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JACKIE POWER: All in the Club and in the wider community were saddened to learn on last Thursday morning (30th May) of the death of Jackie Power after a long illness.

Jackie and his family have been involved with the Club since his late father Jackie Snr. came to this town from his native Limerick almost 70 years ago. Jackie Jnr. was part of the great Rock teams of the 1970s and 1980s but before that he had a very successful career with the Juveniles both in Hurling and Football, culminating in that great MH Co. Championship win in 1967.

He made his SF Championship debut in that iconic game in ‘muddy Moyvane’ on the 15th September 1974. For the next eleven seasons (1974-1984) he was a vital cog in many victories by the Club in that second Golden Era.

He played 26 Co. Championship games – winning three Co. Championship medals (1975, 1976 and 1979) as well as a Munster Club Championship medal in 1976 and an All Ireland Club Championship medal in 1977.

In addition he won six Co. Leagues between 1974 and 1982. In one of those Co. Championship finals – the 1976 one against Kenmare in Killarney – he is credited with scoring the fastest goal in a final – scoring the only goal of the game just thirty seconds after the throw-in.

With his playing days over he mentored many Rock teams down the years, including our Minors (2000), Under 21s (2002-2004) and our B team (2003). His wife Noreen has been involved with our Lady Footballers since their establishment in the late 1970s and has been Austin Stacks Ladies Club Chairperson for many years.

His son Seán has played and mentored teams for many years and recently lined out again with the newly reformed C Team.

His daughters Deirdre, Gráinne and  Siobhán have all been involved in various Club activities down the years to this present day.  Jackie’s grand daughter Chloe plays with our U12 girls and his young grandsons  Mattise & Theo are both members of our juvenile academy.

We extend sincere sympathy to Jackie’s family – to his wife Noreen, his son Seán, daughters Deirdre, Gráinne and Siobhán, his brothers David and Ger, his sisters, Eleanor (Kelliher), Breeda (McNamara), Sheila (Patel), his grandchildren and all his extended family and friends.

Footnote: What a coincidence that Jackie died on the 30th May the same date that his father (Jackie Snr.) was born – 30th May 1916.

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is also offered to the family of Helen O’Flaherty, Old Marian Park who died recently.

CO. SF LEAGUES Round 5 of the Co. League go ahead  on this coming week-end. Both of our games are in Connolly Park. Our Seniors are out first on Saturday evening (8th June) in a local derby game against Kerins O’Rahillys. Throw-in is at 7.30pm. Then on Sunday afternoon (9th June) our B team play Kilgarvan at 2pm. This will be a good test for our Bs as Kilgarvan top the League table with four wins in their opening four games.

THE C TEAM: Our round 2 Co. League game against Ballydonoghue due to have been played last week was postponed as a mark of respect for the late Jackie Power, whose son Seán is a member of the playing panel. Our thanks to Ballydonoghue for facilitating this postponement. The game has yet to be refixed as we write.

UNDER 20 FOOTBALL: Well done to the Kerry Under 20s, including our own Joseph O’Connor and Seán Quilter, who got this year’s campaign underway last week with a draw against a very strong Cork side. This new system is in preparation for the forthcoming Championship which begins later.

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.

LOTTO: Last Monday’s (27th May) Jackpot, worth €11,250, was not won. The numbers drawn were 4, 18,  21, 23.
The €20 winners were Betty Tobin c/o Wayne Guthrie; Joanne Daly, c/o Rock Street Post Office; Siobhán Power and Alain Creagh, both c/o The Club; and Sarah plus Linnanes Crew.
Lotto Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular outlets.

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