.


U13 away to Lisgoold, 18/6/21


U15 Preseason FL V Tracton – 19/6

Tracton 3-8, Shamrocks 3-7

A second defeat to Tracton in a week, this time by the single point, was Shamrocks lot after a great game of football in Shanbally. Shamrocks had a great start and led by 2-2 to 0-1 after 15 minutes but one sensed that Tracton would come back into it as they got on top out around the middle and they timed their run nicely to hit over the winning score and their only lead 2 minutes from the end. Shamrocks played well in patches but need to become more consistent in their play. Overall, the attitude is excellent but the wins havent come yet, that will take time and effort.

Panel: N. Morris, E. Clarke, N. Kearney O’Sullivan, B. O’Mahony, C. Gregson, E. Browne, K. Maye, J. Bartlett, D. Herlihy, S. O’Flynn, C. Lynch, C. O’Donovan, S. Foy, C. Coleman, E. Twomey, L. Dorney, S. O’Mahony, O. O’Brien.


U7 FL V Ballinhassig – 20/6

The U7s had a great morning of games against Ballinhassig in Shanbally on June 20th. 15 players togged out forming 3 teams of 6. Plenty of great football, great scores, defending, tackling and enegry as always! Great credit is due to the lads.

Thanks to all for organising in any way; Colm the manager was very happy with the lads; thanks to our players, supporters and to the parents, especially the parents who agreed to step in and help out with the running of the games.

MFC DÓM V Passage – 23/6

Passage 3-12, DÓM 0-12

A brave performance from Ó Murchús in the first game of the round robin championship. They played the entire first half down a man until they got 15 players in the second half. The legs tired a bit in the second period and Passage took advantage, scoring 3 goals to run out winners. Even in defeat, the Ó Murchús mentors were delighted with the display of the lads against a good Passage team.


U13 HL V Brian Dillons – 25/6

Shamrocks 9-9, Brian Dillons 1-2

The U13s had another win on Friday in their first home match. Well done to all the players on a competent display. They played some lovely hurling throughout the game. Eventhough the game was deicded by HT, they pushed on as only they know and were deadly up front and tight at the back, good to see.


U15 HL Preseason V Ballygarvan – 26/6

Ballygarvan 7-12, Shamrocks 1-8

The U15 hurlers played their hearts out before giving way to a slick Ballygarvan team on Saturday. They competed manfully with Ballygarvan up until after the 2nd water break after which Ballygarvan scored 4 quick goals to run out easy winners, but only after a great battle. The Shamrocks lads have been training well over the past 2 months and it finally came together in a match today – there was some great hurling played by the Shamrocks lads. Cian Lynch did most of the scoring with Luke Jordan scoring a great goal. At half time, Ballygarvan led 1-7 to 0-6 after a high standard game. Shamrocks were well in the game midway through the second half until that Ballygarvan scoring burst led by the spine of their team who really stepped it up.

The Shamrocks lads can take a lot, a lot of positives from the game.

They are pictured below in their brand new jerseys, kindly sponsored by Denis Good of The Good Fish Shop

U15 HL V Ballygarvan, 26/6/21


U7/U9 Hurl V Carraig na bhFear – 26/6

Both the U7s and U9s played hurling Go Games verses Carraig na bhFear on Saturday June 26th.

The U7s had 15 players at home in Shanbally and split the players into 3 teams and they all played 3 games each. They all played some great hurling and the improvement is clear to see. Well done to the players, parents and coaches for organising. They were very happy afterwards with how it all worked out. Keep practising at home.

U9 Hurling away to Carraig na bhFear, same day

The U9s travelled to Carraig na bhFear and everyone was happy with their display, the coaches are happy to report that the future looks bright for this bunch if they stay together. Well done. They are pictured below

U11 HL V Carraig na bhFear – 26/6

Shamrocks played visitors Carraig na bhFear on Saturday morning in a Go Games style blitz and all the players played very well on the day. They are pictured below.

Our thanks to all the players and parents on the morning and to the young management team of Dave Andrews, Harry Andrews, Cillian Hayes and Andrew O’Grady.

U11 V Carraig na bhFear, 26/6/21

                                       July 2021

U13 FL V Cobh – 2/7

Shamrocks 9-12, Cobh 1-4

Shamrocks continued there winning start to the season with an impressive win over cobh. Dominating throughout the game Shamrocks led 5-9 to 1-1 at halftime. With substitutes and numerous positional changes made in the second half they continued to dominate their opponents to run out easy winners


U15 FL V Ballinhassig – 3/7

Ballinhassig 2-9, Shamrocks 2-7

This was a great game of competitive football which went the way of Blalinhassig after a very exciting second half. Ballinhassig were the better team in the first half and aided by the wind that blew with the squally showers, they led 2-4 to 0-3 at HT. Cian Lynch was the Shamrocks scorer and he was the main source of penetration in the Shamrocks attack. Sam Foy also added a point from play. The defence were under a lot of pressure in that half but battled on bravely.

The second half started with two Ballinhassig points to open up a 9 point lead but the brave Shamrocks players brought it back to a single point with 5 minutes to go after Lynch scored 2-2, David Herlihy and Harry O’Leary scored points from play. But Balinhassig steadied the ship, went a further point ahead and held on just about.

Best wishes to Kieran May who suffered a shoulder injury during the first half.

Encouraging signs from this Shamrocks team


U7/U9 Football V Carraig na bhFear – 3/7

The U7s and U9s once again played Carraig na bhFear, this time in football with the 7s travelling on wet Saturday morning. They had 12 togged and each player played 2 games of 20 minutes each. There was plenty of enthusiasm and energy on show all round and they certainly are showing signs of improvement.

Well done to all players, parents and coaches for taking them on this away trip.

