Gaels qualify for Feile semi finals

GAELS QUALIFY FOR FEILE SEMI FINALS-Congratulations to the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 team who have qualified for the semi final of the Paddy Grace Feile na nGael Competition. the winner of which will represent Kilkenny at All Ireland Feile na nGael in Limerick between the 5th and 7th of July.

GAELS QUALIFY FOR FEILE SEMI FINALS-Congratulations to the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 team who have qualified for the semi final of the Paddy Grace Feile na nGael Competition. the winner of which will represent Kilkenny at All Ireland Feile na nGael in Limerick between the 5th and 7th of July.

The continent boys won all three group games last Saturday against Kilmacow, Thomastown and Mooncoin. They will now face a strong Danesfort team in the semi final on Saturday in Thomastown. All in O’Loughlin Gaels and indeed St. John’s Parish including Johnswell and Dunmore wish the team and management all the very best as they enter the latter stages of the competition.

The boys got off to a great start against Mooncoin, leading by 3-4 to 0-0 at half time. That good start helped settle any nerves that the boys had and they played some terrific hurling afterwards.The first half saw strong performances from,team captain Ronan Buckley, Jordan Molloy, Ben Maher and John Delaney. While the second half was more even, the city boys eventually ran out comfortable winners on a 4-7 to 1-1 scoreline. Jamie Malone, Jack Kearns,Luke Hogan,Johnny Collins and Padraig Nolan also made notable contributions to the victory.

The second game was played against a strong Thomastown team just 10 minutes after the end of the Mooncoin game. The boys really upped their performance in the knowledge that a win here would be crucial in the final group standings.

Playing against the breeze,the continentals trailed by 2pts to nil after 5 minutes. It was at this stage that Dacel Fwamba won a difficult ball just outside the 21 yard line. He powered through to smash a fantastic goal to the net and settled his team. The unerring Ben Maher then finished a 21 yard free to the net, following a foul on the hard working Shane O’Reilly. Eoin Wall also pounced on a defensive error to score a 3rd goal for O’loughlins just on the stroke of half time. O’Loughlin Gaels went on to win the game by 5-9 to 3pts.

A feature of the second half period was the outstanding displays of Adam Flynn, Joe Murphy and the skillful Conor Heary- who really displayed his full range of skills during all 3 group games.

The final game against Kilmacow proved the most difficult task of the day. Leading by 1-2 to 2 pts at half time following another Dacel fwamba goal, the boys had to dig deep to win the game. They once again upped their performance and won on a scoreline of 3-12 to 3pts.Sean Kenny,Ian Clifford,Barry Lawlor and Matthew Russell all put in strong performances to ensure an O’Loughlins victory.

Ryan Poyntz and Michael Butler, both worked unbelievably hard for the team in all 3 games. It was their ability to win and distribute ball to their team mates that made many scores throughout the day.

All of the panel, played their part in bringing the team through to the semi final with every panel member getting game time throughout the day. The semi final against Danesfort is scheduled for Thomastown next Saturday (time to be confirmed).

Panel;Jamie Malone, Joe Murphy,John Delaney,Padraig Nolan,Ian Clifford, Jordan Molloy, Luke Hogan, Ronan Buckley,Michael Butler,Conor Heary,Ryan Poyntz,Eoin Wall,Dacel Fwamba,Shane O’Reilly,Ben Maher,Jack Kearns,Matthew Russell,Sean Kenny,Adam Flynn,Eoin Neary,Barry Lawlor,Johnny Collins. The team is looked after by Maurice Nolan (Manager), Stephen Murphy,Mick Nolan,Bryan Skehan and Sheamie Cummins.

MICKEY BUTLER-Spare a thought for, star U14 hurler, Mickey Butler who broke his shoulder in the Feile na nGael group matches last weekend and will miss out on the action this weekend. Mickey lives for hurling and O’Loughlins and is a very important part of the Senior team’s backroom set up over the last few seasons as well as being a star player on the Under 14 team. After leaving hospital on Saturday he arrived in Nowlan Park to carry water bottles for the Seniors in their match against Clara.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS SENIOR TEAM LOSE OUT BY ONE-Hard luck to the new Senior team management and their players who suffered a one point defeat to Clara in Round 1of the League Championship in Nowlan Park last Saturday Night. See People Sport for full report.

FAMILY TABLE QUIZ-A big thank you to Country Spring minerals who have come on board as one of the sponsors at the O’Loughlin Gaels Family Table Quiz being held in the Club on May 18th. Each family will receive plenty of big value family minerals from Country Spring. Country Spring is the housewives favourite coming in a host of flavours Cola,Orange, Red and White Lemonade, Apple and American Cream Soda.

The Quiz itself is being organised by the Juvenile section of O’Loughlin Gaels Hurling and Camogie clubs. Each player hurling from Under 6 right up to Under 12 is asked to bring their family including Mammies,Daddies,Brothers,Sisters,Cousins,Grannies and Grandads to the Table Quiz. A table for a family costs €25 but included in the price is a free O’Loughlin Gaels track suit for the child. (If a family requires extra track suits they can pay an additional €25 for each additional tracksuit. Tracksuits can only be ordered on the night of the table quiz when the family is registering the team. The Quiz will have questions suitable for players from 3 years of age right up to 80 years of age. It is a fun night out for the family with the children being the centre of attention. O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club prides itself as being a family club and through initiatives like this is endeavouring to appeal even more to the local community and indeed its general membership. All families involved in the club are encouraged to attend the Table Quiz which starts at 6.30 and should be finished by 8.30pm. Damien O Connell will act as Quiz Master.

