28 October 2012

St Brendan's Open Sports 2012

St Brendan’s AC held their Open Sports Day on Sunday 28th October at An Ríocht, Castleisland. The following St Brendan’s Athletes achieved top 3 placings.
Tiny tots - Lilly Nowak 3rd

U12 Girls 60m sprint  -  Ciara McCarthy 3rd
U12 Girls 60m sprint  -  Kate O’Shea 3rd
U12 Boys 60m sprint  -  Fergal O’Brien 2nd
U13 Boys 80m sprint  -  Niall Marley 1st
U12 Girls Long Jump   -  Kate O’Shea 3rd
U9 Speed Bounce  -  Katie Hussey 2nd
U12 Girls 600m  -  Ciara McCarthy 3rd
U12 Boys Long Jump  -  Darragh Courtney 2nd
U11 Boys Ball Throw   -  Gavin Raggett 3rd  
U13 Boys 600m  -  Niall Marley 1st
U12 Girls Ball Throw  -  Ciara McCarthy 3rd
U11 Boys Speed Bounce  -  Gavin Raggett 1st
U14 Girls Long Jump  -  Sally O’Mahony 2nd  &  Lauren O’Grady 3rd
U13 Boys High Jump  -  Darragh Courtney 1st & Aaron Malik 3rd
U11 Girls Speed Bounce  -  Clodagh Kirby 3rd
U14 Girls 600m  -  Sally O’Mahony 1st , Lauren O’Grady 2nd & Riadh Malik 3rd
U10 Boys Long Jump  -  Brendán Walsh 2nd & Gavin Raggett 3rd
U13 Girls Shot Putt  -  Kate O’Shea 3rd
U13 Boys Shot Putt  -  Darragh Courtney 2nd
Mixed U10 Relay-Gavin Raggett, Danny Jeffers, Brendán Walsh & Katie Hussey 1st
U12 Boys Relay – Fergal O’Brien, Conn Marley, Aaron Malik & Gavin Hussey 1st
U12 girls Relay – Gráinne Raggett, Kate O’Shea, Ellen Wallace & Ciara McCarthy 2nd
Mixed U13 Relay – Lauren O’Grady, Sally O’Mahony, Riadh Malik & kate O’Shea 3rd

Congratulations to St Mary’s AC for winning The Best Overall Club

Well done to all athletes who took part.
A thank you to all athletes and clubs who attended, as the weather wasn’t the best.
A big big thank you to all the St Brendan's Committee members & parents who helped.

More photos & videos on our Facebook page

21 October 2012


Training details for Fit4Life walkers/runners and "Couch to 5K" group:

St. Brendan’s AC established the Fit 4 Life group several years ago.  It caters for both men & women.  What started out as a small group of people meeting three nights a week in Tralee just grew & grew!!  With the growing numbers attending, the groups split up with Mary Marley co-ordinating the walkers & Dermot Dillane co-ordinating the runners.  Mary & her walkers go regularly to different walks around the county over some weekends & find them very enjoyable.  Dermot & his runners regularly attend races of 10km & more! 

It was decided to meet in Tralee, as on the dark evenings there wasn’t enough light in Ardfert but when the clocks change again in March the co-ordinators change the meeting venues.

With the Tralee Marathon taking place next March 16th St. Brendan’s Fit 4 Life decided to branch out & start up a new group called the Couch to 5km.  This group is only just starting with the basics & it includes both walking & running to get you started.  Caoimhe Marley & Chris O’ Shea are co-ordinating the Couch to 5km group & Artur Nowak is co-ordinating the more advanced runners on a Saturday.  Here is the contact information: 

Meeting: Time and Place
Contact Person
Na Gael carpark, Tralee
7.30pm Mon, Wed night
Mary Marley (086)3759772
Couch to 5Km
Sat: Sandy Lane, Banna.
Tue: Ardfert Community Hall.
8-9pm (€2)
Thur: Na Gael carpark, Tralee
Caoimhe Marley & Chris O’ Shea (087)6695473
Artur Nowak (087)2383752
Caoimhe Marley (087)6695473
Na Gael carpark 6.45pm
Mon, Wed, Thur
Dermot Dillane (087)2905220

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Orla Fitzgerald,
Club Secretary,


Munster Cross Country ( Even Ages ) took place on Sunday 21st Oct in Beaufort.
Athletes  from all over the Munster region turned up and competed. Due to the weather being dry, the event was well attended.  Darragh Lowth from the club ran for the County U14 Boys. The U14 Boys County Team came 3rd  .
Well done to Darragh in getting a bronze medal and also thanks to the St Brendan AC  volunteers who also attended to help the County Board.
Shaz Malik

14 October 2012


Indoor training begins this coming Wednesday 17th October in Ardfert Community Centre.

