Archives 2024

January & February 2024

Academy and Schools Coach Return on Friday February 9th and Friday February 2nd

The indoor Academy returns on Friday January 9th and continues every Friday in the NCMI Ringaskiddy at the usual times, 6pm to 8.30pm. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone back as we head into 2024. We had originally planned to return on February 2nd nut circumstances have dictated a slight change of plan.

On Friday, we welcomed back our Schools Coach Anthony Shannon as he took the boys and girls from both Ringaskiddy Lower Harbour National School and Shanbally NS, also in the NMCI. Anthony will work with the schools every three Fridays out of four each month.

Anthony Shannon, our schools coach, pictured in Shanbally

DOMs U21 BFC V Valley Rovers (B) – 5/2

Valley Rovers (B) 7-14, Diarmuid Ó Murchús 3-7

Hard luck to the Diarmuid Ó Murchús U21 B footballers who were beaten by Valley Rovers (B) on Monday morning in Camden in the championship, losing out eventually on a scoreline of Valley Rovers 7-14 , Diarmuid Ó Murchús 3-7

Underage AGM – 8/2

The Underage AGM took place on Thursday February 8th  in the Grace McCarthy Rooms, Clubhouse in Shanbally.

This was the biggest attendance in years and a wide range of topics were discussed. Outgoing officers Lisa, Pa and Peter presented their Chairpersons, Secretaries and Treasurer reports respectively.

A full discussion on all aspects of the club took place with at all times the contributions being well met. The vibe from the meeting was wholly positive and everyone cannot wait to get started. All teams managements are set and we’re ready to go.

Thanks to all who contributed in 2023 and well done to the new incoming officers for 2024, who are listed below. Best of luck to them all. Games and fixtures will be out soon.

Start of Academy – 9/2

The boys #FUN ACADEMY made a return on Friday night with football. We will continue every Friday night indoors up until March 22nd.
A great turnout. Thanks to all the parents for negotiating the new registration system on Foirean which is now the way to go for all GAA registrations. Thanks to Dee for her huge efforts in helping set this up.

Thanks to our dedicated coaches, to some of our new U6s with John, to Dee and Hannah and to the parents for the usual support.

E also had a visit from our local GDC Mick Daly who is the full time coach in the region for clubs and schools. Great to see Mick take time out (and visit hhis old haunt the NMCI 🙂

Hurling next week.


View from above of hour 1

New Portable Floodlights – Feb 2024

Shamrocks recently purchased a new set of floodlights for ALL teams in the club – adult, juvenile and Ladies Shamrocks Ladies Gaelic Football Club

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Jimmy, Denis and John (local businesses), we were in a position to get these set up for the dark winter/early spring months to enable our teams to prepare for the season ahead.

They consist of 8 portable Rite Light floodlights which are battery powered.

The first session using the new lights was a football session with the U16s on Wednesday night (pictured below) and everyone seemed to enjoy the session with no complaines regarding the level of visibility.

We hope that our players get the maximum out of them going forward. Na Seamróga abú

U16 Training under new Tripod Lights Feb 2024

U16 Training under new Tripod Lights Feb 2024

U16s at first training under the new lights

                                   March 2024


U16 HL V Nemo Rangers – 3/3

Nemo Rangers 1-11, Shamrocks 0-8

The 16s hurlers got their season off to a start on Sunday in Trabeg and despite a great second half, the HT defecit was too much to overcome. Shamrocks were lethargic in the first half and were behind at HT, 1-9 to 0-2.

A chat at HT brought a much better second half display for this young team but time ran out in the end.


Winning Lotto Presentation – 26/2

Pictured below is the recent Winner (from 26/2/24) of the Shamrocks Lotto, Mr Kieran Crowley  being presented with his winning cheque from Donna O’Grady (of the FBI in Ringaskiddy where the ticket was bought) and John Twomey (Club Chairperson). Enjoy your winnings Mannix!


Shamrocks Coaching Workshop – 6/3

We had a big turnout at our in house Coaching Workshop on Wednesday night in Ringaskiddy Community Centre.
Our own Jason Browne and Mick Daly GDC delivered a very helpful session built around best practice for warmups, training and matches.

This was our first ever workshop in house and we hope to do more into the future.

Our thanks to a selection of our u14s who stood in and helped Jason and Mick with the session. It ultimately will be of benefit to our players via our coaches.

Some photos below

Warm Up WkShop Mar 6th 2024

Jason delivering the course

Workshop on Warmups


JAFL V Ballymartle – 14/3

Shamrocks 0-12, Ballymartle 0-10

Comhghairdeas leis an bhfoireann soisear A a bhuaigh a gcéad chluiche a d’imríodar i mbliana, an babhta seo sa sraith peile faoi shoilse in Áth an Mhaide oiche Déardaoin.

Bhí na foirne ar chomhtharrac ag leath am, 0-6 an taobh. Chuaigh na Seamróga cúilín amháin chun tosaigh héis 45 neomat agus chríochnaíodar láidir agus bhí an bua tuillte acu ag an deireadh le dhá chúilín.

D’imir Kieran May, Derry Howard agus an fear nua Cormac Collins thar barr ar an oiche.

Tús maith don bhliain.

Underage Table Quiz – March 22nd

Thanks to all who took part in our FUN Table Quiz on Friday night at the Shamrock Bar. The underage ran the event to help raise funds for the NAtional Schools Training Programme 2023/2024, the cost of which runs into 4 figures.

Fear a’ Tí for the eveing Brendan Barratt had everyone on their toes with the questions and there wwas a wide range of coirect and “incorrect” answers, lots of them from the bar!.

Thanks to the Shamrocks Bar and their staff for hosting, to Lisa who did a whole pile of work in the lead up to the night, to Dee and her daughter Hannah who came straight from the Academy to correct the answers, to our participants on the night and to our many sponsors and indeed members who donated spot prizes for the successful raffle.

A great night was had bay all and a dent was made into the schools coaching fee.

We are actively looking for sponsors to help us alleviate the cost of same in the schools year 2024/2025. Shamrocka as a club are putting the children of the parish who engage in Gaelic Games first and any help would be appreciated and welcome.

Busy Shamrocks Bar on Fri Mar 22nd

Table Quiz Mar 2024

Get your thinking caps on Andrew

JAHL V Belgooly – 24/3

Belgooly 2-17, Shamrocks 1-13

Shamrocks lost their first hurling league game of the season on Sunday. The pitch in Shanbally passed a pitch inspection but the conditions were heavy and damp all through. Belgooly led 2-10 to 0-8 at HT and held on in the second half.

Shamrocks were short a few. They gave away 2 soft goals in the first half but the managemnet were pleased with the workrate and the attitude especially in the second half. Andrew O’Grady, Seán Andrews, Nathan Hayes and Seanán Collins were best for Shamrocks on the day.

U14 FL V Kilmacabea – 30/3

Shamrocks 5-5, Kilmacabea 0-2

Shamrocks made the long trip to Leap to play Kilmacabea on Saturday afternoon. They came away with the convincing win.

Originally a home game, with the Shanbally pitch closed, Shamrocks had to travel.

With a very young team indeed with most of the players at U12, they produced a great display to win convincingly by 5-4 to 0-2.

Well done to all on travelling all the way to West Cork and starting off the season on a winning note. Thanks to the coaches Darragh, Hugh and Derek who took the team, also to the parents who drove the team, including Lisa who sent on a few photos

Aaron Sisk about to pick up V Kilmacabea Mar 30th in Leap

April 2024