St. John’s: Notes

BRIAN HOGAN WAS GREAT - O’Loughlin Gaels star player Brian Hogan, gave an outstanding display, especially in the second half, to help drag Kilkenny back into contention for last Sundays All Ireland Hurling final. Brian Hogan, Mark Kelly and Mark Bergin will now continue to train with Kilkenny untill the replay on September 30th. This of course means the local championship will be put on hold, which of course is not satisfactory but cannot be helped. Previously, the local championship had to be finished by a certain date to insure the county champions could represent Kilkenny in the Leinster Club Championship. These problems will all be ironed out over the coming days and dates for the local matches will be announced.

BRIAN HOGAN WAS GREAT - O’Loughlin Gaels star player Brian Hogan, gave an outstanding display, especially in the second half, to help drag Kilkenny back into contention for last Sundays All Ireland Hurling final. Brian Hogan, Mark Kelly and Mark Bergin will now continue to train with Kilkenny untill the replay on September 30th. This of course means the local championship will be put on hold, which of course is not satisfactory but cannot be helped. Previously, the local championship had to be finished by a certain date to insure the county champions could represent Kilkenny in the Leinster Club Championship. These problems will all be ironed out over the coming days and dates for the local matches will be announced.

ROINN C UNDER 16 TEAM IN COUNTY FINA - The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 16 Hurling Team have qualified for a county final meeting with James Stephens next weekend. The team had a great victory over Fenians last Saturday evening.The O’Loughlin Gaels club wish the panel and management all the best in the county final. The Under 16s who play in Roinn A had “one of those days” when nothing seemed to go right, in their semi final. These boys are extremely talented and are still involved in the league where hopefully they can achieve the results they deserve.

UNDER 14S FLYING HIGH IN CITY DERBY - The O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 team had a brilliant victory over Kilkenny Feile Champions, James Stephens, in the second round of the championship last Wednesday evening in Larchfield.The final score was 2.14 to 1.8 . The John’s boys were only one point ahead at half time but gave a commanding display in the second half to take the spoils. They now meet Dicksboro in the county final. Again all in the Parish wish the team and management all the best.

CAMOGIE NEWS - Best of Luck to the O’Loughlins U-18 Camogie team who are playing Blacks and Whites in the County Semi Final on Saturday. Venue and time to be decided. The U-8 girls played a Blitz in Gowran last Saturday, the girls played Danesfort, James Stephens and Young Ireland, the girls played great and came out with two wins, well done to all involved. A big thank you to all who supported the recent bag pack in Dunnes Stores in aid of the O’Loughlins Camogie Club and also to all the people who gave up their time to pack. BUSES TO ALL IRELAND AND ALL IRELAND TICKETS Four buses left St. John’s Park full to capacity and headed to Dublin for last Sundays big match. It is hoped that the replay will see the same number of carriages, or more, depart O’Loughlins to support the Black and Amber. Tickets for the replay will of course become available in the week prior to the game which of course will be another sell out. Well done to club secretary Margaret Hanlon who did a fantastic job in finding tickets for all members last week.

UNDER 12s IN GO GAMES - Well done to the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 12s who played in the GO GAMES finals in Nowlan Park last Saturday.They played brilliantly and had a great time. Photos of the two teams appear above.

ARTHRITIS IRELAND - The newly established Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny Branch will host its first information evening in September on how to get started with exercise and stay motivated as part of Arthritis Ireland’s ‘Moving is the Best Medicine’ campaign. This admission-free event will take place in the City Suite of Hotel Kilkenny on 26th September at 7:30pm. Featuring a number of expert speakers, including Lorna Raggett, Senior Occupational Therapist who will present on the role of the occupational therapist and patient education in lifestyle management, and Caitriona Corr, Development Officer with Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership, it promises to be a fun and informative evening.

40 YEARS MARRIED - Congratulations to Michael and Eileen Kinchella of Assumption Place who celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss at the weekend. Their honeymoon all those years ago was spent watching Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. They now spend most of their time following the faith of O’Loughlin Gaels teams at all levels.Their sons Michael and Keith both played for the club and their grandson Ben is a star Under 9 goalkeeper.

