AIFREANN DO NA MAIRBH: The annual Mass for the souls of departed members and friends of the Austin Stack Club will take place in the Church of Our Lady and St Brendan at 10am on Sunday next, November 22nd. The Mass will be broadcast on www.radiokerry.ie and will be livestreamed on www.stbrendansparishtralee.net. Requiescant in pace.
DOMHNACH NA FOLA: Tune in to RTÉ on Saturday next at 6.05pm to see/hear the GAA ‘Bloody Sunday 1920’ commemoration ceremony. The story of that awful day will be recalled and those who were shot in Croke Park on November 21st 1920….100 bliain ó shin….will be remembered. The tragic killings of 14 people occurred in the early stages of a ‘charity’ Gaelic football match between Tipperary and Dublin. The scoreboard read ‘nil/nil’ at the time of the killings! Those who died in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday 1920 were: Michael Hogan (a Tipperary player – aged 24), Jane Boyle (26 years old and due to be married), James Burke (44 years old), Daniel Carroll (31 years old), Michael Feery (40 years old), Thomas (Tom) Hogan (19 years old), James Matthews (38 years old), Patrick O’Dowd (57 years old), Jerome O’Leary (10 years old), William (Perry) Robinson (aged 11 years old), Tom Ryan (27 years old), John William (Billy) Scott (14 years old), James Teehan (26 years old), Joseph Traynor (21 years old). British Brigadier, Frank Percy Crozier, later resigned over what he believed was the official condoning of the unjustified actions of the Auxiliaries (The Black and Tans). One of his officers told him that ‘Black and Tans fired into the crowd without any provocation whatsoever.’ Two military courts of inquiry into the massacre were held and one found that ‘the fire of the RIC was carried out without orders and exceeded the demands of the situation.’ Major General Boyd, commanding officer of the Dublin District, added that, in his opinion, ‘the firing on the crowd was carried out without orders, was indiscriminate, and unjustifiable, with the exception of any shooting which took place inside the enclosure.’ (?) The findings of these courts of inquiry were suppressed by the British Government and only came to light in more recent years! In 1925, the GAA’s Central Council took the decision to name a stand in Croke Park after Michael Hogan….Ardán Uí hÓgáin. Interestingly, Dublin and Tipperary reached the All-Ireland FOOTBALL final for that year. The game was played in 1922. Cé a bhuaigh Craobh na hÉireann do 1920? Tiobraid Árann: 1-6; Baile Átha Cliath: 1-2. A ‘repeat’ of that 1920 final is still a possiblilty in 2020!! Cá bhfios?
PEIL FAOI 6/8/10: Keep up the fitness activities: (i) 20 kick passes, (ii) 20 solos, (iii) 20 pick-ups, (iv) 20 fist passes, (v) 20 body catches, (vi) 20 high catches (ón spéir). The Bishop’s and the Nuns’ Pitches await your presence and, so, you need to be in good ‘shape’ on your return to football training!! Bígí ag cleachtadh libh féin, a pheileadóirí, idir an dá linn.
PEIL FAOI 12/14/16: Keep up the fitness, boys, i rith thréimhse na dianghlasála! Work on your skills and go for a run every day or every second day. You’ll be jumping out of your skin when we meet again! After study sessions at school and at home, your worthwhile exercise will do you good! The fitter you are the better you’ll study! Sin a deir na heolaithe – that’s what those who know say!
BÓITHRÍN NA SMAOINTE: A look back at what was happening in the club in 2009….a few items from our Club Notes!
(i) UNDER 6/8/10: Our Under 6 and Under 8 boys continue their training in the CBS primary school field (Cluain na Lobhar) and, of course, on Sunday in Caherslee. The Under 10 stalwarts had an enjoyable and profitable outing to the Dr Croke Club Tournament on Saturday. And on Sunday the same Under 10 lads experienced some Limerick football when they hosted Mungret GAA Club (Luimneach). The Paddy Drummond Cup competition for the Under 10s continues on Thursday night in Caherslee. Shane Walsh’s PLUGGYs, Joseph O’Connor’s PEDDLEs, Gearóid Ó Síocháin’s ROUNDYs and Donagh Mac Iomhargáin’s PURTYs will battle tooth and nail to gain valuable league points. Caherslee is the place to be.
(ii) PEIL FAOI 12: AdeS A v B/donoghue: Cathal O’Reilly; Shane O’Donoghue, Jack Ó Muireagáin, Darren Bastible; Dylan Hennebery, Colin Griffin, Rory Hill; Michael O’Donnell (captaen), Calvin Foley; Philip Quilter, Seán Fitzmaurice, Louis Ryle; Kieran Carmody, Seán Dukes, Oisín Fitzgerald; Fergal Ryan, Keelan Pierce, Jack Murray, Dara Ó Scannláin.
