Sep 28

A daisy cutter on the Astroturf

S2nds v Ballymun Kickhams 27092020 (39)un 27th Sep 2020 - After a 2-13 to 2-9 victory over Geraldine P Morans two weeks ago. The St Brendan’s 2nd XV, in partnership with Stoneybatter Pride of Place, had it all to do against a Ballymun Kickhams side who are two from two in Group 2 of the Junior 5 Shield. This match, originally at 3pm was bought forward to 11am to allow several Ballymun Kickhams players watch their Seniorm team in action in the Senior Championship Final later in the afternoon.

The home side, playing in the Astroturf pitch, which must have been re-laid since this writer was last here, got the opening score of the morning, but Brogan equalised for The Darkest Force following a turnover by Paddy McGuinn and good work from Cormac Mullen, and Ciaran Lawless. Ciaran O’Shea made it 2 points to 1 after a Ballymun shot fell short to Mark Redican, played the ball to  Harte and finally onto O’Shea for the score.

That became three points to one with Brian Hobbins scoring with an excellent final pass from Ferdia Donohoe. Indeed it would be a brace for Hobbins with the fourth point of the game with again Donohoe supplying the final pass. Ballymun added their second point of the game going into the first half swig of the magic bottle.

Ten Minutes to go and Brogan had the ball the Ballymun net with a low shot that put the goalkeeper the wrong way, indeed it would be all St Brendan’s for the rest of the half, With O’Shea getting his second point, O’Shea turned provider for Donohoe to score point number six, and Dave Ryan provided Brian Hobbins for his third and St Brendan’s seventh point of the half. Half time score 1-7 to 0-2 for the away side, with no stoppage time played, such was the free flowing nature of the first half.

Brian Hobbins picked up where he left off in the second half by hitting a brace of points, in between Ryan made a goal line clearance and cleared by Padraig Pratt, onto Maguire and finally Hobbins for the second of his brace. Malachi Doyle got on the scoresheet with a point after weaving this way to get his spot and shoot over the bar. The home side got their third point of the morning, 25 minutes after their last and that was the score going into the second half water break 1-10 to 0-3.

Ciaran O’Shea made his personal tally of 0-3, after Joe Kenny bulldozed his way through the Ballymun defence, after winning Mark Redican’s kick out and passed to O’Shea for the score. Kenny was making a huge impact and got on the scoresheet after collecting Brian Hobbins’ pass. 1-12 to 0-3 and scoring difference would now be vital with one team emerging from the group to the Semi Final.

Ballymun showed flashes of brilliance that was shown in the previous two Shield matches with 3 points on the spin that could have an impact on the scoring difference, but  Kenny made the score 1-13 to 0-6 with Ciaran O’Shea winning a turnover and pass to Hobbins. Another Ballymun point, from a free in, followed and Brogan pointed a free in after a Hobbins foul to make it 1-14 to 0-7. Brogan would make it a brace with a point from play after Cormac Mullen made a 50 meter solo run.

The 11 point lead was reduced to 8 with a late Ballymun goal and could have got a second goal in quick succession but Paddy McGuinn made a point blank save off the goal line for a 45, which was converted. Another attack from Ballymun was thwarted by a thunderous shoulder by the The Darkest Force defence which distracted the Ballymun player into shooting wide. That was the last action of the match, it was a win for St Brendan’s but unfortunately, not enough to top the group and it’s the Malahide men that make it to the knockout stages.

But that is not the end of the road for St Brendan’s and now focus on the Stoneybatter Pride Of Place Autumn Cup this October with three games coming up against Naomh Fionnbarra, St Brigid’s and St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh.

Final Score from Páirc Cicham, St Brendan’s 1-15 to 1-07 Ballymun Kickhams.

Permanent link to this article:

Apr 28

Tune Up Your Skills – St. Brendan’s GAA Club Video Competition

WhatsApp Image 2020-03-25 at 10.10.44

Tune Up Your Skills – St. Brendan’s GAA Club Video Competition


St Brendans GAA club is excited to announce our new Juvenile skills initiative “Tune up your skills”.

Over the next few weeks and months we want kids to submit videos practicing the full range of GAA skills in football, hurling and camogie. There will be prizes for the best video each week and an overall prize for the best video at the end of a Nintendo Switch.

Everyone who submits a video for each week will also receive a “tune up your skills” medal and certificate.

The videos should be set to a tune of choice, they should introduce the player, their club, their team and the skill being demonstrated. They should be 30 seconds to a minute in length. Videos will be judged on how well the skill is being executed and how much imagination and fun it is.

All videos should be sent to either:

Maolíosa 0851448832
Malachí 0863322076
Mark 0858257015


Permanent link to this article:

Feb 06

GAA Initiative – Cluichi sa Chathair (Games in the City)

Slide1Calling all schools in the Northwest Inner City! 

Exciting News! 


St. Brendan’s GAA Club are launching a Northwest Inner City Schools GAA initiative called “ Cluichí sa Chathair” (Games in the City). 


This initiative aims to build participation in Gaelic Games in this part of the city and improve the physical and mental well-being of everyone who takes part. We believe all school children should have access to Gaelic games and that participation in the GAA can provide health benefits and enjoyment that can last a lifetime. 


