U8s played host to Maynooth GAA on Sunday morning at St. Johns Park. A bus load of players and parents came and enjoyed plenty of hurling action played out by underage players from both clubs. All the skills were evident, rising, striking. Solo runs, sidelines cuts and tackling were the order of the day and all in good spirits. The beautiful spring weather certainly helped the occasion and the proceedings were overseen by one ‘Liam McCarthy’. The aforementioned ‘Liam McCarthy’ was very much in demand for photographs by the youngsters from both clubs who were equally enthralled by its presence. It was an excellent morning with families mingling afterwards over sandwiches and teas provided by the always hospitable O’Loughlin Gaels Members before our happy guests returned to Maynooth having had a good days experience. The Juvenile Section continues to provide more action for our young Gaels next week when on Sunday morning the club plays host to Wolftones GAA of Shannon and Doora Barefield GAA of Ennis in a series of u10 and u12 games. We look forward to the visit and more importantly we anticipate another lively and fun Sunday Morning at St. Johns Park. Our Clare friends are of course going to stay around O’Loughlin GAA club for certainly a little banter and probably a few predictions on the Clare v Kilkenny NHL match in Nowlan Park later in the afternoon.
Unfortunately our Senior Footballers exited from this year’s Championship following their defeat to a dominant Mooncoin side last weekend. The lads would be disappointed as their earlier performances had presented some good footballing promise. The players return to the training fields again now and prepare themselves for the upcoming hurling leagues.
U8s & u10s Gaelic Football
Gaelic Football for u8s and u10s returns on Tuesday , March 31st at 6.30pm and every Tuesday. Don’t worry if your registered and already training on Sunday Mornings you don’t need to register again. All you’ll need to remember is a Gumshield. We had great fun last year and plenty of different faces came to enjoy the o’Loughlins facilities. We’re looking forward to a few games too throughout the Summer.
There was no jackpot winner of this week’s club lotto. The numbers drawn were 8, 10, 16, 22 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. Best of luck
St. Patricks Day
Our young stars of the future took to the streets yesterday (St. Patricks Day) in the annual St. Patricks Day Parade. There was plenty of colour and noise and demonstrations of our proud youngsters Hurling, Football and Camogie skills. There are plenty of pictures and reports on the clubs website and facebook pages.
Registration & Membership
The deadline for player registration is fast approaching. It is so important for all players to complete and return their registration forms to club registrar Geraldine Kelly or Secretary Margaret Hanlon or indeed your team’s manager. March 31st is the final date for returns and players must do it in order to avail of the cover provided by the GAA Player Injury Scheme.
Reminder of ‘Review of Holy Week in The Parish’
“The Easter Triduum ceremonies (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) are central in the Church's calendar. In most Parishes, the Easter Triduum is celebrated by parishioners assembled in the parish church only.
Having regard to the to the falling numbers attending the Holy Week
Ceremonies in our three Churches, the following arrangements will apply from Easter 2015:
The full Easter Triduum will be celebrated in St John's Church only.
The Stations of the Cross – in all three Churches on Good Friday.
The Easter Sunday Celebrations – in all three churches as normal.
Much consideration has been given to this decision, and we regret that circumstances have forced us into making these new arrangements.
We trust that we have your understanding and support in our deliberations.”