Jun 01

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

NightatDogsThe 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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May 25

Erins Isle blow Darkest Force out of the water on Thursday, after great Brendan’s win on Sunday

2nds v Erins Isle 24052018 (2)Thurs 20 May 2018 – After the disappointment of losing against Cuala on May 10th, the St Brendan’s 2nd Xv were back in Grangegorman on May 20th to face Na Fianna, the team that denied The Darkest Force a first win of 2017 in April last year. This time around there would be no denying St Brendan’s 2nd team who ran out two-point winners in a 4-04 to 1-11 game. What made is victory all the more remarkable was that several 2nd team players were unavailable due to their attendance at The Royal Wedding. The Royal Wedding of the West that is, when St Brendan’s Royalty, Damien Daly married Marie Sheridan in Co. Mayo on Saturday. This writer wishes Damo and Marie good health and happiness in their new lives together.


Sun 24 May 2018 – With Sean Dardis spending the summer on a J1 in Canada, the rest of the St Brendan’s 2nd XV, travelled to Farnham Drive in Finglas to face Erins Isle, one of the three teams The Darkest Force defeated in Magic May last season.

It was a dream start for the away side with a point from Joe Kenny after a turnover from Paul Lynch. After Erins Isle equalised, St Brendan’s were back in the lead with Kenny again, this time with the final pass from Graham Henry.

Padraig Pratt (Son of Maurice) worked hard to win a turnover and played the ball to John Maguire who gained 60 meters, then passed to John Ryan and finally back to Kenny again for a third point and St Brendan’s 4th.

Erins Isle hit a second point and some great work from Kevin Purce prevented a brace, instead St Brendan’s restored the three-point lead with a free after a foul on Paul Farrelly. Erins Isle closed the gap back to two with a fisted point. Indeed, that point was the first of four consecutive points the home side scored to take the lead.

John Ryan, though he had the equalising score after getting a knuckle on Connor Higgins free, had the score disallowed for square ball for having his foot in the small square.

Brendan’s eventually levelled matters before half time with a free in after a foul on Joe Kenny which was the last action of the first half, where amongst the fairly big crowd watching proceedings was Joe Tarphey, the son in law of our former Cub President Ollie Flynn.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-06 to 0-06 Erins Isle


Erins Isle in essence, ended the game as a contest by hitting 1-03 without reply in the opening 10 minutes, the goal was a penalty following a footblock. Goalkeeper Paddy McGuinn tried to unleash his inner Jimmy Corcoran, but to no avail. 1-10 to 0-6.

The Darkest Force restored some pride with a point from play after the referee waved advantage after a foul on Paul Lynch. Another three points from Erins Isle followed, with the first and second of those points coming from hopballs.

The Home side were denied a second goal following a great save from McGuinn, the ball went back to an Isles player but Bradley Skerritt provoked the player into over-carrying and won a free out. The move ended with another score from a free after Connor Higgins had his arm dragged back.

Both sides traded points in injury time with the last score coming after Higgins was fouled and a Isles player was black carded.

Despite the defeat and the disappointing second half, Billy Kelly was only focusing on the positive first half and the excellent football played which the team can build on in two weeks, in a home tie against Lucan Sarsfields.


Final Score from Farnham Drive Finglas: St Brendans 0-09 to 1-14 Erins Isle

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May 24

Nicola Carrabine Points the way against Naomh Olaf

Ladies League v Naomh Olaf 23052018 (4)Wed 23 May 2018 – The St Brendan’s Ladies 1st XV, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, continued their quest for a AFL5 promotion play-off berth with Naomh Olaf the visitors to Grangegorman.

The game took a while to get going with Naomh Olaf getting an opening score from a free-in after seven minutes. Roisin McDonald saw a free hit the upright and straight to Sinead Morrissey who passed to Julie Fox whose shot was blocked down and eventually cleared.

The Female Dark Force finally got a foothold in the game when Sinead Reilly was fouled in the penalty area after a brilliant solo run. The Mullingar Dynamo stepped up to take the penalty and score the goal. Morrissey would go on to add a point to that goal in the next attack after a pass from Christine Dilworth.

After missing the Clondalkin game last Wednesday, due to the Ed Sheeran concert, Julie Fox marked her return with a great goal when Morrissey passed the final ball to the Ballylanders Bullet for a bullet of a shot into the Naomh Olaf net. 2-01 to 0-01. Fox then added a point to her tally in the next attack.

