St. Francis College reach Corn Uí Mhuirí Final
31st January 2023
On Saturday 28th January, St Francis College, Rochestown, won the Cork derby and booked their place in the final of the Corn Uí Mhuire, which is the top grade of schools/colleges football in Munster, setting up what will be a heavily contested final against St. Brendan’s of Killarney. Shamrocks are incredibly proud to be represented by Derry Howard who has been pivotal in the Cork side’s journey to the final to date. Derry operates in the half forward line and has been a key scorer for Roco.
Derry’s talent comes as no surprise as he hails from a strong footballing pedigree and is a great gran nephew of The Three Century Shamrock man, Jim Russell. John Twomey Snr, has a compelling piece on Jim here
Everyone at Shamrocks GAA would like to extend our best wishes to Derry and his St. Francis College team mates in their quest for Munster glory.
They will face St. Brendan’s, Killarney, on Saturday 11th February with throw in at 1:30. Venue TBC.
D Howard (Shamrocks), O McAdoo (St Michael’s); S Coakley (Douglas), B Fraher (Nemo Rangers), E O’Connor (Ballygarvan).: M O’Carroll (St Michael’s); F Leahy (St Michael’s), D Buckley (Douglas), T O’Brien (Nemo Rangers); C O’Neill (Nemo Rangers), L Dwane Fogarty (Douglas), D O’Callaghan (Douglas); K Lyons (Ballygarvan), M O’Rourke (Cobh); R Hanley (Douglas),
30th January 2023
Next weeks jackpot €2600 and the draw will take place on Tuesday evening in Murphs Bar, Monkstown.
Reminder that our boys Academy continues every Friday evening for the winter months in the NMCI Ringaskiddy. Details HERE
JERH. COVENEY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE SHAMROCK HURLING & FOOTBALL CLUB
15th January 2023
At the recent AGM the members present unanimously elected Jerh Coveney to be the
Club’s next President, an honour richly due and deserved. He has done his Club great
service over a lifetime.
With the death of Michael Brennan last year the vacancy was created and it was pleasing to have
such a wonderful candidate such as Jerh to come on board and accept this old and honourable
position in the Club.
Jerh. was a very keen and competitive hurler and earned himself the reputation as a prolific
goalscoring forward whether he was playing locally or in The Cork Athletic Grounds. In 1960 he was
coaxed into training the Under 14 Hurling Team. He had a wonderful and unique talent of being able
to get the best out of players. His team reached the final for the first time ever and lost to St.
Patrick’s of Upton. In 1962 he made the historic breakthrough and captured our first ever South-
East trophy. He went on to make it an historic five in a row, winning County Titles in 1963 and 1964.
More successes followed over the years at Under 16 and Minor grades. Some of his proteges went
on the win Munster and All Ireland Colleges titles along with All Ireland Medals in the Cork jersey.
In 1949 the South-East Board inaugurated the Under 16 Hurling Championship. Shamrocks were
the first winners and Jerh was a team member. He is now the only surviving member of that team.
Last year his old friends Michael Brennan and Donal Brady went to their rewards. In 1959 he won a
Junior medal, having endured some disappointing final results in previous years. He has been
recognised and honoured by the Club on different anniversaries over the years. His name and fame
is indelible in the Clubs proud history.
This ledgendary octogenarian will surely provide us all with new motivation and zeal with a return to
winning ways and renewing the glories of yesteryears.
Seán Ó Tuama
Robert Andrews RIP.
MARTIN PROUT – A MAN OF MANY GOOD DEEDS
15th January 2023
The Village of Ringaskiddy and surrounding areas were trust into shock and deep sorrow when the news of Martin Prout’s untimely passing was announced. His loss is uncalculable.
A MAN OF MANY GOOD DEEDS
There was standing room only in the Church when Fr. Sean O’Sullivan presided at the Requiem Mass
for Martin. In his homily he alluded to the wonderful kindness and generosity that was the trade
mark of this decent Christian gentleman. So much of his life was in giving and doing good for others
with unfailing regularity. If you wanted help or something done, then Martin was the one to call. He
did not have the word “no” in his vocabulary. He treasured his family and grandchildren who all
relished their next visit to Grandad. He surely enriched the lives of so many people.
Martin was a long serving active member of the Club where he held many posts. He made huge
contributions at under age level and was associated with many successful teams. He was for many
years Vice-Chairman of the Club and played a significant role when the Club celebrated its centenary
year in 1998. The workload was enormous but Martin was always equal to any challenge. He saw
his own sons Peter and Michael come through the ranks to play at all levels including Carrigdhoun
and Cork. His wonderful daughter Deirdre was a very keen camogie and Ladies Footballer. Martin
was always very proud of them. He got his reward in giving and always endeavouring to make
things better for someone else. As his remains were carried from the Church draped in the
Shamrock colours, a guard of honour draw from young and old members stood in silence and in grief
bidding their final farewell. He was surely journeying to join his late beloved Helen in a better place.
Countless tributes poured in from many quarters as so many people and organisations tendered
their sympathies in this time of great sorrow. Former work colleagues, The National Schools of
Monkstown and Shanbally, the Local Community, the GAA and the Parish Council along with so
many others were lamenting his great loss. We were all privileged to know and befriend this noble
and man of good deeds.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Peter, Deirdre, Michael, his Grandchildren, brothers, sisters
and many other relatives and friends. May his reward be great.
Seán Ó Tuama