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1994 Yearbook notes
Mullingar Shamrocks (playing as Young Ireland) won their first Senior Football Championship in 1903 when they defeated Moate Stars by 1-4 to 0-2. The club did not contest another Senior Final until 1944 when Kinnegad proved too strong. In among those Senior Final apperanaces, shamrocks team captained by Tommy Finn, captured the Junior Football title in 1918.
After disbanding for a period, Mullingar Shamrocks reformed in 1953 and in 1962 the club was back on the wining trail when the junior championship was won. Two years later the club captured its second Senior title defeating St. Marys Rochfortbridge; the team was captained by Jimmy O'Dowd. 1964 was also the year Shamrocks won the U.21 title for the first time. In 1966 Shamrocks captained by Dan O'Dowd was successful once again at senior level toppling Maryland on a 5-10 to 1-5 scoreline.
The next 20 years were very lean ones for Shamrocks at adult level - its most worthwhile performance being the 1979 County final defeat by Athlone. During this period, the clubs underage sides won a record number of titles.
The years since 1986 have seen the club enjoy unprecedented success both on and off the field. Five Senior titles were captured; In 1986 the Downs were defeated 1-11 to 2-6; in 1987 Moate lost 0-7 to 0-2; while in 1990 Kinnegad were the unsuccessful side and Athlone were convincingly beaten in 1992 as were Rosemount in 1993. In 1987 and 1988 the Minors won successive titles while most of the same players completed the same double by winning the 1989 and 1990 U.21 titles.
In 1988 the Intermediate title was won for the first time, Coralstown-Kinnegad losing out on a 2-2 to 0-7 scoreline. In the same period the juvenile section of the club was successful winning the U.12 championship in 1988, the U.14 in 1990 and the U.16 in 1992.
While 1991 may have been a disappointing year on the playing fields with the club losing out in the U.21, Intermediate and Senior County Finals, this was eased somewhat by the opening of the new club room complete with full bar facilities and the newly refurbished dressing rooms. During this period Spike Fagan was selected on the Irish Team for the Compromise Rules Series against Australia. He played in three of the series; touring Australia twice and played in Croke park also. He represented Ireland ten times in total.
1992 was a historical year for the club; for the first time sine its formation, three adult teams were fielded at Senior, Intermediate and Junior levels. Rustic Oil became the club's official sponsor. The Senior Team remained unbeaten in competitive football in Westmeath, the highlight being the magnificent County Final display in Athlone, when the Flanagan Cup was regained in spectacular fashion. At underage level two championships were won at U.12 and U.16 level thus establishing a base for continued success in the future.
Off the field a major development and drainage programme was undertaken on the playing field at Springfield; work which was successfully completed in 1993. The fifth senior title was captured when Rosemount were beaten 0-13 to 0-4 at Castletown-Geoghan. The social highlight was the clubs first European tour when over 60 members enjoyed a weeks long stay in Tenerife.
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