This programme involves holding GAA coaching sessions on site in schools from Junior Infants to 2nd class.  The sessions are run each week by our full-time qualified Games Promotion Officer (GPO) and involve a mixture of hurling and football drills along with fun games and plenty of physical exercise. 


If your school would like to apply, please contact as soon as possible as there are a limited number of slots available.

Permanent link to this article:

Aug 10

Time to get the Calculators Out

Hurlers v St Patricks Donabate 09082020 (1)ZSun 09th Aug 2020 – It was do or die for the St Brendan’s Hurlers, Sponsored by Luas Transdev, last Sunday as the team travelled to Robbie Farrell Memorial Park in Donabate, to take on a St Patrick’s Donabate side who were also winless in Group 3 of the Junior D Championship. The task was simple. Win, Win comprehensively, and hope that the challengers in the other Championship groups have a smaller winning margins and/or scoring difference.

Whatever Cian Walsh said to his team before the game had the desired effect because The Dark Force came out fighting like caged animals and were 5 points to no score up after 8 minutes with three free’s from Ciaran Ludden, two of which he drew the foul himself and points form play from Kieran Drea and Gavin ‘The Goal Getter’ Muldoon. Of Course, Muldoon’s shot was goal bound but deflected over by the hurl of the Donabate goalkeeper.

After the home side got their first score, Shane Foley’s first puckout was turned over, but Muldoon grabbed the Donabate shot with his bare hand and then from the spot, pucked the sliotar from 60 meters over the bar 0-6 to 0-1. Donabate hit a second point going into the first half water break.

Beforehand, Oisin Carley was fouled when in a good position and the free in occurred after the swig of the magic bottle, which Ludden promptly converted. The Donabate score remained low with excellent defending from Sean ‘The Dream Maker’ Dardis and Rochestown’s own Alan Walsh, who bungled the Donabate forward over the end line and wide.

A Ludden shot went wide, the puckout was won by Vincent O’Flynn, thanks in no small way with the sliotar bouncing off his helmet and pass to Shane ‘The Goal Poacher’ Muldoon who trumped his brother by getting the goal and increasing the scoring difference  1-7 to 0-2.

Gavin, did however, get back on the scoresheet with a point after a pass from Carley, but picked up a knock on the process, but the adrenaline of the match is what kept Muldoon going to the end of the half.

Another point, their fourth, followed for Donabate, Cian Walsh ordered his troops to keep the scores ticking over with another point, this time from the wing-forward Sean ‘The Pretty Boy’ Whyte after a Dardis turnover and long puck from Eanna Larkin. Trevor Purtill emerged with possession after a scramble and passed to Ciaran Ludden for another point 1-10 to 0-4.

Whatever Walsh’s concerns about conceding a late first half goal, eased big time when Ludden had a 20 meter free in, after a Whyte foul, and drove the free in low and into the net for a goal to ensure a healthy 12 point half time lead 2-10 to 0-4.

At Half time, word reached that in Group 2 (this match was in Group 3), that St Peregrines had put up a cricket score against Whitehall Colmcille, so the race was on for that elusive final Quarter Final spot.

Both sides traded points in the opening three minutes with Johnny Walsh getting the Dark Force score after good work from fellow midfielder Oisin Carley. The Pretty Boy Sean Whyte’s bid for a third goal ended when his shot went across the face of goal and cleared, the play moved upfield and Shane Foley in goal made an excellent save and got fouled in the process.

Gavin Muldoon had well shook off the knock he got in the first half to make it 2-12 when Foley, Alan Walsh and Padraig Pratt were all involved in the build-up and it was Pratt’s pass to Shane Muldoon then onto his brother, still envious of Shane’s first half goal, and his rasping shot went over the bar. Gavin then won the Donabate short puckout and punished the mistake with a point to make it 2-13 to 0-5.

The Goal Getter may not get a goal today but must settle for a hat trick of points after notching up a third consecutive point, again winning a short Donabate puck out. A Ciaran Ludden free in was dropped short and after a scramble the ball was cleared, St Brendan’s desperate for a third goal.

However, it was the home side who got the goal, after the second half water break after notching a brace beforehand, 2-14 to 1-7. Gavin Muldoon got a fourth consecutive point, this time from a free in after substitute Mick Kenaney tried to guide the sliotar over the end line for a 65, but got fouled in the process.

Five minutes to go, and St Brendan’s got a third goal after a shot from Ciaran Ludden from 60 meters fell short, but the sliotar hit the top of the goalkeeper’s right hand (we will give him the benefit of the doubt with the sun in his eyes) and tricked into the net, it may have been a bizarre goal but how important was that three pointer as far as scoring difference is concerned?

But there was plenty of time to increase the scoring difference with another point this time from Johnny Walsh, after a free in from the home side sailed wide and Ludden winning Foley’s puck out. Another Foley puckout was won my Padraig Pratt and pass to The Pretty Boy Whyte and onto Gavin Muldoon, still desperate for that goal, but settled for another point and a personal tally of 0-8 for the afternoon.

