Kicks & Giggles 2 – Comedy Night Fundraiser


Kicks & Giggles is back and so is Maeve Higgins!

We’ll be at the Kent Ale House at 8pm on Tuesday January 31 with an amazing line-up of music and comedy hosted by Shamrocks Women’s team Player of the Year Sinéad Hennessy and also starring Rashad Bashir, Kerry Overfab Coddett and Jonathan McBride.

Music performed in the main room by club legend Tommy McPhilips – free and open to all.

All proceeds from comedy tickets and raffle sales will go to support the Shamrocks injury fund and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

For more information:

Click the poster to get your tickets for the comedy night which begins at 9pm in the back room!


Spring schedule confirmed for firsts and reserves 

The spring schedule for the firsts and reserves has been released by the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. 

Kevin Grogan’s Division 1 leading side will relaunch their campaign at home to Zum Schneider on Saturday March 18 (St Michaels, 8pm) before visiting NYAC a week later at Travers Island for a. 12pm kick off on Sunday March 26. 

The month of May promises a tough run-in to the culmination of the regular season with an away trip at improving Greek Americans followed by home games against champions Lansdowne and last year’s runners-up, Cedar Stars Academy.

Meanwhile, the Manning Cup semi-final is provisionally slated for Sunday April 9 – also an away game against the Greek Americans. The reserves are at the quarter-final stage of their State Cup and will face East Hampton on Sunday April 9 (location TBC). 

Full schedule Shamrocks first team (reserves kick off times also included):

Saturday March 18 – Shamrocks v Zum Schneider (St Michaels – 8pm/6pm)

Sunday March 26 – NYAC v Shamrocks (Travers Island – 12pm/10am)

Sunday April 2 – Polonia v Shamrocks (McCarren Park – TBD)

Sunday April 23 – Doxa v Shamrocks (Joseph F Fosina Field – TBD)

Saturday April 29 – Shamrocks v Manhattan Celtic (St Michaels – 8pm/6pm)

Sunday May 7 – Greek Americans v Shamrocks (Met Oval – 8pm/6pm)

Saturday May 13 – Shamrocks v Lansdowne (St Michaels – 8pm/6pm)

Saturday May 20 – Shamrocks v Cedar Stars Academy (St Michaels – 8pm/6pm)

A quarter century on…

Throwback Thursday courtesy of Anto May who sent us this Shamrocks team photo dating back 25 years. 

Back row L-R – Dave Sharpe, Jem Cronin, Mick Haley, Dennis Frawley, Dermot Clarke, Joey Behan, Brian Daly (GK).Front row L-R – Frank O’Donough (RIP), Pat Fischer, Paul Woodley (Capt.), Anto May, Andy Powell, Eltin Coleman. 

“We 1-0 that day in Purchase,” recalls Anto. 

“That 91/92 season was the end of a golden period for the club. There was a decline in immigration and players were retiring. The following few years were difficult. 

“Fielding a first and second team was always difficult and a lot of players played both games.

“The club is once again enjoying a purple patch and it has become a lot more inclusive. It’s worth remembering that the only way to sustain this era is through collaboration, off the field involvement and the desire to keep growing. Up the Rocks!”

20th anniversary of annual Shamrocks reunion brings old friends together

Thank you to Suzanne Mills for hosting yet another very enjoyable Shamrocks reunion at her lovely house in Malverne.

Memories were shared and there was also a touching tribute paid to the recently deceased Tom O’Farrell by the club’s honorary lifetime president, Pat Rooney.

This was the 20th year that Suzanne gathered everyone together at her residence and it continues to be a vital way of maintaining connections that were first forged over 50 years ago.


Tom O’Farrell, RIP

The NY Shamrocks would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Tom O’Farrell, a founding member of our club.

Mr O’Farrell, late of Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary and New York, died peacefully on Monday, January 2 in Cork University Hospital.

Mr O’Farrell is the much loved brother of the late John and Patsy and he will be sadly missed by his sisters Ann, Kathleen, Helen and Teresa, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and former team mates.

Arriving to the Church of the Assumption in Ballyporeen on Tuesday evening at 6pm local time. Requiem mass on Wednesday at 11am followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Thank you for everything you did for the Shamrocks!

Looking forward to 2017!

shamrocks-holiday-cardWe celebrated a great year for the club at the Courtyard Ale House on Saturday night – a perfect way to end an enjoyable fall season.

Wishing everyone at the club a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous 2017 – especially when it comes to the culmination of the campaigns of our seven teams!


A group photo organized with military precision!


Sharee Goodson, John Riordan and Val Lux. Picture courtesy Peter McDermott (Irish Echo)


Joe Zorbo and Jo Belluardo. Picture courtesy Peter McDermott (Irish Echo)


Glen Wrafter, Tricia Reed-Geraghty and Joe Connolly. Picture courtesy: Peter McDermott (Irish Echo)


Caroline Carter, Michaela Newell, Sharon Odofin and John Riordan. Picture courtesy Peter McDermott (Irish Echo)


Rocks maintain lead as top scorer Clarke departs on high note

  • Grogan praises “amazing first half of season”
  • Super keeper Frankie puts Rocks in driving seat
  • Over 30s deadly dozen punishes Partizani
  • Reserves and 1960 stay in touch with leaders

shamrocks-sunday-schedule-graphic-1The Shamrocks ended the year on a perfect note with five brilliant victories on the final day of Cosmopolitan Soccer League action before a three-month winter break.

