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

Weekly News 2nd October 2023

Team of the week goes to the U14 Girls who won the A Championship with a comprehensive 7-14 to 3-4 win over Eastern Harps. The team was: Abigail Conlon, Rachel Mullaney, Leah Coleman, Eva Usher, Clodagh Galvin, Ava Lyons, Sophie Edwards, Katie Gilligan (C), Penny Barlow, Molly Kearns Chapman, Aalessha Sweeney, Aisling Dwyer, Róisín Kelly, Abbie McTiernan, Alice Foley Subs: Muireann Bruen, Meabh Tonry, Siofra Duignan, Shanara Middleton, Aibhne Kelly, Analese Rooney, Sara Willis, Sinead Gilligan, Ella Thompson, Grace Mullen, Orla Jane Feakins, Thanks to the management team of Fiona Lyons, Gus Chapman and Andrew Feakins for their work wit the team this season.

The Senior men secured their Senior status for next year with a 0-15 to 0-11 win over Curry in the relegation semi-final last Saturday. The team was: Daniel Lyons (0-1, 45), Shane Barry, Evan Lyons, Ben Tuohy, Ciaran Kenny, Paul Higgins, Karl McKenna, Darragh Kelly, Dillon McDermott, Conor Sheridan, Liam O'Connell, David Quinn (0-8f), Lee Deignan, Shane Deignan (0-4), Steven Willis (0-2). Subs: Sean Carroll for L O'Connell. Thanks to the management team of Glen McDermott, Shane King, Frankie King, Pat McTiernan, Joe Quinn and Hiliary Lyons for their work with the team this year.

The Intermediate team have to do it all over again in two weeks' time after losing 2-6 to 1-14 against Bunninadden on Sunday in the relegation semi-final. The team was: Ultan McKenna, Daniel King, Paul Brennan, Oisin Conlon, Gavin McMorrow, Declan Willis (0-1), Michael Barry (0-1), George Barlow, Arron McKenna, Eoin O'Connell, Patrick Benson, Conor Kearns (0-1), Luke Flynn (1-2), Frank Quinn, Johnny Quinn (1-1). Subs: Daire Kearns for F Quinn, James Carroll for E O'Connell, James Foley for P Benson. 

The Senior Ladies lost the Junior A Championship semi-final to Curry on a scoreline 2-16 to 2-8. The Gaels got off to a poor start and conceded two goals in the opening five minutes but fought back well in the second half, however we left ourselves too much to do in the end. The team was: Hannah Hargadon, Siobhán Brennan, Ellie McDermott, Lisa Callaghan, Jade Lyons (0-1), Hannah Willis, Louise Merrick, Isobel Clark, Ruby Clark, Naomh Quinn (0-1), Aoife Morrisroe (0-1), Erin Mullaney (0-1), Rachel Boyd (1-3), Orlaith Scanlon, Nola Eivers (1-3) subs used: Leanne Galvin, Ciara Gilligan, Soohia Rose Henry, Róisín Kearns. Thanks to the management team of Reggie McNulty, John Brennan, Majella Muldowney and Simone Moss for their work with the team this year. 

The U17 boys play in the plate semi-final against Coolaney/Mullinabreena next Sunday at 5pm in Riverstown Park.

The U16 girls had a narrow one-point win over Eoghan Rua in the championship semi-final last Monday on a scoreline of 6-5 to 3-13. The team was Hannah Hargadon, Aaleasha Sweeney, Sophia Rose Henry, Ava Lyons, Katie Gilligan, Ciara Gilligan, Leah Mullaney, Leanne Galvin, Penny Barlow, Clodagh Hannon, Orlaith Scanlon, Hannah Rainey, Amy Bagnall, Hayley Mullaney, Ava Kennedy Subs: Amy Brehony, Katelyn Costello, Isabelle Clancy, Sophie Edwards, Leah Coleman. They now take now Curry in the A Championship final on Saturday at 2pm in Ballisodare.

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.