Lord Mayor Andrew McGuinness last Wednesday evening hosted a special ceremony acknowledging the achievements of O'Loughlin Gaels GAA Juvenile Section in 2014. Juvenile mentors, club officers, players and members gathered in the Chambers as Mayor McGuinness described his pride at having the opportunity to recognise our great club. He remarked upon how from his offices on O'Loughlin Road he has seen first hand the great work that the Juvenile Section does and how happy looking the faces of the young St. Johns parishioners are as they leave the grounds after having played or trained. On behalf of O'Loughlin Gaels Juvenile Chairman Niall Bergin thanked Mayor McGuinness for the invitation and the recognition bestowed upon the club for its work in providing a well balanced environment for the young players in the parish. He thanked the Mayor for his continued support. Niall also impressed upon the gathered members that although it is right to acknowledge last year’s successes, that even without silverware at the end of a season the success is in knowing that the club always did its best, insuring our young members will forever enjoy being part of the club whether it be as a senior or junior player or a club volunteer. The Mayor eluded to the importance of the club as a central community facility and implored all the people of St. Johns parish to take a look at what's going on in O'Loughlins and discover what element if the club suits best. He finished by acknowledging the passion the club has for inspiring its young players to be rising stars or club stalwarts evoked by the words of the Juvenile Chairman. The club takes this opportunity to publicly thank Mayor McGuinness for this wonderful gesture and hospitality which was appreciated by all the members who gathered. We look forward now to a good 2015 as the season gets underway.
MINORS WIN THE DOUBLE
There was another big win for O'Loughlins Minors at the weekend who completed the Championship Double beating Mooncoin in the Kilkenny Citroen Centre Minor Football Championship Final. The lads really had to pull this one out of the fire as they were 7 points down 10mins into the 2nd half. But they put their collective shoulders to the wheel and played out of their skins for the remainder of the game finishing on a scoreline of 5-5 to 2-9. Captain fantastic Eoghan Croghan very happily accepted the trophy on behalf of this great team adding yet another County Title for 2014 to the the clubs healthy haul. Well done to all involved.
Team: J. Lalor, S. Kiely, L. Brannigan, K. Rowe, E. Kelly, J. Leahy, B. Leydon, T. Gleeson, C. Loy, B. Buckley, D. O’Conner, L. Rafter, D. O’Driscoll, P. Collins, R. Butler, E. Croughan (Capt), R. Buckley, H. Lalor, S. Bolger, T. Wallace, G. Bryan
Junior B in All-Ireland Semi Final
Junior B’s were unlucky to be beaten in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Sunday. It marked an end to a great season for them after been crowned County Champions and Leinster Champions for 2014. Well done to all the lads.
There was no jackpot winner of this week’s club lotto. The numbers drawn were 4, 14, 20, 28 and the bonus number was: 06. Tickets can be bought from the usual selling agents or by asking at the clubhouse bar. Remember – if you’re not in; you can’t win the jackpot prize of €20,000. Best of luck!
There was a huge turnout again on Sunday morning last for a series of Juvenile challenge matches for our u7, u8s,u9,u10s,u12s and u14s. The Dublin visitors came down in their busloads from various clubs to challenge the might of our young Gaels. The weather may have dampened the pitches but it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits as both players and supporters enjoyed the spectacle played out on the rich green grasses of St. Johns Park and afterwards all enjoyed the customary O’Loughlin Gaels hospitality. The new Barista Bar provided connoisseur coffees and hot chocolate thanks to the endeavours of the Camogie Club.
The Juvenile Camogie section resume training next Saturday (Feb 28th ) at 10.30am for u6s, u8s, u10s and u12s. If you havn’t registered don’t worry you can then. Hurls and helmets will be available on the morning and all new members are welcome. Upstairs in the club there will also be the new Camogie Club’s Café stocking a selection of the delicious barista coffee range , hot chocolate and snacks to savour while you chat and watch the girls train.
Well done to Marble City Boxing Club who hosted a Charity Fundraising Fight Night at O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club. Army v Garda provided a great atmosphere and some hardened battles in the ring entertaining an almost 1000 strong crowd. A great venue and a fantastic cause as the Carlow/Kilkenny Hone Care team benefitted from the event.
New Readers for Mass in Dunmore
Anyone interested in joining the team of readers for Mass in Dunmore on Sundays, please contact Bernard O Gorman (056 7761306). We are always looking for new readers and would love to hear from you.
Table Quiz in aid of The Cois Nore Cancer Health Centre to be held in Rafter Dempsey's pub on Friary St on Friday Feb 27th @8.30pm.Loads of great prizes and raffle and also music on the night. Come along and join in the fun while helping a worthwhile local Charity. Tables of four €20 @ €5 each.
Confirmation for St. Johns
You Shall Be My Witnesses is the parish program widely regarded as being most suitable and beneficial for children preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
On Monday last , the 51 candidates for Confirmation – comprising of pupils from St John’s Senior, Johnswell and The Model schools – attended the second night of a four-week program in St John’s Senior School.
Sixteen volunteer-parents are conducting the program, having been trained by its author, Ms Maeve Mahon from the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin.
The parish thanks the Volunteers as well as all Parents for cooperating in this crucial element of preparation for our Parish Confirmation Day, scheduled this year for Saturday, April 25th at 11.00 a.m.
Johnswell National School
Enrolments are now open for Johnswell National School. Application forms are available from the School Tel 77598 95. Completed application forms to be returned by February 27th.
New Pilates Session
Commencing 25th of February in the Dunmore Hall from 8.00 - 9.00pm . (8 weeks €60) All abilities catered for. Fully qualified Pilates Instructor. Places are limited so booking is essential. Please call (086 8547710) Margaret