Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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In attendance at the Austin Stack Club AGM on Sunday last in Connolly Park were (ar chúl) Jim Naughton, Brendan Dowling, Martin Collins, Ger Scollard, Mike Kenny, Eddie Barrett, Liam Lynch, (chun tosaigh) Tim McMahon, Bernie Mannix, Elma Nix, Mairéad Fernane and Carmel Quilter-O’Neill.

CLUB AGM: There were no major changes to the Club Executive following yesterday’s (8th Jan) AGM.

The one significant change was the appointment of Mairéad Fernane as Vice Chairperson after Morgan O’Connell stepped down. Good to see that Morgan will continue on some of the sub committees. And how appropriate that Mairéad is taking on the position of Vice Chair in this centenary year. It was Mairéad’s uncle, Dan O’Sullivan (Big Dan as he was colloquially known) who was the Club’s first ever Chairman in 1917.

Chairman, Liam Lynch, in a very concise address, referred tothe main activities on 2016 and outlined in broad detail some of the main events that are likely to take place during centenary year.

Secretary Elma Nix circulated a very comprehensive report for the year past and Mike Kenny and his fellow Treasurer, Bernie Mannix, were applauded for once again having the Club Finances in such good shape.

Liam thanked everyone who contributed in any way to the Club during the past year, including our main sponsors, Colin Teahon’s PST Sport and Terrys Butchers, Oakpark and he wished everyone associated with the Club every success in 2017.

THE CENTENARY CORPORATE LUNCH: will be held at the Ballygarry House Hotel on Friday, 24th February.  Club Chairman, Liam Lynch informs us that this will be the first of many events that will take place in this Centenary year.

A similar event two years ago, to mark our County and Munster Championship victories, attracted a huge attendance of over 500 people (remember this was the event where Star and Joe Brolly stole the show) so demand on this occasion should be equally as brisk.

STAR’S BOOK: It’s amazing the number of people, both members and non members, who took advantage of the Christmas break to read Kieran Donaghy’s classic. And what a fantastic read it is. Brutally honest.  Well written. No holds barred. Exactly as if Star was speaking directly to you. Brilliantly done Kieran.

ROCK ST. POST OFFICE: As some may have seen the Club has won a battle between three local clubs in a competition to sell their lotto tickets at the local post office, in what is a good start to our centenary year.

Back in September the Rock Post Office set Tralee GAA Clubs a task where the club whose supporters making the most transactions in the Rock PO up to December would win the right to exclusively sell their Club Lotto Tickets there.

It was all to raise awareness of using and safeguarding the future of our local post office.  We have been delighted by our members response and thank everyone who supported the initiative and contributed to our successful bid.  We urge all members to keep supporting The Rock Post Office and indeed all other local businesses.

CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties. For Bookings, phone Maurice McNamara at 086 3747 642.

BINGO: continues in our Clubhouse, Connolly Park, on this and every Saturday night, commencing at 8.30pm.

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 (2nd Jan) Jackpot, worth €5,000, was not won. The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 8, 20. The €20 winners were: Seán McMahon,, John Collins and Elma Nix, all c/o Club Rockies; Brian Neenan, c/o The Club; and Tom Healy, c/o Richard Healy.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Kevin Casey, Dunmore East and late of Glenflesk (brother of Majella and brother-in-law of Club Vice Chairman, Morgan O’Connell); Nora O’Connor, Dublin and late of Curraheen; Chris Lacey, Spruce Court, Ashleigh Downs; James Miller, Barna (Galway)  and late of Lisbeg, Oakpark (brother of former Club Footballer, Bobby); Philomena Shanahan (nee Cantillon), Bawnboy; Sheila Dowling (nee O’Sullivan), Caherslee and late of Rock Street; and James (Jim) Tuohy, St. Brendans Park and late of Thomastown, Kilmallock.

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