U7 2nd team away to Carraig na bhFear on Sat Jul 3rd 2021


The U9 footballers played Carraig na bhFear at home on Saturday afternoon and with 15 togged, they played a couple of games against the visitors to Shanbally. All players played brilliant football on the day and the coaches were very happy with them. They are pictured below


U9 F V Carriag na bnFear, in Shanbally, 3/7/21

U11 FL V Carraig na bhFear – 3/7

Pictured below are the U11 footballers who had a successful trip to Carraig na bhFear on Saturday morning.
They played a couple of tough, competitive games that will stand to them no doubt. They have a break now until July 17th – make sure they keep practising and we’ll see most of them at Club Chiaráin.
Well done to all the players, coaches and parents for travelling and taking part.
U11 V Carraig na bhFear


Club Chiaráin July 5th to 9th –

Click HERE for report

U15 HC V Passage – 10/7

Shamrocks 5-9, Passage 3-13

Shamrocks U15s got their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon against Passage in the hurling championship. This competition is being played in a round robin format this year.

First off, this was a great game of hurling between 2 committed teams and Shamrocks started very well, going 0-3 to 0-0 ahead early on, then 0-5 to 0-1 and finally 0-6 to 0-3 at the water break. The lads were playing good hurling and getting some nice scores. Passage seemed to get on top for the 15 minutes up until HT as their central players came into the game and they scored 2 goals to open up a 2-6 to 2-7 lead at HT. Sam Foy had scored the Shamrocks goal with Cian Lynch (goal from a free) and Josh Bartlett doing the Shamrocks point scoring.

Again, Passage were the stronger team in the 3rd quarter and opened up a 7 point lead at one stage around the mid point of the half. Shamrocks regrouped and made a number of positional switches and they had the desired effect – first a goal from Lynch, then almost straight away a 21 yards free was buried to the net by Bartlett and then Cathal O’Donovan put Shamrocks ahead with 5 minutes to play when he pulled on a lose ball in the Passage square. Shamrocks defended with all their might to record a 2 point win.

The lads were excellent on the day, it really was a great team performance with each and every one of the 17 players makig vital contributions. Well done to them and the satisfying this is that the hard work paid off on the field of play

U15 HC V Passage, 10/7/21

JBHL V Crosshaven and Belgooly – 29/6/21 and 13/7/21

Shamrocks 4-21, Crosshaven 1-7

This was Shamrocks first time having junior B hurling team on the field of play since 2009 and it was great to see such a buzz on the line with a big turnout of players making themselves available for selection. It was a nice mix of young and old throughout the team. Shamrocks ran out comfortable winners on a lovely evening for hurling.

Players togged – Seán Kidney, Cillian Hayes, Darragh Scriven, Tom Murphy, Shane Downey, David Barry, Fergus O’Neill, James Lynam, Josh Hanlon, Jamie O’Driscoll, Mike O’Neill (keeper), Mark Sisk, Johnny Tuohy, Senan Andrews, Jack Wilson, Ruairí Meighan, Adam McSweeney, Brian ‘Todds’ Sweeney


Junior B Hurling V Crosshaven

JBH V Crosshaven, 29/6/21. Back row, l to r: Diarmuid Murphy (PRO), Liam Shanahan (selector), Seán Kidney, Cillian Hayes, Darragh Scriven, Tom Murphy, Shane Downey, David Barry, Fergus O’Neill, James Lynam, Josh Hanlon, Jamie O’Driscoll, Mike O’Neill, Alan Geary (manager), Kevin O’Grady (selector).
Front, l to r: Jim Ronayne (selector), John Twomey (Treasurer), Mark Sisk, Johnny Tuohy, Senan Andrews, Jack Wilson, Ruairí Meighan, Adam McSweeney, Brian ‘Todds’ Sweeney , Pa Andrews (stats)


Belgooly 1-15, Shamrocks 0-15

There was another great turnout verses Belgooly in Shanbally on July 13th. A perfect night for hurling. It was a great game of hurling. Shamrocks were the better team in the first half and played their best hurling in that time, they scored some great points from play and led 0-10 to 1-6 at HT.

All the nine subs got a run out in the second half and naturally this disrupted things a bit as Belgooly took over and finished the stronger, winning by a goal in the end. Its great to see so many hurlers willing to put on the jersey again at adult and bodes well going forward.

Pictured below,  panel v Belgooly, 13/7/21.

Back row, l to r: B. Sweeney, G. Ronayne, R. Meighan, D. Scriven, S. Downey, T. Murphy, J. Lynam, M. O’Neill, F. O’Neill, D. Barry, A. McCarthy, S. Kidney, J. O’Keeffe, S. Purcell.

Front, l to r: M. Sisk A. McSweeney, C. Hayes, J. Wilson, J. Tuohy, D. O’Sullivan, D. Ryan, J. O’Driscoll, S. Andrews, D. Hayes

Team v Belgooly, 13/7/21Back row, l to r: B. Sweeney, G. Ronayne, R. Meighan, D. Scriven, S. Downey, T. Murphy, J. Lynam, M. O'Neill, F. O'Neill, D. Barry, A. McCarthy, S. Kidney, J. O'Keeffe, S. Purcell. Front, l to r: M. Sisk A. McSweeney, C. Hayes, J. Wilson, J. Tuohy, D. O'Sullivan, D. Ryan, J. O'Driscoll, S. Andrews, D. Hayes.

DÓM U18 FC V Ballinhassig – 14/7

Ballinhassig 2-15, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 3-10


A brave second half comeback came up just short for the footballers of Diarmuid Ó Murhcús in the U18 league. They were behind by 2-11 to 0-1 at HT and in a hopeless position but the lads turned in superb second half display to nearly win the game, they can be very proud of their efforts. This was a young team with only 3 players on the age so well done to all.

