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When our Bingo Sessions commenced almost nine years ago (on 5th November 2005) we have rarely missed a Saturday session since then. Well now we are adding a second night to our weekly sessions for all our regular players and indeed for any new players who would like to come along to our Connolly Park venue. As well as our usual Saturday sessions we are now adding a session on Thursday nights from now on, commencing on this Thursday (3rd July). Both sessions will commence at 8.30pm each night.


Our U14s did themselves, the Club and the County proud with their performances in the Féile in Galway last weekend. They won all three games in the Group stages but just fell short in the quarter final against Nemo Rangers. Well done lads. Well done also to all who travelled to support the boys and to those Mentors extraordinaire – Gene O’Donnell, Michael Chips Clifford, Mike Casey, Dave Scanlon and Paudie McQuinn and all the backroom team. See Juvenile Notes for more.

U21 FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 3-17 Dingle 1-5.

Conditions were ideal for football in Connolly Park on Wednesday evening last (25th June) for the first round of the County Championship.

We made a good start and led by two points to no score by the 5th minute with Danny Carroll on target from play and Darragh O’Brien converting a free after he, himself, was fouled.

But Dingle pounced on a defensive error in the 9th minute which led to their only goal of the game. This seemed to ignite the visitors and, by the 20th minute, they had added a further four points, which left them five clear at that stage.

However in the closing minutes of the half we upped our game again putting over four also, all from play, with two each for Eamon McAllen and Darragh O’Brien. Dingle led by one at half time (1-4 to 0-6).

Whatever was said in the Rock Dressingroom at half time certainly worked as we came out a different team in the second half. We were in complete control and the four players who were introduced during the course of this half could easily have started.

Three of them got on the score sheet, for example. We held the opposition scoreless from play in this half – their one point coming from a converted free in the 54th minute, while we went on to score a further 3-11, all from play.

Our first goal came in the 50th minute when second half sub, Calvin Foley was put through by fellow sub Breandán Caball. The game was well and truly over when our remaining two goals came in the closing two minutes with Greg Horan and Eamon McAllen on target.

Dingle, it must said, were without a number of players who would be normally be on their starting 15 (including five of their Minors who are on the Kerry panel).

One of the welcome aspects of the evening was to see the return to football duty of Colin Griffin and he looked eager and impressive during the 20 minutes or so he was on the pitch. It was his first game in over 11 months, since picking up that severe cruciate injury last July.

Team: Patrick Fitzgibbon, Dylan Harnett, Eoghan McKivergan, Tom McLoughlin, Seán Ryan, Ciarán O’Connell, Barry Walsh, Greg Horan (1-0), Conor Jordan (0-1), Kyle Fitzgibbon (0-1), Darragh O’Brien (0-4 – 1 free), Shane Crowley, Eamon McAllen (1-3), Danny Carroll (0-5), Ciarán Flanagan.

Subs used: Colin Griffin (41m) (0-2), James Galvin (41m), Calvin Foley (41m) (1-0), Breandán Caball (50m) (0-1).

We have drawn South Kerry away in the Quarter final. This will be the 4th meeting of the sides in the competition. Our previous three meetings were in consecutive seasons 2002, 2003 and 2004.

In 2002 we defeated the divisional side in the semi final and we went on to win that year’s final – our only win, so far, in the competition. The following year both sides met in the final with the South Kerry side coming out on top.

Then in 2004 we met at the quarter final stage with the Southerners winning this one also.


As speculated in last week’s Notes, our Round 7 Co. League game against Listowel Emmets did not go ahead last weekend. The game has been rescheduled for the weekend of 9th/10th August. In the meantime Stephen and his colleagues have lined up a tasty Challenge game on the morning of the Munster Football Final (this coming Sunday 6th July). The game is against Nemo Rangers at their grounds at Trabeg, Douglas.


We wish the Kerry Minors (including our own Jack Morgan) and the Kerry Seniors (including Kieran Donaghy) the best of luck as they take on Cork in both Munster Finals in Páirc Uí Chaoimh next Sunday.
At Senior level Kerry will be playing in their 101st final, seeking their 76th title, while Cork will be playing in their 83rd final, seeking their 38th title.
At Minor level Kerry will be playing in their 71st final, seeking their 43rd title, while Cork will be playing in their 60th final, seeking their 30th title (all final appearance figures exclude replays).


We received a walk-over from Duagh in last week’s Round 3 Co. League game. Our 4th and final round game against Crotta is due to go ahead in Connolly Park on this Friday evening (4th July) at 8pm.


The way now seems clear for the semi final of the County League between our B team and Rathmore. No date has been fixed as we write. Legion await the winners in the Final.

CLUBHOUSE As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties. Phone Ian from 7pm at 066 7126942 for bookings.

CARDS The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse every Monday and Thursday nights at 9.30pm.


Last Monday week’s (23rd June) Jackpot worth €5,000 was not won. The numbers drawn were 11, 23, 26 and 29.
The €20 Prizes went to Pat Skeff Sheehy and Carmel O’Neill, both c/o The Club; Niall O’Shea, c/o Charlie Healy; and John Collins and Breda & Seán O’Callaghan, both c/o Club Rockies.


Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of Helen Brosnan (nee O’Brien), The Spa and late of Tralee (wife of former Churchill player and Chairman, Justin, and sister of Stacks Club member, Bertie, Rockpark Avenue) who died during the past week.

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