Apr 29

History repeat’s itself one year on in Longmeadows.

1sts v Ger P Morans 28042019 (IV)Sun 28th Apr 2019 – On this weekend last year, St Brendans and Geraldine P Morans served up a pulsating yet controversial Junior 1 Club Championship encounter in Grangegorman, which both sides thought they had won in eight minutes of injury time,  John Dolan believed he had won the game for St Brendans but the away side notched up a point from a free in to level the game 0-16 to 2-10. So what would happen today in Longmeadows?

Unlike last year, after losing to St Finians Newcastle, St Brendans came into this game on the back of a two-point victory away to St James’s Gaels.

The game, played in Longmeadows, saw the Gers get the opening score with a point. Brendan Brogan played a great ball to Denis ‘The Killarney Menace’ Galvin and onto James McGee who was taken out mid-flight in the penalty area and was awarded a penalty.  John Burns stepped up, three steps and bang in the net.

That became 1-01 with great vision by Galvin to find Luke “The Miracle worker” McDonagh for the point. A Ger’s bid for a score ended with a shot hitting the upright and cleared by Franklin ‘Kepa’ O’Reilly

The Dark Force were motoring and a long Ger’s shot was turned-over by The Rob Kearney of Knockmore, Jason Clarke, with the move ending with Ciaran Kilcullen shooting over the bar. Phil Bannon then made it 1-03 after collecting a Colin Folan pass and shooting over the bar despite two Ger’s players clinging on to his shoulders.

The run continued when Kilcullen notched up his second point of the morning after another Prenty pass, which the referee gave advantage after a hand on the back of the Prince of Ballyhaunis.

22 minutes gone and Geraldine P Morans went on their own purple patch with 1-02 without reply, the goal coming when an intended Phil Bannon breakdown to John Burns was recovered by Ger’s who went upfield and scored the goal.

Then a huge blow for St Brendans with midfield talisman Phil Bannon getting a straight red card for an unsatisfactory tackle according to the referee. Ger’s got an equaliser with 3 minutes to go and could have taken the lead but another shot hit the upright and into the arms of Paul Coleman.


Half time score: St Brendans 1-04 to 1-04 Geraldine P Morans.


St Brendans retook the lead in the second half thanks to a free in from Luke McDonagh, despite a foul on Ciaran Kilcullen that saw his shot go over the bar.

Geraldine P Morans retook the lead with a second goal after a too casual pass by “The Notorious” Ryan Egan was turned-over and worked up the field to the back of Mark Redican’s net. But St Brendans responded with a point from a free-in by John Burns after Niall Prenty was taken out when pulling the trigger.

Burns went on win the next Ger’s kick-out but was taken out mid-run. Twelve minutes gone and the sides were level again with a point from Ciaran Kilcullen after a turnover from the Notorious Ryan Egan who had been on his best behaviour. Colin Folan admittedly put too much welly on a pass to Luke McDonagh but the ball came off a Ger’s backs hand for a 45 which Burns promptly converted and the lead for St Brendans.

Burns again won the next Ger’s kick-out for a mark and played a great ball into the corner to Lorcan Bannon who then a passed to Ciaran Kilcullen for his fourth and St Brendans ninth point which was described as “An Animal of a score”.

However, with 5 minutes to go, Geraldine P Morans levelled the game with a brace of scores. The first was their first point of the second half after 21 minutes. The away side were looking for victory but a player barged into Franklin O Reilly, who took the free-out to Get Bannon and onto John Burns. Burns who had support from Kevin Curry opted to take a long-shot over the bar to give St Brendans the lead going into injury time.

Luke McDonagh could not produce the Miracle this time and a shot went wide. Then exactly what happened last year. Ger’s produced an equaliser with 13 St Brendans players behind the ball and after great work by Ger Bannon to force the attack on the backfoot, Ger’s managed to get their shot over.

A shot by Kevin Curry went narrowly wide and that was the end of the game. History repeats itself with the same outcome as last year.

The Junior 1 Club Championship is now parked until September with the League taking over until then. Next up is the first Tuesday evening fixture at home to O’Dwyers.


Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 1-10(13) to 2-07(13) Geraldine P Morans.





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Apr 29

Goals the difference in a hard fought Junior 5 Championship game

2nds v St Brigids 28042019 (VII)Sun 28 Apr 2019 – Following an emphatic victory over O’Dwyers two weeks ago, the St Brendans 2nd XV went into the 2nd Junior 5 All County Championship encounter against St Brigids with high hopes of getting into the Round of 16 next September in this 32 team Championship. However, St Brigids hit 10 goals in their encounter two weeks ago against Good Counsel and come into this game in a rich vein of form.

But the Darkest Force were determined that this would not be repeated and despite conceding the opening score of the game, Eoin O’Connor managed to equalise with a free in. St Brendans 2nds then took the lead thanks to Joe Kenny with a point form 25 meters after John ‘The Toulestane Terrier’ Quinn won the St Brigids kick-out with a mark.

