May 08

Denis Galvin in menacing form against O’Dwyers

20190507_192855ZTues 07th May 2019 – Focus returned to the league for the St Brendans football 1st XV and the first Tuesday evening game of the season with O’Dwyers of Balbriggan the visitors to Longmeadows. During the warm up, team manager Justin McCormack kept reminding the team of the 0-13 to 0-07 defeat inflicted by O’Dwyers last year to ensure that such a defeat does not happen again.

Any anxiety McCormack may have felt evaporated when Lorcan Allen won a turnover, got fouled in the process, played his free to Niall Prenty who found Brendan Brogan to calmly slot the ball into the net. John Burns won the O’Dwyers kickout with a mark and played the ball to Denis ‘The Killarney Menace’ Galvin whose shot hit the upright but dropped straight into the breadbasket of James McGee and the Milltown Four Star’s low shot hit the O’Dwyers net for the second time 2-00 to 0-00 after three minutes.

Any thought of The Dark Force getting a third goal inside four minutes ended when Kevin Curry saw his shot saved by the O’Dwyers full back for a 45. Burns shot fell short and the clearance went to Lorcan Bannon then onto Niall Prenty and the Prince Of Ballyhaunis took his shot over the bar.

The score became 2-02 to no score with Ger Bannon pointing after Kevin Curry drew a foul and played the free to Bannon. However, O’Dwyers got back in the game when an opportunist shot, fell short and ended in the Brendan’s net. 2-02 to 1-00.

Another O’Dwyers point followed. Denis ‘The Killarney Menace’ Galvin was back on the board with a fisted shot over the bar. Burns won the kickout with a mark, passed to Ger Bannon and the shot over the bar. 2-04 to 1-01.

A Burns free in fell short to Galvin, but as he retrieved the ball, he was pulled down in the penalty area for a penalty, which Burns prompty converted, three steps and bang with the citeog in the net.

That score became 3-05 to 1-01 thanks to James McGee after a good passage of play involving Franklin ‘Kepa’ O’Reilly and Kevin Curry. A fourth goal was bound to happen and it occurred when Burns whipped in a long ball which was dropping into the goalkeepers arms, but Galvin was on Hand (of God) to punch the ball (a la Maradona in 1986) into the O’Dwyers net.

It was a case of how many goals St Brendan’s would get. Again Burns supplyed the final pass, this time to James McGee who moved this way and that and calmly slotted the ball into the net. Burns then hit an ostentatious shot that left Declan Jennings gasping in disbelief, which ended over the bar. Colm Harte forced an O’Dwyers shot wide and Darragh Donnolly’s kick-out was the last action of the first half and a St Brendan’s lead.


Half Time Score: St Brendan’s 5-06 (21) to 1-01 (04) O’Dwyers.


The second half began in typical St Brendans fashion with a point in the opening attack thanks to John Burns who won the kickout and did most of the work himself, before playing a 1-2 with Niall Prenty. Indeed The Prince of Ballyhaunis was on hand with the next attack after collecting a pass from Luke ‘The Miracle Worker’ McDonagh and passing to the onrushing Ger Bannon and over the bar 5-08 to 1-01.

Darragh Donnolly was determined to ‘Emulate Karen O’Connell’ and concede no score all half, and produced a spectacular save off a shot after two O’Dwyers balls fell short. The second of those short balls was the catalyst for St Brendans 9th point scored by Brendan Brogan with substitute Ronan Cillian also involved in the build-up.

Goal number six was inevitable thanks to Lorcan Bannon when John Burns put too much well on a fist pass to Brogan but Lorcan Bannon as there at the right place to slot the ball into the net. It took all of 10 minutes for Darragh Donnolly to get his first kick-out of the second half which was marked by Burns, passed to McDonagh and finally to Brogan for the point.

Justin McCormack then unleashed several subs including The Notorious Ryan Egan, Gentleman Christopher Hand and Cormac ‘Skins’ Mullen and it was the 1st sub who passed to the 3rd sub and onto John Burns for a cheeky lob over the keepers head and into the net for the seventh time.

Donnollys dream of emulating O’Connell were almost derailed when the referee gave a free to O’Dwyers for a push by Lorcan Allen, but the adrenalin got the better of O’Dwyer’s player who blasted his shot wide. A free out ensued for taking a free from the wrong place and Colm Harte took the ball and played it 50 yards to Lorcan Allen. Allen found Ronan Cillian who placed his shot over the bar. That was Cillian’s last action because he limped off with a facial injury.

