St John’s - Mentors get upskilled -

O’LOUGHLINS MENTORS GET UPSKILLED - Thirteen mentors from O’Loughlin Gaels attended the Leinster GAA coaching conference in Carlow IT last Saturday morning.

O’LOUGHLINS MENTORS GET UPSKILLED - Thirteen mentors from O’Loughlin Gaels attended the Leinster GAA coaching conference in Carlow IT last Saturday morning.

In conjunction with the clubs ongoing ethos of providing the very best of coaching to all its players from Under 6s to adult, the executive committee of the club are actively encouraging large attendances at these coaching conferences and indeed providing in house coaching sessions for all its mentors. At Christmas twelve mentors from the club attended the National coaching seminar in Croke Park. This can only be a positive move for all the young children that will be thought the skills of hurling at O’Loughlin Gaels now and in the future.

MARCH 31ST THE GATHERING OF THE GAELS - The Social Committee of O’Loughlin Gaels have come up with a novel approach to their annual Dinner Dance for 2013. The committee is actively seeking out former players, members and supporters to come back to the club on March 31st for “The Gathering Of The Gaels “. The night will consist of a sumptuous four course meal created by Alan Cullen and his team as well as dancing to big band “The Marble City Sounds”, followed by a DJ set from Seanie D. A full bar will operate in the gymnasium and patrons will enjoy all this for just €22.50. Tickets will be available from John Joe Cullen’s Butchers Shop or from the Club Bar by next weekend.

There are plenty of parents of new juvenile camogie players and hurlers who are also encouraged to come to this social occasion which promises to be a spectacular social event. Indeed a big emphasis this year is on getting the newer members of the club more involved in all aspects of the Club. This social night is a brilliant way of friends, neighbours and supporters of O’Loughlin Gaels to join together and celebrate together the great club they enjoy.

Over two hundred people attended the last event held at the club which was to celebrate the club’s first Feile na nGael victory in 2010 when the special guest was Micheal O Muirchearthaigh. That was a brilliant night and if you missed it make sure you do not miss this one . It will be great !

JUVENILE TRAINING UP AND RUNNING IN ST JOHN’S PARK - The O’Loughlin Gaels Gaa juvenile training sessions on Sunday mornings are back in full swing. St. John’s Park on the Hebron Road was packed last Sunday morning with all teams from Under 6s up to Under 12s training. Training for the Under 6s starts at 10 a.m. and will go ahead indoor in the O’Loughlins gymnasium if the weather is inclement.The Under 6s train for 1 hour. All other age groups start at 10.30 a.m. and finish at 12pm.Parents are really enjoying the new coffee shop in O’Loughlins being managed by Regina Murphy, Ann Nolan and Mairead Byrne. The three ladies offer tea or coffee and one of John Sheridan’s famous scones for any parents that are watching their sons train. It has become very popular with the mammies and daddies so a big thank you to the three volunteers for agreeing to manage the coffee shop. If any other Parent would like to help out in the Cafe just ask the girls at training and maybe a rota could be set up.

Any boy who has not registered yet need not worry. Just bring him along to any training session and he can register with the team manager of his age group. Membership for an O’Loughlin Gaels Juvenile hurler is just €10.

LOTTO STILL 20 GRAND - 5,9,22,27 and bonus number 13 were unfortunately not matched by any player on Tuesday 5th of March and of course that means that the largest jackpot allowed under local lotto regulations is still available from O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club . For your chance to win make sure you buy your ticket early . Costing only €2 it represents great value because in the event of the jackpot not being won a massive four hundred euro is given out each week in the form of ten consolation prizes of forty euro each.

The consolation prizewinners on March 8th were Eddie Malone c/o Margaret Hanlon, Pauline Phelan c/o Tommy Gregg, Niall Tallis c/o Mick Delaney, Niall Cody c/o Mary Cody, M. Cullen c/o JJ Cullen, Becky Cleere c/o Kevin Cleere, Diarmuid Geoghegan c/o Sammy Geoghegan, Joan Wall c/o Brian Murphy, Mick Nolan c/o Leydon’s Bar, Margaret Doyle c/o Esther Maher.

BUS TO GOWRAN PARK - The Kilkenny Hurlers are hosting a fundraising day at Gowran Park Race Track on March 23rd. O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club will run a bus to the event. Tickets for the races and a seat on the bus cost only €15. There are only a few seats left on the bus so please contact John Joe Cullen in his John Street Butcher Shop or Paul Cleere on 086 8191872 to book the last few seats. There will only be one bus leaving the club on the day.

