A full compliment of our juvenile teams have all returned to the training fields over the last two weeks. The first gatherings were eagerly anticipated by both players and coaches and each session was met with great enthusiasm. Sunday mornings sees our youngest hone their new skills in the club’s gym while the u8s take to the fields and wall ball at St. Johns Park. U10s and 12s also returned for some pre-season activity and will enjoy sessions at Wallslough Arena for one more week before returning to the O’Loughlin Gaels pitches to prepare for early season games. It is always great to see plenty of activity amongst our juvenile teams but it very rewarding to see the joy that all the young players of St. Johns Parish get from it. Welcome back boys and more are always welcome. Sunday mornings in St. Johns Park at 10.30am.
LUKE RECIEVES MAYORAL HONOURS
At a special function hosted by Lord Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr. Joe Malone, our very own Luke Leydon was presented with a Certificate recognising his contribution to the Community of St. Johns Parish. Mayor Joe invited members & players from O’Loughlin Gaels GAA, members of the Medjugorje Youth Group and members of the Leydon family along with Deputy John McGuinness and Luke’s employers at Perfecto Print Ltd to the City Hall to see Luke being presented with his Certificate. All present heard Joe speak of Luke’s activities in the community and invited O’Loughlin Gaels Club Chairman Brian Murphy and Medjugorje Youth Leader Sean Hickey to address the crowd in attendance. Brian thanked Luke for his commitment to the club and reminded all of Luke’s talent in providing the club with lasting memories of all club activities through his photography. Luke has also been involved in Junior Team selection and always makes himself available to the club when called upon. Sean Hickey spoke highly of Luke and the importance of his comradery through his involvement with the Medjugorje Youth Group. His commitment to organising and aide to all the young people travelling is invaluable. It was a remarkable evening topped by a bit of sing song with Luke’s friends Fionn Gardiner and Alan Hayes. Well done Luke and thanks for all your work.
There was no winner of last week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 13, 16, 23, 27 and the bonus number was: 20. 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.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS CLUB REGISTRATION
Please note that Club Registration is due. Renewed memberships can be left into the club bar Thursday through to Sunday and also Tuesday evenings from 8pm. It is important that all players memberships are registered now to be included in the club insurances before they train and play etc. All membership details will be posted on the clubs facebook and Website. Register now – O’Loughlin Gaels provides sporting and a wide range of social activities to the people of St. Johns Parish and beyond. All welcome.
COLLEGES LEINSTER FINAL
The very best of luck to all O’Loughlin Gaels and St. Johns Parish players competing in Saturdays Senior Colleges Leinster Final. The very attractive fixture sees two very strong sides and adversaries pitted against each other. St. Kierans College and CBS Kilkenny boast a strong O’Loughlin Gaels contingent between them making it another proud day for our club. For once too it will see some neighbours divided in their loyalties adding to the occasion and rivalry it brings. Friends in the club will face each other on Saturday in an expected thriller but will back playing alongside each other in the coming weeks for their club no matter what the outcome. Best wishes to both panels and enjoy the game.
O’LOUGHLIN GAELS BAR, LOUNGE & SOCIAL NIGHTS
Shanghai Darts will return to the bar on Sunday evenings in the O’Loughlin Gaels GAA. The bar opens Thurs to Sundays and Tuesday evenings from 8pm with a growing ‘congregation’ as Paddy Greene and his team offer great value drinks and a great service that includes updates on what’s going on plus a few wise words. Tuesday night is Lotto night, Thursday evening sees the regular poker night; Friday, Saturday & Sunday hosts families and neighbours with Sunday evenings now adding Shanghai darts to the entertainment. Join in – you’re all welcome…. You don’t have to be a member of the club to enjoy the renowned O’Loughlin Gaels GAA hospitality.
JOHNSWELL NATIONAL SCHOOL
Enrolments are now open for September 2016 for Johnswell National School. Application forms are available from the School Tel: 77598 95.
SIDE BY SIDE CLUB
The Side by Side club takes place every Thursday at 2pm in the Day Care Centre. New members welcome. Contact Helen Goode on 087 6884072
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE
A pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Divine Mercy Sunday, 3 April to 10 April (inclusive) is being organised.
Pope Francis has urged the faithful to make a pilgrimage for the special Jubilee of Mercy and the programme of events in Medjugorje will reflect the spirit of this important Jubilee.
The pilgrimage costs €550 before the 17th of Feb and €650 thereafter, on a half-board basis. For information, please contact Fr. Benignus at the Capuchin Friary, or Seán Hickey on 086 3715882.