BIG SURPRISE FOR BRIAN MURPHY - Brian Murphy of the Bleach Road was given a major surprise on Saturday 18th of February last in his home Gaa club of Nemo Rangers in Cork City. Brian travelled home to Cork last weekend thinking he was attending a retirement party for his brother. However his friends in Cork and in Kilkenny, including Harry Lenehan, had been busy behind the scenes organising a special “This is your Life “ style tribute to record holder Brian. Brian has the unique distinction of holding All Ireland medals at Minor ,Under 21 and Senior level in both hurling and football. Nemo’ bestowed this honour on one of their greatest ever player and a bus load of friends from O’Loughlin Gaels travelled to Cork to show their appreciation for their good friend and great club worker. Nemo Rangers pulled out all the stops to show their appreciation of Brian, about whom they said ,the night was organised “ for his outstanding loyalty and the honour he has brought to both club and county in his distinguished career” . Master of ceremonies on the night was no lesser than Micheal O Muicheartaigh who introduced the many Gaa stars that were there to honour Brian. From Dublin ,the great Jimmy Keaveney spoke, from Kerry Sean Walsh and Mikey Sheehy. Limericks finest Eamon Grimes and Pat Hartigan attended as did a great number of stars from Cork including Ray Cummins ,Dinny Barry, Dinny Allen, and Charlie MacCarthy. Stars to make the journey from Kilkenny were the great Fan Larkin ,Liam Chunky O Brien and Eddie Keher. On behalf of O’Loughlin Gaels Gaa ,the Club’s chairman Mick Nolan spoke eloquently about Brian’s involvement in the John’s Park club. Brian has been involved ,every year ,with teams in O’Loughlins since 1989 ,be it from under 10s to the senior team . Wherever Brian is asked to help out he always will . A true gael.Kilkenny’s all Ireland winning captain of 2011 ,Brian Hogan ,also made the trip to Cork and told the three hundred strong audience of how Brian ,as a coach in O’Loughlin Gaels ,had influenced his career. Brian is a great family man and was joined in Cork by his wife Ann ,sons Stephen and Brian and daughter Orla. Brian’s eldest daughter Ciara started off proceedings on the night pretending to wish her Dad all the best via video link from her home in Saudi Arabia but Nemo Rangers had arranged that she would be with her family in Cork on the night. Just before Micheal O Muircheartaigh announced “Brian ,this is your life “ he asked for Ciara to join her emotional and totally gobsmacked Dad on the stage. For having a career that yielded sixteen All Ireland medals from 1968 to 1984 all in O’Loughlin Gaels salute you Brian. For their attention to detail ,their kindness and their hospitality ,all in O’Loughlin Gaels salute Nemo Rangers.
O’LOUGHLIN’S SWEEP THE BOARDS AT THE KILKENNY PEOPLE AWARDS NIGHT- O’Loughlin Gaels were awrded three monthly prizes at the prestigious Hotel Kilkenny-Kilkenny People 2011 sports awards. Martin Comerford collected the award for January on behalf of the O’Loughlin Gaels Leinster Club Championship winning team.The July award went to the all conquering O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 all Ireland hurling and football champions and the September award was presented to Brian Hogan for leading Kilkenny to their sweetest victory ever in the all Ireland hurling championship.
BROADCAST LIVE ON THE INTERNET - The priests of the Parish are currently exploring an idea and would welcome your views and comments. Naturally, they would also welcome any generous sponsor who might be willing to help get this project off the ground! In recent years, a growing number of parishes, inside and outside the country, are reaching out pastorally to their sick, those in nursing homes, the housebound and to all their parishioners spread throughout the country and the world, by means of a ‘live webcam’. Through the webcam, masses, services, weddings and funerals can, if desired, be relayed through the internet as they actually happen.It’s hugely popular with ‘Expats’ who regularly login to their home parishes as a real visit and connection with home, as well as for spiritual nourishment. Nowadays, most families would have someone able to set up their PCs for the inexperienced, or indeed, connect their computer, via HDMI, to the T V. If you would like to help please contact Fr. Frank Purcell 086 6010001.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE - Well done to all who participated in the O’Loughlin Gaels section of the St. Patrick’s day parade last Saturday. Thank you to Sean Hogan,Bryan Skehan and Brendan O Leary who organised the float and Johnny Holohan for the use of his Jeep and trailer. Also thanks to membership secretary James Kelly who led the stewarding in St. John’s Park for the County Gaa section of the Parade . Pride of place in the Parade went to the 2011 All Ireland Under 14 hurling and football champions who were accompanied by their manager Niall Bergin. The O’Loughlin Gaels camogie section also joined in and were led by Colin Furlong with the help of lots of parents. The O’Loughlins players had mini games throughout the parade playing into two impromtu goals which were carried by some of the players parents. The hurling matches were showed on RTE’s main evening news as part of their report on the Kilkenny Parade. In the main parade, O’Loughlin Gaels took pride of place, as Grand Marshall of the Parade was 2011 All Ireland winning captain ,O’Loughlin Gaels man Brian Hogan.Brian showed off the Liam Macarthy cup to the massive Kilkenny crowd in what will be one of his final acts as Kilkenny captain. And what a brilliant captain he has been for both Kilkenny and as a representative of St. John’s Parish and his club O’Loughlin Gaels.
CONFIRMATIONS 2012- Congratulations and prayerful best wishes to the sixty who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in our parish yesterday; and thanks to all who helped in any way whatever during the preparations and at the ceremony. Daria Babiracka ,Seán Baird ,Emily Bergin ,Paulina Biala ,Róisín Brennan, Kate Brosnan ,Laura Comerford ,Thomas Coyle ,Emma Doheny ,Kelwin Dooley ,Caroline Dowling ,Charles Emeordi ,Levi Fahy ,Rebecca Farrell ,Christian Folan ,Caitlin Glynn ,Kirsten Grant ,Séan Greene ,C. J. Hayes ,Fintan Hayes ,James Higgins ,Samantha Joyce ,Katarzyna Kapron ,Szymon Karabin ,Ava Knox ,David Lennon ,Kacper Mazurkiewicz ,Conor McHugh ,Emma Murphy, Johanna Murphy ,Joseph Murphy ,Florence Naeema ,Eoin Neary ,Emma Neary ,Louise Neary ,Pádraig Nolan ,Carrie Randle ,Megan Randle ,Sophie Roche ,Margaret Samuels ,Lucy Shiel ,Gergo Szilagyi ,Lee Wall ,Mark Wallace ,Chloe Wallace-Colclough ,Rebekka Whearty ,Ellen Doyle ,Conor Quigley ,Rosemary Bergin ,Aimee Cummins ,Liam Hoban ,Jennifer Holohan , Kevin Holohan, Michael Malone,Fiona Manning ,Lauren Murphy ,Joseph Organ ,Eoin O’Shea ,Ciarán Walsh, Orla Smyth .(34 girls; 26 boys).
