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BRITISH OPEN GOLF CHALLENGE:  Our major fundraiser for 2021 incorporates a British Open Golf predictor with the tournament taking place at The Royal St. George Club in Kent from July 15-18.

Our predictor sees an overall pot of  €2,000 at stake with €1,000 going to the winner. The nature of the predictor is the picking of six golfers from a field of 126 to finish the four-round tournament with the cumulative lowest score.

An in-play scoreboard for all players will go live for all players throughout the tournament.  Obviously, the Club is looking to get as many players as possible on board.

We are asking firstly that you play but also that you distribute the online link to play to your ‘what’s app’ groups and ask them to support you.

The online link can be found on our club website/twitter & Facebook pages and has been messaged to our club members.

Non online cards are also being distributed to be returned to club officials by 11am on July 14.  Note – the field of 126 does not include final round qualifiers.

JOBMATCH: Austin Stacks JobMatch is back. This initiative has been a huge success for the club and its members.

The mission here is to support our members with local employment and identify opportunities with local businesses. Also an opportunity for members to return to this region who are today working or living outside the area.

Having reached out to the local businesses in our community over the
past weeks, we have identified some fantastic opportunities around short term and permanent employment.

These jobs are across a range of industries and skill sets. Positions that are suitable for members that may have just finished second level or third level education recently looking for local employment.

Members that may be looking for a change of career or a return to the region that may have the skills to match these roles.  For any of our members seeking employment we are now taking CV’s.

Please consider this great opportunity, where you will also receive support to update your CV and direct help with interview techniques from the Job Match Mentors.

Please email your CV to and a member of the committee will follow up with you personally.

Thanks to Siobhán Power for the above script.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Dr, Crokes 0-10; Austin Stacks 0-9.

With both sides going into this game on two points each after their opening two rounds, this third round of this five round Co. League, played in a damp Lewis Road on this Saturday evening (3rd July), could have gone either way but the home side eventually got through by the narrowest of margins.

As in our previous two games we led by three points to one after eight minutes – two pointed frees from Darragh O’Brien and one from play by Fiachna Mangan.  Between then and half time we added just two more points – both from Darragh O’Brien frees – while Crokes added six (four from frees) to give them a two points lead (0-7 to 0-5) at the break.

It didn’t help our cause when, three minutes into the second half, we lost the services of our influential full-back, Barry Shanahan, who had to be replaced after picking up a nasty leg injury.

We all wish Barry a full and speedyrecovery.  Neither side put up a score during the third quarter.

However, we had a brilliant start to the final quarter when three super points from play – one from Shane O’Callaghan and two from Michael O’Donnell – had us on level terms for the fourth time in the game (0-8 each).

Crokes then added two more in the closing minutes with, what turned out to be the last score of the game coming in the 60th minute, from another Darragh O’Brien free (his fifth out of our nine points)

Team: Wayne Guthrie, Colin Griffin, Barry Shanahan, Jack O’Shea, Paul O’Sullivan, Ronan Shanahan, Dylan Casey (Capt), Greg Horan, Brendan O’Sullivan, Michael O’Gara, Fiachna Mangan (0-1), Michael O’Donnell (0-2), Shane O’Callaghan (0-1), Shane Carroll, Darragh O’Brien (0-5 frees).

Subs used: Adam Curran (33m), David Fitzmaurice (39m), Shane Walsh (45m).

We now have two more rounds to play, both at home, against John Mitchels (w/e 18th July) and Kilcummin (w/e 1st August) with all three teams sharing the bottom of this six team Div 1A table on two points each. Dingle, on 5 pts, top the group with Crokes on 4pts and Spa Killarney on 3pts.


B FOOTBALL: Kilgarvan 0-8; Austin Stacks 1-12.

Our B team continued their winning ways (they now have won all five games played so far this season – three in the Co. League and two in the District League) with a trip to Kilgarvan on this Sunday afternoon (4th July). With torrential rain in parts of the county it was bone dry in Kilgarvan and this contributed to a good open display by both sides. We lead by three points to one at the end of the first water break and that was also the score during the second quarter which left us ahead by 0-6 to 0-2 at half time – all our scores coming from Donagh McKivergan (3) and Conor Myers (3).

