St John’s: Fifth quarter final in a row for senior O’Loughlin hurlers

O’LOUGHLINS JUNIOR HURLERS IN THE COUNTY SEMI FINAL - The very best of luck to Donie Dwyer and his charges as they face into a second county semi final in a row, at Junior grade, this Weekend. The St Johns Parish side came top of their group which consists of Senior and Intermediate clubs who also have Junior teams. Last year St. Patricks of Ballyraggett beat them in the semi final and later went on to become champions of All Ireland at Junior level. This year O’Loughlin Gaels hope to go a little better but it won’t be easy. Since the weekend they have lost a number of players . Nigel Skehan, David Burke, Paddy Butler and Jack Nolan were all involved in the O’Loughlin Gaels senior championship match against Tullaroan thus making them ineligible to play junior championship. Still with players like Brian Murphy, Seamus Cummins, Jason Quan, Padraic Meaney, Shane Parsons, Rick Leydon, Mark Croghan, Andy Cantwell and top goalkeeper Sammy Johnston the John’s Parish representatives should aquit themselves very well indeed. Please get along to Nowlan Park and support the team who have put in a great effort this year again

O’LOUGHLINS JUNIOR HURLERS IN THE COUNTY SEMI FINAL - The very best of luck to Donie Dwyer and his charges as they face into a second county semi final in a row, at Junior grade, this Weekend. The St Johns Parish side came top of their group which consists of Senior and Intermediate clubs who also have Junior teams. Last year St. Patricks of Ballyraggett beat them in the semi final and later went on to become champions of All Ireland at Junior level. This year O’Loughlin Gaels hope to go a little better but it won’t be easy. Since the weekend they have lost a number of players . Nigel Skehan, David Burke, Paddy Butler and Jack Nolan were all involved in the O’Loughlin Gaels senior championship match against Tullaroan thus making them ineligible to play junior championship. Still with players like Brian Murphy, Seamus Cummins, Jason Quan, Padraic Meaney, Shane Parsons, Rick Leydon, Mark Croghan, Andy Cantwell and top goalkeeper Sammy Johnston the John’s Parish representatives should aquit themselves very well indeed. Please get along to Nowlan Park and support the team who have put in a great effort this year again

O’LOUGHLINS SENIORS IN THE COUNTY QUARTER FINAL - On a day, next weekend, yet to be fixed, as these notes are being written, O’Loughlin Gaels will contest their fifth county quarter final in a row, after beating Tullaroan in Kilmanagh last Sunday. The John’s boys will be drawn against one of St. Martins, Ballyhale Shamrocks, James Stephens or Carrickshock. Therefore a hard task ahead of the team as they aim to recapture the Tom Walsh Cup last won in 2010.

O’Loughlin Gaels 3.18 Tullaroan 1.14 - O’Loughlin Gaels management will be happy with the form their charges showed in picturesque, but rainy, Kilmanagh last Sunday, as they eased past the challenge of Tullaroan with quite a distance to spare. Mark Bergin was the man who did most damage to the men with the sash, as he grabbed a personal haul of 1.11.(7f,1 65,). Mark only took over the free taking duties after his cousin, Maurice Nolan, left the field injured after the opening exchanges .He popped over the first free on three minutes in reply to an earlier Jimmy Coogan effort. Padraig Walsh and the excellent Martin Comerford exchanged two good points and then Bergin scored 1.2 without reply. The goal was a real opportunists chance and one of the points a tap over from the penalty spot. Mark Bergin and Jimmy Coogan swapped two frees each but O’Loughlins were slowly taking command of proceedings. Two good scores through Niall McEvoy and Martin Comerford increased the city sides lead to seven points after twenty minutes. Jimmy Coogan and Martin Walsh kept Tullaroan in touch but Martin Comerford and Bergin again matched their effort. Tommy Walsh put over a point from the middle of the park before substitute Davy Burke goaled just before half time with a very well taken goal. This left O’Loughlins ahead 2.10 to 0.7 at half time. The second half was to be no different. With the city lads sensing victory Conor Bergin scored a goal and a point in the early stages . Match over. Jimmy Coogan kept knocking over frees (he scored 9 in total) Padraig Walsh finished with three points from play and Mark Simpson score a goal on the 30th minute but they really had no answer for O’Loughlins. Stephen Murphy saved a penalty in the O’Loughlin Gaels goal on the 20th minute and has been rock solid all through this championship. O’Loughlins could take off Mark Bergin and Martin Comerford with 5 minutes to go and give Danny Loughnane and Nigel Skehan some game time. Skehan obliged by popping over the last free of the game to make the score at the end O’Loughlin Gaels 3.18 Tullaroan 1.14. For the O’Loughlin Gaels squad they will be prepared for bigger challenges next weekend.Their management will sweat over injuries to Niall Mcevoy (hand) and Maurice Nolan this week. O’Loughlin Gaels Team: Stephen Murphy, Brian Kelly, Andy Kearns, Eddie Kearns, Alan O Brien, Brian Hogan, Paddy Butler, Niall Bergin, Maurice Nolan, Alan Geoghegan, Niall McEvoy, Mark Kelly, Mark Begin, Martin Comerford, Conor Bergin. Subs David Burke,Jack Nolan, Danny Loughnane, Nigel Skehan.

