Apr 09

*****Save the Date*****

DogsSt Brendan’s Night at the Dogs


The main St Brendan’s fundraiser will take place on the 09th June 2018 in Shelbourne Park.


Please keep the night free for a night of socializing and fun.


Any help with Raffle Prizes & Race Sponsorship would be greatly appreciated.


More Details to follow: St Brendan’s Abú



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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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Apr 12

Aisling Newton’s Star shines brightly in Garristown

Ladies 1st XV v Garristown 11042018 (6)St Brendan’s and Garristown have served up some memorable games over the past three years, who could forget Garristown’s come from behind victory in the Championship Semi Final in August 2015, or The Claire Hannon Show in the Cup Semi Finals the following month, or even Eimear McKenna’s quick thinking fisted goal in April 2016.

Garristown won all their games in the 2017 season, including two games against The Female Dark Force, which was St Brendan’s Ladies only defeats last year, so how will the 2018 Division 5 renewal, between the Junior F Champions and the Junior E Champions, unfold?

It was the Junior E Champions, Garristown who drew first blood with the opening score, a point from a free in. In the next attack, St Brendan’s Ladies, sponsored my McGowans of Phibsborough, got a goal thanks to Sinead Reilly following great play from Claire Owens and Miriam Leane, who was making her debut.

Leane was on hand to give the final pass to Julie Fox for her first point of the evening. Reilly had a goal shot which was deflected for a 45 and Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano stepped up to take. The 45 was caught by Julie Fox who was fouled in the process and up stepped Roisin McDonald with the free in, to make it 1-02 to 0-01.

McDonald won a Garristown kickout and set off on a solo run and passed to fellow Donegal lady Aisling Newton for a shot over the bar. Newton crashed the ball in the net for the second St Brendan’s goal following a pass from Claire Owens. A third Garristown point followed to make it 2-03 to 0-03.

A Garristown kick out was pinched by Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick and cleared by Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano who found Newton again who shot over the bar. Another turnover, this time by Miriam Leane who passed to McDonald, who lobbed the goalkeeper to score The Female Dark Force’s third goal of the night. The two Donegal ladies combined again for the fifth point with Roisin McDonald the one to raise the white flag. A point by Garristown was the final action of the first half with St Brendans leading.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 3-05 to 0-05 Garristown.


The Carndonagh Cyclone, Aisling Newton, picked up where she left off in the second half with a catch from Andrea Curley’s line ball and shot over the bar. Not to be outdone, Roisin McDonald picked up the next point following a free in by Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano.

Garristown, who looked a pale shadow from the all-conquering team of 2017, defended valiantly, but on each occasion, the likes of Eimear McKenna and Shauna Fitzpatrick would win possession and start the attack. A McKenna long ball fell short, but Newton did enough to get a knuckle on the ball and guide it to the net for her goal number 2.

St Brendan’s kept pressurising the Garristown defence and Fitzpatrick was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when her shot went wide. There was great teamwork on show for the next point with Erin Fadian turning over possession, passing to the corner back Tara Foy, then onto Miriam Leane and finally to Aisling Newton who brilliantly curled the ball over the bar; 4-08 to 0-05.

A Garristown kick out was won by Roisin McDonald who took a 50 meter solo run, followed by a calm and collected shot over the bar. That was James McGinley’s cue to bring on his two substitutes in Ellen Higgins and Claire McIntyre, 15 minutes to go and the score was 4-10 to 0-05 with Newton again the scorer following a turnover from Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher.

The Home side finally had a chance of a shot which went wide and gave Karen O’Connell her first kick out of the second half. And that kickout resulted in Newton rounding up her hat trick with a good goal, where the two subs, Ellen Higgins and Claire McIntyre, had a hand in the build-up.

The last play of the game was one where the ball was turned over by Tara Foy, who had an exceptional game at full back. She collected a ball in the half back line and drove with the ball to win a free at the halfway line, a clever free kick and a one two between Claire McIntyre and Shauna Fitz, ended with a shot blocked down the rebound was picked up by Julie Fox who calm netted to the bottom corner.

