UNDER 14S -Not for the first time in recent years, the clubs U14 teams have brought silverware to St.Johns Park.This time,it was the turn of both the Roinn A and Roinn C football teams to capture both County League titles.The team which competes in Roinn A defeated Danesfort on a score line of 6-6 to 4-5,having lead comfortably for most of the game,a late rally by the Danesfort boys put a different look on the score board at full time. O’Loughlins played some majesctic football at times during the hour and were clinical in front of goal when it mattered most. The victory meant that the club has retained their league crown for the third year in a row,and victory was just reward for the boys efforts during the course of the campaign.
The team which competes in the Roinn C League,travelled to Palmerstown last Monday to play Tullaroan. Having played against the elements during the first period,O’Loughlin Gaels retired at the break 5 points in arrears. Little did the management team know,but their charges would go on to record a famous win, scoring 3-8 in the second period and restricting Tullaroan to just 1-2. The victory was just reward for the boys,who suffered heart break in the championship final, 2 weeks previously against Kilmoganny.This win was notable,for the massive work rate and skill level displayed during the seond half in particular. Final Score 5-10 to 5-3.
Everyone in O’Loughlin Gaels were thrilled to see both Joe Banville and Joe Murphy collect both trophies on behalf of their team mates.
The following players shared in both successes: Sean O’Leary.Shane O’Reilly, Naoise O’Callaghan, Tom Gormley, Joe Murphy, Chris Phelan, Christian Lapouste, Charlie Deegan, John Nolan, Robbie Kirwan, Ian Clifford, Eoin Kelly, Adam Flynn, Adam Power, Ciaran Walsh, Luke Freyne.Eoin Neary, John Nolan. Robert Boyd, Eoin O’Shea,Tervine Wallace, Padraig Nolan, Kevin Murphy, David Buckley, Sean Kenny, John Delaney, Ryan Poyntz, Ronan Buckley, Robbie O’Driscoll, Jordan Molloy, Peter Collins, Ben Maher, Shane O’Mahony, Jay Leahy, Joe Banville, Adam Cummins, Owen Wall, Sean Bolger, Steven Scallon.
The Management on both occasions consisted of: Maurice Nolan,Bryan Skehan,Sean Cleere,Danny Loughnane&Sheamie Cummins.
The U14 Hurlers have also recorded two comprehensive victories over both Clara and Ballyhale Shamrocks in recent weeks.Training continues this week on Tuesday and Friday at 6pm.
DOUBLE DRAW DOESN’T DISH UP A WINNER-Even after making two draws on June 5th, the O’Loughlin Gaels Club Lotto still has not been won. The executive committee of O’Loughlin Gaels ,following a recommendation from Lotto organiser, Mr Eamon Doyle, decided to do a bonus Lotto draw for the long weekend. This was just a token of appreciation to all the regular O’Loughlin’s Lotto players and also it was hoped, might result in someone hitting the jackpot and claiming the €20,000 jackpot.
The numbers drawn on June 5th in Draw 1 were 5, 6, 15, 21 and the bonus was 13. In Draw 2 the numbers were 4, 7, 14, 18 and the bonus was 3. Consolation prizes of €40 were won by Sammy Geoghegan, Bridget Canavan c/o Mick Nolan, Pauline Cleere c/o Kevin Cleere, Mary Kearns c/o Ritchie Kearns, Jimmy Delaney c/o Leydon’s Bar, Ned Mulhall c/o Tom Gregg, Mary Tyrrell c/o Dinny Tyrrell, Davy Ward, Billy Sullivan c/o Coleman Loughnane, Neddie Fox c/o Moxie Doran.
NIALL BERGIN SUMMER CAMP-The best GAA summer camp available is run every year in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club by Niall Bergin and his team of qualified GAA coaches. The camp begins at 10a.m. every day and finishes at 2.30p.m. The camp is open to all O’Loughlin Gaels club members and those children interested in joining the club between the ages of 5 and 13 years. The camp includes hurling, camogie and gaelic football. The emphasis is always on fun and participation. There will be appearances from a host of top inter-county hurling and football stars. As always each child will receive an O’Loughlin Gaels sports kit which is included in the price.
The cost of the camp is a recession busting €55 for one week and €85 for two weeks. Week 1 will take place from Tuesday August 7th till Saturday August 11th. Week 2 is from Monday August 13th to Friday August 17th. Booking forms are available from any of the juvenile team managers or you can contact Niall direct on 086 3581771.
FUN TABLE QUIZ-A fun table quiz will take place in O’Loughlin Gaels to raise money for Paddy Deegan and Shane Parsons who will head to Medjugorje. There will be great prizes on the night. A table of four costs just €20 and it will start at 8.30p.m. on June 21st.
UNDER 10S IN GO GAMES FINALS-Both the O’Loughlin Gaels under 10 teams have qualified for the Go Games finals which will take place in Nowlan Park on Saturday morning June 16th . At 10.45 team Glas will play John Lockes of Callan while at 11.45 team Ban will play Bennettsbridge. Please go along and support these brilliant young stars of the future, for what will be, the first of many appearances in Nowlan Park.
JOHNSWELL FUN RUN-The annual Johnswell fun run will take place on Sunday 17th June at 1pm in the village. You can run jog or walk over a 5K or 10K route.There will be prizes for the top three men, women and children. Drinks and sandwiches will be available after the race. Entry fee is €15 for adults, €5 for kids and €25 for families. You can register from 11a.m. on the day or by phoning Mary Broderick on 087 6467709. Proceeds goes towards Johnswell Community.
BEST OF LUCK IN THE EXAMS-The very best of luck to all the St. John’s Parish students sitting exams at the moment.
