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MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS: The November Mass for Deceased Members takes place on next Saturday evening (4th Nov) in Our Lady & St. Brendan’s Church at 6.30pm.

MINOR FOOTBALL: The function to honour past and present Club players who have won All Ireland Minor medals with Kerry, since the first of their 15 All Ireland Final wins away back in 1931. took place in the Clubhouse last Friday night (27th Oct).

Brilliantly organized by Mike Casey and Eamonn O’Reilly and superbly presented on the night by Andrew Morrissey and Timmy Sheehan, it was a resounding success. Past winners who are no longer with us or who could not attend were represented by family members.

Those who were present were thrilled to meet former colleagues again and had a really enjoyable night. One of the biggest ovations of the night was reserved for the oldest recipient present, Pa Fitzgerald (a winner in 1950).

Pa travelled down from his home in Adare. Another man who made the journey from further afield was Fergus Moriarty who travelled from Thurles to receive the award on behalf of his uncle, Tom (a winner in 1946).

Liam Kearns, current Tipperary SF Manager, also made the trip to town. The oldest living recipient was Joe Flaherty (also a 1946 winner) who was represented by his son, Joe.

All recipients received beautifully-carved medals with their names and the winning year etched on the back. These were presented to each player by Club Chairman, Liam Lynch. Andrew’s interviews with the recipients evoked a lot of memories down the years and were very entertaining.

The whole ceremony just took one hour and twenty minutes to undertake and that included an interval rendition of two beautiful songs by Emily Heaslip – your granddad, Liam, would be proud of you Emily.

Thanks again to everyone associated with the event, including Denis Sayers and his Bar staff, Annette Carmody and her Catering staff and of course to John Breen and Grant Crawford who will always have the venue in tip-top shape.  FOR PHOTOS OF THE NIGHT CLICK HERE

STACKS 100: If you haven’t dipped into Rory Kirby’s in a while, we encourage you to do so.  The collection is now extensive and will provide hours of entertainment to all Rockies young and old featuring videos, match footage, podcast interviews etc. Check it out.

SCÓR: Oifigeach Scór, Brian Caball informs us that the AGM of Kerry Scór has been refixed for this Wednesday night (1st Nov) at 8pm in Austin Stack Pavilion Tralee. Fáilte roimh chách.
It’s also time to encourage our younger member to enter Scór na nÓg.

Club members under the age of 17 years (on January 1st ‘18) and who are interested in participating in the Tralee Area Scór na nÓg competitions should get working on same! The Tralee round will take place on the 10th November. Why not? Competitions: table quiz team of 4, solo singing, recitation/story, figure dancing, set dancing, instrumental music group of 5, ballad group of 5, sketch.

Please make contact with club asap má tá spéis agat i Scór. Some singers and dancers are preparing already.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL:  The Junior Town League final between ourselves and Na Gaeil goes ahead as a triple header in Connolly Park on Sunday next (5th Nov). This game starts at 1pm with the U14B Girls game against Ballymac fixed for 11.30am – both games are in the Nuns Field. Then at 3pm on the main pitch it’s the SF Town Championship final between Ballymac and Kerins O’Rahillys.

CONGRATULATIONS: to Marina Barry Walsh on her Lifetime Commitment Award which was deservedly presented to her last Friday night (27th Oct) by the Kerry Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

CONGRATULATIONS: also to Nicola and Seamus Smith on the recent birth of a second baby boy, named Tadhg.

WELL DONE: to the Brogue Inn at the bottom of the Rock on winning the Munster Carvery Pub of the Year Award recently.

CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties and Functions. Enquiries about Club Bookings should be made by contacting Harry Hynes at 087 2467286.

CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse on every Monday and Thursday nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.

LOTTO: Last week’s (23rd October) Jackpot, worth €6,850, was not won. The numbers drawn were 17, 18, 21, 28. The €20 winners were: Timex Slattery and John Gutteridge, both c/o The Club; Johnny Bonner and Patrick Clifford, both c/o Carmel O’Neill; and Caitriona Chester, c/o Club Rockies.

Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular sellers.

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Donal William Doyle, Connolly Park (brother of former Club Footballer, David Pecker); Margaret (Peg) Fitzgerald (nee Murphy), Kerins Park and Old Spa Road and formerly Baile Loisce, Ballydavid; Maurice (Moss) McCarthy Jnr., Oakpark and formerly Youghal and Ardee; Sister Betty O’Dowd, Presentation Community and formerly Cloghane, Brandon and Upland, California; Ellen Orman (nee Kennelly), Caheranne Village and formerly San Antonio, Texas and Finuge, Lixnaw; Gerardine (Geraldine) O’Connell (nee Moriarty), Valentia Road, Cahersiveen and formerly Boherbee (Tralee) (wife of Christy O’Connell – St. Mary’s GAA Club); James (Jimmy) O’Connor, Dromtacker; Timothy (Tim) Deady, Kilmallock and formerly of High Street (Tralee) and Ann Fitzgibbon (nee Neenan), Athlacca (Co. Limerick) (sister of Brian Neenan, former Club Chairman/Hurler/Footballer).

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