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FITNESS CLASSES: The Individual Pod Fitness Training sessions continues in the Clubhouse every Tuesday and Thursday evenings  from 7pm to 8pm. All are welcome. Contact Diane at 087 7940531 for further information.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 1-16; Kenmare Shamrocks 1-11.

A top class performance by all 20 who lined out at Fitzgerald Stadium on last Sunday afternoon (17th Oct) saw us win our third County Club Championship in a row and our 6th in total since we won the very first running of the competition away back in 1979.

When these sides met in last year’s final it had to go to extra time before we achieved victory with three points to spare (1-17 to 1-14). There were times during the final quarter of this game when some people thought that a similar thing might happen as only three points separated the sides on three different occasions, right up to the 60th minute.

But we finished the game the stronger and points in the four minutes of added time by Adam Curran and Jack O’Shea sealed victory for us.

Kenmare opened the scoring inside the second minute with a point from play but from the kick-out Conor Jordan was in the square to take a perfect pass from Fiachna Mangan and he coolly slotted the ball low to the net for what turned out to be our only goal of the game.

We never lost the lead after that despite continuous attacks by the opposition. And after our goal Kenmare were on the attack again but a super intervention by Ronan Shanahan lead to our next score – a Joe O’Connor point.

Kenmare then shaded the rest of the quarter, scoring three points to our two – both of ours from frees by keeper Wayne Guthrie and Michael O’Donnell. This left us ahead by 1-3 to 0-4 at the first water-break.

The second quarter then was equally contested with both sides adding three points each – our three coming first with Conor Jordan on target from play and two pointed frees by Michael O’Donnell.

Then it was Kenmare’s turn to score their three in the closing five minutes of the half – the first from a free and the other two from play. This left us with that two points lead at half time (1-6 to 0-7).

We then dominated the third quarter scoring four points to two for the opposition. Our first point came inside two minutes after the resumption and it was superb. Joseph O’Connor won the ball in the centre and raced up field to put over a beauty under fierce pressure. Joe was again on target from a mark in the 38th minute after good work by Paul O’Sullivan and Conor Jordan with our other two coming from a Michael O’Donnell free after a foul on Greg Horan and one from play by Michael O’Gara. This had increased our lead to four at the end of the third quarter (1-10 to 0-9).

Straight after the second water break Fiachna Mangan increased our lead with a good point and two minutes later great combination play by Seán Quilter and Kieran Donaghy put Jack O’Shea through and he blazed over the bar. This left us with six points to spare at that stage (1-12 to 0-9) and victory looked certain but from the kick-out Kenmare raced up field and found the net to bring our lead back to three points, and then it was tit for tat right up to the 60th minute with both sides scoring two points each – Seán Quilter scoring our two.

But as we said earlier we kept our nerve and finished off the game in the four additional minutes of added time with two more points from Adam and Jack.

So well done to the whole squad and their brilliant team of mentors – Wayne Quillinan, Jonathan Conway, Eoin Colgan, Tommy Naughton, Mikey Collins, John O;Sullivan, Damien Ryall and Fionán Hallinan  – for a fantastic season so far.

Team captain Dylan Casey, who himself is having a brilliant season, received the winning Cup from Co. Board Chairman, Tim Murphy and Joseph O’Connor deservedly received the Man of the Match Award. We all wish Brendan O’Sullivan a full and speedy recovery from the injury  which grounded him some 22 minutes into the game.

Team: Wayne Guthrie (0-1 free), Colin Griffin, Dylan Casey (Capt), Jack O’Shea (0-2), Paul O’Sullivan, Conor Jordan (1-1), Ronan Shanahan, Joseph O’Connor (0-3- one free), Brendan O’Sullivan, Greg Horan, Shane O’Callaghan, Fiachna Mangan (0-1), Michael O’Gara (0-1), Kieran Donaghy, Michael O’Donnell (0-4 – frees).

Subs used: Armin Heinrich (22m), Darragh O’Brien (47m), Seán Quilter (47m) (0-2), Adam Curran (53m) (0-1), Barry Shanahan (58m).

We have a break now for a fortnight before we take on East Kerry in a double-header in Austin Stack Park on Saturday week (30th 0ct.) in the opening round of the Co. Championship. Our game, which will be live on RTE 2, throws-in at 7pm, with the opening game between St. Kierans and Kerins O’Rahillys commencing at 5pm. More about this in next week’s Notes.

MINOR FOOTBALL: East Kerry 2-14; Austin Stacks 0-6.