Full forward Kieran Drea finally got on the scoresheet, or saving the best til last in his words, with a point after Johnny Walsh won the Donabate puck out. 3-18 to 1-7 which was the final score.

Now the fun starts and the calculators came out. In Group 2, St Peregrines defeated Whitehall Colmcilles 2-22 to 2-5, leaving the Blanchardstown outfit on a scoring difference of -1. After today’s game, St Brendan’s had a scoring difference of +1, and with third place in Group 1, O’Toole’s on -30, it meant The Dark Force will be in the Quarter Finals and after that excellent performance today, confidence will be high going into the Quarter Finals on August 23rd, Opposition To be Announced.

Final Score from Robbie Farrell Park Donabate, St Patricks Donate 1-07 (10) to 3-18 (27) St Brendan’s.

Permanent link to this article:

Aug 07

Outclassed, but still all to play for.

2nds v Clann Mhuire 06082020 (8)ZThurs 06th Aug 2020 – Outclassed. But still all to play for.

24 hours after the epic victory by the St Brendan’s 1st XV over Craobh Chairain, the jersey’s used yesterday evening was thoroughly laundered and ready to be worn again by the 2nd Xv, in partnership with Stoneybatter Pride of Place, ahead of the Junior 5 All County Championship fixture against Clann Mhuire in Longmeadows.

The Men from the Naul hit the ground running with the opening score of the evening. Lorcan Bannon won the kickout with a Mark, Passed to Eoghan McGinty who was fouled, referee gave advantage but the free in was taken by Joe Kenny and the levelling score.

After 10 minutes both sides were level again, 2 points each when Dave Ryan pointed for The Darkest Force after Maolíosa McHugh was hit off the ball, the referee gave a black card to the guilty Clann player, which now means 10 minutes in The Sin Bin. The Nordie Brute played the free in to Padraig Pratt, then onto Malachi Doyle and finally Ryan and the point.

Clann Mhuire really turned the screw and put pressure on The Darkest Force kickouts and scoring five unanswered points, the fifth of which was a brilliantly converted 45. St Brendan’s did respond with a free in from Kenny after a foul on Seamus Murphy. Kenny tried for a goal but took out his marker unsatisfactorily, according to the referee, and a free out awarded.

Clann Mhuire notched up a brace of points before the first half was out, the second of which saw Mahon’s kickout was pinched but the Clann player didn’t make the most of the mistake and shot high and over the bar. Half time score was 0-9 to 0-3 to Clann Mhuire.

Clann Mhuire effectively ended the game as a contest after six minutes when a brace of points and a goal coming from a penalty which saw Paddy McGuinn black carded. St Brendan’s did respond with Joe Kenny winning Redican’s kick out and going solo by himself and kicking the ball over the bar (1-11 to 0-4)

St Brendan’s played the 13th to the 18th minute with 13 men after Cian Glennon got black carded, McGuinn had to wait until after the second half water break to get back into the action as Clann hit two more points. Indeed the enforced break benefitted the Gurteen man, who took on loads of water on the sin bin and won possession and passed the ball to Seamus Murphy, and onto Joe Kenny who got fouled in the process, but the adrenalin got to Kenny and, despite the free in moved an extra 10 meters, hit the free in wide.

The enforced break also benefitted Cian Glennon who won a turnover inside the 20 meter line and passed to Maurice Kelter. Paddy McGuinn, Bradley Skerritt and John Tuffy were also involved in the build up and it was Tuffy’s pass to Joe Kenny who ploughed his way pass the Clann Mhuire defence and yielded his fourth and St Brendan’s fifth point.

Clann Mhuire had to wait until the very last kick of the match to produce the 14th point in a match that really fizzled out after the penalty. However, St Brendan’s can still reach the Quarter Finals of the Junior 5 All County Championship with victory against St Patricks’s Donabate on August 16th in Grangegorman

Final Score St Brendan’s 0-06 to 1-13 Clann Mhuire.

Permanent link to this article:

Jul 31

All is not yet lost for St Brendan’s Hurlers

Thurs 30th July 2020 – After the loss against Round Towers Clondalkin 11 days ago, the St Brendan’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, went into the Round 2 of the Junior D Championship against St Brigid’s in a good frame of mind with 20 togged out and raring to go.

It was the home side, already with a win in the Championship under their belts against St Patrick’s Donabate, with the opening score after 5 minutes. The Dark Force responded will when an Oisin Carley turnover found Sean ‘The Pretty Boy’ Whyte, who played a very clever flick pass to Gavin ‘The Goal Getter’ Muldoon for the equalising score.

St Brigid’s opened a two-point lead with a brace, the second of which came from a free in. Ciaran Ludden from 40 meters after a foul on Muldoon after winning Richie Barry’s puck out. Another brace from Brigid’s followed, another Muldoon catch from a Barry puckout followed and after great encouragement from Aidan Melia, The Goal Getter had to settle for a point. Ludden had a chance to put one between the sides after Paul Lynch was pushed in the back after winning a Brigid’s puck out, but the pickup went awry, and the shot went wide.