Christine Dilworth then made it 2-03 to 0-02 with a point, but from her own opinion and reaction, it could have a goal. Claire McIntyre was unlucky with a shot that went wide after some good defending. A free-in by Naomh Olaf which was pointed was the last action of the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-03 to 0-03 Naomh Olaf


In the second half the lead was back to 7 points thanks to a point from Nicola Carrabine. Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly’s intended foot pass went across the face of goal where O’Curry retrieved to shoot on the outside of her right boot from a tight angle and over the bar.

Naomh Olaf then responded with three points on the spin, but The Female Dark Force then responded with a brace of points, the first from Roisin McDonald and the second from Christine Dilworth, both scored after winning Olaf kick-outs.

Karen O’Connell was desperate not to concede a goal this evening and this bid was almost ended when an Olaf’s shot hit the butt of the post and wide. Another shot went straight into the breadbasket of The Fresh Prince of Kells and cleared by Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher.

With 10 minutes to go Olaf’s got another brace of points, but Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly took it back to a 5 point game, with a point after collecting McDonalds free in. It was Reilly’s last contribution because during the play, one Naomh Olaf player picked up an injury and was forced to retire from the game.  Only 15 players turned up for the away side so to make things fair, James McGinley made the difficult decision took off Dangermouse for a 14 v 14 game.

Sinead Morrissey’s bid for a 2nd goal ended when her shot was saved for a 45, McDonald took the free in to Dilworth, who passed to Morrissey and her shot fell short. The Mullingar Dynamo won the ball back and was fouled 20 meters out. McDonald took the free-in and the Olafs back broke the ball straight down Dilworth and The Knocknagree Knight settled the match with a goal.

Naomh Olaf did score a consolation point but an intended goal shot went wide, much to the relief of Karen O’Connell with a clean sheet and another St Brendan’s victory. With Whitehall Colmcilles also winning this evening, the battle for 2nd place in AFL5 will reach an exciting climax on a date to be announced. But for now, focus switches to the Division 5 Cup and a home encounter with Round Towers Clondalkin on June 6th.


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendan’s 3-07(16) to 0-09 Naomh Olaf

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May 23

Dark Force “Man Up” to give Oisin Carley the perfect send off

1sts League v Ballinteer St Johns 22052018 (2)Tues 22 May 2018 – Two games this writer missed out on involving the St Brendan’s Football 1st XV so here is what happened. On May 8th the 1sts travelled to Balbriggan for the first time since 2007 to face the local side O’Dwyers but unfortunately came out on the wrong side of a 0-13 to 0-7 score-line. The Dark Force redeemed themselves on May 20th when travelling to Ballymun to take on Ballymun Kickhams, which was originally pencilled on for March 3rd but was cancelled due to the Beast from the East and Storm Emma. Victory was secured on a 2-13 to 1-8 score-line.

Today, the St Brendan’s Football 1st team were back in Grangegorman to face Ballinteer St Johns for the first time since defeating the Tangerines 0-12 to 1-07 in July 2014, a victory which kick started the eventual successful push to promotion from Division 7.

The Dark Force got off to a dream start with John Burns pointing after 16 seconds when Phil Bannon won the opening throw in. Phil Bannon was involved in the second score when, despite being forced into a corner, he spotted John Dolan with the pass and the Westmeath man converted.

That became three points to no score after Karl Feehan scored a free in after a jersey tug. However, Ballinteer St Johns got a foothold into the game when free was moved up 10 meters and despite a great save from Mark Redican, the ball went to a Ballinteer forward who made no mistake second time round with a goal. The away side took the lead despite the forward being forced to shoot from long range with 10 St Brendan’s players protecting the D.

John Burns was guilty of pushing two 45 wide inside two minutes, the second of which saw the goalkeeper, spill the ball over the end line after a pass from Ryan Egan. Burns did however redeem himself but striking the ball over the bar for St Brendan’s 4th point in an attack which started with a Franklin O’Reilly turnover. Two more Ballinteer points at the end of the first half ensured a four-point half time lead for the away side.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-04 to 1-05 Ballinteer


Urgings of “Man Up” during the halftime talk were heeded when John Burns produced a carbon copy of his opening score, with a score 16 seconds into the second. 2nd team graduate Cormac Mullen won a turnover and played the ball to John Dolan and finally onto Karl Feehan for a brilliant score to halve the half time deficit. An injury picked up by Colin Folan halted proceedings as Burns was waiting to take a free in, which went wide. In the meantime, the referee spotted a Ballinteer player lash out at James McGee and gave a straight red card. Folan was fine and continued the game.

