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NOVEMBER MASS OF REMEMBRANCE:  The deceased members & friends of Austin Stacks GAA Club will be remembered in the 10am Mass at our Our Lady & St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee on Sunday next November 14th.

All past & present members of the club – (Senior, Juvenile and Ladies club) & friends of the Rock are very welcome to attend.  This Mass will also be broadcast live on Radio Kerry and live-streamed on

RACE NIGHT: Our hardworking Finance Committee is asking us all to join our fellow Rockies for the social event of the year at the Austin Stacks Gala Race Night on Friday, 26th November!

After nearly two years in hibernation, the great re-emergence of the Rockie faithful will take place in the clubhouse for what promises to be a wonderfully entertaining night of banter, betting and beverages!

Our 2021 Race Night is a hugely important fundraising event for Austin Stacks to help cover the costs of running the largest juvenile boys & girls club in Kerry, to finance pitch maintenance & upgrade works, and to support our Senior Men’s team for what we hope will be a long and prosperous winter campaign!

The Race Night highlights include ten races on multiple screens, special auction and legend races, €1,500 in cash prizes to be won, full bar and finger food and best dressed lady and gent competitions.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 0-14; South Kerry 0-6.

Played in dry conditions in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon(7th Nov) this 4th quarter final of the week-end ended as the previous three ended with a comfortable margin of eight points for the winners.

The opening two quarter finals the previous evening also ended with almost similar margins – Rahillys winning against Dingle with nine points to spare (2-16 to 0-13), St. Brendans defeating Legion with eight points to spare (1-17 to 1-9), similar to our win and Crokes having by far the biggest win of the week-end with nineteen points to spare over Templenoe (1-22 to 0-6).

With cautious build-ups we chalked up six points before the first water-break while holding the opposition scoreless.

Four of those points came from Darragh O’Brien, three of them from frees, with Shane O’Callaghan scoring the opening point from play in the second minute and Kieran Donaghy scoring from a mark in the 10th minute.

The second quarter then was evenly contested with both sides scoring three points each. Darragh O’Brien was again on target for us with two more points and our ninth point of the game coming in the 28thminute form play by Armin Heinrich. This left us six points clear at the break (0-9 to 0-3).

Twelve seconds had just elapsed in the second half when Michael O’Gara extended that lead with a good point from play from our opening attack.

However South Kerry dominated the next ten minutes scoring three unanswered points to reduce our lead to just four.

But that was as good as it got for the southerners as we held them scoreless for the remainder of the game while we added a further four points from four different players – Darragh O’Brien (free), Star from play and the last two from frees by Shane O’Callaghan and Seán Quilter.

A great display again by all 20 who took the field and good to see Brendan O’Sullivan back in action again after that injury he picked up in the Club Championship final. Also we all hope that Dylan Casey’s injury is not a  serious one and that he will be back in action again.

Finally well done to Darragh O’Brien who deservedly received the Celsius Menswear Man of the Match Award.

Team: Wayne Guthrie, Colin Griffin, Dylan Casey (Capt), Jack O’Shea, Paul O’Sullivan, Conor Jordan, Ronan Shanahan, Joseph O’Connor, Greg Horan, Michael O’Gara (0-1), Fiachna Mangan, Armin Heinrich (0-1), Darragh O’Brien (0-7 – five frees), Kieran Donaghy (0-2 – one mark), Shane O’Callaghan (0-2 – 0ne free).

Subs used: Barry Shanahan (46m), Brendan O’Sullivan (46m), Seán Quilter (48m) (0-1 free), Michael O’Donnell (48m), Adam Curran (51m).

And as we are on SF let us congratulate David Mannix and his current team, St. Judes, on their brilliant victory in last Saturday night’s Dublin SF Co. Championship semi final over Lucan Sarsfields by 1-18(21) to 3-5 (14), David playing at full-forward and scoring five points of his team’s total.

In the meantime we have drawn St. Brendans in the semi final which is scheduled to go ahead on the weekend after next. This will be our 6th Co. Championship meeting with the divisional side – the 1st was on 23rd August 1936 which we won and the last time we met was 20th June 2009 which we also won. We lost the three games in between.
JOHN BREEN: There was a nice surprise get-together in the Clubhouse on Saturday night to mark John Breen’s retirement from the Club’s Employment Scheme which John has been involved with for many years. Well done again John for the Trojan work you have done and, of course, it’s great to see you still continuing with such activities like the weekly Lotto.


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 7940531for further information.


NOVEMBER IN THE PAST (08/11 to 14/11). On the field of play on 11th Nov. 1990 the Kerry SF Ladies won their 9th All Ireland  title in a row with our own Dell McLoughlin- Whyte as captain.

Nine years later (14th Nov 1999) Billy Sheehan won a Cork SF Co. Championship medal with his UCC team.

On 9th Nov. 1972 our current playing pitch at Connolly Park was formally acquired from Tralee UDC for a sum of £4,760.


Finally during this week in 2005 (11th Nov) one of our outstanding U14 Footballers, Tunji Olatunji, was tragically killed in a road accident on his way to school..


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: Our Card sessions will continue  twice weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) with one big change – the starting time. With the agreement of the vast majority they will now commence at 9pm sharp on both nights.


CLUB LOTTO: Monday Night’s (8th Nov) Jackpot, worth €3,200, was not won. The numbers drawn were 9, 19, 29, 30. The €20 winners were Keith McKenzie, c/o The Juvenile Club; Owen Moynihan, Pat Canty and Patrick & Siobhán Flynn, all c/o The Club; and John Commane, c/o Kevin Barry’s.


Next Monday’s Jackpot will be worth €3,250.

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: Noreen Murphy (nee O’Dowd), St. Brendan’s Park and formerly Marian Park; Eugene O’Brien, Listellick and formerly Derrylea; Charlie McBride, Caherslee and formerly Donegal; Michael (Dominic) O’Brien, St. John’s Park (brother of Dico and Mary O’Mahony of our Card Players); Mike Brick, Oakview and Caherbreagh and formerly Rathgar; Helen Corridan, Alderwood Road and Balloonagh and formerly London and Tenerife; Anita Nolan, Ballinorig Estate; and Helen (Lila) Roche, London and O’Rahilly’s Villas.

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