O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club held its annual AGM in the Club House last Wednesday evening to a packed lounge. Chairman Brian Murphy opened proceedings and thanked everyone involved in the club for their valuable contributions throughout the year. He congratulated and thanked the senior Team Players, Management and Backroom Teams on becoming County Champions. He acknowledged the hard work and effort that goes into achieving such success. Brian called for a moments silence in memory of those members and friends who passed during the year and this was followed by all club officers gave their reports on the years events. The reports made demonstrated that a vast amount of work that goes into making the club run smoothly. A growing membership at juvenile and adult levels requires a large volunteers force to ensure that the players get the best benefit from their involvement with the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA, and the evidence from the reports showed that that willingness to volunteer is also growing. As the club continues to grow more help will be needed and anyone is welcome to get involved. An extensive amount of facilities work was carried out this year and will continue to be done in line with available funds. Co. Board Vice-Chairman and club member Conor Denieffe was present also and congratulated the club on its success in winning this year’s Senior County final. He also wished to thank the club on behalf of the County Board for the use of facilities during the year and acknowledged the excellent condition of the pitches at St. Johns Park. The meeting continued with ratification of the club officers for 2017 whereby no changes were made. Further discussion on recommendations proposed were debated cordially and approved for going forward in 2017. Chairman Brian Murphy thanked all for their attendance and wished all the members and friends of O’loughlin Gaels GAA a very Happy Christmas.
There was no winner of last weeks Club Lotto. The numbers drawn were 3, 12, 26, 27 and the bonus number was 23. Next week’s Jackpot prize will be €7,200 so make sure to get a ticket from the usual promotors.
ON-LINE CLUB SHOP
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.
ST. JOHN’S PARISH CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
Christmas 2016 – Mass Arrangements
No Morning Masses
6.30 p.m. St John’s – (Family Mass)
7.00 p.m. Dunmore
8.00 p.m. Johnswell
9.00 p.m. St John’s
8.00 a.m. St John’s
10.30 a.m. St John’s
12.00 noon St John’s
10.00 a.m. Johnswell
11.00 a.m. Dunmore
Monday to Saturday:
(26th to 31st)
10.30 a.m. Mass Each Morning
ANNUAL ST. JOHNS SCHOOL CAROL SERVICE St John’s Senior School Carol Service takes place tomorrow, Monday at 7.30pm. This is always a very popular festival of carols and Nativity drama. Families involved in the school or with no connection at all, always enjoy the experience. So, why not come along!
MRS. NEARY’S RETIREMENT MASS
St John’s Senior School As you may be aware, Mrs Mary Neary of St John’s Senior School will retire on the 8th of January following 36 years teaching service in both parish schools.
We, the Board of Management of St John’s Senior School, would like to invite all past pupils and parents associated with our schools to a Mass to mark her retirement next Wednesday (21st) at 1:45pm.
The Parents Association will host an informal chat and tea on Thursday 22nd from 9:10 to 10:30 for parents wishing to say a final farewell and thank you to Mary for her dedication and kindness to our children over the years - as both a teacher and principal. She deserves a very warm send off from us all. Hope to see you there.
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!!!
SUICIDE AWARENESS GATHERING – St. Johns Church Jan 2nd at 7.30pm
All are invited to St. John’s Church to evening of Talk and Music at a gathering for Suicide Awareness. Guest Speakers will be football player Mikey Drennan and Dr. Fergus Heffernan with music provided by local Kilkenny Musicians
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.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE IN ST. JOHNS PARISH, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS.