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The 10K & 5K Paul Lucey Memorial Run/Walk ‘Run for the Rock’ will take place on Bank Holiday Monday May 7th, at 11am and is open to all ages, abilities, walkers & runners.

The 5Km/ 10Km Road Runs will eave from the entrance to Austin Stacks Club Grounds in Connolly Park. Participants will commence the race at 11am, any competitor bound to a wheelchair will commence at 10.45am.

Once the Race Director starts the race the competitors will proceed through Connolly Park to the main entrance where they will turn left on to Rock Street.

Participants will continue up Rock Street for approximately 70m. and turn left on to the Bracker O’Regan Road and will continue on to the exit on to Bracker O’Regan Road where they will turn left for the Roundabout at Mounthawk.  At the Mounthawk Roundabout participants will turn left on to the Caherslee Road and continue for approximately 800m to the entrance to Ard Carraig. Participants will turn left in to Ard Carraig and continue for 350m where they will turn a slight left into Highfield Grove.

Participants will complete a short circular route in Highfield Grove and enter the grounds of Austin Stacks GAA Club through the Highfield Grove entrance. Participants will turn right on to Connolly Park and the Finish line. Competitors in the 10K Race will repeat the circuit a second time.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: The draw has been made for the Senior Town Championship. We play Ballymac in semi final one while O’Rahillys and Mitchels will contest the other semi. Both games have been provisionally fixed for the August Bank Holiday week-end. At that stage we are likely to have played ten of our eleven Co. League games.

But before all that it’s back to our 4th round of the Co. League – an away game against Glenflesk – on the week-end after next (w/e 13thMay).

B FOOTBALL: Our B team also have Co. League duty on the week-end after next – a home game against table-toppers, Scartaglin in round 4 of the competition.

HURLING: With the North Kerry IH League now complete the next outing for our Hurlers is likely to be in the Co. League which is scheduled to start at the end of May. Unless any changes take place in the meantime we will have five round robin games (three away and two at home) as follows – Ballyheigue away (Wed 30th May); Kenmare at home (Sun 3rd June); Kilgarvan away (Wed 13th June); Dr. Crokes at home (Fri 22nd June) and O’Dorney away (Wed 27th June).

MINOR FOOTBALL: Both Co. League semi finals have been fixed for next Friday week (11th May). We play Cordal/Scartaglin in one semi while Dr. Crokes are up against Laune Rangers in the second semi. Both games should be keenly contested as when the sides met in the round robin games a few weeks ago very little separated them. We barely scrope through against Cordal/Scart – winning by the narrowest of margins (1-11 to 2-7), while Crokes overcame Laune Rangers with just two points to spare (1-13 to 3-5). In the meantime there is a game on the match schedule for this Friday evening (4th May) – we are away to Ardfert in the last round of the Town League – but as we write this fixture has not been confirmed.

JOB MATCH: is back for 2018 – Summer, Part Time & Full Time Employment Opportunities.  With huge success for the last 3 years we are now taking CV’s for Summer, part time and full time employment or a change of employment.  Please consider this golden opportunity where you will receive all the tools to update your CV and direct help with interview techniques from the Jobmatch Mentors. Feedback from employers continues to be very positive. Please email

BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Two Club stalwarts celebrate significant birthdays this week. First up on this Tuesday (1st May) is Joe Flaherty who celebrates his 90th. Joe was a member of that great Kerry Minor team that won All Ireland glory in 1946 and three years later he won an All Ireland JF medal when Kerry defeated Lancashire in the 1949 All Ireland Final. He was a regular on our Senior teams  during the late forties and early fifties. Then on this Friday (4th May) JJ Murphy celebrates his 85th birthday. JJ, together with his brothers Thomas and Oliver played with Club down the years and today JJ, as well as being a Vice President of the Club, is still involved in the running of our twice weekly Card sessions. Happy birthday to both Joe and JJ from all in the Club and in the local community.

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.

All at the Cards offer sincere sympathy to Margaret Shanahan on the death of her sister-in-law, Maureen Roche, Cloonametagh, Abbeydorney (see sympathy).

LOTTO: Last week’s (23rd April) Jackpot, worth €8,150, was not won. The numbers drawn were 6, 22, 30, 31. The €20 winners were: Daniel Bohan, c/o Club Rockies; and Phil Lynch, The Clifford Family, Jonathan O’Mahony and Jonathan Magnier, all c/o The Club.

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

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died during the past week –  Niall Ryle, The Kerries West and formerly Strand Street; Maureen Roche (nee Shanahan), Cloonametagh, Abbeydorney (see Cards); Joseph Doyle, Oakpark and formerly Dublin; Olive Friel (nee Lyne), Gurrane; and Maureen Sheehan (nee O’Sullivan), Dooneen, Castleisland and late of Currovough.

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