Like the Song and Dance page, this one could go on forever. Regional editors might like to add significant figures, particularly Clan members of the past rather than people in the papers and social media today.
If you have ever wondered about that strange and quintessentially Irish game called hurling mentioned below, please see this article …Loughnane, Ger 1953 –
Ger was born in the East Clare village of Feakle and worked as a teacher in Shannon, County Clare.
He is primarily known as the hurling manager who brought two All Ireland hurling championships to Clare, 1995 and 1997 as well as three Munster hurling championships to the county within four years during the 1990’s.
Olive is a recently retired Irish race walking champion and she represented Ireland at four Olympics:
◾Sydney – 2000
◾Athens – 2004
◾Beijing – 2008
◾London – 2012
She also represented her country at five consecutive World Athletics Championships, and won a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships which were held in Berlin.
Olive was born in county Cork and later her family moved to county Galway.
She announced her retirement from international Athletics during February 2013.
Catherine has excelled for both her club, Kilnamona and county in the camogie-code, which is the sister game of men’s-hurling. Catherine captained the Clare county camogie team for many years and they won an All Ireland title in the same year, 1995 when Ger Sparrow OLoughlin won an All Ireland hurling medal for his native, county Clare. She received an All Ireland All-Star award for her camogie skills during 2005.
Prior to registration for the 2010 reunion, a game of hurling was arranged between an ‘Australian’ selection and a ‘USA’ selection. The ‘Australian’ team were winning that game, until the arrival of Catherine to support the ‘USA’ selection. Some of the USA supporters who were energised by that USA victory, provided Catherine with another nominal-award – ‘Kate The Great’.
Catherine’s father, Michael OLoughlin, also played hurling for his native Kilnamona, and he provided a practical demonstration on the various skills and nuances of the hurling-code to an interested audience, which had assembled for the North American Clan reunion, August 2014 and was celebrated at Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan, USA.
OLoughlin, Ger Sparrow 1967 –
Ger was born in Clarecastle, County Clare was a member of the All Ireland winning teams which were managed by Ger Loughnane during 1995 and 1997, receiving two All Star achievements, during those years.
Ger Sparrow also won five county hurling titles with his native Clarecastle hurling club.
Following retirement, he began managing Clarecastle and later the Adare hurling club from county Limerick. Most recently Ger managed another Limerick club, Kilmallock and this club reached the All Ireland Club final on 17 March 2015, losing to the Kilkenny champions.
Ger Sparrow also managed the Clare hurling team from 2009 to 2011.
OLoughlin, Michael. Sydney Swans, Australia
Reconciliation South Australia held the 7th Annual Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations Breakfast on Friday, 13 February 2015 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia. The breakfast is held to honour the survivors of the Stolen Generations and continues to inform the non‐Aboriginal community about their ongoing needs.
Reconciliation SA was pleased to welcome Michael O’Loughlin as the Keynote speaker at the Breakfast. Michael O’Loughlin is a Narungga, Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri man who grew up in Salisbury North, Adelaide. He went on to play 303 Australian Football League Games for the Sydney Swans and was named in the Indigenous AFL Team of The Century. He is the Founder and Director of The Go Foundation. He currently is working as the High Performance Manager with the Sydney Swans and serves as a Recognise Ambassador.
During his football career, Michael also played for Australia when meeting Ireland a number of times, in mixed-rules football internationals, and he was chosen to captain Australia during one of those meetings.
OLoughlin, Seán – Wigan, England
Seán plays rugby league for his club, Wigan Warriors and has captained England during the course of his long sports career. This article appears courtesy of The Guardian newspaper – 5th June 2015, as Seán prepared to make his 350th appearance for his club, Wigan Warriors.
Wigan’s coach, Shaun Wane, says his team will be “pumped” as they prepare to celebrate the 350th appearance of their captain Sean O’Loughlin. The England captain O’Loughlin, who made his Warriors debut as a substitute against Hull in April 2002, will reach the milestone in Sunday’s Super League game at Huddersfield and the club have plastered specially-printed posters over the walls of the club’s training base at Orrell, to mark the occasion.
“It’s special,” said Wane. “It’s all over the club. It means a lot to everybody here and the lads will be pumped this weekend. For a player who plays like him, 350 games is outstanding. It’s a lot of games for a bloke who plays so aggressively and throws his body into it.”
The 32-year-old O’Loughlin succeeded his brother-in-law, Andy Farrell as the Wigan captain and Wane rates the loose forward alongside other home-grown internationals Michael McIlorum, who made his 200th appearance for the club at the Magic Weekend, and Sam Tomkins as among the best players he has coached.
“He’s right up there, along with Micky and Sam,” Wane said. “They’re great players, I wouldn’t like to name one but he’s definitely up there.
“He’s a great individual, smart, easy to coach and ultra-critical of himself. He’s provides a massive lesson to young kids who arrogantly think they’ve done everything. That’s why when people like Ryan Hoffman and Brett Finch go back to Australia the one player they mention is him. It’s the fact that he’s very humble that makes him so special.”