Richie Barry played a short puck out to Padraig Pratt who went on a solo run and played the sliotar to Paul Lynch and continued his run, Lynch played the ball to Muldoon, there was a loose ball which Pratt won back, and passed to Eric Shadowens, who saw his shot saved for a 65, which Oisin Carley converted to make it 0-7 to 0-4 going into the first half water break.

Brigid’s started the play after the water break quite well when winning a Barry puckout, was worked up and Barry was beaten for goal 1-8 to 0-4. But St Brendan’s responded well with a Ciaran Ludden point from play after Sean Martyn won a turnover.

The Wexican Carley played a diagonal ball to Shane Muldoon who then found Whyte and the Pretty Boy made it a brace for Brendan’s with a good point. Indeed, Whyte would make it a personal brace with another point from play following good work from Trevor Purtill. You could say that St Brendan’s have fully recovered when Eanna Larkin won a turnover, played the ball to Purtill and onto Gavin Muldoon who drew the foul. Up stepped Carley with the free in pointed and the referee blew for half time as soon the sliotar sailed between the points and a three point lead for the home side, 1-8 to 0-8.

In the second half, it looks like the game was drifting away from The Dark Force with an injury to Trevor Purtill, replaced by Dave Lowry, and Sean Martyn was giving a red card for what looked like “mouthing” and St Brigid’s hit a brace of points inside 5 minutes. However, Ciaran Ludden pointed a free in after Eric Shadowens dragged back when in a good position.

But it turned out to be a good substitution because Lowry was in a good place to collect the blocked shot of Muldoon, and elegantly tap the ball over the bar, but St Brigid’s lead by six points (2-13 to 1-10) going into the second half water break.

Last Sunday at Wanderers, there was five unused bottles of Lucozade Sport after the second half water break in the Football 2nd XV match. Aidan Melia decided to bring these bottles home and bring them to Tom Russell Park this Thursday night for the second half water break. Gavin Muldoon consumed whole bottle of Lucozade Sport in one full swoop and it had the desired effect on the Goal Getter after a Turnover from Oisin Carley to Muldoon who put all his might into his shot and scored the goal he craved, 1-13 to 1-10, Game On!

Unfortunately, not for long! A long shot was about to be caught by Richie Barry, I will give Barry the benefit of the doubt because the sliotar was lost in the sun, but the sliotar bounced off the palm of his hand and falling to a Brigid’s player who was gifted the easiest of goals to settle the outcome.

The goal deflated St Brendan’s big time as St Brigid’s scored six points on the spin. Richie Barry did redeem himself by keeping his goal line intact with a string of saves and clearances by Noel Lane and Alan Walsh. But a twelve-point loss was the result at the end of the evening.

Despite two Championship defeats, St Brendan’s Hurlers still have an outside chance of making it to the Championship Quarter Finals with 8 of the 12 teams to qualify. Victory over St Patricks’ Donabate on August 9th is a must, then we will wait and see about the other results in the other two groups, so all is not lost yet.

Final Score from Tom Russell Park, St Brigid’s 2-19  to  1-10 St Brendan’s

Permanent link to this article:

Jul 29

“He Did a Joe Sheridan there, so he did!”

2nds Junior Champ v Wanderers 26072020 (3)Sun 26th July 2020 – Yesterday The St Brendans Men’s Football 1st XV, finally got out on the field of play in a competitive game of football for the first time in 146 days. For the Junior Football team, that wait was one day longer, 147 days, 21 weeks, since the teams last game, a 1-9 to 0-9 victory over Man O’War on March 1st. Today (July 26th) The St Brendan’s junior Football team, in partnership with Stoneybatter Pride Of Place, travelled to the foothills of the Dublin Mountains for a match against Wanderers in the opening game of the Junior 5 All County Championship.

Wanderers also played with black jerseys with red trim, so as the away side, The Darkest Force agreed to wear their jerseys inside out this afternoon. Hugh Bannon gave St Brendan’s a dream start in the first minute with a goal. John Heneghan won the throw in and passes from, Bradley Skerritt, Cormac Mullen and Dave Ryan.

Indeed, St Brendans would hit a brace of points, the first from Ferdia Donohoe from a free in and the second from John Tuffy from open play. However, Wanderers did pull a goal back after 15 minutes, and Donohoe ensured a three point lead for The Darkest Force going into the first half water break, with a point after a Paddy McGuinn turnover.

Dave Ryan continued the good form with a point after a John Tuffy side-line ball following a diagonal ball from John Heneghan to Tuffy, but the Wanderers player got a hand on it and forced the ball over the side line.

That lead became 5 points with Tuffy’s second point of the afternoon after Brian Hobbins was fouled and played the short ball to Tuffy and the point, but soon Wanderers pegged a point back (1-5 to 1-1) But Tuffy restored the five point lead with winning possession after a Morgan Young side-line ball.

Both sides traded points and Tuffy notching up his hat trick of points, following great play from Cormac ‘Skins’ Mullen and John Heneghan. Brian Hobbins put too much welly on a kick pass to Young and the ball went over his head and wide.

