A “Hurling For All” street league launch

street league-A “Hurling For All” street league was launched last week in St. John’s Parish. The organisers are looking for boys aged 7,8,9 and 10 to represent their estates and localities to play against seven other localities within the St. John’s area. It doesn’t matter what club you hurl for or what school you go to every boy should get a chance to represent their area. All the matches will be played in their own local estates and parents, neighbours, brothers and sisters will be encouraged to support the young boys when the matches are taking place. All the boy’s need is a hurl and a helmet. Local organisers from each locality will be appointed in due course to organise each team. At the moment application forms are been handed out in all the local estates. There will be grand finals on July 29th.

street league-A “Hurling For All” street league was launched last week in St. John’s Parish. The organisers are looking for boys aged 7,8,9 and 10 to represent their estates and localities to play against seven other localities within the St. John’s area. It doesn’t matter what club you hurl for or what school you go to every boy should get a chance to represent their area. All the matches will be played in their own local estates and parents, neighbours, brothers and sisters will be encouraged to support the young boys when the matches are taking place. All the boy’s need is a hurl and a helmet. Local organisers from each locality will be appointed in due course to organise each team. At the moment application forms are been handed out in all the local estates. There will be grand finals on July 29th.

LOCAL ATHLETES DO ST. JOHN’S PARISH PROUD-Local Athletes did St. Johns Parish proud in the Kilkenny Community Games County Athletic Finals in Scanlon Park last Sunday.

In glorious conditions these boys and girls gave it their all and had numerous personal bests in their individual events-Rena Crowley in the U10 60m hurdles, Johnny Collins U14 80m hurdles, Margaret Mary O’ Shea U8 60m, Sophia O’ Shea U10 100m, Anna O’Shea U12 100m, Jack Manning U14 100m, Eva Collins U10 200m, Rory McGabhan and Patrick O’ Shea U12 600m, Jennifer O’Keeffe U14 800m, Shane McGeary U14 Long Jump, Lauren Gleeson U14 Long Jump.

Medals were won by Jack Manning, Lauren Gleeson, Shane McGeary, Jennifer O’Keeffe, Johnny Collins, Margaret Mary O’Shea, and Anna O’Shea and will now go onto represent St Johns Parish and Kilkenny at this year’s National Finals of the HSE Community Games in Athlone on the 24th August 2012.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS UNDER 12 NEWS-The Under 12 teams played Conahy Shamrocks and John Lockes in the Callan Tournament over the last week in Johns Park. Two very competitive games were put on for the big crowd that turned up for each of the games. They lost out narrowly to a good Conahy team and beat John Lockes. Very good team performances were put in by the U12s. Best for O’Loughlin Gaels in defence were Donal O’Leary, Jaime Malone, Jack Kearns and Conor McHugh all four boys gave a great display of defending, in the full forward line Jack Sheridan, Sean Baird, Matthew Russell got some wonderful points from all angles and Aran O’Brien who worked very hard for the team.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS BOYS HELP ST. CANICES TO VICTORY-Congratulations to Conor Heary, Johnny Collins and Desail Fwamba who were part of the successful St Canices panel that won the Educational Supplies Primary Schools Hurling Championship Roinn A final in Nowlan Park.

UNDER 10S WIN THE KEVIN BERGIN TOURNAMENT-The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 10 team were invited into the, very professionally run, Kevin Bergin Memorial Hurling Tournament in Conahy GAA club last Saturday morning. Eight teams competed in the competition which consisted of two groups of four teams. In the O’Loughlin Gaels group were Blacks and Whites, St. Patrick’s of Ballyraggett and St. Lachtains of Freshford. O’Loughlins were successful in these matches and were drawn to play St. Martins in the final. The match was a thriller and both sets of players can be very proud of their efforts. The final score of 3.1 to 2.2 will show that there was nothing between the teams.Indeed but for a brilliant penalty save from Harry Bland and a St. Martin’s bullet coming back off the crossbar

the scoreline could have been much different. Captain Sam O Connell collected the Kevin Bergin Shield on behalf of his O’Loughlin Gaels teammates to the delight of parents and supporters. The team of 16 that traveled to Conahy were Declan Murphy, Stuart Nolan, Harry Bland, Daniel Walsh, Ronan Lavelle, John Macnamara, Alex Molloy, Vincent O Grady, Aiden Kenny, Joseph Leydon, Jake Hickey,Sam O Connell, Chase Leefarr, Diarmuid Henderson, James Phelan, Mathew Hogan.

