Kilruane MacDonaghs News

All-Ireland Final
Commiserations to Darragh Peters, Cian Darcy and the Tipperary minors on their loss to Galway. Thanks to all who flew the Tipperary colours in support of the lads. Special thanks to Jack and Declan Darcy who decorated the village with flags and bunting. The club regrets that it was unable to meet the huge demand for tickets. The paltry allocation meant that we couldn’t facilitate many of our loyal supporters.

Senior
MacDonaghs take on J.K. Brackens in the county championship in Toomevara on this Sunday, 13th September at 2.00pm. Your support would be appreciated.

Minor
MacDonaghs face Kildangan in the semi-final on this Wednesday, 9th September in Nenagh at 6.00pm. Your support would be appreciated against the championship favourites.

Under 16
In a high-scoring semi-final, MacDonaghs lost by 6-10 to 3-16 against Roscrea in Roscrea. They trailed the home side by a point at the interval. Twice MacDonaghs fell seven points behind in the second half but on each occasion they rallied. However, Roscrea’s ability to engineer goals proved to be the difference between the sides. Thanks to the players and management team of Eoin Hogan, Thomas Williams, Mark O’Meara and Jack Peters for all their hard work during the season. Team: Páidí Williams, Eoghan Mulcahy, Oisín O’Meara, Nathan Ryan, Mark O’Neill, Jerome Cahill (0-3), Jack Dunne (0-1), Devlin Courtney, Craig Morgan (1-10) Tommy Dooley, Alan Spain, Sean McAdams, Kian O’Kelly (1-0) Luke Dervan (0-2) and Kevin Oakley. Subs: Regan Courtney, Dylan Moran and Jack Dwan.

Under 8 & Under 10
On last Saturday the U10s played Scariff/Ogonnelloe in MacDonagh Park. The U8s also hosted Scariff/Ogonnelloe and Kildangan for a Mini-Blitz.

On Monday 7th September our U10 team played Birr in Cloughjordan. Both clubs had two teams and two very enjoyable matches were played. Team:
Tom Austin, Simon Austin, Daniel Cahalan, Zach Clarke, Eamon Coonan, Conal Daly, Cathal England, Peter Flannery, Liam Foley, Alfonso Galero Kleboe, Diego Galero Kleboe, Jack Gleeson, John Hannan, Andrew Hayes, Tristan Madden, Colm McAteer, Cian Moyles, Jack Mulcahy, Brian O’Meara, Eoin O’Neill, David Persse, Darragh Spillane, John Quinlisk.

County Draw
Congratulations to following winners in the County Draw: Michael Cummins, c/o Cronan Casey (€500); Molly Hassett/Orla Prout (€500); and Evan Armitage (€200).

Congratulations
The club extends best wishes to Sean Sheppard and Melissa Flanigan on their recent marriage in New York. Sean is a former player with MacDonaghs and is the current president of the Tipperary Hurling Club in New York.

Kevin Dwan R.I.P.
The death has taken place of former MacDonaghs hurler and footballer, Kevin Dwan, Belleen, Nenagh. His family was steeped in the G.A.A. tradition. Kevin’s grandfather, Jack captained the legendary De Wets. His father, Rodge played with MacDonaghs in the 1935 senior final. Unfortunately, Rodge’s career was cut short by a serious eye injury. Kevin first played hurling with the MacDonaghs juveniles in 1966. However, it was in football that he won his first medals. In 1970 Kevin played on both the minor and U21 football teams that won the club’s inaugural titles in those grades. He added a North senior football medal in 1972. The same year Kevin played full-back on the U21 hurling team that made the breakthrough by winning the North title for the first time and he wore the number three jersey once again when the divisional title was retained and the county crown was added in 1973. Along with Phil Reddan and Donncha Minogue, Kevin was part of a formidable and uncompromising last line of defence. In 1974 he made his debut on the senior hurling team. The following year Kevin was a member of the senior football squad that made history by winning the county title. While he didn’t feature in the final, Kevin had lined out in both the quarter and semi-finals. Work commitments compelled him to move away from the parish and hastened the end of his playing career. As a player Kevin was a tough and tenacious defender who revelled in the physical exchanges of that era. Off the field he was a very sociable character and great company. Although domiciled in Belleen for many years, Kevin always kept in touch with his roots and was a staunch MacDonaghs supporter. As his health deteriorated his spirit remained defiant and he attended the recent North Tipperary senior hurling final. At Kevin’s funeral the coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours and on the journey to his final resting place in Monsea graveyard, club members, including many of his former colleagues, formed a guard of honour. To his wife Liz, son Shane, daughters Ciara, Eimear and Orla and extended family sympathy is extended.

Sympathy
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Sean Mounsey, Ashley Park, Nenagh and the family of the late Willie Kennedy, Mohernenagh, Ardcroney on their recent bereavements.
 

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