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

Weekly News 26th September 2022

The club will be celebrating our 50th year with a special Dinner Dance in the Clayton Hotel on Saturday 22nd October with special guest, Pat Spillane, one of Kerry's all-time greats. We will also have the covid delayed medal presentation to the 2020 Championship winning ladies' team, the U19 Boys who won the B Championship this year and the player of the year awards. Tickets available for €40 from any committee member.

The lotto draw takes place tomorrow Monday for a jackpot of €3,400, get your entry in now by clicking here

It was a great week on the playing fields with the Gaels capturing four county titles, qualifying for the senior men championship semi-finals, qualifying for the Senior ladies Junior A championship final and our Junior team making it through to the A Championship final.

The Junior team had a great 0-9 to 1-5 win over Cloonacool in the semi-final of the Junior A Championship. In a tense game, the Gaels overturned a second half four-point deficit with Brian Boyd the hero of the hour scoring the point to take us level and then a fantastic effort from the left to give us a deserving victory. The Gaels now play St Molaise Gaels in the final in two weeks. The team was: Ultan McKenna, John Craig, Declan Willis, Shane McCann, Gavin McMorrow, Eoin O'Connell, Patrick Barrett (0-1), Conor Merrick, Arron McKenna, Dylan McKenna (0-1), Brian Boyd (0-3), Conor Kearns, Seamus Hailstones (0-1), Frank Quinn (0-1), Steven Willis (0-2). Subs: Daire Kearns for C Kearns, Luke Flynn for P Barrett, Patrick Kenny for J Craig, Joe Quinn for Brian Boyd.

The senior men take on Tourlestrane in the semi-final of the championship next Sunday at 4.15PM in Markievicz Park, please come out and support the team in this vital game. 

Well done to the U18 girls who won the C Championship final against St John's on Tuesday on a score-line of 7-10 to 3-3. The team was: Hannah Hargadon, Clodagh Costello, Sarah McKeon, Sophie Swann, Meabh Callaghan, Ellie Mc Dermott (0-1), Aine Cogan, Ruby Clark, Hannah Willis, Lara Swann (1-2), Nola Eivers (3-3), Sorcha Mullaney, Emma Rainey, Orlaith Scanlon (3-1), Jade McMorrow. subs used Leanne Galvin (0-1), Amy Malone (0-2), Casey Wilkinson, Ciara Gilligan and Cloda Conlon.
The U17 Boys lost the A championship semi-final to Drumcliffe/Rosses Point on Sunday on a score-line of 3-12 to 2-11. The team was: Sean Kelly, Steven Smith, Oisin Conlon, Matthew Potter, PJ Scanlon, Jack Tuohy, Sam Tuohy, George Barlow, Ciaran Kenny, Jack Brehony, Brian Dwyer, Daniel King, George Collins, James Foley, Niall Kenny. Subs: Jack Barrett, Keilan Hannon, Leo Kennedy, Adam O' Carroll, Joris Rooney, Aaron Coleman (inj). Thanks to Shane Deignan, Donal Tuohy, Patrick Barrett and Patrick Benson for their work with the team this year.

The U16 girls won the B Cup championship final against St Nathys on Saturday in an exciting game on a score-line of 4-12 to 4-9. The team was: Casey Wilkinson, Katie Gilligan, Ava Lyons, Lousie Robertson, Leah Mullaney, Hannah Sheridan, Sophia Rose Henry, Leanne Galvin, Penny Barlow (1-1), Ciara Gilligan, Amy Malone (0-6), Marissa Hamilton, Maya Wojchowska, Orlaith Scanlon (2-5), Amy Brehony. subs used: Hayley Mullaney, Aoibhinn Conlon, Hannah Hargadon, Amy Bagnall, Anna Bagnall, Clara McGovern, Hannah Rainey and Lyn Barlow (inj) . Thanks to Majella Muldowney, Siobhan Ryan and Cara Tighe for their work with the team during the year.
The U15 boys continued the clubs good run this week with a win in the C Cup final over Tourlestrane on a score-line of 8-9 to 3-8. The team was: Eli Rogers, Joseph O'Connor, Miceal Garry, Alex Clark, Daniel Kearns, Leo Scanlon (0-1), Tadhg Kenny (2-0), Matthew Potter, Cruz Lyons, Jack Brehony (2-7), Darragh McKeon (0-1), Rian Conway, Troy Kelly (2-0), Charlie King (1-0), Liam McDermott subs used Josh McLoughlin, Jack Willis, David Malone (1-0), Cillian Barlow, Aaron Taylor, Dylan White and Sean Doherty. Thanks to Ciaran Garry Eoin McDermott, Donie McDermott and Daire Kearns for their work with the team this year.

The U13 Boys won the A Shield final against Eastern Harps last Monday on a score-line of 9-7 to 2-21. This high scoring game featured some great scores taken from both sides with Gaels taking control in the fourth quarter to run out winners. The panel for the final was Eli Rogers, Sean Tonry, Joseph O'Connor, Alan OG Henry, Dillion Barrett, Ethan Medas, Jack Burns, Daniel Kearns, Miceal Garry, Oran Conway, Josh McTiernan, Clive Barlow, Cillian Barlow, David Malone, Sam Rainey, Evan Wimsey, Phillip McManus, Eli Rogers, Keelan Henry, Leon McMorrow and Harry Brehony. Thanks to Declan Brehony, Shane Quigley, Michael Tonry, Martin Cassidy, James Kearns, David Wimsey and Andrew Malone for their work with the two U13 boys teams this year.

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.