The game fizzled out afterwards for the final 10 minutes with one more point scored by John Burns from a free in. However St Brendan’s would finish with 14 men in injury time when The Notorious Ryan Egan got a black card, having used all six subs with Stephen Durkin from Sligo the 6th sub.

It didn’t matter much because St Brendans had long ended the contest with dominant display in the first half. Darragh Donnolly did achieve what Karen O’Connell did with the Ladies team many times in going a full half of football without conceding a score. But St Brendan’s will be in for a more stern test next Sunday at midday against Ballinteer St Johns where victory will leapfrog the Dark Force over the Tangerines in AFL5.


Final Score form Longmeadows: St Brendans 7-13 (34) to 1-01 (04) O’Dwyer’s.

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May 06

Classy Crumlin sweep aside depleted Female Dark Force

Wed 05 May 2019 - This year, 2019, The Dublin LGFA decided to play the Round Robin games of the Junior Championships (A to F) in May and June so yes it’s a bit early but the St Brendans Ladies Footballers, Sponsored by McGowans of Phibsborough went into the Junior C Championships with high hopes after three successive League Victories.

Goalkeeper Karen O’Connell hasn’t been beaten for goal in those three games, but any chance The Fresh Prince of Kells had of a fourth consecutive clean sheet, ended 90 seconds into this evenings game, when a Crumlin shot was deflected by Tara Foy for a 45, which was played short. Then the Crumlin player played a pin point kick pass to her team mate in front of O’Connell, who could do nothing as the ball went into the goal.

A Crumlin free in fell short and was cleared by Claire Owens but Crumlin won the ball back in the middle third and the end shot went wide. Aisling Newton went on a lung busting solo run but her shot hit the upright and into a Crumlin hand, but was played straight to Newton who got fouled, unfortunately, Sinead Morrissey shot wide. The Mullingar Dynamo made amends when supplying the final pass to Roisin McDonald for the opening point for The Female Dark Force.

Aisling Newton hit the second point after collecting a long range Morrissey free in, but soon Crumlin would have another point to maintain the two point lead. But Morrissey retained the one point deficit from a free in after Newton had her jersey tugged when on a solo run. 10 minutes to go and the sides were level, 0-04 to 1-01, thanks to Christine Dilworth, after arriving in Lonmeadows with a minute to throw in, The Knocknagree Knight collected a pass from Aoife Fitzmaurice and shoot over the bar with the citeog.

But in the final five minutes, the away side hit three on the spin to lead at half time.


Half Time Score St Brendans 0-04 to 1-04 Crumlin.


Despite wides shot by Sinead Morrissey and Roisin McDonald, St Brendan’s started the second half brightly and in a move which started with a Nicola Carrabine scrum half style pass to Joan McNulty, Dilworth played the final pass to Aisling Newton who crashed the ball into Crumlin net and a level game.

Despite the encouraging start to the second half, Crumlin hit a brace of points, the second of which came from the wrong side of the outside of the left boot but curled perfectly between the posts.

Soon, The Female Dark Force would hit their own brace. Making her seasonal reappearance, Claire McIntyre played a free in to Newton for another score. The second came from Morrissey from a free in from 13 meters after McIntyre found a loose ball but the angle was getting tight for a shot for goal but McIntyre was pushed in the back. 1-06 each.

That was as good as it got for the St Brendans Ladies when Crumlin ‘went all 1990’s’ and played a sweeper in the full back line and who vacuumed many a loose St Brendan’s ball. Crumlin would hit a further four points in the final 15 minutes.

Despite the defeat, Robert Kelly and Colm O’Neill praised the never say die spirit amongst the player’s but would definitely rue the absence of several key players this evening. These players will no doubt be back in two weeks time (St Brendan’s have a bye on match day 2 of the Junior C Championship) when the team bid to avenge the April 11st League loss against Fingallians, but for this writer, it’s a first chance to see the Ladies 2nd XV in Division 8 League action at home against St Judes.


Final Score from Longmeadows St Brendan’s 1-06 to 1-10 Crumlin.

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May 02

Erin Fadian heads to the Big Apple with a solid defensive performance

Ladies League v Clontarf 01052019 (5)Wed 01st May 2019 – On April 3rd, the St Brendan’s Ladies Footballers commenced their 2019 Season at St Annes Park Pitch 35 against Clontarf in the Cup competition. The Female Dark Force prevailed on the evening with a score line of 0-8 to 0-5.

On May 1st, at the same venue, with both sponsored by McGowans of Phibsboro, St Brendan’s squared up against Clontarf for the second time this year, this time in the Division 4 League. In super conditions for football, even with an 8.15 pm throw in the first half was played in natural daylight.

