St Pats News 08/04/2019

Hi all,
There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot on Sunday night last. The numbers drawn were 02, 06, 19 & 23. The five €30 consolation prizes went to Lucy Laide Caherweesheen, Cliona Ekren Blackrock, Tralee, Myra Daly Greenlawn Blennerville, Anne and Pat Williams c/o Poff’s Garage and Brenda O Hehir Balloonagh Estate.
Next week’s Lotto will have a Jackpot of €5,400 and the draw will take place on Sunday night April14th in O Dwyer’s Bar. Lotto tickets can be purchased online, from any club officer or at the following outlets: Seamus O’Sullivan Master Butchers, O’Shea’s Shop and Service Station, Poff Motors, Noyeks, Byrnesworth, Rock Inn, Dwyer’s Bar, Skelper Quane’s, Betty’s Bar and Keane’s of Curraheen.

Membership Registration
Late membership registrations are still being accepted and we urge any member playing with any age group who has yet to register for 2019 to register immediately. It is important that playing members register for 2019 to avoid any issues in the event of having to seek support from the GAA player injury benefit scheme.
The preferred method for registering as a member of St. Pats GAA club is through our on-line membership access which is available on our website – or via our Facebook page.
The club is required to collect and manage members details provided through membership registration in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The on-line registration access greatly facilitates the Clubs ability to comply with GDPR requirements.
We urge all our members to register on-line however in the exceptional circumstance that you are not in a position to do this we do appreciate your application for membership registration by using the membership form which can be downloaded from the ‘membership’ section on the website The form will also be available at training sessions.

Dingle Way Challenge 2019
The date for our annual DWC is set for June 2nd (keep that date free and marked in your diaries and calendars). And as usual, there will be two challenges: The standard DWC, which is has a choice of 2 options – Option 1 is a 31km walk with the route going from from Ballyferriter to Dingle, and there will be return buses to Blennerville available from Dingle; Option 2 is a 53km walk from Ballyferriter to Annascaul (again, there will be buses available to Blennerville from Annascaul). Please note that buses will leave from Blennerville at 7am sharp for this option. And then we have the ultra route, which is 60km. This option starts at 5.45am at Murragh walk via Smerwick Harbour and Slea Head and on to Duncaoin for breakfast at Krugers, from where the walk takes you around Slea Head and on to Ventry and to Dingle for lunch. The ultra walkers will leave Dingle on the old Connor Pass road and turning east along the high road with takes in the spectacular views of Dingle Bay via Lispole and Minard with the walk finishing in Annascaul. The DWC registration is now open via<> with an early bird offer of €45 if you register before the 30th of April or €50 if you register on or after the 1st of May.

Juvenile Academy
U6: We had big numbers in under 6 training today & great to see some new & returning faces. We practiced a lot of agility skills and kicking today, introduced thigh solos and finished with a little match. Well done to Austin Flynn and Ankit for getting the hang of match play! Normal training next Sunday with coaches Fiacc & Norma. On Easter weekend we will train on Good Friday evening followed by a team egg hunt within the grounds of St Pats. Hopefully a fun evening for all! U8: Our u8’s trained in the sunshine on our astro turf under the watchful eyes of their coaches and parents. It was delightful to see all the happy faces as they learnt their skills. With the large number of players at the academy on Sunday mornings, we require help from parents every week to provide tea’s/coffee’s for the adults and hot chocolate for the kids. So we ask all parents to contact Joe on 0872593800 and let him know what Sunday’s you can assist with. Finally, we have lots of football blitzes ahead of us with the first blitz coming up over Easter. It will take place in John Mitchels GAA grounds on Wednesday April 24th from 2-5pm so put that date in to your diary. In the mean-time, the academy continues next Sunday at 10:30am at the club grounds. See you all there!
U10: When the sun shines like it did last Sunday morning it helps to create a great buzz amongst all our academy age groups as they train on the pitch and the all-weather pitch. This was true for our under 10 age group who put in a very active session last Sunday from the warm-up circuit onto the kicking practice and finishing with an all action games for both the boys and the girls. The emphasis in the games was on hand passing and constant movement about the pitch. The refreshments provided after the sessions were both welcome and appreciated….thanks to the parents for providing these.
As always there were many contenders for the Player of the Week accolade and Sharon Enright was a very worthy recipient at Sunday’s session. Please practice at home during the week and can we also remind all our young players that wearing a gum shield is mandatory for both practice games and in any games against other teams.
U12: St Pats U-12’s were in Co League action last Sunday. We travelled deep into south Kerry and came away with a good victory against on a very young Valentia team. All our St Pats future stars did their club proud on the night. The whole team put in a great effort and their teamwork was a joy to watch during the entire game. Conor Keane was outstanding in goals, Garry Scollard, Liam O’Connor, Michael Enright, Aiden Hayes, Markus Keane, Kevin Gaxha defended brilliantly at the back. Daniel Sheehy, Jack Costello covered every blade of grass around the middle and linked up well with the backs and forwards. Up front our forwards definitely had their shooting boots on. We had some brilliant scores from Killian O’Mahony, Mark O’Brien, Darragh Murphy, Enda Sheehan, Luke Passway, Rory Daly, young Rodhan Culloo and young Conor Sheehan. We’re out again next Sunday at home to Waterville in the Co League. It’s important ye all continue to attend our training sessions and also keep practicing yer skills at home during the week. The training and match schedule for the week will be circulated to ye shortly. Naomh Pádraig Abú !!
U14 Girls: Well done to the girls who turned up for training despite the very cold conditions. We are at home to Spa in the next round of the Non-County U14 Kerry players County League this Saturday. Time to be confirmed.
U14 Boys: We had our first game in Division 6 of the County League last Wednesday away to Na Gaeil but unfortunately came away with a loss. Our frist half display was probably our best so far this year as we matched our town rivals in all postions which reflected in the scores at half-time as we drew 1-01 to our opponent’s 4 points. However in the second half, we ran out of steam and Na Gaeil made good use of their chances and closed out the game on a 3-14 to 1-02 score line. Our next match is this Wednesday, the 10th when we welcome Duagh to Blennerville. Time for this match is 7pm.
U16: Our U16’s played Austin Stacks B in a rescheduled Cental Region fixture last Thursday evening and showed great determination but lost out in the end. Scores were Dingle/St Pats 5-07 Austin Stacks B 5-16. Our next match is against John Mitchels this Monday, 8th at 7pm.

