St Pats GAA Club News

Posted by


First man home Gary Scollard and first woman home Jessica Hastings in the Dingle Way Challenge on Sunday.

Dingle Way Challenge 2023

Last Sunday saw St. Pats GAA host their 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!

The weather on the morning was sunny as participants for the Ultra route gathered at the clubhouse as early as 4.15am for registration and briefing on safety from the organising committee.

The walk itself was 48km long for the very fit ultra-participants, it took in parts such as Mt Brandon, spectacularly scenery of Sauce Creek to Brandon point with views of Tralee Bay, Loop Head, and the beautiful sandy beaches of Lower West Kerry. Our regular route participants had a 32km long walk which began in Brandon point and continued on the same route.

Participants were treated to breakfast in Halla le Chéile and lunch at Castlegregory. This year’s walk was the most challenging especially travelling over the shoulder of Mt. Brandon, but guts and perseverance prevailed as participants were greeted at the finishing line by members of the organising committee with a DWC medal, water, and lots of refreshments.

The first Ultra Man to arrive at the finishing line was Gary Scollard and First Woman in the Ultra was Jessica Hastings.

After all the walking was done, all were invited to sit down under our marquee for a BBQ, Beer or wine for the ladies or men and a chance to interact with other walkers and members of the community.

Overall, the event was the most successful to date with nearly 250 participants ensuring that all the hard work put by the committee and club in general paid off. The club would like to use this opportunity to thank our main sponsors, Poff Motors and 3D Personnel 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 Derryquay ICA for helping with the catering, our club members and members of the general public who supported the event by participating and contributing in some small ways to the smooth running of this event.

Thank you to those who provided medical care throughout the route on the day of the walk. Well done to the organising committee for the meticulous planning in ensuring everything ran like clockwork and to anyone who gave their time in the led up to the event.

Finally, a huge thanks goes to all the walkers who participated and ensured that it was a success. It wouldn’t have happened without your participation, and we appreciate it. For photos from the event go to their Facebook page by clicking here.

Club Lotto

Due to the Dingle Way Challenge taking place our lotto draw will take place on Monday 5thof June, results will appear in next’s weeks notes, local outlets, and social media.

Many Thanks to all who contribute to our weekly club Lotto. The club cannot emphasize enough the importance of our members promoting the club Lotto among family, friends, and work colleagues. The lotto is now a critical source of funds for the club. We are appealing to all club members to promote our Lotto at this time to ensure our club’s future viability. Please have your Lotto entries in by 7pm, every Sunday evening.

Juvenile Academy

There was no Juvenile Academy on Sunday Morning, but it was fantastic to see so many of our Juveniles and their families taking part in the family section of the Dingle Way Challenge on Sunday afternoon last, in the glorious sunshine.

U8 Girls

The U8 Girls are taking part in a Go Game blitz in Dingle on Monday 5th from 5-7pm with neighbouring clubs, organised by Dingle LGFA.


Our U9 mixed team played at home against Castlegregory last Monday. Super performance by all our Boys & Girls on a glorious evening, a big welcome to our new players who joined us tonight. Big improvements again this week which is lovely to see. A big thanks to our coaches Noel, Michéal, Paidi & James.

There was no training Sunday because of the Dingle Way Challenge, but it was lovely to see so many of the kids taking part in the family section of the walk. We will hopefully have another home game next Tuesday June 6th against Lispole.


On Thursday evening we hosted Dingle in phase two of the U11 County League Go Games. Dingle came ready to play and there were some serious battles in both games. Everyone put in a ferocious effort considering the warm conditions. Well done to all the boys and thanks to the parents who stayed to offer support.

With no training on Sunday due to the Dingle Way Challenge our next game is at home to Annascaul on Thursday 8th June, all players to meet in Blennerville at 6:10pm.

A reminder to keep up the practice at home this week.

U12 Girls

The U12 Girls were in the North Kerry division 6 final on Thursday evening last at home against Listowel B team. The girls all played outstanding, it was tight at the beginning, but St. Pats never gave the opposition a chance, and kept up the pace until the final whistle and were absolutely thrilled to come away with the win and the silverware!

You all did yourselves, your parents, and your coaches proud, and especially how as a team these girls have developed massively! Thanks to Lucy our well-deserved captain for producing a beautiful speech from the heart at the presentation of the silverware. Onwards and upwards from here on in, for these Girls and their coaches, St Pats Abú!!


Our U13’s played their last group game in the County League Phase Two against Kerins O’Rahillys on Tuesday night last, in superb conditions in Blennerville. Our boys had plenty of possession in the first half but failed to take some scoring opportunities unlike the visitors who took most of the chances they got.

Rylan Flynn came up as usual to take a 45 and yet again it ended up in the net. HT score was St Pats 1-0 KOR 0-4. The opening exchanges were close, but KOR delivered two sucker punch goals one after the other and they went on to win comprehensively.

The result means that we end up in a lower division final which is against Castlegregory on Sunday week June 11th with the venue to be confirmed next week.

The team trained Thursday but they have Sunday and Tuesday off due to the bank holiday weekend and the Dingle Way Challenge. Next training is Thursday June 8th. We hope everyone who participated in the Dingle Way Challenge enjoyed the day.

U14 Girls

The U14 Girls were treated to a fun training session on Derrymore beach last Friday evening in the fantastic sunshine, the girls had a great time and even got a swim in! Thanks to the coaches for facilitating this.


Our U15 ‘s will train Monday and Friday this week with a challenge game against Austin Stacks on Wednesday.  Central region competition will hopefully start at the end of this month. Best of luck to all players doing the junior cert this week.


On Friday night last in Blennerville Tarbert was first to score with a point, Patrick Dowling responded with a point of his own. Tarbert got a quick point, with Kieran Hurley replying with a point. St Pats scored the next two points, one each from Fergal O Brien, and Kieran Hurley.

Brendan Poff added a goal to St Pats Scoring. Tarbert put another point on the board, Eoin Greaney put another point for us. Tarbert’s got their last point of the first half, with a point each from Kieran Hurley and Fergal O Brien to end the first half St Pats 1-07 Tarbert 0-04

The first two points of the second half came from Tarbert, Brendan Poff responded with a quick goal past the Tarbert Goalkeeper and shortly after also added a point. Tarbert scored four points.

Breandan Savage got St Pats last point of the game. Tarbert edged closer with one more point added to the scoreboard. The final whistle blew St Pats 2-09 Tarbert 0-11

St Pats Team:  Paudie Bailey, Joe O Connor, Niall McCarthy, Conor Moore, Luke Mulligan, Brian Murphy, Tommy Lynch, Liam Poff, Patrick Dowling, Gary Savage, Brendan Poff, David O Callaghan, Fergal O Brien, Kieran Hurley, and Eoin Greaney.

Subs Used:  Cillian O Riordan for Conor Moore, Liam O Sullivan for Liam Poff, Breandan Savage for Gary Savage, and Cormac Lynch for Fergal O Brien

Please keep an eye for any changes in O Shea’s Gala, Byrnesworth and St Pats Old Clubhouse.

Charity Choir Concert

A wonderful evening of entertainment-featuring and kindly supported by St John’s Choir, Kerry Chamber Choir, Kerry School of Music Orchestra with special solo performances. Tickets are €10 each and can be purchased at the door on the night. Doors open at 6.30pm. This event takes place Sunday 11th of June at 7pm in St John’s Parish RC Church, Tralee.


The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of Anne Lynch Ballyard.


Comments are closed.