Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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The club faithful gather at the unveiling of the Austin Stacks sign at Urban Terrace on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

MURAL UNVEILING: Our thanks to Club Secretary, Elma Nix for the following report – On Saturday last (Jan 27th) the Austin Stacks Hurling & Football Club’s calendar of Centenary Club Events (1917-2017) was completed as a mural ‘Street of Champions’ was officially unveiled on the gable of no 20 Urban Terrace at 12 noon.

Historically Urban Terrace holds a unique place in story of Austin Stacks as it was from this terrace of 20 houses that 21 Senior All Ireland Football medals were won by Austin Stacks players over a period of 18 years.  Although the club has grown substantially over the years it is on this Street  – the original ‘Street of Champions’  – that the seeds of success  for all the great players and teams who have worn the Austin Stacks jersey down through it’s 100 year history were set.  Our heroes gone but never forgotten:

The Urban Terrace All Ireland SF Medal Winners in that period of 18 years are:

• Miko Doyle (5 medals – 1929/30/31/32/37 no. 5 Urban Terrace
• John Joe Landers (5 medals – 1929/30/31/32/37) no. 7 Urban Terrace
• Tim Landers (5 medals – 1931/32/37/39/41) no. 7 Urban Terrace
• Jimmy Gorman (3 medals – 1939/40/41) no. 10 Urban Terrace
• Billy Landers (2 medals – 1924/1932) no. 7 Urban Terrace.
• Gal Slattery (1 medal – 1926) no. 2 Urban Terrace.

The Austin Stacks Club wish to thank Kerry County Council, EF Signs and especially the Tansley family who live at No.20 for their kind permission to erect the sign.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 4-9; Ballymac 0-1.

Our Seniors had a winning start to their season when they overcame Ballymac (who were missing many first choice players) in round one of the Town League played at a breezy but dry Connolly Park on Sunday morning (28th Jan).

We led at half time by 2-5 to 0-1 and in the second half added a further 2-4 without reply to leave us with a comfortable win in the end.

Team Manager, Wayne Quillinan (making a welcome return to Senior Management after a five year absence) and his fellow backroom staff – Damien Ryall, Eoin Colgan, Jonathan Conway, John O’Sullivan and Tommy Naughton – will be pleased with the overall display and in particular the six who were making their Senior debuts. Three were on the starting fifteen – Shane Walsh, Dylan Casey and Michael Slattery – and three more were introduced during the course of the game – Donagh McKivergan, David Fitzmaurice and Andrew Morrissey. And what a debut Michael Slattery had. Not alone did he have a hat-trick of points but he also had a hat-trick of goals. The only other person we remember having that precise score in a game (3-3) was Eoin The Bomber Liston in the 1978 All Ireland SF Final. Shane Walsh also had a brilliant Senior debut, coming up from his half back position to score his two points – one in each half.

Team: David Hennessy, Colin Griffin, Jack O’Shea, Denis Costello, Shane Walsh (0-2), Jack Morgan, Dylan Casey, Shane Guthrie (Capt), Michael O’Donnell (0-1), Shane Carroll (0-1), Fergal Ryan, Shane O’Callaghan (1-0), Michael Slattery (3-3), David O’Sullivan, David Mannix (0-2 – one free).

Subs used: John Murphy (38m), Donagh McKivergan (38m), Dale Counihan (40m), David Fitzmaurice (43m), Pa McCarthy (45m), Andrew Morrissey (50m).

The remaining four rounds of the Town League are as follows – away to Na Gaeil on next Sunday (4th Feb) at 12.30pm; at home to Kerins O’Rahillys on 11th Feb; at home to John Mitchels on 18th Feb and away to Ardfert on 25th Feb.

The top two teams will qualify for the final which is fixed for the weekend of the 4th March.


MINOR FOOTBALL: Fixtures have come to hand for the MF Town League which is due to get underway at the weekend. Five teams will be participating this season which means each team will have four round robin games with the top two teams qualifying for the final.

Our four round robin games are as follows:- (1) away to Ballymac on Sunday next (4th Feb) at 3pm (note the date and time change to avoid the Corn Uí Mhuirí clash), (2) at home to Na Gaeil (10th Feb), (3) away to John Mitchels (25th Feb), (4) at home to Kerins O’Rahillys (Easter Monday, 2nd April).

As in previous years we will be in a six-team division one in the Co. League, together with Dr. Crokes, Laune Rangers, Killarney Legion and two combination sides – Cordal/Scart and Kilgarvan/Tuosist. Actual fixtures have yet to be made but the dates of our five round robin games are as follows – 17th Feb, 3rd, 10th, 19th March and 13th April.

CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties and Functions. Enquiries about Club Bookings should be made by contacting Harry Hynes at 087 2467286.

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 (22nd January) Jackpot, worth €7,500, was not won. The numbers drawn were 6, 21, 25, 32. The €20 winners were: Claire Cassidy and Joan Moran, both c/o The Club; Frank King, c/o Rock Street Post Office; and James O’Shea and Michael Conway, both c/o Carmel O’Neill.

Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular sellers.

DERRY O’BRIEN: It was with great sadness that we learned of the recent death, in his adopted Cork, of  former Club footballer, Derry O’Brien, formerly of St. Brendan’s Park. Derry was a member of one of the very first Club Juvenile teams to win a Co. Championship title – that star-studded under 16 team who became Co. Championships in 1967. Our current Centenary Book (page 160) contains the photo of that team, including Derry. Today Derry’s niece (Megan) and nephew (Darragh – Senior goalkeeper) are  members of our football teams.

We extend sincere sympathy to Derry’s wife, Breda; his sons John Robert and Emmet, his sisters Catherine, Pat, Liz and Mary; his brother, Martin; and to all his extended family and friends.

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is also offered to the families of the following who died recently – Michael O’Shea, Shanakill and formerly of Keel, Castlemaine; Joan Jones (nee Mooney), Clogherbrien; Richard Arnold Fitzell, Spa Road and late of Glencullare, Tarbert; Elizabeth (Lizzy) Murphy (nee McElligott), Lybes, Duagh and formerly of Woodford, Listowel and St. John’s Park, Tralee; Denis Heaslip, Walsh’s Terrace, Strand Street and formerly of  O’Rahilly’s Villas (uncle of former Club footballers Niall and Mike Finn and Kieran Browne); Sister Áine Talbóid, Holy Rosary Sisters, Dartry (Dublin) and formerly of Tralee, Nigeria and Kenya; Stephen O’Brien, Castleisland and Tralee; and David Higgins, Carrigeendaniel, Caherslee and Galway.

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