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

Weekly News 27th September 2021

It was a magnificent week for Ladies' football in the club with three county titles won within seven days at U12 A Cup, U14 A2 Cup and U16 B Cup winners. Well done to all the players and management and the wins are testament to the good work being done at all levels of the Ladies game within the club.  

The U16 girls had a great win over Coolera/Strandhill in a very exciting and entertaining game last Tuesday in Scarden. The sides were level at half-time with Gaels a point down at the second half water break but a strong finish saw the Gaels run out winners on a score line of 5-10 to 4-10. The team was: Hannah Hargadon, Clodagh Costello, Hannah Sheridan, Cloda Conlon, Sophie Swann, Ciara Gilligan, Chloe McCann, Lara Swann (0-2), Sarah McKeon, Meabh Callaghan (0-1), Nola Eivers (1-2), Amy Malone (1-1), Emma Rainey (0-2), Hannah Willis (1-2), Beth Candon (2-0) Subs: Leanne Galvin, Anna Bagnall,  Louise Robertson, Sarah Carroll, Katie Brehony and Lynn Barlow. Thanks to coaches Naomh Quinn, Mairéad Tuohy and Enda Candon for their work with the girls this year. 

Next up were the U14 girls who claimed the A2 Cup title in Ballisodare on Saturday against St Mary's. The teams had already met at group stages where St Mary's came out on top, but the girls started strong and were leading by four at half time. The Gaels continued to dominate the play in the second half and showed great teamwork and skill to run out winners on a score line of 4-6 to 1-5. The team was: Hannah Hargadon, Amy Brehony, Sophie Rose Henry, Maya Wojechowksa, Aoibhinn Conlon, Marissa Hamilton, Ciara Gilligan, Leanne Galvin (0-1), Isobel Foley, Orlaith Scanlon (2-5), Amy Bagnall (1-0), Hannah Rainey, Hayley Mullaney (1-0), Ava Kennedy Subs: Clodagh Hannon, Meabh Harte, Clara McGovern, Aoibheann Cassidy, Kaitlyn Costello, Evanna Durkin, Isobel Clancy. Thanks to coaches Catherine Tuohy, Majella Muldowney, Siobhan Brennan and Cara Tighe for all their time and work with the girls this year. 

It was an extremely disappointing weekend for the Senior men with both teams making their exits from their respective championships. First up were the Senior team who lost by the narrowest of margins to Drumcliffe/Rosses Point. Despite being in a good position going into the final quarter with the match all square we lost out in the end on a score line of 1-9 to 0-13. The team was: Daniel Lyons, Ben Tuohy, Evan Lyons, Shane Barry, Karl McKenna, Paul Higgins (C), Ciaran O'Connor, Dillon McDermott, James Carroll, Sean Carroll, David Quinn, Shane Deignan, Darragh Hailstones (1-0), Dylan Willis, Lee Deignan. Subs: Andy Flynn for S Barry, Luke Flynn for D Hailstones. Daire Kearns for C O'Connor and Johnny Quinn for K McKenna.  Thanks to team manager Glen McDermott and his team of Frankie King, Stephen Sheerin, Joe Quinn and Hilary Lyons for their work with the team this year.  

The Junior team lost 2-13 to 0-10 to St Marys in the playoff for a place in the semi-final on Sunday. The team was: John Craig, Shane McCann, Eoin O’Connell, Liam Tuohy, Conor Kearns, Gavin McMorrow, Conor Merrick, David Barlow, Patrick Kenny, Jason Kilkenny (0-2f), Keith McMorrow, Mark Kearns (0-1), Steven Willis (0-4f), Patrick O’Grady, Micheal Kilkenny (0-2), Subs: Michael Barry (0-1) for P Kenny, Willie Joe McHale for M Kilkenny (inj), Patrick Barrett for S McCann. Thanks to manager Shane Quigley and his team of Johnny Kenny, Kieran Hughes and Eugene Carroll for their work with both Junior teams during the year.    

The Senior ladies lost 2-7 to 2-11 to St Michaels in round 4 of the Championship. The team was: Mairead Tuohy, Catherine Tuohy, Naomh Quinn, Lisa Callaghan, Louise Merrick, Ellie McDermott, Ruby Clark, Aoife Morrisroe, Jade Lyons, Rachel Boyd, Aine O'Connell, Aoife O'Connor, Roisin Kearns, Jane Benson, Erin Mullaney. Subs used: Hannah Willis, Lara Swann (0-1), Meabh Callaghan, Aisling Boyd. They now take on St Farnan's in the relegation play off on Sunday 10th October.  

The U17 boys lost 3-5 to 1-12 at home to Coolera/Strandhill last Thursday. The team was: Jack Duignan, Daniel King, Oisin Conlon, Jamie Parke, Jack Tuohy, Conor Sheridan, Troy Gilgarro, Dylan McKenna, George Barlow, Ciaran Kenny, Conor Mc Morrow (2-2), Andrew Barlow, Daniel O'Hara, Brian Dwyer, James Foley (1-3) Subs used: PJ Scanlon, Callum Kennedy, Adam O'Carroll, Sean Kelly. The team also played Drumcliffe/Rosses Point at home on Sunday winning 1-10 to 0-10. The scorers were: Ciaran Kenny (1-0), Conor Mc Morrow (0-8), James Foley (0-2).  They now play Coolera/Strandhill in the semi-final on Friday at home at 6.00PM. 

Well done to the U11 girls who played their final game of year against Eastern Harps. This was a great game and a lovely way for the girls to finish the year. Thanks to Fiona Lyons, Gus Chapman and Jessica Sweeney who trained the girls this year. It was great to see so many girls playing at this level with us being able to field both an U12 and U11 team. 

Last Wednesday the U9 boys played St John's in the urban league with two great games of football in very wet conditions. They play their final game this Wednesday away to Calry/St Josephs at 6.30PM.

The club were saddened to learn of the passing of two GAA stalwarts last week, Mickie Kilcoyne, Tubbercurry and Cathy Egan, Aclare. We wish to express our sympathy to the Kilcoyne family, relatives and friends and the Tubbercurry GAA club on the passing of Mickie and we also express our sympathy with the Egan family, relatives and friends and the Tourlestrane GAA Club on the passing of Cathy. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha dílse.

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.