Wanderers hit a second goal in controversial circumstances when a long ball into the square was caught by a Wanderers forward who fell to the ground and threw the ball in the net in. A goal reminiscent of Joe Sheridan for Meath in 2010 Leinster Final. Meath man Billy Kelly’s protestations to the referee in saying that the player ‘Did A Joe Sheridan’ fell on deaf ears and the goal stood.

Indeed, that score galvanised the home side and levelled matters going into first half injury time, the equalising score coming from a free in. Seamus Murphy won Brian Mahon’s kick out with a Mark, Heneghan, Ryan and Donohue were also involved in the build-up and it was Brian Hobbins, who kicked the score over the bar to ensure a one point half time lead for St Brendan’s 1-8 to 2-4.

Both teams went hammer and tongs in the second half with a trading of points, with Wanderers levelling matters in the opening minute in the second half. Lorcan Bannon replaced injured Cormac Mullan and found Ferdia Donohoe for a lead again for St Brendans and after Wanderers equalised again, Dave Ryan restored the one point lead with a point with Donohoe the final pass supplier (1-10 to 2-6)

Wanderers equalised for the third time in the second half, but John Tuffy had the one point lead again following a foul on Lorcan Bannon.  Wanderers made it a level game for the fourth time and the second half only six minutes old!

The Home side went in front for the first time in the match when a St. Brendans free in fell short and was worked up field and pointed just in time for the second half water break.

Billy Kelly decided to bring a crate of Lucozade Sport into the second half water break and the decision proved fruitful, in the next play, Padraig Pratt won a turnover, played the ball to Paddy McGuinn, onto John Heneghan, and finally onto Brian Hobbins whose daisy cutter shot hit the butt of the far post and into the net and a two point lead. That lead became three (2-12 to 2-9) when Lorcan Bannon won a Aussie Rules style Mark, passed to Hobbins, then Tuffy and his 30 meter shot over the bar.

Seven minutes to go and St Brendan’s opened a four point lead and went one man up with a Wanderers player blacked carded which resulted in a red card as a result of having been yellow carded earlier in the game, Seamus Murphy was point scorer after collecting a Tuffy line ball.

However, Ferdia Donohue, who was influential throughout the game, picked up a quad muscle injury and was taken off, this zapped St Brendans, who saw their lead whittled down to three points going into injury time.

Then in injury time, a Wanderers free in was dropped short, with the small square crowded, Wanderers somehow manged to get the ball into the net for a level game, after a lengthy conversation with the umpires, the goal stood.

Wanderers hit a last gasp long distance shot, but luckily for The Darkest Force, the ball sailed wide. Just to show that the referee was getting caught up in things on the field, when he blew the final whistle, he informed of 20 minutes of extra time but realised that this was a Round Robin Championship game. The game ended in a draw but it felt like a defeat.

However, St Brendan’s junior team still have a good chance of making it out of the group stages and can now focus on the next Junior 5 Championship match on August 6th at home to Clann Mhuire.


Final Score from Frank Kelly Park, St Brendan’s 2-13 (19) to 3-10 (19) Wanderers.



Permanent link to this article:

Jul 24

Ladies Division8 Team continue preparations for the Junior Championship

22 July 2020 - After defeat against Na Gaeil Óga in the opening round of the Division 8 League/Cup, the St Brendan’s Ladies 2nd XV, Sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsboro, continued their preparations for the upcoming Junior G Championship, with a Round 2 Division 8 Cup encounter against Shankill at the Longmeadows grounds on the Chapelizod Road.

With St Brendan’s hosting its first ever Kelloggs GAA Cul Camp this week the Longmeadows grounds were looking well and had more St Brendan’s flags and bunting on display than ever before. Our very own Siún Brophy, became the one millionth participant of the GAA Cúl Camps under the Kellogg’s sponsorship and got a hamper from the sponsors for her achievement which was presented by Dublin Football star Ciarán Kilkenny and Dublin Ladies Football star Sinéad McGoldrick, Congratulations Siún.

Onto Wednesday evening now and Shankill started brightly with a point after 14 seconds. A St Brendan’s shot from Maria Reilly hit the side netting and another shot from Marina Kilduff went wide. On the other end of the field a shot by Shankill, hit the upright, then hit the bar, and a Shankill player got a hand to it, to guide it to the net.

A St Brendan’s shot from Claire McIntyre went wide, another shot from Shankill hit the upright and straight into the breadbasket of the Shankill forward and Agustina Lazzerini was beaten for a goal for the second time this evening.

It wasn’t until the 16th minutes when The Female Darkest Force finally got on the scoresheet when a fine shot against the wind from Kellie “Watch The Stars” Carr was held up just short. This was caught high by the Shankill goalkeeper, but the clearance was hasty, under good pressure, and went as far as Helen Macklin whose shot went over the bar. This left the score as Shankill 2-2 to St Brendan’s 0-1.

Another point from Shankill followed, St Brendan’s would hit their second point thanks to Shauna Keane after a turnover from The Choc Mallow Cáit Ní Cheallacháin. Both sides traded points before the 20th minute water break, with Marina Kilduff scoring the St Brendan’s point, from a tight angle with the citeóg after a turnover from Dextro Energy Lorna Barton and a solo run from Claire McIntyre.

