Austin Stacks GAA Juvenile Club News

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PEIL FAOI 6/8/10: The Under 6/8/10 end-of-year medal presentation ceremony will take place on Sunday December 9th in the clubhouse. Beidh Daidí na Nollag i láthair, a deirtear. We will have a visitor from the North Pole on that day.

We will also have the All-Ireland Tom Markham Cup on display. Bring the camera. Ócáid iontach a bheidh ann, LCD! All our youngsters are eagerly looking forward to the excitement.

MENTORS’ NIGHT OUT: In recognition of all the work put by our army of dedicated mentors, the club will host a get-together in Connolly Park next Saturday night. Cóisir bheag!

We are blessed to have so many great outstanding volunteers who give of their time week after week and they do it for the betterment of our youngsters. Ní neart go cur le chéile!

SCÓR na nÓG: The Greater Tralee District Scór na nÓg competitions will be held at 6pm on Saturday 1úNollaig in Na Gaeil Clubrooms.

The Austin Stack Club will be represented by Ella Nic Gabhann (Ella Smith). We’ll also have a 4-person quiz team but the quiz competition won’t take place ‘till January and the Kerry winners will go straight into the All-Ireland final! Well done, all!

We still require people for a figure dance, a set, a ballad group and a musical group; a storyteller/reciter is also needed. Aois: ní mór d’iomaitheoirí a bheith faoi seacht mbliana dhéag ar an 1ú Eanáir ’18.

PEIL FAOI 15: 2018 Champions of Bordcheantar Thrá Lí: Armin Heinrich, Dean Rusk, Cillian Litchfield, Caydon Ó Mathúna, Joey de Nógla, Jordan Ó Cíosáin, Josh Ó Loingsigh, Eimhín Ó Foghlú, Liam Ó Cearmada, Cian Ó Duilleáin, Éanna Ó Cathail, Brian Mac Eileagóid, Ruairí Ó Conaill, Gearóid Mac Giolla Ghannáin, Seán Ó Coileáin, Séamus Mac Cathail, Gavin Ó Slatara, Donncha Ó Sionnaigh, Shane de Bastábla, Donnacha Mac a’tSaoir.

SCÓLÁIREACHTAÍ GAELTACHTA: Now is the time for club members to plan for a Irish language course in the West Kerry Gaeltacht. The GAA (district, county and provincial levels) provides financial assistance. Contact should be made with club officials immediately after Christmas…to avoid disappointment!

CORN UÍ MHUIRÍ (Coláistí na Mumhan): (i) Meánscoil Chnoc an tSeabhaic took on Coláiste Bhréanainn on Wednesday last (28ú Samhain). Lucht na Carraige ar an bpainéal: Dara de Barra-Breathnach, Pádraig Ó Lionnáin, Craig Ó Tíocháin, Séamus Ó Coigligh, Donncha Mac Mathúna, Mícheál Ó Gadhra, Adam Ó Curráin. (ii) The Green lads challenged Coláiste Chríost Rí on Tuesday last (27úSamhain).

CRUINNIÚ CINN BHLIANA: Our juvenile AGM (annual general meeting) will take place at 7pm on Tuesday January 8th. Fáilte roimh chách.

CORN UÍ SHÚILLEABHÁIN (Coláistí Chiarraí): Both the Mounthawk and The Green boys are, faraor géar, out of the Corn Uí Shúilleabháin competition. Buachaillí na Carraige ar phainéal na Faiche: Conchúr Ó Mír, Tomás Ó Fearaíl, Eoin Ó Cearúill, Jordan Ó Cíosáin, Dónal Ó Ruairc, Seán Cuiltéir, Ben Cuiltéir.

BLIAIN NA GAEILGE: Táimid fós i mBliain na Gaeilge. Ná dearmadtar an cúpla focal?

CILL MOCHUDA-CRÓCAIGH-BENBURB: It’s fitting to write about a Dublin club that has strong playing and competitive contact with our own club per visits, tournaments, etc. Cén club? This is the story of three GAA clubs becoming one club! (i) A club was founded in Kilmacud Parish, South-East Dublin, by a group of parishioners who were led and encouraged by two local priests, Fr Robert Walsh and Fr Martin Ryan. This happened 59 years ago in 1959. (1959 was the year that the Sam Maguire Cup was left behind in Croke Park after an All-Ireland victory v Galway! Imagine! Ask Eddie Barrett how the cup was brought ‘home’!)

The first public meeting took place on February 12th in the St Laurence Hall where Stillorgan Shopping Centre now stands. Fr Robert Walsh was chairman of that meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to see what local support was there for the setting up of a GAA Club in the area. Fr Walsh stated that “the time was overdue to provide facilities for boys to play games and to encourage the spirit of nationalism symbolised by the GAA”. Toradh an chruinnithe sin? About 50 people fully agreed with and endorsed the idea and, a month later, the first general meeting of the club was held.

It had an attendance of over 60 people. A collection of one shilling per person was made and the new club had a ‘kitty’ of £3. (£1 = 20 shillings; £3 = 60 shillings). It was agreed that the club colours would be green and white.

These colours were later changed to the more distinct purple and gold, the colours of the local Scoil Lorcáin (St Laurence). The necessity for a GAA club in the parish came about because of the great work being done in that local school by beirt mhúinteoirí, Seán Ó Braonáin agus Mícheál de Búrca. Laistigh de bhliain amháin, within a year, they had U13, U15, U16 and minor football teams AND, in hurling, they had U13, U15 and junior teams. That was progress agus dul chun cinn an-mhór!

In 1963 they purchased a 6.5 acre ‘permanent home’ and two years later the adjoining Glenalbyn House was bought. Cill Mochuda was on the GAA map! (ii) In 1966 another giant step was taken when discussions took place with an nearby all-hurling club called Na Crócaigh! Can you see where the narrative is heading? (ar leanúint / to be continued).

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