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JUVENILE SPONSOSHIP LAUNCH: Austin Stacks Hurling & Football Club launched a new three-year sponsorship of their under-age teams in glorious sunshine at Connolly Park on Sunday. Club Chairman, Billy Ryle said he was delighted to announce that Ned O’Shea & Sons Construction Ltd and John Lane & Sons Ltd, Food Service Distributors, will jointly sponsor Austin Stacks U-17, U-15 and U-13 football teams – six teams in total – for a three-year period beginning this year. Both companies are providing a financial package for teams and related expenditure.

Billy said that it was a pleasure for Austin Stacks to be associated with two long established Kerry based companies in promoting the club’s aims and objectives. Billy thanked both companies for providing Austin Stacks with the financial support to maintain and improve the service that the club provides for its young players. He especially thanked Benny Murphy and Pat Lane who were a pleasure to negotiate with from the outset.

Billy welcomed the partnership with Jigsaw Kerry. In these very stressful times for young people, nothing could be more appropriate. Austin Stacks, he said, has established a formal working relationship with Jigsaw Kerry, which is a free, non-judgemental and confidential mental health support service for young people aged 12-25 years living, working or studying in Co. Kerry. The jerseys of the six sponsored teams will display the logo, ‘Jigsaw Kerry Youth Mental Health’ and Austin Stacks is also availing of the expertise of Jigsaw Kerry to provide mental health information, support and counselling for team members, both individually and in groups.

Benny Murphy in replying on behalf of joint-sponsors, Ned O Shea & Sons Ltd and John Lane & Sons Ltd stated that both companies were delighted to provide a financial package to Austin Stacks at a time when it was difficult to fund under age activities. The sponsorship will help to pay for the new jerseys as well as essential equipment. The sponsors were keen also, Benny added, that the funding would also enable the young players to enjoy a few social days out where friendships could develop and team bonding could take place.

Neither company was too interested in self-promotion nor in having their logos dominating the new jerseys, Benny said. Instead, they were using the sponsorship to promote the wonderful work of Jigsaw Kerry, which provides a fantastic range of supports for young people with issues of mental health. Both companies were very pleased to have the Jigsaw Kerry logo on the front of the jerseys. That exposure will create awareness of the availability of the service to those who may need support in dealing with the various issues that young people encounter.

Frank O Rahilly of Jigsaw Kerry said he was delighted to be present at the launch. He referenced the many successes which Austin Stacks had enjoyed on the field. He added that he has great admiration for the club and the standards under which it operates. Austin Stacks was now adding a new dimension to a GAA club by extending player welfare to activities off the field. Jigsaw Kerry was thrilled, Frank said, to be promoting positive mental health in a great club. Jigsaw Kerry emphasises early intervention and prevention when dealing with youth mental health. He said no problem was too small. It may be a major concern for the young person who has it. Austin Stacks coaches are promoting positive mental health every time they work with the young players. The coaches can see exactly where young people are and what needs they have. Frank said that the best method of reaching out to a young person is to listen actively to what the young person is saying. Each young person needs one good adult in her/his life who makes time available to be a listener. Jigsaw Kerry will now work with the Club in promoting positive mental health through workshops, team talks and individual counselling. Frank said that Jigsaw Kerry was delighted to be a partner with the sponsors and Austin Stacks in this very progressive initiative. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh siad.

MINOR FOOTBALL: The MF Co. League commences on Monday next (7th June) with a visit by our lads to Ardfert. The other two rounds will take place on the following Monday nights. We have a home game against Dr. Crokes in round 2 on 14th June and in the third and final round we are away again to Glenflesk (21st June). Throw-in each night is at 7.30pm.

There will then be two semi finals and a final to complete the competition. The semi finals will be contested by the top team in 1A playing the second team in 1B (our group) and visa-versa. Div. 1A is comprised of Fossa, Kerins O’Rahillys, Kilcummin and Laune Rangers.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Still no specific dates have been finalized for the opening rounds of our Co. League which is due to begin on the weekend after next. The general fixtures calendar show that our five round games in Div. 1A are as follows – R1 at home to Dingle (w/e 12th June); R2 away to Spa (w/e 19th June); R3 away to Dr. Crokes (w/e 3rd July); R4 at home to John Mitchels (w/e 17th July) and R5 at home to Kilcummin (w/e 31st July). The Div. 1 Co. League final will be between the top teams in Div 1A and Div. 1B.  An Ghaeltacht, Beaufort, Kenmare Shamrocks, Kerins O’Rahillys, Killarney Legion and Rathmore are in Div. 1B.. As usual three teams will be relegated to Division 2 for next season – the two bottom teams in each group and a play-off between the second last teams in both Div. IA and Div. 1B.

