O’Loughlin Gaels are Feile na nGael champions

CHAMPIONS-Congratulations to O’Loughlin Gaels who, for the third time in the last four years, became Paddy Grace, Kilkenny, Feile na nGael Champions at the weekend . After a hard battle against Danesfort in Bennettsbridge, the pride of St. John’s Parish were pitted against, City neighbours, Dicksboro, in the final, which was played in Jenkinstown at 5.30pm on Saturday.

CHAMPIONS-Congratulations to O’Loughlin Gaels who, for the third time in the last four years, became Paddy Grace, Kilkenny, Feile na nGael Champions at the weekend . After a hard battle against Danesfort in Bennettsbridge, the pride of St. John’s Parish were pitted against, City neighbours, Dicksboro, in the final, which was played in Jenkinstown at 5.30pm on Saturday.

The boys had a fantastic win over Dicksboro on a 2-9 to 1-9 scoreline, following a high quality encounter. O’Loughlins played against the strong breeze in the first half and trailed by 2pts at half time.

The boys got off to an ideal start , with Oisin Murphy finishing to the net following a great run and lay off by the ever dangerous Eoin Wall. The rest of the half saw a splendid defensive effort by the team, marshaled by the magnificent Jordan Molloy,Ian Clifford and John Delaney who gave an inspirational display.

Ben Maher took every opportunity that was presented to him, both from play and placed balls, his contribution was vital to the overall team performance.

The second half got off to an great start with team captain Ronan Buckley storming through from the middle of the field to smash a great ball to the net. Ronan and Eoin O’Shea took over in midfield and this ensured a plentiful supply of ball to the forward unit. With ten minutes remaining Dicksboro scored a goal to reduce the O’Loughlins lead to 2 points. The outstanding goalkeeper,Jamie Malone, ensured that they would not score a second goal, with a couple of important saves. His handling and composure in goal was of the highest order.

The final score of the game, saw a brilliant piece of play with Jordan Molloy placing a pass to Ronan Buckley who scored a massive point from more than 100 metres to seal victory for his team.

All of the team contributed to this magnificent victory for the club.It was fantastic to see such a large crowd from the club in Jenkinstown on Saturday evening and many will now travel to Limerick to support the team in the All Ireland finals on July 5th.

Panel: Jamie Malone,Joe Murphy,John Delaney,Padraig Nolan,Ian Clifford,Jordan Molloy,Luke Hogan,Ronan Buckley,Eoin O’Shea,Conor Heary,Ryan Poyntz,Dacel Fwamba,Ben Maher,Eoin Wall,Oisin Murphy,Jack Kearns,Odhran Lawlor,Barry Lawlor,Johnny Collins,Mickey Butler,Matthew Russell,Jamie Ryan,Adam Flynn,Sean Kenny,Shane O’Reilly.

ST. JOHNS PARK WAS VERY BUSY FOR THE LEAGUE FINAL-Well done to John Joe Cullen and his social committee who were very busy last Sunday before and after the National Hurling League final looking after both “Home” and “Away” supporters. Sandwiches, soup,teas and coffees were the order of the day for the hardworking group. Special thanks also to everybody who helped feed the St. Galls of Antrim Under 11s and Under 12 teams who played some matches against O’Loughlins before heading to the League Final.

HURLERS COOP DRAW GOES ONLINE- Kilkenny County Board are extending the Hurlers Co-Op Draw, Online Sales. In future a person buying a Co-Op draw ticket on the County Website kilkennygaa.ie can designate the club they wish to support. By doing so the nominated club ie. O’Loughlin Gaels will receive the same percentage as a normal sale by the Club. So if you have any O’Loughlin Gaels supporter abroad that would like to support the club in such a difficult financial climate please let them know of this facility. Michael Mahony has already distributed the tickets to all the executive members. The cost this year is still €50 for 5 draws. Half the money goes to running the Kilkenny hurling teams through Kilkenny County Board and the remainder to O’Loughlin Gaels GAA, once sold by an O’Loughlin Gaels official.

JUVENILE TABLE QUIZ GOING TO BE MASSIVE-Having won the Kilkenny Feile na nGael for three out of the last four seasons it goes without saying that the Juvenile committee in O’Loughlin Gaels are definitely doing something right. This year the club’s underage committee along with the social committee have come together to organise a family table quiz. Every player, camogie and hurling, from Under 12 down has been invited to bring their parents to O’Loughlins on May 18th at 6.30 for a family table quiz. They have asked their parents,brothers, sisters,grannies and grandads, cousins ,aunties and uncles to be on their teams. The cost of the team is €25 which entitles the boy or girl to a free O’Loughlin Gaels Gaa tracksuit. Well over one hundred families are expected on the night which will be a family occasion suitable for toddlers right up to grandparents. The night should be over by 8.30. Country Spring family minerals have already donated free minerals to each participating family and it is hope each family brings a cake, tart or buns to create a party atmosphere during the family quiz. It’s shaping up to be a great night !

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS JUNIOR TEAM REMAIN UNBEATEN-The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior hurlers remain unbeaten in both competitions so far this season. After four games in the All County League they have seven points having just pipped Graignamanagh by a point last weekend 2.15 to 4.8.