Kilgarvan shaded the third quarter, outscoring us by four points to three, and looked dangerous whenever they attacked. But our rock-solid defence, including goalkeeper David Hennessy, who made some crucial saves, kept them at bay. Another point by the home side a minute after the start of the fourth quarter reduced our lead to just two points, but in the 52nd minute a good move  started by Rory Forbes eventually found Conor Myers and in a crowded square Conor netted the only goal of the game and put day-light again between the two sides. We added three more points, to one for the opposition, during the closing minutes – all our six second-half points coming again from Conor Myers (3) and Donagh McKivergan (3). So an all-round solid performance, against a tough opposition, by all our fifteen who started and by the four subs used during the afternoon. Team captain, John Murphy received the Celsius Menswear Man of the Match award after the game for his brilliant defensive display.

Full back, David Burke, picked up an injury half way through the first half and had to be substituted. We all wish David a speedy recovery.


Team: David Hennessy, Ruairí O’Connell, David Burke, John Murphy (Capt)l, Niall Fitzmaurice, Paul Galvin, Rory Forbes, Eoghan Carroll, Shane Walsh, David Fitzmaurice, Gearóid Sheehan, Andrew Morrissey, Daniel O’Rourke, Conor Myers (1-6 – 3 frees), Donagh McKivergan (0-6 – 3 frees).

Subs used: Paul Barrett (15m), Calvin Foley (40m), Dean Scanlon (40m), Evan Foley (53m).

We now have two more rounds to play at home to Ballyduff (w/e 18thJuly) – this should be some game, with both sides on top of the Div 5A table with three wins each in their opening three games – and the fifth and final round away to St. Michaels Foilmore (w/e 1st August) either in Foilmore or Ballinskelligs.

THE C TEAM got a bit of a hammering by a very good St. Pats side out in Blennerville on last Tuesday evening (29th June) in this third round of four of the Tralee/St. Brendans League. Losing all three rounds to date we now have a final round to play at home to Ballymac which is scheduled to take place on this Tuesday, 6th July at 7.30pm.

Team: Ricky Moloney, Joey O’Shea, Shane Greensmyth, Brian McElligott, Kevin Barry, Tom Crowley, Seán Collins, Philip Quilter, Gearóid Kilgallen, Jimmy Charles, Harry O’Callaghan, Kevin O’Leary, Ger Teahon (0-1 free), Simon Mitchell, Matthew Browne.

MINOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 0-18; Laune Rangers 1-15.

Thanks again to Eamon Scanlan for this brilliant report.

Our minors travelled to Killorglin to play Laune Rangers on Monday night in the 2nd round of the central league. Following our victory last week against Kerins O’Rahillys, confidence in the camp was high.

However our track record against this Laune Rangers team was very poor having shipped some very heavy defeats to them up through the age groups.

We won the toss, played with the wind and started at a furious pace. We could have had a goal and a point on the scoreboard in the opening minutes. Instead it was a point from Darragh O’Grady, the influential midfielder for Rangers, that opened the scoring.

Stacks tacked on the next two points through Togor Silong and Josh Lynch and missed another great chance for a goal. Aaron Nolan added another point from play before the yellow carded O’Grady added Rangers second point. Noah Townsend opened his account with a fine point from play before the water break to leave Stacks leading by 2 points.

Damien Hogan got his first point, from play,  followed quickly by a second point when Josh Lynch took a quick 45 to Damien. Hogan was again playing some wonderful football at full forward. O’Grady added another point from  play for Rangers to keep them in contact. Another great goal chance was spurned before Noah added his second point from play.

Damien then kicked his third point after an excellent move and great play from Jack Doyle and Marc Carmody.

We then missed another great goal chance when the ball struck the upright and rebounded into play. Rangers then added two points from play sandwiched around a point from play by Togor to leave the half time score Austin Stacks 0-10 to Laune Rangers 0-5.

With the wind freshening, Rangers were looking for a quick start to the second half and they got it. A great save from keeper Mike Tansley resulted in a point for Rangers but they quickly followed that up with the only goal of the game to reduce the deficit to one point.

Stacks responded admirably by kicking the next three points all from play. The points came from Togor, Noah and Josh and suddenly the lead was four again.

Rangers, true to form, responded with the next two scores, a 45 by O’Grady and a point from play by the increasingly visible Martin Burke.

However Stacks responded again with the next two points from Josh Lynch and Noah. The see saw battle then tilted Rangers way as they kicked three unanswered points to reduce the lead to one point.