The away side equalised afterwards, Graham Henry got his sweet left leg in action by smoothly kicking the ball over the bar after an O’Connor pass, but on the other side St Brigids levelled matters again.

St Brigids retook the lead, but that didn’t last long because Eoin O’Connor scored his second free in of the afternoon, from the same spot as the first. O’Connor then hit a point from play to retake the lead after a Quinn mark with The Brady Brothers, Derek and Marcus, involved in the build-up.

That lead became two with a point from Joe Kenny who took his shot well after another mark from Quinn.  St Brigids turned the screw by hitting four points on the spin, but Ciaran O’Shea ensured a one-point half time deficit with a point after St Brigids missed turning over an O’Connor pass. The Son of Maurice Padraig Pratt ensured Darragh Donnolly’s line wasn’t breached this first half by blocking a goal bound shot on the stroke of half-time.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-07 to 0-08 St Brigids.


The second half was a minute old when Eoin O’Connor put the ball over the bar for a level game. St Brigids retook the lead but O’Connor again equalised again after Pearse Ryan made a turnover. The game changed in favour of the away side when Darragh Donnolly was adjudged to have dragged a Brigids player down in the penalty area and the referee gave a penalty which was promptly converted.

Despite playing catch up, St Brendan’s never threw in the towel and soon had the deficit back to two points with the first from Eoin O’Connor again with a placed ball. Graham Henry won the St Brigids kick-out with a mark and passed to Marcus Brady for the point from the Cootehall Midfield Mastero and a one-point deficit 1-09 to 0-11.

St Brendan’s had a goal opportunity when Derek Brady played a great ball to Eoin O’Connor but his shot went wide. Then the away side got a point. Despite that disappointment, O’Connor made it a fourth consecutive second half point from a tight angle, which went on the right side of the far post, to put one between the sides again 1-10 to 0-12.

After Brigids made it a brace of points, the first of which could have been a goal but it took a deflection off Damien Daly’s hand, St Brendan’s had the deficit back to two with Joe Kenny pointing his second, after a Quinn mark and a foul, the free in was moved 10 meters and that allowed Kenny to score his point.

St Brigids, in essence, ended the game as a contest, with a well worked defensive splitting move and shot into the net. But the points still came for St Brendan’s with one slotted over the bar by Stephen O’Neill after a delicate pass by Bradley Skerritt. John ‘The Toulestane Terrier’ Quinn crowned off his marvellous shift at midfield with a well taken point.

But it’s a classic example of goals win games and the two from St Brigids consolidate pole position in Group 4 of the Junior 5 All County Championship. For St Brendans, victory over the newly merged Good Counsel-Liffey Gaels will ensure a place on the Round of 16.


Final Score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 0-15 to 2-16 St Brigids.



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Apr 28

St Brendan’s GAA presents: “D’OSCARS”

D'OscarsPoster.jpg*****St Brendan’s GAA presents “D’OSCARS”*****


Calling all aspiring actors & performers!


We are looking for people across all teams, friends & family to join together to recreate iconic scenes from movies and tv-shows.


You’ll be provided with the script & direction for your chosen scene and we will take care of the shooting and editing.


Your scene will be produced and your debut will be premiered at “D’OSCARS” fundraising event on Friday, 19 July 2019 in McGowans of Phibsboro


I want to Participate

1.     All scenes will be premiered at our “D’OSCARS” fundraising event on Friday, 19th July in McGowans of Phibsboro. Attendees on the night will cast their votes to decide who should win a “D’OSCAR” award, across a number of categories including best film, best actor, etc.

Voters will be automatically entered in the raffle on the night.


2.     Interested participants can submit their name(s) and possible scene to:

  • First Team:                                          Phil Bannon – (085 126 7766)
  • Hurlers & Second Team:                     Damien Daly – (087 783 9633)
  • Ladies:                                                 Enya Cody – (087 969 2209)
  • Ladies:                                                 Helen Lenihan – (087 761 1877)
  • Juveniles:                                             Mark Smyth – (086 816 3646)
  • Email:                                                   pro.stbrendans.dublin@gaa.ie
  • Friends & Families are welcome & encouraged to participate


3.      Participants will be asked to attend the INFO meeting on Thursday 02nd May 2019 and will be asked to make themselves available for 2-3hours of filming at some stage during the 5-week period below. (Any lines will need to be memorised/rehearsed in advance of the filming)

Date Activity Details
Thur 25th April Deadline for Submissions Interested persons & their suggested scene
Thur 02nd May Info Meeting Casting & Scripts assigned
6th May to 10th June(5 wk Period) Filming Dates and times within this period will be assigned based on cast/crew availabilityShooting to take approx. 2-3hours / scene
Fri 19th July “D’OSCARS” 19:00 to 20:30 Drinks20:30 to 22:00 Scenes premiered (intervals between each)22:00 to 23:00 Judging / Voting23:00 to 23:30 Winners & Raffle(1)23:30 to LATE Late Bar in McGowans

(1) Voters will be automatically entered in raffle


4.      Scenes chosen will have minimal costume & props. Some sample of scenes that meet this criteria are listed below and can be added to based on your own preference.