So a good victory for St Brendan’s, who probably wished for a more sterner test against the team that ended their perfect record last year, but the Female Dark Force will get that stern test next Wednesday when the team face high flying Ballyboughal, that should be some game. Given this was an excellent display by the entire team it is very hard to pick out whom was the best on the night, Tara Foy, Claire Owens, Roisin McDonald and Aisling Newton.


Final Score from John McDonnell Memorial Park; St Brendan’s 5-11(26) to 0-05 Garristown


St Brendans: Karen O’Connell, Tara Foy, Claire Gallagher, Marie Duffy (Ellen Higgins), Eimear McKenna, Erin Fadian, Andrea Curley, Roisin McDonald, Claire Owens, Miriam Leane, Ines Rubio Alcala-Galliano, Shauna Fitzpatrick, Julie Fox, Aisling Newton, Sinead Reilly (Claire McIntyre)


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Apr 09

More Late Heartbreak for Hurlers in Championship

Hurlers v Naomh Olaf 08042018 (2)Sun 08 Apr 2018 - The St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, went into their first Junior C Championship game, having been inactive for the whole of March, with the League encounter against Round Towers Lusk called off on March 11th. Naomh Olaf were the visitors who were informed, after leaving Sandyford after 9.30am that the game was switched from Grangegorman to Longmeadows.

This writer arrived 10 minutes into the first half with St Brendan’s leading 0-03 to 0-01, and witnessed Shane Foley drive a low shot into the net for a 1-03 to 0-01 lead. Olaf’s got their second and Oisin Carley turned over a stray Olaf’s pass to hit a point to make it 1-04 to 0-02. Another point followed, scored by Darren Callanan and Olaf’s notched up their third point from a free in.

Olaf’s were penalised for picking the ball of the ground and Oisin Carley cheekily tried to gain a few meters, the referee told Carley to go back four meters and take the free which fell short but deflected over for a 65, which the Wexican converted.

The score become 1-07 to 0-03, when Vincent O’Flynn passed to Oisin Carley who flicked the ball to Trevor Purtill whose 55 meter shot went over the bar. The lead increased to 8 points when a great catch from Carley and a flick the slioter to Paul Lynch who passed to Lorcan Allen for the score.

Ritchie Barry ensured the 8 point half time lead with a tremendous save, Mark Kinsella emerged with the slioter from a scramble and pucked it out but over the side-line. Olaf’s side-line cut went wide.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-08 to 0-03 Naomh Olaf


The Sandyford side hit the ground running in the second half with a brace of points. Eric Shadowens made it a 7 point game when his intended pass to Lorcan Allen. Another Olaf’s brace was struck to make it 1-09 to 0-07. Mark Kinsella broke through a challenge but took a heavy shoulder as he was making his clearance, the slioter loosened from his grasp and Olaf’s produced a rasping shot over the bar 1-09 to 0-08.

The Dark Force were back on the board after Purtill won an Olaf’s puckout passed to Carley and onto Foley, and Ballincollig’s finest made a good solo run and shot over the bar. Another brace followed by the away side, the second of which was a free in. 1-10 to 0-10.

However Olaf’s threw the ball instead of hand passing and this gave St Brendan’s some breathing space, Shane Foley stepped up and converted the free in to make it a four point game with seven regular minutes to go.

Olaf’s tails were up as St Brendan’s began to run out of gas and this showed when Olaf’s hit another brace to put two between the sides, 1-11 to 0-12. Conor Browne did his best to hook his marker and the shot was saved by Ritchie Barry, only for the slioter to come back to the Olaf’s forward who made no mistake the second time round with a goal and the lead for Naomh Olaf.

Oisin Carley now had a chance to equalise the game in injury time, but his shot went wide. Then the inevitable happened. Naomh Olaf scored a second goal to settle the outcome as Cian Walsh threw his notebook to the ground in utter dejection.

The game petered out and it was Naomh Olaf with two Championship points to bring back to Sandyford. Bitter disappointment for St Brendan’s who must dust themselves down ahead of the next Championship game away to The Civil Service in two weeks time.


Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 1-11 to 2-12 Naomh Olaf.

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Apr 05

Disappointment for Ladies 2nd Team

Wed 05 Apr 2018 - This evening the St Brendan’s Ladies Football 1st XV, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, were due to play their first ever game at the new Grangegorman with Whitehall Colmcilles the opponents. However, at 5pm this evening, the pitch in Grangegorman was deemed unplayable, such was the heavy rainfall in the Dublin area over the past 72 hours.

