Mullingar Shamrocks GAA Notes

March 11, 2019

Mullingar Shamrocks to stage the Sound of the Musicals

The news is out; we have a date, we have a venue and we have a show.

Following the huge success of last year's Strictly Shamrocks, Mullingar Shamrocks are proud to announce that their  2019 entertainment and fundraiser will be The Sound of the Musicals. With the talent available in  Shamrocks  it's the perfect show for the club. This year's event is in conjunction with and will be produced by Shane Barkey.  

The date has already been pencilled in and The Sound of the Musicals will be staged on 28 September  in the  Mullingar Park Hotel.

This is a show with a difference and will be a FIRST in the Mullingar area.  On the night, eight abridged versions of famous musicals will be performed LIVE on the main stage by eight teams. Once every mini-musical has performed there will be an awards' ceremony where the best performances of the night in the various categories will be awarded.

The night promises to be an all singing, all dancing extravaganza and it might even be better than last year's spectacular Strictly.  

An information and open audition night for budding Broadway stars will take place in May (more details and information to come).

All County League.

Our ACL Div. 3 team were somewhat unlucky to lose out to Multyfarnham  on Saturday.

The minimum margin (1-10 to 2-6) separated the sides at the final whistle whilst our ACL Div. 1 team secured a two-point victory (3-5 to 2-6) over Tyrrellspass on Sunday in a tough, intense physical game that reacquainted the players to the physicality of senior football after the winter recess. A strong wind blowing directly towards the dressing rooms favoured Tyrrellspass in the first half and Shamrocks were in a strong position at the interval as the sides were level when referee Micky Murtagh blew the half-time whistle. The sides were level (1-2) each after fifteen minutes.

The Geraghty brothers were causing problems for the Shamrocks defence and were responsible for the home side's scores at this stage. Micheál Curley continued where he finished last year and one of his typical surges took him through the Tyrrellspass defence where his wingback partner arrived at his side to collect a pass and finish to the net for Shamrocks' opening score. Ross Corroon made the journey from the goal and pointed a difficult free into the wind and Alan Cashman scored our only point  from play to level matters. Conor Slevin, Adam Flanagan and Michael Geraghty had points to establish a three point lead for Tyrrellspass before Dean Moore with a well struck free reduced the deficit. A Dillon Matthews goal edged Shamrocks ahead.

This was a really great team score that began with an Aaron Purcell back pass to Ross Corroon and dozens of passes later Brendan O'Reilly sent Pearse Corroon in on goal and Pearse's pass was finished to the net by Dillon. A  Kieran Geraghty point levelled matters and at this stage Tyrrellspass were reduced to fourteen men as Conor Slevin picked up his second yellow card. Ross Corroon pointed on resumption and Davy Gavin marked his return to the Shamrocks jersey by sending a sideline kick sailing to the net with Dónal O' Donoghue distracting presence on the edge of the square a contributory factor.

Ross Corroon made another trip from the goal to score his third point to extend Shamrocks lead to five points. It was our last score of the day; Micky Murtagh spotted an infringement in the Shamrocks goalmouth and Kirean Geraghty slotted the resultant penalty which proved to be the final score of the day. Another double yellow reduced Tyrrellspass to thirteen and in the final minute Eddie Moore also picked up his second yellow of the day. It was that kind of match. A hard tough physical battle, great preparation for the season ahead with Shamrocks showing many of the characteristics that secured the senior championship in 2018.

Mullingar Shamrocks: Ross Corroon (0-3), Eddie Moore, Kieran Gavin, Aaron Purcell; Ryan Blundell, Micheál Curley, Brendan O'Reilly (1-0); David  Gavin (1-0) and Daragh Daly; Alan Cashman (0-1), Dónal O'Donoghue, Dillon Matthews (1-0) [Nathan Smyth]; Pearse Corroon, Dean Moore (0-1), Tye Adamson. 

LGF Div. 3 Mullingar Shamrocks 0-7 Garrycastle 4-8.

Mullingar Shamrocks ladies played their opening game of the 2019 season in a cold and windswept Springfield. Shamrocks won the toss and opted to play with the strong wind in the opening half. Shamrocks mid-fielder Susanna Buckley opened the scoring with an early point.

Throughout the first half Shamrocks had a lot of possession but failed to use this effectively and translate it into scores. Centre-forward Emma Morris was next to score and Casey McDermott followed with another point. Garrycastle launched a number of attacks forcing Mullingar keeper Isabelle Clinton to come off her line and deal with the threat. Unfortunately late in the first half a close in free by Garrycastle dropped just over a defenders head and into the Shamrocks net. Susanna Buckley scored another point before half-time to leave Shamrocks ahead by the narrowest of margins, 0-4 to 1-0.

Given the conditions on the day, it was always going to be a game of two halves. The Shamrocks girls continued to play well with lots of possession in the second half but the sharper Garrycastle forwards made better use of their scoring opportunities. Despite points from Alison Bane, Casey Mc Dermot and Emma Morris (from a free), Garrycastle ran out comfortable winners on a score line of 4-8 to 0-7. Mullingar Shamrocks were left to rue multiple squandered opportunities to score, particularly in the first half.

Mullingar Shamrocks : Isabelle Clinton, Ellen Sleator (Ruth Keane),Rachel Hannigan, Orianna Quinn (Ciara Keegan), Sophie Hegarty, Chloe Swarbrigg, Shona McNicholas, Laura Whitelaw, Susanna Buckley (0-2), Casey McDermott (0-2), Emma Morris (0-2), Laura Culkin, Ciara Morris [Alison Bane (0-1)], Lavina Lazeuskaite, Kirstie Dunne (Niamh Gilmartin) and Katie Kelly.


Congratulations to Megan Fagan who starred at corner back for the University of Dublin LGF team that won the Lynch Cup beating the Garda College 3-16 to 3-8 in the final, the first Lynch Cup title  for the college in twenty-one years.  Congrats also to two of our under-14 footballers, Tadhg Sheridan and John Ryan who were members of St Mary's CBS team that won the All-Ireland Cross Country title at the weekend.

And it was hard luck for Katie McCarthy who represented the county and club with distinction in the Leinster Finals of Scór in Wexford on Sunday. Unfortunately on this occasion it was not to be for Katie who performed a superb version to The Town I Loved So Well.

Condolences ...

Mullingar Shamrocks executive and members offers sincere sympathy to the family of the late Joan Dunne and in particular to her sons and daughters David, Mandy, Alan, Patrick, Elizabeth and Sharon, brothers Joe and Ollie. Joan is the mother of Mullingar Shamrocks stalwart Patrick (Paddy) Dunne.

Sympathy is also expressed to  the family of the late Elizabeth Bracken, Dunville, Rhode, County Offaly and in particular to her sons and daughters Tony, Brendan, Patricia (Carter), Kathleen (Keyes) and Nicholas and to her brother Tommy. Patricia Carter  has been a stalwart of the club's Thursday night's Bingo since its inception and the Carter family have a long association with the Mullingar Shamrocks club.

May their  gentle souls rest in peace.


Under-14 League: Mullingar Shamrocks v St Loman's in Springfield, Monday, 18 March, 4.30 pm.

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