ST. BRENDAN’S ATHLETIC CLUB wish to thank all their members & everybody who volunteered their time last Sunday to assist with stewarding, water stations, traffic management, safety, traffic control, litter pick up, etc. during the Kerry’s Eye Tralee International Marathon which came through Ardfert village, Banna, Carrahane, Brandonwell & onto Barrow. Thanks also to Ardfert Community Centre management for the use of the Centre’s facilities for the making of teas/coffee etc. A special mention of thanks to all the locals who came onto the streets to cheer on the athletes & offer encouragement. All the goodwill was greatly appreciated by those taking part. The Marathon and Half Marathon was another major success – with great weather, and a great atmosphere to back up the efforts of all the runners. Congratulations to all of our athletes on taking part & achieving good times especially to Derek Griffin who finished in third place overall in the full marathon. Lots more runners also took part, many for the first time in an event of this size and we congratulate them on their endeavours and hope they continue to take part and enjoy running. St. Brendan’s AC members are always available to help and encourage first time runners etc. & we can be contacted through our Secretary Orla Fitzgerald at 086 8727498 for training advice, times, venues, upcoming races etc. Full results and times for all runners will be published in Kerry’s Eye this Thursday – along with exclusive photos and stories from the big event. FROM SACKVILLE TO SHANGHAI: A former St. Brendan’s underage hurler has been making a name for herself with Shanghai GAA. Marie Claire Murphy from Sackville began playing underage hurling with St. Brendan’s over 15 years ago. She now plays Gaelic football with Shanghai & was playing on the Asian team at the recent World GAA Games in Abu Dubai. Marie Claire is teaching in China for a few years & has made great friends through the GAA in Shanghai. She was featured recently in an article in The Irish Times where she gave an account of her former hurling days and her present status as a noted footballer. Marie Claire was also a team member of the St. Brendan’s U12 hurlers who took part in the North Antrim Ground Hurling tournament in 2000 where the team were based in Glenariff. ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: 1. Marks Gospel Performance Tuesday 31st March & Wed 1st April at 8pm in Ardfert Retreat Centre. Tickets €15 available from the Centre. 2. Ardfert Historical Lecture Series – ‘The Stranger in Ardfert – as observed by visitors and commentators C. 17th – 20th Century’ with Ciarán Dalton. Thursday 26th March at 8pm. 3. Dreams Weekend with Fr Eugene McCaffrey OCarm. Friday 1st May 7pm to Sunday 3rd May 2pm. Cost €180 residential €110 non-residential. Booking: 066-7134276. E.mail: ardfertretreat@eircom.net ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY would like to thank everyone who supported their recent Church Gate collection. This money will go towards people in the local area. ARDFERT LOCAL HISTORY LECTURE SERIES / SRAITH LÉACHTAÍ STAIRE ARD FHEARTA: The next of this season’s lectures at Ardfert Retreat Centre will take place on Thursday, 26 March. The title is now ‘The stranger in Ardfert – as observed by visitors and commentators, c. 17th -20th century’ and the speaker will be Ciarán Dalton. The lecture commences at 8.00p.m. and will last for around 90 minutes, with a break mid-way for tea and a chat. There is no formal admission charge to the talk but all attending are requested to give a donation at the door and all money received is given to the Retreat Centre to go towards its upkeep and maintenance. Further details from 087-9706162 or tocatp1@gmail.com . COMEDY SHOW: “Buzz, Salmon and The Viper of comedy group The Hardy Bucks are doing a show in Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee on Tuesday March 31st. Doors open at 7pm and it is a 16+ event. Tickets are €13.50 and will not be sold on the night. They can be bought from tickets.ie, the Ballyroe Hotel or in any Supervalu in Kerry. This is a night not to be missed by any Hardy Bucks fan. ARDFERT/KKILMOYLEY COMMUNITY GAMES: Draughts*:* U10’s team: Having won their first game, they drew with Ballyheigue in the semi-final but lost out on count back. They beat Beaufort to finish in 3rd place and came home with bronze medals. Our U12’s team won all their games to qualify for the final. Unfortunately they were beaten in the final by Ballyheigue but were delighted with their silver medals. Well done to all the kids who competed on the day and also all the kids who turned up for training every week. It was a great day for Ardfert/Kilmoyley draughts. A special thanks to team manager, Siobhan. Quiz: Anyone interested in U14 quiz please contact Trina on 086 <086%204070253> 4070253 <086%204070253>. Swimming: Please contact Trina if you are interested in competing in a swimming event. Soccer: Girls U10 & U13 soccer training continues 5-6pm on Friday in Ardfert Community Centre. Boys U12 soccer training starts on Friday 6-7pm in the Ardfert Community Centre. Basketball: Best of luck to U13 boys’ basketball team competing in Castleisland next Sunday. A full list of upcoming events is on the Ardfert/Kilmoyley Community Games Facebook page. Any queries contact Trina on 086 <086%204070253>4070253 <086%204070253>. DAFFODIL DAY EVENT March 27th: Coffee morning at Kerryhead/Ballyheigue family resource centre from 10am – 2pm on Friday 27th March. Please support our sale of official Daffodil Day goods. Raffle tickets on sale. Fantastic spot prizes. Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and home baked treats. All ages welcome.

Local notes 16/3/15
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