Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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NIGHT AT THE DOGS: The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium is the place to be on next Saturday night (30th June) for The Rockie Night at the Dogs. Nominator Tickets at €50 can still be had from the Club which will entitle you to participate in a Nominator Draw for the top prize of €1,000 and some other prizes which includes two All Ireland Football Final Tickets and overnight accommodation. Thanks to everyone for supporting this fundraising event.

LUCKY FIRST GOAL: The first goal in last Saturday’s Munster SF Final must have been one of the quickest goals in the history of the competition. The official winning time was 01.16 (1m, 16 sec) when Cork got through for that opener. If your ticket has that time then the €500 prize is yours.

CLUB GYM: A new security system will be implemented at Austin Stacks Club Gym from July 14th 2018.  All existing gym fobs will be defunct on that date.  For important details re obtaining a new gym fob see

SENIOR FOOTBALL: We are due to travel to Milltown on next Sunday (1st July) for our round 8 Co. League game. Throw in 2pm.

B FOOTBALL: With seven teams involved in the knock-out Division 5 Shield competition we are the lucky ones (or unlucky as the case may be) to have received a bye in to the semi final. The other three quarter finals are down for decision on this coming week-end  Kerins O’Rahillys are due to play Dingle; Sneem/Derrynane play Kilgarvan and Rathmore play Knocknagoshel. We will go into the semi final draw with the winners of those three games. The semi finals are provisionally fixed for the week-end of 15th July.

HURLING: Austin Stacks 8-20; St. Pats (East Kerry) 1-6.

Despite the fact that St. Pats were without a number of key first choice players nonetheless we gave a near perfect performance in last Wednesday evening’s (20th June) first round of the South Kerry League in Connolly Park. We led by 3-12 to 0-4 at half time and went on to score a further 5-8 in the second half. Peter O’Regan got a hat-trick of goals plus one point, Daniel Teahan scored two goals and our three half forwards on the night, Ronan Gilsenan, Colm Ó Giollagáin and Paul Daly, with one each, provided the other three. Colm and Paul also put over some brilliant scores – Colm six and Paul four. Our two centre-field men also got on the score sheet – Andrew Morrissey with two points and Cillian O’Riordan with four. Centre back Eoghan McKivergan added three points also. All but one of our eight goals and 20 points came from play – a 12th minute Paul Daly pointed free being the exception.

So a good start to this four-round League which continues for us with a trip to Duagh on 4th July.

In the meantime the 5th and final round of the Co. League goes ahead with an away trip to Abbeydorney on this Wednesday evening (27th June) for a 7.30pm start.

Team: John Connelly. Kevin O’Leary, David Walsh, Tadhg Meehan (Capt), Johnny Downey, Eoghan McKivergan (0-3), Andrew Foley, Andrew Morrissey (0-2), Cillian O’Riordan (0-4), Ronan Gilsenan (1-0), Colm Ó Giollagáin (1-6), Paul Daly (1-4 – one free), Daniel Teahan (2-0), Peter O’Regan (3-1), Jason Conway.

MINOR FOOTBALL: This season’s MF Co. Championship will be run off on a round robin basis. There are four groups with three teams in each group with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the knock-out quarter finals. We are in Group 4 along with Laune Rangers and Feale Rangers and for our first game of the round we travel to Killorglin on this Tuesday evening (26th June) for a 7pm throw-in.

We will harbor vivid memories of Laune Rangers in very recent times. In the first round of the Co. League last February we had a comfortable win (2-12 to 1-8) but when the same sides met in the Co. League final just over a month ago (19th May) the boys from the banks of the Laune reversed that earlier result – winning the game by 3-11 to 2-10.

WELL DONE: to both the Kerry Minors (including our own Seán Quilter) and the Kerry Seniors (including Ronan Shanahan and Kieran Donaghy) on this respective Munster Final wins on Saturday evening last. (The Minors 47th title and the Seniors 80th). Kerry’s 17 points winning margin was the third highest ever against the Rebels in Senior Championship football. In 1938 there was 20 points between the sides (4-14 to 0-6) and the record winning margin, that still stands, was set the previous year (13th June 1937) – Kerry having 21 points to spare (6-7 to 0-4) in the first round of the Munster Championship played in the newly opened Fitzgerald Stadium.

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

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 (18th June) Jackpot, worth €8,550, was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 22,  24. The €20 winners were: Seán Dillane, c/o Carmel O’Neill; Richie Barry, c/o Richard Healy; Jonathan Lynch, c/o The Bar; Jimmy Shanahan, c/o The Club and Teresa Lynch, c/o Rock Street Post Office.

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

JOHN DOWLING: who died during the past week, at the relatively young age of 64, was part of some of the great Rock Juvenile teams of the late sixties/early seventies. He is pictured, for example, in our Centenary Book (Page 160) as part of that brilliant U16 team that won the 1970 Co. Championship.

On his right in that photograph is Liam Ronan and on his left is none other than Mikey Sheehy. Two years later John was right full back on a very good Kerry MF team that went down to an even better Cork team in the Munster Final on a sweltering hot July day in Fitzgerald Stadium (Cork 2-14; Kerry 1-14).

On that day he held his opposite number scoreless. Those two teams were littered with stars of the future – for example Jimmy Barry Murphy (Cork) and Páidí Ó Sé, Mikey Sheehy and Pat Spillane (Kerry) and the Kerry team also included two other Rock players on that day – Ger MacNamara and Michael Culloty.

John’s brothers, Elisha and Damien, were also part of some great Rock teams down the years with Damien on the 1980 MF Co. Championship winning side. Sincere sympathy is offered to John’s extended family and friends.

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