RTE RADIO 1 TO BROADCAST MASS FROM DUNMORE-Final preparations are being made by Dunmore Community to welcome RTE Radio which will broadcast Mass from The Church Of The Most Holy Trinity, Dunmore, next Sunday at 11.00 a.m. – during Faith Fest Weekend.Next Sunday is the Feast of The Ascension and, as usual, is also the day dedicated as (the 47th) World Communications Day, the theme of which is: Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.As well as being delighted to welcome this broadcast, the Dunmore Community, following many months of planning and hard work, will proudly open the doors of its newly renovated and refurbished Community Hall for the first time.Although this will not be the official opening, all the congregation and guests are invited to the Hall afterwards for refreshments, a look-around and a social chat. The whole community is very grateful to the Hall Committee for all their dedication and hard work, and for the hospitality they have in store on the occasion of RTE’s broadcasting of Mass from Dunmore on World Communications Day

YOUTH DRAMA GROUP-Youth Drama Camp! July 1-5 for ages 8-14yrs. “Develop confidence and interpersonal skills through drama, and have some fun!” Contact Anna at Barnstorm Theatre Co. on 056-7751266 or email anna@barnstorm.ie for details.

SOUTH KILKENNY HISTORICAL SOCIETY-South Kilkenny Historical Society are holding a coach trip to the Titanic Experience Cobh and Spike Island, Cork on Saturday 18th May. Cost: €60 per person (includes cost of coach, entrance fees to sites, ferry to Spike Island and evening meal). Coach departs the Rising Sun, Mullinavat at 9am, sharp.

Booking and further information from Eddie Synnott at 086 8124349 or edsynnott@yahoo.co.uk

KILKENNY FLOWER CLUB-Kilkenny Flower Club will hold a ‘Work Night’ on Thursday 9th May, Butler House at 8 p.m. Bring foliage and flowers to make an arrangement of your choice. Experienced members will help everyone. All welcome.

KILKENNY CITY LIBRARY-Kilkenny City Library are holding a range of courses for people over 50’s. These courses include Learn knitting and crochet, introduction to using the net and using your mobile, forgotten skills and crafts. Limited Places booking essential. Phone City Library on 779 4174

MIGRAINE ASSOCIATION-On Sunday 12th May from 11.30am to 4.00pm in Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, the Migraine Association of Ireland will host a national migraine conference to mark the occasion of European Month of the Brain. This is a public event open to anyone with an interest in migraine, and our speakers will include a panel of national and international migraine/ headache experts. There is no cost to attend.

PASTORAL COUNCIL PUTS ITS EST FOOT FORWARD-A meeting of the St. John’s Parish Pastoral Council takes place on Wednesday at 7.30pm. All parishioners are urged to visit our Parish Display Stand next weekend at the

Diocesan Faith Fest in the ‘Glass Hall’ in St Kieran’s College. The Pastoral Council has been busy preparing and arranging great number of photographs (many hitherto unseen); video and activity displays; and many free ‘give-aways’ while stocks last. We are delighted that our parish GAA Club, O’Loughlin Gaels, is contributing to the display-stand also. So, please don’t forget: Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.Also, you all should have received the full program of Workshops, Tours of city Churches, and associated events by now. Choirs, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Liturgy Groups, Prayer Groups, should take note of the special invitation they received to attend their relevant Workshops.The full event program is still available in the magazine rack in the church porch.

FAITH FEST 2013-As part of our celebration of The Year of Faith please remember to set time aside to visit Faith Fest 2013 next weekend in St Kieran’s College as we celebrate all that is good here in the Diocese of Ossory.Parishes and organisations in Ossory, including St John’s parish, will be represented next Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.

LIAM LAWTON CONCERT-As the Faith Fest 2013: Celebrating Faith in Ossory begins next weekend, please remember the opportunity you have to attend the opening event which is a

concert in St Mary’s Cathedral next Friday at 8.00 p.m. Liam Lawton, with the Unity Singers, will lead us in an evening of song and music as the Faith Fest gets under way. Tickets €20 are on sale now at Ossory Adult Faith Development, tel. 056-7753624, Online Sales www.ossory.ie; St Mary’s Chapter House Bookshop, tel. 056-7703884; or Roller Coaster Records, Kilkenny, tel. 056-7763669.

ST. JOHNS HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY-St John’s Homes for the Elderly meeting takes place this Wednesday 10th at 7pm in the Presbytery.

JOHNSWELL ACTIVE RETIREMENT-Johnswell active retirement meeting will be held in Johnswell hall on Wednesday 8th May at 8.00pm. New members are always welcome.

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS LOTTO IS STILL €20,000-Somebody is going to win this extremely nice pot of money some time soon. Make sure you’re in with a chance by buying a €2 ticket from any of the official agents appointed by the club. Each week ,when the Jackpot is not won, there are ten consolation prizes of €40 handed out. Last week those winners were Ann Mulhall c/o Tommy Gregg, Sean Kavanagh c/o Andy O Driscoll, Paddy Green c/o Paddy Leydon’s Bar, Nicky Walsh c/o Paul Cleere, Sean O Brien c/o JJ Cullen, Dolores Walsh c/o Mick Nolan, Joe Malone c/o JJ Cullen, Larry Butler c/o Tommy Gregg, Cathal Bennett c/o John Bennett and Sun Norman c/o Eugene Buckley. The lucky numbers were 8,10,12,17 and bonus 14.

OLDER PEOPLES FORUM BI ANNUAL MEETING-If you are over 50 and are interested in Kilkenny’s Age Friendly activities and programme please attend the Bi-Annual meeting of the Kilkenny Older Peoples Forum where your views, interests and contributions are important. Where: Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde Street, Kilkenny Date: Wednesday 15th May 2013 Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm