St Pat’s GAA/Blennerville News

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St PatsLotto:

There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of €12,800. The numbers drawn were 04, 10, 17 & 19.

The five €30 consolation prizes went to Patricia Sayers, Derrymore; Martina McHugh; Ciaran O’Donoghue, Cluain Ard; Noreen Moriarty, Curraheen & Annette Huggard, Glenbeigh. This week’s jackpot will be €12,900 and the draw will take place this Sunday night October 26that 10pm in Skelper Quane’s Bar. Lotto tickets available from the usual outlets or any club officer.

Barrett Cup Final:

St Pats 2-8

Beaufort 2-6

Pride of the parish this week goes to our Junior team who completed a league and championship double when they defeated Beaufort in the Barrett Cup final last Saturday.

Played in a very sporting manner in great underfoot conditions in Farranfore, St Pats played into a stiff breeze in the opening half. Beaufort registered two quick early points from frees before St Pats replied with points by Anton O’Callaghan and David Kerins.

Lady luck played her part in the first goal of the game which fell in favour of St Pats. Adrian Greaney played a speculative ball high into the square to full forward Thomas “Massi” O’Sullivan.

Massi failed to connect but the on-rushing Beaufort goalie misjudged the flight of the ball and it bounced over his head and into the net to give St Pats a three point lead.

However, Beaufort’s reply was immediate. Their corner forward cut in straight through on goal and after a great save by John “Fizzy” Fitzgerald, the rebound fell into the hands of full forward Kevin O’Brien and he duly dispatched to the net to tie the game.

Jeffrey Foley added a point in the 20th minute to steady the ship for St Pats and from the re-start St Pats struck for their second goal. Greaney got possession around the middle of the field and played a cross-field ball to Brandon Boyle.

With his blinding pace, Brandon rounded his man, ran toward goal and finished neatly to the net to put St Pats in a commanding position approaching half time.

However, Beaufort tapped over two frees just before the short whistle to narrow the gap to two points at the break.

HT Score St Pats 2-3 Beaufort 1-4. St Pats would have been happy with this score-line given the strength of the wind that they played into.

They used the ball wisely with James Costello, Anton O’Callaghan and Jeffrey Foley conducting proceedings. The second half yet again saw St Pats dominate possession but they were extremely wasteful with their kicking notching up a total of 14 wides in the second half.

They never really pulled away from Beaufort who never gave up fighting. Greaney kicked the first point of the second half which Beaufort quickly cancelled out through a free from O’Brien.

Pats dominated the next 10 minutes but their wide tally was mounting up and this gave heart to Beaufort who raided attacks on the St Pats rearguard. One such attack lead to their second goal with some good interplay between the half forwards creating an overlap.

The ball was fed to Dan Doonan, now playing at the edge of the square and he slotted past Fizzy to tie the game. The next 10 minutes were a nervy affair with both teams swapping points, St Pats scores coming from Brendain Savage and Massi.

Going into the last five minutes, play had to be halted after a cow ran on to the pitch to big roars of laughter from supporters and players alike!

The CCC are currently studying video footage provided by Luke “Chesty” Mulligan of the encroachment and she faces a long ban from all GAA activities!

When the game was re-started, it was the Pats that gained the upper hand after a monster point from Brendan Savage was quickly followed by another from David Kerins.

However, as everyone knows, a 2 point lead is a dangerous lead going into the final stages of a game.

Beaufort launched one last attack on the St Pats goal. After a goal mouth scramble, the ball broke loose and a goal bound shot was miraculously cleared off the St Pats line by Joe Costello.

Jordan Conway kicked the ball out over the sideline and the referee blew the final whistle which sparked huge celebrations amongst the St Pats players, mentors and supporters.

It was the first championship title for the club in 20 years so it was well overdue. Huge credit goes to the management team of Pat Foley, Kevin Quirke & Pat Stack who built a great team with mixture of youth and experience.

Captain Anton O’Callaghan lifted the cup and gave a fantastic speech as gaeilge. Huge credit must go to Beaufort who were missing players from their semi final win but they never gave up and fought right to the end.

Well done also to Firies GAA Club for having the pitch in perfect condition for the game and the referee did an excellent job officiating the game, which was played in a very sporting manner.

Team-John Fitzgerald,Killian Quirke,Joe Costello,Tommy O Connor,Jack Quilter,James Costello,Eric Teahan,Jeffrey Foley0-01,Anthon O Callaghan0-01,

Jordan Conway,Adrian Greaney1-01,Brendan Savage0-02,David Kerins0-02,Thomas O Sullivan0-01,Brandon Boyle1-00 Subs-Conor Moore for Killian Quirke, Simon Daughton for Thomas O Sullivan, Eoin Sayers for Eric Teahan & Paul O Sullivan.

Last Person Standing Autumn 2014:

The Annual St Pats Last Person Standing competition commenced last weekend with 245 entries going to post.

Arsenal’s draw to Hull being the biggest contributor to the early exits.  Thank you to all participants for supporting this important fundraising event for our club. Week #2 is kindly sponsored by Forest Produce.

Please have you entries emailed in to before9pm on Friday.

Strictly Come Dancing 2014:

Following on from the success of last year’s event, we are delighted to announce that we are running our “Strictly Come Dancing” this December.

The event will take place on Friday December 5th at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel.. There will be a limited number of tickets for sale in the coming weeks and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

This year promises to be as good, if not better than last year which was a sellout! We hope to be in a position to announce our dancers next week so watch this space for more information on the event!

Juvenile Academy:

Last Sunday was the final day of our academy for 2014. We hope you and yours have enjoyed the academy as much as we have. It has proven to be a busy but successful outlet for our future stars. We hope that your family will return in January 2015 and that you will keep practicing with your children in the interim !!

Thanks also to the coaches who worked hard during the year and the personnel who provided refreshments. Thanks to everyone who helped in our schools.

Juvenile AGM

We hope that you will join us on Nov 7th for the Juvenile AGM at 7.30pm in our clubhouse. This is an important event and we would like to hear your views on how we can improve our academy and Juvenile club. Any motions can be given to Mary Wallace before Nov 1st.

Club Gear:

Our newly designed club jersies and shorts and socks are now available to order.  Please contact Therese Greaney 087 6988052 or Cathy Hogan 087 6520923 for more details. An ideal Christmas present!!!


Scor na nOg and Scor na bPaisti activities will commence shortly. Please contact Mary Wallace , Mary Ryan or Marie Fitzgibbon for further info.

Coaching Courses:

The Kerry County Board have advertised some coaching courses at different levels.  Our club needs new coaches to come on board.  If you would like to participate, please contact Mary Wallace on 087-2741560 or Terry Boyle on 086-2361687. A big thanks also to Luke Mulligan, who is coaching the youngsters in Blennerville NS and to Johnny Enright who is coaching inDerryquay NS.

Blennerville National School

The school Halloween disco will take place on Friday 24th October in the Scout hall in the Garvey’s Supervalu car park, Tralee at 6pm. Witches, ghosts and all scary beings in costume are welcome! There will be a ‘dark disco’ until 8pm.

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.


The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family and friends of Paul Curran, Valentia. May He Rest In Peace.

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