St Pats Club News 12/05/14

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St PatsLotto:

There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of €10,500. The numbers drawn were 04, 10, 12 & 23. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Richard Rowan, Blennerville; Ger McGrath c/o Betty’s Bar; Breda O’Sullivan, Blennerville; Eddy O’Sullivan, Blennerville & John Crean, Clahane. Next week’s jackpot will be €10,600 and the draw will take place next Sunday night May 18th at 10pm in Keane’s Bar. Tickets available from usual outlets or any committee member. If you’re not in, you cannot win!!!

Dingle Way Challenge 2014:

Now that the May Bank Holiday is over it is time to start making plans for the June Bank Holiday. St Pats are running their second Dingle Way Challenge on Sunday June 1st and this year the walk will go from Cloghane to Blennerville with stops in Spillane’s Bar, Maharees and The Old Schoolhouse in Camp. Participants are free to walk all the trek or any of the stages. Registration can be done online through our website and Facebook page but we are also taking registration at the Juvenile Academy next Sunday morning at 10:30am and forms are also available with Kieran in O’Shea’s Gala.

The fee is €35 and includes bus transport, breakfast,  lunch, burger and a drink on completion along with a medal. All participants will also receive a bag for the trek with drinks, fruit and a map. It promises to be a great days fun on the mountains and along the beaches. We are asking all friends of St Pats to support the walk either by taking part or by sponsoring one of the participants and all money raised is being used to improve our club facilities.

Coiste na nOg is arranging a family section from Curraheen Church, ascending to the mountain path and trekking to Tonevane and completing at Blennerville GAA pitch.  Start time for this section is 3.30pm on June 1st.  Children will wear a bib and walk with a steward-led group & parents and finish at our pitch where refreshments and music will generate a party atmosphere.  All are welcome so why not join in the fun!!!!!

Juvenile Academy:

Under 6s:

St Pats U6s had a great double contest v Austin Stacks on Sunday last. Great skill and teamwork was displayed by both sides and we would like to thank our friends in Austin Stacks for hosting us and for the well deserved refreshments afterwards.  No doubt we have budding future stars in Caoilinn, Leah, Mark, Darragh, Keelin, Maebh, Michael, Tara, Justin, Rory, Jack,Sharon, Robert and Luke who all performed so well.  Keep up the training and well done all around.

 Under 8s:

 Our U-8s played their first games of the season when our neighbours Ardfert and Ballyheigue came to Blennerville last Sunday. The games were spilt into 7 a side to help the players display their skills they have practised to date. St Pats fielded two teams and both played two games each. With Joseph Laucher, Thomas Sheehy, Emily Roche and Rory Kelliher working hard around the middle as usual meant our forwards of Fionn Dairo, Diarmuid Waugh, Samuel Baoreoi, Eddie Stack had plenty of ball to get the scores and some of their score taking was excellent.

Brandon O’Connor, Kayla O’Connor and Samson defended brilliantly for their first outing in St. Pats jersey’s . Jamie Lynch , Zack Howarth, Grainne Breen and Orlaith Murphy’s hard tackling were keeping the Ardfert and Ballyheigue forwards at bay. This was the U-8’s first games of the year and the coaches of Johnny , Dipo and Conor were delighted to see the players using their skills and putting in a great effort in all the games.

Under 10’s:

We had another action packed training session last Sunday with yet again another great turnout. On the day Sean Crowley, Liam O’Sullivan, Aoife Burke and Ali Lynch gave it 100% showing great passing skills and accuracy.

Under 12’s:

 Our U12’s once again displayed another fantastic game of football last Sunday evening at home against Asdee/Ballylongford. We saw outstanding skill from every player throughout the field and it was great to come away with a win. St. Pats had most of the possession in the first half but seemed to have difficulty putting the ball over the bar. It was a very tight and exciting game leaving the half time score St.Pats 3-0 Asdee/Ballylongford 1-4. We saw 2 lovely goals from Martin Laucher and another from Tomas O’Sullivan. In the second half  Liam O’ Sullivan planted the ball in their net and we saw more goals from Martin and Tomas.

Eventually St. Pats began to take their points and we saw some extremely skillful points taken from difficult angles by Tomas, Martin, Samuel and Danny. However, all these scores weren’t possible without all the great ball they were receiving from their fellow teammates. In defence, Michael Doody , Cormac Lynch, Niall McCarthy and Danny Greaney played out of their skin driving forward on every opportunity they got.