FIRST MINOR VICTORY HONOURED BY GAELS - Although only established in 1969, O’Loughlin Gaels have won every major championship on offer in Kilkenny in those 43 years. The first major hurling championship won by the club was the 1972 county minor victory. A team that was to form the nucleus of the first O’Loughlin Gaels senior team ,some years later, included club legends such as the late Ollie Bergin ,Kevin Robinson , Ritchie Delaney ,Martin and Jim Gibbons ,Pat Ward, Michael “ Blondy “Lanigan, John Skehan and Dermot Tyrrell (father of current Kilkenny player Jackie). On the 40th anniversary of such an historic victory ,O’Loughlin Gaels honoured that history making team last Saturday night ,at an informal night in the O’Loughlin Gaels clubhouse. Each player received a commemorative club tie and tie pin. Old friends reunited and relived glory days . Stories and songs were belted out, right through the night ,as players reminisced and spoke of the great times they had playing for O’Loughlin Gaels. All in all the players ,to a man ,were very grateful to the club for organising such a very enjoyable occasion . Well done to John Joe Cullen’s Social and Bar committee .
UNDER 16 LEINSTER LEAGUE HURLING CHAMPIONS - The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 16 team captured the first silverware of the sporting year when the beat Shinrone of Offaly in the 2012 Leinster Hurling League Final in Portlaoise last Sunday. Playing against a gale force wind in the first half ,the Kilkenny boys led 1.5 to 0.5 at half time .Three points from ace attacker,Robbie Buckley ,along with good points from the industrious Luke Rafter and the classy Daniel O Connor added to a fine goal by Ben Leydon made up the O’Loughlin’s scorers in the opening period. Robbie Buckley added a pointed free at the start of the second half and followed it up with a good point following great work by half back Eoin Croghan ,who seems to have fully recovered from a two year absence due to a hip injury.The always accurate Cian Loy popped over another soon after which was followed by a pointed free from Shinrone through Jordan Fogarty. This was to be the Offaly men’s lone score in the closing period. O’Loughlin’s were in total control of the game, but maybe took too much out of the ball at times.It’s very early in the season ,however, and when they settled down, they closed out the game well with good points from Shane Maher ,Danny Bolger, Ben Leydon and Robbie Buckley. O’Loughlins had great displays from many players ,suffice to say that all players involved can be very happy with their performance . It would be wrong ,however not to mention the fantastic defensive display by the six backs. They were simply awesome . Patrick Clifford ,Daniel O Driscoll and Thomas Gleeson protected their goalkeeper Paddy Mullally excellently.The half back line of Jack Lawlor ,Gary Bryan and the already mentioned Croghan gave exhibitions .Midfield was governed by the classy pairing of Ross Butler and Shane Maher. Ben Leydon ,Robbie Buckley and Daniel O Driscoll scored 1.7 from play on the half forward line . Not a bad return in any man’s book.The elusive Robbie Murphy ,hardworking Luke Rafter and dependable Cian Loy all played their part in a great victory. Danny Bolger ,Brian Buckley and Sean Kiely all played well when they were introduced.Final score O’Loughlin Gaels 1.12 Shinrone 0.6. Team ; Paddy Mullally,Patrick Clifford,Daniel O Driscoll,Thomas Gleeson,Jack Lawlor,Gary Bryan,Eoin Croghan,Shane Maher(0.1),Ross Butler,Ben Leydon(c)(1.1),Robbie Buckley(0.6,0.1f),Daniel O Connor(0.1),Luke Rafter(0.1),Robbie Murphy,Cian Loy(0.1). Subs ;Danny Bolger(0.1),Sean Kiely,Brian Buckley,Thomas Wadding,Lyndon Brannigan,John Dillon,Shane Fahy,Brian Slattery,Kevin Rowe,Huw Lawlor,Marcus Stapleton,Eoin McGovern Well done to the team management of Niall Bergin ,Nigel Skehan,Brian Dowling and Mark Bergin.
BOTH O’LOUGHLIN GAELS UNDER 14 FOOTBALL TEAMS QUALIFY - Congratulations to both the O’Loughlin Gaels teams competing in the Under 14 football leagues. The team representing St. John’s Parish in Roinn A beat James Stephens 3.4 to 2.0 to qualify for the final against Danesfort .The team that plays in the Roinn C championship also qualified for their league final when they also beat James Stephens . The John’s boys will play Tullaroan in this final. However all was not positive to report on the football front as the Under 14s were beaten by Dicksboro in the quarter final of the Roinn A championship on a score of 4.6 to 2.3.
UNDER 11s DO THE PARISH PROUD - The Parish was proudly represented in last Saturday’s Community Games County Hurling Finals (for boys under 11 on 31 July 2012) by a squad captained by David Fogarty. The lads, who all play for O’Loughlin Gaels and reside in St. John’s Parish, knocked out the All-Ireland 4-in-a-row seeking combination team from Ballyhale Shamrocks / Carrickshock / Dunamaggin. However, the St. John’s boys paid the price for a sluggish start in their opening match against St Canices, and lost out (albeit on the narrowest of points difference) on a place in the “A” Final. The St. John’s Parish boys who won bronze medals by winning the Shield Final were: Ian O’Keeffe, Daniel Walsh, Ronan Lavelle, Jack Murphy, Sam O’Connell, James Phelan, Luke Hennessy, Patrick Folan, David Fogarty (Capt.), Joey Byrne, Conor Kelly, Jack Sheridan, Mateusz Karasinski, John McNamara, Matthew Hogan, Chase Leefarr, Jake Hickey and Vincent O’Grady. Team advisor & Waterboy: Dónal Ó Laoghaire.The blitz was played in Johnstown where The Fenians Gaa club catered magnificently for all the teams and supporters.Thank you also to the team managers Brendan O Leary,Sean Macnamara,John Sheridan and Ben Fogarty.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS UNDER 12s - Two U12 teams travelled to Clara early on saturday morning last, to play Clara in a challenge game. Two matches were played and honours were shared equally. Great performances were put in by all the players in particular “Pacey”, Cian McCormack, Jaime Malone and Conor McHugh who registered a hatrick of goals. Thanks to Clara Gaa for a most enjoyable morning of hurling. Team Glas were Fiachra O’Callaghan,Sean Ware, Jake Fahy, Cian McCormack, Johnny Collins, Mickey Butler, Sean Cahalane, Jay Meagher, Pacey, Ben Powell.
