Under 16-Both O’Loughlin Gaels Under 16 hurling teams recorded good wins in their opening league matches last week.
The team that plays in Roinn A played Erins Own and gave newly married manager a nice wedding present by winning on a scoreline of 3.20 to 1.9. This team had also captured the U16 Leinster Hurling League the previous weekend in Portlaoise aswell. The team that plays in the Roinn C League beat The Emeralds of Urlingford 4.11 to 1.9 .Well done to both sets of players and mentors.
JUNIOR B -The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior B team got their season off to a very competitive start by beating Threecastles in the opening round of the League last Saturday evening in St. John’s Park.
UNDER 9s AND UNDER 10s -The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 9s and 10s played a return fixture with St. Martins in St. John’s Park last Sunday morning. Two excellent games were played on beautiful new pitches in the O’Loughlin Gaels home grounds.Again honours were shared over the two matches and spectators saw no little skill and plenty of children having fun. A special guest appearance by Liam Macarthy made for an exciting end to the matches with all the children getting their photos taken with the cup. Even the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 6s ,who train in St. John’s Park every Sunday morning, availed of the opportunity to have their picture taken with the All Ireland trophy. Thanks to Noel Shorthall of St. Martin’s for organising the cup to be there.
UNDER 8s-The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 8 team traveled across town and played James Stephens at the St. Patricks De La Salle school pitch. All the boys played brilliantly in the two matches that were played and honours were shared with The Village winning one and The Continent coming out on top in the other.Well done to all the boys and their trainers.
UNDER 11s -The Parish was proudly represented in last Saturday’s Community Games County Hurling Finals (for boys under 11 on 31 July 2012) by a squad captained by David Fogarty. The lads, who all play for O’Loughlin Gaels and reside in St. John’s Parish, knocked out the All-Ireland 4-in-a-row seeking combination team from Ballyhale Shamrocks / Carrickshock / Dunamaggin. However, the St. John’s boys paid the price for a sluggish start in their opening match against St Canices, and lost out (albeit on the narrowest of points difference) on a place in the “A” Final. The St. John’s Parish boys who won bronze medals by winning the Shield Final were: Ian O’Keeffe, Daniel Walsh, Ronan Lavelle, Jack Murphy, Sam O’Connell, James Phelan, Luke Hennessy, Patrick Folan, David Fogarty (Capt.), Joey Byrne, Conor Kelly, Jack Sheridan, Mateusz Karasinski, John McNamara, Matthew Hogan, Chase Leefarr, Jake Hickey and Vincent O’Grady. Team advisor & Waterboy: Dónal Ó Laoghaire.The blitz was played in Johnstown where The Fenians Gaa club catered magnificently for all the teams and supporters.Thank you also to the team managers Brendan O Leary,Sean Macnamara,John Sheridan and Ben Fogarty.
BEST WISHES -Best wishes to star Under 6 O’Loughlins Camogie player ,Siofra O Leary who broke her right arm in 2 places last Friday. She had her arm set in Ardkeen on Saturday and hopefully was allowed home on Saturday night. Best wishes to Siofra and mum Linda who stayed with her in Waterford from everyone in O’Loughlin Gaels and St. John’s Parish in general. Dad ,Brendan ,informs us that Siofra is making excellent progress and is well on the mend.
GAELS BOW OUT -After some encouraging wins in the Senior Football League ,the O’Loughlin Gaels Senior Football team lost to Thomastown in round 1 of the Kilkenny championship. The Gaels will rue their 20 plus wides tally . Good performances from Niall Bergin ,Alan Geoghegan ,Brian Murphy,Sammy Johnston ,Ritchie Moylan,Danny Loughnane and Martin Comerford and with the Gaels in total control in the second half should have meant an O’Loughlin’s victory .However wide after wide meant they could not crawl back the four point half time deficit. Worryingly ,senior hurlers Niall Mcevoy and Martin Comerford picked up knocks that could see them miss hurling action over the next few weeks.Final score Thomastown 2.8 O’Loughlin Gaels 0.8.
TEAM ; Brian Dowling,Mark Croghan,Ritchie Moylan,Sammy Johnston,Niall Mcevoy,Paddy Cantwell,Martin Comerford,Danny Loughnane,Evan Walsh,Alan Geoghegan,Conor Bergin,Rick Leydon,Niall Bergin,Kevin O Brien.sub Jimmy Comerford .