CONGRATULATIONS: And staying with Senior Football let us congratulate Joseph O’Connor who made his Senior debut with Kerry in Dr. Hyde Park last Sunday. And what a debut it was! Joe came on the pitch with two minutes of normal time remaining, just after Roscommon had scored a goal to bring Kerry’s lead back to just three points. And inside four minutes Joe was on hand to take a perfect pass from Brian Ó Beaglaoich to rattle the net and to make sure of Kerry’s victory. And who else but Tim Slattery will come up with a related question – Tim asks who was the last Rock man to score a goal in a NFL game when making his Senior debut like Joe was doing last Sunday and when did it happen. It was 90 years ago when the late Eddie Barrett (uncle of our current Co. Board delegate) scored in Kerry’s 2-4 to 1-2 away win against Laois on 30th March 1931.

B FOOTBALL: The same week-end dates will apply for our B team’s five games in Division 5A. of the Co. League (the Bs will have two home games and three away). R1 away to Laune Rangers B; R2 at home to Moyvane; R3 away to Kilgarvan; R4 at home to Ballyduff and R5 away to St. Michaels/Foilmore. The top teams in 5A and 5B will qualify for the Div 5 final as well as achieving promotion to Round 4 for the 2022 season.

JUNE IN THE PAST: (1st to 7th). On the field of play two outstanding footballers made their SF Championship debuts on 7th June 1959 – John Barry and Joe Joe Barrett. Both came on the scene when the Club was still going through that baron period (1937-1972) but both were still there fourteen years later when we won our first SF Championship since 1936 on that sunny October Sunday in 1973. John played both football and hurling for 15 consecutive seasons (1959-1974) while Joe Joe played for one season  more, hanging up his boots at the end of 1975 and he then went on to be our Club Chairman for two seasons (1977 and 1978).

On the 3rd June 1996 our U14 footballers made history when they won the Co. Féile Competition for the first time and went on to represent the County in the All Ireland Féile in Mayo a few weeks later. In that Co. Final played in Boherbee they defeated Laune Rangers by 2-7 to 0-4. Team: Martin Moriarty, Derek Shanahan, Andrew Dineen, Jeremiah Moriarty, Billy Curtin, Colman Geary, Brian Dennehy (Capt), Jason Mitchell, TJ Hogan (0-2), Martin Courtney, David Leonard, Stephen Enright (1-2), Andrew McAllen (0-1), Alan Sheehan (0-1), Mikey Collins (1-1). Rest of Panel: Eamon O’Brien, Rickie Mooney, Kevin Walsh, Damien Flynn, Kieran Donaghy, Vince Carroll, Ross O’Connor. Mentors: Frank Courtney, Donal McEvoy, Damien Hogan, Pat Sheehan, Fr. Tadhg Fitzgerald.

On 2nd June 2010 our Hurlers capped a fantastic 2009 season by winning all three competitions in the South Kerry Board. They had already won the League and the Novice Championship during 2009 and on a fine June summer’s evening in Connolly Park they defeated Kilgarvan by 1-8 to 1-7 to win the 2009 JH Championship. Team: David Wallace, Pat Murphy, George Jordan, Kevin O’Leary, Damien McCarthy, Peter O’Regan, Andrew Morrissey (0-1), Ronan Gilsenan (Capt) (0-1), Kieran McCaughley, Gordon Kerins, John McCarthy (0-6 – 3 frees), Liam Cleary, Trevor Barrett, Francie McLaughlin (1-0), Ger Scollard. Subs: Rory Moore, Rick O’Halloran.

Off the field, on the 3rd June 1989, our new Clubhouse and Bar was officially opened by our former Club Chairman, the late Frank King.

One prominent member passed away during the first week in June. Vincent Fuller, the Club’s first ever Bar Manager, died on 6th June 2007. Vincent was one of the outstanding followers of Kerry Football down the years and was one of the founding members of the Kerry Supporters Club.

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

CLUB LOTTO: Monday Night’s (31st May) Jackpot, worth €2,050, was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 11, 12, 27. The €20 winners were Meabh Phelan and Louise Quill, both c/o Online; Mary O’Riordan, c/o John O’Riordan; Richard Quirke, c/o Richard Healy and Catriona Kennelly, c/o The Burger Shack.

From now on the Jackpot will be increased by €50 per week which means next Monday’s Jackpot will be worth €2,100.

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:

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently: Pidgie (Bridget) Cavanagh, Oakview and formerly Castle Street; Madge Clifford, Quill Street and Castlemaine; John Griffin, Lohercannon and Clahane; and Sister M. Alexis Fitzgerald, Presentation Sisters, Castle Street and Lyracrumpane.

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