Sep 07

Simply, CHAMPIONS!!!!

Ladies Champo Final v St Monicas 06092017(6)Wednesday 06 Sep 2017. In a repeat of last year Junior G Final, St. Brendan’s Ladies Footballers Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough and St. Monica’s battled it out in the final of the New Ireland Assurance Junior F Championship, played in superb conditions at St. Margaret’s.

St. Brendan’s got to the final courtesy of a 3-18 to 1-4 victory at home against St. James’ Gaels played on August 23rd and on the same night St. Monica’s hit 11-11 against Ballyboden St. Enda’s.

It was the Monettes who drew first blood with a point after only one minute.  Sinead Morrissey was fouled while in a good position, composed herself, took the free and equalised the match. Morrissey also had a chance to give the Female Dark Force the lead but her shot was smothered for a 45. The 45 was broken down by Monica’s, but was subsequently turned over by Kate Redden who passed to Julie O’Neill and onto Andrea Curley for a point.

The next Monica’s kick-out was won by Christine Dilworth and passed to Julie Fox and the Ballylanders Bullet’s bullet hit the St. Monica’s net for a dream start for St. Brendan’s. But St. Monica’s exposed some vulnerability in the backs by scoring a goal a minute later to make it 1-02 to 1-01.

The Monettes equalised the match before an injury break halted their charge. A second Monica’s goal was thwarted by the shoulder of Anne Marie Riney and cleared by Julie O’Neill. The passing sequence continued to the other end, where Fox had a chance for goal number two, but was dragged down outside the penalty area. Up stepped Morrissey, and with her parents watching on scored the free to give Brendan’s the lead. St. Monica’s levelled things with a skimming shot over the crossbar.

Claire Owens passed to Christine Dilworth, played a diagonal ball to Morrissey and despite having Fox in support the Mullingar Dynamo ran along the end line and kicked over the bar. Fox had another goal chance saved by the Monica’s goalkeeper.

St. Brendan’s opened a two point lead thanks to a point from Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick in which Catherine Twomey started the move with a turnover. Morrissey showed some great smart thinking when finding Dilworth in open space but the Knocknagree Knight saw her shot go wide. But Dilworth did manage to get her name on the scoresheet when a pass from Morrissey to Fox was broken down, but only as far as Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano who found Dilworth and her shot crept over the bar.

Karen O’Connell kept St Brendan’s in front before half time with a tremendous save. At the end of the half St. Brendan’s won two 45s the first, taken by Alcala Galiano, went towards Andrea Curley, who took a shot knowing that she had advantage after a foul. Unfortunately the free was hit wide.

The second 45 occurred after a Fox goal bound shot came off a Monica’s foot and out. Again The Basque Superstar took the 45, played a one-two with Morrissey but her shot went wide, for the last action of the first half.


Half-Time Score: St. Brendan’s 1-06 to 1-03 St Monica’s


Like in the first half St. Monica’s opened the scoring in the second half with a free in as the St. Margaret’s floodlights were switched on. Sinead Morrissey ensured the three point lead again after Julie Fox was tripped up on the 20 meter line.

But the lead was back to two when the Monettes full forward with pace to burn, beat Anne Marie Riney and drove her shot high and over the bar. That lead was cut to one and in a matter of minutes the sides were level at 1-07 each with the equalising score coming from a free in.

The Brendan’s management trio of Eugene Cunningham, Thomas Conroy and James McGinley were feeling a sense of déjà vu especially when their side saw three shots all fall short.

There was also some penalty area pinball as St. Brendan’s tried to get a second goal, but the Monettes goal keeper got her boot to it to clear, but only as far as Ines Rubio Alcala Galiano who saw her shot go wide.

St. Brendan’s took the lead with 18 minutes to go thanks to another Julie Fox point following a pass from Sinead Morrissey. A hop ball was won by Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano after Dilworth and her marker struggled for possession.  After winning the hop ball, Galiano passed to Shauna Fitzpatrick for her second point of the evening which doubled St. Brendan’s lead.