Times:  6-7pm for 7, 8 & 9 yr olds
             7-8pm for 10, 11 & 12 yr olds

Cost:  €3 per child
          €4 for two children in a family
          €6 for three children in family

All new members are welcome to attend & join the fun.
Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Any queries please contact club secretary Orla Fitzgerald 086-8727498

Uneven ages - Cross Country in Kenmare

Cross Country

Sunday 14th October 2012 saw the uneven age groups cross country take place in Kenmare.  Four of the St. Brendan’s athletes travelled down to take part.  They were very lucky with the weather as it was sunshine all the way!! For Sadbh Lowth & Daisy Nowak our U9 girls it was their first time taking part at a cross country race of 750metres.  There were a few nerves at the start but both girls ran a good race & were unlucky to place outside of the medal positions.  Darragh Lowth won his u13 2,500metre race with a battle for the finish.  And in the masters category Artur Nowak came 3rd in the 7,500metre race.  A thank you to Artur who is a club coach for bringing the athletes to Kenmare whilst competing himself!

11 October 2012

National Hurdles Squad day

A National Hurdles Squad day will take place on Sunday Oct 21st at UL from 11am to 4pm under the guidance of national sprints and hurdles coordinator Hayley Harrison. The squad day is open to athletes u16 and upwards and both long and sprint hurdles will be catered for. Hayley will take the 400m hurdles group while Shane McCormack will take the sprint hurdlers. Both groups will do specific hurdle drills in the morning session and after lunch the long hurdlers will concentrate on event specific skills such as hurdle sighting, hurdling while fatigued and stride pattern. The sprint hurdles group will focus primarily on start and acceleration work over hurdles 1-3 with video analysis feedback.

Meet at the track in UL for an 11am start. For further details and confirmation of attendance please contact Hayley Harrison hurdlessprints@athleticsireland.ie (087 3724151) .
Kind Regards,
Steven Macklin
Regional Development Officer (Cork/Kerry/Limerick/Tipperary)
Athletics Ireland

08 October 2012

Promoting Club Open Sports

The cross country athletes were in Banna last Saturday and took time out to promote the St. Brendan's Athletic Club Open Sports due to be held on Sunday 28th Oct. at An Riocht track in Castleisland.

06 October 2012

AGM 2012

5th October 2012 

A new committee was elected for the year 2012-2013:
President: Patrick O’ Riordan
Chairperson: Joanne Daffy
Secretary: Orla Fitzgerald
Treasurer: Fearghal Grimes
Assistant Treasurer: Cathy Hogan
Registrar: Deirdre Courtney
PRO: Shaz Malik & Josephine O’ Riordan
                                                Child Protection Officer: Antoinette O’ Mahony
Co. Board Delegates: Mary Marley, Shaz Malik & Brendan Courtney
Head Coach: David McElligott
Coaches: Mary Marley, Artur Nowak, Chris O’ Shea, Shaz Malik, Deirdre Courtney & Orla Fitzgerald
Fundraising Chairperson: Liam Marley
Committee: Breda Shanahan, Blathnáid Walsh & TJ McCarthy 

Outgoing chairperson Mary Marley gave a speech on her three years as club chairperson.  On behalf of the committee Chris O’ Shea & Joanne Daffy made a presentation to her thanking Mary for her enthusiasm & the huge effort that she has put in over this time.  It was a nice quick meeting & it was lovely to see some new faces at the meeting.  This resulted in four people joining the St. Brendan’s committee. Incoming chairperson Joanne Daffy reminded people that it is a voluntary committee & it would be great if more parents could get involved to help out.  Joanne is looking forward to the year ahead with help from the very dedicated committee. Looking forward to another successful year!!

03 October 2012

Up Coming Coach Education Courses

Please find details below of some up coming Coach Education courses in Cork/Kerry/Limerick/Tipperary:

Sat 13th Oct Athletics Leader Course Castleisland Co Kerry

Sat 20th Oct Assistant Coach Course Templemore Co Tipperary
Fri/Sat 2nd/3rd/9th/10th Nov Level 1 Course Cork IT
Sat 17th Nov Athletics Leader Course University of Limerick
You can find details of what is involved in each course and register/pay online at the following linkhttp://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?page_id=25369. Please can all clubs pass on these details to all parents and coaches. These courses need the required numbers to go ahead and will be cancelled otherwise and will not be put on again. Any coaches interested should register ASAP. Thanks.
Kind Regards,
Steven Macklin

01 October 2012

Road Races in Kerry, October 2012

Helly Hansen Killarney Adventure Race 6 October 2012
25K start at Muckross House
57K/67K start at Kate Kearney's Cottage @ 7am,8am,8:30am (wave start)(entry €75/85)

Dingle Duathlon 14 October 2012
Start at Dingle Marina @10am
(entry €38 single, relay 2 €60, relay 3 €70)

10K The Carers Association ,14 October 2012
Start The Brandon Hotel, Tralee @12pm
(entry €15 on line, €20 on the day)

Feet First MIZUNO 5K series Killarney
Race 1 - 20 October 2012 @11am

(entry €7 each Race, €28 for 4 Races, 
€33 for 4 Races + T-Shirt)
Freaky 5K Night Run, 26 October 2012
Start from An Riocht, Castleisland @7pm
(entry €10)

Humpty Dumpty Duathlon, 27 October 2012, Kenmare
Start @12am Brooklane Hotel
40K cycle + 6K run
(entry €45 on line)