LOTTO STILL €20,000-The O’Loughlin Gaels Club Lotto has not been won since April 26th 2011.This means that if the jackpot is claimed this week, the prizepool will still be a staggering €20,000. Under lottery rules O’Loughlin’s are only allowed give out €20,000 in prizemoney, so the committee that runs the Lotto in O’Loughlins have been adding the €400 each week to a seperate prizepool. This is set to reach it’s maximum over the next few weeks.If the Lotto is not won by then a third prizepool will be started and so on. However one should not get complacent ,not so long ago the lotto was won three weeks out of four in O’Loughlins .So remember to get your €2 tickets early before Tuesday night’s draw.
Numbers drawn on April 10th were 6,10,24,25 and the bonus number was 11. There were ten consolation prizes of €40 won by Brian Kelly,Serena Fogarty,Paddy Macdonald,Milo Hennessy,Catriona Fitzpatrick,Bobby Farrell,R O Dwyer,Annette Cummins,Ciara and Laura Comerford and Nuala Coyne.
CONGRATULATIONS TO NIALL AND EILIS BERGIN-On Easter Monday last, O’Loughlin Gaels hurler and Under 16 team manager ,Niall Bergin married Castlecomer girl Eilis Mealey in The Church of the Immaculate Conception ,Castlecomer. Celebrant was Monsignor Michael Ryan. Karen Mealey and Lisa Bergin were bridesmaids while Mark Bergin did a great job as Best Man and was helped admirably by groomsman Brian Murphy. The reception was held in the excellently appointed Langton House Hotel, where over two hundred guests sat down to a beautiful meal. The O’Dwyer Brothers held their reputation as a brilliant wedding band and the dance floor was full all night ,right upto when the DJ finished his set.
Niall and Eilis put a great deal of effort into their big day (they even had hot drinks for their guests in the churchyard after the ceremony). All their guests agreed it was one of the most memorable weddings to have attended . Everybody wishes Niall and Eilis all the very best in their future life together.
CAMOGIE NEWS-The junior girls played the second round of the junior ACL last Saturday the 14th of April against the Blacks and Whites in Tom Walsh Park. The girls drew the match on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-7. The game was a low scoring affair and little seperated the two teams throughout the match. The girls battled hard and now have 3 points after the first two rounds. They will play Kilmacow in the first round of the Junior League in St. Kierans College at 11am Sunday 22nd of April.
Team ; Lizzie Kavanagh, Laura Butler, Stephanie Buckley, Eimear Daly, Kate Nolan, Shauna Brennan, Tara Conroy, Ena Kearns, Amy Bryan, Karen Cleere, Sarah Buckley (0-4), Karen Galvin (1-0), Eimear Rodgers, Aisling Butler and Kate Walsh. Subs: Samantha Mguni, Annie Dunne, Aisling Moroney.
Underage training for the camogie club takes place in St. John’s Park ,home of O’Loughlin Gaels every Monday evening.
GROW-GROW Mental Health meetings: Tues 10-12 noon and Wed 8-10 p.m. every week at Ormonde Home, Barrack Street, Kilkenny.Contact 056-7761624 if you are interested in attending a meeting, or just come along. GROW is a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems e.g worry, anxiety or depression. Helping people to help themselves.
ANNUAL CAKE AND BAKE SALE-St John’s Childrens Liturgy Group are holding their annual Cake Sale to support a sick child in the parish. It takes place this weekend before and after all Masses this Saturday and Sunday in the Day Care Centre. Please come and support the children and enjoy our goodies. For further details contact 087 9101769.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT-Life in the Spirit Seminar in the Black Abbey, starting on 24th April - 5th June each Tuesday at 7.30pm. The event will renowned, christian speaker Mr Joe Dalton. Other Speakers include: Fr John Harris op, Mrs Margret Keane, and Bishop Séamus Freeman. We will have Baptism in the Spirit on Pentecost Sunday at 3pm. lead Fr Mark Condon of St Marys Parish.
MENS ACTION NETWORK-M.A.N. will hold a Day Trip to Kilmainham Jail, Dublin Castle and Chester Beatty Library on Tuesday, June 5th. Booking: 086 129 0284 or 056 778 9749.
COLLECTION-The April collection for the Society of St Vincent De Paul will take place next weekend, 21st and 22nd in the three parish churches. Thank you for your continued support of the society.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY-A meeting of the Horticultural society will take place on Thursday April 19th at 8.00 pm in the Club House Hotel. There will be a demonstration of floral art by Olive O’Shea (qualified demonstrator Kilkenny Flower Club).Title “As The Garden Beckons”. All arrangements will be raffled. Admission €5.
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