How do I Sponsor/Donate


Register your interest to the following contacts:

Please make your final submission before Friday, 28 June 2019.


Cheques should be made payable to:

St Brendan’s GAA Club


Bank Transfer via:

BANK NAME:  AIB Drumcondra
ADDRESS: 140 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9
IBAN:  IE94 AIBK 932205 5566 9334



Option 1.             Quarter page €75

Option 2.             Half Page: €100

Option 3.             Full Page: €150



Option 4.             Award: €250 each

Option 5.             Raffle Prize


Note: Sponsorships and Advertisements will be endorsed on our website and social media pages.


Guidelines for Award Sponsor / Advertising:

  • PDF of an already formatted corporate logo/message.


  • A logo of the business, contact information, brief description and a best wishes message.
Company Name:
Contact Person:
Phone Number: Email:

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Apr 25

Sinead Morrissey brings Home Comforts to the Female Dark Force

IMG-20190425-WA000624th Apr 2019 – Following the emphatic victory over Erins Isle last week, The St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, knew that the team could not get complacent going into the fourth game of the 2019 season and a first ever meeting against the Carnacon of Dublin Ladies Football, Foxrock Cabinteely. After three consecutive away trips, The Female Dark Force finally enjoyed the home comforts of Longmeadows.

The game was barely a minute old when Sinead Morrissey opened the scoring from a free after an initial Aisling Newton shot hit the upright and dropped straight to a Fox Cab back who was judged to have barged into Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly. The away side then equalised also from a free in.

It was all St Brendan’s for the rest of the first half. A Fox Cab free in was intercepted by Aoife Fitzmaurice. The two Sinead’s, Reilly and Morrissey were also involved in the build-up that lead to the Carndonagh Cyclone, Aisling Newton shooting low and into the net. 1-01 to 0-01.

The Mullingar Dynamo stepped up again with the free in after Aoife Fitzmaurice was fouled, the referee gave advantage but as Fitzmaurice shot went wide, the play was called back and Morrissey converted her free in. Indeed Morrissey would make it a brace of free ins, this time from 25 meters out after Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick was pushed in the back.

Scores were at a premium for the rest of the first half with Newton and Christine Dilworth shooting wide, but, not content with three points from free-in’s Sinead Morrissey netted a goal from play from a tight angle during first half injury time. A second Fox Cab point was the last action of the first half


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 2-04 (10) to 0-02 Foxrock Cabinteely.


In the second half, Fox Cab had a free in turned over by Fermanagh Fingers Tara Foy who passed to Faye ‘Dunaway’ Kearney. Kearney gave another lung busting solo-run and passed to Newton for the point. Aoife Fitzmaurice pinched the Fox Cab kick-out and in the end it was Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly for a second point in quick succession.

Robert Kelly and Colm O’Neill’s concern of a second half collapse evaporated when Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick won possession and exposed the Fox Cab defensive weaknesses by picking her spot and driving the ball through the spot and into the net.

Going into the final quarter and The Female Dark Force continued to build momentum and Aisling Newton increased her personal tally to 1-02 with a point which started with an Aoife Fitzmaurice side-line ball. Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly then made it 3-08 with a point following a brilliant passage of play which saw Karen O’Connell and Aoife Watters involved. Newton then pinched the Fox Cab kickout and passed onto Christine Dilworth for a point from The Knocknagree Knight.

The strong finish continued when a Sinead Morrissey free in went across the face of goal and was collected by Shauna ‘Jet’ Fitzpatrick who scored a point to add to the goal she got earlier in the second half. Robert Kelly was delayed in bringing Katie ‘The Beat’ Lavelle and Claire Owens into the action replacing Aoife Watters and Ines Rubio Alcala Galiano when Aisling Newton scored another point from 25 meters.

Both subs played a part in the final point of the evening, with Owens, channelling her own inner Francie Bellew in the absence of fellow Rebelette Catherine Twomey, defending tigerishly to win possession and passing to Lavelle who surged forward with a trademark swashbuckling solo run before passing to Newton. Newton tore through the defence for a straightforward tap over. The Brendan’s defence held strong to limit Fox Cab to just one second half point and a clean sheet for Karen O’Connell with Nicola Carrabine winning the final turnover to end the game in near fading daylight in Longmeadows.

So, a second successive League win for the St Brendans Ladies who now head back to St Annes Park Pitch 35 next Wednesday for encounter against Clontarf this time in the League. Don’t expect the weather or the low scoring game we got in the Cup fixture on April 3rd!


Final score from Longmeadows: St Brendans 3-13 (22) to 0-03 Foxrock Cabinteely.