Team Ban were Jamie Malone, Mark Twomey, Sean Greene, Fintan Hayes, Barry Lawlor, Sean Kenny, Jack Kearns,Conor McHugh,Joe Murphy, Gavin Phelan. Next up for the U12s is a trip to Kilcormac in Co Offaly on Saturday
LOCAL AUTHOR WINS CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD - Congratulations to local author, Paula Leyden, who’s book “The Butterfly Heart” has won the Children’s book of the year 2012. Paula, who lives on the Johnswell Road regularly visits St. John’s Senior school to speak about her book to the students. The winners will be announced on May 28th . The following is taken from Children’s Books Ireland website: This is a lyrical story from the butterfly heart of Africa. Sisters Bul-Boo and Madillo are worried about their friend Winifred, who has lost her gentle smile and no longer puts up her hand in class. Then the twins discover her secret: she is to be married off to her uncle’s friend, who drinks heavily and is old enough to be her grandfather. While Winifred has become resigned to her fate, her friends are determined to put a stop to the marriage. But what can they do? They ask the advice of Ifwafwa, the snake man, who promises to think about the problem. Ifwafwa is wise and has a gift with snakes, but he does not like to hurry and Bul-Boo becomes impatient. Will he be too late to save their friend? Judges’ Comments: Told from the perspective of an adult and a child, this work of magical-realism sensitively incorporates folktales and legends from Zambia into its treatment of dark and difficult issues from Africa’s past and present.
HOGAN ,BERGIN AND BURKE DO THE PARISH PROUD - Congratulations to Brian Hogan ,Mark Bergin and David Burke who allplayed big parts in both Kilkenny’s National Hurling League victory and minor championship victory. Brian Hogan collected his fourth national league medal while Mark Bergin impressed when sprung from the bench, to collect his first . David Burke staked a claim for a starting place in the next round, when he was introduced as a secondhalf sub against Laois, in the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship .The stylish Burke scored two points and made two more, which was a very important contribution at a time when the match was delicately balanced. All three players will be most important parts of the O’Loughlin Gaels senior team this Sunday as they play, city rivals, Dicksboro in Nowlan Park on Sunday at 2pm, in round two of the local league championship.
UNDER 12 TEAM NEWS - Two U12 teams travelled by coach to Kilcormac Co Offaly (home club of club stalwart Hugh Mahon) on Saturday last for a feast of hurling. O’Loughlin Gaels played matches against Midleton of Cork, Birr and the home club Kilcormac. Both teams showed great passion and committment in all their matches. Best for Team Glas were Sean Ware who was very solid in defence all day and Connor Heary who gave an exhibition of hurling way beyond his young age. Best for Team Bán was Odhran Lawlor who ended up as top scorer, Matthew Russell who was unerring in his free taking and Johnny Collins who won and delivered a lot of ball to the busy fowards. Team Glas were Fiachra O Callaghan, Sean Ware, Jaime Malone, Connor Heary, Mickey Butler, Sean Kenny, Sean Cahalane, Joe Muurphy, Connor McHugh, Jake Fahy, Jaime Ryan, Sean Baird, Fintan Hayes. Team Bán Ben Powell, Mark Twomey, Jack Kearns, Barry Lawlor, Luke Hogan, Sean Greene, Jay Meagher, Johnny Collins, Matthew Comerford, Gavin Phelan, Pacey McFarlane, Odhran Lawlor, Matthew Russel.Thanks to Kilcormac for a great days hurling and for the warmhospitality the Oloughlin Gaels teams and supporters received on their visit.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS WIN CITY DERBY - The O’Loughlin Gaels senior hurling team remained on course for group qualification when beating, city neighbours, Dicksboro on a scoreline of 2.20 to 0.14, last Sunday afternoon.The game played at, a very sparsely attended, Nowlan Park was dominated by a strong breeze blowing into the O’Loughlin’s end. The ‘Boro played with the breeze in the first half, but would go for the break with just a two point advantage. This would prove to be not even near enough as the continentals powered home when they had wind advantage in the closing half.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS ON TOP OF THE TABLE - The O’Loughlin Gaels Senior hurling team remained on course for automatic qualification after drawing with James Stephens last Saturday evening on a score of 2.13 to 0.19 .The O’Loughlin’s goals came from Martin Comerford and, county minor, David Burke. Indeed O’Loughlins had to draw level, in added time, through Mark Bergin’s pointed free, in a game they really should have won.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS U10s - The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 10s brought two teams to a tournament in Ballygunner, Waterford on Saturday last. Team Glas and team Ban both played teams from the host club as well as Birr Co. Offaly and Durlas Og from Tipperary. The ‘Loughs were magnificent and represented Kilkenny proudly. Star players on the day included Nick Mullins,Jake Hickey, Matheuz Zych and Ben Kinchella on team Ban. These stars were helped by stalwarts such as Jack Murphy,the brilliant Luke Hennessy and Sean Lawlor, the excellent Alex Lawlor and Diarmuid Henderson in the half balk line as well as Tom Byrne, Marco Bistrovitch,Stephen Power, Morgan Leefarr and James Phelan. On team Glas, who won all three games, the entire squad were outstanding. There were massive performances from Harry Bland (who was brilliant all day) , Declan Murphy, Vincent O Grady, Allex Molloy, Chase Leefarr and Damien Dowling. Special mention also to Daniel Walsh, Joe Leydon in goal, Mathew Hogan, captain John Macnamara and the excellent Ronan Lavelle. On Sunday Team Glas and Team Ban entertained both Danesfort and also Freshford. The same group of players were joined by Sam O Connell, Stuart Nolan, Jack Clifford and Gvidas Jancauskas. The boys from the continent excelled once again with team glas winning two brilliant matches. Great credit due to the managers of these teams at the weekend including John Lawlor, PJ Hickey, Sean MacNamara, Kevin Leefarr, Pat O Grady and Gerry Buckley jnr. Special thanks to Ballygunner Gaa club who ,not only ran a brilliant tournament, but also accorded the O’Loughlin Gaels party the most lavish “after party” refreshments in their state of the art clubhouse.
