ST. BRENDAN'S HURLING CLUB www.stbrendans.kerry.gaa.ie :
CO. U21 CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL: Our U 21 hurlers stepped up to the Causeway challenge in this Co. semi final in some fashion, and ran out winners 2-14 to 1-10 in Austin Stack Park and now prepare to meet Ballyduff in the final this Saturday again fixed for ASP. Led by captain Kevin Orpen who was superb in defence they met the Causeway challenge head on and refused to buckle despite the constant pressure. Causeway went into an early lead, but were soon halted in their tracks by a very determined St. Brendan's squad. Going in at half time up 1-7 to 0-7 St. Brendan's played with increasing confidence as the game went on, and Kieran Fitzgerald risking life and limb to scrape two goals over the line. Points from Cian Hussey 0-6, John Hussey 0-3, David Griffin 0-2 and Daniel Casey 0-3 all added up to a great victory before a very encouraging crowd in the stands. Every player from 1 to 15 played their part in today's victory and its heads down and get ready for the final on Saturday. We appreciate the supreme efforts all this team have to make with college and work commitments and it was heartening to see their delight last Sunday. Congratulations to everyone associated with the win and mentors Liam O Connor, Phil Stack, Liam Hussey with help from Darren O Riordan, Noel Clifford and Tadhg O Sullivan. Once again the support and encouragement from the locals in the stand was very much appreciated. Team: Ryan Delaney, David Fitzgerald, Kevin Hannafin, Killian Wolff, Fionan Horgan, Kevin Orpen (C), Daniel Finnegan, David Griffin, Jack Savage, Cian Hussey, Padraig Kearney, John Hussey, Gearoid Silles, Kieran Fitzgerald, Daniel Casey. Subs: Padraig Casey, Micheal Nolan, Brendan O Connor, Billy McCarthy, Pauric Mc Garty, John Courtney, Michael O Leary.
CO. MINOR LEAGUE SEMI FINAL: No date for the final yet.
DVD'S of both minor and senior Co. Championship finals available to buy at €10 each from Secretary Geraldine Delaney at 0876651499.
RACE NIGHT FUNDRAISER supporting St. Brendan's Hurling Club will take place on Sunday 29th Dec. in The Abbey Tavern. First race off at 8pm. Everybody welcome and any member of the senior hurling panel can be contacted about sponsoring horses, jockeys etc. A great night to look forward to.
LOTTO: The St. Brendan's Hurling Club / Ardfert G.A.A. lotto Jackpot last week was €11,700. The numbers drawn were 4, 22, 23, 24. There was no winner. The draw took place in Curby's Bar. The lucky dip winners were: €75 Phil Moriarty, Ballinorig, Tralee, €40 Laoise McElligott, West Commons, €25 Ciaran Dalton, Churchill. Lotto Jackpot is now €11,800. The next lotto draw was due to take place on Tuesday, 17th December in Kate Browne's Pub. The Christmas Draw will take place on Sunday, 22nd December when all current 5 week ticket holders will be entered for a bonus week.
SOCIAL The St. Brendan's celebratory victory social will take place in Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Saturday January 18th. The social will be an event for adults. Senior and Minor championship medals will be presented to players and any U-18 hurler due to receive a medal must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets will be on sale in due course.
CLOTHES RECYCLING: We are very grateful for the support of the recycling drive and hope to repeat it again in January/February, and we will offer a collection service of bags from householders if necessary.
KERRY HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM; Radio Kerry will be naming hurlers from the Kerry hurling championship and are asking for votes form the public to pick a Team of the Championship. The function will take place on Sat. Jan 4th at Parkers, Kilflynn.
