St. John’s: County senior semi-final for O’Loughlin Gaels

O’Loughlin Gaels -supporters can look forward to shouting on their favourite team in this weekends County Senior Semi Finals following a fine victory over Carrickshock at a packed Ballyhale last Sunday.

O’Loughlin Gaels -supporters can look forward to shouting on their favourite team in this weekends County Senior Semi Finals following a fine victory over Carrickshock at a packed Ballyhale last Sunday.

The John’s boys,once again, did the Parish proud with an epic display of skill, style and hard work. This was a victory moulded in St. Johns Park. Toughness, passion and plenty of players ready to put their head on the block for their club. Throw in free scoring forwards like Martin Comerford (5 points from play), Mark Bergin, the flying Mark Kelly and you have a lethal formula.

O’Loughlins started the better,after the match was delayed 5 minutes to allow latecomers access. Hardworking Niall McEvoy pointed after two minutes with a good point from the road side hitting into the Knoctopher end. Ace freetaker Ritchie Power converted three frees coming up to 10 minutes. Indeed the O’Loughlins backs were feeling a little frustrated and two of these frees were brought forward for complaining to referee Eddie Crowley. The Gaels were in no way playing bad and pointed the next four points in a little over three minutes . Four beauties, two each from Martin Comerford and Mark Kelly, each as good as the other.

Jamie Power leveled proceedings coming upto the seventeenth minute with two good points, which were Carrickshock’s only scores from play in the opening half. A few minutes later Martin Comerford popped over another hardworked score which was followed by a massive effort from a long distance free from goalkeeper Stephen Murphy. The last three points of the half came from frees. Two from Carrickshock’s Ritchie Power and one from Mark Bergin, which was his only free chance in the first half. The half time score read O’Loughlin Gaels 0.8 Carrickshock 0.7.

The second half started and O’Loughlins had widened the gap to three points through brothers Mark Bergin and the brilliant Niall Bergin.A tight, tense affair ensued for the next while with defences lording it on both sides. Between the fifth and twentieth minute four converted frees were traded, two each from Ritchie Power and Mark Bergin. Carrickshock introduced the big man, Niall Rohan, at full forward on the twentieth minute and he made an immediate impact scoring a good point from play. He was to have a great tussle with, the very secure, Andy Kearns for the remainder of the game. Ritchie Power added another point from play and this was the southerners best passage, Martin Comerford added another effort to put two between the teams again but then alarm bells rang as Rohan scrambled the ball over the line from a very short distance on twenty two minutes. Carrickshock were a point ahead but could not get another score thanks to magnificent defending from the afore mentioned Kearns,his little brother Eddie and the marathon running Brian Kelly in the full back line, as well as the peerless Brian Hogan, the flying Alan O Brien and new kid on the block Paddy Butler in front of them.

The O’Loughlins management sprung young Davy Burke and, returning from injury, Danny Loughnane. The fresh legs were just what the team needed. Loughnanne got on the end of a diving burst from Mark Kelly and goaled with his first touch while Burke ran thirty yards to make a hook on a clearing Carrickshock defender. The ball went over the line for an O’Loughlins ball and the result ended up being a point from Martin Comerford. Mark Bergin pointed on thirty one minutes to leave the score O’Loughlin Gaels 1.15 Carrickshock 1.11.

O’Loughlin Gaels will relish a semi final against any opposition . They certainly have a drive about them. One thing is for sure the team and management will do all they can to recapture the title, for St. John’s Parish, they last won in 2010.

Team; Stephen Murphy,Brian Kelly, Andy Kearns,Eddie Kearns, Alan O Brien, Brian Hogan, Paddy Butler, Maurice Nolan, Niall Bergin, Alan Geoghegan, Mark Kelly, Mark Bergin, Niall McEvoy, Martin Comerford, Conor Bergin.Subs Danny Loughnane, David Burke

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS JUNIORS LOSE OUT BY A GOAL-Three brilliant saves from Bennettsbridge goalkeeper Enda Cleere did an awful lot to help his team overcome a gallant effort from the O’Loughlin Gaels Junior team in the County Semi Final last Sunday in Nowlan Park. On another day O’Loughlins would not have missed so many chances either. Final score O’Loughlin Gaels 2.8 Bennettsbridge 0.17. The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior set up have many fine young hurlers and could easily be facing into this years county final . This is their second county semi final in a row and one would hope they can go a little farther in the championship next year.