Finally, best wishes to Ursula Murphy, in the London Marathon on Sunday

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Apr 18

Because you are Dilworth it in Finglas

Ladies 1sts v Erins Isle 17042019 (1)Wed, 17th April 2019 - A week after their Division Four League opener, the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers, sponsored by McGowan’s of Phibsborough, went into their second Division 4 League encounter (away in Finglas against Erins Isle) knowing that victory is a must to stay in contention.

The home side got the opening score after one minute, but initially the Female Dark Force could only respond with four wides in succession.

Ursula Murphy won the Erin’s Isle kick out after the fourth wide, and passed to Marina Kilduff, who made amends for her previous wide, with a good score and a level game after 10 minutes.

Erins Isle then hit five points in succession and St Brendan’s did not score their second point until the 24th minute. This was thanks to Christine Dilworth from a tight angle with the citeog. Another Isles point followed and Claire Owens played a great ball to Dilworth and from where she kicked her first score of the evening, Dilworth kicked her second and St Brendan’s third point 0-07 to 0-03.

A eighth point followed for The Farnham Drive outfit and an attempt for goal went straight into Karen O’Connell’s breadbasket and was cleared by Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano. Tara Foy turned the ball over from and Erin’s Isle attack. Foy played the ball into space, Dilworth was behind her marker and was able to retrieve the ball, and Dilworth kicked her third point.

A free in by Erins Isle went miles wide and the referee blew for half time before the ball even reached the end line with Erins Isle leading


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-04 to 0-08 Erin’s Isle.


The half time team talk from Robert Kelly and Conor O’Neill must have been a good one. From the off St Brendan’s got up the field and Faye Kearney rattled the crossbar with a powerful shot. Aisling Newton won the resultant kick out and found Dilworth, who calmly palm the ball into the net. Heartened after seeing her shot hit the bar, Kearney got on the scoresheet with the next score, a fine score, the equalising score.

A short kick out was pinched by Roisin McDonald who played the ball to Sinead Morrissey and the Mullingar Dynamo’s low shot found the corner of the net. 2-01 inside the opening five minutes to make it 2-05 to 0-08.

That lead became four with another point by Christine Dilworth after Faye Kearney turned the ball over. However, the four-point lead did not last long, as Erin’s Isle scored a point from 25 meters. 2-07 to 0-10.

The home side followed this up with a brace of points to put one between the sides. Aisling Newton made it a two-point game with a close range point, but a minute later, Erin’s Isle responded to leave the bare minimum between the teams again. At this stage, Robert Kelly brought Shauna Fitzpatrick into the game for Marina Kilduff. Fitzpatrick was straight into the action to play a part St Brendan’s next score, which Aisling Newton converted. But once again Erins Isle came up and got a point to keep them in the game 2-09 to 0-14.

9 minutes to go and we had a level game, 2-09 to 0-15.

5 minutes to go and still the score stayed the same. Then a Sinead Morrissey shot hit the crossbar. Dilworth gathered the rebound and passed the ball back Morrissey, but the shot went wide.

Roisin McDonald won a crucial turnover and passed to Shauna Fitzpatrick. Fitzy played the ball on to Faye Kearney, who gave the St Brendan’s Ladies the lead again. Erins Isle went on the attack, but again a crucial turnover was won, this time by Erin Fadian, playing a solid game at full back. Fadian played the ball on to Kearney, who saw the pitch open up in front of her. Kearney soloed the guts of 100 meters and shot from 20 meters to nail an excellent point and give St Brendan’s a two-point lead.

One minute to go and Erin’s Isle were on the attack. The Isles got a 45. which they worked in. and with 14 St Brendan’s ladies behind the ball the shot went wide. But the Isles won the kick out and seeing glory, the Isles forward went for the shot. But it was brilliantly parried by Goalie O’Connell for a 45. The 45 was played short, but Aoife Fitzmaurice made the interception as the clock ran out.

So, a fine victory for the St Brendan’s Ladies. After three straight games in the road, the Female Dark Force finally get home game next Wednesday (24th April) and a first ever encounter against Foxrock-Cabinteely.

Final score from Farnham Drive St Brendan’s 2-11 (17) to 0-15 Erins Isle.


St Brendan’s Div8 Ladies lose out after fine effort.

Wed, 17th April 2019 - The Ladies Second team kicked off their league campaign against Na Fianna. St Brendan’s had a number of players unavailable and the fixture became a 13 aside fixture. A substantial pair of shin pads was donned by Marie T Duffy before the game. With graduation the next morning, it was better to be safe than sorry. However, the winner award for the finest alternative piece of Gaelic Football kit was full forward, Kate Reddan, who sported a delightful woolly black scarf.

The first half saw Na Fianna, strong down their central spine, gain the upper hand. St Brendan’s worked hard and Marie T Duffy and Niamh Byrne played well at the back. Agus Lazarini was solid in goal. Up front Tanya Brennan, Helen Lenihan and the ever dangerous Kate Reddan were doing well.

