Apr 28

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

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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


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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 secretarybng.stbrendans.dublin@gaa.ie as soon as possible as there are a limited number of slots available.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/gaa-initiative-cluichi-sa-chathair-games-in-the-city/

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: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/he-did-a-joe-sheridan-there-so-he-did/

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: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/ladies-division8-team-continue-preparations-for-the-junior-championship/

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.

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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: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/the-st-brendans-ladies-take-to-the-field-for-their-8th-season/

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: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/tune-up-your-skills-st-brendans-gaa-club-video-competition/

Aug 15

Helen Lenihan gives Female Darkest Force their own Miracle Match

Wed 14th Aug 2019 – With the Ladies Division 4 team training ahead of next Wednesdays Junior C Semi Final against Naomh Olaf of Balally, the St Brendan’s Ladies Division 8 team were in action against St Jude’s in the Division 8 Cup.
The task confronting the Female Darkest Force was a herculean one, as they needed to win the game by 27 points or more in order to get into the semi-finals of the cup competition. Missing a number of key players, sickness and work caused the absence of others late in the day.
From the beginning, the miracle looked like it was very much on, when Emma Duffy crashed the ball into the St Jude’s net twice inside the first five minutes. Marina Kilduff supplied the final pass for both goals. In fact for the first goal, Kilduff had a shot that was half blocked down, but the excellent Duffy scored from the rebound.
However, St Jude’s settled down and scored four consecutive points from the next four attacks. Duffy’s bid for a first quarter hat trick were thwarted when her shot rattled the crossbar, but she made amends by closing down an out coming St Jude’s defender, which lead to her over-carrying. Duffy kicked the free in herself. Another St Jude’s attack yielded a point to leave the score as St Brendan’s 2-01 to St Jude’s 0-05.
Duffy remained St Brendan’s scorer in chief and increased her tally to 2-02 with a point from play after a pass from Helen Macklin. Sabrina Fleming donned the goalkeepers gloves for the evening but was unlucky not to stop a St Jude’s shot from going into the net. However, St Brendan’s responded immediately with a third goal. This time Duffy was the provider for Kilduff. Helen Macklin then made it 3-03 with a close range point.
With six minutes to go in the first half, a turnover from Niamh Byrne started a move that lead to Kilduff scoring her second goal. This made the score 4-04 to 1-05. Then Tanya Brennan got her name on the score sheet with a point following a good turnover from Anne Marie Riney.
In the closing stages of the first half and Kilduff added another point following good work from Geraldine Cleary, a brace of St Jude’s points ensured a half time lead for Sr Brendan’s.

Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 4-06 (18) to 1-7 (10) St Jude’s.

It was a first half that was full of running and end to end action. One where the Female Darkest Force were playing into a very strong wind as they defended the city end. So with an eight point lead could St Brendan’s get the scores necessary to get into the semi finals?
As the second half threw in, St Jude’s made the task a lot more onerous by scoring a goal in the opening minute. Sabrina Fleming’s kick-out was won by Geraldine Cleary and onto Kilduff for a point to make it a six point game. Six became nine with Kilduff netting her hat-trick, after a move involving Emma Duffy and Helen Macklin 5-07 to 2-07.
Indeed nine became twelve with Kilduff netting her fourth goal after Enya Cody intervened, to ensure that Fleming wasn’t beaten for a third time, with a super turnover. Kilduff could have got a fifth goal but had to settle for a point after some great work by Duffy. This made the score 6-08 to 2-07.

