Kilruane MacDonaghs News
The senior hurlers lost out to Kildangan last Sunday. They must now regroup for their final group game
against Toomevara on the weekend of June 6th.
Seventy four boys assembled in MacDonagh Park last Saturday for the Parish and Mini Leagues. In the
first game in the Parish League Kyle Rovers overcame the Gorry Rangers on a 6-6 to 4-7 scoreline despite
Jack Dwan hitting 3-1 for the losers. In the second game two late goals helped the Ninety Eights get the
better of the De Wets. The second round of the Mini League goes ahead on this Saturday at 11 o clock.
Players should be present at 10.45. With the U-12 footballers in action in Semple Stadium the second
round of the Parish League won’t resume until Saturday May 28th.
In the second round of the hurling championship Kilruane N.S. overcame Puckane N.S. in MacDonagh
Park Cloughjordan. Kilruane had the aid of the stiff breeze in the first half and built up a healthy interval
lead with captain Craig Morgan a constant threat at full forward. Puckane fared better on the resumption
but couldn’t make sufficient headway in reducing the deficit. Kilruane now play Ballina with a place in
the final at stake. Team: Mark O Neill, Arran Conroy, Sean Quinlan, Oisin O Meara, Jake Morris, Shane
O Meara, Tommy Dooley, Ben Healy, Conor Quinlan, Conor Lillis, Christopher Moyles, Craig Morgan
and Cormac Mannion. Subs: Jack Dwan, Dylan Moran, Jack Dunne, Matthew Moyles, Sean Clarke,
Daniel Clarke and Kieran Spain.
Ardcroney National School U-13 Hurling team made a good start to the
championship when they got the better Newport N.S. on Friday May 7th and had a good win in Kilcolman.
They followed this up with a good win against Sacred Heart Roscrea in Toomevara. They had some fine
performances in both games with some excellent point scoring. Team: Kevin Shinnors, Sean McAdams,
Eoin Mulcahy, John Blagdon, Jerome Cahill, Devlin Courtney, Jake O Kelly, Peter Folan, Daniel Ryan,
Kevin Oakley, Matthew Spain, Patrick Hayes, Ben King, Pearse Cahalan, Luke Carroll, Nathan Ryan,
Ethan Geoghegan, Cian Spillane, Michael Holland.
Ardcroney N.S. U-11 Hurling team have also had two
victories to date. They defeated Gael Scoil Aonach and Lissenhall N.S. They have advanced to the county
semi-finals which will take place shortly. Team: Kian O Kelly, Sean McAdams, Patrick Hayes, Matthew
Spain, Devlin Courtney, Pearse Cahalan, Ben King, Micheal Holland, Conor Ryan, Matthew Hodgins,
Nathan Moroney, Josh Geoghegan, Luke Carroll, Keelan McGrath and Daniel Costello.
In the opening round of the championship the U-14 hurlers lost out away to Toomevara on a 0-6 to 0-
4 scoreline. Team: Niall Shinners, Tommy Dooley, Brendan McAdams, Craig Morgan, Arran Conroy,
Willie Ryan, Paul Guidera, Jerome Cahill, Kieran Brereton, Ben Healy, Liam Hannon, James Cleary,
Declan Elderfield, Cian Darcy, Kevin Shinners and Rory McCarthy. Subs: John Blagdon, Ben Healy and
Sean Quinlan. In the second round they are at home to Moneygall on this Wednesday at 6.45 p.m.
The U-10 hurlers participated in a recent blitz in the Ragg. They had a very enjoyable day out recording
victories against Drom-Inch, Moneygall and Holycross-Ballycahill.
The junior B hurlers take on Newport on this Saturday evening in MacDonagh Park. Check fixtures for
confirmation of time.
Training for U-6, U-8 and U-10 panels continues each Monday in MacDonagh Park at 7 o clock. There
has been a great turnout so far for these sessions.
The U-12 footballers defeated Inane Rovers in the semi-final of the Premier competition in Borrisokane
on a scoreline of 1-7 to 2-3 but came out the wrong side of a 2-5 to 0-8 scoreline in the final against
Nenagh Eire Og. All four teams received medals. MacDonaghs and Nenagh head to Semple Stadium next
Saturday to participate in the county blitz.
The minor footballers lost out at home to Borrisokane on a 1-11 to 2-3 scoreline.
The annual Cul hurling and camogie Summer Camp takes place in MacDonagh Park Monday July 4th to
Friday July 8th. The cost remains the same as last year: €55 for one child, €100 for two children and €135
for three children. The camp is open to all boys and girls 6 to 14 years old inclusive. Application forms
have been distributed through the schools and should be returned as soon as possible.
The new county draw with a prize fund of €500,000 commences on Friday May 20th. There are thirty
prizes each month with a top prize of a Skoda Octavia or €15,000. In May there is a star prize of a Skoda
Superb or €30,000 and in November there is also a star prize of a Skoda Yeti or €20,000. Subscription
remains at €100 which can be paid in monthly installments or by direct debit. Promoters are presently
canvassing the parish for your support and we anticipate the usual generous response. Accounts for the
last draw are currently being finalized so promoters and subscribers are asked to bring all payments up to
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Martin ‘Sonny’ Mulcahy Ardcroney.
Sonny played junior hurling for Kilruane MacDonaghs and was chairman of the juvenile club in the late
seventies and early eighties. In this very successful period for the club he was a mentor on numerous
juvenile teams including the 1980 U-14 hurling team which won north and county titles and reached the
All-Ireland Feile final in Galway. He was also a selector with the U-12 hurling team which won the club’s
first divisional title in this grade in 1978. Sonny was a very effective chairman who led by example and
was never afraid of hard work. At his funeral club members formed a guard of honour and the junior game
against Nenagh was postponed as a mark of respect.