WEBSITEs: (i) Are you working on the GAA art and skill website? Lots of activities! Go to www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/getting-involved/kids-activities? Venture in! (ii) And then to give yourself a break you could go to the club website and view www.stacks100.ie. It’s worth a visit! Bain taitneamh as! (iii) Don’t let it be said that you haven’t had a read at what has been written by young members of the GAA. Check in at email@example.com
FAOI 6/8/10: You’re still being encouraged to keep up your own personal home training. Work hard on your skills and on your fitness so that when the ‘call to arms’ comes you’ll be ready for all eventualities! As the days are getting longer, though we’re still in garbhshíon na gcuach (rough weather of the cuckoos), there’s more time in the evenings for physical activity and, so please continue your routines: (i) 20 kick passes (both feet) (ii) 20 solos (an dá chos), (iii) 20 pick-ups (dhá chos), (iv) 20 fist passes (na doirne – deas is clé), (v) 20 body catches, (vi) 20 high catches. Such daily ball work can only be good!
FAOI 12/14: (i) Keep working hard, boys, on the above-mentioned skills and (ii) keep going for your run every day. You are now permitted to increase your running distance…5 km out and 5 km back…10km. Why not keep a record of your exercises and of distances that you run? The training helps the study! Sin a deir na bainisteoirí, na traenálaithe agus lucht an eolais!
80 BLIAIN Ó SHIN: What was happening in 1940….80 years ago? (i) When Kerry won the 1940 All-Ireland we had gained our 14th All-Ireland title and that brought us ‘level’ with The Dubs who had been in the lead since 1892. (In 1941 Kerry took the lead; Dublin equalled in 1942 but never again managed to surpass Kerry’s total! Go bhfana an scéal mar sin). In Munster, Kerry beat Limerick (Rockman Gawksie ‘Gorman scored a 1st half goal), Kerry beat Tipperary (Gawksie scored another 1st half goal) and, in the final, Kerry met Waterford i bPáirc an Bhreathnaigh, Port Láirge. The Déise were up by 0-3 at the break but Kerry came strongly in the 2nd half and won the Munster title. They then faced, Cavan in the All-Ireland semi-final. The Ulstermen lead at the break and were 0-5 to 0-2 up in the 2nd period but two goals by Rockman Gawksie, both being almost saved by the Cavan ‘keeper, ensured a Kingdom victory. Another final for The Kingdom. In the final, Kerry faced a Galway team that had had an easy time in Connacht! Galway were ahead at the break and the sides were level as full time approached but a final ‘do or die rally’ by our men secured a winning point! This was the 2nd of a three-in-row! And ‘Sam’ was ‘home’ again! A great concourse of excited supporters welcomed the team at Tralee Railway Station (now Stáisiún Mhic Easmainn) and several orations were given. An escort of torchbeares (a good idea for the next ‘Sam’ homecoming!) and the Strand Road Fife and Drum Band (precursor of Gil ‘Brien’s Band?) marched all the way to Strand Road. Why Strand Road? Dan Spring was Kerry’s captain! And an eye-witness reported that ‘a huge bonfire blazed at the railway gates in Upper Strand Street and there was much rejoicing.’ Why were there railway gates in the K-O’R area? (ii) What happened to our club footballers in 1940? Well, having defeated North Kerry and having drawn with Bóthar Buí in a ‘group A’ round, The Rock’s next match was scheduled for Listowel v An Daingean in May but…but the game was called off because a Parish Misson was due to commence i mBaile an Daingin on the same day! Bhí go maith is ní raibh go holc! The game was refixed for June but…but our lads refused to play because home advantage was given to the men from the West. ‘Not fair,’ they said! Dan Ryan was club chairman and Joe Mulchinock was secretary. An attempt was made to have the game refixed (again!) for either Castlegregory or Castleisland but that effort failed because the Daingean boys refused to travel to any other venue! Our club wasn’t satisfied and, so, the points were awarded to the Dingle club. Several County Board members felt that an injustice had been done to our club…..but not enough to keep The Rock in the championship! A last-minute goal by Dingle’s Paddy ‘Bán’ Brosnan gave victory to An Daingean v K-O’R in the county final! (iii) What teams reached the hurling final? Banna and An Daingean were in the hurling final….both teams were seeking a 1st title! Banna won by 0-7 and deprived the Corca Dhuibhne men of a ‘double’! (iv) In 1940, the Limerick senior hurlers, with Jackie Power (Snr) on board, defeated Waterford by 0-2 in a replay, defeated Cork by 0-2 in a replay, defeated Galway by 0-10 and Cill Chainnigh by 1-0 to win the All-Ireland. Jackie won his 2nd senior All-Ireland medal! Among his other achievements were 4 National Leagues, 7 Railway Cups with Munster, 15 Limerick senior hurling county finals with his club Ahane, 5 Limerick football championships. And when he and his family moved to Tralee they became Rock people!
THE TOP OF THE ROCK: ‘Well done’ to an tAthair Pádraig Breathnach who expertly recited ‘The Boys from Top of The Rock’ on air last Sunday morning!‘And if you were passing home at night / between nine and ten o’clock, /…(can you fill in the words?)…/ Above at top of The Rock.’
SCOLÁIRÍ SCOILE & COLÁISTE: Our continued good wishes to our exam students. Guímid gach rath orthu!