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There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 02, 08, 09 & 26. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Ann Jones Tonevane, Mag Foley Spa Road, The Murphys Mounthawk , Therese Enright Derrymore East and Matt O Flaherty c/o Tommy Brosnan.

Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €7,100 and the draw will take place on Sunday night April 22nd in O’Dwyer’s Bar. Lotto tickets can be purchased online, from any club officer or at the following outlets: Seamus O’Sullivan Master Butchers, O’Sheas Shop and Service Station, Poff Motors, Noyeks, Byrnesworth, Rock Inn, Dwyer’s Bar, Skelper Quanes, Bettys Bar and Keane’s of Curraheen.

Poff Motors and Top Part Dingle Way Challenge 2018

A group of St Pat’s GAA members launching the Dingle Way Challenge up in Tonevane on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

The Dingle Way Challenge, kindly sponsored by Poff Motors and Top Part will take place on Sunday the 3rd of June (keep this date free in your diaries).And as usual, there will be two challenges: The standard DWC, which is a 46km walk with the route going from from Brandon Point – Halla Le Cheile (there will be breakfast provided here) – Fermoyle Beach – Stradbally (Light lunch at the Castlegregory Golf Club) – Castlegregory – Lower Camp (Water/Toilet/Bus in Fitzgeralds) – Blennerville ( There will be BBQ in Quanes). Please note that buses will leave from Blennerville at 7am sharp for this option.

And then the ultra route (about 58km!) where the trek will begin in Feothanach at 6am and through to Halla Le Cheile and to Brandon via Sauce Creek. Again, buses will leave Blennerville at 5am sharp and as usual, there will be buses going back to Blennerville after the walk.

Registration will be €45 on the day and online ( or after April 15th.

Juvenile Academy

U6: We had a fun training session in the wind but thankfully minimal rain today! A surprise visit by Kieran Dwyer was an inspiration to the kids.
Our key concept after a recent coaching course was to get each player touching the ball as many times as possible both in training & at home.. of course whilst keeping up the fun & fundamentals of movement!
We are ordering some soft bouncy balls for training & hopefully home use to help us develop more ball handling skills & no fear of a hard ball.

U8: The standard at our under-eight session last Sunday was very good and our Player of the Week trophy was awarded to Niamh Murphy. Niamh showed great enthusiasm and concentration all through the session and her kicking is improving all the time, we think she is putting in some extra training at home during the week. We hope that all of our young players are practising at home with the football that the Club has given every player, 15 minutes practice every day hopping, catching or hand passing the ball will help.

Next Sunday we plan to visit Kerins O Rahillys grounds in Ballyrickard for some games with their young players so we need a good attendance, further details will be issued by text later in the week. As with training all players are required to wear gum shields during games, this is for injury protection and insurance purposes.

U10: It was back to training last Sunday and we had a good number of boys and girls for training. Well done to player of the week Rory Daly, who demonstrated excellent skill and application during the session. It is very important that parents bring their kids to training to learn their skills and also encourage them to practice at home.

St Pats will host the U 10 blitz for St Brendans Board Clubs on Tuesday April 24th at 6pm.  This will be a great evening of football and our neighbouring clubs will join us to display their skills.

U12: St Pats 5-10 Ballyheigue 5-7. Our U-12’s began their Co. League campaign at home with a hard fought victory against Ballyheigue last Sunday. In very heavy under foot conditions and driving rain, our St Pats future stars displayed fine skills throughout game. Thomas Sheehy’s safe hands and kick outs in goals were top class. Eddie Stack, Zach Howarth, Daniel Sheehy, Orlaith Murphy and Michael Enright defended like warriors, sticking to their opponents like glue and clearing their lines at every opportunity. Our elder players Diarmuid Waugh and Fionn Dairo lead by example. Both players ran themselves into the ground, scored some beautiful goals and points and both linked up well with our backs and forwards. Up front Rory Kelliher, Killian O’Mahony, Jack Costello, Darragh Murphy, Aiden Hayes, Mark O’Brien, Rachel Mulgrew and Conor Daly were all outstanding. Their scoring, lovely quick hand passes and accurate kick passes to their teammates were a joy to watch. All our players showed great heart, determination and teamwork throughout the game. All the coaches were delighted with the effort each player gave. It’s important ye all continue to attend our training sessions and also keep practicing yer skills at home during the week. The training and match schedule for the week will be circulated shortly. Naomh Pádraig Abú !!

U14 Girls: Our match last Wednesday was called off due to bereavement in Churchill, however, this has been re-fixed for this Tuesday the 17th at 6.45pm in Churchill’s new pitch. Thanks to senior team player, Kieran Dwyer for bringing the Corn Daithi Billings Cup to the U14 girls training this morning and giving a pep talk to the team.

