Kilruane Macdonaghs News
The u-14 hurlers won the North Féile for the third time this decade when they overcame Roscrea in Dolla on a 2-14 to 0-3 scoreline on Easter Monday. Earlier in the day they defeated Borris-Ileigh in the semi-final on a 4-6 to 0-3 scoreline. MacDonaghs had a three point interval lead against Borris-Ileigh but three second half goals secured a final spot. In the final Kilruane had the assistance of the wind in the opening half and made a blistering start with full forward Conor Cleary notching 1-1 in the opening minutes. Sean Cleary and Stephen Cleary were dominating mid-field and Aidan Boyle was deadly accurate from frees and from play. At the break MacDonaghs had a ten point cushion. Roscrea fought hard in the second half but couldn’t reduce the deficit and at the final whistle MacDonaghs were deserving winners. After the game Sean Creamer, North Bord na nÓg chairman, presented the Maher Cup to captain Aidan Boyle. Congratulations to the entire panel, manager Pat Shanahan and his selectors Ger O Meara, D.J. Hayes and Liam Grace. In the county semi-final they will play the south champions. Team: Anthony Spillane, Conor Austin, Tomás Hogan, Kieran Brereton, Jack Farrell, Abhain Coleman, Caolainn Conroy, Stephen Cleary (0-1), Sean Cleary, Darragh Peters (0-1), Aidan Boyle (0-9), Conor Nevin, Cian Darcy, Conor Cleary (1-2) and Bob Dooley. Subs: Kieran Lillis (0-1), Peter Blessing, James Cleary, Keelan Troy and Willie Ryan (1-0). A comprehensive report and photographs can be found on website www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com
In the third round of the league the junior hurlers lost out Nenagh Eire Óg by nine points on a 0-25 to 1-13 scoreline. Playing with the wind in the first half MacDonaghs enjoyed a one point interval lead with the score 1-7 to 0-9 in their favour. However, Nenagh pulled away in the second half and deservedly took the points. Team: David Reddan, Freddie Williams, Martin Walsh, Eanna Hogan, Ruan Casey, Thomas Williams (0-4), William Cleary, Michael Reddan, Declan Barrett, James Williams, Denis Cahill, Colm Williams (0-2), Niall O Meara (0-2), Darren Killackey (0-4) and Pat Conway (1-1). Sub: Liam Gibson.
The u-12 footballers had a home win against Nenagh Eire Og in the first round of the championship on a 3-1 to 1-0 scoreline. Three first half goals, a brace by full forward Rory McCarthy and another from centre forward James Cleary, laid the foundations for victory. On next Friday they are away to Inane Rovers. Check fixtures for confirmation of time. Team: Darragh Fogarty, Karl Williams, Willie Ryan, Brendan McAdams, Roisin Cahill, Darragh Peters, Kevin Shinners, Cian Darcy (0-1), Kieran Brereton, Conor Lillis, James Cleary (1-0), Jerome Cahill, Niall Shinners, Rory McCarthy (2-0) and Cormac Mannion. Subs: Arran Conroy, Tommy Dooley, Martin Grace and Sean Quinlan.
The annual Parish League will commence on Saturday May 2nd and will continue for the following three Saturdays with the finals pencilled in for May 23rd. All boys from third class upward will receive an invitation to participate. The juvenile committee will select the four teams, which will be published in the club notes and on the website.
The annual Cúl hurling and camogie Summer Camp takes place in MacDonagh Park from Monday July 6th to Friday July 10th. The camp is open to primary school children aged seven to thirteen years. Each participant will receive a jersey, shorts, socks and bag. The Cúl Camps are run professionally by trained coaches who follow a structured programme for the week. The cost is €55 for first child, €45 for second child and €35 for third child. Application forms will be distributed through the local primary schools next week.
More and more visitors at home and away are logging on to the club website www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com. The site includes the weekly notes, the latest club news, an extensive picture gallery, match reports, profiles of prominent club personalities both past and present, the roll of honour and a variety of articles. You can also join the club mailing list and receive regular updates. Items for inclusion on the site, including photos, can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org