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Kieran Donaghy Set To Break 29-Year-Old Austin Stacks Club Record

Kieran Donaghy Set To Break 29-Year-Old Austin Stacks Club Record
By PJ Browne
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Whether Austin Stacks defeat reigning Kerry SFC champions East Kerry or not on Saturday night, the game will be a memorable one for Kieran Donaghy.

The 38-year-old is set to make his 60th senior championship appearance for the Tralee club at Austin Stack Park. It means he will surpass the appearances record of Ger O'Keeffe which has stood since July 1992.

Donaghy made his Austin Stacks debut in 2002. He was Man of the Match in 2014 when Austin Stacks ended a 20-year wait for an SFC title with a replay victory over Mid Kerry in the final.

Along with Donaghy and O'Keefee there are three other Austin Stacks players who have made 50 or more senior championship appearances. Those are William Kirby (50), Ger Power (52) and Mikey Collins (53).


17 October 2010; David O'Leary, Dr. Crokes, in action against Kieran Donaghy, Austin Stacks. Kerry County Senior Football Championship Final, Austin Stacks v Dr. Crokes, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Earlier this month, Donaghy played at full forward as Austin Stacks won their third consecutive Kerry Senior Club Championship title with a five-point victory over Kenmare.

The Kerry Senior Club Championship is a separate competition to the Kerry Senior Football Championship. The former features just the eight senior clubs, while the latter also includes eight divisional sides.

Saturday night's game is the tie of the weekend in the first round of the Kerry SFC. East Kerry - who have David and Paudie Clifford along with Paul Murphy and Shane Ryan among their numbers - are aiming to win their third consecutive county title.

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