Leagur for all - The St. John’s Parish “Hurling Street League’s For All” started in earnest last Sunday morning in St. John’s Park. 48 boys turned up for the first set of matches in this years leagues. Teams from six areas were picked including Johnswell, Castlecomer Road, Alta-Meadows (Dublin Road), Orchard Rovers, Hebron Heroes and another team yet to be picked. Under 11s, U10s, U 9s, U8s and U7 boys are all encouraged to play . It doesn’t matter what club you play for or even what school you go to, children are asked to represent the area they live in and be proud to play with their friends and neighbours to see if they can claim the title of “St. John’s Street League Champions 2012”. A beautiful cup donated by Alan Kavanagh of Maudlin Street will be presented to the winning captain on finals day, Saturday August 11. Games will be played in all estates during the week starting on Thursday July 26th in the new green area beside Glendine Heights and Glenbawn on the Castlecomer Road. At 7.30 Orchard Rovers will play Comer Road, AltaMeadows will play Johnswell and Hebron Heroes play Newpark. On Saturday July 28th in the green area at Altamount and Shandon Park at 7 pm Orchard Rovers will play Johnswell, AltaMeadows versus Newpark and Hebron Heroes will play The Comer Road area team. Captains and managers of the teams have also been picked including Jack Sheridan (captain) and John Sheridan (manager) of Orchard Rovers. Peter Macnamara (captain) David Fogarty(vice captain) along with Pat O Grady and Ben Fogarty as managers of The Comer Road area side. The AltaMeadows team will be captained by Donal O Leary with Joey Byrne as vice Captain, Noel Kenny and Dermot Bowe will manage the side. Johnswell will be captained by Conor Kelly with Kieran Murphy as vice captain, Nicky Murphy and Eoin Lawlor will manage this side. The Hebron Heroes will be captained by Patrick Folan with Jake Hickey as vice captain and P.J. Hickey will manage the team. Parishioners are asked to come out and support the teams when they visit their area. All six teams have brilliant hurlers and all the games should be very entertaining.
ST. JOHN’S PARK PITCHES TO BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON AUGUST 11 - O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club will officially open their new pitches on Saturday August 11th starting at 2P.M. A full day of activities are been organised by the committee in the club which has been especially set up to organise the gala event. Between 2 and 4 P.M. the Under 12s, Under 14s, Under 16s and Under 18s in both Hurling and Camogie will play exhibition games on the new sod. At 4p.m. until 5.15 the Junior B hurlers along with the Junior and Under 21 Hurling teams will play a challenge match in tandem with the Camogie Junior Team. The street league hurling league finals finals will take place on the main pitch at 5.15, while the camogie teams from Under 7s ,Under 8s, Under 9s and Under 10s will play on the new pitches at the same time. After the presentation to the clubs Juvenile players the official opening will take place and this will be followed by a Senior Hurling Challenge match between O’Loughlin Gaels and Kilkenny’s oldest GAA club Tullaroan. During the day it is hoped that each family will bring a cake or buns maybe some sandwiches, tarts or pies. Tea and coffee will be available all day as well as minerals and crisps for the children, Hot Dogs will also be available all day long. It is hoped to have the fastest puck machine, which records the speed of the sliothar on impact, so everyone present see who has the fastest strike. A kiddies disco will kick off at “8ish” in the gymnasium so mammy and daddy can maybe relax with a refreshment and enjoy some of the complimentary finger food . Live music in the Lounge will finish off the festivities which is hoped to be as good as the 2009 La na gClub. The most important message from the organisers at this stage is for everyone to keep August 11th free and that everyone is welcome at O’Loughlin Gaels that day.
JUNIORS FINISH SECOND IN THEIR GROUP - The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior hurling team beat Erin’s Own of Castlecomer in St. John’s Park last Sunday afternoon on a score of 2.12 to 1.11 to finish in second in their group and now look forward to a first round championship match against either Tullaroan. Best of luck to the junior bs in the league final The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior B team have qualified for the County League Final which has been fixed for Friday night at 7.30 P.M. in Thomastown. O’Loughlin Gaels are the holders and will be doing their damdest to keep the silverware at St. John’s Park for another year.