In the second half, Lorna Barton and Sophie Freeman gained a hold of midfield. Anne Marie Casey, Marie T Duffy and Sophie Freeman were getting more ball into our inside forwards and St Brendan’s looked dangerous when they took on their opponents.

Final Score: St Brendan’s 3-06 (15) to 4-14 (26) Na Fianna.

Next up in the league is St James’ Gaels at home.

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Apr 15

Eoin O’Connor at his inspirational best in Balbriggan

2nd XV Champ v O'Dwyers 14042019 (6)Sun 14th Apr 2019 – Two weeks ago the St Brendan’s 2nd XV suffered a third straight AFL 10 defeat to Clanna Gael Fontenoy on a 3-12 to 0-09 scoreline. But don’t let that score line think that St Brendan’s 2nd XV played poorly throughout because the team played some excellent football for three quarters of the match and were still in the mix with the score being 0-08 to 0-07 before the Clanna Gael Fontenoy young substitutes pulled away in the final 12 minutes.

So onto this Sunday and the St Brendan’s 2nd team travelled up the M1 to Balbriggan for the opening Junior 5 All County Championship encounter with O’Dwyers.

It was the home side who started the brightly to lead 4 points to no score after 12 minutes. Eoin O’Connor got The Darkest Force on the board with a free in from 20 meters after a long ball from John ‘The Tourlestrane Terrier’ Quinn found Morgan Young who was fouled when shooting over the bar but the free in was taken anyway.  After another O’Dwyer’s point, Quinn got the 2nd St Brendan’s point, 30 meters out against the wind, after a Young goal shot was saved.

Maurice Kelter won a turnover and played the ball to Graham ‘ The Meath Adonis’ Henry, then onto his unrelated Castlebar namesake Kevin, who promptly kicked over the bar. After another brace of points from the home side, a bid for a third point ended when a shot fell short to Darragh Donnelly who played the ball to ‘The Son of Maurice’ Padraig Pratt, and onto Niall ‘Takedown’ Rynne. Ciaran O’Shea’s played a great ball to Eoin O’Connor who was in a good position but with two O’Dwyers backs closing him down, but O’Connor saw a gap in the corner and created an uber cool finish into the net.

Both sides traded points before half time with the St Brendan’s score coming from a free in by O’Connor after Oisin Carley had his path blocked when going for goal. The referee moved the free in to the front of the posts after some dissent from the home side, and O’Connor duly converted.


Half time score: St Brendans 1-04 (07) to 0-08 O’Dwyers.


O’Connor started the second half the same way he ended the first, with a close range free in after a foul on Kevin Henry, but O’Dwyers retook the lead with a point after a goal bound shot hit the black spot of the crossbar. Billy Kelly and John Tuffy put on Derek Brady as a second half substitute and it was a great decision. Ciaran O’Shea won a mark off Darragh Donnelly’s kick-out and played the ball to Graham Henry who found Brady for a low shot to hit the back of the O’Dwyer’s net. Eoin O’Connor followed up with a great point from play with Brady the final pass supplier to give a 3-point lead.

The club that gave us John O’Leary pegged back a point. Graham Henry put his body, except his left leg, on the line to win possession but got clattered in the process. He was fine afterwards but O’Connor sailed his free in wide. Another O’Dwyers free in followed and it was down to a one point game again.

As the game progressed to the final quarter, John ‘The Tourlestrane Terrier’ Quinn had a shot that was deflected for a 45, which O’Shea converted after the ball bounced on top of the crossbar and between the sticks. Oisin Carley had acres of space for a solo run and ran to the far 30 meter-line where he passed to Graham Henry, got the return and had a great goal chance deflected for a 45. O’Shea could not repeat the trick from 2 minutes before and it remained a two-point game.

Oisin Carley had goal on his mind and a shot by the Wexican hit the crossbar. The ball fell to Kevin Henry whose shot also thundered off the crossbar and the ball came to Graham Henry who tried the volley, but only found side-netting.

Eventually the lead became three thanks to John Quinn after a free in from Bradley ‘The Speedster’ Skerritt was played to Oisin Carley and onto The Tourlestrane Terrier for the point. The O’Dwyer’s kick-out went over the sideline. Eoin O’Connor tried to ‘do a Maurice Fitzgerald in 2001’ and score from the sideline, he almost executed the move but it went wide as Cathal McCormack tried to keep the ball in play.

Kevin Henry broke the O’Dwyer’s kick-out to Derek Brady and pass to Ciaran O’Shea was converted to give a four point buffer. That buffer did not last long as O’Dwyer’s pulled a point back.

The three point lead did not last long as Padraig Pratt won a turnover, played it onto Derek Brady, then Paddy McGuinn, then Cathal McCormack and finally Eoin O’Connor who moved this way and that and curled  a shot inside the right side of the upright.