The tension in St. Margaret’s was palpable but the Female Dark Force began to believe and with last year’s Junior G Final still hurting them, the team upped their game. A Fitzpatrick free in found Julie Fox for a point and a three point lead.

At the other end Karen O’Connell produced a super save to keep the three point lead. St. Brendan’s were still goal hungry and Morrissey was pushed off the ball when completing a pass to Michelle Dolan. Up stepped Morrissey to convert the free and gain a semi-comfortable four point lead.

Five minutes to go and Achill’s Strongest Woman Ciara Gallagher came on in place of an exhausted Catherine Twomey who was practically carried off the field (to the rapturous applause of several of the St. Brendan’s mens team who were watching proceedings). A shot from St. Monica’s went wide and the team could breathe again.

The Sneem Supreme Anne Marie Riney won a crucial turnover. Michelle Dolan saw a goal shot go across the face of goal, Sinead Reilly kept the ball in play and passed to Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick and then towards Julie Fox to hit another point and a five point game 1-12 to 1-07.

Ciara Gallagher used her brute Achill Island strength to win possession and passed onto Andrea Curley who was then fouled. The Creggs Crusader played to ball to Sinead ‘Danger Mouse’ Reilly whose shot hit the upright and it was The Dromahair Dodger Michelle Dolan who was the first to react by winning possession and kicking over the bar for a six point lead with two minutes to go.

A free for Monica’s was turned over by Erin Fadian who clattered into her marker whilst playing the ball to Sinead Reilly, the referee then stopped play. There was a three minute break in play as Fadian and her marker got treatment but The Pied Piper of Achill was not injured badly and was able to continue. The ref awarded an indirect free to Brendan’s and indicated that there were 35 seconds to go.

Sinead Morrissey played the free towards Christine Dilworth who put her head down despite having eight players between her and the goal, her 20 meter low shot rattled the back of the St. Monica’s net to send the St. Brendan’s faithful into sporting nirvana.

St. Monica’s held possession of the ball when the referee blew for full time and all the players, those who played and unused substitutes (12 of them) ran onto the centre of the field to celebrate the ladies first ever Championship and the club’s first championship win since 1993.

Despite their defeat St. Monica’s were very upbeat and had a cause to celebrate when their goalkeeper won The Player of the Match accolade. The Chairperson of the Dublin LGFA presented the cup to team captain Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. In her acceptance speech she thanked the Monettes for a good tough game and gave the customary three cheers. Inés also thanked the St. Brendan’s Management trio and the sponsors McGowans of Phibsborough, where the party continued well into the wee small hours.


Final score from St. Margaret’s: St. Brendan’s 2-13 to 1-07 St. Monica’s

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Jan 24

On the right track with our new sponsors Luas

Luas Snap
Club members recently met for a photo with Neil Menzies from Transdev, operators of the new Luas. Transdev have come on board  to sponsor jerseys for our hurling team, and given the clubs long association with the Grangegorman area, there was no better place than the Grangegorman Luas stop for this particular snap.

Pictured are Jack O’Connor and club Chairman Aidan Melia, with Neil Menzies from Transdev. Eddie “Steady Hands” Hearn did the honors with the camera.

Sponsorship like this is vitally important for the running of our club, and Transdev’s involvement is greatly appreciated.

If you are a company looking to get involved in some sponsorship initiatives, please do not hesitate to get in touch through our contacts page.

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Jan 03

Now Recruiting for 2018 – New Members Welcome

Following another successful year which included an Adult Ladies Championship win and promotion for the Men to Adult Division 5 football, recruitment begins in earnest to build on the current success of the club.

All standards are catered for and all new members are welcome

  • ·         Men’s Adult Hurling – Division 7 & Junior B
  • ·         Ladies Adult Football – Division 7 & Junior E
  • ·         Men’s Adult Football – Division 5, Junior A
  • ·         Men’s Adult Football – Division 10 & Junior D
  • ·         Juveniles Football & Hurling  – U8, U10, U12 & U14

Call/Text 089 208 6748 or email for more details.