U13 FL V Youghal – 16/7

Youghal 7-2, Shamrocks 3-4

The long trip to Youghal ended in a 7-2 to 3-4 defeat after a tough hours football against a big physical team,; Shamrocks went behind early after Youghal got a few goals but came back strong and can be proud of their efforts, especially in the second half. 


U7 & U9 Hurling Go Games – 17/7

Under 7

Well done to the under 7 hurlers who played Ballygarvan in glorious sunshine on Saturday morning. 10 players togged and real improvement in both structure and skills could be seen, thanks to the great support out there and to Colm and Lisa and all who helped out; all players got 40 minutes game time on a scorching hot day. They are pictured below

U7 H V Ballygarvan, 17/7/21

U7 H V Ballygarvan, 17/7/21


Under 9

The under 9s were also in action on Saturday – no report received.

U15 FC V Courcey Rovers – 18/7

Courcey Rovers 5-8, Shamrocks 0-3

Courcey Rovers got the better of Shamrocks under the summer sun in Ballinspittle on Sunday afternoon. Shamrocks were down a good few players on the day and fielded a very young team. They started well enough but didnt score as much as they needed with the slight breeze and Courcey Rovers started to dominate around midfield and feed their runners who did damage especially in the second half where they took over completely. The Shamrocks lads battled on bravely to the end and can be proud of their efforts standing up to a strong Courcey Rovers team.

Team: N. Sisk, D. Herlihy, N. Keraney O’Sullivan, J. Kearney O’Sullivan, S. O’Flynn, E. Browne, C. O’Donovan, J. Bartlett, D. Herlihy, L. Jordan, C. Lynch, C. Coleman, E. Twomey, S. Foy, O’ O’Brien, R. Doolin


U15 HC V Ballygarvan – 24/7

A repeat of the league game earlier on in the summer. Well done to the Shamrocks lads on a brave performance against a fine Ballygarvan team; this was played in the swealtering heat of Ballygarvan on Saturday afternoon. It was good to get hurling games into the lads in the middle of summer on top of the ground conditions


U11 F V Tracton – 24/7

Well done to the u11 footballers who played some great football away to Tracton on Saturday afternoon. Thanks to all players, parents, coaches and supporters. Heres a picture below of them before the game


U11 F V Tracton 24.7.21

U15FC V Ballygarvan – 29/7

Shamrocks 1-8, Ballygarvan 3-2

This was a fantastic match played in very wet and rainy conditions in Shanbally. The ground was rock hard after the recent dry spell and with the heavy rain, the ball was like a bar of soap so conditions were tricky. The Shamrocks lads raised their game to play their best game of the season against a Ballygarvan team who have been unbeaten all season.

Ballygarvan started with a goal but Shamrocks responded with Cian Lynch points at the other end and his free went all the way to the Ballygarvan net to give Shamrocks a cushion of a 1-5 to 1-0 lead coming up to HT. However, Ballygarvan gave themselves a boost just on HT with a goal to leave 2 points between the teams.

The second half was a hard slog and Shamrocks worked tirelessly to keep their lead – the backs in particular were playing out of their skin as the Ballygarvan team came strong for scores as time ticked on. It looked like a win for the greens into injury time but Shamrocks conceded a soft goal which was quickly followed by the equaliser for Ballygarvan before Michael Harrington blew up for full time.

Shamrocks can be proud of a mighty effort as they rebounded well to the heavy defeat against Courcey Rovers in the previous round.

Panel pictured below – N. Morris, N. Kearney O’Sullivan, L. Jordan, J. Bartlett, C. Coleman, E. Browne, D. Herlihy, S. Foy, B. O’Mahony, C. O’Donovan, E. Twomey. Front: C. Gregson, D. Herlihy, R. Doolin, H. O”Leary, O. O’BRien, S. O’Flynn, A. Coleman, C. Lynch, J. Kearney O’Sullivan

U15 HC V Ballygarvan, 29/7/21

DOMs U18 FC V Mayfield – 28/7

Mayfield 7-12, DÓMs 1-9

Ó Murchús fell behind early on verses a very strong Mayfield team and just couldnt get back into it, despite never giving up. The lads tried hard all through but were beaten by a better team on the day.


U13 FL V Lisgoold – 30/7

Shamrocks 4-8, Lisgoold 3-10

A close and thrilling game ended up in a one point victory for Shamrocks who made the trip to Lisgoold for the second time in the past 2 months. Thanks to everyone for travelling under these circumstances and to the players for pulling out the win by the narrowest of margins

August 2021

Fr. Con Cronin R.I.P. – 03/08

The Club sends sincere sympathies to the Cronin families, fellow Harbour Parishes colleagues Fr. Sean and Fr. John on the tragic untimely loss of Fr. Con. He was an inspirational gentleman who touched the hearts and minds of all who were lucky to have made his acquaintance. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


U15 HC V Kinsale – 7/8

Kinsale 5-16, Shamrocks 2-7

Shamrocks were well beaten in the last round robin game of the hurling championship. Yet again, Shamrocks were short players and struggle to perform when this is the case.

Kinsale played with the strong breeze and the hill in the first half and put the game to bed before halftime, showing a ruthlessness in front of goal, despite the best efforts of David Herlihy in the Shamrocks goal who was simply outstanding and stopped many a Kinsale goal. Shamrocks tried their hardest but found scores hard to come by at the other end, despite a brilliant Harry O’Leary goal when he pulled on a long delivery and rifled the ball into the roof of the Kinsale net – that was old school hurling!

The second half saw Shamrocks grow a bit more into the game but things just didnt go right for them on the day; they were off the pace and were dispatched by a slick Kinsale, in particular their forwards who were on form.