Phil Bannon kept the ball in play after a Ballinteer kick-out and passed to John Dolan who found James McGee in the corner. McGee played the ball to Cormac Mullen and finally onto Neil Mayock who, despite a kicking wide was fouled as he took his shot, and Burns converted the free in.

Ryan Egan shouldered his marker over the sideline for a line ball for The Dark Force, which he took to Folan. As Egan made his way to goal, Mayock and McGee also got a possession and it was the latter’s pass to Egan who was upended on the 20-meter line. For dissent by the away side, the referee moved the ball on the 13-meter line and Burns made no mistake with the free in and a level game again.

The Tangerines retook the lead momentarily and were on the attack again when Mullen intercepted the attack and passed to Mayock. The Foxford Charger kicked a great score over the bar to level the game. Ballinteer were accused of Cute Kerry Hoorism by the referee when trying a steal an extra few meters when taking a free out. But Ryan intercepted the attack and a potential John Dolan goal went awry when McGee’s pass went too high and went wide.

Ballinteer retook the lead again from a free in but St Brendans manged to equalise again with a point from play from Karl Feehan after Franklin O’Reilly got a sneaky dig in the ribs when passing to Colin Folan. The referee played advantage and The Stamullen Hellraiser passed to Mayock and finally to Feehan with the point.

Ballinteer had a great chance for a goal but the shot hit the post and wide. Derek Brady also had a goal chance but his shot went inches wide and Justin McCormack kicking the wire fencing out of frustration. Another Ballinteer attack was stopped between the legs of Lorcan Bannon who then made an extra 30 meters and passed to Mayock and onto John Burns who had three defenders protecting the D, however Burns shot went over the bar for the lead score for St Brendan’s.

Two minutes into injury time and Burns again was on the scoresheet to make it 0-12 to 1-7, exactly the same score when the two sides met in AFL8 on July 28th 2012, and again in AFL7 on July 28th 2014. But Burns was determined to add a 13th score to the tally but took one step too many when kicking his shot over the bar.

Derek Brady did however get the 13th score with a 20 yard fist over the bar. St Brendan’s held on to record a brilliant blood and guts victory and the perfect send off for Oisin Carley, after playing his final game in the black and amber before emigrating to Canada to start a new life.

We wish Oisin all the best.

Tonights victory puts St Brendan’s back in contention for the AFL5 title with four teams at the top of the table on 8 points, one of those teams on 8 points, Lucan Sarsfields, is next up for The Dark Force on June 5th.


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendans 0-13 to 1-07 Ballinteer St Johns

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May 17

Smart Thinking from Róisín McDonald

Ladies 1sts v Round Towers Clondalkin 16052018 (4)Wed 16 May 2018 – On a warm Wednesday evening, the St Brendan’s ladies footballers, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, made the trip to Monastery Road to play Round Towers Clondaklin, only to be told when they arrived that the game would be played on the Community pitch 600 meters away. James McGinley was back in the manager’s hot seat, with his wife Sarah the Maor Uisce for the evening.

The home side got the opening score after 5 minutes. Despite hitting four wides, the Female Dark Force equalised after Eimear McKenna turned-over possession and passed to Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano, who found Christine Dilworth and finally Aisling Newton with the point. Newton would then score goal number One after a sideline ball from Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick. The two combined for the next point with Newton supplying and Fitzpatrick pointing. The Carndonagh Cyclone would be next on the scoresheet with a point after an Andrea Curley turnover.

The Basque Superstar supplied a pass to Dilworth who then found Sinéad ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly to score the second goal of the evening. Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher defended valiantly to prevent a second RTC point. The Heat won Karen O’Connell’s short kick-out and played the ball to Roisin McDonald who found fellow Inishowen lady Aisling Newton to bury the ball into the net. 3-03 to 0-01.

Newton made it 3-04 after Claire Owens won the Clondaklin kick out. A sideline ball from McDonald went over the sideline but then that sideline ball from RTC also went over the sideline again. McDonald demanded a new ball to take the sideline ball and her decision proved vital when Newton won the ball and popped it over the bar.

If there was a Mark in the Ladies game, Sinéad Morrissey’s catch would have been the greatest Mark taken, the Mullingar Dynamo played the ball onto Newton and with just 20 minutes gone in the second half, Newton had her hat trick. 4-05 to 0-01.

