After almost 7 weeks of high spirits, the team players, club supporters and friends gathered in Pat Carroll’s Pub last Friday night for the grand finale of the Bull Rush & Raffle. The night itself was terrific with the players still knocking the craic out of the whole campaign as they joked and teased each other for their efforts. But at the final announcement the joking and teasing stopped as the they all took a step back to congratulate each other for a job well done. Without as much as breaking a sweat and no big song and dance about it, the players managed to smash their target of raising close to €10k and ended up raising €21k. This was purely through the good will of supporters and a collection of players who desire nothing more than the best for the club. Players divided into teams of ten with the aim of selling more tickets than each of the other four teams. Captains, Brian Hogan, Mark Kelly, Mark Bergin, Andy Kearns and Martin Comerford pushed their teams and cajoled their opposite numbers to make the fundraiser a fun experience for themselves and interested onlookers. So much so that Pat Carroll’s was packed to the rafters on Friday night to find out who won the Team prize and who won the bull calf..the 1st prize in the raffle. The Team Prize was won by Team Andy Kearns who pushed his team to the limits making sure that the race was in no doubt at the finish line. All of Andy’s team each were presented with a specially commissioned training jersey from event sponsors SRS Steel Roofing Systems and will also go to training with ultimate bragging rights. The 1st prize of the Bull Calf was won by Gearoid Cleere of Cleere Life & Pensions, Dean Street and we thank him and all raffle ticket holders for their valued support. The monies raised will now go towards the purchase of Strength & Conditioning equipment that will serve the club now and long into the future. Well done to all invovled.
U21 & MINOR MEDAL PRESENTATION
On Saturday night a large crowd gathered in the club lounge to celebrate the success of our u21 Hurling Champions and Minor Football Champions for 2015. Chairman Brian Murphy hosted players their families, friends and supporters to a fine evening and spoke of building on the hard work that the players have put into their game thus far. On hand to help with presenting medals was O’Loughlin Gaels man and now County Board Vice Chairman Conor Denieffe who spoke of his pride in club and all the good work that goes on at St. John’s Park to make events like Saturday night happen. Minor Manager Niall Bergin and u21 manager Pat O’Grady both introduced her teams to the gathering and when the business of medals was dealt with Paddy Greene provided refreshments and nourishment as we all sat back and enjoyed a recording of the 2015 County Hurling Final. There was plenty of expert analysis of course and plenty of discussion on how these lads can build to the next level . Well done to all the players and their management teams
There was a huge crowd on Friday evening in the club for the first night of registration for our juvenile players. It was certainly one of the busiest in many years and with already almost 200 young boys registered there is plenty of optimism about St, Johns Park for the club’s future. U6s and u8s will commence training in the club’s large indoor facilities from Sunday at 10am and players can still come and register for the coming weeks. All the management teams are all ready to go and look forward to another season of fun filled activities and competitive action. Juvenile training to u12s will take place each Sunday morning at 10.30am and contact details for team managers are available on the club website.
There was no winner of last week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 7, 8, 17, 26 and the bonus number was: 18. 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.
The senior footballers dusted themselves down after their first round defeat to Mullinavat and bounced back with a solid 12points to 8points win over Mooncoin in Mooncoin last weekend. It was hard going with the soft ground but the win will but the wind in their sails as they continue with round three next weekend against Railyard. A win here would put them into a comfortable position going forward to the latter stages of the competition. Keep it up lads
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS BAR & LOUNGE
Shanghai Darts will return to the bar on Sunday evenings in the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA. The bar opens Thurs to Sundays and Tuesday evenings from 8pm with a growing ‘congregation’ as Paddy Greene and his team offer great value drinks and a great service that includes updates on what’s going on plus a few wise words. Tuesday night is Lotto night, Thursday evening sees the regular poker night; Friday, Saturday & Sunday hosts families and neighbours with Sunday evenings now adding Shanghai darts to the entertainment. Join in – you’re all welcome.
SIDE BY SIDE CLUB
The Side by Side club takes place every Thursday at 2pm in the Day Care Centre. New members welcome. Contact Helen Goode on 087 6884072