The message to the players afterwards was that they simply need to do more hurling to be able to compete with the Kinsale’s of this world – and it starts at home.

Panel on duty – N. Morris, R. Doolin, L. Jordan, N. Kearney O’Sullivan, J. Bartlett, B. O’Mahony, S. Foy, C. Coleman. Front, l to r: D. Herlihy, S. O’Flynn, C. Gregson, H. O’Leary, D. Herlihy, S. O’Mahony, C. Lynch

JAHC Shamrocks v Courcey Rovers 7/8/2021

Shamrocks begin 2021 Hurling Championship with an impressive win.

Shamrocks played Courcey Rovers in the South East Cork Junior A Championship last night, Sat. 7th August, in the brilliantly prepared surface of Ballygarvan GAA pitch. Having had a great campaign in 2020, where we lost narrowly in the final to Kinsale, we travelled more in hope than confidence due to the fragmented approach due to the Pandemic. But this panel of players have shown great character in preparing themselves as best they could and we were ready for the battle. And what a battle it was! This was a heart-stopping championship  match with some tough, skilful hurling on display. Shamrocks came flying out of the blocks and after 14 mins we were 6 points to 1 ahead, with john Boylan causing havoc in the full forward line, scoring 3 great points and Andy O’Grady punishing Courceys fouls with accuracy. As with all championship games there are  lulls in intensity, and we were unfortunate to concede a goal before half time which brought Courceys back into the game. Half time score Shamrocks 0-8, Courceys 1-6.

The second half was evenly contested, our fullback line defending superbly, led by stern full back Cathal Kidney. We were continually 1 or 2 points down, but continued to play our hearts out, with huge performances from Senán Collins and Mark Hitchmough, and Barry Mulqueen and Dave Andrews continuing to compete fiercely around Midfield. Some astute substitutions helped Shamrocks to maintain their intensity, and it has to be said ,without the unerring accuracy of Andrew O’ Grady, we wouldn’t  have achieved the draw. Full time score, Shamrocks 0-18, Courceys 2-12. Extra time, with the light fading, was tense, but our lads have proved in the past they have great heart. Coby O’Grady came on for Seán Kidney who played himself to a standstill and the other 4 subs also played their part into the end. Andrew O’Grady, who had his best game in general play for a long time, secured our narrow win with two last difficult frees. Full time score AET: Shamrocks 0-23, Courcey Rovers 2-15.

This was the culmination of a sad few days in our Parish, with the sudden death, due to a tragic accident, of our much-loved and revered Curate Father Con Cronin. Our prayers and thoughts with him in Heaven, as he must have been looking down on us with his usual beaming smile.

And then this Sunday, we delighted in the Gold Medal Boxing win of Kellie Harrington, followed up with Cork’s tremendous extra-time win over Kilkenny in the All Ireland  Hurling semifinal in Croke Park.

Coming up, very quickly, next Saturday evening, is our next round championship hurling game against Ballygarvan in Carrigaline 7.15pm. Bring it on!

Team: R.Twomey, S. Kelleher, C. Kidney, J. Tuohy, S. Collins, M. Hitchmough, S. Kidney, B. Mulqueen, D. Andrews, C. Hayes, N. Hayes, S. Andrews, H. Andrews, A. O’Grady, J. Boylan. Subs: C. O’Grady, D. Barry, S. Downey, F. O’Neill, J. Lynam.

Manager: A. Geary. Coach: D. Nolan.  Asst. Coach, M. Jordan. Selectors: J.Ronayne, K. O’Grady, L. Shanahan. Medical: K. Lynam


U13 FL V Cobh – 12/8

Shamrocks 5-9, Cobh 2-4

Shamrocks U13 footballers got the second half of their season off to a great start this evening in Shanbally with a comprehensive victory over Cobh. With only the bare 15 to choose from due holidays and injuries it didn’t stop the lads playing with great energy from start to finish.
Well done to all on a great performance

U13 FL V Cobh, 12/8/21

U13 FL V Cobh, 12/8/21 (above)


U7 & U9 Hurling Blitz – 21/8

Both the U7s and U9s played in Blitzes on Saturday August 21st at different venues around Cork.

The U7s played in Carrigaline on Saturday afternoon against Passage, Blackrock, Douglas and Carrigaline and played great hurling against strong opposition. All players played 4 matches. Our thanks to the players, parents, coaches on the day Colm, David, Colin and Lisa. Football in Shanbally next Saturday which the club will be hosting, we look forward to that

U7s in Carrigaline Sat Aug 21st

U7s in Carrigaline Sat Aug 21st


The U9s played in Blackrock on Saturday morning and played against the host club, Na Piarsaigh and Crosshaven. They had great fun and played their hearts out as usual. They are pictured below.

U9 Hurling Blitz in Blackrock, Aug 21st

U9 Hurling Blitz in Blackrock, Aug 21st

DÓMs U18 FL V Blarney – 23/8

Blarney 3-15, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 2-10

Hard luck to the Ó Murchús footballers who were beaten in the U18 FL in Camden on Monday night, it was a much improved performance and well done to the players and the mentors. They play Courcey Rovers next Sunday


U13 FL V Fr O’Neills – 27/8

Shamrocks 5-14, Fr O’Neills 1-7

Well done to the lads on a good display to our visitors to Shanbally on Friday evening, they were on top from the start of the game and hand a nice lead built up by HT.


U13 FL V Fr O'Neills, 27/8/21

U9 and U11 F Blitz – 28/8

The U11 and U9 footballers were both in action on Saturday.


The 11s were in Riverstick for a blitz against Sliabh Rua, Courcey Rovers, Tracton and Kinale. The lads played 3 matches and had a great day out. Well done to all the players, coahes and parents for their support as always.

