Austin Stacks GAA Club News

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CHAIRMAN’S ADDRESS: Club Chairman, Billy Ryle is very grateful to all units of our great club for their generous contribution to our senior team’s win in the county senior football championship final.

The huge level of support for the team, the indefatigable spirit, the unity of purpose, the all-time high morale in the club and the determination right across the club to pursue further success is heart-warming.

Billy wants to particularly acknowledge the 16th Man – the colourful, the noisy, the playful, the mischievous, the famous Rockie supporters.

No other club is blessed with such loyal supporters. Next Sunday, we begin the next stage in the journey when we play Limerick champions, Newcastle West, in the Munster senior club semi-final in Austin Stack Park at 1.30pm.

This is a meeting of neighbouring county champions so our gallant senior team will need the same level of support that spurred our team on to victory in the county final.

So, Austin Stack supporters, once again on Sunday convert the far terrace into a sea of black and amber. Let the drums roll out and let the flags fly proudly in the wind. Let the Rockie anthems rent the seasonal air.

The stakes are very high with a place in the Munster final in the New Year up for grabs. As a united and focussed Club, Austin Stacks can achieve that place in the final. C’mon The Rock!

SENIOR FOOTBALL: Preparations are well underway for our Munster semi final clash with Newcastlewest at Austin Stack Park on this coming Sunday (19th Dec). Unlike our Co. Final it will be result on the day with extra time and penalties if required. Throw in at 1.30pm. The other semi final between St. Finbarrs and Ennis Éire Óg goes ahead at the same time in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Our last semi final encounter was two years ago when we represented Kerry as Club Champions. That day in Páirc Uí Rinn we went down to Nemo Rangers who went on to win the Munster title. In 2014 when we represented the county as Co. Champions we defeated Ballincollig in the semi final by 0-15 to 1-9.

WINNING CAPTAINS: Mention in last week’s Notes that Dylan Casey became the Club’s 10th winning SF Co. Championship captain (and the youngest ever at 21) has prompted a number of followers to ask who were the other nine captains.

Well in yearly order they were Joe Barrett, captain of the first four winning teams in 1928, 1930, 1931 and 1932; Miko Doyle (grand-uncle-in-law of Kieran Donaghy) in 1936; Billy Curtin 1973; Jo Jo Barrett 1975; John O’Keeffe 1976; Ger Power 1979; Michael Counihan 1986; Pat Slattery 1994; and Barry Shanahan in 2014.

FITNESS CLASSES: The Individual Pod Fitness Training sessions continues in the Clubhouse every Tuesday and Thursday evenings  from 7pm to 8pm. All are welcome. Contact Diane at 087 7940531 for further information.

DECEMBER IN THE PAST (15/12 to 21/12). On the field of play our SF team were, as they are at present, performing in a Munster Club semi final on 15th December 1974. We had a big win that day in Cappoquin, defeating the Waterford Champions, Affane by 2-22 to 0-6. Team: Teddy Brick, Aidan O’Connor, Noel Power, Garry Scollard, Ger O’Keeffe, Tony O’Keeffe, Fintan Lawlor, John O’Keeffe, Timmy Sheehan, Mikey Sheehy, Ger Power, Mike Culloty, Jackie Power, Jo Jo Barrett, Tommy Kennington. Subs used: Tommy Bracker O’Regan, Terry McSweeney, Fergus Dillon.

Off the field it was the time of year for Club AGMs and during this week in the past three Club officials were elected Chairmen – Mickey Hickey on 16th Dec 1990 serving two seasons 1991-1992; Aidan O’Connor on 19th Dec 2010 serving five seasons 2011-2015 and Liam Lynch  on 16th Dec 2015 serving three seasons 2016-2018.

CONGRATULATIONS: And mention of Liam Lynch let us congratulate Liam on his election as Co. Board Vice Chairman at last week’s County Convention. Well done Liam.

ONLINE CLUB SHOP: A reminder that our Club shop is open 24/7. Check out the newest ‘official’ Austin Stacks Club Merchandise – only available to order on this link (free delivery on any orders over €50) see We would also like to introduce the new Austin Stacks Ganzee Club Clothing Collection, available in Mens/Unisex, Womens & kids check out all the style ranges in hoodies, t-shirts and sweatshirts on

CARDS: Our Cards are continuing, until we are informed otherwise, with our usual twice weekly sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, commencing at 9pm sharp on both nights.

CLUB LOTTO: Last week’s (8th Dec) Jackpot, worth €3,400 was not won. The numbers drawn were 17, 27, 29, 32. The €20 winners were Ciarán Murphy, Denis (Dee Butcher) O’Regan, Gerard Crean and Pat Kissane, all c/o The Club; and Ger Keane, c/o Carmel O’Neill.

Monday Night’s (13th Dec) Jackpot, worth €3,450 was not won. The numbers drawn were 1, 3, 19, 23. The €20 winners were Caroline Hutchinson and Emer Mangan, both c/o OnLine; Mary McQuinn, c/o The Club; and Redmond Shine and Pádraig Courtney, both c/o Carmel O’Neill.

Next Monday’s Jackpot will be worth €3,500.

The €25 Terry Butchers Voucher was won by Eamon Scanlan.

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 Curtin, Chaerslee (former Club Footballer); Mary Walsh, Caherina and formerly Rock St. and May’s Shop, Strand Road (Aunt of former Club Footballers, Gareth, James and Thomas Moore); Kathleen (Kitty) Complisson (nee Roche), Ashleigh Downs and formerly Castlecountess; Ellen (Nellie) Goodall (nee Lehane), Kerins Park and formerly Blarney; and Margaret Moore (nee Murphy), Ballyard Road, Blennerville and formerly Bray (Co. Wicklow).

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