AIB LEINSTER CLUB FINAL
What a great occasion for GAA Clubs and their communities the AIB Club Championship is, and last Sunday saw a huge crowd from St. John’s Parish travel to O’Moore Park to support the club. For that everyone at O’Loughlin Gaels is very grateful. The result was disappointing as Cuala were without a shadow of a doubt the better team and from what we witnessed in Portlaoise last Sunday they will be very difficult to beat in this competition. Fair play to the O’Loughlins lads though, they kept in close contact for much of the came but with the kitchen sink been thrown in towards the end of the game the flood gates opened up and Cuala finished out impressive winners. But for the heroics of goal keeper Stephen Murphy though, the final deficit could have been far greater. Stephen put in a very impressive performance and pulled off point blank, reflex and rebound saves on numerous occasions and managed to score a long range pointed free also that earned him a shortlisting for the man of the match accolade. Martin Comerford emptied the tank as usual and Eddie Kearns can’t be faulted for his efforts to stem the tide. A poor day on the field of play but the occasion brought the best out in the community. The preparations , the words of support from the local schools and the gathering in the club for support demonstrates that O’Loughlin Gaels club and it’s supporters is one of the best in the GAA. All at O’loughlin Gaels GAA would like to thank everybody involved in preparing the teams, in administering the club, sponsors and all the clubs members and friends for their continued support. O’Loughlin Gaels are Kilkenny Senior Hurling County Champions and we’re very proud.
There was no winner of last weeks Club Lotto.Next week’s Jackpot prize will be €6,000 so make sure to get a ticket from the usual promotors.
CAMOGIE CLUB CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
O’Loughlin Gaels Camogie club celebrated its 25 year anniversary last Saturday evening. People of all ages who have been involved in the club came to reminisce, share memories and stories with each other. Joan Galwey, Chairperson of O’Loughlin Gaels Camogie welcomed all members, past and present. She thanked Catherine Neary, Camogie Association President, for attending and congratulated her on a wonderful year for Kilkenny camogie- and noted that it was a fitting reward for a lifetimes work to see both Senior and Intermediate Cups being brought to Kilkenny.
A lovely booklet was available for all present to celebrate the history of the club to date.
Special presentations were made to Marie Fitzpatrick and to Grace Sheridan, granddaughter of Rena Sheridan who was a co-founding member of the club. Marie Fitzpatrick spoke of the origins of the club which she and Rena Sheridan (RIP) founded in 1991 and emphasised the importance of sport was in the community to children of all ages. She was delighted to hear that O' Loughlin Gaels now has the largest total membership in the county.
There were also presentations to Laura Murphy and Laura Greene, our two heroes on the All-Ireland winning teams, who came with the Duffy and McGrath cups.
Denise Gaule who played much of her juvenile camogie with O' Loughlins was also honoured, and her former club wished her continued success as she has been nominated for Sports Personality of the Year.
Clubman and County and Provincial Development Officer, Jer Donovan was congratulated on his recent marriage to Linda..
No 25 year celebration would be complete without special mention for those long-standing members who are known for exceptional dedication and loyalty and Jim Kavanagh, Gerry Buckley and Eileen Cleere were the well deserved recipients, for their outstanding commitment to the club over the past decade and more.
A great evening was had by all, and we look forward to continuing to build our club, on this solid foundation and enjoy future celebrations. O’Loughlin Gaels Camogie abú!
ON-LINE CLUB SHOP
Get your colours for Leinster Final Day! 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.
Congratulations to FOUR of our young Gaels, David Fogarty, Dacel Fwamba, Conor Kelly and Jamie Young who all played a huge part in brining yet another All-Ireland Hurling Title to St. Kierans College when they won the Junior All-Ireland against Fermoy in Clonmel last Sunday. Lovely hurling young men!
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!
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS GAA AGM
The 2016 Club AGM takes place in the Club Lounge on Wednesday December 14th at 7.30pm. All members are encouraged to attend
JUVENILE CHRISTMAS PARTY – SANTA CAN’T WAIT!!
Keep Sunday December the 11th free for a special visit to St. Johns Park for one big jolly guy in a red suit. Santa will make his annual visit to the club for the Juvenile Christmas Party as he tours the country raising funds for Temple Street Childrens Hospital. As always no doubt the young players and their families will be generous in their support of this worthy cause and as always Santa will be generous with his time for all the young children. Santa is expected to drop in around 3pm so the Party throws in at 2.30pm
CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY
O’Loughlin Gaels GAA will host it’s annual Christmas Party for all Members, Payers, Mentors and friends on Saturday night December 17th. It’s been another great year for the club and there is plenty to celebrate together. Keep the date free and we’ll all come together for one hell of a local party.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS CLUB CALENDARS
O’Loughlin Gaels GAA 2017 Calendars can be purchased from Kearns Butchers in Ballybought Street for only €5 each. These are nicely produces by our Juvenile players as part of their Transition Year Enterprise Project at CBS Kilkenny and will look good at home or at work…especially if your work colleagues are from a rival club!!!
THE ’12-NOON’ CHOIR
Like all parish Choirs, the 12 O’clock Choir is currently looking for new members. Please consider sharing your talent and ability with our congregations. Male and female are most welcome. Rehearsals for this choir take place Monday nights at 8.00 p.m. in The Presbytery. So please, come along and give it a try.
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
JIM O’HARA MEMORIAL POKER TOURNAMENT DEC 16
The Annual Jim O’Hara Texas Holdem Poker Tournament takes place in O’Loughoin Gaels GAA Club on Friday December the 16th from 8pm. Full details contact 056 7765036
DUNMORE ANNUAL BAKE/CAKE SALE
The annual bake/cake sale will take place on Sunday 11th Dec. after the
11 am mass to raise funds for Christmas time in our Church. All donations of cakes and buns gratefully accepted and raffle prizes appreciated. Please come along on the morning for a cuppa and get dessert sorted for the dinner.
JOHNSWELL SCHOOL CRAFT SALE & COFFEE MORNING
The annual craft sale and coffee morning will take place in Johnswell School on Sunday 18th December after 10am Mass. There will be a great variety of crafts and home baking for sale and as this is in aid of Johnswell School your support would be greatly appreciated.