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KERRY GAA HOUSE DRAW: Kerry GAA’s recently launched ‘Win A House Draw’ continues to expand.  Tickets are €100 each for your chance to win a stunning 3 bedroomed house in Killarney while supporting our Kerry GAA teams.

Remember when purchasing your ticket don’t forget to include ‘Austin Stacks GAA’ in the additional information section – this ensures that Austin Stacks will receive a raffle ticket for the exclusive Kerry Clubs draw taking place in December for a cash prize of €1,500.    The online link to purchase tickets can be found on

B FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 2-16; Cordal 1-13.

This Division 5 Co. League final played in Castleisland on last Sunday evening (22nd Aug) was our toughest game so far this season  as the Cordal boys showed in no small way why they topped Division 5B.

We had a very good start with Conor Myers pointing after just 30 seconds. We added a further six points before the first water break to leave us ahead by 0-7 to 0-3 at that stage. Conor was again on target with two frees with four other players adding a point each, all from play – Dara Barry Walsh from long range and well taken points by Gearóid Sheehan, Gearóid Fitzgerand and Shane Walsh coming from his wing back position.

Cordal then dominated the second quarter, outscoring us by six points to one – our single score coming from a Gearóid Sheehan free. This left the St. Kierans boys ahead by one at half time (0-9 to 0-8).

That was still the position at the end of the second water break with both sides scoring four points each during this third quarter – Conor Myers with two (one from a free) and a point each from play by Gearóid Sheehan and team captain Rory Forbes.

But our performance in the final quarter showed the real ability of this team and the quality of the bench. A brilliant run up field just after the restart by midfielder Eoghan Carroll found Conor Myers who again pointed, to level the game for the sixth time.

Three minutes later substitute Daniel O’Rourke was no sooner on the pitch when he raced through to score a brilliant goal and put us on the road to victory. Another substitute, Cian Purcell added a second goal, six minutes later. Cordal then got their goal a minute later and could have goaled again but for a superb save by David Hennessy. That happened to be their only score of the final quarter while we sealed the victory with three further points from Cian Purcell, Conor Myers and Seán Ryan.

This was an all-round brilliant performance with all twenty players contributing significantly to a great win. The winning trophy was presented to team captain, Rory Forbes by former Club Chairman Liam Lynch, who is now the Co. Board’s Development Officer. And the Man of the Match award went deservedly to centre-back, Paul Galvin.

Well done again to the whole squad for a fabulous season so far and to those fantastic mentors Paddy Barry, Tim McMahon, Eamonn O’Reilly, Dale Counihan, Mikey Collins, TJ Sheehan and Kieran Kelliher.

Team: David Hennessy, Ruairí 0’Connell, Niall Fitzmaurice, Luke Chester, Dara Barry Walsh (0-1), Paul Galvin, Shane Walsh (0-1), Eoghan Carroll, Rory Forbes (Capt) (0-1), Andrew Morrissey, Gearóid Sheehan (0-3 – one free), Ciarán O’Connell, Conor Myers (0-7 – three frees) Gearóid Fitzgerald (0-1), Calvin Foley.

Subs used: Cian Purcell (ht) (1-1), Paul Barrett (ht), Seán Ryan (45m) (0-1), Daniel O’Rourke (49m) (1-0), Dean Scanlon (55m).

CONGRATULATIONS: And as we are on football let us pass on our congratulations to former Club Footballer, Brían Mangan and his partner, Ciara Sheridan on the birth of their daughter, Róisín – a first grandchild for Colm and Paula. Róisín was born at 8.20pm on Sunday evening (22nd Aug) just half an hour after the B Team had won the Co. League Final – what perfect timing.