The Under 10 management would sincerely like to thank Conahy Shamrocks GAA club for their kind invitation to play and also for their generous hospitality accorded to all the mentors, supports and and players. They would also like to congratulate Conahy GAA on the organisation of the tournament. There were plenty of stewards ,each wearing their Conahy GAA gear, on hand to help . Special thanks also to Tony Duggan who was on hand to help O’Loughlins for the day.

JUNIOR Bs IN NORTHERN LEAGUE FINAL-The very best of luck to all those players involved in the O’Loughlin Gaels Junior B squad who will play the Northern League Final on Friday night against Danesfort. At the time of writing, the same team was also down to play championship against Dicksboro the following evening.

CAMOGIE NEWS-O’Loughlin Gaels junior camogie team played Young Irelands in the All County League last Friday evening in, a very windy, St John’s Park. The girls played out a draw, each team scoring 1.9. The girls played with a strong wind in the first half and were ahead 0-9 to 0-6 at half time with points from Aisling Butler, Sarah Buckley, Amy Bryan and Eimear Rodgers. In the Second half against the wind they really had to work hard. A Kate Walsh goal put the girls ahead 1-9 to 0-9 and it looked like the city girls would hold out, but a well taken goal from Young Irelands in the dying minutes left the match level at 1-9 a piece. The team have four points from a possible six and will now play Conahy Shamrocks in the fifth round. Team Lizzie kavanaugh, Laura Butler, Stephanie Buckley, Kate Nolan, Sam Mcguni, Shauna Brennan, Ena Kearns, Rebecca Cleere, Karen Galvin, Sarah Buckley(0-4), Aisling Butler (0-3), Eimear Rodgers(0-1)Kate Walsh(1-0)Amy Bryan(0-1),Sarah Burke.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS SUMMER CAMP -The best GAA summer camp available is run every year in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club by Niall Bergin and his team of qualified GAA coaches. The camp begins at 10a.m. every day and finishes at 2.30p.m. The camp is open to all O’Loughlin Gaels club members and those children interested in joining the club between the ages of 5 and 13 years. The camp includes hurling, camogie and gaelic football. The emphasis is always on fun and participation. There will be appearances from a host of top inter-county hurling and football stars. As always each child will receive an O’Loughlin Gaels sports kit which is included in the price.

The cost of the camp is a recession busting €55 for one week and €85 for two weeks. Week 1 will take place from Tuesday August 7th till Saturday August 11th. Week 2 is from Monday August 13th to Friday August 17th. Booking forms are available from any of the juvenile team managers or you can contact Niall direct on 086 3581771 Registration is now due.

A NIGHT AT THE DOGS-The annual O’Loughlin Gaels fundraiser in Kilkenny Greyhound Track will this year take place on Friday Nigh July 6th. The evening ,which is family orientated , is generously sponsored by the McCarthy family of EUROSPAR in Newpark Shopping Centre. Admission is just €10 and will also gain free entry in to the fabulous raffle which has a first prize of a sun holiday on the Costa Del Sol for 4 people for two weeks. Officials from O’Loughlins will endeavour to call to every single house in St. John’s Parish to sell these tickets which are the club’s main source of income for the year. Please try and support this innitiative if you can. Thank You.

Every juvenile player in O’Loughlin Gaels are also given a book of tickets. Parents are reminded that these tickets and monies need to be returned this week at juvenile training sessions.

LOTTO STILL UP FOR GRABS-The O’Loughlin Gaels Lotto top prize of €20,000 remains unclaimed after last weeks draw. 3,6,8,21 and 25 were the numbers drawn on Tuesday 19th of June. Consolation prizes of €40 were won by Bobby Gibbs c/o Paul Cleere, Shane Casey c/o Sean Casey, Francis Dargan c/o Top Oil with Sheamie Cummins ,Mary Cullen c/o John Joe Cullen, Christy Delaney c/o Andy O Driscoll, Ann Murphy c/o Brian Murphy, Joe Phelan c/o Noel Tyrrell, Dolores Walsh c/o Joan Kerwick, Fergal Brennan c/o John Joe Cullen and Michael Nolan .

The O’Loughlin Gaels Local Lotto takes place every Tuesday night in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Centre on the Hebron Road at about 9.30p.m. All are,not only, welcome, but are encouraged, to attend the draw.

SUMMER POKER LEAGUE-Texas Holdem Poker continues to be played in O’Loughlin Gaels every Thursday Night at 8.30. There will be a Summer League starting on Thursday 5th of July and running over eight weeks. There will be €500 added and a perpetual trophy up for grabs. Entry is €30 with an optional rebuy costing €20 if you get knocked out before the break. There are no add ons. Points will be awarded for the top 10 places every week. Why not try your luck against some of Kilkenny’s greatest poker players.

