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A dark cloud descended over the community this morning when word filtered through of the passing of our club trustee and stalwart, Tony O’Donoghue after a short illness.

Tony represented everything that is good about our club and the GAA community. He was a selfless man who gave a huge amount of time and commitment to the cause of our small club.

He was part of the management set-up of the senior team for over 25 years whose successes included numerous County League, West Kerry, Town Board and St Brendan’s Board winning titles.

However, the two that stand out were the County Novice & Junior Championship victories on 1989 & 1994. Off the field, he ran many successful fundraisers for the club and was also part of the development committee where he took immense pride in the club facilities.

Tony was the “Go To” Man in St Pats. He was very proud of his family and followed their fortunes on the pitch as they grew up.

He followed Andrea’s exploits with the Kerry Ladies Football team for many years, the crowning glory being the year Andrea won an All-Star, the first and only All Star to date for our club.

While football was the number one game for Tony, he also had great interest in other sports like hurling and greyhound racing. And he had an extensive knowledge of all to boot!

He loved young people and always saw the best in them. During his time as selector for the St Pats Senior team, Tony was never afraid to put trust in young players. He gave this writer his first start and for that, I will be forever grateful to him.

A very affectionate and humorous man, Tony will be sorely missed by all in St Pats and in the wider GAA community. The club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to his beloved wife Mary, his daughter Andrea and son Leon, his extended family and many close friends.

St Pats Family Fun Day

Due to the death of club trustee and stalwart Tony O’Donoghue, the St Pats Family Fun Day scheduled for last Sunday will go ahead this Sunday September 14th.

The first event is a fun walk via Curragraigue, Ballydunlea, Ballyard, Kearneys Road, Village & back to pitch. The walk will commence at 1:15pm. It will then be followed by a number of games for all the children such as The Long Puck, Welly Throwing, Egg & Spoon Race, Three Legged Race etc.

There will also be a puppet show to entertain children and adults alike. The club are looking for helpers to organise events and stewarding for the family fun day.

Anyone available should contact Mary Wallace 087-2741560 or Seamus Murphy 087-9249531. We would also ask parents to bring some home made cakes & buns etc. Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Congratulations to our own Jordan Conway who was part of the Kerry Minor Hurling team who defeated Meath in the All Ireland “B” Final last Saturday.

Jordan had a huge impact on the game, coming off the bench to score a goal. This is only Jordan’s first year as a minor so there is a bright future ahead for him in both codes. Well done Jordan!


There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of €12,200. The numbers drawn were 03, 11, 23 & 25. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Alan Laide, Fairway Heights; Rose Joy, Spa Road; Cassandra Looby, Ashleigh Downs; P McMahon c/o Jerry & Paul O’Shea, Clahane. This week’s jackpot will be €12,300 and the draw will take place this Sunday night September 14th at 10pm in Skelper Quane’s Bar. Lotto tickets available from the usual outlets or any club officer.

Juvenile Academy

All our academy teams, U6’s, U8’s & U10’s are scheduled to play Ballymac this Sunday at 10:45am in Ballymac.


Barrett Cup Semi Final: Ballyheigue 1-5 St Pats 3-8

We were away to Ballyheigue last Friday in the semi-final of the Barrett Cup and we came away with a great win to put us into the Final. We got off to a great start with an early goal from play followed by two points to take control of the match.

We were well on top and scored a second goal after 11 minutes and as the half went on we kicked over 3 more points and added a third goal to put us up by 11 points.

With 5 min left in the first half Ballyheigue scored a goal to reduce our lead. H/T St Pats 3-05 Ballyheigue 1-02. The second half was a robust affair and threatened to boil over but our players stuck to the task and we closed the game out to run out convincing winners at the final whistle.

We played the better football during the game and we ran out deserving winners on a score-line of St Past 3-08 to Ballyheigue 1-05.

This was a very good team performance and we now look forward to a County Championship Final.

Team- John Fitzgerald, Killian Quirke, Joe Costello, Eric Teahan, Tommy O’Connor, James Costello, Simon Daughton, Jeffrey Foley, Anton O’Callaghan (0-02), David Kerins (0-02), Adrian Greaney (1-00), Brendan Savage (0-03), Brandon Boyle, Thomas O’Sullivan (1-00), Eoin Sayers (1-00), Paul O Sullivan & Aidan O Halloran (0-01).

We now await the winners of the other semi final between Beaufort & St Mary’s. This was scheduled to be played last Tuesday night. We are hoping to have a date fixed for the final in next week’s notes.


Round 10 of the Credit Union County Senior Football League has bee re-scheduled for the weekend of September 27/28th. Our seniors will face John Mitchels in the final of the St Brendan’s Senior League this Saturday September 13 at 6pm in Killeen. All support greatly appreciated.

Under 21’s

The St Pats/Na Gaeil Under 21’s will play Rathmore in the U21 Club Championship this Friday night at 6:15pm. Extra-time will be played if necessary. Best of luck to all involved.

After-School Care

An after school Childcare service will resume in September. Supervised homework. Large play area inside & out. Limited numbers available. All queries please contact Ann-Marie on 086-8602116.

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