MINORS TO COUNTY FINAL
The St Johns Parish side advanced to the 2015 Minor Football A Championship County Final after outsmarting neighbours Dicksboro in an entertaining encounter at St. John’s Park last Sunday. Much more clinical finishing by O’loughlins with three major scores passing the ‘Boro keeper being the difference. If goals win games then next weekend’s opponents will be a different dilemma as James Stephens put eight past their semi-final opposition Mooncoin, and with home advantage it will be a tough challenge..but our lads love a challenge!. Well done to all involved.
There was no winner of last week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 7, 9, 13, 14 and the bonus number was: 4. 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.
THE BULL RUSH- PLAYERS FUNDRAISER FOR STRENGTH & CONDITIONING FACILITIES
Week four has seen a shift in the placings for the players race to sell the most raffle tickets in an effort to raise funds for Strength & Conditioning Equipment at O’Loughlin Gaels. Team Martin ‘Texas Longhorn’ Comerford remains in the lead but only just as a massive surge by Brian ‘Hereford Red’ Hogan’s team sees them catapult into second place. Leaving Mark’ Angus Browne’ Kelly wondering if it was a good idea to go on holidays in the middle of the race!! The other two teams led by Mark ‘Belgian Blue’ Bergin and Andy ‘Beef Shorthorn’ Kearns are looking like they might be heading for the butchers block early unless a dramatic shift in sales occurs. Please support the players..their goal is to have facilities available at the club so that they and future players can serve O’Loughlin Gaels GAA well. This is your opportunity to show them the great support they have. The players on the team that sells most wins a players prize and you get to be in with a chance to win the raffle Log on below or contact your favourite player for tickets. Tickets for the raffle are available from your player online. 1st prize of a Bull Calf or €1000. Tickets are €10 and can be purchased online on www.oloughlingaels.gee.ie Bull Rush.. Help the lads to raise enough funds for strength & conditioning facilities at the club by buying a ticket from your team. Just logon and find the option to purchase from your favourite Captain to see them win the team prize and help get their facilities. Well done to all the players for driving their own initiative and a huge thanks to event sponsors SRS Steel & Roofing Systems for supporting the lads.
JUVENILE REGISTRATION- FEB 5th at 7pm
Registration of Juvenile Players for both the GAA and Camogie Clubs for the coming season will take place in O’Loughlin Gaels GAA on Friday the 5th of February at 7pm. Already the mentors are being mobilised and the equipment is being collected to be ready for the new season. Boys Training will recommence for u6 to u12s on Sunday February the 21st at 10.30am at St. Johns Park and we look forward to seeing all the young faces return with new faces always welcome. U6 Boys will start indoors in the Club’s Large Indoor Facilities for boys born 2010/2011 – the time and dates for this will be available on registration night. O’Loughlin Gaels GAA serves to facilitate all Gaelic Games activities for St. Johns Parish in Kilkenny City, Dunmore and Johnswell.
U14 & U16 MEDAL PRESENTATION
On Friday January 29th our successful u14 and u16s panels will be presented with their medals for their achievements throughout the 2015 season. It promises to be a great night where these young players will be feted in front of their families and friends and members of O’Loughlin Gaels GAA. The u14s had a very successful year finishing up with retaining the u14 Hurling Championship title for the 3rd year in a row and the 4th in five years for the club. On top of that they boys achieved success when winning the Paddy Grace Tournament (County Feile), The County Football Championship and the All-Ireland Feil Peil Div 5 Championship back in June. The u16s will also be rewarded for their efforts when they receive medals as u16 County Hurling Champions, County Football Champions and County Hurling League winners. Not bad going boys. Looks like it could be a long and enjoyable evening!
ST JOHNS PARK - A FOUNDATION
You are invited to log on to www.oloughlingaels.gaaa.ie/view-from-the-shed to read about a period in the history of O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club that saw the formation of the development of St. Johns Park. An insightful and personal piece of writing by ex-president and founder of the club Eamon Doyle it is a must read for anyone who enjoys the facilities available at O’Loughlin Gaels GAA. We thank Eamonn for this wonderful recording of an important time in our great club’s infrastructure. Maith thu Eamonn.
SUICIDE AWARENESS GATHERING
Last week a large crowd filled the pews in St. Johns Church to witness the third Suicide Awareness gathering and listen to those affected by mental health issues. Organised by Lord Mayor Joe Malone the crowd heard testimony of very personal experiences from both Kenny Heffernan and Waterford hurler Maurice Shanahan and was compared by Aisling Keoghan. There was music too by the Thekulo Gospel Choir and Alan Hayes and the message of the night was never to feel alone or in isolation as there is plenty of help out there. The Samaritans 116 123 (Free to Call), Teac Tom 056 7796592, Taxi Watch 087 6665050 and Joe Malone 086 3128838
ANNUAL PARISH SOCIAL
The Annual St. John’s Parish Social will take place on Sunday, January 31st in Langton House Hotel. Tickets will be on sale next weekend at €10 each, for which you get a meal followed by music and dancing. Tickets can be bought from any member of the Pastoral Council (names on top of page), from the Sacristy or at the Parish office
ST. JOHNS PARIH LOCAL HISTORY CALENDAR
A new St John’s Local History Calendar for 2016 is now available. Contact Frank Cody, Newpark Close FRC at 056-7723309. Cost: €5.00
Starts on Thursday, September the 17th in Dunmore Hall at 7pm. 6 Weeks only €50 and places are limited. Contact Margaret at 086 8547710
Johnswell Development Committee
Upcoming events- Thursday 14th January - Crime Prevention, Community Alert & Farm Safety meeting in Johnswell Hall on @ 7.30p.m.
Power point presentation by Sgt Peter McConnon, Kilkenny Garda Station.
Presentation from Kilkenny Fire Service on safety in the home.
Saturday 16th January - Defibrillator Course in Johnswell Hall at 10.00a.m. – 1.00p.m. €15 per person. Maximum of 10 per session.
Contact Paul 086 8461462 for bookings.
Pastoral Council Meeting
The January meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Thursday evening at 7.30pm. in the Presbytery. All members are requested to attend.
St John’s Homes for the Elderly
A vacancy has arisen at the Homes for the Elderly, St John’s Court, located on the grounds of St John’s Church. Application forms are available from the Parish Office during office hours 9.30-2.00pm Monday to Friday. Closing date for applications is 21st January.
Side By Side Club
The Side by Side club takes place every Thursday at 2pm in the Day Care Centre. New members welcome. Contact Helen Goode on 087 6884072