St Johns - St. John’s junior school get expert hurling coaching

Expert coaching-O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club under the direction of Damien O’ Connell and in conjunction with all the teaching staff of St. John’s Junior School have arranged organised hurling coaching sessions for the students in St. John’s Park, the home of O’Loughlin Gaels. The sessions take place every Thursday evening when a bus collects the kids and brings them to O’Loughlins where they are excellently trained by Thomas Gleeson, Sean Kiely, Jack Lawlor and Thomas Wadding . The boys are all transition year students in C.B.S. Kilkenny and were all part of the 2011 All Ireland winning Feile na nGael hurling team from O’Loughlin Gaels. The venture is a complete success and special thanks also to the Parents who have to collect their children in O’Loughlins after training. It is hoped that all the children will join the O’Loughlin Gaels Hurling Academy which takes place each Sunday morning at 10.30am and the O’Loughlin Gaels Camogie Academy which continues on Monday evenings at 6.30p.m.

Expert coaching-O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club under the direction of Damien O’ Connell and in conjunction with all the teaching staff of St. John’s Junior School have arranged organised hurling coaching sessions for the students in St. John’s Park, the home of O’Loughlin Gaels. The sessions take place every Thursday evening when a bus collects the kids and brings them to O’Loughlins where they are excellently trained by Thomas Gleeson, Sean Kiely, Jack Lawlor and Thomas Wadding . The boys are all transition year students in C.B.S. Kilkenny and were all part of the 2011 All Ireland winning Feile na nGael hurling team from O’Loughlin Gaels. The venture is a complete success and special thanks also to the Parents who have to collect their children in O’Loughlins after training. It is hoped that all the children will join the O’Loughlin Gaels Hurling Academy which takes place each Sunday morning at 10.30am and the O’Loughlin Gaels Camogie Academy which continues on Monday evenings at 6.30p.m.

FAMILY TABLE QUIZ ON MAY 18th-All the children attending the O’Loughlin Gaels Academies are excited about the upcoming FAMILY TABLE QUIZ which takes place on Saturday 18th of May at 6.30p.m. in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club. For €25 a family will have a great two hours of fun with questions that will be appropriate for all ages. The emphasis will be on the kids having fun and making sure its a nice family night out. The bonus for the child encouraging their family to enter is that the child will receive a free O’Loughlin Gaels tracksuit. If there are more than two children attending the Academies( under 6 to under 12 ) extra tracksuits can be purchased at €25 extra each. Tracksuits can only be ordered on the night of the quiz when there will be lots of prizes and giveaways, plenty of surprises and great craic for all the family.

ROINN A UNDER 16s MAKE IT THREE WINS FROM THREE GAMES-The Roinn A Under 16s played two matches during the week. The first was a classic city derby battle against Dicksboro, played in terrible conditions, where the Continentals just squeezed ahead in the last ten minutes to overcome their neighbours by two points on a score of 0.16 to 1.11. The second was a good win against a young Ballyhale team. So that’s maximum points from three games in the nine match league for O’Loughlins.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS JUNIOR TEAMS STILL UNBEATEN-The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior team remain unbeaten after a good one point victory over Slieverue on Saturday evening (1.16 to 1.17). They now have five points from a possible six after three rounds of the all county league.

The Junior B team had a good Northern League win over St. Lachtains last Sunday morning in St. John’s Park. Freshford led at half time 1.5 to 0.7 points to 1.5. The city boys took control in the second half and ran out convincing winners 3.13 to 2.09. O’Loughlins had star performers in Richie Moylan, Stephen Tyrrell, Barry Hogan and Andy Smith.

TeamBrian Cantwell, Richie Moylan, Mark Croghan, Cory O’Neill, Kevin O Brien, Stephen Tyrrell, Shane O Neill, Andy Cantwell, Michael Twomey (0-1), Andy Smith (1-0), Michael Lambert (0-1), Barrie Hogan (1-9), Kevin McGarry (0-2), Stephen Hawe, Cyril Stedmond. Sub used: Keith Rowe (1-0) for Stephen Hawe

NEW LOOK O’LOUGHLIN GAELS-A somewhat new look O’Loughlin Gaels Senior team will take the field in Nowlan Park on Saturday 27th of April at 7p.m. against, All Ireland Intermediate Champions, Clara. The Clara outfit are fancied by many as dark horses in this years league championship and the St. John’s outfit will have to be at their best to overcome their country neighbours.O’Loighlin’s new management team of Aiden Fogarty,Denis Tyrrell,Barry Power and new Hurling Chairman, Brian Murphy

