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A NIGHT OF MEMORIES: A reminder that Francie Breen’s Night of Showband Memories is coming up in the Clubhouse in a few week’s time – on the October Bank Holiday Sunday Night (28th Oct).

His posters advertising the event are headed ‘From the Candy Store to Baltymore – a Night of Memories with music from the best of Irish Showbands’. The €5 enrty fee is in aid of the Connolly Park Senior Citizens Christmas Party.

The Showband Music will include, among many others, Brendan Bowyer, Dickie Rock, Joe Dolan, Brendan O’Brien, Eileen Reid, Larry Cunningham and Big Tom to name but a few.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Dingle 3-9; Austin Stacks 0-9.


It was just one of those days. We couldn’t have got off to a better start in this quarter final of the Co. Championship played in ideal conditions in Austin Stack Park on last Saturday evening (29th Sept).

Joseph O’Connor won the throw-in from which Darragh O’Brien raced through to put over after just 15 seconds. But it took us another 18 minutes to get our second score – a pointed free by Darragh after Kieran Donaghy was fouled.

However in between Dingle had scored 2-3 – their goals coming in quick succession in the 11th and 13th minutes. We added a third point in the 28thminute when good work by Pa McCarthy put Shane O’Callaghan through.

But Dingle finished the stronger with a 3rd goal in the 29th minute followed by a point in added time to leave them with a commanding ten points lead at the break (3-4 to 0-3).

Hurting by that first half display our boys had a brilliant start to the second half, scoring five unanswered points in the first twelve minutes. Jack O’Shea, who couldn’t start the game because of a injury and who was introduced at half time, opened the scoring.

Then two of our full back line got in on the act with a point each – Ronan Shanahan and Dylan Casey. The other two points came from Darragh O’Brien – one from a free after an umpteenth foul on Kieran Donaghy.

Points were then exchanged – ours coming from another Darragh O’Brien free after a foul, this time, on Ronan Shanahan.

But try as we did, those elusive goals didn’t come our way. In the closing ten minutes, which included five minutes of additional time, Dingle added a further four points to give them a deserved nine points victory which puts them into their second Championship semi final in three seasons.

Team: Robbie Murphy, Dylan Casey (0-1), Ronan Shanahan (0-1), Jack Morgan, Pa McCarthy, Conor Jordan, Ciarán O’Reilly, Michael O’Donnell, Joseph O’Connor, Greg Horan, Darragh O’Brien (0-5 – three frees), Wayne Guthrie, Ferdia O’Brien, Kieran Donaghy, Shane O’Callaghan (0-1).

Subs used: Jack O’Shea (ht) (0-1), David Mannix (ht), Michael Collins (52m), Barry Shanahan (59m).

HURLING: As we write the date and venue for the South Kerry JH Final between ourselves and Duagh is still up in the air. Keep in touch with our Club Website.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL: After a number of withdrawals from the competition the Junior Town League Final will now be contested between ourselves and Ardfert on a date and at a venue yet to be confirmed..

MINOR FOOTBALL: A date and venue for the Central Region MF League Final between ourselves and Laune Rangers has yet to be confirmed as we write but there is a possibility that if could be fixed for this Saturday evening (6th Oct). Check Club Website,

CONGRATULATIONS: to Aisling Browne (daughter of Jimmy and granddaughter of Club Vice President, JJ Murphy) on her success last week-end in the Under 11 and Under 13 Munster Table Tennis Championships in Cork

CONGRATULATIONS: also to Siobhán Naughton. Everyone in the Club last Sunday evening were delighted when Elma circulated her text to members informing us of Siobhán’s selection as Vice Chairperson of the Dubai Celts GAA Club where Siobhán now resides.

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 (24th Sept) Jackpot, worth €9,250, was not won. The numbers drawn were 3, 7, 22, 26. The €20 winners were: John Collins, Morgan & Majella O’Connell and Ed & Yvonne O’Brien, all c/o Club Rockies; Denis O’Neill c/o Carmel O’Neill; and Elaine Kinsella, c/o Elma Nix.

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 recently – Liam (William) Ryan, Árd Na Lí, Oakpark and formerly Loughmore (Tipperary); Martin Creagh, Ballybrannagh; and Frank Wall, Meadowlands Estate and formerly Mitchel’s Crescent.

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