Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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SCÓR: We are looking for performers in Solo Singing, Instrumental, Recitation and Novelty Acts/Comedy to represent the Club in both Scòr Sinsear (over 18s) & Scòr Na nÒg (over 13 & U17 on Jan 1st 2020).  Club Scòr Instructor this season is Tim Landers. Anyone interested in participating should text Club Secretary Elma Nix at 086 1053300.

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.
Bar opening hours are as follows: 7pm to 12.30am on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and 12 noon to 11pm on Sundays.

CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse on every Monday and Thursday nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.

LOTTO: Last Night’s (14th October) Jackpot, worth €12,300, was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 17, 20, 23.
The €20 winners were: John Ryle and Denis Foley & Mogs, both c/o Carmel O’Neill; Tom Diggins and Michael Rohan, both c/o Rock Street Post Office; and Agnes Breen, c/o The Club.
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.

Another former Club player, Charles (Chang) O’Hanlon, passed away peacefully at his home in Woodford, Listowel on last Saturday (12th of October) surrounded by his loving family.

Chang, as he was better known in his playing-days, made his SF Championship debut in Listowel on Sunday, 3rd July 1960 with the home side (Feale Rangers) getting the better of a youthful Rock outfit on a bad rainy summers day.

Making their Senior Championship debuts on the same day were three other notable Rockies – James Trant, Jim Broderick and Seamie Condon. Chang went on to play during the next seven seasons, lining out for his last Championship game in Kenmare on Sunday, 30th July 1967.

But good and all as Chang was at football it was at the sport of Basketball that he really excelled. At that time, during the sixties, Tralee was the home of Basketball. There were maybe four or five teams in town at the time, all as good as each other.

Charlie’s team was Colmcilles and they won many titles during that period. Charles was also a member of the Irish team competing in what was called The Four Nations (Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales). Basketball team mates who played with Chang during that time would have included his Rock football colleagues, Brian Fraser and J.J. O’Brien and the brothers Cathal and John Horan.

And, finally, if we were not to mention our four-legged friends in the context of Chang O’Hanlon it would be a travesty of justice – because after Football and Basketball, or maybe before Football and Basketball, Greyhounds and Horses were Chang’s other great pleasures.

All in the Club and the local community extend sincere sympathy to Charles’s  wife Margaret, sons Jimmy and Cathal, daughter Charlotte, his seven grandchildren Robert, Charley, Sinead, Shannon, Eire, Jack and Molly, his great-grandson Leo, his sister Madeline, and all his extended family and friends.

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is also offered to the families of the following who died recently – Mary Kelly (nee O’Regan), Palmerstown and late of Rock Street; Frederick Ardley, Littlehampton, London and O’Rahilly’s Villas; Michael O’Dwyer, O’Dwyer’s Bar, Blennerville; and Margaret O’Meara (nee Lynch), Kerins Park.

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