U-12 CAMOGIE GO GAMES - The U-12 camogie Go Games were held in O’Loughlins last Saturday morning. O’Loughlin Gaels had two teams, namely O’loughlins 1 & 2. OLCC1 played Gowran in the first match and played out a draw. It was a very hard fought battle with the O’Loughlins girls getting the equaliser in the dying minutes to draw the match. Next up was a city clash with Dicksboro, this was a very good game with some great skill on show by both teams and the O’Loughlins girls were unlucky to lose this game. In the last match the girls lost to Naomh Brid. The O’Loughlins girls put up a massive effort and never gave up. Team Faith O’Neill, Caoimh Wall, Kate Lawless, Marissa Dowling, Jennifer Holohan, Johanna Murphy, Aisling Claffey, Charlie Tobin, Ailbhe Galway, Isabella Boyd, Ciara Curran. Lucy Hickey, Chole Bartley. OLCC2 played Naomh Brid in the first match, this was a very exciting game with only a score between the teams, and it was a great win for the city girls. Next up was Piltown. The John’s girls gave a great display of camogie and were unlucky to lose by a single goal. The O’Loughlin’s defence and midfield were excellent. The girls then played Dicksboro in the last match and had a great win. Team Sarah Bergin, Sarah Jayne, Sophie Roche, Suin Crowley, Ella Richardson, Edel Mulholland, Ellie Holohan, Karen Neary, Orlaith Daly, Leah Broaderi, Zoe Hally, Bridget McCarthy, Ella Blanchfield A big thanks to all the parents who helped on the day with catering ,stewarding or team management.
UNDER 14S ARE DOUBLE LEAGUE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS - Not for the first time in recent years, the clubs U14 teams have brought silverware to St.Johns Park.This time,it was the turn of both the Roinn A and Roinn C football teams to capture both County League titles.The team which competes in Roinn A defeated Danesfort on a score line of 6-6 to 4-5,having lead comfortably for most of the game,a late rally by the Danesfort boys put a different look on the score board at full time. O’Loughlins played some majesctic football at times during the hour and were clinical in front of goal when it mattered most. The victory meant that the club has retained their league crown for the third year in a row,and victory was just reward for the boys efforts during the course of the campaign. The team which competes in the Roinn C League,travelled to Palmerstown last Monday to play Tullaroan. Having played against the elements during the first period,O’Loughlin Gaels retired at the break 5 points in arrears. Little did the management team know,but their charges would go on to record a famous win, scoring 3-8 in the second period and restricting Tullaroan to just 1-2. The victory was just reward for the boys,who suffered heart break in the championship final, 2 weeks previously against Kilmoganny.This win was notable,for the massive work rate and skill level displayed during the seond half in particular. Final Score 5-10 to 5-3. Everyone in O’Loughlin Gaels were thrilled to see both Joe Banville and Joe Murphy collect both trophies on behalf of their team mates. The following players shared in both successes:Sean O’Leary.Shane O’Reilly,Naoise O’Callaghan,Tom Gormley,Joe Murphy,Chris Phelan,Christian Lapouste,Charlie Deegan,John Nolan,Robbie Kirwan,Ian Clifford,Eoin Kelly,Adam Flynn,Adam Power,Ciaran Walsh,Luke Freyne.Eoin Neary, John Nolan.Robert Boyd,Eoin O’Shea,Tervine Wallace,Padraig Nolan,Kevin Murphy,David Buckley,Sean Kenny,John Delaney,Ryan Poyntz,Ronan Buckley,Robbie O’Driscoll,Jordan Molloy,Peter Collins,Ben Maher,Shane O’Mahony,Jay Leahy,Joe Banville,Adam Cummins,Owen Wall,Sean Bolger,Steven Scallon. The Management on both occasions consisted of: Maurice Nolan,Bryan Skehan,Sean Cleere,Danny Loughnane&Sheamie Cummins. The U14 Hurlers have also recorded two comprehensive victories over both Clara and Ballyhale Shamrocks in recent weeks.Training continues this week on Tuesday and Friday at 6pm.
O’LOUGHLINS ARE GO GAMES WINNERS - Congratulations to the O’Loughlin Gaels under 10 teams, who travelled the short distance across the road to Nowlan Park last Saturday, to play the final games of their Go Games series of matches. First up for the 31 brave boys from the continent were John Lockes of Callan . Two brilliant matches of ten a side were played in front of lots of proud parents and supporters. The city boys were successful in both contests and then had to play Bennettsbridge in the final game. Again two games of ten a side were played and all the O’Loughlins boys got equal game time. Fantastic skill was on show for all to see and both clubs can be very proud of their underage talent. The games were brilliant and very close with O’Loughlin Gaels again coming out on top. Kilkenny Bord na nOg officer, Joe Pyke, then asked each boy to climb the steps of the old stand in Nowlan Park and presented every boy with a hurling grip and more importantly shook each child’s hand and complimented them on their brilliant performances. The 31 boys who represented O’Loughlins excellently were Ben Kinsella, Ronan Lavelle, John McNamara, Alex Lawlor, Daniel Walsh, Mikey Wallace, Joe Brennan, Stuart Nolan, Aidan Kenny, John Comerford, Damien Dowling, Sean Lawlor, Eric Walsh, Declan Murphy, Vincent O Grady, Joe Leydon, Harry Bland, Jake Hickey, Alex Molloy, James Phelan, Jack Clifford, Sam O’Connell, Stephen Power, Jack Murphy, Ciaran Rogers, David Rogers, Robert Gleeson, Tom Byrne, Jackson Oyo, Matthew Hogan, Harry O’Grady.
