St Pats GAA Club News

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There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 12, 14, 20 & 30. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Margaret Keane Tonevane, Stevie Boyle Derrymore, Michael Moran The Kerries, Jason Sinnott Derryquay and Margaret Foley c/o The Rock Inn.

Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €4,600 and the draw will take place this Sunday night April 16th 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

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 can be completed on the Dingle Way Challenge’s Facebook page.

Juvenile Academy

Our Juvenile Academy boys and girls had a good turnout last Sunday morning in Ballyrickard against our friends and neighbours, Kerins O’Rahillys who hosted our U6/8/10 teams for fun games and everyone involved had lots of fun displaying their skills, which will no doubt stand to them in future. The club will like to thank our hosts for their hospitality.

Academy training for U6 and 8’s is on this Friday, the 14th of April from 6 to 7 pm instead of the usual time on Sunday. This is to give the coaches more time to open their eggs on Easter Sunday morning!

U10: St Pats U-10’s took on our Tralee neighbours Kerins O’Rahillys in Ballyrickard  last  Sunday morning. It was our first fun go game of the season and all our St Pats future stars played their hearts out on the day. Our use of our football skills was good and the coaches were delighted with the effort each player gave. Now that the bright evenings are getting longer and drier, it is important ye keep practicing yer skills at home especially during the Easter break…Naomh Padraig Abu!!

U12: U12 County League: St Pat’s 1-5; Glenbeigh-Glencar 5-14

Another disappointing outcome for our U12s, and with less than a fortnight to Croke Park, there are a lot of things to work on.

Our support running, distribution and finishing are (among other things) in great need of improvement.  We were second to nearly every ball, and need to show less respect to opponents who are of a similar level to us.

On a positive note, our scores were well taken by Fionn (1-2) and Caoimhe Dairo (0-3); Siobhán, Keelin and Caoimhe O’Sullivan worked very hard in defence, and Thomas Sheehy’s goalkeeping and kick-outs were excellent.  As well as that, none of our players allowed their heads to drop, even when the game had drifted out of our reach. Training continues on Tuesday at 6.00pm.

U14:  U14 County League: Templenoe/Sneem/D’n 4-12, St Pats 3-09

Our U14’s made the long trip to Templenoe last Wednesday to play the combined might of Templenoe/Sneem/D’n who were physically stronger. We got off to a great start with Tomas(1-03), Nathan and Danny scoring the goals as well as points from Messiah and Colin as we led 3-05 to 2-04 at half time. This continued well into the second half but fatigue and the long distance took over and despite the heroics of Daniel in goals, we conceded two late goals. Our next game is on Wednesday, 12th at home to Currow. Throw-in is at 7pm.

U16: Central League John Mitchels 1-7; St Pats 7-9
The wind was a major player at Mitchel’s last Monday, as the home side failed to make enough use of conditions to build a lead.  They outscored s by 1-5 to 2-0in the first half, with our goals coming from Fergal and Luke.
In the second half, we took complete control and scores rained down on our opponents from Fergal (2-5, 0-4 from frees), Luke (2-1), Patrick (0-2), Daragh (0-1), and a rare goal from Ian was the cherry on the cake.


Round 3 Div 2 SFL Ardfert 1-10, St Pats 1-13

St Pats took the 2 points at stake last Saturday evening in this fast paced, keenly contested encounter against local rivals, Ardfert with a second half performance deserving of this important win.

Playing under perfect sunny conditions, the home side were the first to register the first 2 scores of the game through Kieran Fitzgerald and Kevin Shanahan within the first 8 minutes of the match.

The Pats first score was from play by Willie Hurley following great work by David O’Callaghan after 9 minutes but Ardfert’s dual player, John Egan restored their 2-point lead through a well taken free. Points by Breandáin Savage and Willie Hurley levelled matters for the first of many times in this match but John Egan scored a brace to once again put the home side ahead. Ardfert’s David Griffin was black carded after 24 minutes for a foul committed on his namesake, David O’Callaghan as he was about to pull the trigger with his sights on goal.

He got up to take the free and a minute later, Luke Mulligan pointed from the 20m line with a fine left foot to once again level the game. Paudie Carroll scored Ardfert’s goal late in the half from a great play, started deep inside their half. Thankfully, Willie levelled again, side-footing the goal keeper in what was a tit for tat half. Further points by Darren O’Riordan and St Pats’ Jordan Conway left the half time scores at 1-06 apiece.

St Pats started the half brightly with Liam O’Sullivan scoring from long range to nudge ahead for the first time in this pulsating encounter after the first minute and he added a replica 5 minutes later to put the away side ahead by 2. This lead could have been stretched when Paul McMahon found Brendan Poff in a scorable position and his shot was bravely saved by Nicky O’Sullivan, who put his body on the line. Ardfert’s Eric Leen was yellow carded after he pulled down our own dual player, Jordan Conway, who made a welcome return from Inter-county hurling duties.

He won the ball 30 yards from his goal area and soloed over 120 yards before he was brought down just at the edge of Ardfert’s danger area. The resultant free was converted by Willie. One of the very many talking points of the game came in the 32nd minute when a high ball sent in by Brendan Poff was plucked out of the sky by Eoin Greaney, a minor last year; he turned and pointed to stretch our lead to 3 points.

Ardfert went in search of a goal to level matters but was met by the brick wall that is Paudie Bailey and his defence line of Jordan Conway, Kieran O’Sullivan, Tommy O’Connor and our half-backs who defended astutely as we hung on for a great win.

This was a great team performance and everyone, including the subs played their part in this victory as we registered our first win in the league in a game that also doubled as a St Brendan’s league match. Our next game is in the Junior Premier Club Championship, Round 1, when we play Skellig Rangers in Portmagee, this Sunday, 16th April at 2.30pm.

Clean up B.Ville / Lohercannon / Lock Gates & Cockleshell Rd.

There is a clean-up of white wall Lohercannon to Cockleshell on Saturday, the 22nd of April. We appeal to people living in these areas to come out and help out and if everyone gives an hour of their time that should be more than sufficient to clean up the entire area. Meeting time is 11am at the Lockgates or Cockleshell road. Please come out & help on the day, don’t leave to somebody else. Bags, picks & gloves will be provided. Hope to have a good turnout. “Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid”. Contact Kathleen on 087 2414681

Road Clean Up 2017 Appreciation

Community Spirit was very much alive and well last Saturday morning when 31 local volunteers took to the road between Tonevane and Derrymore West to clear it of litter. Curraheen Community Council wishes to thank you all. Well done each and every one!

Camp Drama Group

Camp Drama Group presents the hilarious comedy “Whos D Daddy” [sequel to ” Wheres the Missus”] in the Old Schoolhouse, Camp on Thursday 27th & Friday 28th April @ 8 PM.
Tickets on sale at O Dwyers Mace, Camp.

Happy Retirement

The club will like to wish Kerry legend and one of the game’s all-time greats (Joe Brolly, are you listening?), Colm “The Gooch” Cooper a happy retirement from Inter-county duties and wish him the very best for the future.


Congratulations to Sharina O’Sullivan and Osman Deveci on their recent wedding.

Dawn Mass

There will be a dawn mass held in Annagh Cemetery on Easter Sunday Morning at 6am to celebrate the Resurrection.

Ardfert Retreat Centre

SELF CARE DAY: Practical skills for stress management and emotional wellness. Saturday, 22nd April 2017 from 9.45am to 4.00pm at ardfert Retreat Centre. Contact Betty Garnett at 087249806.  Ref.


The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family and friends of Mary O Connor Castle St. and Ballinorig.

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