Summer Camps and academy news

The Park academy continues this Saturday morning for all groups, 10:00am kick off, please arrive on time. This will be our final session before our July break so come to training before going to the beach!

We will take 3 weeks off and return on July 28th ready for action all the way to Halloween when the academy season ends.

Our summer camps are on the weeks beginning July 16th and July 30th. Registration this Saturday between 10:00am and 11:00am. Numbers are restricted so book early to guarantee your place. € 50 for one week, €80 for 2 weeks which we feel is great value.

We have received a number of recent enquiries regarding academy membership.  All enquiries to academy manager Preston McEvoy at

We would like to invite interested players boys and girls age 6-13 to try our summer camps and hopefully space opens up at some stage for academy membership and our league teams.

Finally the schoolboy/girls season is starting in September so from u11 upwards no soccer for now other than our camps. Updates on the league season to come later next month. Check our Facebook page for regular club updates.


Enjoy the fine weather this week .

JD leaves a void that will never be filled

JD leaves a void that will never be filled
At 5.20 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 John Dowling (JD) passed from this life leaving a void that will never be filled. He is survived by his loving wife Gaye, daughter Niamh, sons Tomas and Kieran, grandson Conor, sisters Mary and Catherine and brothers Elisha and Damien and Many friends.
As well as being a family man JD was a fantastic club man as hundreds of past players of St. Brendan’s Park FC will testify to. For those of us who were members of the 1974/75/76 St. Brendan’s Park FC squads we have many treasured memories of JD who always had a smile on his face. To the players lucky enough to have played with JD in that era they will remember him as always giving one hundred per cent. He was never one to carry a grudge and he was a great believer of what happened on the field stayed on the field. For many years he organised trips to Irish International Soccer matches that were played in Lansdowne Road, now known as the Aviva Stadium.
We have lost a great friend – may he rest in peace.


Thanks to Christy Leahy for the above piece .

Academy Cancelled

The management of St Brendan’s Park FC has taken the decision to cancel Academy training this Saturday morning. Sadly our club has lost a dear old friend today with the passing of John Dowling (known affectionately as JD). JD played for many years in the early days of our club and spent years as a dedicated coach and team manager.

As his funeral takes place on Saturday morning we have taken the decision to not have football this Saturday morning at our club as a mark of respect for JD and his family.

The full Academy returns to training on Saturday morning June 30th for our final training session before our summer break.

RIP John Dowling

Very sad news reached us this morning on the passing of our lifelong friend John Dowling (JD as he was affectionately known by all ). Funeral arrangements later. R I P.
Funeral Arrangements.
Reposing at The Gleasure Funeral Home Friday 4.15pm to 6.15pm. Removal at 6.15pm to St.Johns Church. Requiem mass at 10am on Saturday followed by interment at New Rath Cemetery.
May the sod lie gently on JD.

St Brendans Park Fc will be providing a Guard of Honour at the removal of JD on Friday night at 6-15pm. All members present and past are welcome to participate .

Summer Soccer Camps at St. Brendan’s Park FC

FAI Summer Soccer Schools at St Brendan’s Park FC will be on the week beginning July 23rd. Book early to avoid disappointment, visit for information and to reserve your place on the FAI camp. Our own club coach Donagh O’Brien will supervise this camp.

Also St Brendan’s Park FC will host its own weekly soccer camps on the weeks of July 16th and July 30th. These club camps are for boys and girls and will operate Monday-Friday from 10am to 2pm. Mike McCannon and Warren McDonald will be camp supervisors. More information on booking and fees will follow in a few weeks regarding our own club camps.

Park FC night at the Dogs – Friday 1st of June


Friday 1st June.

Venue : Kingdom Greyhound Track.
Time: 7pm-10pm.

Yes! We’re going to the dogs on Friday 1st June where we will hold our Annual Awards for all club members. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Tickets have been distributed to club players, coaches and members so please make every effort to support this important fundraising night for our club. There will be a €500 Buster prize as well as spot prizes.


Please return all all tickets sold or unsold to the club before May 31st.

Kerry soccer boost as 3 players play for the Republic of Ireland

Congratulations to the 3 Kerry players that played for the Republic of Ireland under 16 side last week in Sweden in a 4 team competition. Former St Brendans Park FC player Sean McGrath added to his recent caps on this tour.


Leo Gaxha of Tralee Dynamos who also played with St Brendans Park FC at under 14 level made his first appearances in the national colours which caps a great few weeks for Leo after signing for Sheffield Utd


Sean McGrath pictured on international duty earlier this year.


Sean Kennedy from Tralee Dynamos is also a terrific talent who had the honour of scoring against Turkey. Hopefully all 3 lads have big futures ahead in the game. Their progress is very exciting for all involved in Kerry soccer. All at St Brendan’ s Park FC are delighted for the lads, we wish them well.


Ireland U16: Swedish tournament ends with win


The Republic of Ireland Under-16s won their final match of the UEFA Development Tournament after a penalty shootout victory over Turkey, in Sweden.

22nd May 2018


The game finished 1-1 in normal time, with Ireland winning the penalty shootout 5-3.

Substitute Sean Kennedy from Kerry scored Ireland’s only goal five minutes from time to send the game to a penalty shootout. Joe Hodge, Ronan McKinley, Conrad Egan-Riley and Kennedy all scored their penalties, before Matt Healy scored the deciding spot kick for Paul Osam’s side.


Speaking after the game, Head Coach Paul Osam said he was pleased to see the team improve throughout the tournament.


“We played well, considering we conceded five goals in the previous two games. Today, we played more compact and on the counter-attack.


“We limited a very good Turkey side to two attempts in the game. It’s nice to finish the tournament with a win. The team did excellently today defensively.


“We played three really good teams this week. The team were a match for Sweden, Austria and today against Turkey, although the results didn’t show it overall. There was very little between all four teams in the tournament.”

Republic of Ireland: Daniel Rose; James Furlong, Conrad Egan-Riley, Luke Turner, Thomas Considine; Joe Hodge, Seamus Keogh, Brandon Holt; Leonardo Gaxha, Festy Ebosele, Sean McGrath.


Substitutes used: Matt Healy, Cillian Heaney, Conor Carty, Mazeed Ogungbo, Ronan McKinley, Sean Kennedy.

Barnardos children’s charity event this weekend at St Brendan’s Park FC

This coming weekend St Brendan’s Park FC will be supporting Barnardos children’s charity with money being collected at all of our club events at Christy Leahy Park.


Our club will make a donation to the charity so we ask that all parents and visitors to our club grounds this weekend please support this deserving cause by putting a few euro in the collection buckets.


Barnardos is a children’s charity which works with vulnerable children and their families in Ireland and they campaign for the rights of all children.


Please help to support such a worthy cause


Under 13 Regional semi final Avenue Utd (Ennis) 0 – 1 St Brendan’s Park FC (AET)

Our under 13’s enjoyed a fantastic victory today in Ennis against Avenue Utd. Well done to coaches John Dillane, Warren McDonald and their highly dedicated team of players. Venis Jahiri was the hero of the day with the all important goal in the second period of extra time. All of the players played their part including goalkeeper Richie Healy who did his stuff when called upon.


Well done lads, everyone at our club is looking forward to the final!


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