O’Dwyers tried to get the 1-01 needed to draw the game but one players frustrations got the better, after he deflected a Darragh Donnelly kick out over the side line. An O’Connor free in that went wide was the final action of the afternoon and for the second consecutive year, St Brendan’s 2nd XV win their opening Junior 5 All County Championship game of the season. But can they make it a second win and ensure a place in the Round of 16 next September? All will be revealed in two week’s time with a home time against the new amalgamated Liffey Gaels/Good Counsel team.


Final score from Balbriggan: St Brendan’s 2-11 (17) to 0-12 O’Dwyer’s.



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Apr 11

Victory slips away from the St Brendan’s Ladies

Ladies 1st League v Fingallians 10042019 (6)Wed 10 April 2019 - After a cup victory in their first competitive game of 2019, the St Brendan’s Ladies newly promoted to Division 4 faced Fingallians of Swords in their first league game.

In recent years the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers, sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough, have travelled to Fingallian’s Lawless Park in Swords for football games, against Clanna Gael Fontenoy, St Monicas and Na Fianna. Three times St Brendan’s have left Lawless Park the defeated team, after extra time being played on the third occasion.

Playing on the Balheary pitches St Brendan’s made the better start and found themselves three points up in short order. The omens looked good and St Brendan’s were determined from the off. The opening score came from Aisling Newton after collecting a super pass from Sinead Reilly.

The lead was doubled when a Roisin McDonald free in fell short but the clearance went straight to Christine Dilworth and she made no mistakes and kicked the point. The third point came from The Sinead Morrissey from a free, after McDonald came in for some over robust tackling when on the attack.

Following this good start, Aisling Newton had a point disallowed for over carrying as she was taking her shot. After the slow start, Fingallians went on the attack. The home side tested out the crossbar. A fine clearance from Enya Cody, and a Superman style flying block from Erin Fadian were required to keep the home side at bay.

St Brendan’s were getting chances too, however, St Brendan’s hit nine wides in the opening 22 minutes. Granted the ninth wide occurred when Sinead Reilly was bundled, using some sumo wrestling moves, over the end line while in possession. The management team of Robert Kelly and Conor O’Neill will have to work a bit more on that in training with Sinead “The Undertaker” Reilly & Co.

But back to the action, a free in by Fingallians went over the sideline, Aoife Fitzmaurice played the sideline ball to Sinead Morrissey and then onto Christine Dilworth who shot low and placed the ball into the net. Three minutes to go and Morrissey kept the scoreboard ticking over with a point from play, after good defending by Enya Cody and Nicola Carrabine.

St Brendan’s ensured an eight-point lead at half time with another Roisin McDonald point from play from a tight angle. The final chance of the half also fell to the Donegal woman but the chance of a nine point lead did not result in a score as her free edged wide.


Half time score in Swords: St Brendan’s 1-05 to 0-00 Fingallians.


Five minutes gone in the second half and Sinead Morrissey had the simplest of tap overs from 13 meters after the referee spotted a foul on Inés-Rubio Alcalá-Galiano, but a minute later, Fingallians got their opening score of the game in a well worked move.

In a frenetic passage of play, after both teams had three turnovers, Tara Foy played a long ball to Marina Kilduff. Kilduff found Christine Dilworth who kicked St Brendan’s seventh point of the evening. Another Dilworth shot fell short but Fingallians worked it up the field and in the end the full forward rattled the top corner of Karen O’Connell’s net for a Fingallians goal 1-07 to 1-01. The home side were galvanised and began to push on.

Fingallians hit a brace of points and intercepted a short kick-out. Karen O’ Connell rescued the situation with a fine double save for a 45, which went wide. Fingallians added two more points.

Another O’Connell save and clearance found Tara Foy, but she had a free given against her. The ball was kicked for a point from the free but somehow the ball dipped sharply mid-flight and eluded the St Brendan’s defense resulting in a second goal for Swords Fingallians. Fingallians added two more points to take the lead with 5 minutes to go 1-07 to 2-05.

Marie T Duffy ensured there was not a two-point deficit with a crucial turnover. Duffy played the ball to fellow substitute Siobhan Moloney. Moloney was fouled. Sinead Morrissey judged the wind perfectly to land the free and level matters again.

But Fingallians had the final say in the fading light of Lawless Park with a point. St Brendan’s bid for another equalling point fell short and despite fine closing down by the St Brendan’s forwards. A free out was the last action of the evening.

Despite the result, the hard work that the squad and the management have put in so far yielded one super half of football that bodes well for future games.

Sadly the result did not go the way of Female Dark Force today, but that will be forgotten about before next Wednesday, when another Division 4 League game is scheduled away to Erin’s Isle.


Final score from Lawless Park in Swords: St Brendans 1-08 (11) to 2-06 (12) Fingallians.

