27 Mar 2017
It was with sadness that we learned last week of the passing of Club Patron, Greta Quinn in her 98th year. Greta had a long association with the club since its foundation in 1972 along with her late husband Dominic who was one of the founding members and Joint-Treasurer on the first committee. Greta was for many years a critical member of the backroom team looking after the various team kits and always had them in pristine condition for match day, a tradition that her family continue to this day. Greta and Dominic have left a significant legacy with their sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren heavily involved in the club at all levels, executive, administration, coaching and playing. We will always remember the part that Greta played in our club's development and she typified all that was best in the GAA carrying out her role in a quiet unassuming way without looking for reward or recognition. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Quinn family and extended family who have given, and continue to give so much to Shamrock Gaels. There was a minutes silence observed at all the Gaels games at the weekend in her memory. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.
The monthly club meeting will be held this Thursday 30th March at 9PM - please note the change of night.
The Club's annual dinner dance takes place on Easter Sunday 16th April in Castle Dargan Hotel. Tickets available shortly from committee members.
The Senior team lost narrowly to Coolaney/Mullinabreena in the Kieran Cup last Saturday on a scoreline of 0-16 to 2-11. The scorers were: David Quinn (0-9), Ciaran O'Connor (0-1), Daire Kearns (0-1), Darragh Hailstones (0-2), Keith Candon (0-1), Andy Flynn (0-1), Luke Flynn (0-1).
The Junior Team are away next Sunday to Eastern Harps in the Abbott Cup at 2PM.
The Minor boys start their campaign tomorrow Monday away to St Maloise Gaels at 6.30PM.
The U14 team had a 2-13 to 2-1 over Enniscrone/Kilglass in the first round of the league.
The Senior Ladies had a good 1-14 to 1-5 win over Coolera/Strandhill in the warm up league. The scorers were: Erin Mullaney (0-2), Roisin Kearns (0-2), Simone Kelly (1-2), Fiona Baker (0-1), Rachel Boyd (0-3), Stacey Muldowney (0-2), Aoife Brennan (0-2). We send best wishes to Rachel Boyd and hope for a speedy recovery from an injury sustained during the game.
The Shamrock Gaels GAA club was formed on 16th March 1972, when members of the Sooey and Knockalassa clubs came together at a meeting in Riverstown Hall.
Both clubs had a long and proud tradition within the GAA in County Sligo, a tradition that stretched back to the very foundation of the Association. Over these years, Sooey contested six senior county finals, winning the Senior Championship in 1949 and 1959. Knockalassa played in five finals, winning the title in 1915 and 1933.
The seeds of the eventual amalgamation were sown when a Sooey / Knockalassa combination, called St. Joseph's, contested the 1966 Under 16 and Minor county finals. The U16 team lost to Múire Naófa, but the Minors won the county championship, beating Drumcliffe in the final. The two clubs joined forces again in 1969 to contest the Senior Championship, but lost in the first round against Gurteen / Bunninadden.