Shamrock Gaels GAA Club Sligo
Ballyrush -  Gleann - Riverstown - Sooey

Weekly News 4th December 2023

The Bord Ná Nóg AGM takes place this Thursday 7th at 8.30PM in the Clubhouse. We would appeal to parents of underage players to attend as we reflect on the year gone by and put plans in place for the year ahead.

At a well attended AGM on Sunday, Chairperson Lauri Quinn stepped down after ten years at the helm and Andy Kearns has been elected to the position for the coming year. In accepting the position, Andy acknowledged Lauri's record as a progressive chairperson who has seen the club go from strength to strength and he thanked him for the tremendous selfless work he has done in developing the club which he is leaving in a healthy position for the future. The full list of officers appointed for 2024 are: President: Seamus Cawley, Chairperson: Andy Kearns. Vice Chairperson: Glen McDermott, Secretary: Paul Brennan, Ast Secretary: Niall Kearns. Treasurer: Mary Quinn, Ast Treasurer: Nadine Barrett, PRO: Cormac Kearns, Ast PRO's: Róisín Kearns, Sheona Leydon, Registrar: Mary Quinn, Development officer: Michael Brennan, Irish Language & Cultural Officer: Catherine McMorrow, Healthy Club Officer: Marina Swann, Insurance Officer: David Quinn, Coaching Officer: Paul Higgins, Childrens Officer: Martha Byrne, Designated Liaison Officer: Martin McMahon, County Board Delegate: Eugene Carroll, Riverstown Park: John Quinn, Michael Tuohy, Martin Baker.  Additional Executive members: Emma Orr, Thomas Galvin, Michael Tonry, Gearoid O'Connor, Eddie Cogans, Andrew Hannon, Majella Muldowney, Ursula Lyons, Shane Quigley and the Chair and Secretary of Bord Ná Nóg post their AGM on Thursday. 

The winners of the November members draw were, Emma Orr €125, Naomh Quinn €65, Siobhan Brennan €40, Andy Kearns €25, Donie McDermott €25. We also held the additional Christmas draw and the winners were Carmel Tuohy €60, Patricia Cawley €40 and Leo Kearns €20.

Well done to Evan Lyons who won the Ryan Cup League title with NUIG last week for the first time since 1979.

The winner of last weeks 50/50 draw was Ann Marie Burns who won €654. We have now given out over €20K in prizes since we started the 50/50 draw this year. Thanks to all who continue to support the draw which provides vital funds to keep the club afloat. At this weeks AGM, Treasurer, Mary Quinn outlined the cost of running the senior club for the year was €75K and this draw along with the members draw account for the majority of our income. As we enter the festive season. we have added a special Christmas Hamper to each of our December draws along with a guaranteed Jackpot of €1,000 on our new years day draw - Play Here   
The club wish to express sympathy with Philip Sheridan and family on the passing of his mother, Mary Sheridan, Cavan last week.  We also express sympathy with the family and relatives of Pauline Catherine Alston (nee Duffy), Scotland and formerly of Riverstown who died last week.

Club Sligo

The Club Is currently selling Club Sligo memberships in support of the development of Gaelic Games in the County.
We are hoping to get at least 30 memberships which are available at €240 per year/€20 per month and would result in €3,200 funding for Shamrock Gaels. You will also be entered into monthly draws for cash prizes along with other benefits - full details on the Sligo GAA website.
So if you are interested in Supporting Club and Supporting County, you can buy through the attached link and make sure you specify Shamrock Gaels as your club or alternatively contact any committee member for further details.

As we look forward to underage teams returning to training at the end of April, on-line registration and membership is now open.  

Registration, which is mandatory for all players, automatically registers you as a member and includes insurance. There are a number of options depending on your particular situation and you can also upgrade your membership to participate in the monthly members draw.


‘Glory Days’ looks back on the 1990 and 1992 Sligo senior football championship-winning seasons for Shamrock Gaels.

Many thanks to Cathal Mullaney and Ocean FM for putting this feature together

Shamrock Gaels is delighted to announce that our grounds are now Smoke Free. The club was selected to be part of this great initiative as part of the GAA’s Healthy Clubs initiative sponsored by Irish Life and the Tomar Trust. The club have adapted a new smoke free policy and erected smoke free signage throughout Shamrock Gaels Park. In conjunction with the launch of the policy, the club used the opportunity to raise awareness on the dangers of smoking with the local national schools by running a poster competition which was won by Penny Barlow from Taunagh N.S. 

50th Anniversary Book

The club will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022 and we plan to mark the occasion with the publication of a Club History Book. The book will chart the many ups and downs since 17th March 1972 when the Sooey and Knockalassa clubs amalgamated to form Shamrock Gaels. The work has now started and we are soliciting content such as stories and photographs from the community. We are particularly interested in photographs from the 1970's and the 1980's - if you have photographs from this period please scan and email to pro.shamrockgaels.sligo@gaa.ie or whatsapp a photo to 0872358840.

"Superb clash as Shamrock Gaels win in extra time." This was the Sligo Champion headline of their report signalling the end of a ten year wait for a minor championship title. It was a tremendous performance and you can read all about it by clicking above where you can link to photos and a video of the day

After a number of close calls in recent years, we finally got our reward when we deservedly captured the Connacht Gold Sligo LGFA Junior title defeating Calry/St Josephs in the final at Fr Kevin Breheny Park in Keash.
We were in control throughout and always held the ascendency though a good spurt in the second half from Calry/St Josephs closed the gap to four points. However, we powered home in the final 15 minutes with Simone Kelly’s goal the key score to send us on the way to success
Eircode: F52 H020
Co-Ordinates - 54° 09' 23.23" N     8° 22' 17.81" W  ( Decimal 54.156453N, -8.371614W )
Our home is situated in Coola in the beautiful countryside of East Sligo. Our pitch is named Shamrock Gaels Park and is situated between the villages of Riverstown and Sooey.