Indeed this game was one of a lot of games that were called off this evening with only 4 of the scheduled 40 games going ahead. One of those games that did go ahead was the St Brendan’s 2nd XV’s encounter against Ballymun Kickhams, played on AstroTurf at Páirc Cicham.

However it was on opening eight minutes to forget for The Female Darkest Force. After conceding 5-2 for the whole of the first half against St James Gaels last Wednesday, St Brendan’s conceded that score in the opening eight minutes, the fifth of which, in this writers opinion, the best of those five goals.

The Sneem Supreme Anne Marie Riney was in goal and even deflected the ball over the bar with her foot to prevent a sixth goal, but the sixth, and indeed, the seventh, eighth and ninth goal’s were scored before the referee blew the whistle for half time.

The only opportunities for St Brendan’s this first half came from Deirdre Holland, whose shot fell short, Lauren Prenderville and Marina Kilduff who both shot wide.

Eugene Cunningham gave a very emotionally charged half time team talk to regrow the players amd get things moving forward. To sew up the defence in the second half, Eugene bought on Benedetta Bianchi, from Italy, and to ensure some super tough defending that Italian Serie A Soccer is famous for.

Eimear Norton, Lorna Barton, Catriona Smiddy, Jean Cleary and Andrea Doherty did play superb defensively, limiting Ballymun Kickhams to 1-2 in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, whilst Lauren Prenderville had a great chance for a shot that went wide.

But alas, Ballymun woke up and scored two goals in the final 10 minutes but could have been 13, but for a super point blank save from Riney after a short kick out was pinched. Both Kilduff and Romy Madden had shots late on in the second half with Madden’s the best effort that fell shot, as St Brendan’s succumb without even getting a score on the board.

To put things into prospective, Ballymun’s opponents from last week, Na Fianna C also succumbed without scoring and they are St Brendan’s 2nd XV’s next opponents next Wednesday in St Mobhi Road.

As for the 1st XV, they travel to Garristown next Wednesday facing a Garristown team who, despite going undefeated all season last year, are still reeling from a loss to near neighbours Ballyboughal last Wednesday.

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Mar 31

Key contribution from new sponsors Martin & Moran Property Advisors

MartinMoranSponsorsClub members recently met for a photo with Jarleth Moran from Martin & Moran Property Advisors, Phibsborough who have come on board to sponsor jerseys for our U-11 Football team.


Pictured are Mark Redican, Ryan Redican (sporting a new Jersey) and Jarleth from Martin & Moran.


Sponsorship like this is vitally important for the running of our club, and Martin & Moran Property Advisors 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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Mar 29

A new Year, a new Season and a new Venture for Ladies

Ladies 2nd XV v St James Gaels 28032018 (1)Following the regrading and structuring of the leagues by Dublin LGFA Board in early 2018, St Brendan’s found themselves in the unusual situation where after last season competing in Division 8 of the All County League to being graded in Division 5. This is a big step up for the ladies and all concerned are looking forward to the challenges it will involve.

In other exciting news the club for the first time in its history have not one but TWO ladies teams in action for the season, with the ladies second team being placed in Division 7 of the league. This bodes well for the club and all ladies within the club.


28 Mar 2018 – Ladies 1st Team Vs Crumlin

The first team made the trip across the Liffey to play a much-depleted Crumlin GAA Ladies Team in Pearse Park at a scheduled throw in time of 6.30pm.

The game threw in at 6.50pm and St Brendan’s started in their normal 15 on 15 style attacking each ball and trying to apply pressure where possible. The girls got off to a great start playing with the wind and had early scores from Sinead Reilly and Sinead Morrissey. This trend continued when a few minutes later the returning Eimear McKenna fed Ines Rubio Alcala Galliano who found Morrissey in space who popped off to Aisling Newton and onto Reilly who found the corner of the net.

