SENIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 2-5; Kenmare Shamrocks 0-7.
Played in very testing pitch conditions in Connolly Park on last Sunday afternoon (8th March) the visitors got off the mark first with a point in the 7th minute. It was great to see Barry Shanahan back in action again after the injury he sustained last November in the Club Championship game against Nemo Rangers. And what an impact he made. Lining out at full forward he was at the end of a brilliant move which started with a Michael O’Donnell free after a foul on Joseph O’Connor, and Barry rose highest to tap in Donagh McKivergan’s pass to the net and this could be Barry’s first goal since the winning goal he scored all those years ago out in Listry – a last minute winning goal which won us the 2008 U21 Club Championship by just one point. It was Barry’s brother Ronan, who was fouled, which resulted in our only other score of the half – an 18th minute pointed free by Michael O’Donnell. Despite playing with the aid of an almost gale-force wind Kenmare left it all to do in the second half when they could only manage a two points lead at half time (0-6 to 1-1).
We took full advantage of the elements which favoured us in the second half. Two more Michael O’Donnell points saw us level after the opening twelve minutes. Then in the 46th minute it was Michael who was at the end of another brilliant move – started by David Fitzmaurice and continued by Fiachna Mangan – to tap the ball to the net, which gave us a three points cushion at that stage. We added two more points in the closing quarter – the first came when good work by Shane Walsh found Fiachna, who put over a beauty – and then a long high ball in from Barry Shan found Michael O’Donnell and he put over what we think was the Club’s first score from the mark. Kenmare’s only score of the half came late-on and after five minutes of additional time we ended up with a four points win, So a good start to the season for us we begin the defence of our Co. League title which we won last December.
Wayne Quillinan and his colleagues – Jonathan Conway, Eoin Colgan, John O’Sullivan, Jonathan Magnier and Damien Ryall, with some help from Tommy Naughton, must be very pleased with our performance with all nineteen who got game time playing exceptionally well. Apart from those already mentioned it was great to see Wayne Guthrie doing such a great job in goals, and all our six starting defenders holding a very attack-minded Kenmare side to just seven points over the seventy minutes. That defence included a brilliant performance by Paul O’Sullivan who was making his Club debut as was Dara Barry Walsh. Joseph O’Connor and David Fitzmaurice dominated the centre and although Ciarán O’Reilly, Donagh McKivergan and Shane O’Callaghan didn’t get on the score sheet on this occasion, they did contribute in no small way to the victory.
Team: Wayne Guthrie, Colin Griffin, Barry Walsh, Paul O’Sullivan, Jack Morgan, Ronan Shanahan (Capt), Shane Walsh, Joseph O’Connor, David Fitzmaurice, Ciarán O’Reilly, Fiachna Mangan (0-1), Michael O’Donnell (1-4 – two frees; one mark), Donagh McKivergan, Barry Shanahan (1-0), Shane O’Callaghan.
Subs used: Ciarán O’Connell (51m), Darragh O’Brien (51m), Dara Barry Walsh (57m), Brandon Patterson (58m).
There was a minutes silence before the game as a mark of respect for the late Timmy Sheehan.
Round 2 goes ahead next weekend when we travel to play Spa (Killarney) with another Sunday (15th March) encounter at 3pm. The Spa Junior team have also a home Co. League game at 1.30pm – hence our Senior game starting at later time.
MINOR FOOTBALL: Laune Rangers 3-1 (10); Austin Stacks 0-6.
If all went according to plan last Saturday’s game should have been our sixth of the season so far. It was in fact just our second game with the other four games falling foul to the worst winter we have had in living memory. Killorglin was the venue for this first game in the Co. League with the home suide coming out on top.
We are now down to play Rathmore in Connolly Park in game 2 (of 5) of the Co. League on this Saturday (14th March) at 4pm.
JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Austin Stacks 0-8; Kerins O’Rahillys 1-3.
Played in very heavy underfoot conditions, hence such a low-scoring game, it was a credit to both sides to have put up such an entertaining performance in Connolly Park on last Sunday afternoon. We led by 0-3 to 0-1 at half time – all three points scored by Shane Carroll (one from a free).