ELSIE SWAN RIP - Condolences are offered to Deirdre and Donal Higgins on the passing of Deirde’s mother Mrs Elsie Swan of Newbridge Co. Kildare. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.

FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR CEART PATIENT WISE - The Kilkenny Artist Raymond Osborn will be running a one day Watercolours Workshop on Saturday 20th October from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm in Kcat Art Centre, Callan. Cost: €45 Some watercolour painting experience necessary. Please bring your own materials. This is a fundraising event with all proceeds going to CEART Patient Wise who run self-management courses for people who live with long term chronic health. To book a place please send a cheque payable to ‘CEART Patient Wise’ to CEART Patient Wise, The Courthouse, Callan, Co Kilkenny. Please include your name and contact details. For further details please contact Anne Cody 087 9028534 or at annecody@ceart.ie

PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE - A meeting of the Parish Finance Committee will take place on Thursday evening next at 7.30pm in the Presbytery. All members are requested to attend.

GROW MENTAL HEALTH - GROW Mental Health Movement would like to thank all the volunteers who helped out with National Flag Day on Wed 10th October. €933.33 was raised in Kilkenny.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER ONCE A WEEK - Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is a community based Befriending & Support Organisation for Older People Living Alone. We are looking for additional volunteers to commit to one hour per week to befriend /visit older people who live alone in your area. Information: 056/7751988 or Mobile 086/4108902.

MAYFAIR ANNIVERSARY DANCE - The Mayfair Anniversary Dance will take place on Fri. 26th of October in Hotel Kilkenny between 9.30pm to 1.30am. Music will be provided by by ‘The Marble City Sounds’ with guest artists Paddy Hanrahan, Nomads, Black Aces and many many more.

“P2P” - Support group for parents and Carers of children with special needs will hold a talk by Barrister, Mr Dan Feehan, on “ Provisions for WILLs for persons with special needs” in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre at 8.30pm on Thursday 18th October 2012. €5 entrance fee. Contact Therese Buckley @ 087 9040208.

FOCUS IRELAND - This November 16th-18th join the “Key to a Home” volunteer collector team in your parish and help us to continue our work to prevent homelessness throughout Ireland. Collectors are for this Parish. Call Dervla on 1850 204.

READINGS IN CITY LIBRARY - Irish authors, Paul Murray and Val Mulkerns will be in the City library, next Wednesday 7.30pm. The evening is part of the Peregrine Reading Series which is sponsored by The Irish Writers’ Centre. The event is free and all are welcome.

MORNING ART CLASSES FOR ADULTS - Art class for adults will start on Thursdays and Fridays in November. Beginners are especially welcome. Classes are small, friendly and all materials are supplied for the first class. The course will cover the various classical painting & drawing techniques including oil on canvas, water colours (6 week term/ 2 hour session). The classes will run in Bishop Birch Training Institute, Waterford Road. Contact Sonja on 083 3941220 or 056 7708155Email: artwithsonja@gmail.com