UNDER 14S HOPE TO QUALIFY FOR QUARTER FINALS OF THE LEAGUE The O’Loughlin Gaels - Under 14s will play Danesfort in the final round of the league but looked to have already booked the final quarter final spot of the League by virtue of having a far bigger scoring difference than any of the other teams who are also in contention. The very best of luck to the players and mentors as they enter the business end of the season.
UNDER 13S ADVANCE IN LISDOWNEY 7S - After comprehensive victories over Moycarkey Borris of Tipperary and The Harps of Durrow, the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 13 team advanced to the quarter final stages of the prestigious Lisdowney 7s tournament. The finals will be held on the August Bank Holiday weekend in Lisdowney. Panel: Eoin O Shea, Jordan Molloy, John Delaney, Ronan Buckley, Michael Butler, Padraig Nolan, Joe Murphy, Ryan Poyntz, Owen Wall, Ben Maher.
BEST OF LUCK TO OUR KILKENNY HEROES - All in St. John’s Parish wish our O’Loughlin Gaels representatives on the Kilkenny team the very best of luck as Brian Cody’s men try to get their championship back on track against Limerick in Thurles on Sunday. Brian Hogan, Mark Bergin and Mark Kelly all carry the O’Loughlin Gaels flag on the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Panel.
UNDER 16s IN LEAGUE SEMI FINAL REPLAY -Try not to miss the replay of the County Under 16 Hurling League Semi Final in St. John’s on Thursday night at 7.15P.M. The first match in Palmerstown had no little skill, stamina and plenty of will to win in it. The replay promises to be just as good with two evenly balanced teams fighting it out for a place in the final.
CAMOGIE - The O’Loughlin Gaels U 12 Camogie team suffered their first defeat of the championship last Thursday week away to Young Irelands. The girls well beaten in the end but they showed a never say die attitude. The match was played in bad conditions but both teams served up a mighty game of camogie with great skill on show from both teams. Sarah Bergin pulled off some fine saves in goal. Siun Crowley and Ella Richardson gave great performances in the back line. Leah Broderick had a great game at midfield. Caoimhe Wall and Faith O’ Neill made a big difference when they came on, but the forwards found it tough to break down a very strong Gowran back line. Credit to the attackers, they tried right to the end and never gave up. The girls were out against St Anne’s last Friday evening in St John’s Park and won on a scoreline of 6-1 to 0-1. The O’Loughlins forwards started great with a quick goal from Kate Lawless which seemed to settle them. Edel Mulholland scored a lovely goal which was followed by a goal via a long ball ,from wing back Jennifer Houlihan, which went straight in to the St Anne’s net. The score at half time was OLCC 3-0 St Anne’s 0-0. In the second half ,goal keeper Sarah Bergin, came out the field and scored two excellent goals from play. The hard working Rebecca Keane scored a lovely point to leave the girls well ahead. St Anne’s replied with a fine point from play before Edel Mulholland netted to leave the score OLCC 6-1 St Anne’s 0-1. O’Loughlin’s had excellent performers in defence with Ella Richardson and Jen Houlihan. Midfield was excellent with Johanna Murphy and Rebecca Keane while the hard working Leah Broderick and Sarah Bergin were the best of the forwards. Team Sarah Bergin, Caomihe Wall, Suin Crowley, Faith O’Neill, Jennifer Houlihan, Ella Richardson, Sarah Jane Cod, Johanna Murphy, Rebecca Keane, Katlyn Carpenter, Edel Mulholland, Ellie Houlihan,Leah Broderick, Kate Lawless, Karen Neary, Lucy Hickey, Karen Brodrick,Isabella Boyd, Amy Kelly, Emma Nolan, Ciara