Mullingar Shamrocks Club Notes

November 11, 2019

Mullingar Community College students embrace Recipes for Success

Mullingar Shamrocks as part of its Healthy Club status extended the initiative's Recipe for Success programme to students of Mullingar Community College this week. Thirty-two students from the college took part in the two stage programme: a 'hands on' kitchen-based cookery workshop and each participant later received the Recipes for Success manual  filled with tasty, healthy, performance enhancing recipes that are easy to make and  specially designed and developed for GAA players.

In two sessions full of fun and learning, the students guided by tutor Eamonn McGowan prepared and cooked a Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry and a Banana and Berry Smoothie. Both dishes tasted magnificently and this was largely due to the wonderful teaching skills of Eamonn and again we thank Eamonn for making this very worthwhile day possible. Our Healthy Club Officer, Joan Ormsby with her usual enthusiasm for the Healthy Club concept,  linked up with John Ganley, a star performer in  Mullingar Shamrocks 2012 championship winning team, to organise the project. Mullingar Shamrocks players were well represented in the thirty-two participants.

Mullingar Shamrocks would like to thank the Principal of Mullingar Community College, Mr. Seamus Mohan for his  enthusiastic support for the initiative as well as the school's Home Economics teaching staff of Sheila Corcoran and Lorraine Callaghan. The Parents' Council of Mullingar Community College were the primary sponsors of this event with additional support from Buckley's Supervalu and the Mullingar Shamrocks club is grateful for this support.   

The late Ann Collins

The Mullingar Shamrocks family expresses its deepest sympathy to Paddy Collins on the death of his wife Ann and  to Enda and grand-daughter  Amy and members of the extended Collins family, neighbours and many friends. In the days before Westmeath GAA expanded its facilities to include an office in Cusack Park, Ann was the point of personal or telephone contact for numerous GAA officials locally and nationally at her Green Road home as Paddy, one of Westmeath's legendary GAA men, pursued his day job. Ann was of course one of the great Westmeath supporters. No doubt, Ann and her great friend Tommy Lennon are discussing the future of Westmeath GAA in their own inimitable way in some heavenly mansion and smiling at the good of it all.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

LGF Minor Championship: St. Loman's 4-16 Mullingar Shamrocks  3-3

Our minor LGF suffered defeat to local rivals St. Loman's. Due to various reasons Shamrocks had only 13 available players and it was a day when not a lot went the girl's way. A couple of early goal chances in the first half that weren't converted may have given them the confidence to push on but unfortunately the hosts settled better, used the extra space, took their chances and went in at the break 8 points up. 

St. Loman's got the  important early scores of the second half which made it a harder task for the Shamrock's girls. St. Loman's option to bring in fresh legs with their substitutions ultimately finished it as a contest. A disappointing day but there will be better days. 

Mullingar Shamrocks: Isabelle Clinton, Carla Gibney, Anne Marie O'Reilly, Catherine Tubridy, Eve Hynes, Ruth Keane, Máiread Newman, Susanna Buckley, Jenna Kelly (1-0), Holly McCormack  (1-1), Katie Kelly (1-0), Sarah Geoghegan (0-1), Laura Culkin (0-1).

October Draw Winner ...

The winner of the €500 prize in our October Draw is the one and only Ned Moore.

The good news about Aidan Keena

Again it's great to be able to record another good news story about one of our former players. Aidan Keena who practises his football trade with Scottish Premier League club Hearts has been included in the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for the first time for the European Under-21 Championship matches against Armenia and Sweden. Aidan now has five scheduled flights to look forward to as the Irish team travels to Yerevan to play Armenia next Thursday and then return to Dublin to play Sweden in the Tallaght  Stadium on 19 November. 

Weekend Results

Our under-20 footballers were defeated by Maryland-Tang in the Under-20 championship, a defeat that marks the end of the season for our adult footballers whilst our minor LGF team was a bit unlucky to lose to Loughnavalley. The girls  led all the way and just ran out of steam in last five minutes and conceded two goals and ended up losing 3-10 to 1-9. Some good chances missed in the early stages proved costly in the end but a significant improvement on our previous outing.

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