See Photographs below: Our annual social was held on Sunday 5th April and was a resounding success. The venue this year was the Ballyroe Heights Hotel with over 350 Rockies attending the function. Proceedings got underway with a champagne reception. Once seated, there was a slide show presentation of photographic action from the Austin Stacks club recorded during the year, and what a busy year it was, especially with our senior team’s club championship success all the way to the All-Ireland semi-final. The M.C. for the night was Andrew Morrissey.
Before the meal was served Francie Breen spoke on behalf of the family of the late Teddy Brick, recounting some memories before a minutes standing ovation was observed by all present in his memory.
After the meal our Chairman, Aidan O’Connor spoke, congratulating all present on various achievements during the year, and encouraging continued support of the various ongoing fundraising activities in the coming year towards the development of our second pitch – the forthcoming benefit Night At the Dogs, Bingo sessions to name a couple.
Senior Team Manager, Stephen Stack also spoke with enthusiasm, and on behalf of the Management and senior team presented the Austin Stacks Club and supporters with a framed montage of photos depicting memories of the year past. Mikey Collins was named Senior Footballer of the Year and was presented with the perpetual shield. The senior captain for the coming year is Daniel Bohan and vice-captain is Fergal McNamara.
In a break with tradition, the award for best club supporter of the year was presented to Denis “Dee Butcher” O’Regan, who accepted the trophy on behalf of all the Austin Stacks supporters, “The 16th Man”, for their continued massive support of the Senior Football team during the year. The Hurler of Year was Sean King, who received the McAllen Memorial Shield. The Players Hurler of the Year Award was presented to Andrew Morrissey by Club Chairman, Aidan O’Connor. Medal presentations were then made to the individual football and hurling players for the achievements at local, County and Munster levels.
The night’s entertainment then got underway with dancing to “Celebration” followed by the late night disco with Francie Breen. “Best Dressed” awards were presented to Ber O’Connor and Francie Breen.
Sincere thanks to the hardworking organising committee led by Mary McQuinn and Noreen Power for a very well organised event, and to management and staff of Ballyroe Heights Hotel for their service and venue.
A very late night, but one to remember with happy memories for all present. (Our thanks to Adrienne McLoughlin for the above comprehensive Report and continued thanks to Adrienne for her outstanding photography of all aspects of Club activity. Finally a special thanks to Club Secretary, Elma Nix for her great work in organizing the medal presentation which was the centrepiece of this year’s Social) .Some photos attached – .
Liam Shanahan and daughter, Angela avail of the photo opportunity with the array of trophies won by the Austin Stacks Club in 2014.
Sean McMahon, Tadhg McMahon and Elma Nix.
Senior Management and team present Austin Stacks Supporters Club, represented by Kevin Carroll, with framed montage of photos.
Senior Manager, Stephen Stack and Club Chairman, Aidan O’Connor present Mickey Collins with Player of the Year award.
Denis O’Regan receives trophy on behalf of Austin Stacks supporters. Also pictured Andrew Morrissey, Aidan O’Connor & Francie Breen.
the extended Healy family enjoying the Social.
I’m Singing in the Rain . . . – David Mannix Leads the end of night sing song . .
Ger, Bernie, Gillian & David Mannix.