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

Weekly News 20th September 2021

Team of the week goes to the U12 girls who won the A Championship Final against St Mary's last Saturday. The team was: Alanna Mullen, Aalessha Sweeney, Muireann Bruen, Orla Jane Feakins, Ava Lyons (3), Sophie Edwards (1), Penny Barlow (3), Katie Gilligan (1), Molly Kearns Chapman (3), Aisling Dwyer (3), Clodagh Galvin, Roisin Kelly, Leah Coleman Subs used: Shanara Middleton, Ella Thomson, Emma White, Aibhe Kelly and Luaithe McTiernan. Thanks to coaches Fiona Lyons, Gus Chapman, Jessica Sweeney, Jane Benson and Jade Lyons for their work with the girls this year. The girls have done exceptionally well reaching the A league final and only narrowly losing on free kicks after a period of extra time and to come back and win the A championship final shows how hard they have worked. 

The Senior men had a good 2-9 to 0-8 win over Geevagh in the third round of the Senior Championship. The team was: Daniel Lyons, Shane Barry, Evan Lyons, Ben Tuohy, Ciaran O’Connor, Paul Higgins (0-1), Karl McKenna, James Carroll (0-1), Dylan Willis (2-0), Sean Carroll, Dillon McDermott, David Quinn, Patrick Benson, Shane Deignan (0-2f), Lee Deignan (0-2) Subs: Luke Flynn for P Benson, Darragh Hailstones (0-1) for S Deignan, Daire Kearns for C O'Connor. They now play Drumcliffe/Rosses Point next Saturday with the winner advancing to the semi-final. 

The Junior team lost 2-8 to 1-15 to Owenmore Gaels in the third round of the championship. The team was: John Craig, Shane McCann, Eoin O'Connell, Andy Flynn, Liam Tuohy, Gavin McMorrow, Conor Merrick, David Barlow, Conor Kearns, Michael Kilkenny (1-1), Keith McMorrow, Michael Barry (0-1), Steven Willis (0-5), Paddy O'Grady, Mark Kearns. Subs: Arron McKenna for S McCann, Willie Joe McHale for L Tuohy, Jason Kilkenny (0-1) for M Barry, Johnny Kenny for K McMorrow (inj), Darragh Kelly for W J McHale (inj). This sees the Gaels level on points with St Marys with a play-off next Sunday at 2.00PM in Collooney for a place in the semi-final. 

The Senior ladies lost to Eastern Harps in the third round of the championship. The team was: Mairead Tuohy, Catherine Tuohy, Siobhan Brennan, Lisa Callaghan, Ellie McDermott, Naomh Quinn (0-1), Ruby Clark, Jade Lyons, Aoife Morrisroe, Aine O'Connell (0-1), Aoife O'Connor, Jane Benson (0-2), Roisin Kearns (0-1), Rachel Boyd, Louise Merrick, Subs used: Kate Brehony, Erin Mullaney, Aisling Boyd, Ceili Faughnan (0-1). They now play St Michaels next Sunday at home at 10.30AM. 

The U17 boys play Coolera/Strandhill on Thursday at home at 6.00PM and play their final group game against  Drumcliffe/Rosses Point at home on Sunday at 6.00PM. 

The U16 girls had a comprehensive 3-17 to 1-7 win over Curry last Wednesday in the championship semi-final. The team was: Hannah Hargadon, Clodagh Costello, Sarah McKeon, Louise Robertson, Sophie Swann, Ciara Gilligan (0-2), Chloe McCann, Lara Swann (1-4), Nola Eivers (0-3), Meabh Callaghan (0-3), Hannah Willis, Amy Malone (1-3), Anna Bagnall (1-0), Beth Candon, Emma Rainey (0-2) Subs used: Katie Brehony and Sarah Carroll. They now play Coolera/Strandhill in the B Cup final on Tuesday at 6.15PM in Scarden. 

The U14 girls play the A2 final against St Mary's in Scarden this Saturday, time to be confirmed. 

The U11 girls have a game against Eastern Harps on Wednesday away at 6.30PM. 

The U10 boys had their final game of the year against Ballymote last Thursday. This was a great game with lots of good skills on display by both teams. Thanks to Ballymote for hosting the game. 

The U9 boys had two great games against St Molaise Gaels last Wednesday. They now play St John's this Wednesday at home in the urban league at 6.15PM. 

The delayed 2020 Underage Player of the year awards will be presented this Sunday 26th at 2.00PM at the club grounds.   

The Club wish to express sympathy with the family and relatives of Breege McKeon, Cambs 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.