STACKS ARE BACK FOR 2018!
PEIL FAOI 6/8/10: Our new 2018 football action will take off on Sunday next, January 14th.
- U6 (born 2012/2013) at Mount Hawk School Gym at 11am
- U8 (born 2011/2010) at Mount Hawk School Gym at 12 noon.
- U10 (born 2009/2008) at The Astro Turf Pitch CBS The Green at 11am
CRUINNIÚ CINN BHLIANA: Our Juvenile Section AGM took place on Sunday last at our Connolly Park ceanncheathrú. A very successful meeting was attended by dozens of enthusastic Rock people. The following is The Rock leadership team for our 101st year (1917-2018): An tUachtarán: Mícheál Ó hAodha; Cathaoirleach: Tadhg Mac Mathúna; LeasChathaoirleach: Nollaig Ó Conaill; Rúnaí: Mícheál Ó Loinsigh; Cláraitheoir: Colm Ó Mongáin; Toscaire (Delegate) go Bord Thrá Lí agus go Coiste Réigiún an Láir: Seán Ó Slatara. The following are among our very strong and experienced team of dedicated mentors: Ger Power, William Kirby, Pa Laide, Liam Lynch, Colm Mangan, Michael Lynch, Denis Sayers, Kieran Browne, Pat Slattery, Eamon Scanlan, Armin Heinrich, Joe Smith, Tim McMahon, John Chester, Laurence Cotter, John Canty, Kieran O’Donoghue, Ronan Kavanagh, Morgan O’Connell, Dex Carmody, Joseph Walsh, Richie Conway, Éamonn Heaslip, Edward O’Connor, Éamonn Linnane, TJ Sheehan, Keith McKensie, Pat O’Dowd, Micko Horan. And if they togged out, what a fine team of players they’d be! Nó b’fhéidir dhá fhoireann mhaithe!
PEIL FAOI 12: Under 12 football training began in Connolly Park last Sunday with a very strong turnout. Training continues at 3pm on Sunday next. Fáilte roimh chách – newcomers most welcome.
ROCK STARS OF 2018: Our North Kerry panelists in ‘16/’17….Faoi 16: David Oba, Dara Barry-Walsh, Seán Quilter, Pádraig Linnane, Eoghan O’Carroll, Daniel Ó Ruairc, Conor Myers; Faoi 15: Luke Chester, Adam Curran; Faoi 14: Ben Quilter, Jordan Kissane, Joey Nagle, Armin Heinrich, Dean Rusk, Shane Bastible.
SCÓR: (i) Senior Scór performers needed!! The club needs a 4-person table quiz team, a 5-person ballad group, 5 musicians for a grúpa ceoil, srl. Rinceoirí? To take part one needs to be at least 17 years of age on 1-1-’18. (ii) Comhghairdeachas to the Kerry Scór na nÓg performers who will be heading for the All-Ireland finals i Sligeach on 17th February: Spá set dancers, Na Gaeil actors (sketch) and the Croke Club quiz experts.
ARDÁN MHIC AN FHAILÍ: Patrick William Nally was born i mBalla i gContae Mhaigh Eo in 1857. He was the eldest son of a prosperous Mayo farmer who had strong nationalist views. Patrick was one of six brothers and was an outstanding athlete. From an early age, he had been a Fenian (founded in 1867) and by the late 1870s was a leading organiser of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB). He was also present at the founding meeting (1879) of the Land League of Mayo; it later became the Land League. Michael Davitt, who as a child was evicted with his family for non-payment of rent to a cruel landlord, was the leading Land Leaguer. Patrick Nally had attempted to start a nationalist athletics association in 1877 but it never got off the ground. In 1879, Michael Cusack met Nally. Cusack realised that Nally’s views on the influence of British landlordism on Irish athletics were the same as his. Cusack later recalled how both Nally and himself, while walking through the Phoenix Park in Dublin, noted that only a handful of people were playing sports. Chuir sin an-bhrón orthu! They agreed that it was time to “make an effort to preserve the physical strength of our race.” Nally organised a National Athletics Sports meeting in County Mayo in September 1879 and this effort was a success. (Years later, Austin Stack was involved in a similar effort in Tralee…to re-organise the GAA in Kerry!) Cusack then organised another similar event which was open to ‘artisans’ in Dublin. The seed of the GAA was germinating! In 1881, Nally was sentenced to ten years imprisonment in Mountjoy Jail for what became known as the “Crossmolina Conspiracy” and, while in the ‘Joy, he was subjected to harsh treatment…no love shown to Irish prisoners in those days! Unfortunately, he died in prison in November 1891. Ní raibh sé ach 34 bliain d’aois! (Parnell died the same year). The Nally GAA Club was formed in his memory in Dublin and most of its members were closely associated with working class nationalists during the 1890s and beyond. These are thoughts that might be in our minds when we next sit in Páirc an Chrócaigh in or opposite the Nally Stand and watch Kerry playing v Dublin?! Faraor, Old Moore predicts that the Dubs will win again in 2018! What? Cá bhfios? A Chiarraíg, bímis ullamh!
SEANFHOCAIL NA SEACHTAINE: As this is BLIAIN NA GAEILGE we’ll have to use a little more Irish (as per GAA rule)!!!! (i) Nollaig na bhFear – Nollaig mhór mhaith; Nollaig na mBan – Nollaig gan mhaith. (ii) Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí; buail sa tóin í agus titfidh sí.
AN LEABHAR AGUS AN FÉILIRE: (i) ‘A Centenary History’ – ‘Stair 100 Bliain’ de stair Chumann Aibhistín de Staic is still available at Polymath, First Chapter, O’Mahonys’ Book Shop, Rock St PO, Paudie Commane’s Book Shop, Nolan’s Garage, Kevin Barry’s Shop, Garveys’ Supervalu and Easons. ‘Bhfuil do chóip agat? (ii) There may still be a few club calendars on sale at Kevin Barry’s Shop, Rock St, and at the clubhouse at a mere €5 each.