St Pat’s GAA/Blennerville News, May 19

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Credit Union County Senior Football League Division 2 Round 5

St Pats 0-12

Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-11

St Pat’s remain pointless at the bottom of Division after another narrow defeat against Junior Championship semi finalists Glenbeigh/Glencar.

Played in dry but blustry Blennerville on Sunday, St Pats had the better of the opening exchanges with points from captain Liam O’Sullivan, a long range Kieran Hurley free and well worked point from play Brendan Poff.


Action from the St Pat’s V Glenbeigh/Glencar league game on Sunday. Photo by Gavin O’Connor

This gave them a three point lead going into the second quarter and it seemed at that stage that Glenbeigh/Glencar would rue a number of missed opportunities, kicking six wides in total in the first fifteen minutes.

They opened their account in the 18th minute with a point from wing back Bernard Murphy. This was quickly cancelled out by a pointed free from by Andy Byrne in the 20th minute and St Pats were cruising.

However an astute move by Glenbeigh/Glencar paid immediate dividends. Murphy moved from wing back up to the forward line and he caused St Pats an array of problems. They scored a total of 1-5 in the closing ten minutes of the first half which essentially won them the game.

Points came from Murphy, Jeremiah Hoare, Stephen O’Sullivan and two frees from county U21 Gavan O’Grady. The goal came right at the stroke of half time from Kieran Courtney after a well worked move involving Murphy & O’Grady. St Pats only score in this period was a free from Kieran Hurley in the 58th minute.

HT St Pats 0-5 Glenbeigh/Glencar 1-6. Glenbeigh/Glencar had the brighter start of the second half with some driving runs from Kerry Senior panellist Pa Kilkenny drawing two frees which O’Grady converted. They now had a six point lead but St Pats kept in touch with points from Kieran Hurley and Brendan Poff.


Action from the St Pat’s V Glenbeigh/Glencar league game on Sunday. Photo by Gavin O’Connor

Danny O’Sullivan replied with a nice point from play in the 45th minute but was quickly cancelled out by Willie Hurley, younger brother of Kieran.

Going into the final quarter, Glenbeigh/Glencar lead by 1-9 to 0-8 and they extended their lead in the 50th minute with a point from play by Courtney. Kieran Hurley added another point from play for St Pats in the 51st minute.

The home side then moved substitute Eoin Sayers to wing back which released Liam Poff and he began to dominate the midfield exchanges, ably assisted by the two O’Sullivans, Michael & Liam.

St Pats had a great goal chance in the 52nd minute when substitute Joe Costello put Jake Foley one on one with Rory O’Connor and his effort hit the bottom of the post.

Glenbeigh/Glencar scored from a free by O’Grady in the 54th minute and the game looked beyond the home side. However to their credit, they never gave up and they closed the gap to two points with two frees; one each from Kieran Hurley & Liam O’Sullivan, and another point from play by Brendan Poff.

However, try as they must to get the elusive goal, Glenbeigh/Glencar held out for a good victory and probably deserved it as they missed a number of opportunities throughout, but particularly in the first half. Best for St Pats were Paul McMahon, Liam O’Sullivan, Brendan Poff & Kieran Hurley.

Glenbeigh/Glencar were best served by Man Of The Match Bernard Murphy, Pa Kilkenny, Gavan O’Grady and goal-scorer Kieran Courtney. Referee Paddy White had a good game, letting it flow and it was also good to see he had a team of 4 umpires on the day.

St Pats: P Bailey, P O’Connor, K O’Sullivan, J Foley, L Mulligan, P McMahon, T O’Connor, L O’Sullivan (0-2), M O’Sullivan, A Byrne (0-1f), K Hurley (0-5 3f), B Poff (0-3), L Poff, W Hurley (0-1) & G Savage. Subs: J Costello for A Byrne (inj 45mins), E Sayers for G Savage 46mins & S Dowling for L Mulligan (BC 52mins).

Remaining County League Fixtures are as follows: Listry (A) June 14/15th; Legion (H) June 28/29th; Gneevguilla (A) 26/27th July; Laune Rangers (H); Kenmare (A) 6/7th Sept; Tarbert (H) TBC.


There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of €10,600. The numbers drawn were 01, 02, 05 and 26. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Chris Flynn c/o Tony Casey; Brendan Poff, Lohercannon; Eamonn O’Mahony c/o Kathleen Collins; K Griffin, Lohercannon & Seamus Foley, Blennerville.

This week’s jackpot will be €10,700 and the draw will take place next Sunday night May 25 at 10pm in O’Dwyer’s Bar. Tickets available from usual outlets or any committee member. If you’re not in, you cannot win!

