AUSTIN STACK (1879-1929).
On this date 90 years ago (Saturday, 27th April 1929) Austin Stack died in Dublin’s Mater Hospital at the relatively young age of 49 (born 07/12/1879). He was an accomplished footballer winning eight Co. Championships titles in a row (1902-1909) and two All Ireland SF medals in Kerry’s first two title wins in 1903 and 1904. He captained the 1904 team. When his playing career came to an end rather prematurely due to injury his involvement with the GAA continued at administrative level where he served as Secretary (1904-1908) and Chairman (1914-15 and 1917) of the Co. Board and from 1917 until his death he held the position of President of the Co. Board.
In addition to all that he played a full role in the political scene of that era which included election to the first Dáil which sat for the first time in January 1919 and he was elected at every election thereafter until 1927. A few years after his death the Rock Street Club was re-named in his honour. To this day his grand-nephew, Eddie Barrett is still active in Club affairs.
A full report on Austin Stack’s career can be viewed in our Centenary Book (Pages 13-15)