The half started excellently but then petered out a little as the ladies managed to accumulate 6 wides and 4 short balls in a 10-minute period without a score, thankfully the girls at the back were on form and outstanding displays from all 6 defenders and a great save under pressure from Karen O’Connell kept the game to nil. Following a near scare of conceding, the girls upped it for the last 5 and managed to tack on some late scores in the half through Shaunna Fitzpatrick, Aoife Fitzmaurice and Reilly.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-07 to 0-00 Crumlin


The second half started where the first finished with Claire Gallagher commanding at full back the half back line of Fadian, Curley and McKenna holding strong and attacking from deep The midfield and forwards kept the score board ticking over. The score of the game came in the form of a Sinead Morrisey goal where, a short ball from the Crumlin forwards was kept in play by Karen, passed onto Tara Foy, who took the ball coolly through traffic and found Shauna Fitzpatrick out wide. Shauna fed Aisling Newton who passed to Morrisey on the run, who calmly finished to the bottom corner. 3 kick passes, 2 solo’s, and 1 hand pass led to the back off the net.

The girls came away winners against the weakened Crumlin side who were missing several key players due to injure and midterm holidays.

All in all, this was a good start to the league campaign in the girl’s quest in Division 5 and a vital 3 points. Stand out performers on the night were Claire Gallagher, Erin Fadian, Roisin McDonald, Aisling Newton and Sinead Reilly but it must be said the entire team played with great calm and commitment throughout with no one having a bad day at the office.


Final Score from Crumlin: St Brendan’s  5-14 to 0-02 Crumlin.

Team: Karen O’Connell, Marie Duffy, Claire Gallagher, Tara Foy, Eimear McKenna (Ellen Higgins), Erin Fadian, Andrea Curley, Roisin McDonald, Claire Owens, Shauna Fitzpatrick, Ines Rubio Alcala Galliano, Aoife Fitzmaurice, Sinead Morrisey, Aisling Newton, Sinead Reilly.


28 Mar 2018 – Ladies 2nd Team VS St James Gaels

With the 1st Team away to Crumlin, the 2nd Teams historic first ever match in LAFL7 was in Longmeadows against St James Gaels.

Unfortunately the occasion was not to be for the Female Darkest Force as St James Gaels scored two goals inside the opening three minutes, the first of which was scored inside 25 seconds. A third goal was converted in the 13th minute, which ended the game as a contest, but the St Brendans side settled and were rewarded with their first ever point after 15minutes, with Tara McCabe passing onto Marina Kilduff who finished the move with the score.

Two players from the Junior F winning panel of last year, Augustina Lazzerini and Michelle Ryan upped their defensive work in their full back line and averted a James attack, on the other end, shots from Lauren Prenderville and Mina Altunkaya, both went wide.

A fourth James Gaels goal and then a fifth followed, to make it 5-01 to 0-01. But Kilduff ensured a second point for her side which left just goals between the sides.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-02 to 5-02 St James Gaels


From the start of the second half an improved Brendan’s emerged, and the team was rewarded when scorer in chief, Marina Kilduff, scored the teams first ever competitive goal in the 42nd minute with Tara McCabe again supplying the final pass. In fact Kilduff notched up another point in the next attack thanks to good work from Mina Alkunkaya and Claire McIntyre.

St James Gaels however managed to add a sixth goal to their tally. Eimear Norton produced a great tackle to turnover possession. Alkuntaya and Kilduff combined to produce St Brendans fourth point of the evening with the Roscommon lady scoring.

The game ended with a final St James Gaels point. Despite the defeat, it was a good experience for the ladies who showed periods of strength and will build on that for upcoming games.


Full Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-04 to 6-05 St James Gaels


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Mar 26

Burns helps 1sts to Foil Na Fianna while Shadowens comes good for 2nds in Swords

1sts v Na Fianna 25032018 (6)Adult fixtures have been light over the last number of weeks, but the Juveniles, sponsored by Centra Stoneybatter made up for that with action over the past two weekends. On March 10th, the Under 8 Hurlers played Fingallians away.  On the morning of St Patricks Day, the Under 8 footballers were away to Innisfails and the Under 11 footballers were away to St Margaret’s. Yesterday the Under 8 Hurlers, sponsored by SupportIT, were in action at home to Round Towers Lusk while the Under 10 Ladies Footballers, sponsored by Martin and Moran Property Advisors,  were at home to Erin Go Bragh.