On a damp Saturday afternoon (16th Oct) in Cordal our Minors exited this season’s Co. Championship at the quarter final stage after good wins in the earlier rounds against Dr. Crokes and West Kerry (walk-over). With some of our squad just in the 15 year age bracket it was always going to be difficult to outplay a divisional unit as strong as East Kerry and with so many Club teams to choose from. They led at half time by 1-6 to 0-2, our two points coming from Damien Hogan frees.

Damien was also on target with similar scores during the third quarter with East Kerry extending their tally to 2-9. In the final quarter they added a further five points while Daniel Kirby and Cillian Litchfield scored two super points from play for us.

Team: Michael Tansley, Luke Casey, Cian Dillane, Jack Doyle, Jack Hannon, Colm Browne, Daniel Kirby (0-1), Cillian Litchfield (0-1), Enda Cahill (Capt), Noah Townsend, Paddy Lane, Caden O’Mahony, Seán Moynihan, Damien Hogan (0-4 frees), Darragh Moriarty.

Subs used: Marc Carmody (38m), Donnacha Horgan (45m), Thomas Derege (50m), Dylan Cunningham (58m), Jamie Horgan (59m).

Well done to the whole squad for some brilliant displays during the season and to their dedicated team of Mentors – Denis Sayers, Kieran Browne, Eoghan Galvin, Eamon Scanlan and Richie Conway.

OCTOBER IN THE PAST (15/10 to 21/10). On the field of play two significant Finals took place separated by 37 years. On 18th Oct. 1936 we were witnessing the end of our first Golden era (although we didn’t know it then) when we won our 5th SF Co. Championship title in the space of eight years. Then 37 years later (on 21st Oct. 1973) we won our 6th title with the commencement of our second era.

In 1936 we defeated O’Rahillys in the final by 0-6 to 0-4 and in 1973 we defeated Na hAghasaigh by 2-8 to 1-6.

1936 Team: Brendan Reidy, Frank O’Neill, Miko Doyle, Mick Healy, Tommy Barrett, Seán McCarthy, Tim Sullivan, Tim Roundy Landers, Dan Ryan, Jimmy Gawksie Gorman, John Paul Doyle, Joe Kennington, Martin Bracker O’Regan, Paddy Drummond, John Joe Purty Landers. Subs: Dick Power, Willie Kerins.

1973 Team: Teddy Brick, Garry Scollard, Mike McCarthy, John Barry, Noel Kelter, Tony O’Keeffe, Ger O’Keeffe, John O’Keeffe, Timmy Sheehan, Mikey Sheehy, Ger Power, Tommy Kennington, Billy Curtin (Capt), Jo Jo Barrett, Tommy Bracker O’Regan. Subs: Fergus Dillon, Ger MacNamara, Paudie McCarthy.

And look at the connections in the two teams – Martin Backer in 1936 with his son Tommy Bracker in 1973 and Joe Kennington in 1936 and his son Tommy in 1973.

Go further back to 1926 when Kerry won their 7th All Ireland SF title (17th Oct) – there were six Rock men on the starting 15 –Joe Barrett, Jackie Ryan, James Baily, Denis Rory O’Connell, Jerry Pluggy Moriarty and John Gal Slattery..

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

CARDS: After a break of 19 months our twice weekly 45 Card sessions (Mondays and Thursdays) are due to recommence on next Monday night (25th Oct). With some restrictions still in place it is important that everyone participating should come on time as they will commence at 9.30 on the dot as we have to be ‘out the door’ by 11.30 sharp.

CLUB LOTTO: Monday Night’s (18th Oct) Jackpot, worth €3,050, was not won. The numbers drawn were 5, 18, 19, 28. The €20 winners were Bernie Somers, John Slattery and Brian & Judy Neenan, all c/o the Club; Emer Ní Hogan, c/o Husseys and Eileen Scollard, c/o Kevin Barrys.

Next Monday’s Jackpot will be worth €3,100.

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: Liam McIlroy, Caheranne Village and formerly Glenarm (Antrim); and Jolene Quilligan (nee Hanley) Lucan and Tralee.

Nótaí na nÓg

PEIL FAOI 7: Only one more Sunday left! It’s Super-duperSunday….October 24th! See you all in CAHERSLEE on Sunday at 11am! We’ll bring a clabhsúr to our short but brilliant season. It promises to be a great morning of football fun and our annual presentation ceremony will follow for our U7 lads. Lá dá saol a bheidh ann, LCD. COVID is still around!