DOC’S DOZEN PROVING A POPULAR ITEM-The twelve question quiz that appeared in the Tales from the ‘Gaels newsletter are proving very popular with lots of entries received already. Fair play to Damien O Connell who set the questions. The winners will be announced in due course on www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie and the club’s facebook and twitter pages. The last of the 3000 newsletters are being delivered this weekend and anybody who missed a newsletter can view it online at www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie or email oloughlingaelsgaa@gmail.com for a copy. Printed copies are also available in St. John’s Church as well as the churches in Dunmore and Johnswell.

CONFIRMATION IN ST. JOHNS PARISH-Congratulations and best wishes to the Fifty Six girls and boys who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in our parish yesterday. Many thanks to all who helped in any way whatsoever during the preparations and at the ceremony itself Sarah Bergin , John Bolger, Justin Cahill , Denise Campion, Ciara Curran, Cillian Curran, Liam Delaney, Anthony Denieffe, Brandon Denieffe, Aoife Donnelly, Mariosa Dowling, Success Edogun, Jake FahyKate Marie Feehan, Rebecca Folan, Jody Frayne, Jordan Grant, Krzysztof Gruca, Jack Hawe, Kian Hawe, Lucy Hickey, Niall Higgins, Timmy Jackman, Rebecca Kavanagh, Przemek Kawecki, Joanna Konieczna, Rebecca Lawton, Szymon Lukasiak, Geraldine McCarthy, Sharon McGorrian, Emily Murray, Zoe Neary, Alicia Nolan, Aaron O’Brien, Jennifer O’Brien, Julia Pawlak, Krystian Pawlowski, Gavin Phelan, Ben Powell, Kara Ryan, Zoe Ryan, Daniel Sebok, Shane Smith, Jade Soames, Clio Walsh, Jamie Young, Charlie Brennan, Matthew Comerford, Samantha Comerford, Mark Dempsey, Sean Ware, Sadhbh Berry, Iseult Cahill , Eddie Ilban, Peter McNamara, Noah Molloy.

ST JOHN’S SENIOR SCHOOL-Parents who wish to enrol their children in St. John’s Senior School, Ballybough Street, for the school year 2013 – 2014 should do so as soon as possible. Enrolment forms are available from the school.

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE CAKE SALE-Members of Relay for Life Team Bridgid’s Angels will be hosting a Cake Sale in the St John’s Parish Community Hall after the 10:30 and 12 masses on Sunday 28 April. All proceeds will be presented to the ICS at Relay for Life Kilkenny. www.facebook.com/relayforlifekilkenny .

GROW MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT-GROW Mental Health Movement are running a Table Quiz as a fundraiser in Sean Byrne’s Pub, James Green on Tues 30th April @8.30pm. Plenty of fun and laughter and good food. Loads of spots and prizes. Table x 4 €20. All welcome. Please support. GROW is a Mental Health organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems. Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS CAMOGIE NEWS-The Under 16 Camogie team continued on their winning way last Wednesday night in O’Loughlins when they defeated a gallant Windgap on a final scoreline of 2.6 to 1.4

Conditions on the night were horrendous and all credit to both teams for serving up an entertaining game in a gale force wind.

The match was level at half time, 1.3 each, O’Loughlins having played against the wind. One would have expected our girls to push on easily from there with the elements behind them in the second half, but in truth, and despite the win, that was not the case. Windgap fought tooth and nail and were unlucky not to get 1 or 2 more goals in the second half. An O’Loughlins goal with 10 minutes remaining made the end result somewhat more comfortable.

The girls showed a good attitude again but a lot more work is needed to ensure qualification from the Group and the aim has to be to finish in top place to qualify for a League semi-final. Last Group game is v Emeralds - details TBA.

Match Panel: Sinead Ryan, Chloe Tyrrell, Grainne Walsh, Neasa Galwey, Rachel Lenihin, Laura Murphy, Alice Nolan, Laura Greene, Saoirse Claffey, Aoife McKiernan, Megan O’Keeffe, Aoife Whelan, Sarah Bergin, Bronagh Cleere, Caoimhe Treacy, Brionna Mallon, Rosa Delaney, Laura Ryan, Niamh Maher, Kelly Dowd (all players used).

