BUACHAILLÍ FAOI 6 (Boys born in 2015/2014): The Rock Under 6 football coaching programme will continue in Mounthawk School Hall at…NB…NB…11.00m on Sunday next (19th). Every future Rock and Kerry star is encouraged to come along. The more the merrier! Beginners, come along! Give it a go! We welcome all new faces and we welcome those fine players who were with us last week and last year. Beidh an-fháilte roimh chách. NB…please note time.
BUACHAILLÍ FAOI 8 (Born in 2013/2012): Mounthawk School Hall will be the venue for the Under 8 lads on Sunday morning next (19th). Throw-in time: 10.00am…NB…NB. We’ll welcome everybody from last season’s group and we’ll have a special welcome for new boys. We’d love to see some new U8 faces! NB…please note time.
BUACHAILLÍ FAOI 10/11 (Buachaillí rugadh i 2011/2010): The Green CBS is the venue for our Under 10 football action on Sunday next (19ú Eanáir) at 11.30am. The training will take place on the astroturf pitch. Football on the astroturf is as enjoyable as football on a grassy pitch! All welcome! NB…please note time.
PEIL FAOI 12: Roll Up! Roll Up! The Rockie U12 circus returns to town this Saturday (18th) with our first training session of the New Year taking place AT 4PM in the Sports Hall at the new Kerry Sports Academy in the IT Tralee North Campus, Dromtacker. Bliain Nua, Tús Nua! Dul Chun Cinn! Our returning ‘born in 2008’ warriors will be joined by 20+ graduates from the outstanding U10 class of 2019 and Rock Street is abuzz with excitement over the possibilities for this year’s U12 group. The Town League is only a few weeks away and, so, the coaching team of Tim McMahon, Ciarán Murphy, Pa Laide, Lawrence Cotter, Joe Walsh, Shane Lynch and Dex Carmody has already been busy preparing for the new season. And…and some special events for players and parents will be taking place in February! Mmmm, watch this space!
PEIL FAOI 14: Among our U14 mentors for 2020 are Liam Lynch, Eric Nosaldiak, Morgan O’Connell, William Kirby, Ronan Kavanagh and Richie Conway. Under 14 boys….begin polishing your brógs in praparation for a season of top-class football!
PEIL FAOI 16: These boys have started back training on Sunday mornings and will continue each Sunday morning for the next few weeks. Training will be at 10.45am in the Bishop’s Field. We have booked the GYM for Wednesday evenings from 6.15pm and, so, be sure to be ready to go for a quarter past six. Don’t forget to bring foam rollers, bands and plenty of water. (ii) Our first U16 competitive outing of the 2020 season will be a challenge match on Saturday February 1st (Lá ‘le Bríde) against Galway’s famed Tuam Stars. ‘Tús maith, leath na hoibre,’ a deir na bainisteoirí. The Tuam Stars club was founded in 1887 as an ‘Association Football’ team but, 15 months later, the club switched to ‘Gaelic Football’. They played their first game ar Lá ‘le Pádraig 1889 under the name Tuam Stars. They’ve won 25 county championships and one Connacht club title. They won their last county title in 1994. Among their most famous players are ‘The Terrible Twins’….Seán Purcell and Frankie Stockwell….who were on the Galway All-Ireland team of 1956.
SCÓR na bPÁISTÍ: (i) Scór na bPáistí is for youngsters who attend primary school and it will take place in the spring. Now is the time to prepare. Have we a boy or two or a girl who can sing a song, tell a story, sing with a group or play with a group of musicians? We have a few experienced quiz lads! We are one of the few clubs that could enter three competitors/groups in each competition….club na gcailíní, club na mbuachaillí, club na hiománaíochta. (ii) Good luck to the three Kerry clubs that will have performers in the Scór na nÓg All-Ireland finals in the INEC, Cill Airne, ar Lá ‘le Bríde (1ú Feabhra): Fionnúig (ceol uirlise), Gleann Fleisce (bailéadghrúpa) agus Spá Chill Airne (quiz).
