FEILE FUNDRAISERS IN FULL SWING-An Ad Hoc committee has been set up to fund raise specifically for the O’Loughlin Gaels Feile na nGael team who will play in the All Ireland Championships in Limerick on July 5th ,6th and 7th. This is the third time in four years that O’Loughlin Gaels has represented Kilkenny at the National Finals of Feile and the club are doing all that is humanely possible to make sure these fine young men look well when representing their Club and Parish at the All Ireland Championships. A social night will take place in O’Loughlin Gaels on Friday night June 7th . Tickets are being sold for the event at the moment at a very reasonable €5. The Committee hopes every Club member from the Under 6s right up to the Senior team and all non playing members can contribute to the fund by at least buying a ticket.
Other fundraising activities include a bag pack in EUROSPAR,Newpark Shopping Centre who continue to be one of O’Loughlin Gaels’ greatest supporters and we thank them most sincerely for that.
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.
GREYHOUND NIGHT MOVED-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.
UNDER 14s GOING WELL-The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 team are playing lots of matches at the moment. The team heading to Feile na nGael play in Roinn A and have 6 points from 4 games. Their one loss was to James Stephens in a brilliant match last Monday night. The Village were 5 ahead at the break but the Feile Champions fought back bravely to enter the last five minutes a goal ahead. The Village goaled and a brilliant point from their half forward put them in front by two at the finish. The Under 16 team league match against Dicksboro earlier in the month was a great game and this match was just as good. Well done to two excellent group of hurlers. No fear for the future of Kilkenny Hurling !
The O’Loughlins boys didn’t have it all their own way against Thomastown either fighting hard to win by a goal at the end. Team manager Maurice Nolan with selectors Sheamie Cummins,Bryan Skehan, Stephen Murphy and Mick Nolan will leave no stone unturned in preparation for Feile. All in the Club, Parish and County wish them and the team well.
UNDER 11s OFF TO BELFAST-The highlight of the season for the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 11 team will take place this weekend when 26 players will travel to the prestigious Joe McKelvey Memorial Hurling Tournament hosted by O’Donovan Rossa GAA Club in Belfast. The Belfast Club are great friends of O’Loughlin Gaels and the boys are looking forward to meeting up with some of the chaps they have met over the years. 16 teams from Galway,Clare, Dublin,Kilkenny and Ulster will compete in the competition. The boys that will carry the O’Loughlins flag are Harry Bland, DJ Delaney, Damien Dowling, Greg Edogun, Luke Hennessy, Jake Hickey, Mathew Hogan, Aiden Kenny,Cillian Larkin,Ronan Lavelle, Sean Lawlor,Chase Leefarr,Joseph Leydon,Declan Murphy,Stuart Nolan, Sam O Connell,Vincent O Grady,James Phelan,Mickey Wallace,Daniel Walsh,Eric Walsh. Team mentors travelling include Pat O Grady, PJ Hickey, Nigel Leydon, Kevin Leefarr,Noel Kenny, Pat Walsh, Sean Hogan,Kieran Lavelle and John O Connell. Special thanks to John and Kate O Connell from O’Connell’s Chemists in Rose Inn Street and High Street for looking after the team for this big event.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS SUMMER CAMP-There are still a few places left on the O’Loughlin Gaels Summer Camp run by Niall Bergin and his expertly trained staff. The camp runs from August 6th to 10th and August 12th to 16th. Cost is €60 for one week and €85 for two weeks. This cost also includes an O’Loughlin Gaels kit and there will be numerous visits from inter county GAA superstars throughout the camp.
JUNIORS AND JUNIOR Bs-The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior B team suffered their first defeat of the year when losing out the Blacks and Whites in St. John’s Park last Saturday evening 1.12 to 3.9. The Juniors were also to suffer their first defeat of the season at the weekend. Lisdowney were the better team winning on a score of 2.17 to 2.13.
SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH SCREENING
O’Loughlin Gaels in conjunction with Aut Even Hospital are providing Adult Cardiac Screening for ALL club members in Aut Even Hospital at a reduced price of €150 (usually €450). Check out www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie or the O’Loughlin Gaels facebook and twitter pages for more details.
PILTOWN DRAW-The Hurlers Co-Op Draw tickets are on sale now from all O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club Executive Committee members or indeed appointed members rom the club. Tickets as usual cost €50 and can also be purchased online at www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie -remember to quote O’Loughlin Gaels as your nominated club !
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOTTO NEWS-The good news for you and me is that the O’Loughlin Gaels LOTTO prize pool is still a massive €20,000. Consolation prizes from May 21st were won by Noel Cawley c/o Neil Loy,Joan Kerwick,Liam c/o Michael Dreeling,Caroline Holzbawer c/o Bretts Launderette,Gerry Buckley,Ann Brennan c/o JJ Cullen, Tommy Kiely c/o JJ Cullen, Sean O Neill c/o Joan Kerwick, Kevin Cleere, Fan Larkin c/o Mick Nolan. The numbers drawn were 9,19,20,22 and bonus 16.
MANAGE YOUR LIFE BY MANAGING YOUR MIND - REVISITED
I am pleased to invite you to a fundraiser, on behalf of Raising and Giving (RAG) Ireland to MANAGE YOUR LIFE BY MANAGING YOUR MIND - REVISITED with DR. FERGUS HEFFERNAN in Hotel Kilkenny onMonday, 10th June 2013 @ 7.00pm. This is a fun and informative session, that builds on the suggestions given by Dr. Heffernan in his previous well known talk, and proposes a number of simple strategies that we can implement to boost positive mental health, and generally help us to achieve a greater balance in our lives. Further information and an online booking form can be found at: ragireland.eventbrite.ie(Tickets cost: €5 and €10).
OLD CLOTHES COLLECTION-Parishioners are asked to remember that when disposing of all old clothes, there is a clothes bank in the Car Park of O’Loughlin Gaels which directly supports the ISPCC and O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club. Patrons can be reassured that we in O’Loughlin Gaels collect regular revenue from the clothes bin and actively encourage our members and supporters to use our bin . Thank You.