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St Pats Novelty Act, who are through to the finals of Scor na bPaisti in Foilmore on March 26.


There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 6, 11, 13 & 28. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Paul Denison The Kerries, Colin O Shea c/o PJ Higgins, Susan Keating c/o Jerry Moriarty, Martin O Shea c/o The Rock Inn and Hannah Lynch Tralee.
Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €4,200 and the draw will take place this Sunday night Mar 19th in O’Dwyer’s Bar. Lotto tickets are available from the usual outlets or any Club officer.

Lotto Anniversary

St Pats Gaa Weekly Lotto was 20 years Old on Thursday 26th of January and was started 20 years ago by then Chairman Mike Crean, Secretary Jim Moriarty and Treasurers Paul Byrne & Jimmy Savage and has served the club well. The first lotto draw was made on Sunday January 26th 1997.

To celebrate this occasion, St Pats will enter all lotto players who play the club lotto either weekly, monthly or yearly from the 23rd of January until the 5th of June into a special draw for 2 All Ireland Football tickets plus 2 night’s accommodation on the Saturday and Sunday night of the All Ireland weekend. Naomh Padraig Abu

Dingle Way Challenge 2017

It’s that time of the year again! Yes, The Dingle Way Challenge will take place on Sunday the 4th of June (keep this date free in your diaries). This walk is ideal for groups, teams, friends and solo hikers and you can either opt for The Dingle Way Challenge, a 34km walk which will involve a mixture of grass paths and road walking where walkers will get to experience the famous An Ghaeltacht GAA pitch in Murrioch (there will be a food stop here), the football club of the famous former Kerry footballers, Marc, Tomas and Darragh Ó Sé and culminating in Cloghane, via the valley that lies between Mount Brandon and Conor Pass or The Ultra Dingle Way Challenge, a 45km walk which starts at Dingle harbour, as the normal route, taking you through a tough 12km mountain route over Mount Brandon and finishing up at Cloghane, where there will be BBQ on arrival.

Buses going back to the clubhouse will be provided where there will be showers available for those who need it. There will also be music in Quane’s later that evening.This Challenge gives locals and tourists alike a great opportunity to experience the stunning scenery that West Kerry has to offer in a fun, safe and challenging environment. This year’s route is slightly shorter than last year but don’t be fooled as the Ultra section more than makes up for it. Registration and launch dates will be finalised in a couple of weeks.

Juvenile Academy

There was no Academy last week due to the Family mass held in Curraheen church however, it resumes as normal on the 19th of March.

U12 Girls: Girls football for U10 and U12s starting soon. We are looking for girls from the ages of 9 to 12 who aren’t with a GAA club and living within the Tralee Town area. They will be most welcome to enjoy the friendly sociable experience. For more information, contact Martina on 087 2849360.

U14: U14 TOWN LEAGUE.  St Pats 6-16, Kerins O’Rahillys B 1-2.  This was an utterly dominant performance against a spirited but outclassed Strand Road side. Tomas and Danny controlled the middle of the field, and always seemed to be able to find a loose man near goal. By the time Strand Road registered their first score, St Pats had already scored 5-8, through Tomas (3-5), Cillian (1-1), Danny and Aaron (1 point each), and a goal from Oisin.

Before the first half ended, Danny had added a point and Nathan blasted a goal. Strand Road added a goal and a point of their own in the same period.  The second half saw Strand Road limit our scoring opportunities, and we only added 7 more points from Tomas and Danny (2 each), and Cillian, Nathan and Adam. The last-named showed a lot of energy and found space very well throughout the game. All the while, the defence of Shane, Michael, Liam, Dylan and Matthew dominated their men and moved the ball well and quickly to the midfield and forwards.

Daniel was rarely troubled, but his kickouts and distribution were very solid. If there was a downside, it was the number of wides kicked (more than 20!). Practice the shooting, lads! TEAM: Daniel Moriarty (GK), Shane Howarth, Michael Doody, Matthew Quilter, Liam O’Sullivan, Dylan Griffin, Tomas O’Sullivan, Danny Greaney, Adam Hegarty, Cillian Lynch, Oisin Tobin, Nathan Moriarty, Aaron Murphy.

U16: Their first competitive game is this Saturday, the 18th at home to Ardfert in the Central League. Throw-in is at 2pm. Best of luck to Luke, Eoin, James and the entire panel.


St Pats minors made the long journey to Sneem last Saturday to play the combined might of Sneem, Derrynane, Valentia and Skellig Rangers in the 2ND round of the County League. For a variety of reasons our squad was stretched to it thinnest, but the men who travelled wore the jersey with pride. St Pats raced into an early lead through midfielder Luke O’Carroll who capped a great solo run with a fine point.

The South Kerry combo took total control of the game for the next 20 mins, and if it weren’t for the heroic efforts of Sean Hogan in goals and of Joe O’Connor (who was superb throughout) and Martin Savage in the full back line, the gap would have been insurmountable. As it was we trailed 1-15 to 1-4 at halftime. Our goal came through Jack Lynch rifling a bullet of a shot to the corner of the net after great approach work by Fergal O’Brien and Edward O’Sullivan. Just before halftime, our task was made much tougher with the extremely harsh straight dismal of Adam Boyle.

