GREYHOUND NIGHT -Last Friday night the annual O’Loughlin Gaels fundraising night at Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium took place . Although the weather for the week was terrible the race night was given the green light at 5 p.m. and thankfully the evening turned out quite mild. A poor crowd was expected because of the weather but in the end the John’s Parish people came in droves. John Joe Cullen served over 500 complimentary hot dogs and hundreds and hundreds of cadet minerals were consumed by the very happy boys and girls who seem to really enjoy their annual night at the dogs.
The racing on the night was brilliant with the highlight being the marvellous performance of Damien O Connell’s now legendary dog ,Welesbourne Dan. The greyhound was running his 99th race and has won over 30 times . It seemed the whole of John’s Parish had him backed and of course he duly obliged to the excitement of all present . All except the bookies that is !
The winner of the grand prize draw also proved to be a popular as Tim Comerford of Meadow Way walked away with first prize of a holiday for four people in the Costa Del Sol for two weeks of his choice. Ever popular Tim is ,of course the dad of Andy, Jimmy and Martin Comerford who are all O’Loughlin Gaels stalwarts.
Well done to the organisers who once again pulled off a magnificent night. The two Richies (Kearns and Moylan) along with Joe Nolan, Ben Fogarty and Benny Walsh are the backbone of the Dog night for the last nine years.Eddie Buckley also has done trojan work over the last few years in relation to the dog night.
Thank you also goes to the supporters of O’Loughlin Gaels who bought the tickets for the event.Representatives from O’Loughlins called to every house in the parish selling the tickets and also handing out club information flyers. The response was incredible . Even in tough times like we are experiencing the parishioners of St. John’s still back their local GAA club as much as they possibly could.
Finally a massive thank you to Kilkenny Greyhound Track who open their doors every year to O’Loughin Gaels and make the John’s men feel right at home. The “dog night” is the club’s main source of income for the year and O’Loughlins are delighted to be associated with Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium. Roll on 2013.
LOTTO THANKFULLY WON-Finally I can write something new about the results of the O’Loughlin Gaels Lotto draw. Congratulations to former Johnswell lady Mary Cody from the Waterford road in Kilkenny who matched four of the numbers and walked away with a cool €16,000. The numbers drawn on July 3rd were 9, 11, 23, 24 .The bonus number drawn was 17 . Mary chose 16, if she had matched she would have collected a bonus of €4,000. Still there was no complaints from popular Mary who sells a couple of books of tickets every week as well as being one of the club’s top selling members for the County Board Draw. Well done Mary it is well deserved.
The good news for the rest of us is that next weeks top prize is still €20,000. So make sure to buy your tickets from official agents appointed by O’Loughlin Gaels all over Kilkenny city.
STREET LEAGUE LAUNCHED -A “Hurling For All” street league was launched last week in St. John’s Parish. The organisers are looking for boys aged 7,8,9 and 10 to represent their estates and localities to play against seven other localities within the St. John’s area. It doesn’t matter what club you hurl for or what school you go to every boy should get a chance to represent their area. All the matches will be played in their own local estates and parents, neighbours, brothers and sisters will be encouraged to support the young boys when the matches are taking place. All the boy’s need is a hurl and a helmet. Local organisers from each locality will be appointed in due course to organise each team. At the moment application forms are been handed out in all the local estates. There will be grand finals on July 28th.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS SUMMER CAMP FULL-The closing date for the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club’s popular Summer Camp has now passed and the organiser, Niall Bergin and his staff will cater for nearly 250 children over the two weeks in August.
JUVENILES AT THE LEINSTER FINAL-Over 50 boys from the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 9,10 and 11s teams headed off to Dublin last Sunday morning to play challenge matches against Chraobh Chiarain GAA club and then headed the short distance to support Kilkenny in the Leinster Hurling final in Croke Park. The team managers would like to thank Damien Burnett and his helpers from Chraobh Chiarain GAA for the wonderful hospitality accorded to their teams.
