On foot of a very successful 2014 for O’Loughlin Gaels Juvenile teams Kilkenny’s Mayor John McGuinness has invited representative players, mentors and Club Officers to be honoured in City Hall on Wednesday Evening (Feb 18th). It’s rare thing that a clubs’ U14s, u16s and Minor teams all win their respective Roinn A Hurling County Titles… along with a few more honours added in 2014. This is the result of some very hard work by the club in providing excellent facilities, coaches training, and up to date welfare practices ensuring that all the clubs’ players are afforded the best opportunities. At the recent County Bord Convention the O’Loughlin Gaels Juvenile Section was awarded the “The Club Cill Chainnigh 3 Star Flag” for Games Development & Coaching. O’Loughlins are the only club in Kilkenny to be awarded this and it is reward for the hard work and commitment put into to educating and training all the coaches and volunteers, and for honouring its commitment to ensuring all juveniles get game time and access to skills development. O’Loughlin Gaels GAA appreciate the acknowledgment by the Mayor and look forward to the evening.
Minors in Football County Final
O’Loughlins Minors continue to prepare for the County Football Final against Mooncoin scheduled for Friday. ( See Kilkenny GAA Fixtures) This would be a great achievement for players and mentors should they succeed completing a double in County Titles so get out to support and show your appreciation for your team’s efforts.
Junior B in All-Ireland Semi Final
Next weekend O’Loughlin Gaels Junior B team continue their quest for All-Ireland glory when they take on Limerick’s Doon GAA in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. The game is fixed for Sunday 22nd at 3pm in Ratheneesagh, Co. Limerick. Please keep an eye out on O’Loughlin Gaels Facebook page for details and travel arrangements. Best of luck to manager Davey Ward and the boys.
There was no jackpot winner of this week’s club lotto. The numbers drawn were 4, 7, 20, 25 and the bonus number was: 33. 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. Best of luck!
O’Loughlin Gaels Juvenile teams from u6 to u12 continue to train on Sundays at 10.30am. There was another huge turnout as St. Johns Park was packed to capacity with happy young Gaels playing the game of hurling in one of the best environments local GAA has to offer. The u6s ran rings around each other in the gym and the u7s, 8s, 9s, 10, 11s and 12s filled the vast fields in preparation for the battalions of Dublin visitors expected at the club next Sunday morning. Kilmacud Crokes, Ballinteer GAA and Balyboden St. Endas will all have teams descending upon O’Loughlins GAA to enjoy games and the hospitality that the club offers on such mornings. It will be a good family fun morning and if you have a young player involved or want to get him involved come in to the club and enjoy the spectacle. After the games the young players, mentors and families from all clubs will mingle and chat and look forward together to the afternoons game in the NHL between Kilkenny and Dublin in Nowlan Park.
St. John’s Man Mark frustrates Cork.
Well done to O’Loughlins man Mark Kelly who made a significant contribution to Kilkenny Senior Hurlers NHL win over Cork last Saturday evening. Mark scored 4 great points from play in what was a very tough encounter and was unlucky not to add a goal but for a great stop by the cork keeper. Marks’ work-rate epitomises the attitude of this Kilkenny team and is a great example for young O’Loughlin’s players who aspire to great things. Well done Mark and keep it going.
Next Thursday evening, at 7.30 p.m. we invite all interested people – especially those who help or attend or who are involved in any way with the Novena, to come together in the Parish Centre for a Review of our Annual Kilkenny Novena, for example: Eucharistic ministers, readers, pastoral council, etc.
It’s good practice, before we put the Novena ‘on the back burner’ for another year, to have the occasional review as Novena Models tend to change, or perhaps, deserve to be changed, from time to time.
We thank all those associated in any and every way for making the Novena, just concluded, a very successful one in it’s eighth year of existence. The help and cooperation we received from all concerned was absolutely excellent, and contributed to the smooth running of the event.
Many thanks, also, to all those parishioners and visitors alike who attended the Novena sessions for the nine days, once again making it a great success.
Finally, we thank the two men who conducted the Novena on behalf of the Redemptorists: Frs Laurence Gallagher and Johnny Doherty. They put great effort into sharing their spirituality and being available to all – including our schools.
Johnswell National School
Enrolments are now open for Johnswell National School. Application forms are available from the School Tel 77598 95. Completed application forms to be returned by February 27th.
Kilkenny GAA Referee Recruitment
GAA Referee Recruitment Course starting on the 24th of February 2015. For details contact Recruitment Officer Sean Cleere 087 - 4632118
Drugs Awareness in Sport
Aut Even Hospital will Host a Lecture by Journalist David Walsh titled: “How the Abuse of Drugs is Destroying Sport”. David Walsh is Chief Sports Writer with The Sunday Times. The event takes place on Friday the 20th of February in the Ormonde Hotel, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Admission is free by booking on 1890 493 493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Pilates Session
Commencing 25th of February in the Dunmore Hall from 8.00 - 9.00pm . (8 weeks €60) All abilities catered for. Fully qualified Pilates Instructor. Places are limited so booking is essential. Please call (086 8547710) Margaret