LOCAL ATHLETES DO ST. JOHN’S PARISH PROUD - Local Athletes did St. Johns Parish proud in the Kilkenny Community Games County Athletic Finals in Scanlon Park last Sunday. In glorious conditions these boys and girls gave it their all and had numerous personal bests in their individual events. Rena Crowley in the U10 60m hurdles, Johnny Collins U14 80m hurdles, Margaret Mary O’ Shea U8 60m, Sophia O’ Shea U10 100m, Anna O’Shea U12 100m, Jack Manning U14 100m, Eva Collins U10 200m, Rory McGabhan and Patrick O’ Shea U12 600m, Jennifer O’Keeffe U14 800m, Shane McGeary U14 Long Jump, Lauren Gleeson U14 Long Jump. Medals were won by Jack Manning, Lauren Gleeson, Shane McGeary, Jennifer O’Keeffe, Johnny Collins, Margaret Mary O’Shea, and Anna O’Shea and will now go onto represent St Johns Parish and Kilkenny at this year’s National Finals of the HSE Community Games in Athlone on the 24th August 2012.
CAMOGIE NEWS - O’Loughlin Gaels junior camogie team played Young Irelands in the All County League last Friday evening in, a very windy, St John’s Park. The girls played out a draw, each team scoring 1.9. The girls played with a strong wind in the first half and were ahead 0-9 to 0-6 at half time with points from Aisling Butler, Sarah Buckley, Amy Bryan and Eimear Rodgers. In the Second half against the wind they really had to work hard. A Kate Walsh goal put the girls ahead 1-9 to 0-9 and it looked like the city girls would hold out, but a well taken goal from Young Irelands in the dying minutes left the match level at 1-9 a piece. The team have four points from a possible six and will now play Conahy Shamrocks in the fifth round. Team Lizzie kavanaugh, Laura Butler, Stephanie Buckley, Kate Nolan, Sam Mcguni, Shauna Brennan, Ena Kearns, Rebecca Cleere, Karen Galvin, Sarah Buckley(0-4), Aisling Butler (0-3), Eimear Rodgers(0-1)Kate Walsh(1-0)Amy Bryan(0-1),Sarah Burke.
JIMMY LEAHY BECOMES A BOROUGH COUNCIL MEMBER - Congratulations to Glendine man Jimmy Leahy who became a member of Kilkenny Borough Council last week. Jimmy was coopted onto the council by his party Fine Gael following the resignation of Betty Manning. Jimmy is married to Catherine and has two children both of whom are involved in O’Loughlin Gaels. Caitlin has won county championships playing camogie while Jay is full back on the Under 14 team and also won All Ireland Feile na nGael titles in both Hurling and Football with the club last year.
JUNIOR B’s ARE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS - The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior B team retained their Northern Junior B League title when they beat Danesfort in a well manicured Clara GAA grounds last Friday evening. The losers started the better and were two points to nil up after four minutes through Daragh Sheehan and ace free taker Stephen McKenna. O’Loughlins shook themselves and replied with three points ,two from play through Evan Walsh and Billy Leydon and a converted free from Barry Hogan. McKenna (f) and Cathal O Neill edged the Danesfort boys ahead again on the quarter only for Kevin Morrissey to equalise with a lovely point from near the sideline.McKenna converted another free which again saw a reply from the classy Morrissey. Barry Hogan threw over a nice point from play for the winners which was matched by a similar score from Danesfort’s captain Johnny Ryan. Seventeen year old Paddy Deegan scored a sweet point for the city team on twenty three minutes, but it was the country team who finised the half the stronger with points from Michael Moylan and a free from Stephen McKenna to leave the score 0.8 to 0.7 in faour of the losers. O’Loughlins, now aided by a strong enough wind , broke from the traps early and drew level through Eoghan Grant. The Fort men were then to enjoy their best period scoring the next four points ,three from McKenna (1f) and Johnny Ryan. Billy Leydon took over the free taking duties and converted his first chance on 40 minutes. He added a point from play ,as did Barry Hogan to leave just one point between the teams at the three quarter mark. Colm Phealan executed the art of the sideline ball cut to perfection to score the point of the game but after this O’Loughlin’s raised their game. Six of the remaining seven points went the way of the ‘John’s men through the eye catching Evan Walsh (2), Billy Leydon (1f), James O Keefe, Paddy Deegan and Kevin Morrissey. Cathal O Neill pointed a free for Danesfort.The Final score was O’Loughlin Gaels 0.17 Danesfort 0.14. Not the most thrilling of finishes but that will not bother the continentals who will now meet the southern champions in a bid to retain the county league title won last year also. Good for O’Loughlins were Michael Lambert, Stephen Tyrrell, Paddy Deegan,Kevin Morrissy and Evan Walsh. Danesfort have an excellent free taker in McKenna and had good performers in Johnny Ryan, Darragh Sheehan and Cathal O Neill. Teams: O’Loughlin Gaels Benny Cleere,Sean Hickey,Michael Lambert,Joe Walsh,Shane,Kevin O Brien,Stephen Tyrrell,Padraig Meaney,Paddy Deegan(2),Eoghan Grant(1),Billy Leydon(4,2f),Kevin Morrisssey(3),Barry Hogan(3,1f),Kevin McGarry,Evan Walsh(3),James O Keeffe(1). Subs Cyril Stedmond,Chris Lamert,Stephen Hawe. Danesfort Patrick Tynan,Paddy Hickey,Pa Dillon,Darren Knox,Ger Dunne,Jim Phelan,Michael Moylan(1),Darragh Sheehan(1),Cathal O Neill(2,1f),Johnny Ryan(2),John Doheny,Colm Phelan(1),Tommy Ryan,Richie Devanne,Stephen McKenna(7,6f). Sub Jack Burton. On Sunday afternoon O’Loughlins Junior Bs played Dicksboro in St. James’s Park in round 2 of the championship and stayed on winning ways with a good win 0.18 to 2.10.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS SUMMER CAMP FULL - The closing date for the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club’s popular Summer Camp has now passed and the organiser, Niall Bergin and his staff will cater for nearly 250 children over the two weeks in August.