THANKS: St. Brendan’s Hurling Club Chairman Justin Horgan would like to thank everybody who has helped in any way towards achieving the dream of winning Senior and Minor Co. Hurling Championships this year. He wishes to pay tribute to all the players who worked so hard all year, to the senior, minor & U-21 team managements, and to all the juvenile mentors who do such great work with all the underage squads. Thanks to all our sponsors who provided us with such assistance this year, our Lotto sellers, ticket buyers and the Lotto co-ordinators who do such valuable work every year. A special word of thanks to all the St. Brendan’s committee members who have helped the Club all year, field maintenance personnel, all who wash and look after all the various teams jerseys, fundraising teams, catering crew, local media, and our loyal supporters. Our hurling year continues with a Co. U-21 final on Saturday and a Co. Minor League final to be played, and the Club wishes both teams the best of luck. Finally the Club would like to wish everybody a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and enjoyable New Year.
CALENDARS: A limited number of calendars celebrating our year of hurling including pictures of senior, minor and juvenile teams will be on sale before Christmas at €10 each on a first come first served basis.
HISTORY LECTURE: Local history talks at Ardfert Retreat Centre will resume again in January 2014.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL If anybody wishes to contact the local conference in total confidence please call 087 6437196.
ARDFERT COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE AND CRIB EVENT 2013: Sunday Dec. 22nd @ 7.30pm has been set for the lighting up of the Christmas tree and crib in the village green and everybody is invited. The local monetary appeal to fund the occasion was generously responded to, €598 to date. Thanks to all those who have contributed and to those we didn’t get to call to why not give you support by attending the event. As this is a real community effort let the occasion be an invitation to the whole community to show up and celebrate the real message of Christmas. For any further information please contact 7134321 or 7134603. Happy Christmas to everybody in Ardfert parish from all the Crib committee etc.
SAMARITANS CHURCH GATE COLLECTION will take place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass at Ardfert Church. Your support is greatly appreciated.
ATLETICO ARDFERT: First 3 points of the season collected with a 3-1 win v Classic FC in very tough conditions at the KDL last Sunday. Goals scored by Mairtin Ferris, Steven Horan & Cian Dineen. That's 4 points from two games.
ARDFERT COMMUNITY CENTRE: MEMBERSHIP: Have a say in how your Community Centre is run. Become a member of Ardfert Community Council Ltd. Everyone is welcome to join. Membership is now open to all until 20/12/2013. There is a fee of €5 for new membership and renewal of membership. The AGM will be held late Jan/early Feb. Membership application forms are available from Ardfert Community Centre, Tel: 066 7134067 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
COMHALTAS: Classes take place on Mondays from 5pm to 7.30pm.
WEIGHTWATCHERS: Continues Wednesdays at 6.30pm-7.30pm.
DANCE: Dance fitness with Joe Burkett every Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
STAGESCHOOL: Stage-school Wednesday from 4.30-5.30.
KICKBOXING: Continues every Thursday from 5.30 to 6.30pm for children.
JUDO: Every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm.
DRAMA: Sonya’s drama group continues Tuesdays from 6pm to 7.30pm.
ATHLETICS: Tuesdays from 8pm to 9.15pm.
PARENTS & TODDLERS: The parent and toddler group takes place every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
CRECHE: Creche places are limited so if you are looking for childcare in the New Year now is the time to call.
PRESCHOOL 2014: We are now enrolling! For more information on this please contact Tara.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB: Pick up from Ardfert National School at 2.10 & 3.10 every day. For prices etc please speak to Tara or Lorraine. For more news and updates follow us on facebook “Little Voyagers Childcare” or on our website “littlevoyagers.ardfert.com”
GYM: The gym is now open until 8pm Monday to Thursday and 9pm on Friday.
LAUNDRY AND DRY CLEANING SERVICE Open Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm.
SUNDAY MARKET: There will be no Sunday market until next March/April. Thanks to all who supported the market throughout the year.
DIY: Pat and his team are happy to look after anything from lawn cutting to painting and much more.
ROOM-RENTAL: Room and Hall availability for meetings, B/Day Parties and Indoor Activities. Contact Pat on 0879209673 or Bernie in the office (7134067) for information on any of the above.