St Pats had failed to make use of the aerial ability of Tristan Raymond and the management not slow in asking their charges to redouble their efforts. Playing with a fresh breeze and with a bit of fire in the belly, St Pats took the game to their opponents and indeed outscored them in the 2ND half. Goals from Eoin Greaney and midfielder Patrick Dowling and a dominant performance by our halfbacks Ali Gardezi and Cathay Fitzgibbon brought St Pats back to within touching distance but they were unable to bridge the gap. Final Score Sneem/Derrynane/Valentia/Skellig Rangers 2-19 St Pats 3-09


John Michels 0-11 St Pats 1-12

St Pats got back to winning ways as they overcame a spirited John Mitchels in a St. Brendan’s league encounter played in John Mitchels last Sunday afternoon in which corner forward, Willie Hurley scored a goal and 3 points for the Pats.

John Mitchels playing with the wind in the first half registered the game’s first score from a free after 9 minutes. Luke Mulligan equalised 3 minutes later after a fine interchange of passes between himself, Liam O’Sullivan and Liam Poff. This seemed to galvanise the home side as they registered 5 unreplied points within a 10 minute period. Kieran Hurley kicked a point from a free to stop the rot and within the minute, Willie Hurley had the green flag raised when he found the net after an unselfish play by David O’Callaghan.

David also helped himself on the scoresheet when he pointed from play in the 26th minute with Kieran setting up the score. The home side scored another point but further scores from Willie and David ensured that the halftime scores ended at John Mitchels 0-7 St Pats 1-5.

With the wind in favour of St Pats in this half, they made good use of the slight advantage after just 40 seconds with Willie pointing from close range. John Mitchels went in search of a goal of their own but were met by a brick wall in the form of the Pats defence line of Brian Murphy, Kieran O’Sullivan, Tommy O’Connor, who was later replaced by Sean Dowling, Jeffrey Foley and Paul McMahon (he played basketball with Tralee Warriors in Dublin the previous evening) who defended astutely.

Mention must also be made to the outfield players who tracked back to help out in the defence. A brace from Kieran Hurley would further stretch St Pats’ lead despite the best efforts of John Mitchels former Kerry Junior captain, Alan O’Donoghue to keep the home side within touching distance. Overall, it was a very good team performance by the entire panel as they ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of John Mitchels 0-11 St Pats 1-12

Team: Paudie Bailey,Brian Murphy, Kieran O’Sullivan, Tommy O’Connor, Jeffrey Foley, Paul McMahon, Luke Mulligan (0-1), Kevin O’Shea, Liam O’Sullivan (0-1), Liam Poff, Brendan Poff (0-1), Lar Savage, Willie Hurley (1-3), Kieran Hurley (0-4,2f), David O’Callaghan (0-2)
Subs:Sean Dowling for Tommy O’Connor, Fizzy for Paudie Bailey, Eoin Sayers for Lar Savage and Joe Costello for Liam Poff.

Next match is SFL Div 2 away to Currow. Throw-in is at 2pm. We wish the team the best of luck.

U12’s in Croke Park

St Pats U12’s was selected to take part in a football blitz in Croke Park on Thursday the 20th of April. As anticipated, it has generated a great buzz around the panel and community in general and everyone is raring to experience this rare opportunity to showcase their skills at GAA Headquarters.

It is always the dream of every player to play in this great venue either with their club or county and it will be an experience they will treasure for the rest of their lives. The blitz will be for an hour and afterwards, there will be a tour of the Croke Park Museum. There will be a meeting on Thursday the 23rd March at 7pm with parents of the team. It is very important that at least one parent of the panel attends this meeting. As a reminder, those who are yet to pay their membership registration do so at their earliest convenience.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

We are participating in the St Patrick’s Day Parade and all club parents and members are asked to assemble within the vicinity of Aldi on North Circular Road at 11.30am & join us on the parade through Tralee, wearing our club colours. Keep an eye out on our Facebook pages and club text service for further details.

St Patrick’s Day Concert

Everyone is invited to Keane’s Bar at 2.30 pm to celebrate our history and culture. Club musicians, young & old will entertain us in music, song & dance….All are welcome.


Congratulations to Jamie O’Brien and Cathal Fitzgibbon who won gold and bronze in the hurdles event and 1200m respectively at the recent Munster Indoor Athletics event held in Nenagh.

Congratulations to Alan Laide and Aisling Daly on the birth of their son, Noisiu Michael.

Scór na bPaistí

Congratulations to our ballad group and novelty act both of whom qualified for the county finals in Foilmore on the 26th of March at 2pm.
Ballad group – Ciara Fitzgibbon, Katie Moriarty, Sorcha O’Donoghue, Caoimhe O’Sullivan and Siobhan O’Sullivan;
Novelty act – Oisin Gallagher, Emma Healy, Siobhan and Caoimhe O Sullivan, Keelin Enright, Sinead Murphy, Orlaith Murphy and Thomas Sheehy.
The club will also like to wish Mary O’Sullivan, our Scor mentor a speedy recovery.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of Mike Deane Castlegregory, and Hannah Mai Kerins Blennerville, Peggy Conway Cahill’s Park, Simon Mason Knockmoyle and Eileen Johnston Ballyard.

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