A strong crowd of hardened O’Loughlin Gael supporters travelled to Ballinakill on Saturday afternoon to witness another powerful performance by a team proudly wearing the white and green. Big respect to these lads who outstretched their arms to catch sliotar and fend off ash in the icy conditions provided while many in attendance kept their appreciation muffled with their applauding hands remaining in the warmth of overcoat pockets. Those who travelled were treated to another great day for O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club as their team were crowned Leinster Champions overcoming old foe Clarinbridge GAA by a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-09.
The game started well for Clarinbridge getting ahead early while our lads took time to find their stride and get used to the unusual all-weather playing surface at the wonderful facilities of Heywood Community School. When they did however none could match them and O’Loughlins found themselves cruising with 5 mins remaining in the first half. A goal from Jason Forde however followed by another point took the shine off the O’Louglins first half performance however and the teams went for their sliced oranges all square at 1-3 to 0-6.
The second half again adopted the same pattern and the Galway men went ahead after a few early exchanges. The St. Johns men got on top again after good work from Alan O’Brien and Ricky Leydon tightened up the defence. This created the platform for good attacking play and after a good passage of play for O’Loughlin midfielder Andy Kearns burrowed his way into the opposition defence and got the decisive score of the game directing the ball past the keeper and putting O’Loughlin Gaels two points ahead on 40 mins. It was point for point after that with O’Loughlin Gaels maintaining the advantage with points from John Doyle, James Lenihan and free-taker Barry Hogan. O’Loughlins will feel they were better than the scoreline suggests but in these ice-cold conditions anything goes. All celebrations are set aside now as the players and management headed by Dave Ward prepare for an All-Ireland semi-final to be played in three weeks. Well done to all concerned.
O’Loughlin Gaels: Mark Croughan, Kevin O’Brien, Michael Lambert, Eoin Croughan, Alan O’Brien, Rickey Leydon, Andy Cantwell, Vinny Wallace, Andy Kearns (1-0), James Lenihan (0.1), Fearghal Brennan (0-1), Martin Gibbons, Barry Hogan (0-5 fs), John Doyle (0-2), Ben Leydon (0-2), Shane O’Neill (Capt), Stephrn Tyrell, David Rice, Richie Moylan, Joe Walsh, Andy Smith, John Corcoran, Michael Twomey, Kevin McGarry, Jamie Kavanagh, Evan Walsh.
O’Loughlin Gaels 3-10 to 0-10 James Stephen
The seniors got the year off to a good start with a comfortable win over city neighbours James Stephens on Tuesday night last in Palmerstown in the JJ Kavanagh and Sons Senior Football League. The St. Johns team played some good flowing football threatening the opposing defence on a number of occasions resulting in three well taken goals leaving no doubts about where the league points were going.
There was no jackpot winner of this week’s club lotto. The numbers drawn were 12, 16, 25, 27 and the bonus number was: 21. 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!
It’s that time of year again and soon St. Johns Park will be filled with sounds of ash clashing and sliotars ricocheting off the crossbars as our young players enjoy Sunday Morning Action.
O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club proudly represents the city St. Johns Parish, Johnswell and Dunmore. It is the only Kilkenny City GAA club situated within the environs of Kilkenny City – with all the benefits that it’s location brings – ease of access, surrounded by an excellent road / footpath infrastructure etc. O’Loughlin Gaels prides itself on being family and community based club, where the emphasis is on fostering and encouraging participation, enjoyment and a positive club spirit. In 2014 the club was the only club in Kilkenny to be awarded the ‘Club Cill Chainnigh Three Star Award’ for Games Development and Coaching. O’Loughlin Gaels also won u14, u16 and Minor County Championships in 2014. The clubs facilities are second to none too boasting newly developed juvenile and adult pitches, full sized gymnasium, 2 indoor handball alleys, 6 dressing rooms, club bar & function rooms and wall ball playing facilities. So what are you waiting for? It represents great value. Juvenile Registration for u6, u8, u10 and u12s takes place on Friday Feb 6th from 6.30pm to 7pm in the club lounge. Training for boys resumes Sunday, Feb 8th, at 10.30am and every Sunday after. Training for u6 to u16 camogie takes place on Monday evenings at 6.30pm. For all registration details please see our website and facebook pages. www.oloughlingaels.gaa.ie
O’Loughlins Juveniles receive 3 Star Award
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. The flag has been displayed in the clubs lobby for all its juvenile members to see in appreciation of the clubs efforts.
THE KILKENNY NOVENA
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP
The Annual Kilkenny Novena, which takes place in St John’s parish church, begins on Tuesday morning at 7.30 a.m. We look forward to large numbers from the parish, city and surrounding areas making the effort to join this spiritual opportunity of spiritual renewal and growth. Many people come each year to pray earnestly for healing, graces and blessings for themselves, their families and friends, and for the wider community. Many more use this as an opportunity to give thanks to God for favours and blessings received.
Ceremonies daily at: 7.30 & 10.30am; 7.30 pm. Normal times at w/e.
First Friday Friday next is the First Friday of February. The sick and housebound will be visited at the normal times. Please inform the parish office or one of the priests if you have a relative or neighbour who would like this service.
St John’s Homes for the Elderly Committee
A meeting will take place on Wed. at 6.30pm in the presbytery.
Johnswell Active Retirement
A meeting will be held in Johnswell Hall on Wednesday 4th February at 8:00pm. New members will be very welcome