21 Jan 2022

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Over 180 boys and girls fom 6 to 13 will utterly enjoy the next fortnight at the O’Loughllin Gaels Summer Camp thanks to main organiser and the Club Senior Team’s Captain Niall Bergin. Niall recruits brilliant coaches for the two week camp and all coaches are GAA qualified. The Club is indebted to Niall and his team for running the camp year in year out. For most of the kids it is the highlight of the Summer and that is testament enough to the organisation of the camp.


The very best of luck to the O’Loughlin Gaels representatives on the KIlkenny Minor team next Sunday in the All Ireland Minor Final. Paddy Deegan and Daniel O Connor will don the black and amber while dreadfully unlucky Gary Kelly, who is recuperating well from injury, will join the squad from the sideline.


The O’Loughlin Gaels Senior Hurlers are training hard in preparation for their Round 4 clash with County Champions Ballyhale Shamrocks which takes place in Nowlan Park on Sunday August 25th at 3.30pm. Round 5 will be against Danesfort on a date still yet to be fixed. The ‘Gaels will know only full points will guarantee an automatic quarter final spot and a league final place. All in the Parish of St. John’s including Dunmore and Johnswell wish the team all the very best as they bid to capture a fourth county title since 2001.


The Half Marathon,10K and 5K Fun Run/Walk collectively known as The Cat Run which takes place from O’Loughlin Gaels on Saturday Morning, September 7th is becoming very popular. Registrations are pouring in on the official website . At this stage well over 200 athletes have signed up for the race which can also be accessed on . For anyone interested they should check out the brilliant website which was built by John Cahill . The race committee are also indebted to Alma Feeley of Midas PR and also to main sponsor EUROSPAR of Newpark Shopping Centre.


The St. Johns Parish Street Leagues will take place over the last two weeks of August and this year the chief organiser will be John Sheridan. Under 12s,11s and 10s will form one league while Under 9s,8s and 7s will form another league. Under 12 girls will join the boys in the older league also. On finals day in O’Loughlin Gaels on a date to be finalised the Under 6s will have a mini blitz and each boy will also get a medal on the day which will be a family fun day in the Club.

Players will be advised over the next few days as to who their manager is and what team they are on.


The O’Loughlin Gaels Lotto still boasts a maximum allowed jackpot prize fund of €20,000. Recent lucky dip consolation prizewinners include Sarah and Bridget c/o Feshcos seller Padraic Leydon,Carmel Burke c/o Sheamie Cummins, Neil Hyland from Clontarf GAA Club, Pat Mulrooney c/o Sheamie Cummins, Sheila Menton c/o Mary Cody, Catherine Delaney c/o Mick Delaney, J. Dunne c/o Andy O Driscoll, Mary White c/o John Phelan, Carmelita Murphy c/o Top Oil, Michael Dreeling c/o Padraic Leydon, Sarah and Bridget c/o Padraic Leydon, John Phelan, Martin c/o Nora seller JJ Cullen, Eddie Maher, Anthony Ryan c/o Mick Delaney, Michael c/o Padraic Leydon, Liam Burke c/o Tom Gregg, Liam Brennan c/o Leydon’s Bar, Dinny c/o JJ Cullen and Helen Rowe c/o JJ Cullen. Each of these winners received €40 each. Tickets cost €2 each and are available all over the Parish .


U-16 League Final

The St Canice’s Credit Union Credit Union U-16 Roinn B League final between O’Loughlins and Conahy Shamrocks was played in St John’s Park last Saturday evening. Conahy won on a scoreline of 3-4 to 1-6. Danielle Morrissey opened the scoring for Conahy with a free in the 1st minute. O’Loughins replied with two frees in the 3rd and 5th minute from Laura Greene and Megan O’Keeffe to put O’Loughlins. Danielle Morrissey converted a free in the 7th minute to level it, 2points a piece. The very impressive Danielle Morrissey netted a goal for Conahy in the 17th minute with a super strike. Megan O’Keeffe and Danielle Morrissey traded points to leave Conahy ahead by a goal at half time Conahy Shamrocks 1-3 O’Loughlins 0-3.

At the restart O’Loughlin’s Laura Greene went on a solo run straight up the middle and pointed to reduce the deficit to two points. Danielle Morrissey and Megan O’Keeffe traded frees in the 35th and 37th minute. The winning of the match for Conahy came in the 38th and 46th minutes with goals from the excellent Danielle Morrissey to put Conahy ahead 3-4 to 0-5. Laura Murphy converted a free in the 51st minute for O’Loughlins and the city girls kept working away and showed a never say die attitude, Laura Greene netted a goal from a free in the last minute. Final score Conahy Shamrocks 3-4 O’Loughlins 1-6. Conahy had great performers with Amy Morrissey and Roisin Phelan excellent in defence, the very hard working Niamh Delaney and Danielle Morrissey who scored all 3-4. Best for O’Loughlins were Grainne Walsh, Neasa Galway, Rachel Lenehan, Laura Murphy and Laura Greene. O’Loughlin Gaels Team; Sinead Ryan, Chloe, Grainne Walsh, Neasa Galway, Rachel Lenehan, Laura Murphy (0-1 free)Alice Nolan, Laura Greene(1-2, 1-1 frees), Saoirse Claffey, Aoife McKiernan, Megan O’Keeffe(0-3 frees), Kelly Dowd, Caoimhe Treacy, Bronagh Cleere, Aoife Whelan Subs used Rosa Delaney.

The Junior team are way to Glenmore in the All County League semi final on Wednesday evening at 7pm. Best of luck to them from all in the Club.

Also best of luck to the U-14 team in the County Semi Final on Saturday v Naomh Brid. Time and venue to be announced.


The ever popular O’Loughlin Gaels Golf Classic will take place in Kilkenny Golf Club on Thursday and Friday 29th and 30th of August. Michael O Reilly, Benny Cleere and Liam Leydon hold the time sheets for one of the most popular Classics in the Kilkenny Golf Club’s busy calendar. The organisers hope this year to encourage new teams, maybe the parents of new players in the Club’s Juvenile section, be it Under 6 or Under 8 Camogie or Hurling teams, might want to put in a team. The Golf Classic is yet another way of getting involved in the social side of one of Kilkenny’s biggest GAA Clubs and also you help contribute financially while having a good days golfing. A team of 3 costs €150 which entitles the 3 players to a meal in Kilkenny Golf Club and a goody bag at registration.

The committee would also like to encourage past members, players and friends of the Club that maybe have moved away to come back and play in the Classic. In this the year of The Gathering members are encouraged to ask back past players etc. to join the Club in one of it’s main social fundraisers in the year


Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out at St. John’s Park for the Bruce Springsteen weekend. Some people including, Club Chairman, Eddie Buckley and Coleman Loughnane must have moved into the Club for the weekend. But it was a major Club effort with too many people to name and at the risk of leaving someone out . Suffice to know that your effort was indeed recognised and that the Club benefited greatly from your work. Thank you.

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