HAPPY NEW YEAR
O’Loughlin Gaels GAA would like to wish all its members and St. Johns Parish supporters a very Happy New Year with a very special wish for all the teams who had an incredible year throughout 2015. There were certainly highs and no doubts there were lows but with ALL teams competing on the final day of their respective championships it was a great year in what was a very special year for O’Loughlin Gaels GAA.
Our u14s kicked off with a County ‘A’ Football Title a week after becoming Paddy Grace Tournament Winners (County Feile Champions). The lads followed up with National Honours winning the All-Ireland Div 5 Feile Peil for the second time in the clubs history. The u14s completed a super year by retaining the County ‘A’ Hurling Final in September.
The u16s had a magnificent year completing their season earlier this month by adding the County ‘A’ Football Championship to the Hurling ‘A’ League and Championship Titles won earlier in the summer. Add the prestigious Killenaule 7’s Tournament to their haul of silverware and you’d have to agree it was good year for these boys.
The minors too were feasting at the top table on County Final day but alas the Gods determined that neighbours’ Dicksboro would spoil this party. Two points deep into injury time was the only difference between two sides that have had mighty encounters over the years. All agree it was a determined performance and that the lads were unfortunate not to come out the winners. They went on to win the Hurling League ‘A’ Shield Final later and are still in a shout for the Football Title.
The seniors will feel certain that they left a title behind them too. Again competing on the final day of the Championship this was a team that brought great joy and pride to its supporters. Beating All-Ireland club Champions Ballyhale earlier on the campaign was a reflection on the hard work and growth that this team have developed over the year and we certainly look forward to 2016 when these guys will strive to achieve the highest of standards and ultimately a County Title.
The fifth Hurling County Final came earlier this month when our u21s won the County U21 ‘A’ Hurling Title overcoming Glenmore in a well contested final. Seanie Bolger capped a superb year with a game defining goal in the final minutes and Paddy Deegan surely cemented a brilliant future in the game with a mammoth performance from centre back.
Not bad going – 2015 saw competitive teams through all the ages achieve seven titles at County Level, (including Three Hurling County Championships) and one National Title. It must also be noted that the club had 16 representatives on County Teams of different ages which included a Leinster Final Winning Captain in Daniel O’Connor. It’s safe to say then that 2015 was a great year for O’Loughlin Gaels GAA and huge thanks must be afforded to all the players and their mentors for making 2015 a remarkable one. So let’s get together again and make 2016 even better. Happy New Year.
There was no winner of last week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 9, 10, 18, 22 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
Week two of the Player Fundraiser continues but no change in the leader board only because the update isn’t due until this weekend. So for now Team Martin ‘Texas Longhorn’ Comerford leads the way closely followed by Mark ‘Angus Brown’ Kelly but is expected to drop back as he’s on a well-deserved team break with the Kilkenny Senor Panel for his work in retaining the Liam McCarthy in 2015 . All the others are the also rans unless YOU get out there and start buying tickets. 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 favourite 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.
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 Eamon for this wonderful recording of an important time in our great club’s infrastructure. Maith thu Eamon.
This weekend the Minor Footballers host Dicksboro in the County Semi Football Final. Plenty of time to shed off the excesses of the Christmas celebrations and we look forward to seeing our boys in action for the first encounter of 2016 – albeit a 2015 competition. Keep working hard lads and keep enjoying playing together and the successes will continue. Up the Loughs.
ANNUAL PARISH SOCIAL
The Annual St. John’s Parish Social will take place on Sunday, January 31st in Langton House Hotel. Keep the date in your diary and further details will follow. Always a good night and an opportunity for friends and neighbours to get together.
MARBLE CITY BOXING CLUB
The Marble City Boxing Club will host their annual Tournament at their premises in Michael Street ( Old Swimming Pool) on January 2nd at 7.30pm. A selection of the clubs top boxers will take on a Connaught selection in the club for second year in row. The corresponding fixture last January was a very enjoyable evening for boxing enthusiasts and is a recommended night out. For tickets (€10) contact 0872757372 or just pay on the night .
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
The annual walk of the cribs of the city churches will take place on Saturday January 2nd beginning at the Capuchin Friary Church at 11 am.
Suicide Awareness Gathering
The 3rd Annual Suicide Awareness Gathering takes place on Monday 4th January at 8pm in St John’s Church. Guest Speaker Maurice Shanahan, Waterford Hurler and Current All Star. Tukolo Gospel Choir and Alan Hayes will be Singing. All are welcome.