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Dec 06

Congratulations to St Brendan’s GAA who have won a Community Spirit award from Dublin Bus



Congratulations to St Brendan’s GAA who have won a Community Spirit award from Dublin Bus.


Special thanks to Paul Mc Donough who worked on this for the Club.


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Nov 26

Club News – Ladies AGM – Mon 11th Dec

*****Ladies AGM*****

In order to have a hand in the plan for next year and to have your say in the review of the year gone, all Ladies members are called to attend our AGM. Please forward any interest in Club positions/roles to current club officers.

  • ·         McGowans Phibsboro – 7:30pm - Monday 11th December


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Nov 13

Club News – Recruitment, AGM & Awards


In order to have a hand in the plan for next year and to have your say in the review the year gone, all members are called to attend our AGM. Please forward any interest in Club positions/roles to current club officers who’s details can be found on the contact page.

  • ·         The Back Page – 7pm - Thursday 23rd November



The annual St Brendan’s awards night will take place on Saturday 25th November to celebrate another successful year for the Club. All are welcome! Come along to

  • ·         Mc Gowan’s Phibsboro (Upstairs) – 8pm to late - Saturday 25th November



Following another successful year which included an Adult Ladies Championship win and promotion for the Men to Adult Division 5 football, recruitment begins in earnest to build on the current success of the club.

All standards catered for and all new members are welcome

  • ·         Men’s Adult Hurling – Division 7 & Junior B
  • ·         Ladies Adult Football – Division 7 & Junior E
  • ·         Men’s Adult Football – Division 5, Junior A
  • ·         Men’s Adult Football – Division 10 & Junior D
  • ·         Juveniles Football & Hurling  – U8, U10, U12 & U14

Call/Text 089 208 6747 or email for more details.

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Oct 16

Colin Folan gives St Jude’s Hell

1sts Promo Semi Final v St Judes 15102017 (2)Sun 15 Oct 2017 – For the third consecutive year, The St Brendan’s 1st XV, Sponsored by the Best Western Skylon Hotel, found themselves in the AFL6 promotion play-off semi-finals. In 2015, The Dark Force, as Number 1 seeds, came unstuck against Fingallians. Last year, as Number 4 seeds, the team pushed Skerries Harps to extra time, only to lose in the 2nd period to a Skerries team who, not only went on to win the AFL6 Promotion play-off final, but also this year, won the AFL5 title outright.

This year St Brendan’s went into the play-offs as Number 2 seeds with a home tie against St Jude’s, victors when the two sides met in an early league game last March. It was the away side that got the opening score after 58 seconds after winning the throw-in and not allowing any St Brendan’s player to get a touch on the ball.

Phil Bannon won the mark from a St Jude’s kick out, but the referee penalised Bannon and awarded a hop ball! Bannon won this and passed to Eoin Kavanagh, who found John Burns. The Burns shot fell short but James McGee was on hand to palm the ball over the bar and level the game after 3 minutes.

Karl Feehan won the Jude’s kick-out and played a good ball to John Dolan whose shot sailed over the bar. Derek Brady intercepted a Jude’s attack, went on a 60 meter solo-run and was fouled 30 meters from the goal, but John Burns free-in sailed inches wide. Moments later James McGee was also fouled when in a good position, but the Burns free-in hit the upright and was collected by Kyle McLoughlin whose shot hit the knee of a Jude’s defender and was cleared.

That clearance went as far as Lorcan Bannon who then got fouled and at the third time of asking, Burns was successful in converting his free. The next Jude’s kick-out was too short and a hopball ensued. Despite Jude’s getting a fist on the ball it only went as far as James McGee, but his first time shot went wide.

Scoring chances were few and far between during the first half. Jude’s had a free-in which was punched clear by Mark Redican. A St Jude’s player got black carded for a high tackle on Lorcan Bannon.

