Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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CHAIRMAN’S APPEAL: Club Chairman, Billy Ryle is continuing to appeal to Rockies everywhere to continue making  donations to the fund to help build the path with disability access. The new path will prevent footfall damage on the pitches.

It will also facilitate disability access to the far terrace in Connolly Park for those who are wheelchair bound or unsteady on their feet. The Árd Charraig terrace in Connolly Park is more sheltered with sun, rain and wind at your back. Billy would like it to be accessible to all supporters.

Every single donation, big or small, will be gratefully received. Please, also share the link with as many people as possible. The donation facility will remain open for the next few weeks. Please donate and share the link,

Action from the game. Photo by Adrienne McLoughlin


Killarney Legion 0-8

Austin Stacks 2-13.

On a beautiful summers day in Derreen on last Saturday (8th August), in the third and final round of the Club Championship, our Seniors qualified for their second final in a row with a comprehensive eleven points win over the home side and will now meet Kenmare Shamrocks in what will be the first ever final between the two sides in the competition.

It took us a while to settle as Legion went into an early three points lead in almost as many minutes.

But when Ferdia O’Brien opened our account with a 6th minute pointed free we dominated the rest of the half and held the opposition to just one more point during that period. We went on to score a further 1-8 before the short whistle and it was Ferdia and Donagh McMahon who were the main men from a scoring point of view.

Action from the game. Photo by Adrienne McLoughlin

Ferdia, who was making his first start of the season – in fact his last game was almost a year ago when he scored that all important goal in our 2019 Town Championship win against Kerins O’Rahillys on 24th August 2019 – Ferdia went on to add four more points before the break with Donagh Mac adding a goal and a point. Brendan O’Sullivan was the scorer of our other point in that first half, to leave us 1-9 to 0-4 ahead at the interval.

Again, a rather slow start to the second half saw Legion add two more opening points as it took us 14 minutes to register our first score – a point by David Mannix.

However, like the first half, we dominated the rest of the game, holding the home side to just one more point, while adding a further 1-3 to our tally. The first of those was one of the points of the game by Joseph O’Connor, who gave a man-of-the match performance all through.

Another second half substitute, Darragh O’Brien, added another point in the 52nd minute and the game was really put to bed, two minutes later, when our two corner backs were involved in our second goal, Paul O’Sullivan putting Colin Griffin through.

Our final score of the game came from a pointed free by David Mannix after Darragh O’Brien was fouled.

Action from the game. Photo by Adrienne McLoughlin

All twenty who lined out played superbly but apart from those already mentioned there were some outstanding performances also from goalkeeper Wayne Guthrie (whose two pointed forty fives were superb), and from Barry Shanahan , Jack Morgan and Dylan Casey in defence. Even though our half forwards didn’t get on the score sheet Michael O’Gara, Fiachna Mangan and David Fitzmaurice were instrumental in setting up many attacks as were Kieran Donaghy and Shane O’Callaghan up front.

Again Greg Horan and Seán Quilter also contributed in no small to the result and it was so good to see Conor Jordan back on the field of play after that injury. Conor’s last game was on the 29th September last year in the Co. Championship game against East Kerry.

Team: Wayne Guthrie (0-2 – two forty fives), Colin Griffin (1-0), Barry Shanahan, Paul O’Sullivan, Jack Morgan, Dylan Casey, Donagh McMahon (1-1),  Joseph O’Connor (0-1), Brendan O’Sullivan (0-1), Michael O’Gara, Fiachna Mangan,  David Fitzmaurice, Ferdia O’Brien (0-5 – four frees), Kieran Donaghy, Shane O’Callaghan.

Subs used: David Mannix (37m) (0-2 – one free), Greg Horan (39m), Seán Quilter (48m), Darragh O’Brien (48m) (0-1), Conor Jordan (56m).

Our Seniors will now turn their thoughts to next Friday week (21st Aug) when they play Dr. Crokes in the opening round of the Co. Championship. The game will be in Austin Stack Park at 7.30pm and will be televised live by TG4.

B FOOTBALL: Our B Team are in Group A of the Co. League which gets underway on this Friday evening (14th August ) with a trip to Lewis Road to play Dr. Crokes. Throw in at 7pm. In round 2 we are at home to Rathmore on 4th Sept. and in the 3rd and final round we are away to Gneeveguilla on 11th September.

THE C TEAM: With no Barrett Cup competition this season our C Team must also do with the slimmed down League which, like the B team, will be confined to groups of four teams. Our three games are fixed for the same Friday evenings as our B team, though there are no venue clashes. In round one we are at home to Ballymac on this Friday evening (14th Aug) at 7pm. In round 2 we are away to Listowel Emmets (4th Sept) and in round 3 we are at home to Annascaul (11th Sept).

MINOR FOOTBALL: After our draw away to Castlegregory in the opening round of this revised Co. League we now have a home against Na Gaeil in round 2 on this Saturday afternoon  (15th Aug) at 4pm. In the 3rd and final round we are also at home to An Ghaeltach on Saturday 5th September.

STACKS 100: We continue to remind all club members that our Award Winning Stacks 100 website is now available to view – check out club memories, matches & podcasts – a great way to spend an enjoyable few minutes or hours and hours and hours . . .

ONLINE CLUB SHOP OPEN – check out the newest ‘official’ Austin Stacks Club Merchandise – only available to order on this link (free delivery on any orders over €50) see

CLUBHOUSE: Our Bar and Clubhouse continue to remain closed until further notice.

ONLINE LOTTO: This new initiative, which was launched recently, is to reach out to a much wider playing audience locally, nationally and worldwide. Playing the Austin Stacks Club Fundraising Lotto online will be very straight forward. It takes just six easy steps to play. All you need do is visit our club Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account, click on the lotto links and follow the steps.

Online tickets purchased up to 6pm on a Monday will be included in that evening’s Lotto draw. Tickets purchased online after 6pm on a Monday will be included in the following Monday’s Lotto draw. Results of the Austin Stacks GAA Club fundraising Lotto draw are published weekly on our website, club notes and social media platforms.

LOTTO RESULTS: This Monday Night’s (10th Aug) Jackpot, worth €13,400, was not won. The numbers drawn were 11, 13, 27, 31.
The €20 winners were Michael Lynch, John Flynn, Eamon Quigley, Dan & Bríd Ahern and John Joe O’Sullivan, all c/o The Club.
We would be delighted to continue to hear from any other businesses who wish to sell lotto tickets for Austin Stacks GAA Club.

If interested please get in contact with Bernie on 086 0767415 and in exchange we will promote your business, special offers and products to our vast membership through our extremely popular social media outlets which command a very high following.

SYMPATHY:  Sincere sympathy is offered to the families who died recently: Very Rev. John Kennelly, Tralee and late of Ballylongford; Breda Pilarczyk-Sullivan, Laharn and formerly Moyderwell and Garryruth; Liam Murphy, Ballinakill (Waterford) and formerly Pollerton (Carlow) – a brother of our late Club Member, Seán who died earlier this year (18th February) and the great age of 98; Tommy Hennessy, St. Brendan’s Park and formerly Mitchel’s Avenue; Janette Kinsella, Brewery Road and formerly Meadowlands; Gary McGovern, The Bronx, New York and formerly Kevin Barry’s Villas; and Brendan Sweeney, Racecourse Road and formerly Farran (Cork).

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