U14 Boys: The U14 made the long trip to Tousist last Wednesday night and we were unlucky to come away with no points in the end. The team, from 1 – 14 which included many U12 s displayed all star performances. Daniel Moriarty was a power house in goals saving the team on many occasions with world class saves. Our full back line were outstanding showing great heart from start to finish with Shane Howarth, Josh Quilter, Adam Mulvihill, James Dowling along with Paddy Moran showed the true meaning of defending. Our midfield pairing of Cillan Lynch and Liam O’Sullivan covered every blade of grass on the field and were the vital link between the backs and forwards. The forwards of Adam Hegerty,Sean Murphy, Callum Hayes, Callum Houston, Zac Howarth and Thomas Sheehy played their hearts out and picked off some great scores over the hour . They worked the ball very well between themselves to pull off some fantastic scores and were unlucky in the end not to sneak a victory after hitting the post twice. Over all, it was a fantastic display by all after a very long journey. They showed what heart and determination can do. We have a very small panel but a fantastic team spirit by all and three very proud coaches on the sideline.

Our next match is this Wednesday, the 18th when we welcome Asdee/Ballylongford to Blennerville. Throw-in for this fixture is 7pm

U16: Our u16’s played Castleisland Desmonds team last week in the Central Region competition and they proved too strong in the end as they ran out comfortable winners.

Our next match is this Monday, the 16th when we will be away to Dingle with a throw-in time of 7pm.


Our Round 5 match last Friday which was an away game against Spa had to be called off due to our inability to field a team

We will be at home to Beale in Round 6 of the MFL this Friday, the 20th of April. Throw in is at 6.30pm. Best of luck to all.


Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Club Football Championship Group 3 Round 3

St Pats 0-11 Fossa 0-7

St Pats overcame Fossa to win their last game in group 3 of the Junior Premier Club Championship played in wet and windy conditions in Blennerville last Sunday. This was a battle between 2 sharp-shooters in St Pats’ Willie Hurley, who scored 6 points from play and Fossa’s Paudie Clifford 4 points from play.

Fossa were first to register a score when Paudie Clifford pointed after 7 minutes and added another a minute later. Willie Hurley put the home side on the score board when he pointed from close range and swiftly added another to leave both sides 2 points apiece after 10 minutes. Paudie Clifford scored from a free 6 minutes later but their lead was cancelled when Willie Hurley also pointed from a free and went on to score a further 2 points as the home side took a 0-5 to 0-3 lead to the break.

Willie Hurley started this half the same way the first half ended when he scored from a free after Brendan Poff was fouled as the home side raced to a 3 point lead. This was reduced when Paudi Clifford pointed from a free but minutes later, St Pats full-back, Tommy Lynch raced up the field to point from the right side to restore their 3 point lead. Fossa, in search of points harried after every ball and forced Liam Poff into holding the ball too long but this was quickly rectified when the resultant free was plucked from under the bar by the same player, who was making his 250th appearance for St Pats. Fossa continued applying pressure on the St Pats defence, who defended brilliantly and hardly gave away anything but were unlucky to concede a penalty which was saved by Paudi Bailey. Eventually, after 8 minutes of extra time played, St Pats held out to win on a scoreline of St Pats 0-11 Fossa 0-7.

St Pats: Paudi Bailey, Killian Quirke, Tommy Lynch (0-1), Joe O’Connor, Kieran Dwyer, Luke Mulligan, Jake Foley, Liam O’Sullivan, Liam Poff, Eoin O’Carroll, Brendan Poff, Sean Dowling, Breandáin Savage, Paul McMahon, Willie Hurley (0-10, 4f)

Subs: Shane Doyle for Eoin O’Carroll, Eoin Greaney for Liam Poff, Brian Murphy for Sean Dowling, Gary Savage for Breandáin Savage, Brandon Boyle for Killian Quirke

We play Ballydonoghue in the Junior Premier Championship – Relegation Play-off on the weekend of 21st/22nd April. Time and venue to be confirmed. If we win this game, the final will be played the following weekend.

Membership Registration 2018

Please note that the time for 2018 Registration and payment of the club membership subscription is drawing to a close. Your Club Membership for 2018 can now be registered and the subscription paid online by Credit Card, Debit Card. It’s as easy as going to the Club website –, select Membership and follow the instructions. While the annual subscriptions alone do not cover the full costs of Club activities they do form an important part of income for the Club. The Club also relies on members, sponsors and supporters engaging in fundraising during the year to make up the difference.

By subscribing on-line you will have access to your account, where full details on your Membership will always be available to you.

Public Talk

Curraheen Community Council has invited a guest speaker from the Health Service Executive (HSE) to give a public talk on the ‘Fair Deal’ Nursing Home Support Scheme. This scheme is operated by the HSE and provides financial support to people who need long-term nursing home care. It will be held in Curraheen Church Meeting Room on Tuesday, April 24th at 7.30pm. Everybody is welcome to attend.

Road Clean up Appreciation

Curraheen Community Council wishes to thank the 40 local volunteers who took part in County Clean-up Day last weekend. A huge amount of litter was collected along the main road from Tonevane to Derrymore West, as well as on many side roads off this route. Well done each and every one.

Community Room

Our community room, which includes a well-kitted gym is now available for booking. For further information and bookings, please contact Maurice Hanafin.


The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of Margaret Diggins Lixnaw and Sherry O Dowd Cloghane.

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