U11 in Riverstick Sat Aug 28th

U11 in Riverstick Sat Aug 28th



The U9s played in Nemo Rangers on Saturday morning and played 3 matches against a combo of Passage, Nemo Rangers, Ballinhassig and Sliabh Rua. Once again, they displayed great skill and application, well done to all and to Darragh and his team of mentors.

U9 in Nemo Sat Aug 28th

U7 Football Blitz – 28/8

Shamrocks hosted Crosshaven, Carrigaline amd Nemo Rangers in an under 7 football blitz on Saturday afternoon.

It was a big task undertaken and a lot of thanks go to all our organisers.

Over 70 boys took part in glorious sunshine and all the Shamrocks lads got great game time. Well done to them and their coaches Colin, David, Lisa and Deirdre. Thanks to Dee and Hannah for parking and kitchen and to our U15s who helped out as well Cian, Sam and Josh. Our blitz coordinator was Pa Andrews. John Twomey (Shanbally) also leant a hand during the week.

The players are showing great improvement week in week out; we look forward to seeing them again in September and at our Academy starting on September 10th.

U7 Blitz Sat Aug 28th

DÓMs U18 FC Shield V Courcey Rovers – 28/8

Ó Murchús 4-10, Courcey Rovers 1-4

Well done to the Ó Murchús U18 footballers who made the trip to Ballinspittle count on Sunday afternon, picking up the D2 Shield Trophy. It was no more than they deserved after so much effort during the season since training began way back. They controlled the game from start to finish and were comfortable winners in the end.

Well done to all and to the coaches for keeping the show on the road

DÓMs v Courcey Rovers, U18 Aug 2021

U13 HL V St Colmcilles – 31/8

Shamrocks 5-10, St Colmcilles 3-12

The u13 hurlers travelled to Carrignavar on Tuesday night to take on St Colmcilles for their first game of the second half of the season. Shamrocks led 4-6 to 0-6 at half time.

Colmcilles (Whitescross and Carraig na bhFear) came back strong at the beginning of the second half scoring 2 quick goals and a couple of points. Shamrocks lead was down to 3 at the water break. A goal for each team in the last 1/4 made for a exciting finish. With some super never say die defensive work at the back. Shamrocks held on for a 4 point win on scoreline of 5-10 to 3-12.
Well done to all on a super win

                                September 2021

U13 HL V Brian Dillons – 3/9

Shamrocks 6-8, Dillons 0-5

A comfortable win for Shamrocks in the end away to Brian Dillons, the tough game against St Colmcilles stood to them and they played some good hurling, well done to all.

U15 H Shield V Tracton – 4/9

Tracton 0-26, Shamrocks 3-9

The U15 hurlers were beaten by Tracton in the Shield semi final on Saturday in Shanbally. They played great hurling up until the 2nd water break and were right in the game; the scoreline at that time was 0-19 to 3-9 with Shamrocks right in with a shout of pulling off the win; In particular their 2nd and 3rd quarter display was full of heart and skill after Tracton had threathened to run away with the game early on.

However, Tracton pressed the fast forward button in the fi nal quarter and fired over 5 points in 6 minutes to stretch out and win the game by 8 points which was harsh on the Shamrocks lads.

It was a very encouraging performance from Shamrocks and the mentors were very proud of them; they have shown improvement throughout the year in hurling.

They are pictured below with their mentors Pa Andrews, Shane O’Donovan and John Herlihy.

U15 H Shield Semi V Tracton, 4/9/21

U7 Blitz V Passage – 4/9

The U7 hurlers played in Passage on Saturday afternoon. They had a good turnout and had 3 teams and each team played 2 games of hurling and 2 games of football – switching codes in one session was a breeze for these fellas!
It was a great morning with lots of smiling faces plus lots of competitive action was had which will bring on the lads a tonne. Thanks to all who helped out on the field and all the support from the parents as well.

Stay tuned as this group of players are far from finished this year!

They are pictured below (with Passage)
Passage and Shamrocks U7s at an internal blitz on 4/9/21

U11 F Blitz V Passage – 4/9

Well done to the U11 footballers who travalled into Passage on Saturday morning for a 9am start, Shamrocks played 2 teams and they matched up evenly against Passage to produce a couple of competitive games. Thanks to all for being there for the early start and well done to the players, coaches and parents.
U11 F V Passage, Sept 4th


DOMs U17 FL V Ballinhassig – 8/9

Ballinhassig 2-19, Ó Murchús 2-12

Ó Murchús U17 footballers played Grenagh on Wednesday night and despite a great display, they were beaten by 2-19 to 2-12. They played right until the very end despite the fact that they had only 13 players on the field with 15 minutes to go. The coaches were very proud of them and it shows what character they have as young men. Thanks to the young players for a brave performance


U9 Hurling Blitz – 11/9

Shamrocks U9 hurlers hosted a blitz on Saturday afternoon, featuring themselves, Crosshaven, Blackrock and Na Piarsaigh.

They played some brilliant hurling in the blitz. They played five matches against their different opponents. Well done to the players.

U8 Hurling Blitz in Shanbally, 11/9/21

U15 FC Shield Semi V Tracton – 12/9

Tracton 4-9, Shamrocks 3-8

Shamrocks lost to Tracton in the Shield Semi Final in Minane Bridge on Sunday evening. This was the 4th loss to this Tracton team this year and this was a tough one to take. Shamrocks were in command at 10 points up with HT one minute away but in the next 7 minutes either side of the break, Tracton scored 3-1 to wipe out the commanding lead. Up to that point, Shamrocks were the better team with some superb football and scores from the likes of Cian Lynch, Sam Jordan, Donal Herlihy and Sam Jordan.

