Kilbeggan Shamrocks GAA Notes

August 18, 2019

IFC v Bunbrosna

Mission accomplished! While our IFC campaign ended in a 1-7 to 3-8 defeat to Bunbrosna in Ballynacargy last Saturday evening, St Malachy’s victory over Tubberclair in Moate at the same time meant we achieved our goal for the year, which was to retain our intermediate status.

A draw with Multyfarnham and a win over Tubberclair in our previous two outings ultimately proved decisive as we avoided an instant return to the junior ranks, which would have been a huge setback. This year has been a real learning curve for our young team who will be all the better for it in 2020.

Bunbrosna’s greater experience was evident as they established a 1-6 to 0-4 half-time lead after playing with the aid of a strong wind. They extended their advantage before a Jamie Stone penalty, which had been awarded for a foul on Alan Fennell, and a terrific point from Conor Delaney brought us back to within two points, 1-6 to 1-8.

But as word filtered through that there had been a winner in Moate – a draw in that game would have sucked us into a relegation playoff – we took our foot off the pedal somewhat and conceded two late goals as Bunbrosna sealed their win and a place in the quarter-finals.

Afterwards, Keith Higgins announced that he would be stepping down as manager after two highly progressive years in which we won the junior championship and consolidated our place in the intermediate ranks. We thank Keith and his selectors James Higgins and Mattie McCormack as well as the rest of the backroom team for all the work they have put in over the last two years, and wish them well in the future.

Summer Camp

Our annual Summer Camp, which took place last Friday and Saturday, proved to be a resounding success.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out over the two days with the activities for the kids and the BBQ on Saturday afternoon.

Ladies football

Our ladies football team is down to play Clann Gaels in the intermediate championship in Kilbeggan next Friday, August 23 at 7pm. All support is welcome.

Upcoming boys’ underage fixtures

U12FL v Inny Shamrocks in Kilbeggan on Wednesday, August 21 at 7pm; U16FC Division 3 v Garrycastle in Garrycastle on Monday, August 26 at 6.45pm; MFC Division 3A v St Joseph’s in Kilbeggan on Wednesday, August 28 at 6.45pm.

The late Andy Hennessy

The club was saddened last weekend to learn of the passing of Andy Hennessy, Moycashel, who was part of a great Kilbeggan GAA family.


Last week's lucky numbers were 3, 7, 22 and 25. The Match 3 winners were Mel Kiernan, Fiona Smith, Fiona Kiernan, Anne Claffey and Damian Reid. This week's draw takes place in Larrigy’s with the jackpot standing at €15,000. Tickets, costing €2, can be purchased locally. Thank you for your continued support.


Congratulations to Mairéad McCormack and her Westmeath camógie team on reaching next month's All-Ireland intermediate final in Croke Park. A second All-Ireland final at Croker in three years beckons for Mairéad and her older sister Joanne who also played ladies football with us up until recently.

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