CAMOGIE NEWS-The O’Loughlin Gaels U-12 girls had a very busy week.They played the first two rounds of the championship and won both matches, firstly they were away to Cloneen and won on a scoreline of 4-1 to 1-2. The girls were excellent on the night and had great performers all over the field. They also played host to the Emeralds last Thursday and won 6-0 to 3-3. Johanna Murphy opened the scoring for the city girls with a goal closely followed by two great goals from the excellent Aisling Claffey. The girls went in at half time ahead 3-0 to 1-0. The Emeralds started the second half with two excellent points from play and the O’Loughlins girls replied with two goals from Lucy Hickey. The Emeralds scored 2-1 in the last ten minutes to leave a goal between the teams until the excellent Rebecca Keane pop up from midfield to score a goal and secure a great win. O’Loughlins had great performers in defence with Suin Crowley and Maroisa Dowling, midfield was excellent with Edel Mulholland, Rebecca Keane and the ever busy Johanna Murphy, Aisling Claffey was the best forward and was always a goal threat. Well done to the girls and trainers.
The Minors - got their year off to a flying start beating Glenmore 4-16 to 2-6 in the championship last Monday evening in Glenmore. Amy Bryan opened the score for the city girls with a point from a free, closely followed by two excellent points from play by Megan O’Keeffe. The always dangerous Bronagh Cleere stepped up with a well taken goal. The midfield paring of Laura Murphy and Laura Greene scored 4 points. Glenmore scored 3 points from frees to leave the girls ahead 1-7 to 0-3 at half time. Laura Murphy netted and this was followed by 2 pointed frees from Amy Bryan. The girls were well in control and didn’t look back scoring 2-7 in the last twenty minutes to Glenmore’s 2-3. The team gave a great performance and were excellent all over the field. Team Aoife Whelan, Chloe Tyrell, Katlyn Leahy, Grainne Walsh, Niamh Phelan, Tara Conry, Kate Walsh, Laura Murphy(1-3), Laura Greene(0-3), Kelly Dowd, Amy Bryan(0-4) Megan O’Keeffe(0-2), Danielle Randle Bronagh Cleere(2-4), Saorise Claffey(0-1).
JUNIORS ON FIRE-The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior team had a big win over Dicksboro in the League Championship last Saturday afternoon. The continentals scored a very healthy 5.17 to Dicksboro’s 3.9. All players performed excellently for manager Donal O Dwyer who will be best pleased especially as the younger players are stepping up to the mark brilliantly.Next up for this team in this competition is a meeting with Erin’s Own of Castlecomer on Sunday July 22nd at 2 p.m. in St. John’s Park.
SENIORS PLAY ROUND 4 -The O’Loughlin Gaels Senior hurling team will play Erins Own of Castlecomer in Jenkinstown on Saturday night July 14th at 7.30 p.m. All support is always greatly appreciated by the players on the club’s flagship team. All parents of the club’s juvenile section are asked to bring their children to support the O’Loughlin Gaels senior team whenever they play and let them shout on their club mates like Kilkenny stars Brian Hogan, Mark Bergin ,Mark Kelly and 6 time all Ireland medal winner Martin Comerford. The team always go back to their clubhouse for sandwiches and refreshments after a big game and families are always encouraged to join the players win lose or draw.
CARDIAC SCREENING BOOKED UP-Senior ,Junior and Junior B players who received letters offering FREE cardiac screening from O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club have grasped at the opportunity afforded them by the club and have completely booked out the sessions .
Appointments will take 15 minutes only.Players are asked to bring their completed questioner with them when going for the appointment. The club is indebted to Maurice Wadding and Donal Croghan for organising the initiative.
€5,000 RAISED FOR SHAVE OR DYE-Thanks to everyone who contributed to this years Shave or Dye campaign which was held in Billy Byrnes Bar in John Street.. The organisers including Joe Daly have currently have €5000 lodged with a couple of cards still to come in.
The breakdown is as follows: Kilkenny Council team €1,958.50 , O’Loughlin Gaels team €1,638 and SOS team €1,728 . Expences incurred are just €345 which leaves a grand total of €4,979.50. Well done to all concerned.
CEMETERY MASSES CELEBRATED INSIDE-Although the weather forced the Cemetery Masses in Dunmore and Johnswell on Friday evening to be celebrated inside, there was a very creditable turnout at each venue. The priests of the parish acknowledge with much appreciation all the work carried out by the FÁS workers and by all the family members that tended the graves of their loved ones. The priests would also like to thank all those who prepared the Mass celebrations and those who actively participated in the Masses by exercising their various ministries.
SYMPATHIES-Sympathies are extended to the families of Enda Cantwell R.I.P., Bridget Kavanagh R.I.P. and Larry Glennon R.I.P. at this very sad time