TEAM PICKED - New O’Loughlin Gaels Hurling and Football officially announced his new management teams for the forthcoming season.
Brian and his committee has responsibility for picking the team managers and selectors for the Senior, Junior, Junior B and Under 21 teams in the club. At Senior level former Offaly All Ireland medal winner Aiden Fogarty has been appointed team manager. Aidan has been involved in many championship winning sides both with O’Loughlin Gaels and a host of other clubs including his home club St. Rynaghs and Ballyfin of Laois. Aidan was, of course, involved with O’Loughlin Gaels when they won their very first Kilkenny Senior Championship back in 2001. The selectors for the senior team this year will be Barry Power, Colin Furlong and Dinny Tyrrell. Both Barry and Colin Furlong have served as selectors before and are well known to ‘Gaels supporters. Dinny has been involved in numerous underage successes in the St. John’s Parish Club and is a very popular appointment within the club body. All in O’Loughlin Gaels and St. John’s Parish wish the new management team the very best in their endeavours to secure a fourth Kilkenny Senior Championship for the Club. At Junior level Mr. Murphy has appointed former Club star Joe Daly as manager. His selectors are another former great Davy Ronan as well as Gerry Tyrrell, Philly Holohan and Michael Kinchella. The, seemingly always successful, Junior B squad will this year be managed by Davy Ward with Keith Kinchella, Michael Lambert snr. and James O Keeffe as selectors. As with the Senior set up, the club and Parish are hopeful both these management teams can lead their charges to Championship victories also.
HIGH NELLIES WIN IN CASTLECOMER - Congratulations to the High Nelly Club from Leydon’s Bar, John Street who claimed first prize in the Parade at the Castlecomer Wellie Race on New Years Day. The club headed by John Joe Cullen received a beautiful perpetual cup and €500. The generous club members will donate their prize money to charity. The club reenacted the murder of Michael Collins at Beal na Blath. A lot of work went into the “show”, and none worked harder than “Guinness Man” Ollie Gleeson. The members of the Leydon’s Bar High Nelly Club are John Joe Cullen, Ger Dowling, Michael Lambert, Grainne Lambert, Paul Hogan, Joe Daly, Pat Gannon, Ollie Gleeson, Luke and Paddy Leydon
BABY JOY IN JOHNSWELL - Congratulations to James and Mary Pyke of Ballasalla on the birth of their first child, a bouncing baby boy. This boy will be steeped in hurling as his grandads are Joe Pyke of Kilkenny GAA fame and Marty Hanlon who is vice chairman of O’Loughlin Gaels. His proud aunty is of course Margaret Hanlon the hardest working club secretary in the GAA. Grandmothers Sile Hanlon and Kathleen Pyke are said to be over the moon.
ANNUAL PARISH SOCIAL - The annual parish social will take place on Sunday 27th of January in Langton House Hotel starting at 8.30pm. Dancing to Cupla’. Tickets are now available at the Sacristy and the Presbytery at €5 each (including meal!).
PARISH NOVENA - The Parish Novena will take place from Sunday, February 3rd, (Feast of St. Blaise) to Monday 11th. Once again, it will be conducted by a team of Redemptorist Missionaries.
BE A BLOOD DONOR - Blood Donor Clinic, Sun 6 t from 12.00-3.30pm. Mon 7th –Thurs 20th from 4.30 -8.00pm. Rivercourt Hotel, John’s Street.Please help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOTTO - The Numbers drawn on January 1st in the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club Lotto were 2,18,21,24 Bonus 8. There was no winner of the Jackpot.Ten consolation prizes of €40 were given out to the lucky winners. Next week’s prize fund will be €20,000.