Three unanswered point from the away side was all the scoring for the remainder of the half and Shankill lead at half time on a scoreline of Shankill 2-6 to St Brendan’s 0-3.

St Brendan’s thought they had a goal at the start of the second half when a ball high from a free was dropped into the 6 yard box and was volleyballed around before ending in the net. But after consideration, referee Gary Boyce ruled out the score. Applications are now open for the role of umpire as our incumbent may just be past his best.

In the 42nd minute and pretty soon after the goal mouth abated and the Shankill goalkeeper had removed her nose plug, under the referees instructions, a fourth white flag was raised after midfielder Sinéad Mc Kenna kicked a fine score. This followed on from good work from Geraldine Cleary and Claire McIntyre.

Shankill scored two more points before the second half water break and after that intake of water, really ended the game as a contest with a third goal. 3-8 to 0-4. St Brendan’s did plug away and got a 5th point of the evening and a 2nd for Sinéad McKenna, which had seen Karen Tighe and Helen Lenihan involved in the build up.

A long ball into the Brendan’s goalmouth was caught by Lorna Barton which was the last action of the match, a second defeat for the Female Darkest Force, but will still go into the start of the Junior G Championship next Wednesday on high hopes for qualification out of Group 1 with Shankill in Group 2. That first Championship game will be away to Fingallians at Balheary (Wednesday, 29th Jul2020, 7.30pm throw in). All Support is welcome. See you there.

The final score from Longmeadows, St Brendan’s 0-5 Shankill 3-9.

Permanent link to this article:

Jul 21

130 days in the wilderness finally ends in Longmeadows

It’s been a whole 130 days since we last seen the St Brendan’s Hurlers in action, March 10th to be precise, but the world has changed beyond recognition in those intervening 130 days, with the Covid 19 pandemic, taking hold and cancelling major sporting events worldwide, and almost wiping out the GAA Season, but the lockdown and restricted movements, meant that Ireland could slowly reopen again and the GAA can restart again. However the Leagues are cancelled and it will just be Championship Only.

For the St Brendans’s Hurlers, sponsored by Transdev, that meant a rejigging of the Junior D Championship where, instead of two groups of six, will be three groups of 4. First up in Longmeadows were Round Towers Clondalkin.

Two minutes in and a shot from Cathal Kelly was saved for a 65, Oisin Carley’s 65 hit the upright and the shot was about to be cleared when Eric Shadowens shouldered the back over the endline for a second 65, which Carley played short this time to Cathal Kenny and onto Ciaran Ludden who made no mistake second time around with a goal, three and a half minutes in.

The Away side settled into the game and after eight minutes with three consecutive points, the first of which was a free in. But the Dark Force were back up by three points when a pass by Sean ‘The Dream Maker’ Dardis, was untended to Gavin ‘The Goal Getter’ Muldoon, but both he and his marker missed the sliotar completely, but not Sean Whyte who won possession, went on a solo run, picked his shot and hit the net for the second goal of the game 2-0 to 0-3.

Towers pegged a point back. Ritchie Barry then pucked the ball out to Paul Lynch, and from 60 meters, Lynch got his shot just over the bar to restore the three point lead. That lead did not last long as Round Towers Clondalkin played a ball in that wasn’t handled correctly and Barry was beaten for goal 2-1 to 1-4.

St Brendans went both a point up and a man up after 16 minutes when Eric Shadowens allowed the sliotar over the end line for a 65, only for the sliotar to stop short of the end line and had to play, but got dragged down by the Clondalkin player who then retaliated at Shadowens. The referee had no option but to send the Clondalkin player off as Ludden converted the free.

However, Towers Levelled matters with a free in as the first half water break commenced. Maybe the away side added some Borocca to their water because they went a point up straight afterwards, but Ciaran Ludden levelled matters with a free in after a foul on Sean Whyte.

The Borocca that Round Towers Clondalkin took at the water break really kicked in the next four minutes with three unanswered points. However, the raw talent of Ciaran Ludden made it a level game once again (3-3 to 1-9) with a third major of the afternoon after a turnover from Paul Lynch and pass to Sean Whyte who put the head down and soloed, but saw his path blocked, instead passed to Ludden for the goal.

But a sickening blow for Brendan’s when a vertical ball went over the head of Noel Lane and Padraig Pratt and the Towers forward volleyed the sliotar into the net. A brace of points followed and Towers went into the half time interval leading 2-11 to 3-3.

More Borocca was taken at half time by Towers and it showed with four unanswered points, the first was a free in and the next three after winning three consecutive Ritchie Barry puck outs.

Yet another annihilation awaited.

Or Was it?

Aidan Melia brought on Shane Foley and Rochestown Alan Walsh into the game and the latter was fouled to allow Ciaran Ludden to convert another free in. A Towers 65 went wide and Richie Barry’s puckout was won by Ludden and in a copy of Paul Lynch’s first half point (Lynch was replaced by Foley at half time) Ludden caught, turned and shot over the bar into the Chapelizod Road end. (2-15 to 3-5)

Brendan’s were given a lifeline 10 minutes into the second half with a goal from Oisin Carley, after some great vision by Eric Shadowens, who was denied a goal earlier on in a goal mouth scramble, to spot the onrushing Wexican to bury the sliotar into the Towers net. Indeed Carley had a great chance for a quick brace of goals but was penalised for overcarrying.