CONGRATULATIONS: also to Seán Somers, Connolly Park, Club Footballer (son of Liam and Bernie and great grandson of the late, great Tom Naughton) who became a member of An Gárda Siochána recently. At the moment Seán is based in Naas and we all wish him every success in his new position.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: We wish Kerry every success in their All Ireland semi final tie against Tyrone in Croke Park on this coming Saturday (28th Aug). A Kerry win would see them in the final for the 62nd time while a Tyrone victory would see them contest their 7thfinal. The date for the All Ireland Final has been refixed for Saturday, 11th September with Mayo awaiting the winners.

U20 FOOTBALL: Our round 4 game in this five round Co. League against Laune Rangers did not go ahead as planned last week. No new date has been fixed as we write.

MINOR FOOTBALL: Our Co. League Div. 1 semi final fixture against Laune Rangers has now been re-fixed for next Monday evening (30th Aug). Glenflesk who defeated Fossa (3-11 to 3-9) in the first semi final await the winners in the Final. Our thanks to everyone who went out of their way to facilitate the rearrangement for our covid-hit Minors, especially the co-operation received from the other Clubs involved – Laune Rangers and Glenflesk – also the assistance provided by Terence Houlihan the Co. Board Co-Ordinator and, as usual, the work put in by our own Club Secretary, Elma Nix.

AUGUST IN THE PAST (18/08 to 24/08). On the field of play our Minors won the 2017 Co. League Final (23rd Aug) with a good win over Dr. Crokes (3-13 to 0-13). Team: Robbie Murphy, Shane Kelliher, Dylan Casey, Odhran Liston, Shane Walsh (Capt), Ciarán O’Reilly, Dara Barry Walsh, Joseph O’Connor, David Fitzmaurice, Seán Quilter (0-4), Gearóid Sheehan, Michael Linnane (0-1), Donagh McMahon, Gearóid Fitzgerald (2-0), Michael Slattery (1-8). Subs used: Harry O’Callaghan, David Couchman.

A number of great players made their SF Championship debuts during this week in the past – on 18th Aug. 1968 four came on the scene – John O’Keeffe, Gerry Dennehy and the McCarthy brothers  Mike and Paudie.

Then in 1976 (21st Aug) it was the turn of the one and only John L. McElligott. Two years later (19th Aug) Billy O’Carroll and Ned O’Neill made their debuts and finally in 2001 (19th Aug) Daniel Bohan  made his debut and went on to play 17 consecutive season of Senior Championship.

Three great Rockies passed away during this week in August – in 1972 (22nd Aug) Nicholas Hussey died at the young age of 44.

Nicholas was Club goalkeeper as was his son, Michael in later years. Then in 2010 (23rd Aug) Fr. Mícheál Galvin died aged 91.

Fr. Mícheál was Club President for a staggering 66 years – a  record that surely will never be surpassed. Finally in 2019 (19th Aug) a former outstanding  dual player, Michael Barry died at his home in Ennis.

ONLINE CLUB SHOP: A reminder that our Club shop is open 24/7. Check out the newest ‘official’ Austin Stacks Club Merchandise – only available to order on this link (free delivery on any orders over €50) see We would also like to introduce the new Austin Stacks Ganzee Club Clothing Collection, available in Mens/Unisex, Womens & kids check out all the style ranges in hoodies, t-shirts and sweatshirts on

CLUB LOTTO: Monday Night’s (23rd August) Jackpot, worth €2,650, was not won. The numbers drawn were 12, 15, 25, 29. The €20 winners were Tony McLoughlin, Damien McLoughlin, Malachy Nagle and Colin Teahon, all c/o The Club; and Pa Breen, Castleisland.

Next Monday’s Jackpot will be worth €2,700.

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: Monica Prendiville, Castleisland (sister of Cecilia Culloty); Francis Langford, Annagh; Birdie Connolly (nee Dowling), The Kerries and formerly Connolly’s Jewellers, Bridge Street; Hugh Crean, Kilballylahiff, Castlegregory (father of Jerome, Connolly Park, former Club Footballer); and Philomena (Phil) Bennis (nee Lyons), Ballymullen and formerly Knockalougha, Knocknagoshel.

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