Our Under 12B boys v Listowel: Daniel Ó Tíocháin; Andrew McEllistrim, Jack Murray, Rory Forbes; Ian Moynihan, Kevin Murphy, Damien Ó Murchú; Shane Ó Néill, Philip Quilter; Adam McEllistrim, Seán Tansley, Keelan Pierce (captaen); Eoin Quirke, Cian Liston, Darren Chester. (iii) U14 v NEMO RANGERS: Cillian Comerford, Shane Greensmith, Tommy Nicholson, Brian Horgan, Joseph O’Kelly, Barry Walsh, Darragh O’Carroll, Tomás Ziga, Conor Jordan, James Galvin, Greg Horan, James O’Connor, Eoghan McKivergan, Kyle Fitzgibbon, Michael O’Donnell, John Nolan, Adam Barrett, Brendán Caball, Brendan Duffin, Michael Lynch, Gavin Breen. (iv) FAOI 14 A: Round 1 (divison 1) ~ Na Stacaigh 6-9; Na hÓ Céirín~Ó Rathailligh 7-5. In the first outing of this year’s County Under 14 Football League, played at Caherslee on Wednesday 25th March, our boys took on local rivals, Kerins~O’Rahillys. ‘Twas a Black’n’Amber v Blues encounter that was eagerly looked forward to. The Rockmen started very strongly and, with Greg Horan and Tomas Ziga running the show at centre-field and Kyle Fitzgibbon on top at full-forward, they led by 10 points after ten minutes. Tosach maith that wasn’t leath na hoibre! Strand Road fought back, however, and the lead was reduced to 5 points by half-time. An scór ag leatham:- AdeS: 5-5; K-O’R: 4-3. The second half was a real ding-dong affair as both defences showed good improvement. The K-O’Rs were sharper in taking their goal chances and they drew level with just a few minutes remaining. Bhí a chroí ina bhéal ag gach éinne agus bhí teannas san aer! With time running out, The Rock exerted strong pressure on the Strand Road goal and a free was awarded when a Rock attacker was pulled to the ground. Up stepped Greg Horan to convert the last chance of the match to give Stacks the win. Faoiseamh mór! Great credit is due to both teams for a highly entertaining and sporting contest. Team: Cillian Comerford, Adam Barrett, Barry Walsh, Tommy Nicholson, Shane Greensmith, Conor Jordan (Captain), Darragh O’Carroll, Greg Horan (2-6), Tomas Ziga (1-0), James O’Connor, Brian Horgan (0-1), James Galvin, Michael O’Donnell, Kyle Fitzgibbon (2-2), Eoghan McKivergan (1-0). Subs: Joseph O’Kelly, Brendan Duffin, Breandán Caball, Kieran Flanagan, Graham Riordan.
(v) U15 BOYS IN FERMOY: Our U15 boys went down to Douglas of Cork in the Fermoy U15 Tournament. This was a great effort from a team that is maturing nicely and will surely taste success in the near future. We were grouped with the St Finbarr, John Mitchel, Mallow and Cóbh Clubs in the first round of games. After an early departure from Páirc Uí Chonghaile, we arrived in Fermoy at 10am and faced our first-round game v St Finbarrs of Cork. In a tight game, we edged home by 0-2 and the wheels were in motion. Then we challenged our old rivals from the John Mitchel Club and, despite two beautiful goals from Greg Horan and from captain Shane Crowley, we lost by a single point; our side was guilty of missing a host of chances. We responded with two good victories over Mallow and Cóbh. The ‘Barrs defeated Mitchels and, dá bhrí sin, three teams were tied on 6 points. A 45-yard free-taking competition failed to end the stalemate but Greg Horan pointed a free from 30 yards to put us through. Local rivals, K-O’R, were our opposition in the semi-final and, although they almost put us to the sword, we emerged victorious. Our Rock boys were exhausted, after five matches, as we faced a renowned Douglas side and we lost. Our side, however, can be delighted with their day’s work and can look forward to the upcoming U15 Coiste Thrá Lí tournament. Squad: Shane Begley, Tommy Nicholson, Barry Walsh, Paul Galvin, Luke Donnelly, Tommy McLoughlin, Ciarán O’Connell, Alan Duggan, Tomás Ziga, Shane Walsh, Patrick Fitzgibbon, Shane Crowley (captaen), Greg Horan, Conor Jordan, Danny Carroll, Kyle Fitzgibbon, Brendan Duffin, Ryan Downey. Cá bhfuil siad go léir anois?
TRÁTH NA gCEIST(EANNA): (a) Can you finish the following sayings: ‘All to one side like the town of ???’ [Mainistir Fhearmaí]; (b) ‘Beef to the heel like a ?? ??’ [a heifer in a Westmeath town??]. (c) ‘Abbeyfeale for flour and meal; ??? for horses.’ [a small Co. Cork town between Ráth Loirc/Charleville and Mallow].
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CIARRAÍ: Good luck to our Kerry hurlers v Ceatharlach in their very very important McDonagh Cup game in Tralee this weekend. Wouldn’t it be great to see our senior hurlers playing i bPáirc an Chrócaigh on All-Ireland Hurling Final day? A national title may yet be in The Kingdom for Christmas! Ciarraí Abú!
CLUB LOTTO: Austin Stack Club lotto tickets may be purchased at (i) O’Flynn Interiors, Rock Street, (ii) Kirbys’ Brogue Inn (An Bhróg), Rock Street, (iii) Husseys’ Deli, Prince’s Quay, (iv) Maguires, Butchers, Caherslee, (v) Kevin Barry’s Shop, Upper Rock Street, (vi) Paudie Commane’s Book Shop, Rock Street, (vii) Terry’s Butcher Shop, Oakpark, (xiii) The Burger Shack, Monavalley, and/or (ix) ONLINE – https://play.clubforce.com/play_newa.asp?ll_id=529#Anchor
COVID 19: Reminder: (i) scarúint shóisialta, (ii) lámha a ní go rialta agus (iii) masc a chaitheamh!