Curran, Laura Hennessy, Ella Blanchfield. The O’Loughlins Junior Camogie team had a very busy week playing Danesfort in the Junior County League last Monday and Conahy in the All County League last Wednesday. The Girls lost to Danesfort on a scoreline of 5-12 to 2-6. In the first half the city girls didn’t really perform and gave away 4-6 while only scoring 1-1 from placed balls themselves. In the second half, the girls really upped the challenge and put in a better performance scoring 1-5 to Danesfort’s 1-6, but they just left themselves with too much to do in the second half. Sarah Burke scored an excellent goal and points from Aisling Butler, Amy Bryan and Sarah Buckley. Team Karen Cleere, Laura Butler, Stephanie Buckley, Kate Nolan, Rebecca Cleere, Shauna Brennan, Ena Kearns, Sam Mcguni, Karen Galvin, Sarah Buckley(1-4), Aisling Butler(0-1) Eimear Rodgers, Mags Shortall, Amy Bryan(0-1) Sarah Burke(1-0), Subs Sarah Morrissey and Tara Conry. The Ladies then played Conahy last Wednesday evening in St John’s Park. This time they won 1-8 to 1-6. It was a very tough, hard fought, game of camogie and the team gave a great performance in the second half, showing great effort and commitment. Aisling Butler and Sarah Buckley both pointed in the first half to leave the girls behind 1-4 to 0-2 at half time. In the second half, the girls got going and scored 1-6 to Conahy’s 0-2. A long ball in from Sarah Buckley ended in the Conahy net to leave two points in it. Aisling Butler moved to centre forward and added a fine point, followed by a well taken point form Karen Galvin. Conahy replied with a point to leave the girls down by one. In the last ten minutes the city girls outscored conahy 4 points to 1 with three points coming from Sarah Buckley and one point from Amy Bryan to secure a win for the John’s girls by two points.Team: Karen Cleere, Tara Conry, Stephanie Buckley, Kate Nolan, Shauna Brennan, Rebecca Cleere, Ena Kearns, Aisling Butler(0-2), Karen Galvin, Eimear Rodgers, Sam Mcguni, Amy Bryan(0-1) Mags Shortal, Sarah Buckley (1-4), Sarah Morrissey, Subs Aisling Moronney and Danielle Randle.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOTTO STILL €20,000 - There was no jackpot winner of the O’Loughlin Gaels LOTTO Draw last Tuesday night July 17th. The wining numbers were 6,7,11,13 and the bonus number was 2. Ten consolation prizes of €40 were won by Tom Tynan c/o Mary Cody, Seamus Mahony c/o Mick Delaney,Bridget Canavan c/o Mick Nolan, Jamie c/o Michael Dreeling, Blathin and Alfonso c/o Sheamie Cummins, Grace Butler c/o Tommy Gregg, Peg Kerwick c/o JJ Cullen, Eileen Hogan c/o JJ Cullen, Mags and Dinny c/o JJ Cullen, Elaine Bennett c/o John Bennett. Tickets cost €2 and are available all over Kilkenny.
RATHCOOLE CEMETERY MASS - Rathcoole Cemetery Mass will take place on Friday, July 27th at 7.30pm. Rathcoole is situated on the Sandyfords Court Road, Johnswell.
JOHNSWELL ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP - A special meeting of Johnswell Active Retirement Group will take place in the local Johnswell hall on Wednesday 25th of July at 8.00pm. The Kilkenny Lions Club “Message in a Bottle” will be available for distribution. All members are requested to attend.
MAY TYRRELL R.I.P. - Condolences are offered to the family of May Tyrrell of 15 O’Loughlin Road. To her husband Sean and their twelve children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, it was fitting that so many attended the funeral of the matriarch of a local family that is held in such high esteem by their neighbours. It was also quite unique that a guard of honour was afforded by the three city GAA clubs. May she rest in peace.