ST. BRENDAN'S HURLING CLUB: SOCIAL The St. Brendan's celebratory victory social took place in Ballyroe Heights Hotel last Saturday night. We were joined on the night by Coiste Ciarrai Vice Chairman Mr. Jer Galvin, NKHB Chairman Mr. Joe Walsh & Fr. Tadgh Fitzgerald. Senior and Minor championship medals were presented to our panels of players, who turned up on the night all dressed to perfection. They were a credit to our Club all year but most important they were a credit to their families and last Saturday night in particular. Presentations were made to our minor team mentors Gerard Hussey, Mike Dunne, Paddy O Connor, Mike McCarthy. Senior team mentors Pat O Driscoll, Eamon Ferris & Brendan Horgan & our hurling coach Frankie Flannery were all acknowledged and thanked and received special presentations to mark the great year. We would like to thank Ballyroe Heights Hotel staff who went to great lengths to help us during the week. Andrew Doyle and his band and DJ Big Jim added to the great occasion. To everybody that came and joined in the celebrations we thank you for ensuring the the night will be remembered for a long time. One of our former greats in hurling Joe Sullivan also received a special presentation for his part in helping to win the 1949 senior hurling championship. On display were the Co. Senior Championship Cup, Co. Minor Championship Cup, NK Minor Lg shield, Co. Minor Lg shield, All Ireland Freshers Hurling Cup (Kevin Hannafin Carlow IT), Christy Ring All Star award (Darren Dineen), & Co. Minor Lg. Man of the Match trophy which was presented to Kevin Hannafin on the night. It's the end of the 2013 hurling year but only the beginning of a new hurling year, and we look forward to more good times. 

FUNDRAISING CALENDARS: A limited number of calendars celebrating our 2013 year of hurling including pictures of senior, minor and juvenile teams are on sale now at €10 each on a first come first served basis, and are available at The Abbey Tavern, and from Geraldine Delaney, Sackville and Josephine O Riordan East Commons. We are selling these calendars to try and raise funds to defray some expenses incurred during the year and appreciate any support. 

AGM: St. Brendan's AGM will go ahead on Friday 31st Jan. at 8pm at Ardfert NS (by kind permission). As usual there are always plenty of opportunities for former hurlers, parents and interested locals to get involved with the various teams, fundraising, field maintenance, etc. and of course ladies are most welcome to get involved especially with helping out with the underage teams. Contact Secretary Geraldine Delaney to get involved.                                                                                                                  

KERRY HURLERS: We must give credit to two of our senior hurlers who took to Austin Stack Pitch to join the Kerry hurlers as they faced the mite of Tipperary last Sunday. Kevin Orpen led out the Kerry hurlers and had the task of marking the famous Eoin Kelly. Darren Dineen came on as a sub at center back and despite the 2-16 to 0-8 defeat they both acquitted themselves admirably. We would like to wish the Kerry hurlers better days ahead as they prepare for the League and the Christy Ring competitions.                                                          

HURLING COACHING WEEKEND: Kerry Hurling Steering Committee are organising a “Hurling Coaching Weekend” aimed at improving the standard of coaching, planning and administration throughout the hurling clubs in the county. Venue: Causeway Comprehensive School, Wall ball, GAA pitch and sports hall. Date:  Friday, 31st of January from 7pm to 9.30pm, Saturday, 1st of February from 10am to 1.30pm. Programme of Events: Friday 31st January: 7pm – Wall ball session with Development squad, Brian Horgan (Kerry Senior Hurling Coach). 8pm – Diet and Nutrition workshop with Development squads & coaches, Joe O’ Connor (Head of Fitness, Nutrition, Strength & Conditioning – Clare Senior Hurlers. 8.40pm – Strength & Conditioning session with Development squad, Joe O’ Connor (Head of Fitness, Nutrition, Strength & Conditioning – Clare Senior Hurlers. 9.30pm – Finish. Saturday 1st February: 10am – Physical Fitness session with the Kerry Minor Hurlers  Ciaran McCabe – Physical trainer Kerry U21 Footballers. 11am – Tea Break. 11.15am – “Continued Development of Camogie in Kerry”,  Briege Corkery (All Ireland winner with Cork Camogie & Ladies Football). 11.30am – “Running a Successful Club” Liam Sheedy (All Ireland winning manager with Tipperary). 12.00pm – Panel Discussion, Q&A with Workshop Presenters and GDA’s. 12.30pm – Hurling Coaching session with Development squad Liam Sheedy (All Ireland winning manager with Tipperary). 12.30pm – Camogie Wall ball session with Kerry underage Camogie squad. Briege Corkery (All Ireland winner with Cork Camogie & Ladies Football). 1.30pm – Finish. Target Audience: · ALL existing club coaches plus new coaches. Contact Secretary Geraldine Delaney if interested in going.                  

LOTTO: The St. Brendan's Hurling Club / Ardfert G.A.A. lotto Jackpot last week was €12,100. The numbers drawn were 1, 8, 19, 24. There was no winner. The draw took place in the Abbey Tavern. There was 1 winner of the lotto Jackpot: Noreen O'Neill, Cloghers, Ardfert. míle comhghairdeas / many congratulations. Lotto Jackpot is now €1,000. The next lotto draw was due to take take place on Tuesday, 21st January in Curby's Bar. 

MUNSTER U23 & MASTER INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2014: Competition season has started again.  In action for St. Brendan’s on Sunday 19th January 2014 were PJ & Artur.  This turned out to be a great day for PJ as he got a great personal best in the 60m hurdles with an excellent time of 9.02s.  Both athletes did very well & brought home medals on the day. U23 PJ Galvin 60mHurdles 1st  9.02 (Pb, High Jump, 2nd 1.85. Master: Artur Nowak High Jump 1st , Shot 3rd Long Jump 3rd. 

ARDFERT COMMUNITY CENTRE: COMMUNITY GAMES: Indoor-Soccer training Thursday 7-9pm  and Draughts, Friday 6-7pm at the Ardfert Community Centre.
RECYCLE: We are collecting new and used clothing/linen/stuffed toys etc for recycling with LENREC CLOTHES RECYCLING. Drop off point at Ardfert Community Centre before Wednesday 29th Jan 2014
SENIORS:  The Seniors continues Tuesdays after the Christmas break.
COMHALTAS: Classes take place on Mondays from 5pm to 7.30pm.
WEIGHTWATCHERS: Continues Wednesdays at 6.30pm-7.30pm in the Community Centre.
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.
CRECHE: Crèche places still available, it is never too early to book your childcare space with us and to view our fantastic facilities! Subvention available for eligible families. PRESCHOOL 2014/15: We are now enrolling! Free preschool year available for eligible children, for more information on this please contact Tara 0667134066
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB: Pick up from Ardfert National School at 2.10&3.10 every day.  Subvention available/CETS available for After School Club. For prices etc. please speak to Tara or Lorraine.
CETS: (Childcare Training and Employment Support) childcare spaces available for parents on CE Scheme/FAS/VEC courses.
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