They led 2-7 to 0-3 approaching the halftime break but then gave away that 3-1 in quick time. The momentum was with Tracton after this, they went 7 points up at the 2nd water break and held on, despite a heroic Shamrocks effort in the final 10 minutes that only yielded 1-1 with the goal coming from the penalty spot from captain Josh Bartlett.

Team: N. Morris, C. O’Neill, N. Kearney O’Sullivan, C. Gregson, E. Clarke, E. Browne, C. O’Donovan, J. Bartlett, D. Herlihy, S. Jordan, C. Lynch, D. Herlihy, S. O’Flynn, C. Coleman, S. Foy, Subs used – S. O’Mahony, L. Dorney, J. Kearney O’Sullivan, O. O’Brien, A. Coleman

U15 F Shield Semi V Tracton, 12/9/21. Team:N. Morris, C. O'Neill, N. Kearney O'Sullivan, C. Gregson, E. Clarke, E. Browne, C. O'Donovan, J. Bartlett, D. Herlihy, S. Jordan, C. Lynch, D. Herlihy, S. O'Flynn, C. Coleman, S. Foy, Subs used - S. O'Mahony, L. Dorney, J. Kearney O'Sullivan, O. O'Brien, A. Coleman 

U11 FL V Ballinhassig – 16/9

The U11s played away to Ballinhassig on Thursday evening. There were great performances from all the players. They will be skipping training at the Academy this week as they play in a blitz on Saturday in Tracton. Well done to them, their coaches and parents on Thursday
U11 V Ballinhassig on 16/9

U13 HL V Mayfield – 17/9

Shamrocks 5-10, Mayfield 1-4

The Shamrocks lads made sure of qualification for the league playoffs by beating Mayfield on Friday evening in Shanbally. They led by 2-7 to 0-2 at HT and played some good hurling throughout. Well done to the management team of Andrew and Brendan on the night who, along with Dools, are putting in a big effort with the lads which will see them playing well into October.

U13s home to Mayfield, 17/9/21

U11 Football Blitz – 18/9

Our U11s finished off their week on a high with another great footballing performance out in Tracton where they took on Douglas in a blitz. It was excellent to see the players benefit from their continued efforts at training all year. Well done to all involved. They are pictured below the games
U11 F V Douglas 18.9.21

U9 Football Blitz – 18/9

Well done to our U9 footballers who played a blitz in Passage on Saturday morning; putting in great performances against Nemo Rangers, Ballinhassig and Passage. A great morning was had by all. Thanks to the coaches led by Darragh and to the parents for their support and encouragement. They are pictured below
U9 Football Blitz in Passage, 18/9/21

U9 Hurling V Whitescross – 24/9

Well done to the U9s who played Whitescross on Firday night at home, they played great hurling in the first half; they got a little tired in the second but games will bring them on. Na Seamróga abú

U9 HL V Whitescross, 24/9/21

U9 HL V Whitescross, 24/9/21


U7 H + F V Passage – 25/9

The U7s were in action on Saturday morning in Shanbally against neighbours Passage West GAA. They all played 2 hurling and 2 football games and plenty of competitive action was seen in front of a nice crowd. Well done to all the players ☘️☘️☘️☘️

U7 V Passage, 25/9/21


Martin Scaffolding to Sponsor Boys Academy for next 3 Years – Sept

The Club are delighted to announce that Martin Scaffolding have taken over as sponsor of our Underage Boys Academy for the next 3 years. This is the first time that The Academy has been sponsored.

Martin Scaffolding Sponsorship Launch Sept 2021

Brian Martin, Managing Director of Martin Scaffolding Ltd, sponsoring Shamrocks GAA Under-Age Academy, with Pat Andrews: Coaching Officer; Colin Brady: Under 6’s Coach & Hannah May: Administrator, Under-Age Academy, Shamrocks GAA, Shanbally, 10th September 2021. Photo Siobhán Russell.

This is a most welcome development as it means that all our team coaches will be uniformly kitted out in similar playing gear for the very first time.

Over the past few years, Brian Martin, Managing Director of Martin Scaffolding and his company have provided sponsorship for other Shamrocks projects including Club Chiaráin and this has now been extended to cover all Academy Activities until the summer of 2024.

Martin Scaffoldings support for the Academy coaching and development programme, including the supply of playing gear and equipment demonstrates the company’s commitment to the youth of today and to the future of the Shamrocks Club.

The Academy takes place every Friday evening both at the pitch in Shanbally and in the NMCI College in Ringaskiddy during the Autumn, Winter and Spring months. We cater for boys aged 4 to 11 years of age.

Academy Coaches Presentation of Gear, 8/10/21

The Juvenile Committee in the club strive to ensure that each boy and girl reach their full playing potential through fun, games and enjoyment. This is down to our hard working Juvenile Committee and Coaches who ensure that our players receive high quality coaching and games in a safe, fun environment.

Each boy and girl learns to participate in a team sport from an early age and they automatically learn life skills such as self-development, fitness and well-being.

Hundreds of children have represented the club with pride down through the years and we continue to develop our players to be our future stars in Gaelic Games. This is further enhanced by the generous sponsorship of Martin Scaffolding.


                                 October 2021 

U13 HL Final V St Colmcilles – 10/10

St Colmcilles 7-9, Shamrocks 3-9

Better team won, the St Colmcilles full forward did all the damage. No further report available. The Shamrocks lads had a great year of hurling and we thank them, their parents and their coaches for their support.


JBHC V Crosshaven – 10/10

Shamrocks 1-16, Crosshaven 0-7

Shamrocks Junior B hurlers had a good win over Crosshaven on Sunday at Shanbally. This was the first time enterung a junior B hurling team in championship in a good few years and it was nice to get the win; the team as you might expect featured both the young and the old. The 18 players togged out played some nice hurling at times and just had that little bit too much for Crosshaven.