TUG OF WAR - Heave–Ho is an ongoing socially engaged art project by Kilkenny artist Pauline O’Connellwhere art and heritage of the local northeast County Kilkenny / Carlow border meet. Growing up in Kilkenny city she now lives “900 ft. up a hill between Johnswell, Castlewarren and Muckalee” since 2003 with her husband artist Eamon Colman and their son Reuben who is 7 yrs. old. In the realm of history, local knowledge, memory, the archive, Heave-Ho retells an otherwise undocumented story of a local Tug O’ War team from Coan, Co. Kilkenny who came together to practice, have the craic, to travel around the country to compete each Sunday and of how they lost The All Ireland 113 st.Tug O’ War Championships held in Dundalk in 1971partly due to a rope that disappeared. The historical research undertaken by O’Connell looked at the history of the game, she travelled to Tug O’ War “pulls” around the country to see how it is playednow, analyzing it and talking with team members. O’ Connell interviewed the five remaining team members from that 1971 Coan team – Jim Kehoe (the coach) from Coolraheen, Phil Purcell from Coan, Joe McEnery and Paddy Moran from Ballyroan Co. Laois, Bobby Gee from Timahoe Co Laois. She pieced together their slightly differing remembered versions of the All Ireland Semi Final and Final and this will be printed in an artists book entitled “Hypomnemata, A Memory Trace” published by Cassagh Press. This narrative has led to an art event re-introducing the game Tug O’ War back to Kilkenny in the form of a Heave-Ho, Pub Pulling League between local pubs Brennan’s Bar in Johnswell, Larkin’s of Cainesbridge and Sheerin’s – The Ridge Bar to be held in Coan, the date is yet to be confirmed. A poster campaign asking the customers to “put the “u” back into community” and be part of the Pub Pulling League was made. With the assistance of proprietors Anne Brennan, Paul and Ann Mullen and Rory Sheerin the “sign up” was a great success with more than the required eight names from each pub. “This galvanizing of individuals also highlights “the local” and the importance of the local pub in rural Ireland, the hub and social lifeline for manyrural inhabitants” she says. Set in the rural area of north east County Kilkenny, the project aims to create a repository or memory vessel, linking the past, the present with the future through the re-introduction of the local activity as a community building exercise. One that brings individuals together through action as constituent parts of “community”. “One cannot play Tug O’ War alone” says O’Connell! “It acts as a symbol of how individuals can come together with a shared aim - creating“community”. The word “community” is used too often it means everything and nothing at the same time. I believe that it is a “doing word” and comes into action on certain occasions”. Traditionally in Ireland the “less official” version of the game was played between pubs and “Pub Pulling” provided strong local community bonding. It originated from the great days of sail when teams of men were required to tug on lines to adjust the sails. The first land competitions are thought to have been held in India after British Army officers observed seamen at this sport during their free time at sea. The sport was also part of the Olympic Games from 1900 to 1920 but has not been included since. Forty one years later the physical traces left behind remain evident at what O’Connell calls the “Pulling Tree” in Coan – coordinates 52º 46’ 24”N 7º 12’ 49” W, in North County Kilkenny. There, evidence of a steel rope and pulley system is being “swallowed by time, being ingested by the tree itself. A taking back, if you will, of what was inflicted on it through the practice of pulling”. Very few know it of its history except for this re-telling of the story. This historical research is imprinted onto a limited edition set of five beer mats locally distributed amongst the pubs. This six-month research project has led to the Heave-Ho, Pub Pulling League event in Coan – the date was set for 30th September but is being rescheduled due to the replay of the All Ireland Hurling Final on that day. “It makes sense to bring the game back to Coan” O’Connell says, though she is looking for a field to host it in. More pubs are welcome to participate and they can make contact on www.facebook.com/pub.pulling.leagueAlongside this O’Connell who has vast primary and third level art teaching experience has invited children from local schools in Johnswelll, Muckalee, Coan and Old Leighlin to participate by creating their own artworks based on the ideas relating to the project; of heritage, local knowledge, memory, the archive, to question the differences between the past and now. She has made educational packs for each school with worksheets for the children to research and work on. There will betwo categories of prizewinners (under 8 yrs. and under 13yrs.) and the winners will be announced at the Heave-Ho event. “Nostalgic is stuck in the past, my aim here is by detouring into the past that we look at the “now” and this sets the precedent for the future of “community”. How we meet now, to examine occasions where individuals forget about themselves and come together to demonstrate joined forces, shared aims embedded in “community”.