JUNIORS AND JUNIOR B’S GOING WELL-The O’Loughlin Gaels Junior B team drew their Northern League semi final with St. Patrick’s of Ballyraggett on a score of 0.19 to 3.10. The Junior team had a good win over Dunamaggin 4.19 to 0.15. The Seniors had a one point victory over Emeralds in the Byrne Cup 2.15 to 2.14. In the all county junior league O’Loughlins drew with Naomh Moling 2.13 a piece to qualify for the knockout stages.
Junior league championship v Dunnamaggin St John’s Park, Sat 9/6/12
O Loughlin Gaels 4-19 Dunnamaggin 0-15
The final winning margin did not reflect the competitive nature of this game played in ideal conditions in a well appointed St John’s Park on Saturday evening.
The early exchanges were evenly contested. Brian Dowling scored the first 5 points for home team. O Loughlin Gaels went on a scoring spree between 20th and 25th minutes with goals from Michael Hennebry and Rick Leydon. The half time score read 2-10 to 0-8 in favour of home team.
Dunnamaggin fought their way back into the game with some excellent long range points early in the second half. However late goals from Michael Hennebry and Evan Walsh secured victory for O’Loughlin Gaels.
Team S Johnston, S Parsons, M Croughan, S Tyrrell, P Cantwell, P Butler, P Meaney, B Dowling, P Deegan, E Walsh, D Broderick, J Doyle, J Nolan, R Leydon, M Hennebry. Subs S Cummins, A Forristal, M Lambert, B Cantwell
Scorers B Dowling 0-10 (8f), M Hennebry 2-3, R Leydon 1-1, E Walsh 1-0, P Deegan 0-2, J Nolan, D Broderick, 0-1, P Cantwell 0-1 (f) Junior All County v Naomh Moling St John’s Park, Tue 5/6/12
O Loughlin Gaels 2-13 Noamh Moling 2-13. O’ Loughlin Gaels finished off their All County League campaign undefeated. They recovered after a poor start to lead this tie coming into the final stages. However the Carlow team finished strong and a draw was a fair result in the end. They now meet Lisdowney in the quarter Final of the competition.
Team S Johnston, S Parsons, M Croughan, M Towney, P Cantwell, B Murphy, P Meaney, B Dowling, K O’Brien, A Cantwell, R Leydon, D Lenihan, J Nolan, M Lambert, N Skehan. Subs K Morrissey, S Cummins, E Walsh
TRAINING HARD WITH KILKENNY-Best of luck to Mark Kelly who joins Brian Hogan and Mark Bergin at Kilkenny senior training under the watchful eye of Brian Cody. It is very pleasing to see a fully fit Kelly getting his chance to join the Kilkenny squad. Mark (23) has been out injured for over two years and is only now back to full fitness. The very best of luck to all three players and indeed all the O’Loughlin Gaels players representing Kilkenny in 2012.
CEMETERY MASS-The annual Cemetery Mass in St. Kieran’s Cemetery will be celebrated on Friday 29th of June at 7.30pm. The Cemetery Mass in Dunmore and Johnswell Cemeteries will be celebrated on Friday 6th of July at 7.30pm.
CARD MAKING WORKSHOP-The Children’s Liturgy Group are holding a Children’s card making workshop on Saturday 16th June from 3pm to 6pm in St. John’s Day Care Centre. This Workshop is for Boys and Girls from age 6 years up to including teens. The cost is €3 per child or €5 if there are two from the same family. All materials will be provided so just come along and enjoy the evening. However, only children who have booked can participate as kits have to be prepared in advance. Please contact Phil at (087) 9101769 as early as possible, no later than Wed. 13th of June.
ST. JOHN’S PARISH OUTING-The Annual Parish Outing will take place on Thursday week, 21st of June. Itinerary is as follows: Leaving O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club at 11am sharp. Visiting Mount Congreve Gardens, Kilmeaden. Lunch in Tramore followed by recreation time. Depart Tramore at 4.30pm and head to Mount Juliet for tea and scones and time to relax. Names please to Pat Hickey 087 1279306, Maura Hickey 086 8758798, Anne Marie Walsh 087 2271136. Tickets: €20 each.
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Junior B North League- Semi Final @ St. Johns Park. O’Loughlin Gaels with a strong breeze favouring them in the first half opened up a good lead mainly through the free taking exploits of Nigel Skehan. Looking comfortable with an eight point lead going into the last five minutes of the first half, St. Patrick’s were given a lifeline back into the game through their first goal of the match which game from a disputed 21 yard free. Entering added time St.Patrick’s converted their second 21 yard free to leave four points between the teams at half time.
At halftime O’Loughlin Gaels 0-14 St. Patricks 2-4. St. Patrick’s now with the breeze behind them looked to be in the driving seat closing the gap with a couple of points from play and a third fortunate goal. However an excellent point from midfield by Paddy Deegan and a point from Evan Walshe helped settle the Gaels and maintain the lead. Entering the final five minutes of the game St. Patrick’s took the lead for the first time however O’Loughlin Gaels drew level in injury time with an Evan Walshe point from play to force a draw. The least O’Loughlin Gaels deserved from the tie.
At full time O’Loughlin Gaels 0-19 St. Patricks 3-10. Best for O’Loughlin Gaels were Paddy Deegan, Shane Parsons, Nigel Skehan & Stephen Tyrrell.
Team: Benny Cleere, Sean Hickey, Michael Lambert, Joe Walsh, Shane Parsons, Stephen Tyrrell, Padraig Meany, Paddy Deegan, John Doyle, Kevin O’Brien, Evan Walshe, Nigel Skehan, Michael Hennerby, James O’Keeffe, Barrie Hogan. Subs used: Kevin Morrissey, Kevin McGarry, Cyril Stedmond.