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Apr 08

Ciaran Ludden hits hat-trick of points in Junior C opener

Hurlers v Faughs 07042019 (33)ZSun 07th Apr 2019 – Two weeks ago in Tom Russell Park on the Navan Road, The Hurlers of St Brigids and St Brendans served up a thrilling sequel to their August 2018 ‘Dead Rubber’ encounter with the Dark Force prevailing 4-11 to 2-07. So, buoyed by this victory, the St Brendan’s Hurlers sponsored by Transdev went into this years Junior C Championship campaign full of confidence with the opening game being an away encounter against Faughs at the far pitch of Tymon North. The 1k jog from the Faughs changing rooms to the pitch served as the perfect warm up for the morning’s match. However St Brendan’s had to turn their jerseys inside out due to a colour clash, with the Faughs wearing gold shirts with a green sash, leaving this writer with a nightmare trying to figure out who’s who.

In the first eight minutes, St Brendan’s had gained a 0-03 to 0-02 lead. But it wasn’t long before the home side added three successive points to take the lead. Paul Lynch was fouled in possession so up stepped Shane Foley with the free in to make it a one point game.  Another point  was scored by Faughs and St Brendan’s responded with a point from Stephen Brophy after a tame Faughs shot was caught by Ritchie Barry and cleared by Mark Kinsella.

St Brendans leveled the game momentarily after pass from Noel Lane found Paul Lynch for the equalizing score, but Faughs went on to score a brace to open up an two point lead. A chance to snatch the lead ended when a Brophy shot was stopped by the goalkeeper and Damien Daly scooped the slioter wide.

Foley put one between the sides again with a free in after a foul on Lynch. Lynch had another goal shot saved by the goalkeeper who cleared, but only as far as Oisin Carley and the Wexican from near the side-line judged the wind to perfection to equalise.

There was a blow for the away side when Faughs hit a goal shortly before half time, but St Brendan’s settled themselves down and hit a brace of injury time points, first from Paul Lynch after a turnover from Padraig Pratt, secondly from an Oisin Carley 65.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-10 to 1-08 Faughs.


After a free in from the Faughs to open the second half scoring, a rare short puck out from Ritchie Barry was intercepted by a Faughs forward and the resulting shot found the net. Oisin Carley had a chance to respond with a free in, but despite some Cute Kerry Hoorism from the Wexican, the free in sailed wide.

With 10 minutes to go and a score of 2-12 to 0-12, Ciaran Ludden stepped up with the score from 40 meters after Padriag Pratt emerged with the slioter after a scramble. Ludden then tested the acrobatics of the Faughs goalkeeper with a low shot which caused a spectacular diving save. After another Faughs point. Barry’s puckout found Carley, who was tripped and the free in found Ludden who had to stretch to catch the slioter but after plucking it from the sky, sent it over the bar to keep three in it.

The Home side beat Barry for a third goal to settle the contest with Ciaran Ludden following up with a third successive point. Faughs converted another point in what could be called Route One Hurling with a catch from a puckout, turn and shot over the bar. Stephen Brophy got another point after Aidan Melia won possession, which was the last action of the game.

Despite defeat, there were a lot of positives coming out of the game, but it was a case of what might have been, especially if the Brendan’s goal chances had resulted in green flags.


Final score from Tymon Park: St Brendan’s 0-15 to 3-16 Faughs.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/ciaran-ludden-hits-hat-trick-of-points-in-junior-c-opener/

Apr 04

Ursula Murphy stars in debut as St Brendan’s Ladies commence their seventh season

Wed 03rd Apr 2019 – Once the clocks spring forward you know that means one thing, it’s the start of the Ladies Football Season. Although there was excellent weather last weekend, on the first Wednesday in April, the heavens opened and the wind was cold. That was the conditions that the St Brendans Ladies 1st team, sponsored by McGowans, faced when the team went up against Clontarf, who were also sponsored by the same Phibsborough establishment. The game took place under the floodlights of St Annes Park Pitch 35 in the Division 4 Cup.

The first competitive point of the 2019 season for The Female Dark Force went to Roisin McDonald just two minutes into the game after a pass from Aoife Fitzmaurice. Indeed scores were at a premium for the first half, with Clontarf scoring a brace of points, ten minutes apart and both teams struggling with the weather conditions and a greasy surface under-foot, which saw many balls bouncing low and skimming over the side and end lines. Such were the conditions that most players wore Under Armour and one player from the home side copied the style of Meath’s 1949 and 1954 All Ireland winner The Man In The Cap Peter McDermott by wearing a flat cap.

Augustina Lazzerini rescued her side many times in the first half with a string of saves and an attempted goal was disallowed for square ball. The rain kept pelting down during the first half. Debutants Joan McNulty from Roscommon and Ursula Murphy from Cork were on hand to level matters with two points when the Murphy passed to Roisin McDonald for the second score.

A third score from Clontarf was the last score in a low scoring first half as both teams raced off the pitch and into the warmth of the dressing rooms, Unfortunately, the far pitch was used this evening and it was a much longer run to the changing rooms.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 0-02 to 0-03 Clontarf.


In the second half, Karen O’Connell donned the goal-keepers gloves. The game also marked the return of Katie Lavelle to the St Brendans team. Readers of this website in 2017 would remember her legendary swashbuckling solo runs and despite the appalling weather conditions this evening, the Achill Island lady made another such run and completed a pass to Sinead Reilly, whose shot hit the upright but went over the bar to level the game again.