PEIL FAOI 9: (i) A big blitz took place for our U9 boys last Saturday in Milltown and our U9s had an incredible morning’s football. Our boys played outstandingly and were a credit to the Black’n’Amber. They really enjoyed their trip to the Town of the Mill! (ii) The Bracker Regan Cup Tournament will put a finish to our football season…on a happy note (hopefully?)…on Sunday morning next (24th). Two years have flown by since we last presented the cup and the whole of The Rock is wondering where the Bracker Regan Cup will reside for the next 12 months! It’s a mouth-watering thought and, so, we can expect an exciting morning of serious football. Exciting games ahead! Rabhadh….COVID is still around!!

PEIL FAOI 11: The U11 football season continues! Excitement mounts as the John Galvin Trophy will be looking for a new home on Sunday morning next. That’ll be the prize as our U11s do battle on the final day of the season. This group has had tons of football throughout the year but this one award has still to be played for, battled for, won and presented. Then, and only then, can all players look forward to their winter break. This cup is as important to the U11s as ‘The Bishop’ is to Wayne! See you all Sunday@11, men! COVID is still around!

PEIL FAOI 13: (i) The final chapter of the U13 season will be written this Thursday evening (7.15pm) in Connolly Park when our C Team plays the Kerins-O’Rahilly Club boys in the Division 3 final of theTimberland Kitchens & Flooring (Tralee) and Tralee and St Brendan Boards League. The prospects of reaching the final appeared very slim indeed back in the first weekend of September when the C Team suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Strand Road boys in the initial round of the league but this highly determined bunch has shown remarkable improvement in the interim with great wins against Na Gaeil and Ardfert. The scene is now set for what should be a very entertaining contest under lights in the Nuns’ Field and the team and mentors call on all connected with the wider U13 and Rockie Juvenile family….Clann na Carraige….to turn up and support our Black‘n’Amber boys on Thursday evening. An Charraig go deo! Of course, these C Team lads earned their place in the final with their recent stirring victory over Ardfert B in Connolly Park….re-read last week’s notes for an account of that game! Is ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann Na Stacaigh!
(ii) The U13B Team lads, after many great battles, have completed their series of games. We say ‘maith sibh’ to everybody for the time and the effort and dedication put into this pandemic-ridden season! we hope all the B boys will support our Cs on Thursday  in Connolly! Is maol gualainn gan deartháir!
(iii) Our A Team boys did The Rock proud during the 2021 season and were very very unfortunate in not getting the opportunity to show their football skills v Na Mistéalaigh in the Division 1 Final of the Tralee and St Brendan Boards League. We thank Timberland Kitchens & Flooring (Tralee) for their generous sponsorship of the league. You can now rest your oars, boys, ‘till the new year of ’22 but keep practising your skills until we meet again. Best wishes to Jack Shanahan who sustained an injury agus tá súil againn nach fada go mbeidh sé ar a sheanléim arís agus ag imirt dá scoil, Meánscoil Chnoc an tSeabhaic.
(iv) Our Under 13 stalwarts include Jack Walsh, Martin Courtney, Ger Hobbert, Seán McCannon, Barry Laide, Jack Diggins, Rory Lynch, Adam Johnston, Seanie Clifford, Jay O’Connor, Rian Walsh, Eoghan Murphy, Ben Litchfield, Gabriel Nosidlak, Jayden Moriarty, Alex Dafoor, Max Grzybowski, Haulie Cotter, Rory Kavanagh, Kyle Yoxall, Aodhán Horgan, Eoin Mangan, Alex Tuohy, Jake Carmody, Jamie Casey, Tadhg Falvey, Denis Brassil, Jack Shanahan, Fionn Cotter, Ryan O’Carroll, Brian Kavanagh, Rian McEvoy, Darragh Lyons, Joe Barry, Nathan Hurley, David Hobbert, Luke O’Connor, Oran O’Donoghue, Jay Swan, Denis Griffin, Oisín Cotter, Seán McCannon, Harry Neale, Dean Courtney, Matthew Guerin, Killian Coffey.

