Austin Stacks GAA Club Juvenile News

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NB – UNDER 6/8/10 – NEW VENUE: Our Under 6/8/10 boys will change venue once again and on Sunday next they’ll play at THE GREEN CBS. The Under 6s will be indoors (in the hall) at 10am, the Under 8s will play on the astroturf at 11am and our Under 10s will be in action on the astroturf at 12.00. Is i Meánscoil na Faiche a bheidh an t-aicsean!

LÁ ‘LE PÁDRAIG: Have we a 100 youngsters (nó níos mó!) ready to march in Black’n’Amber in our St Patrick’s Day Parade on the 17th when we’ll be vamping down Bóthar Buí! As well as honouring our National Apostle, we’ll be celebrating a hundred years of ‘The Rock’!

PEIL FAOI 12: Sunday at 11am is our Under 12 training time in Connolly Park.

SCÓR na bPÁISTÍ: (i) ‘Well done’ to our two singers, Aoife Treant agus Naoise Ní Chearúill,who performed admirably in their first ever Scór na bPáistí singing contest last Friday. The standard of singing was extremely high and was won by Aisling Ní Chathasaigh (Na Gaeil). Now, a chailíní, that you’ve experienced Scór, start planning for next year. (ii) TDB results: rince: Churchill; rince ar an sean-nós: Caoimhe Ní Laighin (Parnells); singing: Aisling Ní Chathasaigh (Na Gaeil); storytelling: Alisha Daughton (Parnells); ceol: Naomh Pádraig; sketch: Naomh Pádraig: ballad group: Naomh Pádraig; best club (Siobhán Cotter Shield): Club Naomh Pádraig. (iii) The Scór na bPáistí quiz will take place at 11am on Sunday March 12th. Our team: Naoise Ní Chearúill, Méabh Treant, Deirdre Ní Choigligh, Marcas Ó Cearmada. Guímid gach rath orthu!

PEIL FAOI 14:(i) Training: every Sunday from 4pm to 5.30pm in Connolly Park! (ii) On Saturday last we played Corofin of Clare in a challenge game at the IT Tralee (astroturf), despite practically every other game in the county being called off…and we won comfortably. Next Saturday we’ll challenge Corofin of Galway. (iii) On Sunday next we’ll take on B/mac in the Bordcheantar Thrá Lí competition. Great challenges ahead.

PEIL FAOI 16:(i) We’ll continue to train at 5pm on Fridays and at 4.30pm on Sundays. (ii) Our A team will play in Division 1 of Central League. U16A fixtures: 18th March v Laune Rangers (away); 27th March v Na Gaeil (away); 3rd April v Churchill (home); 10th April v An Ghaeltacht (home). (iii) Our U16 B team will play in Division 3 of Central League. U16B fixtures: 18th March v Castleisland Desmonds (away); 27th March v Ardfert (home); 3rd April v Ballymac (away); 10th April v St Pats (home). The B team fixtures are subject to change as we do not want to put out A and B teams on the same days, mar ní feidir leis an gobadán (sandpiper) an dá thrá a fhreastal.

PEIL FAOI 16½: Our sympathies to the Green CBS players (and especially to David, Eoghan, Seán and Daniel) who lost out in the Frewen Cup (Munster) competition semi-final last week.

SAOIRE SA GHAELTACHT: GAA Gaeltacht Scholarships are provided by Comhairle na Mumhan, Bord Chiarraí and Tralee District Board and are available to students who wish to spend 21 days learning and using the language in the West Kerry Gaeltacht…Corca Dhuibhne. A great opportunity is being presented to students of the Irish language! Apply immediately by texting the student’s name to our Club Secretary on 086 1053300. All applicants must be registered members of the Austin Stack Club Club. Please apply within the next three weeks.

FADÓ FADÓ: From its beginning in 1884, the GAA gave ordinary people, an chosmhuintir, the opportunity to take part in team sports. Before then sports were more often than not organized by the privileged in Irish society. Team sports, such as rugby, cricket and soccer, fine sports in their own right, were being introduced from Britian but Michael Cusack and his friends wanted to see the cosmhuintir participate in sports that that gave them more of a sense of pride in their Irishness and, ergo, in themselves. Sports people would play for their locality, their parish or, as C.J.Kickham put it, ‘for the honour of the little village’!!

In our case, of course, for The Rock! Cad eile? This new ‘pride of place’ idea caught on! A conquered Ireland began to see that our games were special…unique to us, just like our music and language! By 1890, there were almost 800 GAA clubs in the land! Fás-aon-oíche!! And, as we now know, the Stack family was i lár an aonaigh! The ‘pride in ourselves’ syndrome was alive 100 years ago!

But people needed to be constantly reminded and encouraged! Some commemorations took place in 1917 to honour the Fenian heroes of 1867. Mention is made of that rising on the Croppy Boy Monument in Denny Street and, in particular of Allen, Larkin and O’Brien (‘The Manchester Martyrs’) who are also commemorated on a very high Celtic Cross Monument in south-eastern area of Rath Theas Graveyard. Should the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising be commemorated this year? Perhaps, and 170 years have gone by since Black ’47, when Áras an Chontae was Tigh na mBocht (The Poorhouse) and when Killerisk Road was Workhouse Road (and is still known as such by some older folk!)!

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