Samuel and Tomas in midfield continued to kick in some fantastic ball to the forward line Oisin Murray, Liam O’Sullivan, Martin Laucher, Dylan Griffin, Jack Walsh and Sean Crowley. While some of the forwards were unlucky not to put their names on the scorebord, they managed to set up most of the scores. Daniel Moriarty made some superb saves in goals and a huge well done to Nicole Healy who played her first game for St Pats. Final score St.Pats 5-12 Asdee/Ballylongford 5-8

Under 16’s:

 Our u16’s played away to Churchill on Monday in the semi final of the central league. We were up against a very strong Churchill side so unfortunately we were well beaten. However it was a huge improvement from the previous week and the scoreline wasn’t a fair reflection on the game. We saw some great passing and each player worked extremely hard to stay in the game. On the night Joe O’Connor, Mikey Cahill and Brian Murphy in defence worked tirelessly right to the final whistle.

Also Sean Hogan in goals had a very busy night making some outstanding saves. It was quite evident throughout the game the amount of hard work our mentors Eoin Sayers, Seamus O’Sullivan, Patrick Dillane and Shane Bailey are putting in week after week. Training Thursday at 7 o’clock.


 The Junior team have their first outing of the year this Friday night where they travel to Duagh to take on the locals in the first round of the Junior County League. Throw in is at 7pm. We would like to wish Pat Foley, Kevin Quirke and the team the best of luck for the season ahead.


 Our seniors host Glenbeigh/Glencar this Saturday night in round 5 of the Credit Union County \Senior Football League. Throw in at 7pm. All support greatly appreciated.

Cúl Camps:

The Kelloggs GAA Football Camp will take place in Blennerville from July 28th to August 1st . The camp is for boys & girls aged 6 to 13.  We would hope to increase on the huge numbers that we had last year.  Each child will be given free sports gear. GAA players will teach the skills of Gaelic Football in a safe and fun filled environment from Monday toFriday 10am to 2.30pm.


 Our music group under the guidance of Mary O’Sullivan & James Allman will practice on Sunday evening next week in the clubhouse. Time TBC.

St Brendan’s N.S. Blennerville:

 Brendan’s N.S. Blennerville are doing another ‘Bag 2 School’ collection on Tuesday 27th May between 1 and 2:30pm. We are looking for second hand clothes, shoes tied together, soft toys, belts and bags. If you can help us, please drop your unwanted clothes to us in any large plastic bag on this day to help us raise funds for the school. The school is hosting an ‘Active Week’ from 12-16th May.

Children will take part in skipathons, a hike  for 5th and 6th classes around Loch a’Dúin, have a health and safety talk (thanks to parent Maura O’Donnell for organising), drop everything and dance session, crazy golf, as well as a tour to UL for the older classes for rafting, canoeing, and much more. We are making a huge effort that week to raise the number of steps taken by all, so we are going to walk to school every day that week from the windmill.

We welcome parents to join us. We would like to thank the Curran family for their kind permission in allowing us to start from the Windmill car park. A meeting for our new enrolments will take place on 7th May at 7pm to meet their new teacher and get to see the classroom. Parents will meet with principal Terry O’Sullivan and get a chance for their children to meet each other. It may very well be the last year our infants will meet in a prefab, as the new building clearly is on the horizon now. For more information, enrolment form, and news, please see our web-site:


Congratulations to Anne Kelliher, Helen Kelliher and Michelle Greaney from Annagh who successfully completed the Limerick City Marathon, only six weeks after completing the Tralee Marathon. Some achievement. Well done ladies!

Blennerville/Ballyard Community Games:

A reminder that the Blennerville/Ballyard Community Games Athletics competition will take place in St Pats GAA pitch, Blennerville, on Thursday evening May 15th at 6:30pm. There will be a special race for tiny tots and all other community games events will be for the u8’s to u16 age groups. The first four qualifiers in each event go on to represent Blennerville/Ballyard in theCounty Finals which will be held on 21/22nd June, in An Riocht, Castleisland. Check out our Facebook page for further updates and information


A dark cloud passed over the parish last Sunday afternoon when news filtered through of the passing of Jimmy O’Sullivan. A gentleman of the highest order, Jimmy will be sorely missed in these parts. A farmer by trade, Jimmy, along with wife Joan, ran a successful guesthouse for many years. He had a keen interest in Kerry football and he paid a particular interest in St Pats football. His three sons Seamus, Tommy & Derek were members of the 1994 winning Junior Championship team and twenty years on, Derek is still playing senior football with Jimmy’s grandson Michael!

He loved conversation and had a huge interest in young people and was always on hand to help or to advise. His main interest was greyhounds and he has good success down the years with numerous dogs with the “Derrymore” prefix to their names. On behalf of everyone in the club, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Joan, sons Seamus, Tommy, Derek, his daughter Anne and all his grandchildren and extended family. The club would also like to sympathise with the family & friends of Brendan O’Connell from Curragraigue who died tragically whilst performing his duties as an outrider for the Cycle Against Suicide last week. May They Rest In Peace.

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