The O’Loughlins Junior Camogie team played Glenmore In the first round of the League last Friday nigt in St John’s Park. It was a very close hard fought game and the girls were unlucky to lose by four points. The city team were a point down at half time 1-3 to 1-2 with Megan O’Keeffe getting the goal and points coming from Bronagh Cleere and Sarah Buckley. The girls put in a massive effort in the second half and were unlucky not to convert more of their chances. Scores in the second half came from Sarah Buckley (1-1), points from Karen Galvin and Karen Cleere. The girls are away to the Emeralds on Saturday at 6.30 in the ACL. Team Lizzie Kavanagh (Capt) Kate Walsh, Stephanie Buckley, Kate Nolan, Laura Murphy, Shauna Brennan, Grainne Walsh, Karen Galvin(0-1), Sam Mcguni, Aisling Butler, Sarah Buckley(1-2) Karen Cleere(0-1), Bronagh Cleere(0-1) Amy Bryan, Megan O’Keeffe (1-0). Subs Saoirse Claffey and Bronagh Walkin.

The Junior Camogie team played the Emeralds last Saturday in the first round of the All County League, the O’Loughlins girls won 3-11 to 1-2. The continentals played against the wind in the first half and were a point ahead at half time 0-6 to 1-2, scores coming from Karen Cleere(0-2), Laura Greene(0-2) and Sarah Buckley(0-2). The team started the second half with a goal from Karen Cleere and the girls never looked back, they really started to work as a team and picked off some lovely well worked scores. Danielle Randle and Saoirse Claffey scored goals and points came from Sarah Buckley (0-3), Laura Greene, and Laura Murphy. They will play Gowran next Friday night at 7pm in Gowran. Team Lizzie Kavanagh, Mags Shortall, Laura Butler, Grainne Walsh, Niamh Phelan, Stephanie Buckley, Kate Walsh, Laura Greene (0-3) Sam McGuni, Karen Cleere(1-2),Sarah Buckley(0-5),Saoirse Claffey(1-0) Danielle Randle(1-0)Amy Bryan. Bronagh Walkin. Subs Laura Murphy (0-1) and Kate Walsh.

LORETO PARENTS ASSOCIATION-Loreto Parents Association will hold a 5km Fun Walk/Jog or Run on Sun. 28th at 11am in the Castle Park. Registration from 10.30am at Kilkenny Tennis Club entrance fee €5 per person or €15 for a family. Great prizes & bring your Dog

SPECIAL OLYMPICS KILKENNY-Special Olympics Ireland’s Annual Collection Day on Friday 26th April. Kilkenny City Needs You! Special Olympics Ireland’s annual Collection Day, sponsored by eircom, will take place throughout Ireland on Friday, 26th April, 2013. Volunteers will be needed in Kilkenny City to look after the collection points there.

The Collection Day is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland. The money raised on the day will be used to ensure that Special Olympics Ireland can continue to realise its promise of offering people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in sport in their area.

If you can’t volunteer on the 26th April, you can support Special Olympics on the day by donating to one of our on street collectors or by texting the word SPECIAL to 50300 to donate €2. 100% of your €2 donation will go to Special Olympics Ireland.

LOCAL AUTHOR LAUNCHES SECOND BOOK-The very best of luck to, Johnswell Road author, Paula Leyden who launches her second book “The Sleeping Baobab Tree” in Stonehouse books, Kieran Street on May 3rd. Paula has spent numerous days with the pupils of St. John’s Senior School as well as other Primary schools reading her, first very popular, book called The Butterfly Heart.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOTTO IS STILL €20,000-The Jackpot is still a very tempting €20,000 in the O’Loughlin Gaels LOTTO . Ten consolation prizes of €40 each were won by Jane Lenihan c/o Gerry Buckley, Beth Holohan c/o Peter Dowling, Eileen Hogan c/o JJ Cullen, Richie Walsh, May Cleary c/o Michael Monagle, Martin Murphy c/o Eddie Leahy, Rebecca Cleere c/o Kevin Cleere, Niall Cody c/o Mary Cody, Gabrielle Maher c/o JJ Cullen, Eddie Leahy. Tickets cost €2 and are available in various outlets all over St. John’s Parish or from most O’Loughlin Gaels Full Members. The draw takes place in O’Loughlin Gaels every Tuesday Night and all are welcome to attend.