Mullingar Shamrocks is one of the leading GAA clubs in Westmeath and is involved in promoting Gaelic football and Irish culture at all levels. Adult Football • At adult level the Mullingar Shamrocks Club fields teams in the Senior, Junior and Junior ‘B’ levels in the Westmeath football championship and in Division’s 1, 4 and 6 in the Westmeath League. Over 60 players represented the club in these adult competitions in 2018. • Since 1986, the club has won nine senior football county championships, the premier competition in Westmeath. The club’s last senior title was won in 2018, we were beaten in the county final of 2014 and in the semi-final in 2015. • In 2018, Mullingar Shamrocks won the Senior Championship and this was 85th county title won by the club since its foundation in 1953. Under-Age Football • In under-age football, Mullingar Shamrocks enter teams in the Under-12 (x 2), Under-14 (x 2), Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 league and championships and in the Under-20 championship which does not have a league competition. Each of these age groups (excluding under-20) caters for a panel of roughly 25 players; therefore the club has an active playing population of approximately 120 players in the age group 11-18. • In addition, from April to September annually, regular Saturday morning coaching sessions take place for under-6, under-8, under-10 year and under-12s. These age groups do not have competitive football but a regular programme of games is organised by the club for the club with an emphasis on fun and participation modelled on the GAA’s Go-Games Concept. Approximately 70-80 young boys and girls are involved in this activity. Ladies & Girls Football • Mullingar Shamrocks competed at senior level in ladies football between 2010 and 2018 before dropping down to intermediate in 2019. This section of the club has a membership of 30-35. • In girls’ football Shamrocks compete at under-12, under-14, under-16 and under-18 level and in 2015 fielded two teams at under-14 level; on Saturday mornings, the under-8 and under-10 and under-12 girls attend the coaching sessions. This section of the club caters for 120 girls. Social and Cultural Activities • Mullingar Shamrocks is also involved in providing a programme of social and cultural activities for its members. This is achieved mainly through participation in the GAA’s annual Scór and Scór na nÓg competitions which are designed to promote and encourage Irish culture. • The Mullingar Shamrocks Club is one of Ireland’s leading clubs in adult Scór activities and in 2015 won the All-Ireland title in the Novelty Act section and were Leinster champions in the Figure Dancing Competition. • Mullingar Shamrocks community dimension is also displayed in the club’s annual Stars in Your Eyes promotion. This is an entertainment show that was staged on three nights recently in the Mullingar Arts Centre. The core of this show is provided by members of the club but an opportunity is also provided to talented non-club members from Mullingar to display their talents on stage. Niall Horan of One Direction fame and Mark Irwin currently starring in the Commitments in London’s West End made some of their earliest stage performances in this show and we have the DVDs to confirm same! • The club also has a weekly bingo section which attracts an average attendance of over 100 mainly from the local housing estates and these are mainly older members of the community. Mullingar Shamrocks Fitness Centre • At the club’s grounds in Springfield top-class facilities have been develop to enhance our community involvement. These include a perimeter walkway, an astro-turf pitch and a well-equipped gymnasium. These facilities are used by a wide-cross section of Mullingar society.
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