Kilruane MacDonaghs News
A large gathering assembled in The Complex on last Friday night when the U-12 hurlers were presented with their divisional and county medals and the U-8 hurlers who won the Tommy Mulcahy tournament in Nenagh each received a souvenir photograph of the team. The presentations were made by Tipperary hurlers Brendan Maher, Seamus Hennessy and Brian O Meara. The U-12 selectors Christy Morgan, Ned Darcy, Brian O Meara, Mark O Meara and Niall O Meara along with the U-8 coaches Jody Hurley, Michael O Neill and Michael Grace were also recipients of a presentation to acknowledge their Trojan efforts during the year. Chairman Sean Ward welcomed everybody to the function and he congratulated the successful teams and their mentors and he thanked all coaches in the club who were working so effectively with the various teams. He also expressed his gratitude to the parents for their unstinting support. Brendan Maher spoke very impressively to the captive audience of young players who listened attentively to his words of advice and encouragement. The club would like to thank all who helped make the occasion such a resounding success. Thanks to the parents who surpassed themselves in serving up such sumptuous fare, to caretaketaker Pat Williams who had the Complex in its customary mint condition, to photographer Bridget Delaney and to Tom Williams who supplied the amplification.
Niall O Meara, Eanna Hogan and Thomas Cleary lined out on the Tipperary Vocational Schools hurling team which defeated Galway in the refixed game in Ballinalsloe to qualify for the All-Ireland final. Eoin Williams was also on the panel. Niall O Meara captains the team which takes on Kilkenny under lights in Portlaoise on this Wednesday evening.
The U-21 hurlers will be the first team into to championship action this season when they take on Shannon Rovers Gaels in the first round. This game is expected to take place around St. Patrick’s Day.
A meeting of the juvenile committee will be held in the clubroom on this Friday February 18th at 8.00 p.m. This is a very important meeting and all selectors are requested to be in attendance.
The U-10 hurlers have already commenced indoor training and continue each Monday night at 7.30 p.m. in The Complex. All other grades swing into action this week. Parents will receive notification of times and dates.
The monthly meeting of the club committee will be held in the clubroom on Thursday February 24th at 8.00 p.m. All committee members will receive written notification and are asked to attend punctually.
The club is holding a Dinner Dance in the Abbey Court Hotel on Saturday March 19th. The U-21 hurlers will be presented with their divisional and county medals. The Kilruane MacDonaghs senior hurling team of 1986 which won the All-Ireland club title will also be honoured. The club will be making a presentation to each player and selector to celebrate the silver jubilee of this famous victory. Guest of honour will be former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy. This promises to be a great occasion for the parish and the club with the event already generating huge interest. Tickets cost €30 and are now available from club officials and committee members.
The Annual Hurling and Camogie Cul Camp will take place in MacDonagh Park Monday July 4th to Friday July 9th. The cost remains the same as last year: one child €55, two children €100 and three children €135. Application forms will be distributed through the local schools at a later date.