The Female Darkest Force then hit a hot purple patch with points inside a minute from Helen Macklin and Siobhan Maloney. Michael Connolly ordered his side to really go for it and they did with another point to Brennan despite tigerish defence by St Jude’s. 6-11 to 2-07
Niamh Nestor then came on as substitute in place of Kilduff, who got a standing ovation for her fine efforts. Nestor however got in the scoresheet after only a minute on the field with a point. Brennan, Cleary and Maloney won St Jude’s kick outs with catches and all score wind assisted points to make it 6-16 to 2-07, a 21 point lead, but will they get the 6 more points needed to prevail?
Helen Lenihan was doing fine work in midfield and St Brendan’s continued to push on and a succession of points from the two Helen’s, Macklin with one and Lenihan with two made it 6-19, Tanya Brennan then added to her tally with a point following a turnover from Romy Madden. 6-20 to 2-7, a 25 point lead
Emma Duffy got the first and second goals and almost got her hat trick in the 15th minute, unfazed the unselfish Duffy assisted well as Marina Kilduff scored four goals. But deservedly, Duffy finally got het hat trick with a tremendous strike, now there was a 28 point lead.
However, in a rare attack, St Jude’s pegged a point back and St Brendan’s needed to get one more point to overhaul Na Gaeil Oga’s points difference in the Cup table. St Brendan’s pushed back on again to get another point from Siobhan Maloney.
With only minutes to go and it was local lady, Mairead Scollan, who rounded off the scoring. The referee in the fading daylight blew the final whistle.
So like the many St Brendan’s teams of the past, The Ladies Division 8 team showed great spirit and have their very own miracle result. They can look forward to a Cup Semi Final but before that, there is a Junior H Championship Semi-Final to be played against St Brigid’s on August 28th.
For the 1st team, it’s a Junior C Championship away to Naomh Olaf next on the horizon on Wednesday the 21st, away in Balally (@7.30pm).

Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 7-22 (43) to 2-08 (14) St Jude’s.



Permanent link to this article: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/helen-lenihan-gives-female-darkest-force-their-own-miracle-match/

Jul 25

Ladies Div8 Footballers Up and Running in Junior H Championship

Ladies 2nds Champ v St Judes 24072019 (1)Mon 22 July 2019 – The St Brendan’s Ladies Div4 Footballers, sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsboro travelled to Killinarden Park in Tallaght for a top of the table league clash against the Robert Emmett’s / Croi Ro Naofa (RECRoN) amalgamation. Despite The Female Dark Force winning the Cup Fixture 9-12 to 1-04 on July 3rd, in reality, RECRoN were seriously depleted that evening and they had their big hitters back for this league fixture. RECRoN started at a blistering pace and went in leading at half time 4-07 to 1-06 with three of those goals coming in the opening quarter whilst the fourth goal was as a result of a short kicked being pinched. Claire McIntyre getting the St Brendan’s major.

Despite Aisling Newton hitting the opening score of the second half, RECRoN, got a fifth goal when a free in hit the upright and then fisted into the net. The home side, marked tightly and fought for every ball, won the contest 5-11 to 1-12, ending St Brendan’s hopes of winning Division 4, but there is still a Cup Final and Junior C Championship Semi Final to look forward to in August.

Wed 24 July 2019 – The St Brendan’s Div8 team, started their Junior H Championship campaign with a home tie in Grangegorman against St Jude’s.

The Female Darkest Force got off to a dream start with a goal from Marina Kilduff. Kilduff bust through the St Jude’s defence with a sensational solo run and low shot in the net, this was followed by a point from the Bundoran poacher Tanya Brennan after a turnover from Geraldine Cleary.

The game settled down and despite a brace of Kilduff wides, she did supply Emma Duffy with the final pass to allow Duffy make it 1-02 to no score after 11 minutes. Then a minute later Catriona Clerkin made it 1-03. In the St Brendan’s defence, Enya Cody ensured Augustina Lazarini was the only St Brendan’s player with no ball possession after 12 minutes, as she blocked a St Jude’s pass in to a dangerous area, the ball was cleared by Full Back Anne Marie Riney.

15 minutes gone and a Brennan free in found Lorraine Carrabine, who shot over the bar. Cleary turned over another ball in the middle third and passed to Brennan. The ball was played to Marina Kilduff, and her shot from a tight angle sailed over the bar. Kilduff’s next bid for a score was not allowed as the referee called the play back for a St Brendan’s free. Kilduff despite having the material of her, fine looking Mc Gowan’s of Phibsboro sponsored Azzurri manufactured, jersey well tested as she had driven the ball over the bar at the Phibsboro end of the park. Brennan converted the free to make it 1-06 to no score after 20 minutes and such was the humid night, the referee gave a three minute water break, or in Lorna Barton’s case, a Dextro Energy break (Please note that all Sponsorship is gratefully accepted ).