UNDER 12s TO HOST ST. GALLS OF ANTRIM-The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 12 team will host St. Galls of Antrim in St. Johns Park on Sunday May 5th. The Antrim club will play two games against the St. Johns boys and then head to the National Hurling League Final in Nowlan Park afterwards.

ST. JOHNS SENIOR SCHOOL- Well done to the boys in St. John’s Senior School under teacher and manager Eddie Kearns, who are making great progress in the Cumman na mBunscol leagues this year. Mr Kearns and of course all the other teachers, are doing great work in promoting Hurling and Camogie in the school and the children in the school are thriving on it. Well done St. John’s. Keep up the good work.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOTTO A MERE €20,000-Banish those recession blues by winning the very impressive local lotto maximum jackpot of €20,000 in the O’Loughlin Gaels LOTTO. Tickets cost just €2 and are available all over Kilkenny City. Consolation prizes of €40 each were won by Maurice Nolan, Leo Monagle c/o Michael Monagle, Teresa Walsh c/o Moxie Doran, Eoghan Croghan c/o Neil Loy, Tina Kavanagh c/o Gerry Buckley, Fergal Brennan c/o Mary Cody,Betty Leydon c/o Padraic Leydon, Philly Holohan, Michael Holohan c/o Tom Gregg, Conor Bergin c/o Mary Deegan.

KILKENNY OLDER PEOPLES FORUM-The Bi-Annual meeting of the Kilkenny Older Peoples Forum will take place on Wednesday 15th May in The Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde Street, Kilkenny from 10.00am to 12.30pm. If you are over 50 and are interested in Kilkenny’s Age Friendly activities and programme please attend this meeting where your views, interests and contributions are important.

COMMUNITY GAMES-St John’s Parish Community Games will be holding their athletics meeting in the Watershed @ 5.30 Friday 3rd May. It is open to children between 7 & 15. Entry Fee €2.

STARCAMP-STARCAMP (as seen on Dragon’s Den) -Calling all boys & girls aged 4-13 years to a fun-filled, non-competitive, week of singing dancing and drama where the building of self-esteem in our children, is of paramount importance. Special family rates. Venue: St Canice’s Community Hall, -1st - 5th July - 9.30am-2.30pm. To book call: 021-4377900 or online at

CAKE SALE IN AID OF IRISH CANCER SOCIETY-Cake Sale will take place this Sunday, 28th April, in The Day Care Centre after the 10.30am and 12 noon masses. A delicious mouth-watering selection of cupcakes, breads, buns and tray bakes available at great prices. All proceeds to ‘Relay for Life’ / Irish Cancer Society.

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-Would you be interested in work with young people? Newpark Close Family Resource Centre require Volunteers to work with young people. To find out more drop into the centre or contact Ber on 7723309 / 085 223 8657 or

BLOOD DONOR CLININC-Blood donor clinic will be at the Rivercourt Hotel from tomorrow, Monday 29th to Thursday 2nd from 4.30pm – 8.00pm, and Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th May. If you are not a blood donor already, please think about coming along to our clinic. If you are already a donor or have given before, thank you, and come again. Bring a friend, we welcome all donors, new and old.

YEAR OF FAITH - This year we celebrate the Year of Faith. As part of our celebration the Diocese is holding Faith Fest 2013: Celebrating Faith in Ossory, on the weekend of Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May. Much of the weekend’s activities will take place in St Kieran’s College, celebrating all that is good here in the Diocese of Ossory.Parishes and organisations in Ossory will be represented for that weekend on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm, which will provide an opportunity to highlight some of the work and service that is in the diocese.

GROW MENTAL HEALTH-GROW Movement are holding a Table Quiz in Sean Byrne’s Pub, James Green on 30th April @8.30pm. Plenty of spots and prizes and finger food. Come along and test your knowledge and brains. All welcome. Please support.

SIDE BY SIDE CLUB-The Side by Side Club continues every Thursday at 2.00pm in the Day Care Centre. New members welcome. Contact Helen Goode 087 688 4072.

10K plus 5K FUN RUN/WALK-The inaugural Kilkenny Half Marathon inc. The Gathering of The Gaels 10K and 5K Fun Run/ Walk will take place on Saturday 7th of September . Run over the Johnswell route designed by Paddy Neary, John MacDonald, Don Egan, Brian Kelly and Sean Cleere the race is scheduled to coincide with those athletes training for the Dublin City Marathon while the 10K and 5K events are organised to attract the more social runners. More information on or .

PAT WALSH DID THE ALLIGATOR CHALLENGE-Well done to Pat Walsh who fulfilled his promise to swim with the alligators last week. Pat swam with the alligators in The Reptile Village in Gowran. He is raising money for the Irish Cancer Society.