The Dark Force were suddenly back in the match before the second half water break when The Goal Getter, Gavin Muldoon, finally got the goal he craved but not without much consternation. It was claimed that Muldoon’s shot went wide but after a lengthy conversation between referee and umpire, the referee was convinced that Muldoon’s shot did cross the goal line and pointed his finger downwards for St Brendans fifth green flag of the afternoon, 5-5 to 2-15. Angered by that decision, Towers pegged a point back, indeed that was the first of three points on the bounce before the second half water break.

That four point lead became three with a point from Shane Foley after good vision from Padraig Pratt and Sean Whyte. Ciaran Ludden had a good chance to level the game, but hit his shot very tamely and wide, but unbeknownst to Ludden, his hurl had a crack on it, hence the weakness to the shot and got his hurl replaced.

Both sides traded points with the St Brendan’s score coming from Sean Whyte after a pass from Oisin Carley and good work from Rochestown Alan Walsh. Towers put the game beyond reach with a point and a four point buffer and that is what is stayed at the final whistle. While it was a disappointing result, Aidan Melia will be pleased with the performance and keeping the margin down throughout, next up is a trip to Tom Russell Park and a Round 2 Junior D Championship encounter against St Brigid’s


Final Score from Longmeadows, St Brendan’s 5-7 Round Towers Clondalkin 2-20.

Permanent link to this article:

Jul 16

The St Brendan’s Ladies take to the field for their 8th Season

15 July 2020 – With the huge upheaval brought to many people’s lives over the last few months, it looked as if a return to play might not come this year. St Brendan’s has always had a great many members working in health and other frontline professions and we appreciate every day the hard work and effort that goes in to caring and looking after those who need help.

The 2020 Ladies Gaelic Football season, finally started at 7.30pm on Friday July 17th. We have a few newcomers this evening and are delighted that they are onboard. The St Brendan’s Ladies 1st XV, sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsborough took the field in Longmeadows on the Chapelizod Road against Clontarf in Round 1 of the Division 4 League/Cup.

Early in the first half, after a narrowly wide effort from Aisling Newton, the Clontarf kick out went right and won by Sinead Morrissey, who moved this way and that and got arm dragged. The Mullingar Dynamo kicked the first point of the shortened 2020 season from the resulting 20 meter free in.

Another wide, this time from Joan McNulty followed, and Morrissey again won the Clontarf kick out and this time she did get her shot in which, despite sailing between the posts, was arm dragged again, the referee didn’t play advantage and gave the free in which Morrissey converted again.

15 minutes gone and Karen O’Connell, finally got her first kick out of the match after a free in from Clontarf went wide and that went to Shauna Keane. Roisin McDonald made it 3 points to no score with a point after rounding her marker and shooting.

This became 4 points with a point from Faye Kearney, indeed Faye would hit the first goal of the 2020 season after McDonald won the Clontarf kick out with a direct catch. Under new rules, no Maor Uisce can run onto the field during breaks in play so the referee called for a three minute water break with each player having their own personalised individual water bottle.

After the break, Sinead Morrissey made it 1-5 with her third score, her first from open play after a turnover from Roisin McDonald and a final pass from Niamh Willis. The away side finally got on the board with a free in.

The Female Dark Force responded with a point from play from Niamh Cox with the citeog. St Brendan’s made the most of the strong breeze blowing into the Garda Boat Club end and Niamh Willis marked her debut with 1-1 in a space of a minute, after Sinead Morrisey played cross field ball to Joan McNulty, and pass to Willis.

Not to be outdone, her fellow Niamh, The Fermanagh Thumb Niamh Cox, notched up the eighth point of the evening. Roisin McDonald was determined to make the scoresheet for the second time before the first half was out and duly made it 0-2 when her wind assisted shot from 25 meters just went over the bar. Clontarf hit their 2nd point of the evening and despite a wide with the last kick of the first half, 0-2 would be their first half return, compared to St Brendan’s tally of 2-9.

Playing into the Chapelizod End in the second half and against a strong breeze, St Brendan’s saw the Inishowen combination of Newton and McDonald involved in the build up to allow Sinead Morrissey to send a daisy cutter into the back of the Clontarf net 3-9 to 0-2.

That score remained unchanged until the 15th minute. This period of the e game saw Clontarf dominate possession, but they could not convert possession into scores. Clontarf did eventually make it through the St Brendan’s rear-guard, but The Malin Head Giant Roisin McDonald poked the ball mid-air away from the Clontarf Forward. This was cleared by Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. But sides traded points before the three quarter time water break, with Shauna Keane making her debut with a point in a move which started with a Karen O’Connell save and clearance by Pamela Keaskin. Then play stopped for water with 13 minutes to go.

A Sinead Morrissey free in picked out Roisin McDonald, who saw the Clontarf keeper off of her line. McDonald squeezed the ball just under the crossbar and into the net.

