The O’loughlin Gaels GAA Juvenile Celebration Night - celebrating the unprecedented successes of our young players. For the first time in the clubs history u14, u16 and Minor O’Loughlin Gael teams achieved a clean sweep of county hurling championship successes in 2014. On top of this these lads also accomplished County league titles and football championship honours as well as boasting players who represented successful Kilkenny and Colleges Provincial and All-Ireland winning teams.
The night will be hosted by Helen Carroll, presenter of the popular television show ‘Ear to the Ground’ and resident of St. Johns parish. Helen comes from a very proud GAA family so is very aware of GAA ‘lore and will guide us through the packed schedule with ease.
As acknowledgement of their outstanding achievement the event will be attended by Kilkenny County Board officials. Presentations will be made to three club stalwarts recognising their achievements.
Jim Kavanagh has been a committed member of O’Loughlin Gaels Camogie club serving as chairperson for the last 10 years. As a volunteer with the Chernobyl Children’s Trust Jim has been honoured with 2 national awards for his charitable work.
Mick Nolan served as a past Chairman of O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club. He is the clubs most successful team manager and is responsible for guiding many of the club’s teams to numerous successes over the years. Many of the clubs greatest players have been tutored by Mick and he continues to guide young players, evident by his involvement with last year’s successful u14s. He also has had a hand in developing many of the juveniles celebrating success on Friday night. Mick tends to the upkeep of the clubs pristine pitches and players and visitors alike are very appreciative of his work in this regard. His dedication to the club is undeniable and O’Loughlin Gaels are delighted to have the opportunity to recognise this.
Brian Hogan is the third of the nights recipients. To describe Brian Hogan as a club stalwart is an understatement. Brian Hogan is an O’Loughlin Gaels legend. A colossus by any standards Brian led teams by his own actions. A leader of men and a director of operations in defence. For his county he won 8 Leinster SHCs, 7 All-Ireland SHC’s, 6 National Hurling Leagues, 4 Walsh Cups, 2 All-star awards and had the honour of climbing the famous Hogan Stand steps on All-Ireland Sunday as Kilkenny captain in 2011. He won an All-Ireland Colleges title with St. Kierans College in 2000. For O’Loughlin Gaels he has won 3 County SHC, 2 Club SHC Leinster titles, 1 County SHLeague and an u14 championship ….so far!! Who will ever forget the day the Richter scale leaped sending geologists into a frenzy, as Nowlan Park shuddered when he met county comrade J Tyrell with a seismic shoulder. (Rumour has it that JT had to have his shoulder blade removed from his clavicle at half time that day!). So come along on Friday Night for this perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for Brian
ALL ARE INVITED to join us in acknowledging our juvenile Gaels achievements and pay tribute to 3 members who all have brought honour to O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club. There will be chat, music AND it’s an opportunity for us all to get together and reminisce and to create new memories. Let’s pack the hall and make it a night to remember. 8pm at O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club on Friday, January 23rd.
There was no jackpot winner of this week’s club lotto. The numbers drawn were 6, 20, 21, 26 and the bonus number was: 2. 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!
St John’s Junior School
St John’s Junior School is currently accepting enrolments for September 2015. Please contact the school at 056 7762888 for an application form. An information meeting for parents will take place on Thursday 5th February at 8.00 pm in the school. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st January
The Parish Social
The Annual Parish Social takes place in Langton House Hotel on
Sunday, 1st February, starting at 8.30 pm. This is always a very sociable and enjoyable occasion for members and friends of the parish.
Tickets are now on sale at €7 each, for which you get a meal followed by music and dancing to the popular ‘Cúpla’ band.
Tickets can be bought from any member of the Pastoral Council, from the Sacristy or at the Presbytery.
Please don’t leave it too late in making your decision as numbers are required fairly soon for catering purposes.
This year, the proceeds of the raffle at the social will be donated to the Kilkenny Special Olympics Committee
Johnswell Badminton Club
Johnswell Badminton club hold their Table Quiz in Local Community Hall on Friday January the 30th at 8.30pm. Tables of four … lots of prizes.
Talk from Dr. Fergus Heffernan
On The Family
"Family Dynamics and our Emotional Well-being"
Date: Thurs. 29th Jan. at 8:00 p.m.
Venue: St. Fiacre's Church,
ALL PROCEEDS IN AID OF
THE IRISH PILGRIMAGE TRUST
COST € 10.00
Dr. Heffernan is a renowned Psychologist and Family Therapist with many
years of working with families. Whether you are a parent trying to cope with
young children, or struggling with teenagers, or whose
children have left the nest, this talk is particularly suited to you. It helps us to
make sense of the many life challenging situations that are facing families now
and offers simple strategies that we can implement to create greater balance and
contentment in our families.
Dr. Heffernan employs a wonderfully honest, heartfelt, practical and oftentimes
humorous approach to the subject of Mental Health and family issues. He provides his listeners with plenty of material for ongoing reflection.