YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU
Next Sunday is a big day for the St. John’s Parish Community and it’s GAA Club O’Loughlin Gaels. With the seniors taking part in the Senior Hurling County Final in Nowlan Park it’s time for everybody in the Parish to get behind the boys. Wear your colours, roar you support and bring the family along, decorate your house, your car or your business and show the lads that St. John’s Parish is up for this. Our lads have been training all year - from cold wet winter nights under lights to hot summers Sundays, travelling to challenge games and putting their bodies to test , the Final Day has arrived and they’re best prepared for the day. In getting there the boys were aided by a brilliant back room team that left no stone unturned to achieve their goal. Fundraising efforts were carried out all year by different sections of the club to go towards the preparations of all our teams for varying competitions. Lights, hot water, sliotars, hurls, jerseys, refreshments, physios, medical expenses have all got to be looked after and a massive effort be a massive amount of people is necessary to achieve this. There’s Mocksie who opens the dressing rooms..and closes them again..and opens and closes ‘til his blue in the face ..but for the club. There’s the ladies committee who are called to arms at every occasion along with the social committee. The grounds committee and development committees who keep the club in tip top shape, pitches lines, groomed and looking grand for every occasion. The photographers and scorekeepers who keep records of ongoing events. The stewards / volunteers who turn up with their hi-vis jackets to keep everyone safe. The juvenile section who work tirelessly all year every week producing street leagues, tournaments, trips away, Summer Camp and a Schools Day to keep young Gael’s enjoying their hurling ..and all for the club! The Executive are on the ball always to put everything in place so that everyone can do their bit for the club with ease . Sunday is County Final Day..it’s a special day for any club and parish that find themselves fortunate enough to be involved in it. This Sunday its O’Loughlin Gaels GAA, St. John’s Parish and Ballyhale Shamrocks who are the fortunate ones. It’s a day for everyone involved to celebrate the club’s involvement in the parish and the community. All those volunteers will cheer from the Stands and hope that the lads will take the title and become Senior County Hurling Champions for 2016. Be there to support them… cheer them… and help them with one last joint effort. Hon d’Loughs!!
Team: S. Murphy, B. Leydon, A. Forristal, A. Kearns, E. Kearns, B. Hogan, H. Lawlor, P. Deegan, P. Butler,, A. Geoghegan,, M. Kelly, E. Grant, F. Brennan, M. Gibbons, S. Parsons, D. O’Connor, S. Johnston , M. Bergin,, M. Comerford, A. O’Brien, S. Bolger, D. Burke., S. Mahony, G. Bryan, S. Bolger, P. Cantwell, D. Loughnane, C. Loy, N. Bergin, T. Gleeson, D. Lenihan, G. Kelly, J. Nolan, P. Byrne.
Manager: A. Fogarty
Selectors: N. Skehan, D. Shelly, M Holohan
Fitness Trainer: M.Comerford
Thanks to Team Sponsors Pat Carroll’s Pub for their continued support.
POST MATCH GATHERING
All supporters young and old are invited back to the Club after the Match on Sunday to join in the Post Match banter. Paddy has the place decked in white and green and there will be a 3 course meal served later in the evening for those booked at the bar. The match will be shown plus it’s a great opportunity to meet with people from the club and parish. The youngest players can chat and take advice from the current and past ones and so inspire future successes for our great club. See you all there.
CLUB LOTTO €18,800
There was no winner of last week’s Club Lotto..The numbers drawn were 3, 12, 16, 21 and the bonus number was: 28 . Tickets can be bought from the usual selling agents or by asking at the clubhouse bar. The Jackpot is now at a healthy €18,000..so get yourself a ticket and don't miss out on your chance to win this great prize
Senior Team sponsors Pat Carroll's Pub of Ballybought Street are getting behind the boys for next Sunday's County Final and making sure they look the part. A brand new set of jerseys was presented by Pat Carroll (Centre) to Team Captain Brian Hogan today. In the picture also is Aidan Fogarty (Team Manager), Sean Tyrrell (Vice-Chairman), player Martin Comerford, Donal O'Dywer (Hurling & Football Development Officer) and Club Chairman Brian Murphy. The jerseys received the rubber stamp of approval from young Jack Hogan also pictured who was in charge of Quality Control.
Thanks to Pat Carroll's for their continued support of our Senior Teams
Without the help of our sponsors days like next Sunday would not be possible. O’Loughlin Gaels is very fortunate to have had the continued support over the last member of years of our main sponsors. Pat Carrolls of Ballybought Street (Seniors Teams), McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre (Juvenile Teams), Newpark Spar (Race Night) and The Rivercourt Hotel, Johns Street have all been on board and are invaluable to the club teams development. The club also wishes to take the opportunity to thank all those who contributed to the pitch side signage and last winters Players Fundraiser the SRS (Steel Roofing Systems) Bull Rush. Go raibh mile maith agaibh.
Each evening this week in the lead up to the County Final the Ladies Committee have set up shop at the club selling flags, hats and bunting so that you are covered when supporting the lads. The shop opens from 8pm to 9pm every night so get in early and don’t lose out.
ON-LINE CLUB SHOP
Get your colours for the big day! Last year’s White and Green shop was a tremendous success and this year the On-line Club Shop can provide you with everything you need for County Final 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.
