St Johns - EDEL MULHOLLAND IS LEINSTER HANDBALL CHAMPION

JUVENILE FAMILY TABLE QUIZ-The Juvenile section in O’Loughlin Gaels have organised an unique Family Table Quiz to be held in O’Loughlins on Saturday 18th May at 6.30p.m. Each boy hurling from under 12s down has been asked to bring his family (brothers,sisters,cousins,aunties, uncles parents and grandparents) to the quiz and be on his own team. He will then get for himself a full O’Loughlin Gaels Track Suit. The cost of each table at the quiz is €25. It is anticipated that the Camogie section will also join in and the girls will be able to organise their Quiz teams. Damien O Connell will be Quiz Master on the night in May and will have a wide variety of questions suitable for both children and adults. The Quiz should be finished at 8.30 so we won’t be keeping the little ones up past bed time. Minerals,sweets and crisps will be available on the evening. Its looking already like there is likely that there will be well over 100 teams from the boys section alone and therefore the quiz will be held in the Club’s Gymnasium. It should be a great family occasion and a great chance for the children to get a free O’Loughlin Gaels Tracksuit.

JUVENILE FAMILY TABLE QUIZ-The Juvenile section in O’Loughlin Gaels have organised an unique Family Table Quiz to be held in O’Loughlins on Saturday 18th May at 6.30p.m. Each boy hurling from under 12s down has been asked to bring his family (brothers,sisters,cousins,aunties, uncles parents and grandparents) to the quiz and be on his own team. He will then get for himself a full O’Loughlin Gaels Track Suit. The cost of each table at the quiz is €25. It is anticipated that the Camogie section will also join in and the girls will be able to organise their Quiz teams. Damien O Connell will be Quiz Master on the night in May and will have a wide variety of questions suitable for both children and adults. The Quiz should be finished at 8.30 so we won’t be keeping the little ones up past bed time. Minerals,sweets and crisps will be available on the evening. Its looking already like there is likely that there will be well over 100 teams from the boys section alone and therefore the quiz will be held in the Club’s Gymnasium. It should be a great family occasion and a great chance for the children to get a free O’Loughlin Gaels Tracksuit.

TALES FROM THE ‘GAELS-Copies of the first edition of the O’Loughlin Gaels Newsletter “Tales from The ‘Gaels” have now been delivered to over 3000 houses in the City part of St. John’s Parish as well as being distributed at Masses in Johnswell and Dunmore and handed out to all the Johnswell National School children. The editors of the newsletter are overwhelmed at the positive response to the magazine and delighted with the unanimous positive reaction. If you have not got a copy at this stage you can view the newsletter on the Club’s website www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie .

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS UNDER 16s AND MINORS GET LEAGUES OFF TO A GOOD START

O’Loughlin Gaels Under 16 team under the stewardship of Niall Bergin got both their Roinn A and Roinn C team off to a positive start last weekend with good wins over Rower Inistioge and Carrickshock respectively. The Minor team travelled to Mooncoin last Monday week and were very impressive winning on a scoreline of 3.18 to 3.7. A personal tally in this game by Danny Bolger of 2.9 from play certainly deserves to be highlighted.

U14 FOOTBALL LEAGUE FINAL REPORT-The O’Loughlin Gaels U14B team’s unbeaten league run came to an end against, the home side, Conahy Shamrocks, in the U14 Roinn C Football league final. The panel were Sean O’Leary, Conor McHugh, Barry Lawlor, Tom Gormley, Joe Murphy, Jack Kearns, Luke Hogan, John Nolan, Aaron O’ Brien, Matthew Russell, Johnny Collins, Sean Kenny, Mark Twomey, Pacey McFarlane, Odhran Lawlor, Fiachra O’Callaghan, Ciaran Walsh, Sean Greene, Sean Cahalane, Oisin Murphy, James Higgins, David McCormack, and Ben Powell. In good conditions, O’Loughlins played with the wind in the first half and had the majority of the play in the Conahy half, however they were unable to put the scores on the board due to good defending from Conahy. In the second half, Conahy pulled away, however, in true O’Loughlin Gaels spirit this young team never gave up. Both teams played very good attacking football and a huge amount of skill in front of a good crowd . Best for O’Loughlins were, in defence, Barry Lawlor, Luke Hogan, Joe Murphy, Tom Gormley and Jack Kearns. In the forwards Oisin Murphy and John Nolan played well. A big thank you to Conahy Shamrocks for the warm hospitality shown to O’Loughlin Gaels as both teams and sets of supporters were treated to delicious refreshments in their Club House after the final. A very nice touch !