25 Mar 2018 – 1st Team Action

So after five weeks away, the St Brendan’s Football 1st XV, were back in action with Na Fianna the visitors to Grangegorman in Round 2 of AFL5

It was The Dark Force who got the opening score of the game thanks to John Burns, following a turnover by Niall McGovern at full back. The Mobhi Roaders equalised soon afterwards with a free-in and took the lead seconds later after Mark Redicans kick-out was caught by NaFianna. The away side continued the attack and rattled Redicans net for a goal and a four point lead.

However, St Brendans replied when Prince Of Ballyhaunis Niall Prenty rounded the goalkeeper after collecting a Pearse Ryan long ball and slotted the ball into the net. James McGee’s bid to give his side the lead ended when he was hand tripped in the penalty area. A penalty was awarded and John Burns took just three steps  and buried the penalty in the top right hand corner of the net. Brendan’s 2-01 to 1-02 Na Fianna.

Na Fianna equalised with a brace of points but St Brendan’s were back on the board after 22 minutes when Karl Feehan scored a free-in after McGee was fouled. McGee was rewarded by the raising of St Brendan’s third green flag of the morning following a perfectly timed Prenty pass.

Derek Brady was fouled as he shot for a score, and although it went over the bar, the referee decided that the free-in needed to be taken. With the last action of the half, Feehan converted in a match where one notable spectator was Martin Hobbins, a star on the St Brendan’s Junior Hurling Championship winning team in 1987.


Half-time Score: St Brendan’s 3-03 to 1-04 Na Fianna


Things got even better for The Dark Force when Niall Prenty’s goal bound shot was adjudged to have been foot-blocked. Up stepped Burns who repeated his three step run up, this time burying the ball in the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Na Fianna had a free-in which the goalkeeper took but fell short and was turned over by Pearse Ryan. Derek Brady took a tumble but managed to pass to John Dolan and the Westmeath man made a dashing solo-run and shot over the bar to make it 4-04 to 1-04.

Another Na Fianna point followed and John Burns won the mark from Redican’s kick-out. Karl Feehan was tripped when collecting Burns pass and took the free to fellow Rossie Derek Brady who made 25 meters and kicked over the bar to make the lead nine points.

Another brace of Na Fianna points followed to cut the gap to seven, but John Dolan replied with a trademark score by skimming the endline and punching over the bar. The lead was restored to nine with a burns point from play with Frankin O’Reilly and Conor O’Malley contributing in the attack.

The two Oisin’s, Carley and O’Meara were pivotal in the next score with the Wexican making a crucial turnover and the Tipperary man making a typical swashbuckling solo-run to pass to Niall Prenty for another good score and a 10-point lead.

Na Fianna hit another brace with free in’s and made one last attempt to score a second goal, but with 13 of St Brendan’s 15 players behind the ball, it was Ger Bannon who broke down the attack. That turnover signaled the end of the game and a first AFL5 victory on the board for St Brendan’s.

No games this Easter Weekend, but the Junior 1 Championship draws were made during the week and St Brendan’s find themselves in a Group with Geraldine Moran’s, St Finian’s Newcastle, and Wanderers. Two games will be played in April with the final round in September after all the League fixtures have been played.


Final score in Grangegorman: St Brendans 4-08(20) to 1-09(12) Na Fianna.

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25 Mar 2018 – 2nd Team Action

After being denied the chance of playing in Grangegorman three weeks ago, due to The Beast From the East, The St Brendans 2nd XV made the journey to Swords to face a Fingallians team who were one of three teams The Darkest Force defeated during the magic month of May 2017.

The match was played in the park across the road, with players crossing the footbridge on the Swords Bypass to get to the pitch. 20 players togged out for the 2nd XV but the game was played as a 13 a side, due to Fingallians having short numbers.

At 2.40pm the ball was thrown in. There was no score for over six minutes, with the opening Fingallians effort going wide, Christopher Hand had a shot fall short and John Ryan saw his goal attempt cleared off the line. Ryan eventually got the opening score thanks to a turnover ball from debutant, Offaly man Cormac Mullen.