Dingle Way Challenge 2014

ONLY 2 WEEKS TO GO! We are asking all members of the community to support our main fundraiser for the year, the Dingle Way Challenge.

This year the walk will go along the peninsula from Cloghane to Blennerville with stops in Spillane’s Bar, Maherees and The Old Schoolhouse in Camp.

Participants are free to walk all the trek or any of the stages. Registration can be done online through our website and Facebook page but we are also taking registration at the Juvenile Academy next Sunday mornings at 10.30am and forms are also available with Kieran in O’Sheas Gala, Blennerville.

The fee is €35 and includes bus transport, breakfast, lunch, burger and a drink on completion along with a medal. All participants will also receive a goodie bag for the trek with drinks, fruit and a map.

It promises to be a great days fun on the mountains and along the beaches. We are asking all friends of St Pats to support the walk either by taking part or by sponsoring one of the participants and all money raised is being used to improve our club facilities.
Juvenile Academy

Our u6’s put in a great training session last Sunday morning with Robert O’Shea, Rory Daly and Sinead Murphy showing great skill and determination. In the u8’s Orlaith Murphy, Diarmuid Waugh and Thomas Sheehy showed great kicking and passing skills. In the u10’s Adam Mulvihill, Josh Quilter, Grace O’Brien and Finn Brosnan put 100% into their well structured training session.

Under 12’s

Our U12’s played away from home on Sunday evening against Scartaglin. In the first half it looked as if Scartaglin were going to run away with the game but it turned out to be a tight game in the end. The Scartaglin defenders were well on top of their game giving our forwards Oisin Murray, Sean Crowley, Nicole Healy and Martin Laucher very little opportunity to score. We saw only three scores in the first half 1 goal from Danny Greaney and 2 points from Tomas O’Sullivan.

Our Goalie Liam O’Sullivan and defenders Matthew Quilter, Michael Doody, Danny Greaney and Mikee Healy had a very busy game leaving the half time score Scartaglin 2-7 St. Pats 1-2.

However St. Pats completely turned the game around in the second half. We had a lot more possession and we saw the ball been worked well throughout the field with some lovely passes. Our accuracy improved immensely with great goals by Martin and points from Tomas, Danny and an amazing side line point by Samuel. Full time score Scartaglin 5-10 St. Pats 4-7.


The juniors’ first round of the county league scheduled against Duagh was postponed to a later date. This Friday night, we host Ballyheigue in Blennerville. Throw in at 7:30pm.

Cúl Camps

The Kellogg’s GAA Football Camp will take place in Blennerville from July 28th to August 1st . The camp is for boys & girls aged 6 to 13. We would hope to increase on the huge numbers that we had last year. Each child will be given free sports gear. GAA players will teach the skills of Gaelic Football in a safe and fun filled environment from Monday to Friday 10am to 2.30pm.
St Brendan’s N.S. Blennerville

St. Brendan’s National School, Blennerville undertook an Active Week last week 12-16 May. We began each day of the week with a walk from the windmill to the school. It was a fantastic turn out and we would like to thank the Curran family for allowing us to use the car park for the send off.

We had a skipathon, orienteering in St. Pat’s football field and dancing in the school yard. Thanks to Majella Forde of the Irish Red Cross and driver John for bringing their ambulance to the school and giving a health and safety talk on Wednesday. Thanks also to the Gardai with the Garda sniffer dogs who visited us that day also.

Sixth class went on a hike for 7 hours to Loch a’Duin under the guidance of Brother Daithi O’Conaill, from mountaineering Ireland, who we sincerely thank for such an amazing experience.

Who knew there was such history on our doorstep? We finished the week off with school tours to Ballybunion for baking, playgrounds, crazy golf, as well as an action packed activity day in U.L. for the older children with rafting, canoeing and much more.

The McDonalds on the way home was well deserved, as we had been so active all week. For lots more see Our Bag2School campaign is on Tuesday 27th May from 1-2:30pm. Please bring us your secondhand clothes, shoes if you can to raise money for the school.

Derryquay National School

The Open Day for this year will be held on June 4th. Everyone is welcome to visit our school & view it’s wonderful facilities and meet with staff, parents and pupils. Derryquay NS is a unique school in the current era and we welcome all visitors on the day.

Well done to our tag rugby team who did so well in the recent blitz. Congratulations also and best wishes to budding entrepreneur, Cian Wall of 6th class who is constructing a Bee-Keeping enterprise.

This is a big project and Cian’s knowledge and enthusiasm is amazing. Finally, best wishes to our pupils and their families who will be making their First Holy Communion on Saturday next.


The club would also like to extend its sympathy to the families and relatives of Maureen Fitzgerald nee Cotter, Upper Rock Street. May She Rest In Peace.

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