A short St Jude’s kick-out was stolen by Karl Feehan and played to Derek Brady who found Burns for the score. 0-04 to 0-01. Burns had another chance for a free-in after a foul on Luke McDonagh but played it to Colin Folan and The Stamullen Hellraiser took his point extremely well which was the last kick of the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-05 to 0-01 St Judes


St Brendans started bright in the second half with a point from Lorcan Bannon, in an all-Bannon move which started with Gerard bring fouled and Phil passing to Lorcan. The other Bannon brother, Hugh, also got in on the act by winning the next Jude’s kick-out and passed to Folan. Folan found John Dolan who drew the foul and sensibly placed the ball on the ground for Burns to strike, and the Longford Leader duly did to make it 0-07 to 0-01.

13 minutes to go and the score was still 0-07 to 0-01 when Luke McDonagh was given a black card for a late tackle and John Tuffy took his place. Oisin Carley came up from corner back to collect a pass from John Dolan but his shot went wide.

St Jude’s won a free-in and took it quickly but straight to Phil Bannon, who moved it forward to Colin Folan. Folan went on a solo-run and played the ball to Carley who passed to Phil Bannon who he seen from the corner of his eye and cool as you like, Phil slotted the ball into the back of the net to seal the deal for St Brendan’s to wild celebrations on the side-line.

A quick kick-out was snapped up by Ronan Bergin, but he was deemed to have picked the ball off the ground with his shot was going wide anyway. St Jude’s finally registered their second point of the morning, 54 minutes after their first.

Brendans finished the game strongly with Kyle McLoughlin hitting a wonderful point to make it 1-08 to 0-02. 28 of the 30 players on the field were inside the St Brendan’s half, only the Jude’s goalkeeper and Ronan Bergin were the exception, Eoin Kavanagh won a turn-over and played a quick ball into Bergin who was forced towards the side-line. Support came in the shape of Derek Brady who received Bergin’s pass and took the shot himself to shoot over the bar.

Seconds later the final whistle blew and St Brendan’s can look forward to one more game in the 2017 season, a play-off final against St Vincent’s who shocked #1 seeds Lucan Sarsfields by one point in the other semi-final. The good news for the Dark Force is that the Final will be in Longmeadows.


Final Score: St Brendan’s 1-09 to 0-02 St Jude’s


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Sep 11

St Brendan’s reach AFL6 play-off Semi Final

1sts v Plunketts 10092017 (5)On 10 Sep 2017, the 15th and final round of the AFL6 campaign saw the footballers of St Brendan’s, sponsored by The Best Western Skylon Hotel, take on our near neighbours from St. Oliver Plunkett’s & Eoghan Ruadh GAA clubs (SOPER). A victory for The Dark Force would see St Brendan’s finish third in the league and guarantee a home semi-final in the promotion play offs for the 2nd to 5th place teams. The winner of the playoff final is guaranteed a sought after spot in AFL5 for 2018.

The game threw in at 11am at Longmeadows on the Chapelizod Road. After 7 minutes St Brendan’s had built up a 3 point to no score lead. But SOPER pulled back level when they grabbed an early goal. St Brendan’s Phil Bannon won a mark from the resultant kick-out. Phil passed onto his brother Lorcan who found Colin Folan. Folan kicked St Brendan’s 4 point for the lead score. Phil Bannon won the next SOPER kick-out, but was fouled in the process. St Brendan’s pointed the free to give a 2-point lead back to St Brendan’s.

After a shot by John Dolan that went wide, Dolan won the next kick-out and went for the goal but saw his effort blaze across the face of goal. Lorcan Bannon won the ball back but got fouled in the process, Up stepped John Burns  to convert the free. Karl Feehan turned over another ball and passed to Lorcan Bannon who saw his shot deflected by the goalkeepers hand and over the bar. 0-07 to 1-00.

