O’LOUGHLIN GAELS U11SHINE IN BELFAST-Well done to the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 11 team who represented their Club and indeed Kilkenny with distinction last weekend in Belfast at the O’Donovan Rossa GAA Club’s annual hurling tournament honouring their founder member Joe McElvey. The 11s were all togged out in new socks and togs thanks to John and Kate O Connell of O’Connell’s Chemists in Rose Inn Street and High Street.They also took delivery of their Table Quiz tracksuits the previous night and were gleaming as they were introduced to the club chairman Sean Shannon and also the deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Sinn Fein’s Councillor Tierna Cunningham.
The O’Loughlins boys had a treat for their Northern friends as they had brought The Liam Macarthy Cup with them as a surprise. Hundreds of people were delighted to have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the cup.
The O’Loughlins boys brought home a bit of silverware aswell winning one final and missing out in a semi final in another. Captain Harry Bland was delighted to receive the cup on behalf of the O’Loughlins club.
The boys that represented O’Loughlins so brilliantly were Harry Bland, Joseph Leydon,Stuart Nolan,Mathew Hogan, Jake Hickey, Vincent O Grady, Ronan Lavelle,Declan Murphy,Cillian Larkin,Allex Molloy,Aiden Kenny,Clinton Morris,Chase Leeffarr,Damien Dowling,Luke Hennessy Ben Kinchella,Joe Brennan,Sam O Connell,Sean Lawlor,Matheuz Zych,Davvid Pontellic,John Comerford,James Phelan,Greg Edogun and Eric Walsh.
PAT STAPLETON WINS DOC’S DOZEN QUIZ-Congratulations to Pat Stapleton of Meadow Way Drive who collected his first prize of a E50 voucher for Hennessy Sports last week fromthe O’Loughlin Gaels Club President Eamon Doyle. The quiz was run in the last newsletter “Tales from The Gaels” a new edition of which will be issued after the Feile na nGael in July.
FEILE FUNDRAISERS IN FULL SWING-An Ad Hoc committee has been set up to fund raise specifically for the O’Loughlin Gaels Feile na nGael team who will play in the All Ireland Championships in Limerick on July 5th ,6th and 7th. This is the third time in four years that O’Loughlin Gaels has represented Kilkenny at the National Finals of Feile and the club are doing all that is humanely possible to make sure these fine young men look well when representing their Club and Parish at the All Ireland Championships. A social night will take place in O’Loughlin Gaels on Friday night June 7th . Tickets are being sold for the event at the moment at a very reasonable €5. The Committee hopes every Club member from the Under 6s right up to the Senior team and all non playing members can contribute to the fund by at least buying a ticket.
Other fundraising activities include a bag pack in EUROSPAR,Newpark Shopping Centre who continue to be one of O’Loughlin Gaels’ greatest supporters and we thank them most sincerely for that.Fixtures for Feile have just been announced. O’Loughlin Gaels will play their hosts Patrickswell on Friday July 5th at 3p.m. On Saturday July 6th at 11a.m. they will play Mungret of Limerick and then at 2p.m. Holycross Ballycahill from Tipperary. If O’Loughlins were to win all three games and qualify there would be a semi final match at 6.15p.m. in Clarina. Finals day is always Sunday, if the team are lucky enough to progress. Best of luck lads from everyone in St. John’s Parish and Kilkenny as well.
GREYHOUND NIGHT MOVED-Because of the brilliant win in the Kilkenny Feile na nGael by the O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 team, the scheduled night for the annual Club fundraiser at Kilkenny Greyhound Track has been put back a fortnight. The new date will now be Friday July 19th. Tickets were already printed but thanks to Kilkenny Greyhound Track a new date was found. As with other years, the Club committee of Michael Mahony,Joe Nolan,Ben Fogarty and the driving forces behind this mammoth task, Richie Kearns and Richie Moylan, will endeavour to call on every house in St. John’s Parish looking for support to run the club for another year. The club and the clubhouse are there for the people of the Parish to use and frequent. The Committee are continuously trying to make the Club a more Parish/Community based Club. This annual fundraiser maintains the club’s finances for the year and thus the club is able to provide such fantastic facilities for its players and supporters. The Club would like to thank all the people who have supported the venture previously - your contributions are there for all to see at St. John’s Park, and look forward to meeting new and old friends calling door to door over the next few weeks.
NEWPARK FC ARE MACALMOUNT CUP CHAMPIONS-Congratulations to Newpark FC from everyone in St. Johns Parish after winning the Macalmount Cup for the very first time last Sunday. Pat Carroll’s Bar in Ballybought Street, who is the club’s main sponsor ,will be very busy this week. Well done to all concerned. Hard work rewarded !