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PAUL LUCEY RUN FOR THE ROCK: In glorious sunshine on this Bank Holiday Monday there was another huge turn-out for the second running of the Paul Lucey ‘Run For The Rock’ event. Thanks again to all who participated and to all our members who helped out on the day with stewarding and catering.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: After an unprecedented April of outstanding success, culminating in the winning of the Club Championship it’s now back to Co. League duty. With two rounds already played (we have lost one – against Kilcummin – and won one – against Na Gaeil) we are now due to play the next eight rounds during the next 11 weeks (10th May to 28th July).

The 11th and final  round has yet to be confirmed. Connolly Park is the venue for next Sunday’s round 3 encounter against Dr. Crokes.. Throw-in at 2pm. Crokes, like ourselves, have lost one (to Rathmore) and won one (against Kerins O’Rahillys). So a big incentive for both sides to get a positive result on Sunday.

WELL DONE: to our neighbours, Na Gaeil on winning the Junior Premier Championship last Sunday. They had ten points to spare over St. Senans in the final (3-14 to 1-10).

B FOOTBALL: Our B team are also on Co. League duty on Sunday. They travel to Killarney to play Legion in round 3. Throw-in is also at 2pm. After two comprehensive wins in our opening two rounds (we had a 4-17 to 0-4 win over Mitchels and a 4-14 to 0-7 win against Beaufort) this will be a sterner test on Sunday as Legion are always hard to beat on home soil even if they are pointless so far after just one game (they had a bye in round 2).

THE C TEAM: After an absence of almost six years (we last lined out in August 2013) our C Team are making a welcome come-back this year with some very familiar names on the squad. Former Senior player, Daniel Bohan has been working hard over the past few weeks rounding up a host of ex players who will get their first outing in over a week’s time (17th May). when they travel to Annascaul  to play the local side in round one of the County League. In the remaining four rounds we play Ballydonoghue at home (31st May); Na Gaeil at home (21st June); Listowel Emmets away (5th July) and John Mitchels at home (19th July).

The team will be managed by the one and only Aidan O’Connor who, along with his colleague the late Charlie Healy, had so much success with the C team during the late nineties and early naughties.

Aidan will be assisted by men who also have outstanding pedigrees with teams in the past – John Joe Sugrue, Richie Conway, Tommy O’Connor, John Tobin and Ger Mannix.

MINOR FOOTBALL: With a break of over two months, caused mainly by the running of the Co. League, the final of the Town League between ourselves and Ballymac has been fixed for next Sunday evening (12th May) in Caherslee at 7pm. Our path to the final saw us with big wins against Na Gaeil (5-13 to 2-7) and Kerins O’Rahillys (2-15 to 1-8) but we could only  eke out a draw against next Sunday’s finalists, Ballymac (4-9 to 3-12). So if form is anything to go by then Sunday’s final should be another close encounter.

BEST OF LUCK: to the Kerry Minors, including our own Luke Chester and Adam Curran as they take on Cork in Páirc Uí Rínn on this Tuesday evening in Phase 2 of the Munster Championship. Win or lose both sides will have another opportunity to get to the Final with a new system in place this year for the losers.

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 Card were saddened to learn of the death of Pat Joe Barrett (see Sympathy) who was a regular at our Cards games who to recently.

LOTTO: Last Monday’s (29th April) Jackpot, worth €11,050, was not won. The numbers drawn were 9, 17, 27, 29.

The €20 winners were; Pat Herlihy and Bob Sugrue, both c/o Carmel Quilter; Anne O’Connell and Audrey Moran, both c/o Rock Street Post Office; and Colm Mangan c/o  Club Rockies.

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

MEMORIAL MASS: A Mass in memory of the late David Barry, who passed away recently in the USA, will be celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Rathass at 5pm on this coming Friday (10th May).

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is also offered to the families of the following who died recently – Mary Galvin (nee Lynch), Knockmoyle and formerly Castle Street; Brendan O’Sullivan, New Marian Park and formerly Kenmare; Johnny O’Sullivan, Poulawaddra and formerly Killerisk; Seán Moriarty, Scotland and formerly Strand Road; Sister Perpetua O’Brien, Moyderwell Convent and formerly Duagh; Patrick J. Barrett, Graigue, Ardfert and formerly Feans, Causeway (a valued member of our Card Players); Edward (Ned) Fitzgerald, Cahersiveen (member of the 1955 All Ireland winning panel and father of Maurice and Marie – former member of our Ladies Football team); and Peter Kavanagh, Monalee, Monavally and formerly of Terenure (Dublin).

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