St Johns - O’Loughlin Gaels under 11s and 12s’ Tullamore trip

Nigel Leydon


Nigel Leydon



Tullamore GAA kindly hosted O’Loughlin Gaels under 11s and 12 teams last Sunday morning. The 11s were a bit sluggish in the first third and went behind by 5 points, but played their way into the match to draw level with 20 minutes left and finished strongly to win by 6. Panel: Damian Dowling, Luke Hennessy, Seán Lalor, David Popaelek, John McNamara, Daniel Walsh, Jake Hickey,

Vincent O’Grady, Ronan Lavelle (Capt,) Eric Walsh, Clinton Morris, Matthew Hogan, Cillian Larkin, Declan Murphy, Greg Edogun, Sam O’Connell, James Phelan, Aidan Kenny, Chase Leefar. By contrast, the under 12s showed excellent attitude from the first whistle and Patrick Folan opened the scoring in the first minute with a well taken point from 30 metres. The boys continued to hurl very well from then right to the final whistle in what was a tough physical match which will benefit the team. Panel: Ian O’Keeffe, Niall Flanagan, Jamie Young, Peter McNamara, Niall Higgins, Ethan Kerwick, Joey Byrne, Declan Coffey, Dónal Ó Laoghaire, Conor Kelly, Jack Sheridan, Pádraig Hally, Patrick Folan, David Fogarty (Capt.) Ciarán Murphy, Success Edogun, Mark Gormley. After a meal kindly provided by Tullamore GAA, the O’Loughlin lads strolled across to O’Connor Park to cheer Brian Hogan and teammates to victory over Offaly.


A massive congratulations to Sion Meadows dweller Niall Kenny who became a Leinster Silver Medalist Special Olympian last Saturday at the competition which was ran off in The Watershed in Kilkenny. Niall, who also plays hurling with O’Loughlin Gaels along with his brother Aiden’ is a very popular member of the O’Loughlin Gaels Club and everyone in the Club send their heartiest congratulations to their newest Star. Parents Bernie and Noel and sister Niamh are beaming with pride since the finals as his uncle Fr. Sean O Connor of St. John’s.


Following the massively successful Family Table Quiz a grand total of 155 O’Loughlin Gaels Kiddies Tracksuits have been ordered and should be delivered to the end of next week. Each manager will then be able to allocate the tracksuits according to his/her order sheet .


Fixtures for Feile have just been announced. O’Loughlin Gaels will play their hosts Patrickswell on Friday July 5th at 3p.m. On Saturday July 6th at 11a.m. they will play Mungret of Limerick and then at 2p.m. Holycross Ballycahill from Tipperary. If O’Loughlins were to win all three games and qualify there would be a semi final match at 6.15p.m. in Clarina. Finals day is always Sunday, if the team are lucky enough to progress. Best of luck lads from everyone in St. John’s Parish and Kilkenny as well.

There are still some seats left on the supporters bus to Feile . Contact Neil Loy for more details 085 7807205.


Because of the brilliant win in the Kilkenny Feile na nGael by the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 team, the scheduled night for the annual Club fundraiser at Kilkenny Greyhound Track has been put back a fortnight. The new date will now be Friday July 19th. Tickets were already printed but thanks to Kilkenny Greyhound Track a new date was found. As with other years, the Club committee of Michael Mahony,Joe Nolan,Ben Fogarty and the driving forces behind this mammoth task, Richie Kearns and Richie Moylan, will endeavour to call on every house in St. John’s Parish looking for support to run the club for another year. The club and the clubhouse are there for the people of the Parish to use and frequent. The Committee are continuously trying to make the Club a more Parish/Community based Club. This annual fundraiser maintains the club’s finances for the year and thus the club is able to provide such fantastic facilities for its players and supporters. The Club would like to thank all the people who have supported the venture previously - your contributions are there for all to see at St. John’s Park, and look forward to meeting new and old friends calling door to door over the next few weeks.


It started as the “Gathering of the Gaels 10K”, then a half marathon was added and a 5K Fun Run and a 5k walk. To come up with a catchy name was a bit of an issue but ex hurler and now fairly successful local athlete Brian Kelly has coined the new name of the above event . From now on “The Kilkenny Half Marathon inc. Gathering of The Gaels 10K & 5K Fun Run and Walk” will now be called simply “THE CAT RUN”.

You can still register on line at or or on the event’s new website which will be launched shortly.

Anyone who has registered for the event already will be automatically registered for this event which will be launched over the next few weeks. John Cahill has designed the website and is looking after all the technical details of,what promises to be an absolutely huge event for Kilkenny on Saturday September 7th. MIDAS PR will look after all the public relations for the event and the organisers want to sincerely thank Alma Feeley and her team coming on board and helping to drive this venture forward.

The course (basically the old, renowned Johnswell Course) has been designed by Paddy Neary, John MacDonald,Sean Cleere,Don Egan,Brian Kelly and Donal Higgins.