The Inishowen Combination struck again when McDonald won Karen O’Connell’s kick-out and played a great long ball into Newton who made a 40 yard gain to shoot and into the net for a fifth time. McDonald would score the next point where the Francie Bellew of Mourneabbey, Catherine Twomey, thwarted a Towers attack.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 5-07 to 0-02 Round Towers


Despite two wides in the opening two minutes, The Female Dark Force got the opening score of the second half with Newton skimming the end line and fisting over the bar. A long ball from Erin Fadian found Sinead Morrissey who then selflessly passed to Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick to score the point. The Sixth goal had ‘Made in Co. Sligo’ written all over it, when with a turnover from Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher, she used tremendous strength to pass to Roisin McDonald and onto Claire McIntyre for the goal.

Six became Seven and goal Five for Aisling Newton with a low drive into the net. Seven became Eight with an Uber Cool goal from Sinead Morrissey after collecting a long ball from Fitzpatrick, The Mullingar Dynamo, lobbed the Towers goalkeeper with a finish as uber cool as Jürgen Klopp.

The Joy of Six was all Aisling Newton’s as be scored her sixth, and St Brendan’s ninth goal overall after a pass from Aoife Fitzmaurice following a 50 meter solo run. Another Gallagher turnover resulted in a tenth St Brendan’s goal this time it was Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly with the green flag.

Karen O’Connell’s dream of a clean sheet ended when Towers scored a late consolation goal. After being taken off at half time, Christine Dilworth came back on in place of Newton who got a standing ovation.

Whilst on honeymoon, James McGinley told his subs bench he lit a candle in a church in Portugal, praying for even more silverware for his team. Will his prayers be answered? in the meantime Sinead Reilly pointed to make it 10-10 to 1-03 in a move which started with a sideline ball.

The Knocknagree Knight made the most of her second coming by scoring both the eleventh goal and eleventh point, the first was the goal, a low shot with the right boot after collecting Claire McIntyre’s pass and the point came from her citeog.

With Round Towers Clondalkin totally outclassed, the referee made the sensible decision to blow the full time whistle on the 25 minute mark of the second half, but after St Brendan’s Ladies had time to add to their tally. Morrissey scored her second goal as uber cool as her first when from an awkward angle, she kicked the ball towards the butt of the far post and into the net and Claire McIntyre added a point to the goal she got following a pass from Inés Rubio Alcalá Galiano.

This win gives St Brendans a sixth win in AFL5 as the battle for second place in the League with Whitehall Colmcilles intensifies. Next up is a home tie against Naomh Olaf.


Final Score from Clondalkin: St Brendans 12-12(48) to 1-03(6) Round Towers Clondalkin

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May 11

“It was like playing 15 Cora Staunton’s out there!”

Ladies 1st XV v Ballyboughal 18042018 (1)Wed 18 Apr 2018 After winning convincingly against Garristown last Wednesday, the St Brendan’s Ladies 1st XV, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, were without doubt, going to get a much sterner test against high flying Ballyboughal, who have only been beaten once in over two years of competition.

And when I said that Ballyboughal are high flying, I genuinely mean it, because between 2:30 and 3:00 minutes into the first half, the Boughal had Karen O’Connell beaten for goal twice, the first was a frighteningly fast well worked build up and the second the result of a lost kick out.

But the Female Dark Force were not here to watch in awe and were determined to make a match of it. It showed when Aisling Newton crashed the ball in the Ballyboughal net after a turnover by Andrea Curley. The game was barely four and a half minutes old when Ballyboughal had the ball in the O’Connell’s net for a third time. 3-00 to 1-00.

The away side settled into the game in the next 15 minutes with seven straight points with the range of points that even Mayo great Cora Staunton would have been proud of. But Ballyboughal also hit the upright twice, Eimear McKenna claimed possession at the first time and Andrea Curley the second. Roisin McDonald had a chance for a point but fell short, the clearance went only as far as Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano, who passed to McDonald but the shot went wide.

The Carndonagh Cyclone Aisling Newton’s bid for a second goal, ended when her goal attempt went straight to the goalkeeper. Roisin McDonald produced a great flick pass to Julie Fox and the Ballylanders Bullet made a raid onto the Ballyboughal defence and a pass to Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and a shot over the bar. Two more Ballyboughal points followed.

