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SENIOR FOOTBALL: Our footballers have one more outing before the season comes to a close and that’s a Town Championship Final encounter against Kerins O’Rahillys. That game, of course will not take place until after the Strand Road boys finish their Co. Championship campaign. In the meantime let us wish our neighbours the best of luck in their semi-final outing next Sunday in Austin Stack Park.

And let us take this opportunity also to wish Strand Road man Edmund Quirke all the best as he takes a well-earned break as Groundsman at the pitches at Caherina and Healy Park. It was always a pleasure to do business with you Eddie.

HURLING: Our Hurlers have at least two more games to play before their season concludes. The first is to take place on next Sunday afternoon (14th Oct) when they are due to face Ballyheigue in the Co. IH Plate Final in Caherslee at 4pm. Then we are due to play Duagh in the South Kerry JH Final on a date and venue still to be finalized as we write.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL: The Junior Town League Final between ourselves and Ardfert has now been fixed for next Saturday (13th Oct) at 4pm. The venue has yet to be decided as we write.

MINOR FOOTBALL: And our Minors are also awaiting a date and venue for their Central Region MF League Final against Laune Rangers.

ANNIVERSARY: Last Sunday (7th Oct) was the 90th anniversary of we winning our first ever Co. SF Co. Championship title as a separate Club ((up until then the three Tralee Clubs were grouped together as a Tralee team when competing in the SF Co. Championship). Our opponents on that October Sunday were our neighbours Kerins O’Rahillys, although in 1928 both Clubs had yet to be known by their current names as the following week’s Kerryman Headline indicated – Rock Street Wins – County Football Final – Strand Street’s Plucky Fight – Victors’ Strong Finish in Stirring Contest – Morning’s Rain Hampers Attendance.

We didn’t have a very good first half at the end of which we trailed by four points to two. But we were totally dominant in the second period, outscoring the opposition by 3-2 to 0-3 which gave us a six points victory at the end (3-4 to 0-7).

Team: William McSweeney, Tommy Barrett, Joe Barrett (Capt) (1-1), Bobby ‘Rucky’ Kelly, Tim ‘Roundy’ Landers, Dan Ryan, Mick Healy, John Joe ‘Purty’ Landers, Denis ‘Rory’ O’Connell, Ned ‘Pedlar’ Sweeney (1-0), Miko Doyle (0-2 frees), Jimmy Kelter, Jimmy Barrett (1-0), James Baily (0-1), Pat ‘Mullins’ Curtin.

Subs: Tom O’Connor, Tadgh Drummond, Mick Landers, Bill Gorman.

WELL DONE: to Centenary Book Co-Author, Billy Ryle who we read is taking part in a Charity Event for Recovery Haven at the end of November – Billy, along with many others, is shaving his 40 year old beard at a session to be held at The Rose Hotel on Thursday, 29thNovember.

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 (1st Oct) Jackpot, worth €9,300, was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 8, 18, 28. The €20 winners were: Samantha Dillon, c/o Rock Street Post Office; Barry Shanahan and Jonathan O’Mahony, both c/o The Club; Canice Walsh, c/o Club Rockies and Jack McKivergan, c/o John Breen.

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 – Maeve O’Donnell (nee O’Hara), Denny Street (mother of Adrienne McLoughlin of our PR Committee and grandmother of Club Footballer, Tom McLoughlin); Rosaleen Lynch (nee Simpson), Árd Na Lí, Oakpark;  Angela Brolly (nee Mooney), Knockmoyle and formerly Derry (former Club Bar Manager); and Eileen McDonnell (nee Scanlan), Park Lane and formerly Castlemorris Terrace.

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