St. John’s: Book launch in Johnswell Community Hall on Sunday

GAA CLUB A.G.M. - The O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club’s annual general meeting will take place in their clubhouse on Monday December 10th at 7.30p.m. sharp. All members and and anyone wishing to join O’Loughlin Gaels are most welcome on the night. Following the process for nomination of officers to the executive committee a number of changes will be made at the club’s “Top Table”. Outgoing Chairman, Michael Nolan, will be replaced by Cork native and former club treasurer Eddie Buckley. Another Cork man, Brian Murphy, will become Chairman of Hurling and Football following in the footsteps of Martin Brennan who stepped down after three years. Paul Cleere will take over the post of Games Development and Policies Chairman. There will be one election on the night for the position of Social Chairman with responsibility for the Bar and Pavilion. The candidates are the incumbent John Joe Cullen who is challenged by Jim Delaney.

GAA CLUB A.G.M. - The O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club’s annual general meeting will take place in their clubhouse on Monday December 10th at 7.30p.m. sharp. All members and and anyone wishing to join O’Loughlin Gaels are most welcome on the night. Following the process for nomination of officers to the executive committee a number of changes will be made at the club’s “Top Table”. Outgoing Chairman, Michael Nolan, will be replaced by Cork native and former club treasurer Eddie Buckley. Another Cork man, Brian Murphy, will become Chairman of Hurling and Football following in the footsteps of Martin Brennan who stepped down after three years. Paul Cleere will take over the post of Games Development and Policies Chairman. There will be one election on the night for the position of Social Chairman with responsibility for the Bar and Pavilion. The candidates are the incumbent John Joe Cullen who is challenged by Jim Delaney.

Other than that contest all other positions are filled by the standing officers. Vice Chairman will be Martin Hanlon, Secretary will be Margaret Hanlon, Treasurer will be Sean Casey, Bryan Skehan will keep his position as Youth Chairman, Con Moore continues as Handball Chairman, Coleman Loughnane and Sean Tyrrell will once again be Development Committee Chairman and Grounds Committee Chairman respectively, Michael Mahony will continue in his role as Sponsorship and Fundraising Committee Chairman with yours truly once again acting as P.R.O.

No motions or recommendations were received by secretary Margaret Hanlon.

CHRISTMAS CLUB SHOP -The Christmas club shop in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club for 2012 has proved very popular with plenty of orders sent to O’Neills for club gear. First deliveries of stock should arrive early this week and all people who ordered stock will be notified by text with regard to collecting same. The shop is now closed for Christmas orders but it is envisaged that a permanent shop will be part of the O’Loughlin Gaels clubhouse going forward.

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 at 9.30 p.m. The numbers drawn on Noveber 27th were 3,5,6,13 and the bonus number was 20. Ten consolation prizes of €40 were won by Ritchie Moylan, Sean and Mary c/o Delaney’s Bar, Keith O Dwyer c/o Pauline Greene, Tanya Cody c/o Mary Cody, Margot Coady c/o Mick Delaney, Sean Hickey c/o Mary Deegan, Patrick Phelan c/o Gerry Buckley, Eddie Carroll c/o Noel Tyrrell, Mary Mullan c/o Tom Gregg, Paddy Loy c/o Neil Loy.

SANTA CLAUS-The juvenile committee of O’Loughlin Gaels hurling and camogie clubs will host their annual Christmas party for their players on Sunday December 9th between 3pm and 5pm. Santa Claus will once again make a special appearance at the annual event and this year he will bring along Brian Hogan and the Liam Macarthy Cup. All three will be available for photographs throughout the afternoon. Local hurl maker James O Keeffe will have a stall selling his very popular wares . Also on sale will be posters depicting all the skills of hurling which comes in a very handy case that can be sent all over the world . Beautiful O’Loughlin Gaels mugs will be available to buy for €6 and these surely will be very popular as they really are the ideal Christmas present for any O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club supporter. These also come packed ready to be shipped worldwide if needed.

KILKENNY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT - A time to meet others bereaved by suicide Kilkenny Bereavement Support will hold the monthly meeting for people bereaved by suicide in Villa Maria, Talbots Inch next Thursday the 6th of Dec. at 8.00pm. All are welcome. For information phone 7756538.

KILKENNY COELIAC SUPPORT GROUP-A meeting for the Kilkenny Coeliac Support Group will take place next Monday at 8.00pm in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel.

CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT-KCLR’s Soul Agenda presenters, Vicki Sandall and Fr Dan Carroll, present the first “Spirit of Christmas Carol Concert” in aid of the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team. Tickets €5, available from KCLR or on the door. The Carol Concert takes place in St Canice’s Cathedral, on Dec. 8that 7.30pm.

