There was no winner of last week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 3, 5, 19, 21 and the bonus number was: 11. 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.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS CLUB REGISTRATION
Please note that Club Registration is due. Renewed memberships can be left into the club bar Thursday through to Sunday and also Tuesday evenings from 8pm. It is important that all players memberships are registered now to be included in the club insurances before they train and play etc. All membership details will be posted on the clubs facebook and Website. Register now – O’Loughlin Gaels provides sporting and a wide range of social activities to the people of St. Johns Parish and beyond. All welcome.
The senior footballers disappointingly exited the Senior football Championship after a well contested replay against Clara on St. Patrick’s Day with a Clara victory by the narrowest of margins
ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE
An army of boys and girls from our GAA, handball and Camogie Clubs marched through the city streets in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade accompanied by mentors and parents in a colourful and entertaining group entry. The group cheered and entertained as they put on exhibition games at intervals throughout the route much to the delight of the large crowds that filled the City’s streets. Chief organizer Stephen McCormack provided refreshment for the group as the parade ended when they returned to the majestic fields at St. Johns Park.
Congratulations to Loretto Junior Camogie team who claimed the All Ireland Camogie title beating Coachford College of Cork. The Loretto team was aided by one of our own in Eva Collins as she formed part of the panel of the new All Ireland Champions. Well done Eva.
Sunday saw St. Johns park fill with Dublin GAA enthusiasts as clubs from O’Tooles GAA, St Johns, Ballinteer, Na Fianna CLG and Cuala GAA all took on the mighty O’Loughlin Gaels in morning duals preceding the NHL fixture in Nowlan Park. Our u10s and u12s put in the hard yards against Cuala GAA and Na Fianna respectively demonstrating their desire to hurl at the highest level for O’Loughlin Gaels GAA. The u16s hosted St. Johns Ballinteer in a useful challenge before the seniors took on O’Tooles GAA on the main pitch to the delight of all the visiting supporters. Travelling teams and supporters were treated to the usual O’Loughlin Gaels hospitality before all heading to Nowlan Park for the big game. It was a busy morning in the club but as always extra efforts were made to accommodate everyone as our u8s and u6s managed to get in their usual Sunday morning training sessions. Well done to all involved in making it yet another vibrant Sunday morning at St. Johns Park.
U10s Host Cuala GAA
It was some sight in St. John’s Park on Sunday morning. As the pitches filled with O’Loughlins Teams hosting various Dublin visitors our u10s played their part in a March morning’s festival of hurling. Almost 60 u10 players - 30 Cuala visitors - played out 4 matches under the Spring sunshine with all boys getting full matches. Such was the enthusiasm for hurling one of the players Luke Hanrahan insisted on playing after jetting in earlier from his holidays. It was a good thing too or the large crowd of supporters wouldn’t have witnessed his sublime reverse handpass in the second match. The skills demonstrated by all players was wide ranging..and innovative as Eoghan O’Brien showed when he flicked the ball up after a winding solo run to 'head' the ball to the net. ( you can't sign him up Jürgen Klopp - he's ours!!).
The Cuala CLG support, mentors and players who enjoyed their visit to St. John’s Park, were treated to some top class hurling with some top class hospitality put together by O’Loughlin Gael parents before heading to Nowlan Park to cheer on their County Team. They might agree that the best hurling of the day was played in St. John’s Park.
Well done to all the young players and well done too to two debutants, Eirin Griffin and David Shepard who played their very first hurling matches this morning. Keep it up lads..Well done to all involved with u10s....Up the ‘Loughs.
A big thanks to our two participants in the Kilkenny County Board Long Puck competition held at Gowran Race Course . Brandon Wall and Joe Leydon represented O’Loughlin Gaels GAA in the u12 and u14 competitions respectively. The two boys as always gave it their all as only young Gaels do and the club is very appreciative of their efforts. Thank you boys.
JOHNSWELL NATIONAL SCHOOL
Enrolments are now open for September 2016 for Johnswell National School. Application forms are available from the School Tel: 77598 95.
THE HOME RULE CLUB
The Home Rule Club is situated in the heart of St. John's parish on John’s Quay and have the distinction of being the only Home Rule Club still remaining in the whole of Ireland . . . in existence in Kilkenny city for over 120 years. The Home Rule Club is an Institution the caters for all ages. It’s facilities include two well-kept full-size snooker tables, new dart board, a weekly card playing session and music and sing-song on Saturday nights. With an annual fee of only €10 this offers great value. To facilitate OAP's living in the city, who might wish to drop in on Saturday nights there is a complimentary 'collect and return home' service offered by a club benefactor, just ring 086 2592321 between 5 and 6 p.m. to avail of this service. As a longstanding landmark in our community please consider dropping in and making the Home Rule Club yours and continue it’s tradition.
We wish a very Happy Easter to all the people of St. Johns Parish at home and away.