After a water break, St Jude’s got on to the score board with a point, and Lazarini got her hands on the ball for the first time. She then found Anne Marie Casey with the kick out. Casey started the move that lead to a point from Karen Tighe, on as a sub in place of the injured Nicola Carrabine. Another St Jude’s point followed, and despite an accidental fist pass into the net, Kate Reddan made amends by winning possession in the next play, passing to Kilduff and finally Emma Duffy for another point

Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-08 to 0-02 St Jude’s.

St Brendan’s were quick to put the issue beyond doubt early in the second half with a goal from Karen Tighe, after her initial shot was saved by the goalkeeper, but Tighe tucked the ball away from a rebound. The referee adjudged that a St Jude’s goal bound shot was foot blocked by a St Brendan’s defender standing 4 – 5 yards away from the kicker and a penalty was awarded. But fine work from young Augustina Lazarini ensured that she was not to be beaten. This was the tenth time in the famous Black and Gold of St Brendan’s, that Lazarini was not beaten from the penalty spot.

The Argentine’s kick-out was the catalyst for the next St Brendan’s point scored by Catriona Clerkin. Brennan continued her fine scoring form with a point from a free after an unsatisfactory tackle on Helen Macklin.

The St Brendan’s defence were playing well and the dynamic Helen Lenihan was winning a lot of ball at wing back. But special mention must go to substitute Cait Ni Cheallachain who showed super resolve to pull harder in a game of chicken as St Jude’s runner from the middle attempted to pull on a loose ball. Missing a toenail was not going to leave Cait hesitating. After a St Jude’s kick-out went over the side-line, Lorna Barton, fresh from consuming another pack of Dextro Energy tablets, won possession and passed to Geraldine Cleary. Cleary picked out Clerkin, whose shot was saved but the ball came back to Emma Duffy who made no mistake as she volleyed her first goal of the evening. The score now was St Brendan’s 3-11 to St Jude’s 0-02.

Augustina Lazarini’s dream of a second half shut out was almost derailed, when a free in was awarded to St Jude’s. The quickly taken free, with all the Brendan’s backs on the goal line, went low and hard but the Argentine collected and was fouled in the process. The free out ended with Karen Tighe. Tighe weaved this way and that in a Maradona like fashion and then tapped the ball over the bar.

Emma Duffy rounded off proceedings with a goal after some aerial ping pong in the penalty area which saw Tighe have goal shots saved by the goalkeeper and rebound off the post. Duffy’s initial shot also was saved by the goalkeeper but made no mistake second time around with a straightforward side step into the net.

Karen Tighe’s bid for a second goal ended when her shot was cleared off the line but it mattered little and the St Brendan’s Ladies got their Championship campaign up and running with a tremendous victory. Next up is a trip to Erin Go Bragh next Wednesday, 31 Aug2019.

Final score from Grangegorman St Brendan’s 4-12(24) to 0-02 St Jude’s.

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Jul 11

Explosive action at the Magazine Fort between the St Brendan’s Div8 Ladies and NGO

Ladies 2nds v Na Gaeil Oga 10072019 (5)Wed 10 July 2019 – The St Brendan’s Ladies Div 4 team got a walkover and were not in action this Wednesday. It was up to the Div8 team to take the limelight. On the back of a three point victory in the Division 8 Cup against St James Gaels, hopes were high going into this cup game away to the Conradh Na Gaelige sponsored Na Gaeil Óga. The match was played on the Park Rangers GAA pitches at the back of the magazine fort in the Phoenix Park.

Getting to the pitch was complicated by a large section of the Phoenix Park being closed off by the Gardai for a cycling / jogging combo type race. This meant Marina Kilduff and Kate Reddan did not make the throw in. The game was played in a freshly cut pitch. Unfortunately, the cuttings were still on the ground and the heavens opened an hour before throw-in, making conditions difficult for both teams.