Fingallians saw a shot go inches wide but was marked down as a point by the referee, in part thanks to our own umpire Billy Kelly. But the Darkest Force soon had a two point lead thanks to another Cormac Mullen turnover and pass to Malachi Doyle. Doyle found Graham Henry who passed to Eoin O’Connor, who, coming back after a long injury layoff, converted for a point.

Henry himself got on the score sheet a minute later with that sweet left foot of his. Despite their low numbers, Fingallians found their rhythm with a brace of points to level matters and could have taken a lead but for a great block by Damien Daly to force a 45 which was subsequently sent wide.

The O’Connor comeback was halted when he picked up a knock and was replaced by Cathal McCormack. Despite the enforced replacement, it was an effective one as McCormack, with his first possession found the net for a goal, in a move that started with a mark and a 45meter solo-run by Vincent O’Flynn.

Some Fingallians disorganization occurred during their kick-out, but the swords men managed to clean up their act before John Ryan pounced. Two minutes later, Henry got his second point of the afternoon following a Ryan pass. A fourth Fingallians point rounded off first half proceedings.


Half Time score: St Brendans 1-04 to 0-04 Fingallians.


It was all Fingallians in the opening six minutes of the second half, with three points on the spin to level matters 1-04 to 0-07. But Brendan’s took control in the next six minutes with three points, the first from Graham Henry following a pass from fellow Meath Man Eoin Galligan.

Fingallians could have gotten a goal but the shot hit the post and was cleared by John Maguire. John Ryan found Ger Power to score a second point of the sequence and the third point came from John Ryan, who despite overshooting his toe tap, still managed to steady himself and take the shot over the bar 1-07 to 0-07.

Indeed there was a fourth point in succession, thanks to Christopher Hand who was fouled after collecting a Damien Daly pass. John Tuffy introduced the two Americans on the panel, Kevin Purce and Eric Shadowens and the two contributed for, what looked like, the game winning goal, with the Yonkers man Purce, passing to Michigan man Shadowens for a shot into the net, which was followed by chants of U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A.

Brendans were up by six with four minutes to go. Fingallians however were determined to finish on a high and although one of their players slipped at the crucial moment, his shot found the mark.

Questions were being asked of The Darkest Force. Were they about to hit the self-destruct button at the end?

A Fingallians penalty set the game up for a cliff-hanger end, and a Brendan’s man was sent to the line for a second bookable offence. Fingallians piled on the pressure but were thwarted a number of times by a resilient Brendans defence.

Graham Henry defended bravely putting his head where others put their foot and won a free out. The Brendan’s attack was turned-over and another free-in was given to the home side.

Fingallians needing a goal for the win lobbed the ball goal-wards, which was punched clear by Paul Farrelly. The final play of the game came when Malachi Doyle and Damien Daly combined to legally strip the ball from a Fingallians attacker.

A priceless victory for a Brendan’s team who held on till the end, which should give the team the world of confidence for the remainder of the AFL10 campaign.


Final score from Lawless Park: St Brendan’s 2-08(14) to 1-09(12) Fingallians.


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Feb 26

Young Hurlers Success, as Adults see Heartbreak in Grangegorman Return

Hurlers v Naomh Barrog 25022018 (7)Sun 25 Feb 2018 Last Sunday, The St Brendan’s Football 1st team played in their home ground of Grangegorman for the first time since October 2013. This Sunday it was the turn of the St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, the Luas operators, to face Naomh Barrog in the opening match of 2018 AHL7 season.

On Sat 24th, history was made when the St Brendan’s Juveniles, sponsored by Centra Stoneybatter, fielded an Under 8 Hurling team for the first time, with Setanta the first opposition. A momentous occasion witnessed by Juvenile Officer Malachi Doyle to secure the long-term future of the small ball game within the club.

As for the Hurlers of today, it was a slow start to the game with both teams opening efforts going wide with Oisin Carley missing a free in for The Dark Force, Also Lorcan O’Toole had a shot that went wide. It was the men from Kilbarrack that got the opening score. Naomh Barrog also hit a point from their next attack despite the best efforts from Damien Daly and Vincent O’Flynn.

St Brendan’s got back into the game thanks to a goal from Paul Lynch when a long range free out from Trevor Purtill was caught by O’Toole and passed onto Paul Lynch whose low shot went into the net. With the next attack, Eddie Hearne saw his shot go wide.

