UNDER 14s ARE SHIELD WINNERS - The O’Loughlin Gaels U14 Hurling team that competes in the Roinn C Championship, captured the League trophy on Saturday following a 5-11 to 4-8 scoreline over city neighbours Dicksboro at a resplendent St. John’s Park. The boys were in control for the majority of the game.They lead at half-time by 2points, thanks in the main to the unerring accuracy of Eoin O’Shea and sterling defensive performances from John Delaney and Padraig Nolan. The John’s boys faced the elements in the second half, but spurred on by an excellent individual display from young Conor Heary who finished with a personal tally of 3-2, the boys held on for a comfortable victory. All of the boys can be justifiably proud of the part they played in this victory & on the day they all performed to their capabilities. The victory is a just reward for all of their efforts since returning to training in January and adds to the football league title secured earlier in the year. Panel: Luke Freyne, Joe Murphy, Padraig Nolan, Shane O’Reilly, Ian Clifford, John Delaney, Michael Butler, Charlie Deegan, Tom Gormley, Eoin O’Shea, James Higgins, Adam Cummins, Robert Boyd, Sean Kenny, Adam Flynn, Ryan Poyntz, Conor Heary, Sean O’Leary, Kevin Murphy, Lorcan Whelan, Decel Fwamba, Robbie Kirwan.
KILKENNY HURLERS FUNDRAISING QUIZ - Following the excitement of the great win last Sunday week, preparations for the All Ireland moves into full swing almost immediately. Kilkenny GAA and Supporters Club embark on a very busy schedule with two important events in the coming week or so. First up is the repeat of last year’s highly successful “Drive for Liam” Radio Quiz in association with KCLR 96FM and Kilkenny Vintners. The main centre for the quiz in St. John’s Parish will be O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club but people can also play the quiz in a host of Pubs in the Parish as well such as Pat Carrolls and Paddy Leydons. Teams of 4 costs €20 or a mere €5 per person. It is the opportunity for the ordinary fan to get behind this superb bunch of players and also links every parish in the county in the build-up to the All –Ireland. The Quiz will go out live on Radio on Thursday week next August 30th from 9pm sharp. And the Prizes – Winning Team will receive 8 All Ireland Stand Tickets + 8 Tickets to Post Match Banquet at City West + 4 Rooms on the Sunday night at City West. 2nd Prize will consist of 4 All Ireland Stand Tickets + 4 Banquet Tickets whilst 3rd Prize will consist of 4 Banquet Tickets. Further details will be available from Kilkennygaa.ie or from your local club. O’Loughlin Gaels will be open from 7.30pm for registration to the quiz.Patrons are advised to register early as the quiz has to start on time and latecomers will only be losing out.
BUSES TO ALL IRELAND FINAL -As usual O’Loughlin Gaels will be running buses to Croke Park for the All Ireland Hurling Final on September 9th. The luxury coaches will be leaving St. John’s Park at 9.30 am and returning straight after the presentation of the Liam Macarthy cup to (hopefully) Eoin Larkin. Places on the first bus have already booked out and a second bus is now half full. Booking and payment can be made at the bar in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club any night this week. The price for the seat is €15 for adults and €10 for children.
TICKETS FOR ALL IRELAND FINAL - We in Kilkenny are well used to the race for tickets for the All Ireland final but for GAA club secretaries and club officers faced with the daunting task of fairly distributing the precious passes it can be a nerve wracking experience. It is with this in mind that the executive committee of O’Loughlin Gaels would like to ask members and supporters to exercise patients when waiting for their ticket allocation to come through the club. Each year secretary Margaret Hanlon produces the “loaves and fishes”, sourcing tickets from all parts of the country and ALWAYS making sure everybody gets a ticket. The advise this year is, like all years, put your name and phone number on the ticket list in the O’Loughlin Gaels Club Bar. There is a one ticket per fully paid up member allocation as per previous years.
BEST OF LUCK TO PAT O GRADY AND HIS KILKENNY INTERMEDIATE TEAM - All in O’Loughlin Gaels and indeed St. John’s Parish wish Weir View resident Pat O Grady all the very best on Saturday evening as he tries to steer his Kilkenny Intermediate team to All Ireland glory against Tipperary in Thurles. The throw in is at 6pm so try and get along and lend your support to the Black and Amber. This of course could be the first part of the treble with the Seniors and Under 21s in All Ireland finals as well.