With the good lead, the game got a bit messy with lots many errors, a Brendan’s kick out went straight to a Clontarf player, but she couldn’t punish the mistake and blasted her shot wide. But Aisling Newton ensured that rest of the Female Dark Force were kept on their toes with a point from a tight angle.

One such player who kept plugging away throughout was Niamh Willis who marked her debut with a personal tally of 1-2 with a second half point, following a Newton solo run. A side-line ball from Sophie Freeman found Roisin Mc Donald who rounded off proceedings with a point as the game fizzled out to its conclusion.

The St Brendan’s Ladies 1st XV are back up and running in 2020 with a win, several welcome new faces and a few sadly missed absentees. The Female Dark force will have to wait until August 5th for their next game after a bye in both Round 2 of the Division 4 League/Cup next Wednesday the 22nd, and a bye in Round 1 of the Junior B Championship on the 29th,

On August 5th, the 1st XV travel to Ballyboughal for their first taste of Junior B Action.


Final Score from Longmeadows, St Brendan’s 4-13 Clontarf 0-4.


Meanwhile in the Phoenix Park, the St Brendan’s 2nd XV faced  Na Gaeil Óga in the opening round of the Division 8 League/Cup, but unfortunately were beaten on a final score of 1-11 to 0-7. The 2nds will be in Longmeadows on Wednesday evening the 22nd to face Shankill in Round 2.

Permanent link to this article:

Apr 02

Tune Up Your Skills – St. Brendan’s GAA Club Video Competition

St Brendans GAA club is excited to announce our new Juvenile skills initiative “Tune up your skills”.

Over the next few weeks and months we want kids to submit videos practicing the full range of GAA skills in football, hurling and camogie. There will be prizes for the best video each week and an overall prize for the best video at the end of a Nintendo Switch.

Everyone who submits a video for each week will also receive a “tune up your skills” medal and certificate.

The videos should be set to a tune of choice, they should introduce the player, their club, their team and the skill being demonstrated. They should be 30 seconds to a minute in length. Videos will be judged on how well the skill is being executed and how much imagination and fun it is.

All videos should be sent to either:

Maolíosa 0851448832
Malachí 0863322076
Mark 0858257015

Permanent link to this article:

Mar 02

2nds win in Season Opener

Sun 01st March 2020 – After Storm Denis cancelled all fixtures two weeks ago, both St Brendans Mens Football teams can finally kick and pass a ball this Sunday when, despite Storm Jorge blowing this weekend, all fixtures went ahead and for the St Brendan’s Mens 2nd XV, that means the team can now face Man O War this Sunday in Longmeadows.

Again, like in the 1sts game, we weren’t sure what weather will pop up but the game began, knowing there would be rain during the first half, but before the heavens opened, Malachi Doyle waved his Wicklow Magic with the opening score for The Darkest Force after a pass from Bradley Skerritt.

Man O’War then equalised. Hugh Bannon, unleashing his inner Peter McDermott (Meath All Ireland winner in 1949 and 1954) wearing a Cap, made a solo run in the teeth of a hail shower, and pass to Doyle, who found William McCarthy and his low shot hit the back of the net to make it 1-1 to 0-1.

With blue skies on the horizon, The Dream Maker Sean Dardis got his first point of the afternoon after both Bannon and Doyle were involved in the set up. The latter two, as well as Cian Glennon then got involved in the build which saw The Wicklow Wizard notch up his second point as the rain and the hail eased off considerably.

Most of the action in the next eight minutes was in the Man O’War half and they hit a brace of points, but could have been more but for the quick reflections of Brian Mahon to maintain his lines. Dardis then hit his second point of the afternoon after Ciaran O’Shea supplied the final pass.

That became 1-5 when a free to Dardis, who played a cross field ball to Doyle and finally onto Bradley Skerritt for the point to the delight of the Philidelphia branch of The Bradley Skerritt Supporters Club, here to support their idol.

A point from Man O’War followed. Ciaran O’Shea who drew the foul himself, stepped up and pointed the free in which was the last action of the first half and a 1-6 to 0-4 lead from St Brendans 2nd Xv.

It was all Man O’War in the opening seven minutes of the second half with two points but also three wides, Ciaran O’Shea finally got St Brendans on the board in the second half with a 13 meter free in.

St Brendan’s had to wait until the final minute to get the next attempt for a score after tremendous pressure from Man O’War to reduce the gap to two points 1-7 to 0-8, Brian Mahon was alert to everything thrown at the away side and likewise Padraig Pratt and Maoliosa Mc Hugh (no doubt bouyed up by Tyrones win over the Dubs last night) making turnovers galore.

And in that final minute of normal time, Ferdia O ‘Donoghue settled any nerves with a point and a three point lead again. In injury time Man O’War hit another point to give Billy Kelly more anxious moments.

But not for long, as Sean Whyte struck with two minutes gone in injury time with a point and a three point lead again. Man O’War dropped in another hit and hope shot but Brian Mahon punched it away to Paddy McGuinn and that was it. The first win of the season for the St Brendans 2nd Xv.

Final Score from Longmeadows St Brendans 1-09 to 0-09 Man O’War.

Permanent link to this article:

Older posts «