COVID UPDATED GUIDANCE: The GAA’s Covid Advisory committee have issued updated guidance to all clubs in relation to attendance at underage games. This advice is based on updated guidelines issued on behalf of the Government by Sport Ireland:
Clubs should note that:
- No more than 1 designated individual should attend a training session or game per child/family/group of children.
- The GAA Health Questionnaires MUST be completed by parents/guardians in advance of attendance.
- Overall numbers should be kept to a minimum and in line with the space available in the venue/facility.
- Parents are NOT permitted to be in attendance at adult games where their child (U18) is participating. However, provision can be made to allow an adult to be in close proximity (e.g. in the car park etc) in case medical or other emergency needs require their presence.
- It has also been clarified that a parent/guardian attending an underage game in these circumstances shall NOT be subject to vetting as they are only the supervisor in a guardianship role for their own child and not any other child on the team.
- No spectators allowed at Senior games.
SENIOR FOOTBALL: The Club Championship Final between ourselves and Kenmare Shamrocks has been confirmed and will go ahead on Sunday Sept 13th at 3.30pm in Fitzgerald Stadium (extra time if necessary & winner on the day). The game will be live-streamed.
The Roddy O Donnell Senior Championship sponsored by Lee Strand has been provisionally fixed for the weekend of (19th/20th Sept). With four teams competing the semi final line-up sees Mitchels against O’Rahillys while we play Ballymac. The date and venue have to be confirmed as we write.
Congratulations to Joseph O’Connor who deservedly was chosen at centrefield on the Co. Championship team of the first round.
B FOOTBALL: After our excellent win against Dr. Crokes in the opening round of the Co. League we now have a home game against Rathmore in round 2 of the competition on this Friday evening ( 4th Sept). Please note the throw-in time is 6.30pm. The 3rd and final round takes place on Friday week (11th Sept), away to Gneeveguilla.
THE C TEAM: are also on Co. League duty this week-end but the game has been switched to Sunday (6th Sept) with Listowel agreeing to play this round 2 game in Connolly Park (it was a home game for Listowel). Throw-in is at 2pm. Then in the 3rd and final round on the following Friday (11th Sept) we play Annascaul, again in Connolly Park.
MINOR FOOTBALL: After their draw away to Castlegregory in the opening round (17th July) and the walk-over against Na Gaeil in round 2 of the Co. League our Minors were due to play An Ghaeltacht in the 3rd and final round of the competition in Connolly Park on this coming week-end but the West Kerry side have also informed us that they cannot field a team on this occasion and have given us another walk-over.
CHAIRMAN’S APPEAL: Club Chairman, Billy Ryle is continuing to appeal to Rockies everywhere to continue making donations to the fund to help build the path with disability access. The new path will prevent footfall damage on the pitches. It will also facilitate disability access to the far terrace in Connolly Park for those who are wheelchair bound or unsteady on their feet. The Árd Charraig terrace in Connolly Park is more sheltered with sun, rain and wind at your back. Billy would like it to be accessible to all supporters.
Every single donation, big or small, will be gratefully received. Please, also share the link with as many people as possible. The donation facility will remain open for the next few weeks. Please donate and share the link, https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-bracker-100km..
STACKS 100: We continue to remind all club members that our Award Winning Stacks 100 website is now available to view – check out club memories, matches & podcasts – a great way to spend an enjoyable few minutes or hours and hours and hours . . . www.stacks100.ie.
ONLINE CLUB SHOP OPEN – check out the newest ‘official’ Austin Stacks Club Merchandise – only available to order on this link (free delivery on any orders over €50) see https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/gaa/ireland/austin-stacks.html
WELL DONE: to Des Grace whose greyhound ‘Pestana’ broke the world track record some two weeks ago with a time of 28.99 and on Saturday night last ran another brilliant race in a time of 29.15. He has had three successful wins now and is the favourite to win the Irish Derby which takes place in Shelbourne Park on Saturday fortnight (19th Sept).
CLUBHOUSE: Our Bar and Clubhouse continue to remain closed until further notice.
ONLINE LOTTO: This new initiative, which was launched recently, is to reach out to a much wider playing audience locally, nationally and worldwide. Playing the Austin Stacks Club Fundraising Lotto online will be very straight forward. It takes just six easy steps to play. All you need do is visit our club Website, Facebook Page or Twitter Account, click on the lotto links and follow the steps. Online tickets purchased up to 6pm on a Monday will be included in that evening’s Lotto draw. Tickets purchased online after 6pm on a Monday will be included in the following Monday’s Lotto draw. Results of the Austin Stacks GAA Club fundraising Lotto draw are published weekly on our website, club notes and social media platforms.
LOTTO RESULTS: Last Night’s (31st Aug) Jackpot, worth €13,400, was not won. The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 16, 28.
The €20 winners were Pat Murphy, Trevor Houlihan, Caitriona Chester and Brian McKivergan, all c/o The Club; and Emer Uí Hogáin, c/o Husseys .
We would be delighted to continue to hear from any other businesses who wish to sell lotto tickets for Austin Stacks GAA Club. If interested please get in contact with Bernie on 086 0767415 and in exchange we will promote your business, special offers and products to our vast membership through our extremely popular social media outlets which command a very high following.
Continued thanks to the following businesses for selling our Club Lotto tickets – Kevin Barry’s Shop, Commane’s Book Shop, O’Flynn Interiors, Kirby’s Brogue all on Rock St., Hussey’s, Princess St., & Maguire’s Butcher’s Caherslee Road. Austin Stacks lotto tickets now also available to purchase on line on the following link:
https://play.clubforce.com/play_newa.asp?ll_id=529#Anchor Kirby’s Brogue Inn Maguire’s Butchers Hussey’s P. Commane Books.
SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is offered to the families of the following who died recently: Christina Creagan (nee Breen), Shanakill (sister of John Breen of our Card Players); Rose Hussey (nee Clifford), Hillview Drive, Caherslee and formerly Pembroke Street (mother of former Club Footballer, Con); Michael McKenna, Ballyrickard Close and formerly Dingle; and Ann Patton (nee Carroll), Mountain Close, Balloonagh Estate (Aunt of former Club Footballer, Danny and Grandaunt of current Club Footballers, Shane and Danny) .