The first team and the Over 30s will head into spring as league leaders after impressive successes on Sunday while the reserves and Rocks 1960 solidified top four berths with eight league games to go.

Popular winger Jamie Clarke will depart the club as top scorer after his clinical first half strike sent the Rocks on their way to a superb 3-1 win over Pancyprians at Belson Stadium.


Shamrocks players bidding farewell to Jamie Clarke who will be returning to Ireland to line out with his native Armagh Gaelic Football team in next year’s GAA Ulster Senior Football Championship. Pictured after their 3-1 Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 1 win over Pancyprians were from left, Conall McGrandles, Kwesi Mills-Odoi, Jamie Clarke, Charlie O’Loughlin, Anthony Tagliaferri, team captain Zachary Gosse and Joey Zorbo. Photograph by John Riordan 

The result meant Kevin Grogan’s men sealed a unique double over the CSL giants while also providing a huge boost to the club’s play-off push in just their second season back in the top flight of New York amateur soccer..

It was the team’s fifth win in succession, opening out a four-point gap over second-placed Lansdowne who have a game in hand after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to the Greek Americans on Saturday night.

Goalkeeper Frankie Tsasse produced the best performance of his Shamrocks career, two penalty saves and several other crucial stops proving critical for his team in what was ultimately a comfortable win.

Goalkeeper Frankie Tsasse (left) saved two penalties and talented midfielder Giuseppe Barone scored one to hand the Shamrocks a 2-1 lead. Pictures by Dinos Avlonitis

After Clarke pounced to knock home a rebounding Alejandro Fritz effort with almost 25 minutes on the clock, the Shamrocks struggled to add to their advantage and Pancyprians leveled with ten minutes left to the break.

In a game which saw a total of four penalties awarded, Ibrahim Diaby’s missed effort was made up for when his fellow midfielder Giuseppe Barone stepped up to the spot ten minutes later, converting his first goal of the season in style.

With just over a quarter of an hour left on the clock, the Rocks secured the result with an excellent counter attacking goal involving brilliant passes from Cónall McGrandles and Kwesi Mills-Odoi setting up Diaby who brilliantly chipped the advancing goalkeeper..


The Shamrocks squad pictured after their brilliant 3-1 win over Pancyprians in Sunday’s Cosmopolitan Soccer League Division 1 game at Belson Stadium. Photograph by John Riordan

“Amazing first half of the season,” reflected Kevin Grogan.

“An amazing club with a quality structure behind the scenes. It’s every manager’s dream to be at a club like the Shamrocks.

“We want to thank Jamie Clarke for his contribution to the club. We wish him all the best for the future. He left with a touch of class today with a goal and an amazing speech after the game. He said he made friends for life and that sums this club up in a nutshell.

“We will regroup now over the holidays and then structure the new year so we can maintain success.”


The reserves also won 3-1, dominating the curtain raiser against their struggling Pancyprian counterparts thanks to goals from Sean O’Neill, man of the match Mike Stone and captain Paul McDaid.

The Rocks played a stylish opening half but were unfortunate to be only one goal to the good at the break, Joe Connolly’s saved shot tapped home by his strike partner O’Neill after 25 minutes.

007-joe-kennedyAfter Stone was pushed from right back to right wing, he made the most of the move, turning in on his left to send a blistering strike to the top far hand corner of the net. After McDaid tidily finished a great move with ten minutes to go, the game was over as a contest although there was time for the home team to convert a late penalty.

This fifth league win in a row ensured the Rocks stay within four points of leaders Lansdowne and, crucially, opened out a nine-point gap back to fifth-placed Cedar Stars Academy with the top four qualifying for the play-offs.


“We really clicked as a team – that was the most encouraging thing,” said coach John Riordan.

“Joe Kennedy was brilliant at center back and I thought Larry Slaughter played one of his best games of the season. Mike Stone was incredible and I was glad he got rewarded with a goal. Sean O’Neill was superb up front too and he could have scored a hat trick.

“They are a pleasure to work with and they are all hungry for success. They don’t want this winter break – that’s how much they’ve gained confidence in each other. But we’ll come back in March ready to push home for the play-offs and then anything is possible.”


Meanwhile, the Over 30s braved the sleet of Sunday evening to fire 12 goals past Partizani without reply at Randall’s Island.

Their tenth win of the Fall was inspired by an incredible five goals from Johhny McGeeney and four from Sean Riley, the duo now level with each other at the top of the club’s scoring charts with 15 each. The other strikes arrived courtesy of Nei de Oliveira, Alex Berne and an own goal.

“I’m very happy with the performance, the three points and a clean sheet,” said coach Paddy Mc Carry.

“The big score leaves us top of the table on goal difference. Our front men will cause any team trouble and they were on top form. Riley and Johhny were top class.

“It was a great team performance in very bad conditions. To be top of the league and in the last eight of the State Cup, that’s a great way to finish the first half of the season. All credit to the players – they have been great once again.”

Dave Harvey scored twice for Shamrocks 1960 in a 3-1 win over struggling Deportivo Sociedade at Flushing Memorial Park, a result that kept Andy Connolly’s men fourth in the Metro 1 standings. The game also heralded Johnny Hall’s first goal for the club.

The scheduled trip for the Legends to Banatul was forfeited by the home side, handing Emmett Harvey’s men an automatic 3-0 win to round out their year, sending the team up to third in the conference.