The grass cuttings and pitch surface contributed to the opening goal by Na Gail Óga. A long distance punt / shot bounced onto a large pile of grass cuttings, changed the direction of the ball and the ball skidded just inside Augustina Lazarini’s goal post, when it looked like it was heading about 3 foot wide, to give the NGO side the lead.

The Female Darkest Force did settle into the game and after getting to grips with the ground conditions, got their opening score from The Bundoran Star Tanya Brennan. This came after full forward Emma Duffy picked out Helen Macklin in a good position, who in turn picked out Brennan in an even better position to pop the ball over the bar.

A NGO shot was cleared by Niamh Byrne and onto Anne Marie Casey, the move also involved Emma Duffy, Helen Macklin and Tanya Brennan and in the end it was Lorraine Carrabine hit the ball over the bar. NGO were strong around midfield and Anne Marie Casey and Lorraine Carrabine worked hard to push up the field as well as curtail the opposition.

Geraldine Cleary made a mockery of the 10 metre head start given by the NGO half forward by making the meters and snatching the ball of the opponents grasp and winning a free out. However, NGO did manage to hit a brace of points. Making use of the small pitch and consistantly pushing right into the area where the small parallelogram should be, NGO then almost got a goal, but of an off the line clearance by Niamh Byrne was both timely and brave. Niamh was defending heroically all evening.

Emma Duffy had a shot that went wide and Tanya Brenna saw her free in hit the upright and it was subsequently cleared by NGO, despite fine pressure from the St Brendan’s forwards. Karen Tighe’s bid to give St Brendan’s a third score, ended when she was strangely penalised for barging, the free out was the last action of the first half. Kate Reddan was introduced for Anne Marie Casey just before half time.


Half Time Score from the Phoenix Park: St Brendan’s 0-02 to 1-02 NGO.


The second half began with wides from Niamh Nestor and the Enniscrone Tiger Karen Tighe, but those wides were quickly forgotten about as St Brendan’s manged to get the equalising goal thanks to Tanya Brennan from 3 meters and a tight angle. Cue wild cheering and relief that St Brendan’s hard work was being reflected on the scoreboard.

The Female Darkest Force then took the lead thanks to Marina Kilduff with a shot similar to something Pat Spillane would score in his heyday with the turning of the hip. That one-point lead became two when Helen Macklin won a turnover, passed to Crossmolina woman Emma Duffy and finally onto Roisin Fitzmaurice. This made the score 1-04 to 1-02.

Going into the final quarter and NGÓ hit a brace of points to set up a tense nervy finish for both teams. It really was anyone’s match at this stage. NGÓ did take the lead with 5 minutes to go, but then there was a stoppage for an injury whilst the players stocked up on water.

The whatever water was consumed did the trick because Roisin Fitzmaurice won a NGÓ kickout, went on a 20metre solo run and kicked over the bar for another level score 1-5 each, but the home side got their noses out in front again with a point going into the final minute.

It looked like NGÓ were going to close out the game with a one point win, but Helen Lenihan brilliantly kept with her opponent forcing her into overcarrying. This gave St Brendan’s a lifeline, and they certainly made the most of it. Romy Madden caused havoc in the NGO backline and played an excellent ball into Karen Tighe and as calm as you like, The Enniscrone Tiger kicked the size 4 O’Neills over the bar for yet another level game 1-06 each.

NGÓ had one more opportunity to snatch it at the end, but fine work from Eimear Norton and the St Brendan’s defence shut out the NGO forward. She then was penalised for overcarrying. There was no time to take the free out because the referee whistled up for full time and with the scores level. To be honest it was a game, neither side deserved to lose.

However, St Brendan’s Ladies 2nd Xv are now on a three match unbeaten streak, something Eugene Cunningham and Michael Connolly will be happy about as preparations for the Junior H Championship continue.


Final Score from the Magazine Fort at the Phoenix Park: St Brendan’s 1-06 to 1-06 Na Gaeil Óga.



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Jun 06

Aoife Watters swimmingly guides Female Dark Force to 5th Successive Semi

8B3A7706_edit_smallWed 05 Jun 2019 - Following no game last week, The St Brendans Ladies 1st Xv, Sponsored my McGowans of Phibsborough, went into Round 5 of the Junior C Championship against Kilmacud Crokes with the winner going to the semi finals later in the summer.

