St Pat’s GAA Club News

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Our lotto was held on Monday night, June 5th in Keane’s Bar due to the Dingle Way Challenge, which took place the day before. Winning numbers will be included in next week’s notes.

O’Sullivan Financial Services Dingle Way Challenge 2017

Ladies on the Dingle Way Challenge.

Last Sunday saw St. Pats GAA host the fifth Dingle Way Challenge with the aim to raise funds for the development projects the club is undertaking to enhance our facilities for our players, members and the greater community in general, and it was a resounding success!

Participants for the Ultra route gathered at the clubhouse as early as 4.30am for registration and briefing on safety from the organising committee.

There were 3 route choices this year which included a 45km ultra hike which started at Dingle via the pilgrim path to Murrioch, where hikers were treated to a hot brunch and from there climbed Mount Brandon, descending via Sauce Creek and finally finishing at Cloghane.

A second choice which also started in Dingle via the pilgrim path to Murrioch, a brunch at An Ghaeltacht GAA Club, going back on the ancient path, walking through the valley, right under the Conor Pass and finishing in Cloghane.

And the last choice, which was the shortest of the 3 startedfrom Murrioch via Cosán na Naomh through the valley and under the Conor Pass finishing in Cloghane or walk from Murrioch and climb Mount Brandon, descending via Sauce Creek also finishing in Cloghane.

We were blessed with the weather for most parts of the walk with the heavens opening late in the afternoon as walkers made their way to the finishing point in O’Connors Bar and Guesthouse, Cloghane.

Derek, the coordinator of this great event, “feels relieved that all went well and delighted with the sponsors.” After all the walking was done, all were invited to Skelper Quane’s Bar for “refreshments” and a chance to interact with other walkers and members of the community.

Overall, the event was very successful with over 260 participants coming from near places such as Cork, Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin and as far as France, UK, US and even Canada!

The club will like to use this opportunity to thank our main sponsor, O’Sullivan Financial Services and all the other businesses who contributed to this event by providing services, food, drinks and donating generously.

We encourage all our club members to support these businesses in any way they can. Many thanks to Blennerville/Derrymore Community First Responders and the local Civil Defence as well as Derryquay ICA for helping out with the catering, our club members and members of the general public who supported the event by participating and contributing in no small ways to the smooth running of this event.

Well done to Derek, Conor and the rest of the organising committee for the meticulous planning in ensuring everything ran like clockwork.

Finally, a huge thanks goes to all the walkers who participated either for the first time or returnees and ensured that it was a success. It wouldn’t have happened without your participation and we appreciate it. We look forward to seeing you all next year.


There was no academy action last Sunday because of the DWC. Our juveniles and parents were involved in a 4km fun walk, which was part of the DWC, starting and finishing at O’Connor’s Bar via a loop featuring stunning views.

U12 Mixed: Our U12 mixed team made the long trip to Valentia last Friday evening to take on their counterparts from Valentia. On a perfect evening for playing football, we started brightly in the opening minutes but the strength of the home team started to show as they raced to a commanding lead in the first half. A much improved second half performance saw our players display some good footwork in patches, some of which resulted in points and a goal but we were unable to close the gap on this physically strong Valentia team as they took the points on offer.

We pay Laune Rangers C this Sunday, the 11th in Killorglin at 6.00pm.

U12 Girls: St Pats 4-3, Legion 2-9

Heart and guts will be a fitting way to describe our U12 girls when they drew with Legion in the County League last Tuesday evening in Blennerville.
Playing with just only 14 girls, they put up a spirited performance against a team with surplus players at their disposal.The match was played at a very high tempo and credit must be given to our girls who showed resilience much to the delight of the crowd in attendance. Well done to both teams for displaying some excellent football in which some great scores were produced.

Team: Sinead Murphy, Ailbhe Daly, Caoimhe Dairo, Lisa Rowan, Caoimhe O’Sullivan, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Grainne Breen, Kayla O’Connor, Orlaith Murphy, Sarah Brett, Keelin Enright, Emily Roche and Emma Healy.

These two teams will meet again in the County League semi-final in Legion, this Thursday, 8th at 7pm. Best of luck to the team and mentors.

Senior Team

Our senior team resume their Co. League campaign when they play Waterville at home this Saturday, the 10th June. This game is due to throw in at 7.30pm. Please come and support the lads.

Senior B Team

We play Moyvane in Round 3 of the County Junior League this Monday, 5th of June in Moyvane at 7.30pm


Best of luck to all leaving and junior cert students starting their exams this Wednesday.

Cul Camp 2017
The St Pats Cul Camp will take place between the 7th and 11th of August from 10am to 2.30pm every day. The Camp provides boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13 with action packed and fun-filled week of activities during the summer holidays. Cost is €60 per child with reductions (€50 for second child and €40 for third and fourth child) for additional members of the family. Booking can be made online at the Cul Camp official website or on the first morning of the Camp. Each child will receive FREE Kellog’s GAA gear and backpack.
Club Mass 
Our annual club mass will be on at 7.30pm on Thursday, June 15th at St. Pat’s Club Grounds, Blennerville. All are welcome.
Ardfert Retreat Centre

(Bookings & info call 066 713 4276)
A Doorway into Stillness: A day of Spiritual Nourishment for mind and body led by Antoinette Dilsworth RSJ, Sat. 10th June 10.30am-4.30pm.
A Day with Mary: Celebrate the Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima preached by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dan O’Riordan P.P. Castleisland, Sat. 17th June 10.30am-4.30pm.
Self Care Day: Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness, Sat. 8th July 9.45am-4.00pm. Contact: Anna O’Donoghue 0879447105 Ref.
Growing Old Gracefully: Welcome to a Guided Participative Experience facilitated by: John Dunne & Kathy Cunningham. Friday 28th-Sunday 30th July.
Enrich your Faith: Foyer of Light, Charity and Love, Silent Retreat preached by Fr. Kilian Byrne, Aug 7th-13th. Contact Helen 0861678027.

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