Shamroks led 0-9 to 0-4 at HT and a superb goal from Adam McSweeney 10 minutes into the second half sealed the win. Dylan O’Flaherty, Gary Ronayne, James Lynam and Todds added on points as well. Well done to the players and management. Shamrocks play Ballymartle next.

Panel – S. Keane, S. Andrews, C. O’Grady, B Scanlon, R. Meighan, F. O’Neill, M. Sisk, D. J. Lynam, S. Downey, G. Ronayne, D. O’Flaherty, J. Browne, B. Sweeney, A. McSweeney, J. O’Driscoll, S. Hurley, J. Hanlon

Junior B Hurling Championship, 10/10/21. Back row, l to r: D. Murphy (Covid Officer), A. Geary (manager), M. Sisk, S. Downey, F. O'Neill, D. O'Flaherty, J. Lynam, S. Keane, R. Meighan, S. Hurley, J. O'Driscoll, J. TRonayne (selector), L. Shananhan (selector). Front, l to r: A. McSweeney, J. Hanlon, G. Ronayne, J. Browne, S. Andrews, B. Scanlon, B. Sweeney, D. Ryan, C. O'Grady

U7 F Blitz in Páirc Ui Chaoimh – 16/10

The U7 footballers played on the astro in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday and it was another successful day.

Our 3 teams played Blarney, St Finbarrs, Whitescross and Sam Maguires (Dunmanway and Randal Óg). There was plenty of excitement and smiles all afternoon with each player contributing to a great day’s play.

Well done to them all, to their parents and to the mentors Colm, David, Lisa and John for their help in what is normally the end of year blitz. Below is just a selection of photos from the games.U7s on Sat Oct 16th 2021 in Páirc Ui Chaoimh

U7s on Sat Oct 16th 2021 in Páirc Ui Chaoimh

U7s after playing Sam Maguires on Sat Oct 16th 2021 in Páirc Ui Chaoimh

U7s after playing Sam Maguires on Sat Oct 16th 2021 in Páirc Ui Chaoimh

U7s in action verses Sam Maguires on Sat Oct 16th 2021 in Páirc Ui Chaoimh

U7s in action verses Sam Maguires on Sat Oct 16th 2021 in Páirc Ui Chaoimh


U13 FL Final V Lisgoold – 16/10

Shamrocks 6-8, Lisgoold 2-5

The U13s won the D3 FL on Saturday afternoon with a victory over Lisgoold in Lisgoold….no match report submitted

Click HERE for more photos of the final celebrations


The victorious U13 Football team after beating Lisgoold in the FL Final on Sat Oct 16th 2021

The victorious U13 Football team after beating Lisgoold in the FL Final on Sat Oct 16th 2021

Selection of players with the cup

Selection of players with the cup

The winners

The winners

Management team of Brendan Barrett, Andrew O'Neill and Dools

Management team of Brendan Barrett, Andrew O’Neill and Dools

Sponsored Walk, October 25th – Thanks

Thanks to all who took part in and supported in any way or Annual Sponsored Walk which took place  on Bank Monday October 25th at 12pm from Shanbally to Ringaskiddy. This is a major fundraiser for the underage boys and Shamrocks ladies gaelic football club and is a chance for us to bring in a few euro after the shutdown during the pandemic.
Sponsorship Card 2021

                                 November & December 2021

U6 & U5 Blitz – 17/10

Well done to all the under 6s (and some under 5s) who took part intheir first ever competitive games on Sunday morning.

The lads were brilliant- hopefully they all enjoyed their first outing!! They played hurling against host club Crosshaven and Carrigaline in Camden in lovely sunshine.

Thanks to the parents for their support – remember to keep encouraging the players to keep practicing and to tell their friends about our Academy ☘

Thanks also to lead coach Colin who did all the organising on our side.

Shamrocks U6s and U5s in Crosshaven on Sat Oct 17th for a hurling blitz

Underage AGM -16/11

The underage AGM for 2022 took place on Tuesday November 16th before a small crowd. The outgoing Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer presented their detailed reports of all activities this year. The officers for 2022 were elected with one significiant change – Colm Cosgrove is our new Vice Chairperson and we wish Colm well in his role.

A lot of people were thanked for their efforts and some good debate took place on a few outstanding matters. While most team mentors are sorted for 2022, they will be finalised over the next few weeks by the new committee.

The 2022 committee can be viewed HERE

Coach Education – 17/11

Colm Crowley GDA for our region finished the Foundation Course for our remaining Academy Coaches on Wednesday 17th.

We are now at a point that all our coaches in our Academy section is now fully coached up to at least Foundation Award Level and this is a major step forward for our club.


Coaching Course 17/11/21


The Shamrock GAA Club has lodged an official complaint with Irish Water and the EPA regarding foul and obnoxious smells of raw sewerage prevalent on our pitches and lands at various times since last Summer.

The Sewerage Treatment Plant is located due south-west of our Club and the prevailing winds transfer these smells which seem to be leaking undetected.

Apparently local residents have also lodged complaints.