We were still well in command half way through the second half when we led by 0-8 to 0-1. All our five points in this period came from five different scorers. Shane was on target again from a free with other four coming from Conor Myers, Pa McCarthy, Podge Looney (the score of the day from long range) and Rory Forbes (free). Shortly after this score Rory was unfortunate to pick up what looked like a nasty shoulder injury. We wish Rory a full and speedy recovery.
However Rahillys put in a very strong performance in the closing stages of the game, scoring a goal and two points without reply, to leave us with that always dangerous two points lead. But our lads survived the come-back and finished up with that two-points winning margin in the end. It was good to see David Hennessy back between the posts again and also good to see Calvin Foley back with the squad and he showed he hasn’t lost his zest after being away for awhile,
We now travel to Cromane on Sunday next (15th March) for a round 2 game starting at 2pm.
Team: David Hennessy, Shane Kelliher, John Dennis, John Murphy, Rory Forbes (0-1 free), Paul Galvin (Capt), Andrew Morrissey, Dara Barry Walsh, Brandon Patterson, Daniel O’Rourke, Pa McCarthy (0-1), Shane Carroll (0-4 – two frees), Podge Looney (0-1), Conor Myers (0-1), Padraic Linnane.
Subs used: Adam Curran (ht), Jason Mitchel (45m), Calvin Foley (50m), Tom O’Farrell (54m), Ciarán Kelliher (54m).
UNSUNG HEROES – spare a thought for Austin Stacks Field Committee who have been working to so hard behind the scenes preparing our pitches in what has been unprecedented bad weather. What many don’t realise is that Noel O Connell, John Breen, Eamonn Scanlon, John Gutteridge, Ger Mannix, Ricky Moloney, Brian Mc Kivergan & Ciaràn O Connell had a 7am start last Saturday morning helping to return the newly repaired ball stop nets behind the goals on both pitches ahead of Sunday’s double header. Thanks lads your work is sincerely appreciated by all of us. . . Ask not what Your Club Can Do for you but what you can do for your Club!
PARÁID LÁ FHÉILE PÁDRAIG I DTRÁ LÍ: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been cancelled as have all Parades throughout the country due to the Coronavirus. However we are still looking for members to take part in ScórnabPaistí. This competition is open to all Club Members who are attending Primary School. If you can sing, dance, tell a story, play music or would like to take part in a Table Quiz please let us know. Ever assistance and support will be given if you wish to take part.
You can contact Mairéad Fernane at 87 2941470
WELL DONE: to the Kerry U20s, including our own Dylan Casey, Michael O’Gara and Seán Quilter, on their brilliant Munster Final win in Austin Stacks Park on last Wednesday night (4th March). Trailing by four points at half time (0-5 to 1-6) they went on to out-score the Cork boys in the second half by 12 points to three to leave them with five points to spare at the end (0-17 to 1-9). They now travel to Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day where there will a double header semi final clash. Kerry play Galway with Dublin and Tyrone in the other semi final.
LAOCHRA GAEL: And what a brilliant TG4 programme on Kieran Donaghy last week. It covered every aspect of Star’s career, intermingled with family occasions as well. Well done TG4 for a super production. Clár iontach ar fad.
CLUBHOUSE: As always the Clubhouse is available for all types of Parties and Functions. Enquiries about Club Bookings should be made by contacting Harry Hynes at 087 2467286.
Bar opening hours are as follows: 7pm to 12.30am on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, and 12 noon to 11pm on Sundays.
CARDS: The 45 Card Sessions continue in the Clubhouse on every Monday and Thursday nights, commencing at 9.30pm each night.
All at the Cards offer sincere sympathy to fellow Card Player, Anne Sheehan on the sudden untimely death of her husband, Timmy.
LOTTO: Last Night’s (9th March) Jackpot, worth €13,350, was not won. The numbers drawn were 2, 20, 21, 32.
The €20 winners were – Janis Kennedy, c/o Carmel O’Neill; Mary Shanahan and Carmel O’Neill, both c/o The Club; and Denis O’Sullivan and Breda Nolan, both c/o Kevin Barry’s.