O’Loughlin Gaels Under 14 Feile, Under 16 Hurling / Football and Under 21 Hurling / Football Champions of 1976
The club is planning to have a really nice evening for the successful players 1976 and we really hope that the players along with their wives/partners can join us for the celebrations.
The successful teams are listed below so if you recognise anyone please spread the word. Those invited are asked to RSVP by text to Margaret on 087-2298028 on or before Friday 28th of October with your name and your wife / partners name and that you are able / unable to attend.
U21s: John Mulcahy, Pat Cantwell, Dermot Tyrrell, John Skehan, Mick McGrath, Kevin Robinson, Ollie Bergin, Michael Lanigan, Shem McEvoy, Eugene Deegan, Joe Mulcahy, Anthony O’Driscoll, Anthony Bergin, Podge Cody, Mick Nolan, Ger Hennessy, Jimmy Leahy, Pat Hanlon, P Keane, Eugene Deegan
U16s: M. Cleere, P. Walsh, B. Tyrrell, P. Moran, G. Fitzpatrick, M. Morrissey, D. Galvin, P. Moran, P. Cody, T. Moylan, E. Leahy, B. O’Donovan, M. McGrath, C. Doheny, Ian Wilkinson, G. O’Connor, D. Johnston, M. Cleere, R. Cody, N. Condon, S. Tyrrell, D. Byrne
U14s: P. Cleere, D. Byrne, J. Walsh, M. shortall, L. Tyrrell, J. Nolan, G. Fitzpatrick, P. Dowling, B. Cleere, T. Moylan, J. Kiely, T. Coyne, G. Fitzpatrick, L. Walsh, K. Hoban, T. Lanigan, J. Byrne, I. Fitzpatrick, J. Butler.
LOCHLAINN THE BULL TO NEW PASTURES…
Last year the players fundraiser 'The Bull Rush' raised funds for gym equipment to be used by the players. The new gym has been realised and is currently in use by the players in a newly refurbished room set aside at the St. John's Park Club Complex. This week the bull at the centre of the players fundraiser 'went to market' and fetched a very fine price too. The players wish to thank Tom & Brian Roche of Greenbridge for looking after the bull calf for the last twelve months and having him in fine fettle for his Mart date. Thanks too to all those who contributed to the fundraiser including raffle winner Gearóid Cleere of Cleere Life & Pensions and all the other Matadors. All Matadors will be posted onto the gym wall in recognition of their contribution and the opportunity is still there for you to become a matador at http://www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie/store/p12/Club__Matador_.html and contribute to the continued maintenance of the players facility. A big thanks too to fundraiser sponsors SRS Steel & Roofing Systems Fabrications. In a week where the lads have come together again to represent the club at the highest level in Sundays County Final we say well done to all the players....lovely hurling!
The Club will be running a Defibrillator Course open to ALL members. Anyone interested in taking part please text 087 229 8028 to register your interest. You never know.. you might save someone's life!
First Holy Communion &
Confirmation Dates 2017
First Holy Communions –
St John’s: Sat. 13th May, 10.30am.
(for St John’s Junior & Model Schools):
Johnswell: Sunday 14th May at 10.00am.
Confirmations in St John’s –
Saturday 11th March at 11.00am.
TAIZE YOUTH TRIP 2017
A youth trip to Taizé in France organised by Ossory Youth will take place from 25th June to 2nd July 2017. A week in Taize is an opportunity for reflection and contemplation and a little step back from daily life. But bringing people together is also the essence of Taize and it is a week of meeting young people from different countries and cultures where new friendships are made. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make the trip to Taizé each year.
The trip is open to Transition year, 5th year and Leaving Cert students. Numbers are confined to 25 young people. For additional information, including cost, and application forms, contact Patrick Bookle, Ossory Youth at (056) 7761200, (087) 2129006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HANDBALL CLUB VOLUNTEERS
O’Loughlin Gaels Handball Club at St. Johns Park boasts one of the finest alleys in the sport. With two alleys at its disposal it can cater for a large membership. It needs volunteers though …anyone interested in volunteering their time to coach, learn and facilitate juvenile handball at the club can contact Bridget at 0879550193 for further details. Get involved in your club and your local community .
SHANE RUNS FOR CHARITY
Minor/ senior player Shane Mahony is doing a Charity Run in side of The Alzheimer's Society of Ireland next month in the Castle Park. This is a great cause and Shane is looking for your support. Shane is doing a charity FUN RUN in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (Kilkenny region) on the 20th of November in the Castle Park. Registration is 10 Euro and it's going to a great cause.
It's only when somebody close to you is affected by this disease that you realise how important the carers are to them and how much work they do to help. Currently there are about 48,000 people living with Dementia in Ireland. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland aims to improve the lives of people living with the disease and provides support for their families. There has been a lack of funding in recent years and Shane is hoping help, starting with the Fun Run.
Your support on November 20th would be greatly appreciated!! Well done Shane.
KILKENNY SUPPORTERS CLUB PRESENT MIKE DENVER
Mike Denver in Live Concert will be hosted by Kilkenny Supporers Club at Cillin Hill on Saturday 29th of October. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets costing €25 are available at Nowlan Park, Langtons Hotel, Cillin Hill and at Supervalue and Centra Outlets. It promises to be a great night..don’t miss it.