Phone:  0818 778778

U13 Medal Presentation – 20/11

The successful U13 footballers were presented with their medals on Saturday morning last at the pitch (Nov 20th). All members of the panel, their excellent mentors and supporters and parents/grandparents were also in attendance. With the boys Academy going on in the background, it was great to see the next generation up at the pitch so late into November, both playing and getting recognition for their hard work throughout the year. Well done to all on a great year

U13, 2021. Back row, l to r: Brendan Barrett (mentor), Adrian Doolin (mentor), L. Jordan, J. O'Driscoll, C. O'Neill, C. Fitzgerald, L. Dorney, H. O'Leary, J. O'Sullivan Kearney, L. Walsh, J. Hanna, A. O'Neill (mentor). Front, l to r: O.O'Brien, J. Keane, D. Herlihy, R. Barrett, S. O'Mahony, A. Coleman, R. Doolin, S. Óg Lynch, S. O'Flynn, L. Donegana, J. White

U13, 2021. Back row, l to r: Brendan Barrett (mentor), Adrian Doolin (mentor), L. Jordan, J. O’Driscoll, C. O’Neill, C. Fitzgerald, L. Dorney, H. O’Leary, J. O’Sullivan Kearney, L. Walsh, J. Hanna, A. O’Neill (mentor).
Front, l to r: O.O’Brien, J. Keane, D. Herlihy, R. Barrett, S. O’Mahony, A. Coleman, R. Doolin, S. Óg Lynch, S. O’Flynn, L. Donegana, J. White

U13, 2021. Back row, l to r: Brendan Barrett (mentor), Adrian Doolin (mentor), L. Jordan, J. O'Driscoll, C. O'Neill, C. Fitzgerald, L. Dorney, H. O'Leary, J. O'Sullivan Kearney, L. Walsh, J. Hanna, A. O'Neill (mentor). Front, l to r: O.O'Brien, J. Keane, D. Herlihy, R. Barrett, S. O'Mahony, A. Coleman, R. Doolin, S. Óg Lynch, S. O'Flynn, L. Donegana, J. White

U13, 2021. Back row, l to r: Brendan Barrett (mentor), Adrian Doolin (mentor), L. Jordan, J. O’Driscoll, C. O’Neill, C. Fitzgerald, L. Dorney, H. O’Leary, J. O’Sullivan Kearney, L. Walsh, J. Hanna, A. O’Neill (mentor).
Front, l to r: O.O’Brien, J. Keane, D. Herlihy, R. Barrett, S. O’Mahony, A. Coleman, R. Doolin, S. Óg Lynch, S. O’Flynn, L. Donegana, J. White

Mothers and Grandmothers of the successful U13s at the official medal presentation

Mothers and Grandmothers of the successful U13s at the official medal presentation


Lotto winner Julie Delaney – November 2021

John Twomey (seller) presenting Julie Delaney with her Lotto winning prize.

Julie Delaney Lotto winner

Pat Howard Vice-President 90th Birthday – 3/12

The Club’s Senior Lady Vice-President Pat Howard celebrates her 90th birthday and we send her our hearty congratulations and best wishes on reaching this notable milestone.

Pat (Nee Livesey) is a member of a very old Shamrock family.   Her father won an Intermediate Co. Medal in 1915 and played Junior Hurling with Cork in 1916.  Her brother Donie played Junior Hurling with Cork in 1960 and her brother Tom was President of our Club.

We all know her as the very active Sacristan in Shanbally Church and she is ever present for Sunday Masses and other Church Services.  She never stops and her faith and self belief is surely an example for us all.

Keep going Pat as year 91 beckons

Academy for 2021 finishes up

Saturday morning December 4th was the final Academy for 2021
A big thank you to all who helped in any way with our boys Academy (sponsored by Martin Scaffolding). A big effort was made by our young players, coaches, admin staff and parents, especially in the last few weeks after the indoor plans fell through and we had to brave cold and wet underfoot conditions from the start of November onwards. 
Afterwards on Saturday morning, all the players received a Selection Box as a big thank you!
The Academy will now take a break for a couple of weeks to allow everyone to recharge and get the appetite back by January/February. We hope to see everyone back then along with new members!
In the meantime, the Academy management wish everyone a great Christmas and remember to stay safe! Nollaig Shona daoibh uilig
Na Seamróga abú

The Murphy and O'Neill clan at the Last Academy 2021

The Murphy and O’Neill clan at the Last Academy 2021



December 6th marked the 100 anniversary of the signing of the Treaty in London.  It was a very difficult year in the country with the prevailing war of independence and the horrid English administration perpetuated by the Black & Tans along with the Aulillilaries.  Meetings, games and public gatherings  were no longer safe places to be. People were being shot at random and GAA members, many of whom played key roles in the war of independence, were prime targets.  The President of the Cork County Board Mr. J. J. Walsh was arrested early in the year.

Restrictive measures were introduced to curtail the movement of people.  There was a curfew between 10pm at night and 5am, Cycling was prohibited, People who refused to halt on being called on by English forces could be shot, The Railway line from Cork to Raffeen and onwards to Carrigaline and Crosshaven was closed.  The Country was almost in a siege situation.

There were numerous raids on the above said railway by volunteers capturing arms, ammunitions and supplies destined for Fort Camden in Crosshaven. In the month of June an attempt was made to sink a destroyer in the Naval Dockyard in Haulbowline.

The bomb which exploded in the engine room failed to sink the vessel.  The fall out saw the yard being closed and all employees sacked for a while.   Many of them were local people.  These attacks prompted questions from MPs in the House of Commons.

No GAA meetings were held (not unlike the Covid 19 dilemma). They had no phones, but they were great letter writers and did not lose touch with one another. The Chairman of the Cork County Board was a former Ringaskiddy NS Teacher Sean McCarthy.   The men who represented Shamrocks on the County Board were  D.J. Lynch NT Club Secretary and Bernie Flynn NT (Father of Fr. Silvester our current Club Senior Vice-President).  Shamrocks were hurling in the Senior Ranks and their footballers were in the Intermediate grade, captained by Abie Brennan ( father of our esteemed Club President Michael Brennan).

In 2021 the Club is still going and with so many young talented hurlers and footballers the future must surely be bright