There was no winner of last weeks Club Lotto. The numbers drawn were 3, 7, 11, 17 and the bonus number was 18. Next week’s Jackpot prize will be €12,000 so make sure to get a ticket from the usual promotors. Tickets only €2 available from the bar
O’LOUGHLING GAELS CHAMPIONS DINNER – Mar 10th
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It was everything it promised ..not even the result of the Irel v Wales match could dampen the spirits of the 300 strong crowd that attended the Champions Dinner on Friday Night last. ..and that's not including the 'afters' crowd!!!
From 7pm they started to fill the large hall bedecked in White & Green by the hardworking Social Committee. The all-important Ireland v Wales rugby match was streamed live into the crowd via the six large screens set up around the hall that were later going to be used to keep the crowd close to proceedings as the night progressed. At half time messages were streamed in from club friends who could not be there. Mick Galwey & international ‘Superstar’ of the ‘70s Pat Spillane sent messages from Canada while club friend and Munster Rugby player Alan Quinlan added his congratulations. Not the required result from Cardiff to start off a party.. but one man was grinning like the cheshire cat was Welshman Jason Acremen, who accompanied his wife Marion - one of the guests on the night representing MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, the club's juvenile Sponsors . The result only temporarily dampened the crowds spirits as a quick review of the hurling championship in musical highlights ensured the party mood continued.
Club Chairman Brian Murphy welcomed everybody to the club including special guests from the Co. Board - Chairman Ned Quinn, Vice Chairman Conor Denieffe and Secretary, Jimmy Walsh. Brian also thanked our three main sponsors for their continued support - Pat Carroll - as a valued sponsor of our senior teams while Marion Acreman Marketing Manager with MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre represented our juvenile Sponsors who have been with the club since 2007. Also present were John and Margaret McCarthy from McCarthys Eurospar Newpark who are main sponsors to the club's Family Dog Night that's held each Summer. We welcomed Fr. Purcell, Fr. O'Connor from St. John's Parish and Fr. Tommy Murphy one of the clubs co-founders along with Club President, Martin Hanlon.
Co. Board Chairman Ned Quinn congratulated the club and players on the 2016 success and wished them well for the coming season before presenting the medals to each of the 33 strong panel of players. Each player, introduced by John Joe Cullen was greeted with a rousing O'Loughlin Gaels cheer with the loudest cheer reserved for the final player to be called out..Martin Comerford. Captain Brian Hogan spoke of the desire amongst the players for success and impressed upon those present that that hunger be instilled into our younger players to compete for team places and hence build a stronger club. Manager Aiden Fogarty thanked all for their involvement in leaving no stone upturned in the pursuit of last years success.
All fed (thanks to Alan Cullen and his team of caterers - beef or salmon should anyone ask), watered and 'medaled' , it was time to party, and Drops of Green got that show on the road with a fine set enjoyed by a very satisfied crowd that had grown since the beginning of the night. It was now well into the early hours of Saturday morning and the revelers were getting into the swing of things with DJ-Seanie D providing the sounds. The Tom Walsh Cup was at the centre of the party and must have had more dance partners on the night than Warren Beatty ever had! - because O'Loughlin Gaels GAA Club have the best party's. This reveller left to the sounds of the morning course...and also left behind some hardened revellers still inside. If you missed it..it's your own fault because you were well warned...but if you did..you missed a cracker!!
A huge thanks to the organising commitee Brian Murphy, John Skehan, Paddy Greene, Eoin Lawlor, Margaret Hanlon, Eileen Cleere, Mary Deegan, Coleman Loughnane & John Joe Cullen.
Thanks also to the Bar staff on the night, the glass collectors, the decorators and the cleaner-uppers. (Often the same people!!)
Well done to the players of course.... because no one will mind organising another one of those nights next year!! ..(..not even Paddy Greene!)
Congratulations to the children of Johnswell NS, St. Johns Senior School and The Model School who were confirmed last Sunday morning. A lovely occasion where families and extended families & friends all congregated around St. Johns Parish to celebrate this very special occasion for the young children..and all looked fabulous too.
KILKENNY / TIPP
Kilkenny & Tipp served up another classic last Saturday evening as is well documented, and playing a major role at mid-field was the hard working Paddy Deegan. The O’Loughlin Gaels mid-fielder has shown that he’s got the appetite for this level and his hard work is paying off. For any young Gael taking part in training sessions on Sunday mornings or Thursday evenings take heed to the workrate of this man…Paddy is a regular at the wall ball when he’s not training and that’s where you need to be. Well done Paddy..great game and a great role-model for the young players around St. Johns Parish. It was a proud evening again for the Deegan family as Paddy was again honoured with the captaincy. Well done to all the Kilkenny players …lovely hurling!!
The best of luck to the O’Loughlin Gaels Players taking part in today’s All-Ireland Colleges Semi-Finals. Wins for both teams would see an all Kilkenny final and a rematch of the Leinster final that was played last month. The CBS negotiated a quarter final encounter last week against Athenry with the Gaels minor Sean Bolger playing a starring role.
Our Senior Football Team successfully negotiated the first round of this years championship with a fine win on Sunday morning over southern opposition Mooncoin. The lads now face serious opposition in Railyard in next weekends Quarter-final. Best of luck to all involved.
The 2017 Feile will be hosted in the Kilkenny, Wexford & Carlow and last Thursday evening the national draws made at the Dolmen Hotel produced the participating groups. O’Loughlin Gaels will share the group with the Mont Leinster Rangers of Carlow and the representatives from Cork and Tipperary. O’Loughlin Gaels GAA will play hosts to the Cork Champions over the weekend of June 16th and judging by the recent visit of Cork supporters for the allianze league clash two weeks ago we’re in for a great weekend. Arrangements are in full swing and anyone who wishes to put forward their names to help in anyway please contact our Feile 17 coordinators at the club at our Sunday morning juvenile training sessions.
Last weekend the u14s hosted the first group stage of the Paddy Grace Tournament. Young Irelands and Graiguenamanagh took the spoils on this occasion but round two takes place next weekend when St. John’s Park is the venue for vistors Erins Own, Danesfort & St. Martins.
ST. PATRICK DAY
O'Loughlin Gaels Juvenile Sections will be taking part in this years St. Patrick's Day Kilkenny Parade and all young players from the GAA & Camogie Clubs are invited to meet at the Club at 11.45am on Friday morning. We're looking for children from St. John's Senior School Kilkenny to help us out too who are busying away making props for the event. We're also looking for a few parents to help out, so don't be shy!!.
Our juvenile sponsors MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre will be keeping families entertained over the weekend as well so make sure to drop in and pay them a visit.
U6 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Your Club Membership is up for renewal with the deadline of March 31st looming. Full details of membership fees is available on the club website www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie/membership.html
BOOKINGS FOR OCCASIONS
O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club boasts the best club facilities for it’s members in the city. With plenty of free parking, Kitchen, bar & Lounge facilities available it can cater for all your party needs. Contact Paddy on 086 1298329 to book your special occasion- christening, communion and confirmations, birthdays and anniversaries.. special wedding guests gatherings ..or any group occasion you require. The large hall is available for larger community occasions and the space outside is secure and safe for all the family.
ON-LINE CLUB SHOP
The On-line Club Shop can provide you with everything you need for the big day. It’s well stocked with all your essentials in your favourite club’s colours. Training tops, jerseys, jackets, beanies ..they’re all there just log on to the club website and hit the image to bring you into the shop AND your favourite club will also benefit with every sale.
ST. JOHN NOTES
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