CLUB EXECUTIVE: With an almost full attendance Billy Ryle chaired his first Executive Committee Meeting last Thursday night (2nd Jan) and set the ball rolling for the coming season. Various sub-committees were confirmed for the year with other members to be added shortly. The next meeting has been fixed for next Thursday week (16th Jan).
Senior Town League: Our first game of the 2020 season will be a home game V Ballymac in the Senior Town League on Sunday Feb 2nd at 12.30pm. Our opening game in the Co. League will see us at home to Kenmare Shamrocks on March 8th.
GAA SUPPORTERS CLUB: John Joe Sugrue informs us that the Kerry GAA Supporters Club are holding their 30th annual social in Ballygarry House Hotel on Saturday 18th January. This year they will honour the five Kerry players who have won 8 All Ireland Senior Football Medals – our own Mikey Sheehy and Ger Power, as well as Denis Ogie Moran, Pat Spillane and the late Paidí Ó Sé, who will be represented by his son Pádraig Óg. Tim Moynihan of Radio Kerry will be MC on the night and a drinks reception will take place at 7pm, followed by dinner at 8.30. Music will be by Neilly O’Connor. Tickets, at €35 each, are available from committee members – the aforementioned John Joe (087 6891217), John King (087 1305474) and John O’Connell (087 2965406). So a night of great celebrations which is not to be missed.
BEST OF LUCK: to both Na Gaeil and Templenoe as they contest their respective All Ireland Junior and Intermediate semi finals on this coming Saturday. Na Gaeil travel to Ennis to play the Mayo side, Kilmaine at 1.30pm and Templenoe throw in a half an hour later against the Galway and Connacht Champions (Oughterard) in Kilmallock.
WELL DONE: And after Seán Quilter made his debut last week it was the turn of Dylan Casey and Michael O’Gara to play their first game with the Kerry Seniors last Sunday (5th Jan) in the McGrath Cup game in Clonmel. And with all the Kerry members being under 20 they ended just two points short of a strong Tipperary Senior side (1-13 to 1-11).
GAA NATIONAL CLUB DRAW: Austin Stacks GAA has signed up to participate in the GAA’s National Club Draw for 2020. We are asking all club members to sell/purchase National Club draw tickets. Top prize Renault Clio car. €10 each. See full details on www.austinstacks.ie . Members living abroad and wishing to support the club can also purchase raffle tickets online on the following link:
CLOTHES RECYCLING COLLECTION: Our Ladies Club have asked that we advise members that they will hold their annual Clothes Recycling Fundraiser at the beginning of February & ask that everyone start collecting in advance. We will accept –Mens, Womens & Childrens Clothing, Household Textiles ie Curtains & Towels, Soft toys, Shoes, Handbags, Belts. We cannot accept duvets or pillows. All items must be clean & dry.
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.
LOTTO: Last Night’s (6th January) Jackpot, worth €12,900, was not won. The numbers drawn were 3, 12, 28, 31.
The €20 winners were: Gerry Dennehy and Pat De Lacey, both c/o Rock Street Post Office; Cathal Curtin and Des Hurley, both c/o The Club; and Tim O’Rourke, c/o Club Rockies.
Lotto Tickets are on regular sale at the Rock Street Post Office and at the Stacks Clubhouse, as well as from our other regular outlets.
We continue to remind members that we are in competition with other clubs until April 2020 to retain our very important Lotto Franchise at our local post office on Rock St. Every time you are in the post office let Martin and staff know that you are a Rockie and to register your transaction in favour of Austin Stacks. The Club with the most points will win the franchise.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently – Margaret Lynch (nee Hennessy), Kerins Park and formerly Casement’s Avenue; Paddy O’Connor, Oakpark Demesne and formerly Castleisland; and Catherine Raymond (nee O’Connell), Balloonagh Estate.