St Pat’s GAA/Blennerville News

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There was no winner of last week’s jackpot of €12,600. The numbers drawn were 05, 17, 24 & 27.

The five €30 consolation prizes went to Mike O’Shea c/o Skelper Quanes; Sheila Leen, Kielduff; Chris Foley, St John’s Park; Cecila Lynch, Marian Park & Donal O’Connor c/o Mono Ryle.

This week’s jackpot will be €12,700 and the draw will take place this Sunday night October 12th at 10pm in Keane’s Bar & Restaurant. Lotto tickets available from the usual outlets or any club officer.

Last Person Standing Autumn 2014

The Annual St Pats Last Person Standing competition will commence on weekend of 18th/19th of October. Rules and fixtures can be collected from O’Sheas Texaco or by contacting

As usual the prize for the last person standing will be €500 and the last lady standing will receive a bonus of €100. Thanks in advance to our weekly sponsors who have come on board to support us again.

A Registration evening for LPS Autumn 2014 will be held in the clubhouse on Friday 17th Oct from 8-9pm and all entry fees and week #1 selections will be collected that evening.

Sponsorship Launch

We are delighted to announce that we have penned sponsorship deals with three local businesses recently. Fitzgibbon Interiors have come on board as the main sponsor of our Juvenile Academy teams.

A big thanks to the Fitzgibbon family for coming on board with St Pats. George & Kathleen Poff have agreed to continue their sponsorship of the Juvenile teams. Poff Motors have been a long term sponsor of our Juvenile Section and we would like to thank the Poff’s for their continued support.

And finally, Jimmy & Mary O’Shea will continue as the main senior sponsor of the club. The O’Sheas have been our main sponsor for over twenty years and we are very grateful for their continued support.

Juvenile Academy

Our academy had a very busy weekend with our u 12s playing Churchill, Our U 10s played Castlegregory and we played hosts to Moyvane U 8s. Thanks to the other clubs for attending our academy.

The u6s have just 2 weeks remaining and we are nurturing many stars of the future in this age group. Luke, Jack, Michael, Mark, Darragh, Justin, Rory, Leah, Caolfhionn, Stephen, Ruan, Shane, Robert,Amy Lee, Robbie, Keelin and Tara have shown great commitment throughout the yearand their skill levels are improving weekly.

Thanks to our parents who continue to support our weekly academy. St Pats U-8’s played Moyvane and all St Pats players played the full game. They all were kitted out in their beautiful new set of St Pats jersey’s sponsored by Fitzgibbon Interiors.

The game was played in a good competitive manner with Moyvane bringing with them a typical good tough but fair brand of north Kerry football. Our defence lead by Thomas Sheehy performed brilliantly and with some good tackling and close marking by Kayla O’Connor and Emily Roche, our opponents had to work hard to get their scores.

Samuel Barrero who also played in the backs came forward on some great runs supplying his forwards with plenty of ball. Joseph Laucher and Diarmuid Waugh both showed their class touches around the middle.

Both of them got on alot of ball around the middle and were both unlucky not to score more. Our forwards of Daniel Sheehy, Rory Kelleher, Killian and Fionn Dairo got their first experience of meeting tough tackling North Kerry backs.

The going was tough for them but they all fought hard for every ball that came their way and it was great to see that they never gave up. A special mention this week must go to our keeper Molly O’Neil who pulled off some very brave saves and kept her team in the game.

The management team were delighted with the effort and the skills shown by all the players especially the use of the pick up, hand passing, soloing the ball. So again its important that all players continue to attend every training session and practise their skills at home. The next session of the 2014 academy will take place next Sunday and the final one of the year will be held on Oct 19th.

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 in Derryquay NS.


Our senior team was comprehensively beaten by a much more determined & experienced Kenmare team last Saturday evening in Kenmare.

Missing a number of senior regular starters, St Pats had a very young team but our boys acquitted themselves very well and never gave up. Nine of the starting team were Under 21; six of whom are minors so the squad is young and is improving game by game.

Playing into a strong wind in the first half, St Pats needed a good start. However, it was the home side who got the dream start clocking up 2-4 in the first 15 minutes to put them in a commanding position.

The second quarter saw a lot of missed chances by the home side and they only added 2 further points before the short whistle in reply to St Pats only score of the half; a point from David Kerins. Mirroring the first half, Kenmare got a dream start to the second half with 1-2 in the first five minutes to put the game beyond the visitors.

However, St Pats never gave up with the Poff Brothers, Paul McMahon and Jordan Conway trying very hard to the end. Their endeavours were rewarded with points from Brendan Poff, Andy Byrne, Cian Rohan and a goal from the penalty spot by Andy after Jordan Conway was fouled after a great run. Final Score was Kenmare 4-10 St Pats 1-6.

Our last game in the County League is a home fixture vs Tarbert. However, as all games in this round must be played simultaneously, we suspect this round may not be played for a number of weeks. We play Na Gaeil in the St Brendan’s Championship Semi Final this Saturday at 4:45pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.


The final of the Barrett Cup vs Beaufort has been fixed for Saturday October 18th at 4:30pm. Venue has yet to be confirmed.

Steam Threshing Festival

Last Sunday saw the annual Steam Threshing Festival which took place at the Blennerville Windmill complex.

There was a fantastic turnout considering the weather that was forecasted and those who attended got great entertainment. The threshing machine, belong to the Mason was in full flow for all to see within the grounds of the windmill itself, along with a fantastic display of over 20 vintage tractors.

Within the complex itself, there was a full display of model train sets, including an exact replica of the old Dingle railway line. Out in the front car-park, there was a huge array of vintage cars and motor bikes along with a bouncy castle for the kids, a dog show and live music.

It was an extremely well organised event and huge credit goes to the organising committee and also to those who attended and put their ware on display. Well done to all!

Blennerville National School

St. Brendan’s National School, Blennerville are having a day of action on Friday 10th October. We are looking for unwanted second-hand clothes, shoes/boots tied together, belts, bags, hats and soft toys in our ‘Bag 2 School’ clothes collection on this date.

If you have any that you don’t need, please bring them to the school between 9am and 1:30pm on this date in a plastic bag and help raise money for the school and also help the Laurel Lynn Foundation children’s hospice. We will also be looking at the theme of Energy on this date, as part of our Green flag campaign. See our web-site for more.

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 Dick Fitzgerald, Adare. May He Rest In Peace.

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