EDDIE RUSSELL MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC-The Eddie Russell Memorial Golf Classic will take place in Kilkenny Golf Club on Friday the 21st of September 2012. A team of four costs €200 and includes dinner at the golf club. All proceeds will go towards Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre in Walkin Street. To book a tee time please contact Murt on 086 8132457 or Stephen on 085 7676957 or 05677 63850.

COFFEE MORNING AND RAFFLE-There will be a coffee morning and raffle after 10 30am Mass in St Johns Church on Sat 29 June.It will take place in the day care center and is in aid of young people from the Parish going to the Youth Festival in Medjuorge in August .21 young people and 5 leaders are travelling from the Parish organised once again by councillor Joe Malone.

JIMMY LEAHY BECOMES A BOROUGH COUNCIL MEMBER-Congratulations to Glendine man Jimmy Leahy who became a member of Kilkenny Borough Council last week. Jimmy was coopted onto the council by his party Fine Gael following the resignation of Betty Manning. Jimmy is married to Catherine and has two children both of whom are involved in O’Loughlin Gaels. Caitlin has won county championships playing camogie while Jay is full back on the Under 14 team and also won All Ireland Feile na nGael titles in both Hurling and Football with the club last year..

ST. KIERANS CEMETERY MASS ON THIS FRIDAY-The annual Cemetery Mass in St. Kieran’s Cemetery will be celebrated on Friday next June 29th at 7.30pm. Great preparations have already been made, and your family plots are a credit to all concerned – including the excellent caretakers of the cemetery.In the final few days there’s more to be done to finish our preparations for this huge annual occasion as we honour our dead. Oh yes, and please continue to pray for fine and suitable weather.

All Eucharistic Ministers on duty are asked to “bring a friend” to hold an umbrella (provided) to hold over the minister – not for the rain, but to indicate the distribution points of Holy Communion.The Cemetery Mass in Dunmore and Johnswell Cemeteries will be celebrated on the following Friday, the 6th ofJuly at 7.30pm.

ST. JOHN’S PARISH OUTING-The Annual Parish Outing, postponed last week due to the weather,will now take place next Thursday the 28th of June. Buses leave O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club at 11.00 a.m. sharp.

TABLE QUIZ-Your support would be greatly appreciated for a Table Quiz on Friday June 29th at 9pm in The Broguemaker, Castlecomer Road. This is a fundraiser by two parishioners who are taking part in this years “Lyon to Nice Cycle Challenge”in July – Pat Walsh and Martin O’Neill. They are raising money for the Irish Hospice Foundation. They both have to raise €2,500 to take part. For details: 086 3944224.

KILKENNY FEDERATION FOR VICTIM ASSISTANCE-The Kilkenny Federation for Victim Assistance have recently gone mobile and changed their number to 083 1254461. Their body of volunteers offer practical and emotional support to all victims of crime and traumatic incidents in Kilkenny and surrounding areas. The group offer a free and confidential service and all volunteers have been fully trained. If you wish to get in touch they will arrange for two volunteers to visit you in your home and to lend a listening ear. Call or text anytime at 083 1254461.

FEILE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS-Congratulations to the three O’Loughlins girls, Neassa Galwey, Jenny O’Keeffe and Brianna Mallon, who won the division 3 Feile Football final with Kilkenny City last Sunday, they won on a scoreline of KK City 1-05 to The Downs of Meath 1-01. Congratulations from all in O’Loughlins.

BOOK LAUNCH.-The Launch of Enda McEvoy’s book ‘The Godfather of Modern Hurling’, the Father Tommy Maher Story by GAA President Liam O’Neill, will take place in Langton’s on Thursday next at 8.00 p.m. This Book Launch should prove to be an historic occasion as ‘a legend in his own lifetime’ – Monsignor Tommy Maher – is so deservedly honoured. Tommy, now a resident in Archersrath Nursing Home, is owed a great debt of gratitude, not only by Kilkenny hurling fans, but also by the thousands who were taught mathematics by him over many years as a teacher in St Kieran’s College. He later served as President of the College

JUNIOR SCHOOL EXCEL-The School team from St John’s Junior School travelled to Nowlan Park on Monday 25th June to take part in the Go-Games. This was an exciting occasion for the children, the school and their parents. The team played really well and did themselves and the school proud by winning their match. We are very grateful to O Loughlin Gaels GAA club for all their support. We thank the parents whose support as always is invaluable. We thank the teachers/trainers of the team for all their hard work and dedication. We applaud our boys from First and Second Class for the way they represented our school and our parish. And we are looking forward to watching these boys as they grow up and develop into “Great” O Loughlin Hurlers!!!!!