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PAT CARROLL -Major sponsorship deals are now hard to come by for GAA Clubs the length and breadth of this island but in Pat Carroll, O’Loughlin Gaels have a sporting fanatic as well as a shrewd business man as their main backer. Mr. Carroll, whose bar and off licence business is in Ballybought Street, has been sponsoring the O’Loughlin Gaels Senior team since 2010 and had his name on the Jerseys at the team’s last county final and Leinster final victories in that year.

PAT CARROLL -Major sponsorship deals are now hard to come by for GAA Clubs the length and breadth of this island but in Pat Carroll, O’Loughlin Gaels have a sporting fanatic as well as a shrewd business man as their main backer. Mr. Carroll, whose bar and off licence business is in Ballybought Street, has been sponsoring the O’Loughlin Gaels Senior team since 2010 and had his name on the Jerseys at the team’s last county final and Leinster final victories in that year.

Pat has just signed a new three year contract with the St. Johns Park outfit that will see his name continue to be emblazoned across the jerseys and hopefully see his premises used to celebrate plenty of victories over the next few seasons also.

The club are indebted to Pat and his family for their continued support of the club.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS U14B TEAM REMAIN UNBEATEN-The O’Loughlin Gaels U14Bs maintained their unbeaten run against St Patricks of Ballyragget in the third round of the U14 Roinn C Football league. The panel members are Sean O’Leary, Conor McHugh, Barry Lawlor, Tom Gormley ,Joe Murphy, Jack Kearns, Luke Hogan, Aaron O’ Brien, Matthew Russell, Sean Kenny, Pacey McFarlane, Odhran Lawlor, Desaille Fwamba, Fiachra O’Callaghan, Sean Ware, Ciaran Walsh ,Sean Greene, Oisin Murphy. In ideal conditions both teams played very good attacking football and displayed huge amount of skill. Best for O’Loughlins were in defence Barry Lawlor and Jack Kearns both were first to the ball at all times and were very tigerish in defence. In the forwards Ciaran Walsh worked very hard and gave great ball in to the inside forward line where Sean Greene scored two powerful goals and Fiachra O’ Callaghan got some great scores.

GATHERING OF THE GAELS- The Social Committee of O’Loughlin Gaels have come up with a novel approach to their annual Dinner Dance for 2013. The committee is actively seeking out former players, members and supporters to come back to the club on March 31st for “The Gathering Of The Gaels “. The night will consist of a sumptuous four course meal created by Alan Cullen and his team as well as dancing to big band “The Marble City Sounds”, followed by a DJ set from Seanie D. A full bar will operate in the gymnasium and patrons will enjoy all this for just €22.50. Tickets will be available from John Joe Cullen’s Butchers Shop or from the Club Bar by next weekend.

There are plenty of parents of juvenile camogie players and hurlers who are also encouraged to come to this social occasion which promises to be a spectacular social event. Over two hundred people attended the last event held at the club which was to celebrate the club’s first Feile na nGael victory in 2010 when the special guest was Micheal O Muirchearthaigh. That was a brilliant night and if you missed it make sure you do not miss this one . It will be great !

JUVENILE TRAINING UP AND RUNNING IN ST JOHN’S PARK-The O’Loughlin Gaels Gaa juvenile training sessions on Sunday mornings are back in full swing. St. John’s Park on the Hebron Road was packed last Sunday morning with all teams from Under 6s up to Under 12s training. Training for the Under 6s starts at 10 a.m. and will go ahead indoor in the O’Loughlins gymnasium if the weather is inclement.The Under 6s train for 1 hour. All other age groups start at 10.30 a.m. and finish at 12pm.Parents are really enjoying the new coffee shop in O’Loughlins being managed by Regina Murphy, Ann Nolan and Mairead Byrne. The three ladies offer tea or coffee and one of John Sheridan’s famous scones for any parents that are watching their sons train. It has become very popular with the mammies and daddies so a big thank you to the three volunteers for agreeing to manage the coffee shop. If any other Parent would like to help out in the Cafe just ask the girls at training and maybe a rota could be set up.

Any boy who has not registered yet need not worry. Just bring him along to any training session and he can register with the team manager of his age group. Membership for an O’Loughlin Gaels Juvenile hurler is just €10.

CAMOGIE NEWS-The O’Loughlins Junior camogie team had their first outing of the year away to Mount Leinster Rangers in the Leinster League. The girls won 3-10 to 0-10. Next up they will play Skerries Harps of Dublin on Saturday at 4.30 in the O’Loughlins.

The U-6, U8, U10 and U-12 camogie teams are back training in Kilkenny College on Monday nights at 6.30.The cost is 2 euro per child. U-14s are also back training on Saturdays at 3pm in O’Loughlins.

CBS SECONDARY SCHOOL FUNDRAISING FOR ZAMBIA PROJECT-The CBS Secondary Parents’ Council would like you to come along to a night of “Ceoil, Caint agus Craic” featuring local musicians and author Gerry Moran who will also act as M.C. for the evening. The event will take place in The Pembroke Kilkenny on Friday March 8th at 8.30. Tickets cost just €5 and are available at the door or from Claire (087 8587501) and Mary (086 3935499). There will be a raffle on the night with all proceeds going towards the CBS Zambia Immersion Project. All are welcome.

KILKENNY CANCER SUPPORT CHARITY SHOP-The Official Opening of the Kilkenny Cancer Support Charity Shop on John Street will take place next Thursday at 4.00pm. This will be performed by Mr Brian Cody. There will be music and spot prizes throughout the day. All are welcome.

JOHNSWELL ACTIVE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION-The AGM of Johnswell Active Retirement Association will be held in Johnswell Hall tonight Wednesday at 7.30pm. New members welcome.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOTTO STILL €20,000-Numbers. 6,9,19,21. Bonus 5. No jackpot winners. Ten consolation prizes of €40 each were awarded .Next week’s prize fund is €20,000. All I can say is keep doing the numbers - someone has to win it ! Tickets available all over Kilkenny.

PAT WALSH AND THE ALLIGATOR CHALLENGE-The very best of luck to Pat Walsh from Assumption Place who is undertaking a novel fundraising adventure for The Irish Cancer Society. Pat is doing “The Alligator Challenge” in The Reptile Village in Gowran on April 27th. For more details contact Pat on 087 9042545. We will have more details about Pat’s adventure as we get closer to the date.

C.B.S. WIN CITY DERBY-Congratulations to Kilkenny C.B.S., helped by no less than eight O’Loughlin Gaels players, on winning the Leinster Colleges Senior Hurling Championship, beating, arch rivals, St. Kierans College, in a tightly contested final last Sunday in Nowlan Park.

The highlight of the game was a fabulous piece of skill from, the returning from injury,O’Loughlins man, Gary Kelly. Introduced at corner forward after 24 minutes, 6’3” Gary latched on to a long delivery with one hand, while holding off a defender with the other. He somehow controlled the sliothar with his hurl, gathered the ball, turned his man and crashed the ball past a helpless ‘Kierans keeper. A moment of genius from a good chap who has gone through a terrible time of injuries over the last two years. All in O’Loughlins as well as C.B.S are delighted to see him returning to his best form.

Gary’s seven colleagues on the C.B.S. team are Huw Lawlor, Robbie O Driscoll, Daniel O Driscoll, Gary Bryan, Paddy Deegan, Danny Bolger and Robbie Buckley. Commiserations to Shane Parsons who was the lone St. John’s man on the St. Kieran’s College team.