Tara Foy won Karen O’Connell’s kick out and made a solo run and played the ball to Newton on the square who rounded the goalkeeper and kicked into the net for a second goal, a final Ballyboughal point rounded off tough first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 2-01 to 3-10 Ballyboughal.


The floodlights came in at half time, marking the first ever St Brendans home match in Grangegorman where the lights were switched on. There was a very encouraging start to the second half from St Brendan’s with Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly’ scoring the third goal of the evening after a pass from Claire Owens. Christine Dilworth marked her seasonal reappearance with a point in the very next attack. The Knocknagree Knight was almost in for a fourth goal but her shot hit the side netting. Ballyboughal increased the gap to nine points with their first second half point.

The Creggs Crusader Andrea Curley defended very well to keep Ballyboughal scoreless over the next nine minutes. A Dilworth shot also hit the upright, a Julie Fox shot was saved for a 45 with the 45  going wide. Ballyboughal ended all hope of a St Brendan’s comeback by scoring a 4th goal to make it 4-12 to 3-02 as the game entered the final quarter.

With nothing but pride at stake, St Brendan’s began to play with much more freedom and Sinead Reilly added a point to the goal she got a few minutes earlier. Aisling Newton made it a brace of points for the home side with an effort from 25 meters. Julie Fox won the next kick out and played the ball to Newton and despite three Ballyboughal players around her, Newton buried the ball in the net for a fourth goal.

The home side were on the lookout for a fifth goal when Newton was dragged down for a penalty. Christine Dilworth’s penalty was saved for a 45, and the 45 was cleared by Ballyboughal but only as far as Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano whose shot was dropped short and batted down by the goalkeeper.

St Brendan’s pulled another point back thanks to Roisin McDonald late in the game but at the end of the day, Ballyboughal simply had too much, even Erin Fadian was quoted at the end of the game saying that it was playing 15 Cora Staunton’s out there, such was the talent at Ballyboughal’s disposal this evening.

Next Wednesday, St Brendan’s Ladies footballers return to the place where it all began for the team in April 2013, when St. Patrick’s Donabate provide the opposition in the first meeting between the sides since that evening five years ago.


Final score from Grangegorman St Brendans 4-05(17) to 4-14(26) Ballyboughal.


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May 11

No Magic May for 2nds in 2018

2nds v Cuala 10052018 (4)Thurs 10 May 2018 – With two victories under their belts in the 2018 Season, the ST Brendan’s 2nd XV, sponsored by Kavanaghs of Aughrim Street, went into their AFL10 match against Cuala with high hopes of repeating their performance of May 2017 when the team recorded three victories out of three games in that month.

However, any hopes The Darkest Force of repeating that feat in 2018 were dashed when the visitors from Dalkey rushed into a four point to no score lead after eight minutes, the fourth of those points coming from a 45. St Brendan’s finally got on the board in the 15th minute when Cathal McCarthy was pushed in the back after collecting a Damien Daly pass. Pearse Ryan took the free and played it to Gentleman Christopher Hand for a monstrous point over the bar. The Cavan Gentleman won the Mark from the next Cuala kickout and was fouled in the process. Hand played the ball to Alan Walsh and then onto John Tuffy who rounded two Cuala backs to take his shot over the bar.

It was all Dalkey for the remainder of the first half adding 2 goals and 4 points to their tally. Graham Henry put his left arm where others would hesitate to put their leg and made a clearance but got an injury to his wrist and had to be replaced by John Ryan.

Gentleman Christopher Hand ensured his side ended a disappointing first half on a positive note when collecting a Bradley Skerritt pass he gave the ball an almighty pelt and sailed between the posts.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-03 to 2-08 Cuala.


Like the first half, Cuala scored four unanswered points in the opening eight minutes in the second half. The Bective Blizzard Pearse Ryan made it 2-12 to 0-04 with a well taken score that his three children Kayla Isla and Jack celebrated as enthusiastically as their father. Hand had a chance of a goal but got hooked as he pulled the trigger, the ball rebounded to Ger Power and his shot was saved and then the ball went to Malachi Doyle whose snapshot went wide.

The Cavan Gentleman made amends a minute later with a free in after Pearse Ryan was fouled winning the Cuala kick-out. Hand made it a personal tally of 0-04 with a point from play after Ryan played a free to Sean Dardis.

Cuala hit a third goal after a turnover. After the disappointment of his native New York coming so close to a Championship victory over Leitrim last Sunday, Kevin Purce put thae disappointment behind him by supplying a final pass to Sean Dardis who delivered a seventh point for St Brendan’s.