A GEM IS UNVEILED IN JOHNSWELL-A veritable feast of music and song was enjoyed by a full church in Johnswell last Saturday night as the beautifully restored Thomas Casson Positive Organ was unveiled to a most appreciative community.Fr Seán O’Connor conducted the official launch and blessing, after which the Pipe Organ began its renewed life by accompanying a host of local and guest vocal-talent that made the Dedication Concert a worthy and memorable event. Musical contributions came from Johnswell NS; Castlecomer Male Voice Choir; Bass Trio; Elaine Nolan; Johnswell Choir; Sospiro; St Canice’s Cathedral Choir and Malcolm Proud.The organ, built in the early 1900s, was used as a church organ up to the 1990s at which point it was sold to Mr & Mrs Jim & Jill Walsh who then lived in Dublin. Later, when they changed address they found it too large for their new home. Then, as part of Church Unity week last January, they came with St Canice’s Cathedral Choir to Johnswell. They kindly offered the organ to Johnswell Church for free and are now delighted that it is once again being used in Church Worship. We wish to assure them that the Johnswell community is immensely grateful to them for this instrument, which not only sounds fantastic, but also looks fabulous

as a church furnishing.Great credit is due to Paul McKiernan who spearheaded the whole project; to David Forde (Cathedral Choir Conductor) who worked over the Summer to repair/tune the organ; to Johnswell Development Committee; to the Church and

School choirs; all the visiting choirs; the helpers and hospitality providers on the night; and to Seán Colgan for being the MC for the event.

BOOK LAUNCH IN JOHNSWELL-Would you like to celebrate the publishing of “Townlands: A Habitation” - a book about Johnswell, the parish, its fields and its environs? If so why not come to the book launch in Johnswell Community Hall on Sunday December 9, at 11.15 am, (after Mass). Have a chat with the local authors over a cup of tea.

KILKENNY ART EXHIBITION-Kilkenny art exhibition 6th– 16th December (premises beside Tynan’s Bridge House) Official Opening on Thursday 6th of December from 6-9p.m. All proceeds from opening night and 50% of sales will be donated to Cois Nore Cancer support services. All welcome. Please support.

CHRISTMAS CARDS-Christmas greeting cards are now available at the Parish office. Pack of six cards are €5. Please note that, as stocks still remain, these cards depict the same Winter Church scene as last year’s.

THE IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION-The Wheelchair Association will hold its Christmas Arts and Craft Fair at Claddagh Court, Collage Rd. next Wed. from 11.00am to 3.00pm. Special guests include Jackie Tyrrell, Brian Cody and many more.

POKER TOURNAMENT-The biggest crowd of the year is expected to take part in the 5th annual Jim O Hara Memorial Texas Holdem Poker Tournament which takes place in O’Loughlin Gaels on Thursday 13th of December at 8.30p.m. sharp. An entry fee of €30 will get you twelve thousand in chips for the tournament where the blinds start at 50 and 100. If a player loses all his chips before the break he is entitled to rebuy for €20. There are no add ons or rebuys allowed for players who still have chips.

Over the past four years Aiden O Hara has won the prestigious trophy named in his Dad’s honour on two occasions. Dick Shelly and Willie Holden have also claimed the top prize in the past.

CHARITY TUG OF WARAn Heave-Ho Charity Tug O’ War Event will be held on Sunday 9th December at 2 pm in the sports field in Castlewarren in aid of two local charities ;The Carlow, Kilkenny Home Care Team and the Medjugorje Youth Group. Local teams have been practicing for the past 4 months and will compete against each other on the day to win a specially commissioned Perpetual Cup made by Welsh artist Paul Roche. Competing teams are from the wider rural areas of Ballyfoyle, Muckalee, Cainsbridge, Coolcullen, Castlewarren, Johnswell and The Ridge, Old Leighlin and they represent Brennan’s Pub in Johnswell, Larkin’s Bar in Cainsbridge and Sheerin’s of the Ridge. Raffle tickets with lots of prizes will be for sale at each pub and at the Tug O’ War event.

Everyone welcome, appropriate weather clothing advisable.

CAMOGIE NEWS-O’Loughlin Gaels Camogie Club held a presentation last Friday night in the O’Loughlin Gaels Clubhouse. Medals were presented by All Ireland medal winner, Mark Bergin to the U-18 and U-12 county champions. It was very well attended and was a very enjoyable night. The committee would like to thank all who helped out on the night.