Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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GOLF CLASSIC: Our Golf Classic will take place on Friday April 5th at the world renowned Arnold Palmer designed Tralee Golf Course, a unique combination of traditional seaside golf links and world famous scenery.

The event is a 4 person team stableford with 2 scores to count on each hole. There are at least five team prizes, longest drive and nearest the pin. On arrival tea / coffee will be available.

On completion of your round a 3 course meal will be served in the clubhouse. The cost per team is €500 (inc meal) and sponsorship of a tee box costs €100.

Presentation of prizes will take place in Austin Stacks Clubhouse in Connolly Park on the same evening at 9pm followed by a raffle for valuable spot prizes and light entertainment.

The golf classic forms an essential part of the annual fundraising events at the club, and allows us field over 20 teams each week, ranging from juvenile up to adult in Gaelic Football, Hurling and Ladies Football.

Your support/sponsorship for this event would be greatly appreciated.  To reserve your tee -time who may call or text Nial Shanahan on 087 2801634.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: This season’s Town League Final (for the John Kissane Cup) will be between ourselves and Ballymac. As we write it is scheduled to go ahead on next Friday night (1st March) at 7.30pm in Austin Stack Park. Then on the following week-end (w/e 10th March) the Co. League commences when we will be welcoming the new All Ireland Intermediate Champions (Kilcummin) to Connolly Park.

MINOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 4-9; Ballymac 3-12.

Played in almost summer-like conditions in Connolly Park on Saturday afternoon (23rd Feb) this 3rd and final round of the Town League ended all square after an hour of some very entertaining football. Both sides had periods of dominance throughout the game with the lead changing hands on at least five different occasions.  With three minutes remaining in the first half we found ourselves down by eight points. At that stage we had only two points on the board – the first coming in the 4th minute from Mark Holden and the other in the 16thminute from Seán Quilter. But a good finish to the half, which produced a point each from Dara Barry Walsh and Seán Quilter and a well-taken goal on the stroke of half time by Daniel O’Rourke, saw us three adrift at the break (1-7 to 1-4).

Daniel was on target again straight from the throw-in with a point after 22 seconds. Then from the kick-out Dara Barry Walsh sent in a long perfect pass to Conor Myers who put over. Ballymac had their first point of the half in the 35th minute but then a minute later a brilliant move by our lads saw Daniel O’Rourke’s pass palmed to the net by Mark Holden to put us in the lead for the first time in the game (2-6 to 1-8). Ballymac, however, were in no mood to give in and in the next five minutes  they found themselves four points to the good again after scoring 1-2 without reply. But then it was our turn again to dominate and during the next 13 minutes we scored 2-2 which now gave our boys a four points lead. Our two goals came from our two centre-field men, Seán Quilter and Eoghan Carroll with Conor Myers the scorer of our two points.

But credit to Ballymac they never gave up and in the 56th minute they scored their 3rd and the game’s 7th goal. A minute later Conor Myers extended our lead again to two but, surprise, surprise back came Ballymac with two points from frees in the closing minutes to level the game and ensure that, deservingly, both sides got a share of the spoils.

With two wins and a draw over our three round robin games we have now qualified for the final for the eight season in a row.

Team: Ben Quilter, Ciarán Kelliher, Niall Fitzmaurice, Joey Nagle, Owen Healy, Dara Barry Walsh (0-1), Dean Rusk, Seán Quilter (Capt) (1-2), Eoghan Carroll (1-0), Craig Teahan, Daniel O’Rourke (1-1), Tommy O’Farrell, Mark Holden (1-1), Conor Myers (0-4 – one free), Matthew Browne.

Subs used: Rory O’Connell (ht), Charlie Curran (45m).

SCÓR SINSIR QUIZ: The Scór Sinsir Quiz will be held in Currans (An tIonad Barr Feabhais) on Friday week, 8th March at 7pm. All entries are to be sent directly to the Secretary Coiste Scór Chiarraí by email to

KERRY-CORK HEALTH LINK BUS: Our good friend Kerry O’Shea informs us that Niall and Viv Nolan will be hosting a Fundraising Coffee Morning at their premises (Nolan’s Garage and Londis Supermarket) in North Circular Road on next Thursday morning (28th Feb) in aid of the Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus. So come along any time between 10am and 12 mid-day to support this worthy event and enjoy some tasty food and coffee in the process.

CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties and Functions. Enquiries about Club Bookings should be made by contacting Harry Hynes at 087 2467286.

CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse on every Monday and Thursday nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.

All at the Cards send best wishes to Tom Leen and look forward to you joining us again very soon Tom.

LOTTO: Last week’s (18th Feb) Jackpot, worth €10,500, was not won. The numbers drawn were 14, 16, 21, 32. The €20 winners were: Maureen Dowling, c/o Rock Street Post Office; Timmy Scanlon, c/o Carmel O’Neill; Andrew Foley, c/o The Hurlers, Dave Scanlon, c/o Club Rockies and Sarah Hobbert, c/o The Club.

LottoTickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular outlets.

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is offered to the family of Catherine Holland (nee Baily), Ennis and formerly Tralee and Roscrea who died recently.

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