YOU CAN STILL WIN 20 GRAND IN THE ‘LOUGHLINS LOTTO - Twenty thousand euro, no matter what way you say it, is the biggest prize on offer in local LOTTO anywhere in the locality. Even though the jackpot was only won last month in the O’Loughlin Gaels LOTTO there is still the big prize up for grabs and all for just€2. Tickets can be bought all over Kilkenny in outlets such as Freshcos on the Dublin Road, Lenehans Bar on Barrack Street, The Orchard Bar New Orchard, The Glendine Inn and Brogmaker on The Castlecomer Road, Main sponsor Pat Carroll’s Bar and Off Licence as well as Ritchie Kearns Butchers on Ballybought Street. In John Street tickets can be bought in Paddy Leydons Bar, Don Egan’s Bar, JJ Cullen’s Butchers, Keanes Chemist, Bretts Hardware,Breathnachs Bar, The Worlds End Bar,Billy Byrnes Bar and O Gormans Bar. Tickets can also be purchased from any of the officially appointed ticket sellers from O’Loughlin Gaels. The draw takes place every Tuesday Night at 9.30pm and all are extremely welcome to the bar in O’Loughlins for the draw. Consolation prizes of €40 were won on August 21st by Stuart Knaggs c/o Bretts Hardware, Michael Dreeling, Ger O Neill c/o Club Bar, Leoine Kelly c/o Freshcos,Fiona O Sullivan c/o Padraic Leydon,Mae Doyle c/o Eamon Doyle, Kitty Phelan c/o Noel Tyrrell, Helen O Brennan, Sarah and Bridget c/o Freshcos, Toddy Lacey c/o Tom Gregg.
U-16 CAMOGIE COUNTY FINAL O’LOUGHLINS GAELS V PAULSTOWN
The UNDER 16 CAMOGIE TEAM - The team played Paulstown last Friday night in the county final in St Kieran’s College. The game was played in wet conditions and the girls were unlucky to lose by four points to a very strong Paulstown team. Paulstown opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a goal. Megan O’Keeffe replied with a free for the city side in the 16th minute. Paulstown added two excellent points from play in the 18th and 20th minutes. Some hard work by the O’Loughlins forwards resulted in Bronagh Cleere kicking the ball to the Paulstown net to leave the city girls down by a point at half time 1-2 to 1-1. Paulstowns centre back Roisin Breen added a free in the 1st minute and in the 4th minute she added a massive point from play. Some excellent work from Bronagh Cleere resulted in a point for the city girls. Paulstown added two more points in the 10th and 16th minutes to leave Paulstown ahead 1-6 to 1-2. The O’Loughlins Girls gave everything and should be proud of their effort but Paulstown were just too strong on the night. The effort the girls put in was a credit to the management of Paul Cleere, John Claffey and Kieran Maher. O’Loughlins had great performers in defence with Chloe Tyrell, Alice Nolan and Niamh Phelan, Laura Greene and Laura Murphy gave everything in midfield. Bronagh Cleere was the main scoring threat, she scored 1-1. Team Sinead Ryan, Chloe Tyrell, Katlyn Leahy, Alice Nolan, Eimear Daly, Niamh Phelan, Grainne Walsh, Laura Greene, Laura Murphy, Aoife Whelan, Megan O’Keeffe, Saorise Claffey, Caomihe Treacy, Bronagh Cleere, Kelly Dowd, Subs Aoife McKiernan, Lizzy Twomey, Rachel Lenehan, Brianna Mallon, Rosa Delaney.
SCHOOLS REOPENING - St Johns Junior School, Michael St and St Johns Senior School Ballybough St will reopen for all pupils on Thursday Thursday 30th August.
PILATES - Pilates for Autumn term starts in the Community Centre behind St. John’s Church in Kilkenny, in September. Classes for Ladies, gents, teenagers, sports people, elderly, pre and post natal. All instructors are chartered Physiotherapists so expert advice and instruction is guaranteed. Suitable for people with back and neck problems. Please phone 086 6611163 to book.
FIT BACK AND BUMP COURSE - An education course for Pregnant mums to be and new mothers starts soon in the Community Centre behind St.John’s Church in Kilkenny. Please Phone Joanne on 087 9537808 to book a place, numbers limited.
WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER - Keep in touch with all the news of the parish on www.stjohnskilkenny.com .The O’Loughlin Gaels website is www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie . The club also has a facebook and twitter page.