It was St Brendan’s who got off to a flying start with four points inside five minutes. Point one, Sinead Morrissey saw her shot hit the crossbar and Sinead Reilly was quick to react to keep possession, to pass to Aisling Newton for the opening score. Point two and Morrissey made amends with the point from a free.

Point three, and Aoife Watters won a turnover and played the ball to Faye Kearney and onto Sinead Reilly for the point. Point Four, a Clontarf free out went straight to Aoife Fitzmaurice who passed to Kearney for the point.

Ten minutes gone and St Brendan’s got the fifth and sixth points through Faye Kearney. The fifth following good work from Ursula Murphy and the sixth with the ball regathered after her initial shot was blocked down by three Clontarf players. After a wide by Clontarf, Karen O’Connells kick out was won by Nicola Carrabine, and passed on to Murphy. Murphy found Sinead Reilly who kicked her second point. Aisling Newton would get the next point following fine work from Joan McNulty in centre half back, who broke up a Clontarf attack.

Clontarf would hit a brace of points but St Brendan’s kept dominating possession. St Brendan’s were less than clinical and hit a number of wides, however selector Cian Walsh was not too anxious about the wides. Sinead Morrissey would score her second point, another free in after a foul on Newton.

After Aoife Fitzmaurice saw a shot go wide, she would go on to win the next Clontarf kick out and pass to Newton who would crash the ball into the back of the Clontarf net.


Half Time Score: St Brendans 1-09 (12) to 0-02 Clontarf.


Faye Kearney won the second half throw in and went on a solo run and passed to Newton for the opening score of the second half from a shot 25 meters out. Still showing no ill effects from the previous Sunday’s London Marathon, Ursula Murphy made it 1-11 to 0-02 with a point after collecting a Newton free in.

Indeed, Murphy would add a goal after a turnover won by Inés Rubio Alcalá-Galiano and pass by Tara Foy. Not content with 1-01, Murphy made her personal tally 1-02 with a point from play with Joan McNulty supplying the final pass.

On the other end of the pitch, the St Brendan’s backs defended heroically to ensure Clontarf were shutout for the whole second half. None more so than Erin Fadian who, despite heading to Dublin Airport after the game to catch an early morning flight to JFK Airport to support Mayo in The Bronx, demonstrated excellent defending including a flying block-down on the Clontarf full forward.

As for the forwards, well the scores kept on coming with a third goal from a penalty by Sinead Morrissey after Aisling Newton was pushed while taking a shot. At this stage, Manager Colm O’Neill introduced his two substitutes with a debut for Cora Travers and a return to action for Fadian’s fellow Achill woman Deirdre Holland, replacing Aoife Fitzmaurice and Aoife Watters.

More heroic St Brendan’s defending saw Fadian force her opponent to shoot wide. Karen O’Connell’s kick out found Fadian. Fadian picked out Corra Travers, who found Aisling Newton. Newton shot low and into the back of the net for a fourth goal.

But St Brendan’s were not finished yet and Faye Kearney soloed through the middle and passed to Newton who shot over the bar.

The Clontarf kick out ended the contest. Hopefully this game leaves the Ladies in good stead for next Wednesday’s game which is the Championship opener against Crumlin. Throw in is at 7.30pm in Longmeadows on the Chapelizod Road (08May2019). All support is welcome.


Final Score from St Anne’s Park Pitch 35, St Brendan’s 4-13 (25) to 0-02 Clontarf.


Erins Isle hang on to deny St Brendan’s Ladies

Wed 01st May 2019 – On the 1st of May, St Brendan’s took on Erin’s Isle at Longmeadows on the Chapelizod Road. On a fine evening for football, St Brendan’s, kicking into the town end, got off to a poor start and were 1-04 to no score behind before they really got going. It took St Brendan’s a while to get to grips with the robust tackling style employed by Erin’s Isle but that they did.

St Brendan’s fought back to close the gap, but after kicking a few wides at the end, St Brendan’s saw Erin’s Isle take their chances and hang on against a strong finishing by St Brendan’s.

From the back to the front there were fine displays from Agus Lazarini in goal, Siobhan Maloney, Enya Cody and Marie T Duffy in defense, Lorraine Carrabine, Sophie Freeman and Lorna Barton around the middle of the field. Helen Lenihan, Tanya Brennan, Kate Reddan and goal scorer Niamh Nestor.


Final Score from St Brendan’s Longmeadows: St Brendan’s 3-01 (10) to 1-08 (11) Erin’s Isle

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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

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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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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