The final point before the second half water break came from a pointed free by Damien Hogan and also saw a Rangers player dismissed. Stacks were now leading 0-16 to 1-11.

Rangers pointed a free immediately after the water break to reduce the margin to the minimum before another excellent point by Togor restored the two point advantage.

Playing with a freshening wind advantage, Rangers made little of their man disadvantage and kicked the next three scores to take the lead for the first time since the opening minutes. With time running out Stacks launched an attack up the field.

After some very patient build up play, the ball ended up in the hands of the right man, and Damien Hogan split the posts under pressure with the equalising point.

There was only time for the ball to be kicked back out into play before the ref blew the final whistle. The final score was Stacks 0-18 Laune Rangers 1-15.

This was a fabulous game of football from start to finish played by two tallented teams. The entire Stacks squad can take great credit from the way they played and fought to the end.

A little more composure on the ball on the first half goal chances and the result could have tilted in Stacks favour. It is sign of how far this team has come this year that they were gutted not to have pulled off the victory that their performance probably deserved but great credit is also due to Rangers for their performance.The two teams will meet again in the County Minor League semi-final and if it is anything as good as this match it would be well worth catching.


Michael Tansley, Cillian Litchfield, Cian Dillane, Jack Doyle, Kian Gorman, Colm Browne, Luke Casey, Josh Lynch (0-3), Togor Silong (0-4), Caden O’Mahony, Aaron Nolan (0-1), Sean Moynihan, Marc Carmody, Damien Hogan (0-6), Noah Townsend (0-4),

Subs: Simon Carey HT for Kian Gorman, Eamonn Barry, Adam O’Carroll, Jack Slattery, Shane Cotter.

U20 FOOTBALL: We travel to Derreen on this Saturday afternoon(10th July) to play Killarney Legion in round 2 of the Co. League. The start time is at 4pm to avoid a clash with Kerry .v. Tipperary Munster SF semi final later that evening which throws in at 7pm. After that we have three more rounds to play – at home to Na Gaeil (24th July), and Laune Rangers (7th Aug) with the fifth and final round  away to Dr. Crokes (14th Aug) – all Saturday games.

JULY IN THE PAST (1st to 7th). On the field of play on 27th June 1976 the late Garry Scollard won an All Ireland SH ‘B’ Medal when Kerry defeated London (0-15 to 0-10) in the All Ireland Final in Croke Park. Seven years later on 26th June 1983 Brian Neenan achieved exactly the same thing when Kerry again defeated London (2-8 to 1-7). On this occasion the Final was played in Austin Stack Park.

Finally, on the field of play on 27th June 1993 our Senior Footballers had a good win over Shannon Rangers (1-21 to 0-9) in the opening round of the Co. Championship. Team: Michael Hussey, John Galvin, Gene O’Donnell, Pat Slattery, Liam Liddy, Kieran Browne, John Barry, Martin McKivergan, Cormac Kennedy, Pa Laide (0-5), Darren Aherne (0-3), Denis Sayers (0-1), Owen Moynihan (1-4), Jerry Fitzmaurice, Donal McEvoy (0-5). Subs used: Michael McKenna (0-1), Liam Kearns (0-2), Brian O’Sullivan.

Then on 30th June 1998 (just 5 years and 3 days after that game)  a member of that team, the popular and outstanding member of that team, John Galvin passed away at the young age of 32 from an illness which was diagnosed the previous autumn,. Galla, as he was affectionately known, was one of the great players of his era and a winner of two SF Co. Championships in 1986 and 1994.

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 (5th July) Jackpot, worth €2,300, was not won. The numbers drawn were 3, 5, 8, 27. The €20 winners were Tom Prendergast, Jonathan Boulding and Orla Foley, all c/o OnLine, and Gerard Breen and John Tobin, both c/o The Club.

Next Monday’s Jackpot will be worth €2,350.

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: Kirby’s Brogue Inn Maguire’s Butchers Hussey’s P. Commane Books.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently Michael Noel Fitzgerald, The Bungalows, Connolly Park and formerly Old Spa Road; Joan Hennessy (nee Conroy), Strand Street and formerly O’Rahilly’s Villas; and Mary Quirke (nee Horgan), Blennerville and late of Lyreacrompane.

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