Cuala hit a final brace in the last four minutes but were denied a fourth goal when Morgan Young finished his game with a flourish and a point blank save which was the last action of the game.

There was some great football played by the 2nd team in patches, but were outclassed by a youthful, well drilled Cuala side. Focus turns to the Duffy Cup next Thursday and a trip to Malahide to face St Sylvesters.


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendans 0-07 to 3-16 Cuala

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May 10

Sinéad Reilly comes good in entertaining Grangegorman encounter

Ladies 1sts v Thomas Davis 09052018 (4)Wed 09 May 2018 After the disappointment of last Wednesday’s cancelled match, The St Brendan’s Ladies 1st XV, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough were back in action in Grangegorman this Wednesday evening when the team faced last year’s beaten Junior E Finalists Thomas Davis. With team manager James McGinley on honeymoon, Cian Walsh donned the Bainisteoir bib for the evening.

Fresh from running the Half Marathon at the Great Limerick Run last Sunday, Julie Fox got The Female Dark Force off to a dream start with a goal after 16 seconds after Claire Owens won the throw in. Roisin McDonald won the first Davis kickout and passed to fellow Inishowen lady Aisling Newton and scored her point, 1-01 to no score and the game barely a minute old.

Fox then unveiled he inner Andy Moran when scoring a point from an impossible acute angle after a pass from Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. 6 minutes 50 gone in the first half and Sinead Morrissey was next on the scoresheet after receiving a great ball off Eimear McKenna. The Inishowen combination of McDonald and Newton started the move which lead to the former giving a quick flick pass to The Ballylanders Bullet Julie Fox to score her second and St Brendan’s fourth point.

Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano’s evening however ended prematurely when she limped off with a facial injury and was replaced by Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick. A shot from the aforementioned Jet went wide but Fox added a third point with the two Sinead’s, Morrissey and Reilly, combining in the build-up.

Claire Owens, won the next Davis kickout and passed to Aisling Newton for her second point of the evening, indeed the Carndonagh Cyclone would make it a hat-trick of points after winning the kickout herself and popping the shot over the bar.

Julie Fox was back scoring when hitting her second goal of the evening after playing a neat one two with Christine Dilworth, 2-07 to no score. A Thomas Davis sideline ball was pinched by McDonald and on towards Sinead Morrissey and the Mullingar Dynamo made no mistake with her second and St Brendan’s eighth point.

The away sides first shot for a score was parried by Erin Fadian for a 45, this was played short but the referee spotted a foul somewhere which allowed The Tallaghtfornians to finally get on the scoresheet with a point. They made it a brace two minutes later. Claire ‘The Heat’ Gallagher turned over possession then passed to McDonald, who just about managed to get a solo in after taking seven steps, she played a great long ball into Newton to add a fourth point to her tally.

Another turnover, this time from McDonald, resulted in The Knocknagree Knight, Christine Dilworth scoring a good point which was the last action of the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 2-10 to 0-02 Thomas Davis.


The score remained the same for the first ten minutes of the second half with The Female Dark Force being guilty of three wides, and Thomas Davis two wides. But St Brendan’s managed to make amends with a goal from Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly after a pass from Dilworth who saw Reilly in a much better position than her. In response, Thomas Davis hit back with a point.

After another Davis point, St Brendans started the attack which lead to the fourth goal with a Karen O’Connell clearance to Claire Gallagher, after possession from Andrea Curley and Shauna Fitzpatrick, Aisling Newton made a daring solo run but saw her path blocked, but Sinead Morrissey was on hand to sidefoot the ball into the net.

The away side put a lot of pressure on the Brendan’s goal with The Fresh Prince of Kells the busier of the two goalkeepers and saving a shot towards the post and clear, but the Davis pressure did pay off by hitting two goals in the last ten minutes, the second of which went over O’Connell’s head and into the net.

Any chance of a shock Thomas Davis victory were put to bed in injury time when substitute Nicola Carrabine blocked a Davis sideline ball and played the ball to Newton with a low shot into the net. That was the last action of a very entertaining game and a fifth St Brendan’s victory who still have to play second placed Whitehall Colmcilles on a date to be determined. Next up for the Female Dark Force is a trip to Clondalkin and a game against Round Towers.


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendans 5-10(25) to 2-05(11) Thomas Davis.

