O’Loughlin Gaels will participate in the Leinster League as part of the team’s preparation for the tough county league / championship that lies ahead in 2014. This prestigious league will see teams pitted against one another from across the province and includes the counties of Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Wexford. We’ve been drawn in Group three of Division One and will be up against Castletown Slieve Bloom (Laois), Ballyboden St Enda’s (Dublin) and Buffer’s Alley of Wexford. We travel to Castletown on March 1st next, before hosting Ballyboden in St John’s Park the following week – 8th March. Our final game in the group is on the 22nd March and is away to Buffer’s Alley in Wexford. The top two teams from each group (four groups) will contest knock-out quarter finals on April 5th and the final will be played on Saturday 19th April. The other teams in division one are as follows: Ballinkillen (Carlow), St Vincent’s (Dublin), Drumcullen (Offaly), Raharney (Westmeath), Camross (Laois), Clonkill (Westmeath), Naomh Eoin (Carlow), Faughs (Dublin),Lucan Sarsfields (Dublin), Birr (Offaly), Portlaoise (Laois) and Ferns St Aidan’s (Wexford).
Fantasy Cheltenham is a unique way of indulging your passion for taking a punt along with supporting your local OLG GAA club. Tickets can be purchased for €20. For every ticket bought – O’Loughlin Gaels will receive a contribution of €10. Don’t worry if you’re not a Barney Curley. There will be lots of prizes in store aimed at those who wouldn’t know the back end from the front! Tickets can be purchased by simply ringing 087/9647846.
A monster whist drive will be run on Wednesday 5th March at 8:30 p.m. in Callan Parish Hall in aid of Fr Philip O’Halloran’s missionary work in Kenya for the Mill Hill Fathers. There will be lots of prizes as well as a raffle & tea and refreshments will also be served.
The Cats versus the Premier
O’Loughlin Gaels would like to congratulate the Kilkenny County Board for the hard work undertaken, to have Nowlan Park in pristine condition for the big clash against the auld enemy in Kilkenny H.Q. on Sunday last. It is not an exaggeration to say that the storms that bashed the Marble City in the month of February were without precedent. Much has been documented about the damage done and credit is due to all those who rolled up their sleeves - to have our county grounds looking resplendent last Sunday. As for the game itself – what a cracker! It was a privilege to have witnessed what can only be described as a ten goal shoot-out, which had more twists and turns than a Le Carre thriller! Our own Brian Hogan and Mark Kelly played their part in serving up a game that will surely whet the appetite for the season ahead – well done boys.
I.T. Evening – One of Our Own!
Well done to O’Loughlin Gaels Secretary Margaret O’Hanlon – who gave a very informative I.T. class to cub representatives on Tuesday last. Margaret was aided and abetted by Seamus Reade (Kilkenny P.R.O.) on the night. The seminar took place in the Kilkenny Education Centre on the Callan Road and allowed club reps to test out new technology in a safe and secure environment. This rep has a while to go Mags – before catching up with ya!
There was no winner of the O’Loughlin Gaels club lotto this week. The jackpot remains at €20,000. The draw is held every Tuesday night. If you want to be in with a chance to win – purchase a ticket from the usual known outlets or from behind the bar in OLG clubhouse. Best of luck to all.
Mass for Deceased Members
O’Loughlin Gaels would like to sincerely thank Fr Frank Purcell for celebrating a Mass for our deceased members. The Mass took place in our clubhouse on Wednesday last. Eddie Buckley (OLG Chairman) was invited to say a few words by Fr Frank at the end of the Mass. Eddie praised all those who had gone before us but were no longer here and also acknowledged the importance of taking time out to remember and reflect on those who had contributed so much to the club down through the years.