That became eight points to one goal thanks to Dolan after Hugh Bannon turned over a SOPER 45. St Brendan continued their form using the wind assistance for Neil Mayock to kick from long distance.

The SOPER kick-out trailed over the sideline, Ger Bannon played the ball to John Dolan who produced a trademark score by skimming the end line and fisting over the bar.

Another Hugh Bannon turnover found Derek Brady who passed to fellow Rossie Feehan for the 11th point of the morning. Feehan made it a brace by receiving a pass from Kyle McLoughlin after McLoughlin showed great selflessness after selling a dummy.


Half time score: St Brendans 0-12 to 1-00 St. Oliver Plunkett’s & Eoghan Ruadh


SOPER had the wind in the second half but it took them until the 40th minute to register their first point of the match. They then made it 1-02 with a point from a free in. SOPER were enjoying a purple patch and made it four points without reply. Conor O’Sullivan brought in John Maguire to replace Pearse Ryan.

Kyle McLoughlin’s last action of the match was to kick the ball over the bar for The Dark Force’s first point of the second half. McLoughlin was replaced by Christopher Hand, whose first contribution was passing the ball to Colin Folan, but the Stamullen Hellraiser could not add a second point to his tally.

A SOPER shot fell short to Mark Redican. Maguire was also involved and Ger Bannon made a 65 meter solo run and passed to Karl Feehan. Feehan picked out Chris Hand and the Cavan man gave St Brendan’s a 7 point comfort zone again with a tremendous point. John Dolan won the next kick-out, went on a solo run and passed to Lorcan Bannon for a skimming shot over the bar 0-15 to 1-04.

After fisting the ball away from John Burns to prevent a mark, the fledgling Plunketts attack was turned over by Phil Bannon, who passed to Neil Mayock. Burns also had a possession but his pass to Karl Feehan was intercepted by a Plunkett’s hand only to break as far Ger Bannon, who passed to his brother Lorcan. Lorcan bisected the posts for another point.

Feehan added another score to his tally. Cathal McCormack came on in place of Derek Brady and played a great ball to Burns and a shot against the wind sailed over the bar.

After this a Plunkett’s shot hit the upright and over the bar, Karl Feehan rounded off a great team performance by converting from a very tight angle in a move started with an Eoin Kavanagh turnover.

St Brendan’s end the regular league season with a 12 win and 3 loss record, but must now wait until mid-October to play the promotion play off Semi-Final


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 0-19 to 1-05 St Oliver Plunkett’s & Eoghan Ruadh



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Aug 28

Luke McDonagh and The Miracle of Rolestown

1sts v Fingal Ravens 27082017 (6)Sunday 27 Aug 2017 –The Dark Force travelled to Rolestown for a meeting with Final Ravens in a match that had a 10.15am throw in to allow several players from the home side beat the traffic and head to Croke Park for the Dubs showdown with Tyrone.

For the first 95 seconds, not one Fingal Raven got a paw on the ball as Phil Bannon won the throw in and 30 odd handpasses later, Marcus Brady kicked the opening point for The Dark Force. But the home side showed their claws by beating Mark Redican for goal on their first attack. On the next attack the ball hit the frame of the goal and was collected and pointed, 1-01 to 0-01 after 8 minutes.

John Burns responded with a point from an old school free-in, off the ground following a foul on Ger Bannon. Burns himself got his arm dragged when passing to Derek Brady and due to the Ravens objections the referee moved the free closer to goal and Burns duly converted.

With St Brendan’s discipline lacking Fingal Ravens hit a brace of frees, the second of which was a result of an Eoin Kavanagh sliding tackle. There was also a third consecutive free in converted as Phil Bannon was the culprit of a needless foul.

Burns made it a three point game again with a free after Derek Brady had his arm dragged back when in a good position to score. Fingal Ravens then got a stranglehold on the game by hitting a second goal. Again Brendans responded well with a point from Karl Feehan after a pass from fellow Rossie Marcus Brady. 2-04 to 0-05.