GREYHOUND NIGHT A MASSIVE SUCCESS - Last Friday night the annual O’Loughlin Gaels fundraising night at Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium took place . Although the weather for the week was terrible the race night was given the green light at 5 p.m. and thankfully the evening turned out quite mild. A poor crowd was expected because of the weather but in the end the John’s Parish people came in droves. John Joe Cullen served over 500 complimentary hot dogs and hundreds and hundreds of cadet minerals were consumed by the very happy boys and girls who seem to really enjoy their annual night at the dogs. The racing on the night was brilliant with the highlight being the marvellous performance of Damien O Connell’s now legendary dog ,Welesbourne Dan. The greyhound was running his 99th race and has won over 30 times . It seemed the whole of John’s Parish had him backed and of course he duly obliged to the excitement of all present . All except the bookies that is ! The winner of the grand prize draw also proved to be a popular as Tim Comerford of Meadow Way walked away with first prize of a holiday for four people in the Costa Del Sol for two weeks of his choice. Ever popular Tim is ,of course the dad of Andy, Jimmy and Martin Comerford who are all O’Loughlin Gaels stalwarts. Well done to the organisers who once again pulled off a magnificent night. The two Richies (Kearns and Moylan) along with Joe Nolan, Ben Fogarty and Benny Walsh are the backbone of the Dog night for the last nine years.Eddie Buckley also has done trojan work over the last few years in relation to the dog night. Thank you also goes to the supporters of O’Loughlin Gaels who bought the tickets for the event.Representatives from O’Loughlins called to every house in the parish selling the tickets and also handing out club information flyers. The response was incredible . Even in tough times like we are experiencing the parishioners of St. John’s still back their local GAA club as much as they possibly could. Finally a massive thank you to Kilkenny Greyhound Track who open their doors every year to O’Loughin Gaels and make the John’s men feel right at home. The “dog night” is the club’s main source of income for the year and O’Loughlins are delighted to be associated with Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium. Roll on 2013.
MARY CODY WINS THE ‘LOUGHLINS LOTTO - Congratulations to former Johnswell lady Mary Cody from the Waterford road in Kilkenny who matched four of the numbers and walked away with a cool €16,000. The numbers drawn on July 3rd were 9, 11, 23, 24 .The bonus number drawn was 17 . Mary chose 16, if she had matched she would have collected a bonus of €4,000. Still there was no complaints from popular Mary who sells a couple of books of tickets every week as well as being one of the club’s top selling members for the County Board Draw. Well done Mary it is well deserved.The good news for the rest of us is that next weeks top prize is still €20,000. So make sure to buy your tickets from official agents appointed by O’Loughlin Gaels all over Kilkenny city.
JUVENILES AT THE LEINSTER FINAL - Over 50 boys from the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 9,10 and 11s teams headed off to Dublin last Sunday morning to play challenge matches against Chraobh Chiarain GAA club and then headed the short distance to support Kilkenny in the Leinster Hurling final in Croke Park. The team managers would like to thank Damien Burnett and his helpers from Chraobh Chiarain GAA for the wonderful hospitality accorded to their teams.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS SENIORS REMAIN UNBEATEN - The O’Loughlin Gaels senior team had to fight hard for a share of the spoils in the penultimate round of the Kilkenny Senior Hurling League/Championship for 2012. The city side started very nicely with three good unanswered points from Niall Mcevoy,Conor Bergin and Mark Bergin and were winning battles all over the immaculate pitch at Conahy GAA’s impressive grounds in Jenkinstown. However they needed a goal on 58 minutes from county man Mark Kelly to edge them in front for only the third time of the game. O’Loughlins conceded a free on their half forward line which was converted by Erin’s Own’s Damien Fogarty to level proceedings. About two more minutes were played but there were no more scores. FT O.L 1.14 E.O. 0.17
STREET LEAGUE UP AND RUNNING - The St. John’s Parish “HURLING FOR ALL “ street league for boys from Under 11s down to under 7s will start on Wednesday night . Players from The Weir, Richview, Glendine, Lintown,Ashfield, Dublin road, Newpark, Assumption place, O’Loughlin road, The Orchard, Kierans Crescent, O’Loughlin Court ,Hebron Parkas well as Johnswell and Dunmore will represent their areas to see who will become the 2012 St. John’s Parish Street League Champions . The competition is open to boys from Under 11s to U7. It doesn’t matter what club they play for or what school they go to.(Maybe they would like to start hurling or maybe they have given up - this could be a great opportunity to get them back hurling). The idea is simply for each boy to represent the area where they live, in a fun filled atmosphere. Managers have been appointed to all teams. It is hoped the matches will be played in the housing estates but because of the incessant rain most local green areas are waterlogged, so the first round matches will be played in St. John’s Park on Wednesday 18th July. Players are asked to be in St. John’s Park at 6.45p.m.on Wednesday July 18th. The finals will be played on August 11th at the official opening of the new pitches at St. John’s Park.
JUNIOR Bs RETAIN COUNTY LEAGUE CROWN - The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior B team added the County League title to their Northern League title for the second year in a row after they defeated , Southern champions, Kilmacow in Thomastown last Friday night. The O’Loughlins team were delighted to have ace free taker, Nigel Skehan, in their ranks and ,always the man for the big occasion , slotted over 9 points (7f) during the hour. Captain, Benny Cleere, had a solid hour between the posts and was well protected by Kevin O Brien, Mick Lambert and Joe Walsh in the full back line. In front of them, man of the match, Padraic Meaney, was ably assisted by centreback Stephen Tyrrell and Andy Cantwell. John Doyle and Paddy Deegan stood out at midfield while Billy Leydon and Kevin Morrissey were thorn in the southern defence for the hour. Barry Hogan, Evan Walsh and James O Keeffe worked very hard in the full forward line throughout the contest. Substitutes Michael Hennebery and Kevin McGarry excelled when introduced.Final score O’Loughlin Gaels 0.16 Kilmacow 0.11. Team: Benny Cleere, Kevin O Brien, Michael Lambert, Joe Walsh, Andy Cantwell, Stephen Tyrrell, Padraic Meaney, John Doyle(2), Paddy Deegan(1), Nigel Skehan(9,7f), Kevin Morrissey(2), Billy Leydon(1), Barry Hogan, Evan Walsh(1), James O Keeffe. Subs; Michael Hennebry, Kevin McGarry
OFFICIAL OPENING OF NEW PITCHES IN ST. JOHN’S PARK- Saturday the 11th of August, 2012 saw a momentous day for all members of O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club when the official opening of its new pitch facilities took place at St. John’s Park by GAA President Liam O Neill . This development delivers state of the art playing surface facilities which will see the club now have two modern Croke Park size pitches, one Juvenile pitch and designated physical fitness training area. These playing surfaces along with a number of additional ball stops have been completed at a cost of €230,000, financed through the hard work of Club fundraisers and Department of Sport, Sports Capital Grants.
