Austin Stacks GAA Club Juvenile News

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PEIL FAOI 6/8/10: Next Sunday is the day!! The Under 6/8/10 boys of the 100th year old Rock Street Club will take to the boards of Mercy Mounthawk Gym.

The Under 6 boys will commence at 10am, the Under 8s at 11am and the Under 10s at 12.00. Yes! 2017, here we come! Sea! Is féidir linn!

AN CRUINNIÚ CINN BHLIANA: A very successful Annual General Meeting of the juvenile section of the club was held on Tuesday last in our clubhouse.

Officers and mentors were chosen…some new bodies have entered the arena and many experienced and faithful members will continue a great and proud tradition. 2017 is expected to be a ‘big’ year for The Rock. Let’s make our 100th year a good one! An Charraig go deo!

PEIL FAOI 16½: ‘Well done’ to the footballers of The Green CBS (v Coláiste Choilm, Baile an Chollaigh) and of Mercy Mounthawk (v Coláiste Chríost Rí) who gave of their very best their Munster championship Frewen Cup games during the week.

These Rock players were involved: Séamus Ó Coigligh, Pádraic Ó Lionnáin, Dara de Barra-Breathnach, Leon Shalamba, Mícheál Ó Gadhra, Craig Ó Tíocháin, Donagh Mac Mathúna (Cnoc an tSeabhaic); Conchúr Ó Mír, Daniel Ó Ruairc, Dáithí Couchman, Dean Ó Scannláin, Dáithí Oba, Eoghan Ó Cearúill, Seán Cuiltéir (An Fhaiche).

CORN UÍ MHUIRÍ: Best wishes to The Rock footballers who’ll be involved with The Green CBS and with Mercy Mounthawk in their Munster championship Corn Uí Mhuirí (senior colleges) games on Wednesday next (18th). Cluichí: (i) The Green v An Scoil Idirmheánach, Cill Orglan; (ii) Mercy Mounthawk v Coláiste Naomh Flannán, Inis. Dhá dhúshlán mhóra!

1917: As there was a certain lack of freedom in the Ireland of 1917 because of Martial Law(control by military authorities over the civilian population during war or periods of civil unrest!), young people turned to such activities as athletics, football and hurling.

In The Rock area, we’re told, a man named Christy Barrett provided a set of black’n’amber jerseys for the newly formed Rock Street Hurling and Football Club. (The initial jerseys had up-and-down stripes like the Kilkenny geansaí but they were not acceptable and were changed to the black jerseys with the amber ‘hoop’).

The players of The Rock area were as good as any other team but were not permitted by the Tralee District Board to play ‘senior’ until a junior championship had been won! Bhí go maith is ní raibh go holc! A junior county championship was won in 1921. At that time,Rock Street players were part of a Tralee John Mitchel Club senior football team that was almostunbeatable.

As Tralee football was so strong in the 1920s, the Kerry County Board decided in 1926 that the town would have three different clubs…Rock Street, Bóthar Buí and Strand Road. Our first senior football county championship was won in 1928…we defeated the Strand Road (O‘Rahilly) Club…3-4 to 0-7.

AND our first senior hurling championship final was won the same year…we beat the John Mitchel Club hurlers…4-2 to 0-2. What a year for Sráid na Carraige!

SCÓR CHIARRAÍ: (i) The Senior Scór county finals will be held at 8pm in Scoil Náisiúnta Mhuire gan Smál, Oileán Ciarraí, on Saturday February 18th. The quiz county final will take place at 6pm at the same venue. The Bordcheantar Thrá Lí finals must be finished by Sunday February 5th. (There will not be a district round for the quiz).

The Munster finals will take place in Caiseal Mumhan, Co. Tipperary, on Saturday April 8th. The Waterfront Theatre, Belfast, will host the All-Ireland finals on Saturday May 6th.

(ii) The Scór na bPáistí (for primary school pupils) semi-finals for Kerry North will take place on Saturday March 11th. The county finals will be held at 2pm on Sunday March 26th in the Foilmore Community Centre. The Scór na bPáistí quiz will take place at 11am on the same day but at a venue to be confirmed.

(iii) The only Tralee Scór na nÓg group (Na Gaeil) to reach the Munster Final on Sunday last Sunday was unlucky with its sketch or léiriú stáitse. Kerry’s only successful performers were Spá set dancers.

2017 CLUB CALENDAR: Féilire ’17 is on sale at the Clubhouse agus i Siopa Chaoimhín de Barra ar chostas €5.

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