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Lotto

There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 10, 22, 24 & 25. The five €30 consolation prizes went to David Savage Curraheen, Cillian Nolan c/o Tony Casey, Brian and Ann O Shea Curraheen, Catherine Diggins Tonevane and Con O Shea Curraheen.
Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €4,300 and the draw will take place this Sunday night Mar 26th in Skelper Quane’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

U6: Well done to Grace Costello, Seamus Hingston and Dylan Passway who put in a great training session last Sunday morning but a huge well done to Thomas Higgins who received our player of the week trophy by showing great skill and determination throughout the session. Keep up the good work.

U8: Another great session was enjoyed by this young group of emerging stars, with a lot of fun and games had during the hour. It is great and encouraging to see all the kids improving weekly. Training continues next Sunday at Pres. Hall at 10am.

U10: St Pats under 10’s Academy were training again last Sunday in the Pres hall. There was a great turnout of players all eager to learn and show off their skills. It was great to see all the players putting in a great effort especially Jack Costello, Aiden Hayes, Ben Jones and Luke Passway. Well done to player of the week Daniel Sheehy, keep up the good work. It’s important everyone keeps practicing their skills at home during the week. We are back training again Sunday morning same time 11am and same location

U12: We had a challenge match against Churchill last Sunday in Churchill. It was great to see our boys and girls in competitive action after eight weeks of training and no doubt it will stand to them when the real action starts in a few weeks time. There will be another challenge match this Saturday, 25th against neighbours, Kerins O’Rahilys on our field at 3pm. A text will be sent out during the week on training times and dates.

U14: Last weekend’s Town League fixture against Austin Stack’s B was cancelled due to a bereavement in the club. Training continues on our astro pitch on Thursday at 6.30pm

U16: St Pats entertained a very strong and physical Ardfert side in the opening round of this Central Region Div 3 encounter. The away side were deserved winners on a scoreline of 0-5 to 2-15 but St Pats will look to bounce back from this heavy defeat when we host Ballymac U16’s on Monday, 27th March. Throw-in is at 6.30pm.

Minors

The backgame between St Michaels-Foilmore and St Pats is now fixed for Saturday, 25th March @4.00pm in
Foilmore GAA Grounds.Best of luck to the team.

Seniors

SFL Div 2 Rd. 1 Currow 2-11 St Pats 1-13

St Pats kicked off their division 2 campaign with a narrow point loss to Currow who had also gained promotion from last year. The game was lost late towards the end of the first half when 2 quick goals were conceded after being in the ascendancy for most of the half.

Playing with the wind, Currow were first to register a score from centre-forward, John Buckley, who converte a free.

They added two further points before St Pats pointed from a free through Kieran Hurley after 8 minutes. St Pats were clearly the better side for the majority of the half with our backs defending well, midfleiders putting in great work and our forwards turning over balls that were converted.

However, the turning point of the half and indeed the game towards the end of the first half when we conceded two consecutive soft goals as we trailed the half by 3 on a scoreline of Currow’s 2-05 to St Pats 0-08

Currow were first off the marks again straight from the throw-in, which former Inter-County mid-fielder, Seamus Scanlon, who was largely anonymous in the first half won after shrugging off his marker.

His pass fell to the hands of John Buckley, who evaded two St Pats players to point over. St Pats also had the green flag raised a minute later initiated from a line ball taken by Brendan Poff to Gary Savage, who cleverly ran into space and sent a high ball on to Kieran Hurley’s path. He out-jumped his marker to punch into the net.

Further points by Willie Hurley and Luke Mulligan nudged us ahead but Currow came back with a brace of their own to lead by a solitary point, which was enough to guarantee the home side all the points in this division 2 opener.

Overall, it was a strong performance by St Pats and it is hoped this experience will serve the team well throughout the campaign. Next match is SFL Rd. 2 at home to Kilcummin. Throw-in is at 2pm. We wish the team the best of luck.

Team: Paudie Bailey, Tommy O’Connor, Kieran O’Sullivan, Kieran Dwyer, Luke Mulligan (0-2), Paul McMahon, Sean Dowling, Liam O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Shea, Liam Poff, Brendan Poff (0-1), Lar Savage, Willie Hurley (0-5), Kieran Hurley (1-5,3f), David O’Callaghan

Subs:Brian Murphy for Sean Dowling and Eoin Greaney for Liam Poff.

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

Colour, vibrancy and a great sense of togetherness were what greeted the spectators as St. Pats marched through the town in the annual St. Patricks day parade last Friday despite the best efforts of the rain to put a dampener on proceedings (pun intended). Many thanks to members of our juvenile academy, mentors and parents who attended this great event.

More fun was also had later in the afternoon where there was a social gathering at Keanes of Curraheen and the kids were treated to music and games.

Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered to the children of Presentation Primary School, Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Caherleaheen & Blennerville NS on Friday, 24th March at 11am in St John’s Church. Best of luck to all, especially the st Pats contingent.

Congratulations

Congratulations to our senior team manager, Tim Moynihan who celebrated a significant birthday recently.

Congratulations to Dr Crokes on winning the Andy Merrigan Cup on St Patrick’s Day.

GAA Gaeltacht Scholarships 2017

Part Scholarships are available from the Kerry County Board for members between the ages of 12-18 years to attend Irish College in the Dingle Peninsula in the Summer of 2017.
Please contact Brenda Doody, Juvenile Secretary 086 8887889 for application forms.

Sympathies

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of Donie Houlihan Connolly Park and formerly of O Rahilly’s Villas, Denis O Connor Connolly Park, Philomena Kerins St. John’s Park and Tommy Buckley Ballyvelly and formerly of Listowel.

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