CLUB DRAW: Tickets for the National Club Draw are available at The Rock Club. We respectfully ask all club members and supporters to sell/purchase some tickets. The top prize is a Renault Clio Expression car. Is iontach an duais í sin, ambaiste! Tickets are €10 each. See full details on www.austinstacks.ie. Cad atá i gceist? Our club has signed up to participate in the GAA’s National Club Draw for 2020. The purpose of this draw is to help clubs to raise funds. Croke Park (HQ) will cover the cost of the prizes. Up to twenty prizes can be won, including a €2,000 travel voucher, All-Ireland Hurling and Football ‘packages’, shopping vouchers. The closing entry date is February 16th. Ná cuir do leas ar cairde…don’t procrastinate! Our club will retain the proceeds from all tickets sold by our members. Breis eolais: Bernie Mannix on 086 0767415.
CLUB LOTTO TICKETS: As we are in competition with other clubs, until April 2020, to retain our very important franchise to have our CLUB LOTTO TICKETS on sale at Rock Street Post Office, our local post office, it is necessary that you registar your support for The Rock Club every single time you carry out a transaction there with Marie, Martin or a staff member. Every time that you do business in the post office let it be known that you are a Rockie and they will ‘stamp’ their/our Rock Club card. The club with the most points will win the franchise. Is foinse ioncaim an-mhór agus an-thábhachtach é seo dár gclub. Tacaigh linn, le do thoil.
ATHCHÚRSÁIL: The ladies of the club will hold their annual Clothes Recycling Fundraiser on Saturday February 15th and they request that every household would start collecting in advance of that date. Acceptable clothes/goods include men’s/women’s/children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, soft toys and household textiles such as curtains and towels…and, please, no duvets or pillows. It is requested that all goods be clean and dry. Mórbhuíochas.
NA MEÁNSCOILEANNA: (i) Peil Faoi 19: ‘Well done’ to Seán Quilter, Niall Fitzmaurice, Jordan Kissane, Cian Purcell, Conor Horan, Luke Chester, Armin Heinrich, Eoghan Carroll, Ruairí O’Connell, Tom O’Farrell, Ben Quilter and their CBS team-mates who gave of their ‘almighty best’ in the Munster Colleges Senior Championship (Corn Uí Mhuirí) quarter final v Ardscoil Hamaltún, Droichead na Bandan, on Wednesday (15th). (ii) Cispheil Faoi 19: Best wishes to David Burke and his fellow basketballers (Meánscoil Chnoc an tSeabhaic) v Coláiste Phádraig (Oileán Ciarraí) in the all-Kerry All-Ireland final on Tuesday next (21st) san Láthair Náisiúnta Chispheile.
JUVENILES: The following are among the club officers who’ve been appointed to drive The Rock Club forward in 2020: Cathaoirleach: Tim McMahon; LeasChathaoirleach: Noel O’Connell; Rúnaí: Ml. Lynch; Oifigeach Cóitseála: Éamonn Ó Raghailligh.
TDB: The new Tralee Town Board coiste that was chosen at Club Uí Chéirín-Uí Raithille last week: Uachtarán: Mícheál Ó Céirín; Cathaoirleach: Seán de Rís; LeasChathaoirleach: Éamonn Ó Grífín; Rúnaí: Seán Ó Slatara; Cisteoir: Pádraig Mac Amhlaoibh; Cisteoir Oinigh: Seán Ó Cíosáin; Oifigeach Réireora: Seán Ó Cíosáin; Cathaoirleach Rannán na nÓg: Tadhg Mac Mathúna; Oifigeach Cultúir agus Gaeilge: Tomás Ó hIarlaithe; Oifigeach Cóitseála: Seán Ó Braoin; Oifigeach Leanaí: Treasa Céitinn; Toscaire go dtí Bord an Chontae: Seán Ó Braoin; Oifigeach Caidrimh Phoiblí: Tadhg Ó Loingsigh.