STREET LEAGUE HAS BEEN A MASSIVE SUCCESS - The St. John’s Parish Hurling Street Leagues For All will drawto a close this weekend at the opening of the new pitches at St. John’s Park. The League has been an unprecedented success and lots of people have to be thanked for making the games run so smoothly. Temporary pitches have been set up at Glenbawn/Glendine Heights on the Castlecomer Road, at Altamount and Shandon Park on the Dublin Road, The Orchard Bar Field and in the field beside Lidl on the Johnswell Road. Nicky Murphy and his son Brian from Johnswell have been a stalwarts in this regard as has Johnny Holohan from Dunmore. The 85 children that have played each evening in the Street League can thank these two men for collecting the four sets of goals in O’Loughlins, dropping them off and help erect them at the temporary sites. Ben Fogarty, Brendan O Leary, Pat O Grady, John Lawlor, PJ Hickey, Noel Kenny, Ed Gormely, Gerry Buckley,Sean MacNamara,Bryan Skehan, Kieran Maher, Alan Arnopp, Michael Kinchella, John Sheridan ,Shane Maher and Eoin Lawlor have all put their shoulders to the wheel in a massive effort to make this initiative such an overwhelming success. The players and their parents no doubt thank them all most sincerely.
UNDER 14s ARE SHIELD WINNERS - The O’Loughlin Gaels U14 Hurling team that competes in the Roinn C Championship, captured the League trophy on Saturday following a 5-11 to 4-8 scoreline over city neighbours Dicksboro at a resplendent St. John’s Park. The boys were in control for the majority of the game.They lead at half-time by 2points, thanks in the main to the unerring accuracy of Eoin O’Shea and sterling defensive performances from John Delaney and Padraig Nolan. The John’s boys faced the elements in the second half, but spurred on by an excellent individual display from young Conor Heary who finished with a personal tally of 3-2, the boys held on for a comfortable victory. All of the boys can be justifiably proud of the part they played in this victory & on the day they all performed to their capabilities. The victory is a just reward for all of their efforts since returning to training in January and adds to the football league title secured earlier in the year. PaneL: Luke Freyne, Joe Murphy, Padraig Nolan, Shane O’Reilly, Ian Clifford, John Delaney, Michael Butler, Charlie Deegan, Tom Gormley, Eoin O’Shea, James Higgins, Adam Cummins, Robert Boyd, Sean Kenny, Adam Flynn, Ryan Poyntz, Conor Heary, Sean O’Leary, Kevin Murphy, Lorcan Whelan, Decel Fwamba, Robbie Kirwan.
O’LOUGHLINS ARE UNDER 12 CAMOGIE CHAMPIONS - The O’Loughlins Under 12 camogie team recorded a great victory against Gowran in their Group 3 final on Tuesday 28th August in St John’s Park. Having been outplayed by Gowran in an earlier round (8.4 to 1.1), O’Loughlins came into the match as definite underdogs. Buoyed on by a strong home support, the O’Loughlin girls raised their game from the throw-in and played with great determination and passion. There was little between the teams, but two great goals by Aisling Claffey and a point by Jennifer Houlihan put O’Loughlins ahead by 2.1 to 1.0 at the break. Further points by Edel Mulholland and Johanna Murphy stretched O’Loughlins lead in the second half and, despite a late rally from a very spirited and skilful Gowran team, O’Loughlins held out for a 2.3 to 2.0 win. O’Loughlins showed exceptional heart and teamwork, with both playing and non-playing subs from the 30 strong panel all playing their part. Special mention must go to Johanna Murphy who had an outstanding game at centre back. Team 1 Sarah Bergin 2 Faith O Neill 3 Siun Crowley 4 Maroisa Dowling 5 Johanna Murphy 6. Jennifer Houlihan 7. Ella Richardson 8 Rebecca Keane 9. Edel Mulholland 10 Aisling Claffey 11 Leah Broaderick 12 Kate Lawless Substitutes Doireann Sloyan for Aisling Claffey Sarah Jane Codd for Faith O’Neill Niamh Egan for Doireann Sloyan.
SEAN BOLGER CAPTAINS KILKENNY’S TONY FORRISTAL WINNING TEAM - Congratulations to Sean Bolger who captained the Kilkenny Under 14 team to win the prestigious Tony Forristal Hurling Tournament. Sean becomes only the second O’Loughlin Gaels player to successfully captain the Kilkenny team for the tournament. Mark Bergin was the other back in 2003.