Team; Sammy Johnston, Mark Croghan, Brian Murphy, Shane Parsons, Paddy Cantwell, Jason Quan, Padraig Meaney, Kevin Morrissey, Paddy Deegan, Billy Leydon, Brian Dowling, Seamie Cummins, Michael Hennebry, Rick Leydon, David Broderick. Subs Andy Cantwell,Kevin O Brien, Danny Lenihan.


The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 9 and U10 teams will host Corofin of Clare prior to the County Semi Finals next Sunday. The Clare club will take in both county semi finals after playing O’Loughlins in two matches in St. John’s Park. They hope to get some autographs from and photos with some of Kilkenny’s star players after the big games.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOTTO STILL €20,000-The O’Loughlin Gaels Lotto is still up for grabs with a staggering top prize of €20,000. Tickets cost just €2 and are available all over St. John’s Parish including Pat Carrolls Bar & Off Licence, Lenehans Bar, Newpark DIY, The Orchard Bar & Off Licence, The Glendine Inn Bar & Off Licence, The BrogMaker, The Nore Bar, Paddy Leydon’s Bar, O Gorman’s Bar, Egans Bar & Off Licence, John Joe Cullens Butchers, The Worlds End Bar, Breathnach’s Bar ,Bretts Hardware and Bretts Launderette as well as many many more. Thank you to all who support the Lotto draw which takes place each Tuesday night at 9.30. Thank you also to the business people of St. John’s Parish for continuing to support the club by allowing Lotto tickets to be sold in their businesses.

Consolation prizes drawn on 16th of October of €40 each were won by Esther Maher, Aiden Doyle c/o Newpark DIY, Sarah Buckley c/o Gerry Buckley, DJ Delaney c/o Jim Bob Delaney, Michael Brannigan c/o Tom Gregg, Pat Ryan c/o Gerry Buckley, Des McGrath c/o Joan Kerwick, Larry Dowling c/o Tom Gregg, Esther and Lorraine Maher, Niall Cody c/o Mary Cody.

Irish wheelchair Association-Irish wheelchair Association Kilkenny are holding a table quiz on Friday 26th October 2012 at claddagh court collage road at 9pm sharp teams of 4 €20.00 everybody welcome


Self-management is about using simple skills to take control of the way you think and feel about your health condition/your caring situation and how you cope in everyday life. A Self-Management Programme is commencing in the Fr McGrath Centre between 10.15am-12.45pm, beginning Monday 5th November for six weeks. For details or to book a place Email: / Anne Cody 0879028534 .

ANAM CARA-Anam Cara is a national voluntary organisation that provides bereavement support to parents after the death of their son or daughter. To raise funds to deliver these services, Anam Cara is organising a national bag pack on Saturday 3rd November 2012. We are looking for volunteers in your area for a couple of hour. Contact Clodagh on 01 4045378 or email

MAYFAIR ANNIVERSARY DANCE-Mayfair Anniversary Dance will take place on Fri. 26th October in Hotel Kilkenny between 9.30pm to 1.30am.Music is by ‘The Marble City Sounds’ with Guest Artists Paddy Hanrahan, Nomads, Black Aces. The Joe Dolan Tribute Show featuring Paschal Brennan; Tickets: €10 available from Rollercoaster Records, Kieran Street and at the Door; Ticket bookings 087 9582127. All proceeds to Enable Ireland O’Neill Centre.

FIRST COMMUNION MASS-The First Communion children will attend the 6.30pm mass next Saturday in St John’s and in Johnswell on Sunday.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is a community based Befriending and Support Organisation for older people living alone. We are looking for additional volunteers to commit to one hour per week to befriend and older people who live alone in your area. 0567751988 or Mobile 0864108902 .