PEIL FAOI 15: Our great U15 panel: David Lucid, Bao Ó Foghlú, Eldion Topali, Naode Derege, Gavin Casey, Thomas Derege, Luke Fitzgerald, Fionnán Ó Riain, Jake Ó Conchúir, Pádraig Ó Cionnaoith, Seán Ó Clúmháin, Brendan Maunsell, Tomás Ó Conaill, David Ó Slatara, Max Nosidlak, Steven Conway; Barry Nagle, Donncha Horgan, James Fisher, Jake Ó Conchúir, Gavin Casey, Liam Ó Conaill, Ronan Carroll, Daniel Kirby, Jack Barrett, Marc Ó Loingsigh, Bruno Borroway, Cormac Bastible, Ryan Ó Drisceoil, Ryan McMahon, Ciarán Caomhánach, Seán Heaslip, Ben Murphy, Paddy Lane, Pádraig Ó hAllmharáin.

CORN UÍ SHÚILLEABHÁIN: (i) Tralee CBS played and defeated Coláiste na Sceilge, Cathair Saidhbhín, in the final of the Dr Éamonn O’Sullivan Cup competition (senior college teams) last week. Rock players on The Green panel: Ben Quilter (sa chúl), Ruairí O’Connell, Colm Browne, Armin Heinrich, Conor Horan, Jordan Kissane, Cian Brosnan, James Charles, Donnacha Sayers. The Green backroom team includes Tim McMahon and Damien McLoughlin (physio).
(ii) The Mercy Mounthawk senior boys face an Scoil Idirmheánach (ISK), Cill Orglan, this Wednesday (20th) in the O’Sullivan Shield. The Rock players on the Mounthawk panel: Jack Murphy, Noah Townsend, Cillian Litchfield, Brian McElligott, Paddy Lane, Joey Nagle, Evan Foley, Caden O’Mahony.

COLÁISTÍ FAOI 15: (i) Peileadóirí an Ghaelcholáiste play v Inbhear Scéine, Neidín, in the final of the Corn Uí Mhuimhneacháin competition this Thursday (21th) i gConnolly Park. Ionadaí na Carraige ar an bpainéal: Cian Ó Duilleáin. (ii) The Mercy Mounthawk U15 boys challenge Coláiste Naomh Mícheál, Lios Tuathail, in the Corn Éamonn Uí Dhonnchú competition this Wednesday (20th) in the Emmett Club Field in Listowel. (iii) The Green U15 boys face Coláiste Bhréanainn in the semi-final of the Corn an Bhráthar Colm Taft competition this Wednesday (20th) in Tralee. The Rock players on the panel: Ryan O’Driscoll, Ronan Carroll, Fionan Ryan, Naode Derege.

IOMÁNAÍOCHT FAOI 16½: Fixtures: (i) Corn Uí Dhrisceoil…..Tralee CBS U16½ hurlers: 4-27; Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine: 0-5; (ii) Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí U16½ hurlers v Coláiste Íde is Iósaf, Mainistir na Féile, (iii) Mercy Mounthawk U16½ hurlers v Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

FOCLÓIR: Cluichí faoin aer….out-door games. Is duine galánta/gleoite é….he’s a (real) sport, a fine fellow! Be a sport….bíodh spraoi ionat! Cothrom na Féinne….sporting conduct, fair play (of the Fianna)! Toradh na rásaí, na gcluichí……sporting results. Cluichí bríomhara….robust games.

LAOCHRA WAYNE: ‘Well done’ to our seniors v Seamróga Neidín on Sunday last i Staid an Ghearaltaigh. Sea, trí-cinn-as-a-chéile! A great achievement! The Rock stands proudly! Best wishes to Dylan Ó Cathasaigh agus a fhoireann v Ciarraí Thoir on Saturday week (30th October). The Austin Stack Club Black’n’Amber Brigade will descend in droves on historic Austin Stack Park!

PEIL FAOI 17: Comhbhrón to our minors who gave of their best against a multi-clubbed East Kerry battalion in the Kerry quarter-final i gCúil Ó Siocht last week! Laochra na Carraige Abú!

SIOPA: Austin Stack Club merchandise….húdaithe, t-léinte, léinte aclaíochta agus Cnuasach Éadaigh ‘Ganzee’….may be viewed on Items may be purchased in all sizes and may be ordered only on this link: (free delivery for orders over €50).

LOTTO: Club lotto supporters: (i) The Burger Shack, Monavalley, (ii) Maguires, Butchers, Caherslee, (iii) Siopa Chaoimhín de Barra, Rock Street, (iv) Paudie Commane’s Book Shop, Rock Street, (v)O’Flynn Interiors, Rock Street, (vi) Kirbys’ Brogue Inn (An Bhróg), Rock Street, (vii) Terry’s Butcher Shop, Upper Oakpark, (iiiv) Husseys’ Deli, Prince’s Street, and (ix)

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