SENIOR FOOTBALL SECURED-O’Loughlin Gaels played Thomastown in the 2013 Senior Football Relegation Final last Sunday evening in Gowran and played out of their skins to secure senior football status for their club. This bunch of players and management deserve great credit for their application to the cause. They were not going to let the side down. Goals from Ritchie Moylan, Conor Bergin, Kevin Morrissey and Brian Dowling ensured that the city boys would win comfortably on a score of 4.9 to 2.2. The result and brilliant team performance augurs well for this new bunch of senior players as they prepare for the season’s main event - the St. Canices Credit Union Senior Hurling Championship - which kicks off with a first round clash in Nowlan Park against, Intermediate All Ireland Club Champions, Clara on Saturday April 27th at 7 p.m. Well done again to all concerned and the very best of luck in both the Senior, Junior and Junior B league and championships for 2013.

CAMOGIE NEWS-The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 16 Camogie team started the year on a good note with a fantastic display of teamwork and skill away to Paulstown on Wednesday evening last. The Team are in Roinn B this year for the first time and their opponents had beaten them in the last 2 U16 County Finals.Despite these challenges they showed a huge appetite and their tenacity in the tackle, hooking and blocking was great to see. They also played some skillful and clever camogie and their support play was top class.The final score was 1.6 to 1.3. It’s back to the grind this Saturday evening in the club for training at 6pm. All, bar those on the Junior panel are asked to be there and on the field for a skills session. All girls are encouraged to work on the skills we practice in training at home - get your brother, mother or father out to practice with you, find any wall to puck against or use the club walls which are accessible at all times.

Match Panel: Sinead Ryan, Chloe Tyrrell, Grainne Walsh, Neasa Galwey, Rachel Lenihan, Laura Murphy, Alice Nolan, Laura Greene, Saoirse Claffey, Aoife McKiernan, Megan O’Keeffe, Aoife Whelan, Sarah Bergin, Bronagh Cleere, Caoimhe Treacy, Brionna Mallon, Rosa Delaney, Laura Ryan.

HANDBALL CHAMPION-Congratulations to Edel Mulholland who recently won the Leinster U12 handball championships. She is currently in training for the All Ireland. She is a member of the O’Loughlin Gaels Handball Club . Juvenile Handball training takes place every Thursday in O’Loughlins at 6.30 p.m.

5k-REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE KILKENNY HALF MARATHON inc THE GATHERING OF THE GAELS 10K and 5K Fun Run/Walk

You can get details and register for this event on www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie , www.runireland.com or www.activenetwork.ie .The event will take place on Saturday September 7th starting at 10 a.m.from O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club.

ST. JOHN’S PARISH TAX REBATE SCHEME-A number of “Chy2” forms, relating to donations over €250 for the year 2012, have still to be returned. As this is a very important source of income for the parish, we would like to have all eligible contributors included before we close-off and submit our claim for last year. So, if you still have your form that you received some weeks ago, please sign and return it to the Presbytery as soon as possible. Thanks to all involved who have already done so – it’s very much appreciated.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK-A Pilgrimage to Knock, celebrating the Year of Faith, will take place on Saturday April 20th. Bus departs from St John’s Church at 7.30 am. For details contact Josie on 7751997/085 726 7681 or Peggy on 7767857.

YOUTH 2000-Youth 2000 Ireland will be hosting a youth retreat in Castlecomer Community School, from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st April.Retreat starts with registration on Friday at 8.00pm.For young people aged 16-35, under 18s must download booking form on website. Please feel free to drop into the retreat at any time over the weekend. To book call 087 7835471/086 8636296.

KILKENNY AGE FRIENDLY COUNTY-Kilkenny Age Friendly County programme is available to provide “Ageing with Confidence” in your area. The 8 weeks workshop is a personal development programme designed to help people over 55 explore their ageing process. The programme is run by two trained facilitators and looks at all aspects of ageing including physical, emotional and intellectual. The workshop is free of charge and is usually run at local community/parish centres. Enquires welcome from community centres/individuals and groups.If you are interested in attending or holding a workshop please contact Moira in the Age Friendly office on 7772787 or email agefriendlycounty@gmail.com.

PARISH CONFIRMATIONS-Bishop Séamus Freeman, SAC, will visit our parish next Saturday and confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 56 girls and boys from St John’s Senior School, Johnswell School and The Model School. You are asked to keep them all in your prayers as they make final preparations for full membership of the Roman Catholic Church. The ceremony begins at 11.00 a.m., so therefore, there will be no 10.30 mass on Saturday morning.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOTTO JACKPOT IS STILL €20,000-Still no big prize winner in the ‘Loughlins Lotto. Ten consolation prizes of €40 each were won by Benny c/o Mary Cody, Roseanne Byrne c/o Neil Loy, Donal O Dwyer, Paddy Foley c/o JJ Cullen,Dolores Walsh c/o Mick Nolan, Carmel Coone c/o Top Oil, Hebron Industrial Estate, Dolres Walsh c/o Moxie Doran, Aideen, Mark and Sophie c/o Ann Walsh, Breda O Dwyer c/o Joan Kerwick, Eileen Larkin c/o Mick Nolan. The Lotto committee have now got two prize pools of €20,000 up for grabs and have started building the prize pool for the third jackpot. Therefore once this jackpot is won the following weeks jackpot will also be €20,000. Remember someone has to win it so just keep playing.