O’LOIDEAIN CUP AND OLLIE BERGIN CUP HURLING TOURNAMENTS - To endeavour to host a twelve team U10 hurling tournament with a promise that all teams will be hurling at all times takes a lot ofplanning and preparation. First of all six pitches had to be laid out, goal posts erected and nets hung all before the start time of 10.00 am. Seventeen men arrived in St. John’s Park at 7.30am to lay the said pitches and prepare the grounds for the close to 200 players that were expected. By 8.30 there were eighteen, well deserved, breakfast rolls being devoured by volunteers Sean Hogan, Pat O Grady,PJ Hickey,Sean MacNamara,John Lawlor,Nicky Murphy,Pat Walsh,Kieran and Ronan Lavelle,Joe Malone,Bryan Skehan,Ben Fogarty,Brendan O Leary,John Sheridan,Damien O Connell,Eoin Lawlor and Ben Leydon. Michael Kinchella,Jim Delaney,Kevin Cleere,John Collins and Damien Dowling all helped out with stewarding and refereeing. The whole operation ran smoothly under the guidance of Donal Higgins whose logistical planning and foresight leaves nothing to be unexpected.The teams began to arrive at 8.45 am with O’Donavon Rossa of Antrim making the three hour motorway journey down in record speed. They were joined by St. Mary’s of Clonmel, St. Martin’s of Wexford (2 teams), Chraobh Chiarain and Kilmacud Crokes of Dublin as well as James Stephens (2 teams), Conahy Shamrocks, St. Martin’s and O’Loughlin Gaels of Kilkenny(2 teams). Eight teams contested the O’Loideain Cup and four teams played for the Ollie Bergin Cup. Tournaments like these are often described as being laden with stars of the future - well make no mistake this was nodifferent. All counties involved can look forward to a bundle of superstars coming through the ranks. The clubs involved are also veryucky to have such hard working mentors and such supportive parents as the massive attendance at the games will testify. For the record O’Loughlin Gaels won all three group games in the O’Loideain Cup and were just beaten by four point in the final by Kilmacud Crokes of Dublin. This is Crokes third year in a row to win the tournament so well done to them. In the Ollie Bergin Cup, ConahyShamrocks beat James Stephens in the final to record a memorable victory and it was fitting that their captain Ciaran Rice collected the cup, as his grandfather, the late Jim Rice, was the very first chairman of O’Loughlin Gaels Gaa Club. Indeed his dad Joe was quiteproud as well no doubt. Padraic Leydon was on hand to present the O’Loideain Cup while Anne Bergin presented the Ollie Bergin trophy. All the O’Loughlin Gaels parents brought buns and cakes to the “pop up” Long puck Cafe. Catering was provided by Breda Hogan,Liz Fogarty, Antoinette Leydon,Linda Lawlor and Linda Dowling,Mary Deegan and Ann Loy. John Skehan, Paddy Greene and Sammy Geoghegan were of great assistance to the organisers. Odhran Lawlor,Peter Macnamara, David Fogarty, Joe Murphy and Jamie Malone were brilliant stewards. Luke Leydon took over two hundred photos. Each of the 200 boys received a goodie bag which was sponsored by Peter and Catherine Wilson of Eddie Rockets in MacDonagh Junction.
SENIORS REMAIN UNBEATEN - The O’Loughlin Gaels senior team played out a draw with Carrickshock last Sunday to remain unbeaten in the League section of the championship after the group stages have been completed. However the 0.16 a piece result did not give O’Loughlin Gaels automatic qualification to the to the quarter finals of the championship . Losing out by the fact that James Stephens, who ended up on the same points and scoring difference but, had scored more in the campaign were awarded the second place league spot, thus leaving O’Loughlins in third place and the prospect of a first round championship clash with Tommy Walsh’s Tullaroan.
UNDER 14s IN HARD LUCK - Hard luck to the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 hurlers who had to succumb to a far bigger Dicksboro team in the county final
JOHN’S PARISH MAN WRITES TIPP GAA BOOK - Congratulations and best wishes to Jim Fogarty of Meadow Way who will have his newly published book launched by the great Micheal O Muircheartaigh in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on October 19th at 8p.m. The book entitled The Dan Breen Cup - Tipperary County Senior Hurling Finals 1931 to 2011. St. Johns Parish has among its numbers quite a lot of writers who have published books recently. Enda McEvoy from Michael Street has had great success with his book on the life of Fr. Tommy Maher - The Godfather of Modern Hurling, Paula Leyden from the Johnswell Road is enjoying worldwide success with her novel aimed at the teenage market - The Butterfly Heart and Tom O Neill’s novel Old Friends- The Lost Tales of Fionn Mac Chuaill has also been selling well and has a great appeal to the Irish diaspora .
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.
BRIAN HOGAN COLLECTS HIS SECOND ALL STAR - All in St. John’s Parish and O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club beamed with pride on Friday night last when Brian Hogan was named the best centre back in Ireland for the second year in a row. Everybody in the Parish ,the club and indeed Kilkenny hurling supporters everywhere send Brian the heartiest congratulations on a very well deserved award.
SENIOR TEAM LOSE OUT IN SEMI FINAL- The O’Loughlin Gaels Senior Team lost their County Senior Semi Final against Ballyhale Shamrocks last Sunday on a score of 1.17 to 2.10. However upto the final whistle St. John’s supporters held out hope of a win or at least a draw. In truth this game probably came to quick after the massive battle the previous week against Carrickshock. The same intensity and sharpness that was so evident last week in Ballyhale, just wasn’t there last Sunday. The three championship weekends definitely caught up on O’Loughlins.
LOTTO STILL €20,000 - The biggest local club LOTTO jackpot prize pool is still on offer in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club. The €20,000 grand prize can be claimed by matching the first four numbers out of the drum as well as the bonus number. An additional jackpot is being built up “behind the scenes” and this also is close to reaching the maximum allowed of €20,000. The weekly draw takes place in the O’Loughlin Gaels clubhouse every Tuesday night and all are welcome to attend.
EDDIE TAKES OVER THE CHAIR - Corkonian Eddie Buckley took over the chairmanship of O’Loughlin Gaels at their AGM on Monday December 10th. Brian Murphy took over as chairman of Hurling and Football and Paul Cleere and Johnny Holohan also joined the Executive Committee.
CONOR DENNIFFE AND JOHN WEMYSS GET BIG JOBS- Congratulations to Conor Denniffe who will be the new Vice Chairman of Kilkenny County Board for 2013 and also to John Wemyss who will be the new Vice Chairman of Kilkenny Bord na nOg for the coming season.
SANTA CLAUS VISITS O’LOUGHLIN GAELS - Santa Claus made his annual visit to a packed O’Loughlin Gaels on Sunday December 9 th. Well done to John Collins and Sean Hogan in preparing the hall for the big party.
SAMMY GEOGHEGAN IS THE POKER KING -0 Congratulations to Sammy Geoghegan who is the undisputed Poker King of Kilkenny after adding the prestigious Jim O Hara Memorial Poker Tournament to the Winter League he previously won. Sammy collected nearly a very sizeable cash prize as well as the much sought after trophy.