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Apr 30

Junior 1 Club Championship, Grangegorman witnesses a pulsating encounter

1sts v Geraldine p Morans 28042018 (4)29 Apr 2018 – After many calls from many clubs over the past few months, The Dublin County Board have restructured the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football Championships. For the first time, the Junior Football Championships will be played on a Round Robin basis with Junior 1 and Junior 2 Championships being exclusively for Junior clubs, and Junior All County Championships for second string teams of clubs who have teams in the Senior or Intermediate Championships.

The first of those games was played on Sunday April 15th when the 1st team travelled to Newcastle to face AFL4 side St Finians Newcastle, in the first game of the Junior 1 Club Championship. However, the experience of Division 4 football showed in the end as the home side ran out 2-10 to 0-08 winners.

So, onto the 2nd game of the Championship against high flying Geraldine P Morans from Cornelscourt, top of the table in AFL7 returning scores of 3-23 and 1-25 in their two games in the League and 5-06 to 2-09 winners over Wanderers in their opening Junior 1 Championship game.

The Dark force got off to a good start with John Burns winning the throw in and 17 seconds later Niall Prenty had the ball between the posts. Prenty could have had a brace inside the first minute but the second shot went wide. Both teams play in black and amber and the away side borrowed the white jerseys of Shankill GAA Club for this game.

And it was the white of the Ger’s who took the lead thanks to two free kicks. The home side drew level, after Paul Coleman won possession and following passes from Karl Feehan and Derek Brady, James McGee took the shot over the bar with the citeog.

But Ger’s showed why they are top of AFL7 when a shot hit the upright but wasn’t cleared properly and the shot, half-saved by Mark Redican was tapped in for a goal. This was followed by a brace of points in the next four minutes, despite one shot blocked by the head of Oisin O’Meara.

Karl Feehan responded with a free-in from 13 yards after a high tackle on John Dolan. Colin Folan won a Mark and played the ball to The Prince of Ballyhaunis Prenty who cut the deficit to three points with a score. However, Gers ensured a half time lead of four points with a point from a free in which could have been a goal but for great defending by Lorcan Bannon.


Half Time score: St Brendans 0-04 to 1-05 Geraldines


The second half started with a free in from Karl Feehan after a foul on James McGee. Another free was converted, this time by the left foot of John Burns after an intended foot pass by Niall Prenty to John Dolan was foot-blocked.

A shot from Ger’s fell short and Mark Redican cleared to Paul Coleman. The attack ended with Prenty being fouled when collecting a high ball from Oisin Carley. Burns kicked long and high and converted to make a one-point deficit. Inevitably, St Brendan’s drew level with another free in, this time from Feehan.

Ryan Egan was involved in a scuffle with a Ger’s midfielders after he passed the ball to McGee who scored a sensational point and gave the lead to St Brendan’s. The away side took the lead again with a brace of points.

All the hard work The Dark Force did to get back into the game, came undone when Geraldine P Morans beat Mark Redican for a second goal and again a four-point lead. But after falling down the mountain, St Brendan’s started to climb again, with John Burns winning a Mark and passing to Niall Prenty with a great rasping point to make it 2-07 to 0-10.

Eight minutes to go and the deficit was two points again thanks to John Burns after a foul on Lorcan Bannon. After the next Ger’s kick-out went over the sideline, Pearse Ryan played the ball to Oisin Carley who found Derek Brady to put the bare minimum between the teams again. Lorcan Bannon won a turnover and passed to The Wexican Carley, who played a great ball to Prenty. Prenty moved this way and that and found Feehan to put a shot over the bar to level the game with three minutes to go.

An intended turnover by Colman slipped over his head and straight to a Ger’s player who had his jersey dragged by Phil Bannon. The free in was taken and over the bar as the game went into the final minute of normal time. 20 seconds later, the sides were level again when Colman won possession and played the ball to John Dolan and finally to Feehan with another point from play.

Dolan gave St Brendan’s the lead three minutes into injury time with a trademark fisted point after Oisin Carley won the kickout. But Carley was deemed to have fouled his marker which allowed Ger’s to equalise four minutes into injury time. McGee won the next kickout with a Mark, slowed things down sensibly, played the ball to Ryan Egan who put the head down and made 40 yards, and played the ball to John Dolan who kicked the ball over the bar and the lead again for St Brendans, now six minutes into injury time.

