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CLUB WORKSHOP: Austin Stacks GAA in association with Jigsaw Kerry will host a 1-hour workshop entitled ‘One Good Adult’ at 8pm on next Monday April 19th.

The aims of the workshop are to: (1) Have a greater understanding of mental health and what influences mental health (2) Recognise the importance of the role of trusted adults in supporting and promoting young people’s mental health and (3) to Know how to support and promote the mental health of the young people in their lives.  The workshop is aimed at all Senior Club Players, the Parents of all Juvenile Players, Club Coaches & Club Officers and will take place via Zoom – the link for this workshop is (no password required). There will be a waiting room and everyone will be admitted at 8pm.  We encourage everyone to set the date aside.

GAME TIME: The Croke Park document issued last Thursday sets out a general fixtures framework for an inter-county season commencing in mid May and concluding at the end of August.

As far as Kerry is concerned there will be three rounds of the NFL on three consecutive weekends commencing on w/e 15th May with a semi final fixed for w/e 12th June and the final the following weekend.

In Kerry’s division there will also be Dublin, Galway and Roscommon, The Provincial Championships then get underway the following weekend (w/e 26th June) with specific fixtures yet to be notified by the Munster Council.

The Munster Final is fixed for the w/e of 24th July. The All Ireland semi finals (Munster .v. Ulster on this occasion) go ahead on the w/e of 14th August and the All Ireland Final is fixed for the week-end of 28th August.

We now await confirmation from our own Co. Board as to how the Club season will be managed but we do understand that the Co. League will go ahead from mid May to the end of August with the Co. Championships commencing in September following the conclusion of inter-county activity.

AUSTIN STACKS LADIES CLUB: are continuing to appeal to all club members to please support them if shopping in Lidl. Follow these 4 simple steps to help raise funds for Stacks Ladies Cub (1) Download/open the Lidl Plus App (2) Select Austin Stacks LGFA as your chosen club (3) Spend over €30 instore and scan your Lidl Plus card (4) Collect 6 stamps by Sun April 11th and submit your card via Lidl Plus.

APRIL IN THE PAST: (15th to 21st). On the field of play for the 4th year in a row our Hurlers won the South Kerry SH League with a five points victory against Kenmare in Connolly Park of Tuesday, 20th April 1993. The old cliché of ‘goals win matches’ came to the fore again on this occasion with the final score of 4-5 to 0-12. Team: Mike Twomey, Joe Rogers, John Brennan, Brian Shanahan, Tim Walsh, Fergus McCarthy, Denis O’Regan, John Lyons (1-0), Jim Donovan, Pádraig Teahan (1-1), Brendan Long (1-0), Kevin McCarthy (0-4 – two frees), Mikey John O’Shea, Pat Dowling, Mike Fahey (1-0). Sub used: Seán Holden.

Three years earlier (21st April 1990) our Senior Footballers had a splendid one point win over John Mitchels (2-9 to 2-8) in a Town League semi-final after Mitchels had a commanding eight points lead (2-7 to 0-5) nine minutes into the second half. Team: John Browne, John Galvin, Eamon O’Brien, Eamon Quigley, John Walsh, Liam Liddy, Christy Flaherty, Joe Smith, Martin McKivergan, Darren Aherne (1-1), Donal Sugrue (0-1), John Harrington, Owen Moynihan (1-2 –penalty goal), David O’Lehan (0-1), Michael Lynch (0-4 frees). Sub used: Mike Corcoran.

We go back in time now for our final game this week, back to 1937 (20th April). It was the first round of that season’s Co. Championship and we were facing a South Kerry side (called Iveragh at that time) in Austin Stack Park. In the space of eight years (1928 to 1936) we had won five Co. Championships and on this occasion we had a good win by 6-2 to 3-3. Team: Brendan Reidy, Tim Sullivan, Miko Doyle, Mick Healy, Paddy Drummond, Seán McCarthy, Dick Power, Jimmy Gawksie Gorman, Joe Kennington, Jerry Pluggy Moriarty (1-0), Tim Roundy Landers (1-0), Frank O’Neill (2-1), John Paul Doyle, Dan Ryan (1-1), Mick O’Sullivan (1-0). And look at the connections in that team with some members in to-day’s Club. For example Paddy Drummond, a relative of Club Secretary, Elma Nix; brothers Miko Doyle and John Paul Doyle – John Paul the grandfather of Hillary Donaghy (Star’s wife).

Off the pitch, on the 16th April 1992, our U16 footballers went on a trip to Coventry, the first Juvenile team of the Club to go on a trip abroad.

Finally during the third week in April four prominent Rockies passed to their eternal rewards – in 2008 (16th Apr.) a former dual player Tommy Tucker Fitzpatrick died; then the following year (21st April 2009) Joan Reidy – mother of former players and Club administrators Joe, Brendan and Ger) died; in 2014 (20th April) saw the passing at the very young age of 29 of Trevor Barrett who at the time was still playing both hurling and some football; and finally on 17th April last year another former player, Joe Neville, died.

ONLINE CLUB SHOP OPEN – check out the newest ‘official’ Austin Stacks Club Merchandise – only available to order on this link (free delivery on any orders over €50) see

CLUB LOTTO: Monday Night’s (12th April) Jackpot, worth €13,400, was not won. The numbers drawn were 6, 26, 30, 31.

The €20 winners were Michael McCannon and Tony Hennessy, both c/o The Club; Sharon Carwell and Louise Morrison, both c/o Online; and Tim Sheehan, c/o Malachy Nagle.

The Club Executive has agreed that the Jackpot will be increased by €100 on the first Monday of each month, commencing on the first Monday in May, assuming that the Jackpot is not won in the meantime.

Continued thanks to the following businesses for selling our Club Lotto tickets – Kevin Barry’s Shop, Commane’s Book Shop, O’Flynn Interiors, Hussey’s, Princess St., Terry’s Butcher’s, Oakpark The Burger Shack, Monavally as well as Maguire’s Butchers and Kirby’s Brogue Inn and continued thanks to everyone who purchase tickets week in, week out.

Austin Stacks lotto tickets are now also available to purchase on line on the following link: Kirby’s Brogue Inn Maguire’s Butchers Hussey’s P. Commane Books.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently: John Conneely, Ballyard and formerly Cedarwood Road, Dublin; Michelle Clifford, The Kerries and Douglas, Cork (sister of former Club Footballer, Con Clifford); and Mai O’Donoghue (nee Colleran), O’Donoghue’s Pharmacy, Boherbee and formerly Claremorris.

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