Another Barrog point followed to make it 0-03 to 1-00. The Dark Force were inches away from a second goal when Ger Power saw his goal bound shot cleared if the line, the slioter was turned-over and a resulted in a third point for Naomh Barrog on the other side.

A free-in from Noel Lane, after Carley was fouled fell short and was cleared. Ritchie Barry produced a super save to keep his side in the game while on the other side Carley had a shot that was parried by the goalkeeper only to be rebounded to Paul Lynch and passed to Shane Muldoon whose shot was saved for a 65, which Carley duly converted to put one between the sides.

St Brendan’s kept Naomh Barrog scoreless for the remainder of the first half despite the away side getting two 65’s and but not convert those opportunities.  A long ball from Purtill found Eric Shadowens who had his jersey tugged, up stepped Carley with the free over the bar, which was the last action of an end to end first half and the home side leading.


Half-Time Score: St Brendan’s 1-02 to 0-04 Naomh Barrog


Naomh Barrog opened the scoring in the second half with a point from a 65. St Brendan’s increased the lead when a free-in from Carley was dropped short, there was a bit of a scramble but Eric Shadowens used his great Michigan strength to emerge with the slioter and tap it into the net to make it 2-02 to 0-04.

Barrog closed the lead again with a brace of points, the first was a 65 and the second from a free-in. Paul Lynch was involved in a tussle with his marker where Lynch’s headguard was ripped off by his marker, both men were yellow carded. The hop ball was won by Barrog was well worked in for a point 2-02 to 0-07.

St Brendan’s increased the lead again when a shot from Shadowens was hooked but the slioter landed in the feet of Eddie Hearne who made no mistake with a third goal to make it 3-02 to 0-07.

Barrog rallied well and replied with a score of their own. That three point lead became four, when Damien Daly, whose stickwork was improved significantly over the winter, won a turnover and passed the slioter to Aidan Melia and onto Oisin Carley. The Wexican made no mistake from 40 meters out with a point. Carley could have made a five point game but saw another shot go wide.

Instead it was Barrog who chipped away and reduced the deficit with two points from play. Scores were at a premium as the game went into the final couple of minutes with Brendan’s hanging on to the slightest of leads. Barrog were awarded a free-in from 68 meters out which dropped short into the hand of Ritchie Barry who was then bungled into the net resulting in a small shemozzle.

After calming things down, the referee displayed a red card to Ritchie Barry for what he called retaliation, reducing Brendan’s to 14 men and awarded the goal.

Noel Lane stepped into goal for the final two plays but could only watch as Barrog scored an insurance point and then hit a cheeky flick over Lanes head and into the goal to see a 5 point victory for Naomh Barrog.

Understandable dejection for The Dark Force who had the game in their grasp yet let it slip in injury time. Despite the result, some excellent hurling was played and a lot of positives can be built on as the team gear up for the next fixture away to Round Towers Lusk on Sunday 11th March.


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendan’s 3-03 (12) to 2-11 (17) Naomh Barrog


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Feb 19

Narrow defeat for Dark Force on return to Home grounds!

1sts v Ballyboden St Endas 18022018 (8)Sun 18 Feb 2018 – The 2018 Dublin GAA Football season began with the St Brendan’s Football 1st Team, having their first taste of Division 5 Football with a home tie against Ballyboden St Enda’s.

The venue for the game being the club’s ancestral home of Grangegorman, which last hosted The Dark Force in a 0-13 to 0-04 victory over Liffey Gaels in October 2013, a victory which secured the Division 8 League title and an undefeated League campaign.

In the 4th minute of the game, Cillian Conboy was fouled which allowed fellow Rossie, Karl Feehan to score the first point with a 20-meter free-in. Another point was added two minutes later when the two Rossies, Feehan and Conboy combined, with the former keeping the ball in play and directing it into the path of John Dolan who took the score

Ballyboden turned-over a pass which was intended for James McGee and despite the best efforts of debutant corner back Franklin O’Reilly, the away side opened their account with a point. Feehan restored the two point lead with a free-in following a foul on Dolan. O’Reilly then showed great defending to ensure a shot from Ballyboden hit the side netting.