The Female Dark Force meant business direct from the start with a point from Aisling Newton after 12 seconds when Roisin McDonald won the throw in and passed to fellow Inishowen lady Newton. The second point came two minutes later when Erin Fadian won a turnover and Christine Dilworth was on the end of the move with the shot over the bar.
Joan McNulty won a turnover in the middle third and passed to Ursula Murphy for point number 3. Point number 4 came in the next attack when Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney when she won the kickout herself and did the work herself. Five minutes gone and it was five points to no score with Newton with her second point from a tight angle with Murphy supplying the final pass.

Roisin McDonald sprinted the guts of 100 meters with a solo run, her shot fell short but Dilworth fouled the goalkeeper but her clearance went straight to Nicola Carrabine who passed to Newton and the Carndonagh

Cyclones shot dipped under the crossbar for the first goal. Sinead Morrissey, had her arm dragged back when in a good position and with her father Patrick acting a umpire, the Mullingar Dynamo took her free in over the bar. 1-06 with 9:30 on the clock.

10:15 gone and it was now 1-07 with Roisin McDonald on the scoresheet with a long range shot assisted by a huge gust of wind. Aoife Watters won the next kickout, she also applied the final pass to McDonald, and likewise to Christine Dilworth to make it 1-08 and a second point for the Knocknagree Knight.

The girls from Stillorgan finally got on the board with a point and Catherine Twomey defending heroically to ensure it was a point. Aoife Fitzmaurice made it 1-09 after Fermanagh Fingers Tara Foy won a turnover inside the 20 meter line. Ursula Murphy saw her shot go straight to the Kilmacud goalkeeper and the end result was a second point for the away side.

Eventually the second goal did come thanks to Sinead Morrissey after a Kilmacud shot fell short to Karen O’Connell and cleared by Catherine Twomey and final pass by Dilworth to Morrissey. Morrissey’s bid for a quick fire double ended when her shot was saved by the Kilmacud goalkeeper and the ball ricocheted off her father Patrick’s chest for a 45.

Aisling Newton’s tally became 1-03 with a point after The Francie Bellew of Mourneabbey Twomey was tripped making a clearance. A pass from Joan McNulty to Nicola Carrabine bounced over her head but Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatick kept the move going and Ursula Murphy got the second point to make it 2-11.

Sinead Morrissey did get her second goal after Tara Foy won a sideline ball. There was confusion amongst the Kilmacud backs and with no support, Aoife Fitzmaurice forced her marker into over carrying. Morrissey promptly kicked the free in over the bar to make it 3-12. A sideline ball form Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatick from Joan McNulty and onto Newton and the shot over the bar. 3-13 to 0-02.

Aisling Newton’s tally became 2-04 with a bullet of a shot for goal after McNulty won a turnover, despite the consistent shooting, St Brendans registered their first wide of the first from Christine Dilworth, albeit was forced out over the end line.

However, the Knocknagree Knight, with partner Sean T Ó Meallaigh watching on, did make amends with a well taken goal to round off a comprehensive first half performance with the half time score 5-13 to 0-02.

The Female Dark force were playing against the wind in the second half and didn’t expect to register 5-13, But Sinead Morrissey got the ball rolling with a point from a free in from 20 meters after Dilworth was taken out after taking a shot.

After playing great in the first half, Aoife Watters got on the scoresheet this second half with a point after Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney cleared Kilmacud free in off the goal line. Another player also got in the scoresheet for the first time in Joan McNulty with a point, similar start to the move with a Kilmacud free in but this time it was Catherine Twomey with the clearance. 5-16 to 0-03.

Robert Kelly and Colm O’Neill brought on Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly into the game, replacing Fitzpatrick and made an immediate impact by rounding the defence and shooting over bar. Indeed Dangermouse would make it a brace of points after a final pass from another substitute, Michelle Dolan, replacing Newton who got a standing ovation, from Robert Kelly only!