A fourth Clontarf score followed and after hitting a wide just two minutes earlier, Sinead Morrissey redeemed herself by hitting another equalising score from a free on after McDonald was tackled by three Clontarf players.

Clontarf retook the lead again after a minute of aerial ping pong as the heavens opened again. A side-line ball was pinched by Sinead ‘Dangermouse’ Reilly and sent in towards Claire Owens, who found McDonald and the Malin Head Giant put the head down and put her shot over the bar to equalise for a fourth time.

St Brendans were beginning to get a foothold in the game and after big tackle from “The Francie Bellew of Mourneabbey” Catherine Twomey the ball was passed to Tara ‘Fermanagh Fingers’ Foy. Owens and McDonald were also involved and it was the Mullingar Dynamo Sinead Morrissey with the score and the lead for The Female Dark Force.

The lead became two when Marie T Duffy, also sporting a cap but with a bad-ass Mayo crest on it, started the move that lead to Ursula Murphy marking her debut in style with a point. Soon after, Karen O Connell shepherded a Clontarf shot over the endline.

The lead then became three with another point from Roisin McDonald after great hard work from Joan McNulty. Any chance of opening a four point buffer was ended when Aoife Fitzmaurice had her pocket pinched as she made her shot.

But it mattered very little and the management team of Robert Kelly and Conor O’Neill will be pleased with the win and pleased with how the ladies asserted themselves in the final quarter in such testing conditions. This experience should do the Ladies a world of good as they go into the next game, the first Division 4 League encounter away to Fingallians next Wednesday.


Final score from St Anne’s Park Pitch 35: St Brendan’s 0-08 to 0-05 Clontarf.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.stbrendansgaa.org/ursula-murphy-stars-in-debut-as-st-brendans-ladies-commence-their-seventh-season/

Mar 11

Sin Sceal Eile for Hurlers in Grangegorman

Hurlers v Na Gaeil Óga 10032019 (15)ZSunday 10 Mar 2019 – Last July on this website we reported on a AHL7 clash away to Na Gaeil Óga, who went on to run out 4-19 to 0-05 winners. Today in Grangegorman, the two sides locked horns again for the first time since that fateful July Morning in St Catherine’s Park.
The thought of a similar result was feared when Na Gaeil Óga raced into an eight point to no score lead halfway into the first half as both teams struggled with the greasy underfoot conditions following Saturdays Higher Education Ladies Football finals which took place in Grangegorman, plus the heavy rain shower half an hour before throw in.
The Dark Force were finally on the board thanks to a Shane Foley free in after a NGO player emerged with the slioter after a scramble but was penalised for over carrying.

Rory Tynan was beaten for goal, despite blocking the initial goal bound 13 meter free-in, which rebounded and went into the net. Both Stephen Brophy and Conor Browne shot wides with the latter shooting wide with a goal bound shot as the away side seen half time with a sizable lead.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 0-01 to 1-11(14) Na Gaeil Óga


It was a classic case of Sin Sceal Eile in the second half with St Brendan’s, now with wind advantage, hitting the opening two scores, first with Shane Muldoon from close range and then from Oisin Carley from long range. St Brendan’s went full attack in the second half when a free in by Shane Foley fell short and Stephen Brophy played a cross field ball to Noel Lane whose first-time snapshot was saved inches from the goal-line.

Another point from the away side followed but Stephen Brophy took perfect advantage of a strong gust of wind blowing at the time by guiding the slioter between the sticks from 105 meters out. Indeed that would be the first of a brace of points with Shane Muldoon hitting a snapshot over the bar. After only getting 1 point in 30 minutes of the first half, St Brendan’s scored 6 points in 10 minutes of the second half after Aidan Melia emerged with possession and passed to Carley for the sixth point.

The next Na Gaeil Óga point was a heartbreaker for the home side after Brophy had a great goal opportunity but could not get onto his favoured right-hand side and instead hit a ground stroke to Aidan Melia who struggled under pressure to get the slioter onto is hurl. Four Na Gaeil Óga backs swarmed around him, won possession and worked it up the field for the point.

Brophy made up for that disappointment by hitting his sides seventh point as the heavens opened with a hail shower and crossfield winds. Nothing much happened scoring wise until the hail shower stopped and Na Gaeil Óga hit their 17th point despite herculean defending from Sean Dardis and the Brendan’s backline.

As weather conditions deteriorated, the referee called a halt to the game 15 seconds into injury time. So after the highs of victory two weeks comes the disappointment of defeat, the weather and ground conditions did not help matters but St Brendan’s never gave up and competed well in the second half. The team now move on to Tom Russell Park and a Division 7 Round 3 fixture with St Brigids in two week’s time.


Final score from Grangegorman: Na Gaeil Óga 1-17(20) to 0-07 St Brendan’s


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