Round 1 Group 4 Kerry Petroleum Junior Premier Club Championship
Fossa 0-12 St Pats 1-12
St Pats overcame favourites, Fossa by a goal in round one of the Kerry Petroleum Junior Club Championship played last Sunday afternoon in Farranfore.
Played in perfect sunny conditions, it took only 2 minutes for St Pats to get on the score board through a free converted by Eoin Greaney. Inter-County star, David Clifford levelled a minute later from play. Within a minute, another St Pats attack saw captain David O’Callaghan weave his way through the Fossa defence to point from 30 metres and this was repeated by Willie Hurley a minute later to see us lead by 2 after only 6 minutes played. Both teams traded scores for the majority of the half but the deciding moment of the match came late in the half when Liam Poff found himself in a scoring position, side stepping the on-rushing Daniel Cronin in goal for Fossa and slotting calmly into the gaping net to put us 6 ahead with only 3 minutes of normal time left. A well -placed insider informed that this was Liam’s second goal for the senior team, his last being 24 years ago when our pitch was opened and what a time to score his second! Despite a late onslaught by Fossa, St Pats defence stood firm and thwarted every effort by their opponents and we further stretched our lead through Eoin Greaney but this was cancelled out by centre-forward, Tadgh O’Shea as the half ended on a score line of 1-08 to 0-05 in our favour.
Fossa started the half brightly with Matt Rennie opening scores very early. David O’Callaghan pointed from close range following an excellent pass from Paul McMahon and Willie Hurley converted a minute later to see us lead by 7 points. Fossa, suddenly realising the deficit, mounted attack after attack which yielded 6 unreplied points to close the gap to 2 points, leaving the match precariously balanced with only 3 minutes of normal time left. At this stage, Fossa had most of the possession and it took an alert Paudie Bailey to keep out a quick free taken by David Clifford much to the delight and relief of the travelling St Pats supporters. A last attack by St Pats saw Eoin Greaney converting from 20 metres as we held out for a famous victory.
This outstanding victory puts us in the driving seat for our round 2 match this weekend when we have home advantage against St Michael-Foilmore on Sunday, the 14th of April. Tentative time for this fixture is 2.30pm subject to confirmation by CCC early this week.

Road Clean-up 2019
County Clean-up Day:-Curraheen Community Council will hold a clean-up of the road from Tonevane to Derrymore West on Saturday, April 13th. We will meet at the old filling station, Curraheen at 8am. We appeal to people living along this route to please come out and help us. Bags, gloves, high vis jackets and litter pickers will be provided. Contact Debbie (087)231919

Ardfert Retreat Centre
Weekly Prayer Meetings: Led by Ben Perkins, Mondays 8.00pm-9.30pm starts on 29th April. Overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesdays 7.00pm-8.30pm starts on 1st May (for 5 weeks). Adoration Diocesan Committee Annual Retreat Day: Thurs. 30th May, 9.30am-4.00pm. Kerry Clergy Retreat: Fr. Sylvester O’Flynn, PFM Cap., Sun. 2nd to Thurs. 6th June. Summer Retreat: Fr. Philip Baxter, OFM Cap., Rescheduled dates are Fri. 7th to Thurs.13th June instead of July 5th-11th. Bookings: Phone 0667134276.

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the families and friends of Liam Hurley Knockmoyle , Patrick O Doherty Caherslee, Mary Mulcahy Camp, JJ O Connor Carrigadav, Augacasla and Siobhan Colleran Ballyard.

Best Regards,

Dipo Dairo
PRO St Pats Blennerville GAA Club
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