ARDFERT HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES / Sraith Léachtaí Staire Ard Fhearta 2016 / 2017:

All lectures are held at Ardfert Retreat Centre and while there is no formal charge, all those attending are requested to make a donation at the door to go towards the upkeep of the Retreat Centre. All lectures commence at 8.00p.m. Beidh fáilte roimh ghach éinne. Please note some date changes from previous notice.
Thursday, 13 October: Roger Casement: the man 1864 – 1916
Thursday, 3 November: Ardfert references in the Military archives
Thursday, 8 December: Ardfert video archives
Thursday, 19 January: Stone upon stone: buildings in the Ardfert district
Thursday, 2 February: Agriculture on the Crosbie Estate
Wednesday, 8 March: to be confirmed
ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Faith and Spirituality for Parents: Paul Montgomery, B.A.Theol., M.A.Chap., Grad Holocaust Ed. Monday evenings from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. Evenings of Reflection, Meditation, Mindfulness to promote Positive Mental Health and Stress Management.
Celebrating Catholic Faith Beliefs: Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesday evenings 7.00pm – 8.30pm. We celebrate our faith in the Sacraments.
Ardfert Historical Lecture Series: Roger Casement: the man 1864 – 1916. Speaker: Seán Seosamh Ó Conchubhair on Thursday, 13th October from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Contact: or 066 713 4276.
Kerry Cross Country Championships – Day Second event of the 2016/2017 cross country season took place on Sunday, 9th October in Firies.  Weather conditions were very good for this time of the year with sun shining all day long. This week it was the turn of juveniles uneven ages, Intermediate and Masters athletes.
Day started with Intermediate and Masters Women race over 4500m distance and our club had Linda O’Sullivan (Intermediate), Yvonne Quill and Cathy Quilter (both in Masters O35),Moira Horgan and Kirstie Nowak (both in Masters O45). This was the biggest turnout in cross country event in recent club history and means that St. Brendan’s AC had 2 teams competing – Intermediate: Linda, Cathy, Moira, Kirstie & Yvonne and Masters: Moira, Cathy, Yvonne & Kirstie.
Juveniles competition started with U9 categories.
St.Brendan’s AC was represented in Boys U9 by Matthew O’Sullivan and Kevin Horgan, our youngest athlete on the day in his cross country debut. Both boys did very well with Matthew earning bronze medal, finishing 4th (medals awarded for top 6 in cross country competitions) and Kevin in excellent top 10 position.
Next on the starting line was our team of U11 girls. This was also the first ever cross country race for 3 of the girls from the team: sisters Caragh & Caoilionn Kenny O’Sullivan and
Ellie O’Connor. 4th runner on this team, Lilly Nowak was more experienced and finished in remarkable 6th place and earned a medal in the process.
After Girls U11 it was turn of Boys U11 and we have one newcomer in cross country running – Jamie O’Sullivan who put in a great effort on the day. Aaron Horgan and
Zach Walshe stepped up into U11 category and produced another top 10 finish with Aaron placing 5th and Zach in 8th position.
In Girls U13 category we had Daisy Nowak tackling 2500m distance and finishing in a respectable 10th position.
Our only competitor in Boys U13 was Rian Kenny O’Sullivan also in his first cross country event at the same distance of 2500m. He paced himself very well to finish in comfortable middle of the field position.
Our last juvenile athlete on the day was very experienced (at this stage) Eimear O’Sullivan in Girls U15 category who finished in 3rd place.
Last event of the day was men’s Intermediate and Masters race over 7000m. St. Brendan’s AC welcomed back past member David Kissane from a long break. Together with Pat Sheehy and Artur Nowak, they made up St. Brendan’s AC team – another novelty for our club in cross country competition. Both David and Pat stepped up the distance to compete in 7000m race to score for the team – they only had to finish 5000m in they own age category. Not only did they finish the race but managed to finish in medal positions with David getting silver and Pat in bronze medal position, just a few seconds behind in O55 age category. Third team member – Artur Nowak also finished in medal position, finishing 3rd in the debated and confusing O45 age category.
Ardfert Local Notes – 13/10/16
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