Neil Mayock played a diagonal ball to Derek Brady who due to stretching to win the ball, lost some momentum and his low shot cross the face of the goal and wide. The home side closed out the half with a brace of points from play making St Brendan’s chances of a home play-off semi-final look remote.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-05 to 2-06 Fingal Ravens


Justin McCormack unleashed the Prince of Ballyhaunis, Niall Prenty in the second half who made an immediate impact by pointing a free after a Ravens player handled the ball on the ground. John Dolan made it a five point game with a well taken point after John Burns played him a short free following a foul on Marcus Brady. Mark Redican saw his kick-out go over the side line. The ball was worked in for another point for the home side 2-07 to 0-07.

Neil Mayock saw a goal shot half blocked down and cleared. Derek Brady was in a good position but was penalised for over-carrying. John Burns was fouled on the 20 meter-line and the ball was moved to the 13 for Ravens dissent, Burns drove the ball low but it was deflected over the bar for a five point game again.

Derek Brady kept attacking hoping to get a goal, but drew another foul, Up stepped Burns with the free but the shot hit the upright and back into play. Burns was the only one alert and the ball came back to him so with the citeog, he swung the ball over the bar for a four point game. 2-07 to 0-09 with 15 minutes to go.

St Brendan’s hard work was undone when Fingal Ravens hit a brace of points inside 45 seconds, the second of which came straight of a Redican kick-out. Like Kerry yesterday with Darren O’Sullivan, Fingal Ravens had an influential player black carded following a cynical foul on Oisin O’Meara, it would prove to be a turning point in the match. The Ravens goalkeeper did everything he could to distract John Burns and free went wide.

Derek Brady’s intended pass to Karl Feehan was thwarted when the formers arm was dragged. Feehan took over the free taking duties and pointed to make it a five point game again 2-09 to 0-10.

Phil Bannon won the mark from the Ravens kick-out and passed to John Burns who found Lorcan Bannon. Bannon kicked to Niall Prenty who kicked a super point to cut the deficit to four points with six to go. After another Ravens point, Derek Brady finally got the goal needed to give St Brendan’s a massive lifeline. It was a super strike from the younger of the Brady brothers following a Lorcan Bannon pass. 2-10 to 1-11.

St Brendan’s showed great resilience in the closing stages and won a turn-over. Sean Herron won the ball and passed to Karl Feehan, as Herrin continued his run towards goal. The Mayo duo of Neil Mayock and Niall Prenty both combined and it was the latter’s pass to Sligoman Herron whose shot went over the bar to put one between the sides.

In Injury time, Karl Feehan won a crucial turn-over, he found Prenty and finally onto Luke McDonagh who crashed the ball into the back of the Ravens net to conclude the most miraculous of comebacks. But there was still three minutes of injury time still to play.

Final Ravens, like Kerry yesterday, were all over the place and in desperate need to snatch a victory and managed to win a free-in which sailed wide. St Brendan’s kept attacking and John Burns had a shot that went wide.

Another Ravens free resulted after Lorcan Bannon was adjudged to have pushed his marker in the back. The free was turned-over by Eoin Kavanagh, and at the end of a passing sequence, Prenty’s shot just sailed wide. Five minutes into inury time Ravens managed peg a point back but it turned out to be the last kick of the game and St Brendan’s hung in to produce another miraculous comeback, that will certainly seal a play-off spot later in the year.

But will that play off be at home or away? Victory on September 10th against the defeated Junior B finalists, St Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruagh will guarantee a home play off spot.


Final Score from Rolestown, St Brendans 2-12(18) to 2-11(17) Fingal Ravens


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Aug 25

Club Open Day & Family Day 2017

StBrendansOpenDay2017Sat 16 Sep 2017 – Club Open Day

1pm to 6pm in Longmeadow’s Grounds beside the Garda Boat Club

All Ages Welcome

Fun and activities for all the Family

Don’t forget your Boots

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