Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Notes

Inter County
Congratulations to the Tipperary senior team and management on reaching the Minster final. Commiserations to the intermediate team that just came up short.

Junior
In the second round of the championship MacDonaghs will play Toomevara in Moneygall on this Saturday, 25th June at 5.30pm.

Féile na nGael
It was a hectic weekend for the juvenile and camogie clubs. The Glen Rovers hurling team and the St. Eunans’s camogie team from Letterkenny were our guests for Féile na nGael. The boys played in Division 1 and travelled on Friday evening to Toomevara for the first two games. They lost to Faythe Harriers, who went on to win the competition, by 2-8 to 0-6. In the second round they were edged out by Toomevara on a 1-13 to 3-4 scoreline. That night Glen Rovers, St. Eunan’s and both MacDonaghs teams were treated to a hot meal in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex which was beautifully decorated for the occasion. Players and officials from all the clubs mingled freely and many new friendships were forged. On Saturday morning MacDonagh Park looked resplendent in glorious sunshine as MacDonaghs lost to Glen Rovers by 1-12 to 0-4 while the camogie team just edged out St. Eunan’s. The boys then travelled to Roscrea where they lost to a stronger Naas outfit. At the same time MacDonagh Park hosted the Roscrea and Faythe Harriers clash and the camogie encounter between Burt and St. Mary’s. All day on Saturday an army of volunteers supplied refreshments to all the teams who played in MacDonagh Park. On Saturday night Glen Rovers, St. Eunan’s and both MacDonaghs teams converged on the MacDonagh Complex where once again there was ample food for everybody. Presentations were exchanged and friendships were further strengthened. On Sunday morning many travelled to Cashel to support Glen Rovers in the final while a large contingent made the long journey to Monroe to cheer on St. Eunan’s who won the Division 5 Shield final. It was a fantastic weekend for the parish with tremendous community spirit in evidence. The Féile committee, comprised of both juvenile and camogie members, organised all events in a very professional manner. No detail was overlooked and they are to be highly complimented on the arrangements and for making it a memorable occasion for our guests and our own players. All visiting teams were loud in their praise of the facilities in MacDonagh Park and were most appreciative of the local hospitality. Thanks to all families who acted as hosts and supplied refreshments throughout the weekend. Thanks also to the large cohort of volunteers who put their shoulder to the wheel.
Handball
Lahorna was the venue for Boys Féile na nGael competition where the home team hosted Clogh from Kilkenny. First into play were James Loughnane and Jack Mulcahy who recorded a comprehensive victory. Next in were Cormac Doheny and Rory Grace. The Clogh boys took an early lead 5-0, where it seemed an upset might be about to happen, but Cormac and Rory got back level and eventually pulled away to win 21-9 to leave Lahorna comfortable winners, retaining the Steve Casey Cup for the fourth year in a row. The skills competition was won by a Kilkenny player with Rory getting second place and Cormac third.

Cúl Camp
The annual hurling and camogie Cúl Camp takes place in MacDonagh Park Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July. Activities begin each day at 10.00am and conclude at 2.00pm. All participants receive free gear and backpack. The cost remains the same as last year: €55 first child; €45 second child; and €40 for third child. Applications forms are now available. You can also register on gaa.ie/kellogsculcamps. Completed application forms should be returned immediately to Gilbert Williams 087-2176452. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Club History
We are edging ever closer to our target of 100 patrons. 80 people have now pledged €4,520. We have patrons from Chicago, Kilkenny, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Shannon Rovers, Burgess, Lorrha, Nenagh and all corners of the parish. In this year, the Centenary of the 1916 Rising, we are looking for a minimum of 100 patrons, so we need 20 more to achieve our target. We are counting you in. For as little as €50 you too can become part of the club history by becoming a patron. All patrons will be acknowledged in the publication. “Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013, Heirs to a Proud Tradition,” will be launched on Friday, 14th October by Len Gaynor. Contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 to have your name included as a patron..