May 2019 News

May 2019 newsletter just published


3G Pitch

Physical work has begun on our new 3G Pitch with completion due 30 June 2019

Pitch 2 Opening

St Pats GAA would like to announce the opening of the new sand based pitch 2. Our 14 Boys Féile Squad will play the first game on Ballymastone’s hallowed turf 19:30 tomorrow Tuesday June 26th


Mens Football changes

Over the winter months the Club’s Executive appointed Mark Kavanagh as the Manager of the adult 1st team; he’s ably supported by Harry Keegan, Paul Kiernan and Gerry Lynders. It is a return to some of the older more traditional values of the club and we wish the lads every single success on their journey. 2017 was not a good year for the team but we remain steadfast in our view that 2018 can be a very different story with many good young players now coming through to maturity.
To that end we extend our sincerest thanks to Alan Durnan, Brian Berrigan and their management team for the work they’ve done over the past two years; we wish them every success in the future.

The Junior Team also has new management with Donal Kinsella, Austin Shields & Bill McGillicuddy now officially in charge. In many respects this team is as important to the club’s growth and we will endeavour to give the lads every support to progress the team up through the leagues in the coming years.

Our Minor Management team has also changed hands as last year’s minors have now graduated to adult level. Eamon Kinsella, Adrian Henchy & Peter Lee are over the lads as they compete in Division 2. So much to play for.

Sports Capital Grant success

The Club has learned that we have been successful in our application for funding from the Sports Capital Grant for the full amount of €150,000!

This will mean the construction of a fantastic, brand new All-Weather facility will begin in due haste with work hopefully completed over the 2018 season.

This is another stunning success on the part of our Finance Committee so enormous credit must go to Alan Merriman, Brian McGrath & Felim McAllister.

The silent, thankless and often invisible work these men do on all our behalf is breathtaking. It should never be taken for granted; this is a painstaking process and I speak for the wider membership in expressing our deepest thanks to all three for seeing this application through to a successful conclusion.

The work done to secure this funding would not have been possible without the able assistance of Downey Planning & Michael J Kennedy Solicitors, we extend our sincerest thanks to them for all their efforts in helping to make this possible.

This is the next phase of development in Ballymastone which will result in the campus becoming a state of the art facility, the envy of clubs across the country, safeguarding our facilities into the future for the next generation of players and families coming through. It is a landmark day in the Club’s history.

Finally we also thank all public representatives for their help in making this dream a reality.

A great day in the life of St Pats GAA Club!
Many thanks again.

Le gach dea ghuí,Rory O’Neill