Austin Stacks GAA Club Juvenile News

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AN LEABHAR AGUS AN FÉILIRE: (i) Our club calendar, featuring all our Juvenile teams is on sale at Kevin Barry’s Shop, Rock St, and at the clubhouse – cost €5 each. Limited stock! So, hurry and don’t miss out. (And cut out last year’s photos and put them in an album!)

(ii) ‘A Centenary History’ – ‘Stair 100 Bliain’ de stair Chumann Aibhistín de Staic IS also on sale. It may be purchased at Paudie Commane’s Book Shop, Nolan’s Garage, Kevin Barry’s Shop, Garveys’ Supervalu, Easons, Polymath, First Chapter, O’Mahonys’ Book Shop. Ceist mhór: who is the only Rock inter-county player who is pictured in colour in the new book and wearing his Kerry Green’n’Gold jersey? Ceist eile: name Kerry’s opposition when the photo was taken?

ÁR bPEILEADÓIRÍ (Faoi 6 go Faoi 18): Beannachtaí na Nollag ar ár bpeileadóirí, ar ár mbainisteoirí, ar ár meantóirí, ar ár dtuismitheoirí agus ar ár gcairde uile. Happy Christmas, all! ‘Hope Santa comes!

SCÓR: (i) The club needs a 4-man/woman table quiz team for the Kerry county quiz finals of Scór na nÓg (Faoi 17). It will be held on Thursday January 4th (6pm) at the Austin Stack Park Pavilion. The winning team/club will represent Kerry in the All-Ireland. Ring 0876298584, if interested. Have we 4 ambitious young Rockites?

(ii) Senior Scór looms ahead! The club needs a 4-person table quiz team, a 5-person ballad group, 5 musicians for a grúpa ceoil, srl. An bhfuil damhsóirí (rinceoirí) againn?

AN RAIBH ‘FHIOS AGAT? Rev. Fr. Thomas Croke, first Patron of the GAA, lived in Tralee (see the plaque on Gerard Hogan’s Shop in The Square) for some years as a child. His parents were William and Isabella (Plumber). They had 8 children….6 boys and 2 girls.

One of the boys, Thomas, became a priest and later became Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and, mar is eol dúinn, patron of our organisation. Two more of the boys also entered the priesthood.

Fr. William Croke was curate in Charleville during the Famine years; he contracted famine fever and died at a very young age. Fr. James Croke went on to become Vicar-General of the Diocese of San Francisco. John, Daniel and David were the other boys. Cad faoi na cailíní?

The two Croke sisters decided to become nuns and entered the Convent in Charleville…Sister Ignatius and Sister Joseph.

They made their mark as nuns of the Mercy Order both at home and abroad during the Crimean War and in Bathurst, Australia. The old Croke homestead in Kilbrin, County Cork, has now been restored. It might be worth a visit some time!

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