The score became four points to one when the referee spotted Conboy being fouled off the ball, Feehan took the free from where the infringement occurred and slotted over the bar. But Ballyboden found their rhythm and scored a brace of points to make it 0-04 to 0-03 after 23 minutes.

A kick-out by St Brendan’s was caught and marked by Ballyboden, and was then worked in for a goal. Cillian Conboy was then forced to leave the field of play with an injury, and was replaced by Christopher Hand. St Brendan’s managed to get it back to a one point game thanks to a monstrous point from Ian Cahill, and Derek Brady’s had a half-chance to equalise but couldn’t keep the ball from going over the end-line after a pass from James McGee.

What could have been a level game instead became a four point lead for Ballyboden with another goal creeping into the Brendan’s net on the stroke of half-time.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-05 to 2-03 Ballyboden St Enda’s


The second half started with a shot from Feehan which went narrowly wide. However the Rossie notched up his fourth score of the morning with a free after Neil Mayock drew the foul. Mayock had a great chance for a goal which forced a great save from the boden keeper who pushed it out for a 45. Colin Folan took the 45 and Mayock, Dolan, Folan and James McGee were involved with Dolan converting for his second score of the morning, 2-03 to 0-07.

Boden then restored the three point lead with a free-in. John Burns and Ger Bannon both came on as substitutes in place of Derek Brady and James McGee.

Boden made it a four point lead but were reduced to 14 men when Colin Folan was recklessly high tackled after winning a mark from Mark Redican’s kick-out.  Despite being on the ground for a while, the Stamullen hell-raiser made it back to his feet and continued the game.

A shot from John Burns blazed across the face of goal was recovered by John Dolan and passed to Ryan Egan, who got swallowed up by the Ballyboden defence, but managed to get the ball to Karl Feehan who with the citeog, kicked his fifth point of the morning.

With two minutes to go, St Brendan’s got the deficit down to two points with a point from Christopher Hand following great play from Paul Coleman. Deep into injury time, Colin Folan passed the ball to Ian Cahill whose shot went across the face of the goal, Coleman won the ball back and passed to Ger Bannon who kicked a point to put one in it.

In the dying seconds, a last gasp shot from Oisin Carley went narrowly wide to end the game with a disappointing defeat. A very tight game which will leave the The Dark Force with the confidence to hold their own in AFL5 and also with the joy of returning to play in the new look Grangegorman.


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendan’s 0-10 to 2-05 Ballyboden St Enda’s




IN Sandyford, the St Brendan’s second team, sponsored by Kavanagh’s of Aughrim Street, went into their first AFL10 fixture of the season with high hopes of a good performance after a disappointing 2017 season.

However a dominant Naomh Olaf side crushed these hopes by hitting 4-10 in the opening 30 minutes (4-04 of which were scored in the 10mins before half-time). In reply, the Darkest Force could only manage a solidary point courtesy of Malachi Doyle with the Olaf goalkeeper also making a spectacular save to deny a certain Brendan’s goal during the first 10mins.

It was more of the same in the opening 8 minutes of the second half with six unanswered points from the home side who amazingly, were held scoreless for the rest of the match!

Paul Farrelly played a side-line ball to Graham Henry who attacked the Olaf goal, and was forced to play the ball across the front of goal where John Ryan stepped up to crash the ball into the net. Paddy McGuinn was then fouled and Ryan converted the free-in. McGuinn, playing outfield, went back into goal whilst Brian Lavelle was moved to the half forward line where he showed well for the remainder of the game.

A foul on Henry allowed Ryan to make it 1-03. The Darkest force played some of their best football toward the end of the game, and in the dying four minutes a great solo run from Graham Henry, was stopped as he was about to pull the trigger. Again Ryan converted the free in.

Damien Daly won a crucial turn-over and played the ball to Bradley Skerritt, Aiden O’Dowd was on the end of Skerritt’s long range pass and drew the foul for Ryan to finish with 1-04.

The St Brendan’s 2nd team can draw plenty of positives from today’s game, particularly in the final quarter. The team should build on that final quarter performance and with addition of a number of absent players still to return, a result in the next match at home against Na Fianna is not beyond them.


Final score from Pairc Ui Bhrain Sandyford: St Brendans 1-05 to 4-17 Naomh Olaf

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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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