Seven minutes into injury time Ger’s were allowed one more attack, and despite some great defending from St Brendan’s a free in was awarded and the ball sailed over the bar for yet another equalising score. Mark Redican’s kick-out was the last action of a pulsating game of Junior 1 Club Championship Football. A draw may not be good enough for St Brendan’s, who will now have a battle to make the latter stages of the championship when they meet Wanderers in Round 3 on September 16th.


Final score from Grangegorman: St Brendans 0-16 to 2-10 Geraldine P Morans

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Apr 30

Skerries edge out Darkest Force in Junior 5 thriller

2nds v Skerries Harps 29042018 (5)Sun 29 Apr 2018 – Two weeks ago, both the St Brendan’s 1st and 2nd teams played away against St Finians Newcastle in a Championship double-header. While the 1st team went under 2-10 to 0-08, the 2nd XV, sponsored by Kavanaghs of Aughrim Street, ran out comfortable 3-11 to 0-03 winners in the Junior 5 All County Championship with Joe Kenny scoring two goals, while Eoin O’Connor made a bold statement to 1st team manager Declan Jennings, for inclusion in his side next game, by blasting home a penalty.

Today, The Darkest Force, in the Junior 5 All County Championship were in their first Grangegorman outing against Skerries Harps.

Skerries Harps had all the possession in the opening minute from the throw-in, to when they kicked the ball over the bar and indeed doubled their lead after three minutes. The first effort of the game for The Darkest Force was fom Christopher Hand who saw his shot go wide. Cormac Mullen won the Skerries kick-out with a Mark, but that subsequent attack was turned-over and yielded Skerries third point.

Another Hand attack was saved for a 45, Eoin O’Connor played the 45 to Ian Cahill but his shot went wide. After another brace of points for the away side, St Brendan’s finally got in the board thanks to Hand, after a Mark by Hugh Bannon.

An intended pass from Malachi Doyle to Bradley Skerritt was intercepted but Skerrit the speedster won back possession and got fouled in the process. The missed free-kick was the last action of the first half.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-01 to 0-05 Skerries Harps


Harps opened the second half scoring after a Morgan Young kick-out was marked, worked in and pointed. Hand won the next kick-out with a Mark, passed to Graham Henry and onto Cathal McCormack who took on and beat two Skerries defenders, to shoot over the bar.

Another Skerries point followed and John Tuffy played a free in to Eoin O’Connor who got dragged down. Up stepped the Kerryman to point the free and a four-point deficit. A Harps goal attempt was blocked by Padraig Pratt for a 45. Alan Walsh blocked an intended shot for a second 45. This 45 was intercepted by Pratt and made 40 yards and played the ball to Joe Kenny and in turn to Eoin O’Connor, Kenny continued his run for goal as O’Connor saw has path blocked and passed to Kenny who side-footed the ball into the net for his third Championship goal of the season.  0-07 to 1-03.

Harps pulled themselves back into a three point lead with a brace of points, the second of which saw the Skerries player have the goal at his mercy but somehow managed to get his shot over, rather than under, the bar. Ger Power played a free into Cormac Mullen and then onto Graham Henry who, using the sweet left foot, could have gotten a goal but converted for a point instead.

St Brendans found themselves one point down as John Tuffy scored a good point. Henry won the Mark and played to Damien Daly, then onto Joe Kenny and finally Eoin O’Connor with a monstrous point to put the sides level with 12 minutes to go. St Brendans 2nd team could sense victory and Joe Kenny had a chance for a score which fell short, but the referee gave a free-in from where Kenny was fouled, 40 meters from goal. However, O’Connor pulled the difficult free slightly wide.

With six minutes to go, Skerries Harps took the lead again with a point from a free in and had a goal opportunity saved by Morgan Young and cleared by Bradley Skerritt. Another chance to level matters fell to St Brendan’s as Ian Cahill was fouled. Cahill played the ball to Paul Farrelly and then onto Graham Henry whose shot went across the face of goal. McCormack was unable to control the ball and Skerries averted any danger.

Skerries had a chance to seal victory before injury time when a shot hit the upright and straight to a Skerries player, but he kicked the ball straight to Morgan Young to ensure no goal was conceded. A final chance to snatch a draw fell to Christopher Hand with a free in, but the shot fell short and the referee blew the whistle for full time.

So, St Brendan’s were edged out of victory by a team a division above them in what was a thrilling climax to a marvellous game of Junior 5 Championship football. The Darkest Force now have something to play for in the final round of Championship fixtures away to Naomh Barrog on September 16th.


Final Score from Grangegorman: St Brendans 1-06 to 0-10 Skerries Harps

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