UNDER 11S AND UNDER 12S OFF TO COROFIN CO. CLARE - The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 11s and Under 12s will travel to Corofin Co. Clare on Sunday 24th of March and play two challenge matches against the Clare club who came up to O’Loughlin Gaels last October and took in the Senior County Semi Finals the same day. Joe Cahill from the Co. Clare club is doing trojan work promoting hurling in the County Clare club and the O’Loughlin Gaels team and management are looking forward to accepting his kind invitation to visit. Over thirty five boys are expected to travel as well as ten mentors. This will be this teams second trip this year having already played Sarsfields of Galway and taken in the National League opener against Galway on February 24th.

UNDER 14S IN LEAGUE FOOTBALL FINAL ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY - The very best of luck to the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 football team who will play the Roinn A Football Final against James Stephens in Clara GAA grounds on St. Patrick’s Day at 11a.m.

The O’Loughlin Gaels U14Bs maintained their unbeaten run against Kilmacow in the fourth and final round of the Duggan Steel Under U14 Roinn C Football league. The teams shared the spoils in a very tight game where scores were a premium. The panel were Sean O’Leary, Conor McHugh, Barry Lawlor, Tom Gormley, Joe Murphy, Jack Kearns, Luke Hogan, Mikey Butler, John Nolan, Aaron O’ Brien, Matthew Russell, Pacey McFarlane, Odhran Lawlor, Fiachra O’Callaghan, Jay Meagher, Sean Cahalane, Sean Ware, Ciaran Walsh, Sean Greene, Mark Twomey, Oisin Murphy, Charlie Buckley, and Ben Powell. In Arctic like conditions both teams served up a great morning’s entertainment. This was a massive team performance from O’Loughlin Gaels. Everyone on the team showed great heart, commitment and skill against a far bigger Kilmacow team. This result puts O’loughlin Gaels at the top of the league after the final round and have now qualified for the knockout stages.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS CAMOGIE CLUB NEWS - Congratulations to Loreto Kilkenny on winning the All-Ireland Senior A Colleges final last Saturday. They defeated St Brigid’s 1-11 to 1-6 in Nenagh. Well done to the six O’Loughlins girls on the Panel, Amy Bryan, Laura Murphy, Laura Greene, Kate Walsh, Katlyn Leahy and Niamh Phelan.

The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior Camogie team suffered their first defeat in the Leinster League losing out to Skerries Harps of Dublin 1-8 to 2-2. The team will play Kinnity of Offaly next Saturday in St. John’s Park at 3.30.

JOHNSWELL FITNESS CLASSES - commencing Thursday 21st March for 10 weeks from 8 to 9pm. These classes are run by a qualified fitness trainer and are open to all over 18’s. All fitness levels catered for. Registration begins at 7.30p.m. Initial registration fee of €20 plus a €3 charge per class. Participants should bring a towel or mat. For all those planning to take part in the Johnswell Fun Run on June 16th this year, these classes could provide a great opportunity to kick off your training.

NAME THE NEWSLETTER COMPETITION- FINAL REMINDER - A number of entries have been received for the O’Loughlin Gaels “Name the Newsletter” Competition. People are asked to name the new publication which will be out in time for THE GATHERING OF THE GAELS . The winner of the €50 sports voucher will be announced in the newsletter which will have contributors from Johnswell, Dunmore and a “Blow Ins” column. Great work being done behind the scenes by John Collins,James Kelly and Brendan O Leary to get this publication out in time for its launch.

Email your entry to oloughlingaelsgaa@gmail.com or enter the competition on the O’Loughlin Gaels facebook page.

SCRAP METAL FUNDRAISING DRIVE - O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club is at present running a fund raiser through turning your Scrap Metal into cash. The funds raised will assist in running the Club and developing Club facilities. To do this we need your help! The project is straight forward - any member or people in the locality with old scrap metal can donate their items to nominated committee members. So if you have scrap metal items such as old cars, steel plates, steel buckets, milking machines, saucepans or bicycles etc. please contact any of the following who would be delighted to hear from you. The people to contact are Coleman Loughnane 086 - 3312944, Marty Brennan 086-2098996 or Michael Nolan 086-2478760. Items can be collected from donors and the funds raised are going to an excellent cause. Thank you for your help.”