A line ball went straight to Nicola Carrabine and onto Ursula Murphy and a third point for The Cork Kipchoge and a 30 point advantage 5-19 to 0-04. Indeed Murphy was fouled inside the 20 meter line which allowed Sinead Morrissey to point another to make it 5-21.

Karen O’Connell was determined to keep a clean sheet but there was no second half shutout with Kilmacud scoring two second half points, one from a free in. The Fresh Prince of Kells only had five kickouts all second half with Catherine Twomey and Erin Fadian providing additional defence, indeed The Pied Piper of Achill provoked her maker into picking the ball off the ground whilst on her knees.

On the other side of the pitch, Ursula Murphy rounded off the scoring with a point after both Dilworth and Aoife Fitzmaurice changed their minds at the last second by passing instead of shooting and it was the latter that passed to Murphy.

The game fizzled out and in the end St Brendan’s Ladies were in their fifth consecutive Championship Semi Final, which will be played in August, something to look forward to then, but for now, focus switched to the League and the Cup with yet another encounter with Fingallians, this time in Longmeadows in Round 2 of The Division 4 Cup next Wednesday.


Final Score from Longmeadows St Brendans 5-22(27) to 0-04 Kilmacud Crokes.

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May 30

Marina Kilduff’s Roscommon Spirit of 1986 not enough for Female Darkest Force

Ladies 2nd League v Shankill 29052019Wed 29 May 2019 - The St Brendans Ladies 1st XV were due to play Parnells on Round 4 of the Junior C Championship, but unfortunately, the ladies from Coolock gave a walkover to The Female Dark Force and ensuring the next Wednesday’s Round 5 fixture against Kilmacud Crokes will be a de facto Quarter Final.

With the 1sts not playing, it’s the 2nds once again to embrace the limelight when the team, sponsored by Martin and Moran Property Advisors took to Shankill in Division 8, hoping for a repeat of the emphatic victory against St Judes two weeks ago.

The Female Darkest Force wore the 1st XV jerseys, as extra motivation to get on that team for later in the season. It took all of 11 minutes to get the first score and that went to the away side, who was playing into a strong breeze blowing from Chapelizod and hit three wides beforehand. But a stray pass was worked in by Shankill and Augustina Lazzerini was beaten for goal.

But St Brendans did respond well and Marina Kilduff got the opening score from a free in after being pushed in the back collecting a long ball off Lorraine Carrabine (sister of Nicola). Dextro Energy Lorna Barton won the next Shankill kick out and passed to Anne Marie Casey and a second point of the evening.

15:14 gone and we had a level game thanks to a point from Emma Boland. Helen Macklin won the turnover and passed to Barton then onto Boland for the level score. Indeed St Brendan’s Ladies 2nd XV would take the lead thanks to a point from Marina Kilduff, showing great Roscommon spirit her fellow county men showed in defeating Mayo in Castlebar for the first time since 1986 last Saturday evening, after collecting a free in from Boland. Indeed Kilduff snatched the ball in mid-flight off the Shankill goalkeeper, but her goal bound shot went across the face of goal and wide.

Kilduff did make amends however with her third point of the evening, following a long ball by Helen Lenihan. Shankill managed to get the ball over the bar with a point from close range after seeing too many shots drift wide or fall short, such was the strong breeze blowing this evening.

Anne Marie Casey got her second point of the evening from a tight angle. Shankill was almost in on goal but the referee spotted a clear push in the back on Anne Marie Riney and a free out ensued.


Half time score: St Brendan’s 0-06 to 1-01 Shankhill.


But the breeze blew much strongly in the second half and St Brendans were unable to add to the six points they got in the second half, whilst Shankill went on to score six points throughout the second half. Roisin Fitzmaurice had a chance in injury time but the ball went with the wind and wide. Even Marina Kilduff admitted that it was difficult to shoot into the strong breeze. Disappointment was the mood at the final whistle but the team played quite well besides and now have to wait until June 10th for their next game.
For the 1st Xv, it’s the De Facto Quarter Final of the Junior C Championship against Kilmacud Crokes in Longmeadows next Wednesday.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 0-06 to 1-07 Shankill.

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