To those in our community who normally purchase their Austin Stacks lotto tickets at Rock St Post Office we are pleased to advise that our Lotto can still be purchased locally (top & bottom of the Rock) from O’Flynn Interiors Rock St or at Kevin Barry’s Shop. Rock St Post Office will be announcing the winners of their lotto franchise competition at the end of the month so thanks to everyone who has supported our efforts to retain our lotto there over the last number of months.
THE LATE TIMMY SHEEHAN: There was sorrow and disbelief throughout the county and beyond last week when news broke of the sudden death of Timmy Sheehan. Two days before his passing he was reporting for Radio Kerry on the Kerry/Antrim Senior Hurling National League game in Austin Stack Park.
After coming up through the Juvenile ranks of the 1960s Timmy’s first success at Adult level came in 1967 when Stacks won the Minor Hurling Co. Championship. Timmy’s midfield partner in that final was none other than Dick Spring. He then went on to have a glittering career at Senior level – going on to win four SF Co. Championships in 1973, 1975, 1976 and 1979. In between he won a Munster and an All Ireland Club Championship medal during the 1976/77 season. He also won five Co. League titles during this period and captained the team in 1974 – the year they won their second League title.
When his Senior days were over he lined out with the Junior teams and was a member of the C team when they won their first Barrett Cup Final in 1986. Afterwards he was an outstanding coach and manager of many teams at both Junior and Senior levels down the years, including a very good Senior Hurling team which the Club had in the late 1980s-early 1990s. His son Billy was also an outstanding Club player and had a brilliant career with the Laois Senior Footballers from 2004 right up to 2016.
Timmy continued his involvement with Club affairs right up to the end. Just ten days before he died he brilliantly did the master of ceremonies at the Club’s Annual Social when the Senior and C Team players were presented with their winners medals after such a successful season.
In addition to his Club work he was also a brilliant sports writer/commentator with the local Kerryman Newspaper and Radio Kerry. His knowledge of most sports was second to none. Apart from GAA matters he excelled in Basketball and Soccer in particular and he was so pleased to see his beloved Liverpool moving close to winning the Premiership after a 30 year gap. A huge guard of honour of fromer and current played accompanied the cortege to Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church on last Friday’s night and again to Rath Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.
We extend sincere sympathy to Timmy’s wife, Anne; his daughter, Lorraine, his son Billy, his daughter in law Marie, his three grandsons – Timmy, Billy & Davie, and to all his extended family and friends. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.
CHAIRMAN’S THANKS: Billy Ryle, Club Chairman is very grateful to club members for the wonderful support, collectively and individually, given to the Sheehan family on the sudden death of our fellow member, Timmy, The massive turn out for the guard of honour which accompanied Timmy’s remains to the Church of Our Lady and St. Brendan on Friday night was one of our biggest ever. Despite torrential rain on Saturday afternoon, the large guard of honour escorting Timmy’s remains for burial in Rath Cemetery was indicative of the affection that club members had for Timmy. Billy wishes to thank Timmy’s great friend, Martin Collins, who delivered a heartfelt oration at Timmy’s graveside despite the incessant wind and rain.Billy is very thankful to our two senior teams who played so well at home in Connolly Park on Sunday in county league games that were dedicated to Timmy’s memory. The respectful observation of the minute’s silence by the players, mentors and the large attendance at the games was appreciated. It was the first time in many years that Timmy wasn’t present with pen and note book at the ready. It was a difficult and sad week for The Rock, but Billy said he felt very proud to be Chairman of Austin Stacks, a club which showed fortitude and resilience in the loss of a noble member. Timmy Sheehan will always be remembered. A Rockie forever!
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is also offered to the families of the following who died recently – Rose Jameson (nee Hennebery), Ardfert and formerly Castle Countess (aunt of former Club Footballers, David and Paul ), Mike O’Brien, Rahoonane and formerly Ballyseedy Cottages; James Power, Chapel Street (son of the late Dick, who won a SF Co. Championship medal with the Club in 1936); and Frank O’Reilly, Árd Na Lí, Oakpark and formerly Salthill, Galway.
Timmy Sheehan – Graveside Oration by Martin Collins – Saturday March 7th, 2020