St Pats News 03/06/2019


Our lotto was held on Monday night, June 3rd in Skelper Quane’s Bar due to the Dingle Way Challenge, which took place the day before. Please check our FaceBook page for this week’s winning numbers.

Poff Motors/Top Part Dingle Way Challenge 2019
Last Sunday saw St. Pats GAA host the seventh Dingle Way Challenge with the aim to raise funds for the development projects the club is undertaking to enhance our facilities for our players, members and the greater community in general, and thankfully, it was successful despite the windy and occasional showery conditions. Participants for the Ultra route gathered at the clubhouse as early as 4.30am for registration and briefing on safety from the organising committee. As with previous challenges, this years was no exception as it provided walkers with a choice of 2 challenges: The standard DWC of which there were 2 options: Option 1 was a 31km walk with the route going from from Ballyferriter to Dingle and Option 2 was a 53km walk from Ballyferriter to Annascaul. Walkers were treated to breathtaking views of West Kerry, which is reknowned for it’s spectacular landscape. These memories will certainly remain with our participants for a long while.
There was also the Ultra route which was 60km long with the trek beginning very early at 6am in the morning at Murragh walk via Smerwick Harbour and Slea Head and on to Duncaoin where breakfast was served at Krugers, from where the walk went around Slea Head and on to Ventry and to Dingle. Again the walkers were treated to lunch there. Leaving Dingle on the old Connor Pass road and turning east along the high road which took in the spectacular views of Dingle Bay via Lispole and Minard with the walkers finished in Annascaul, linking with other walkers participating in the standard challenge. There was also a juvenile section which was geared towards our juvenile members and it started in Lispole and also finished in Annascaul which was about 11km. Thanks to Grainne Mulvihill, assisted by Dipo Dairo and Brian Quilter in looking after the juveniles.
Congratulations to the first 2 ultra walkers (they actually ran it!), Geraldine O’Sullivan from Bantry and club man, Garrett Scollard who arrived at The South Pole Inn at 3.15pm. After all the walking was done, all were invited to Skelper Quane’s Bar for “refreshments” and a chance to interact with other walkers and members of the community.
Overall, the event was very successful with over 300 participants coming from near places such as Cork, Longford, Wicklow, Dublin, Tipperary, Limerick and as far as Germany, UK and even America! The club will like to use this opportunity to thank our main sponsors, Poff Motors and Top Part and all the other businesses who contributed to this event by providing services, food, drinks and donating generously. We encourage all our club members to support these businesses in any way they can. Many thanks to Blennerville/Derrymore Community First Responders, Kerry Mountain Rescue and the local Civil Defence as well as Derryquay ICA for helping out with the catering, our club members and members of the general public who supported the event by participating and contributing in no small ways to the smooth running of this event. Well done to Derek and the rest of the organising committee for the meticulous planning in ensuring everything ran like clockwork. Finally, a huge thanks goes to all the walkers who participated either for the first time or returnees and ensured that it was a success. It wouldn’t have happened without your participation and we appreciate it. We look forward to seeing you all next year.

Juvenile Academy

There was no academy action last Sunday because of the Dingle Way Challenge. The academy resumes next Sunday, the 9th of June at 10.30am.
U8: Well done to all our U8 squad who played very well in the St Brendan’s Board Go Games hosted by St Pats last Thursday evening in Blennerville. We had games against Ballyheigue, Ardfert and Churchill. Thanks to all the parents for getting our young players there and to all who were involved with the smooth running of the blitz.

U14 Girls: We are away to Castlegregory in Round 5 of the Non County Player County League on Monday, June 3rd at 7pm. Best of luck to all involved.

Senior B Team

We had a good win over Dingle C in Round 3 of the County Junior League, Group 4 last Friday in Blennerville with full time scores at 0-15 to 0-11. Well done to Tommy Lynch and the panel.


Our senior team resume their Co. League campaign when they play Lispole at away this Saturday, the 8th June. This game is a round 5 fixture and is due to throw in at 7.30pm. Please come and support the lads.


Best of luck to all Leaving and Junior cert students starting their exams this Wednesday.

Significant Birthday

Congratulations to Martin Devane who celebrated a significant birthday recently.

Cul Camp 2019
The St Pats Cul Camp will take place between the 5th and 9th of August from 10am to 2.30pm every day. The Camp provides boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13 with action packed and fun-filled week of activities during the summer holidays. Cost is €60 per child with reductions (€55 for second child and €45 for third and fourth child) for additional members of the family. Booking can be made online at the Cul Camp official website or on the first morning of the Camp. Each child will receive FREE Kellog’s GAA gear and backpack.

Ardfert Retreat Centre
Weekly Prayer Meetings: Led by Ben Perkins, Mon. 8.00pm-9.30pm.
Growing Old Gracefully: John Dunne & Mary Glynn, a guided participative experience, Fri. 14th to Sun. 16th June.
Sacred Circle Dance – To mark World Day of Circle Dance: Bernadette Purcell PBVM, Sat. 6th July 10.30am-4.00pm.
Stress Reduction Weekend: Clodagh McCarthy, Fri. 12th to Sun. 14th July.
Bookings: Contact 0667134276.

Best Regards,

Dipo Dairo
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
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