Congratulations to coach Eamon O Shea, physio John Casey and the Tipperary senior team on their victory against Clare. Comiserations to Brian O Meara and the minor team which lost to Cork. They can still regroup and take the scenic route to All-Ireland success.
Stephen Cleary and Alanna Morris from Kilruane N.S. played on the Tipperary Primary Game teams in Limerick last Sunday. Both players acquitted themselves well.
The u-16 hurlers had a three-point victory against Burgess in Kilcolman on a 0-15 to 1-9 scoreline. The home side hit the ground running and struck the first two points. MacDonaghs soon settled and some well taken scores saw them take a three-point advantage into the break with the scoreboard reading 0-9 to 1-3 in their favour. On the resumption both defences dominated and scores were at a premium. Burgess nibbled away at the lead and with less than two minutes had edged a point ahead. In an extended period of added time, due to two injuries, MacDonaghs finished with a flourish by striking four unanswered points to overcome a very good Burgess side. In the fourth round Kilruane MacDonaghs are at home to Newport Gaels on Monday July 14th at 7.30 p.m. Team: Robert Ward, Eoin Burns, Eanna Hogan, Robert Austin, Jack Peters, Justin Cahill, Alan Darcy, David Reddan (0-4), Sean Kelly (0-1) P.J. Cleary (0-1), Niall O Meara (0-7), Kieran Cahill, James O Sullivan and Eoin Williams (0-2).
The u-14 hurlers recorded their second successive win with a 7-7 to 4-6 victory against Roscrea in MacDonagh Park. Roscrea just shaded the first half, chalking up 3-4 to Kilruane’s 3-3. For the second half, P.J. Cleary was switched to fullback and this helped stabilise the home defence. With five minutes left the sides were locked together at 4-6 each but MacDonaghs finished strongly, shooting 3-1 without reply to take the points. Team: Anthony Spillane, Darragh Peters, John Healy, Patrick Ryan, Dean O Meara, Jack Peters, Stephen Cleary (1-0), Tomás Hogan, Raymond Kelly, Sean Cleary (0-1), P.J. Cleary, Jack Banaghan (0-1), Kieran Cahill (2-4), Andrew Brennan (4-1) and Bob Dooley. Subs: Aidan Boyle, Conor Nevin, David Mooney and Mark Tierney.
The u-12 hurlers participated in a blitz organised by the Portlaoise club last Saturday. The defeated the home side and lost out to Dicksboro and Castlecomer of Kilkenny. The blitz was non-competitive with no medals or trophies to be won. Half of each game was ground hurling and this helped to ensure evenly balanced games. In the fourth round of the championship Kilruane MacDonaghs lost out by three points to Toomevara in St Michael’s Park. The next game is away to Roscrea.
Almost seventy boys and girls attended the annual Cúl Summer Camp in MacDonagh Park. The weather remained favourable and this added to the enjoyment of all. On the opening day John Costigan chairman of the county board and county youth officer Nicholas Moroney paid a courtesy call to the camp. Tipperary hurler Shane McGrath also attended on the same day and received an enthusiastic reception. On Friday a camera crew attended to take footage for a television advertisement for the 2009 Cúl Camps. At the conclusion of the Camp each participant was presented with a certificate and a medal. Coaches Brendan Maher, Matthew Ryan, Cian Hogan, Teresa Shanahan and Maria Tynan provided a varied and structured programme each day. Supervisor Len Gaynor ensured that everything ran smoothly. Helpers Niall O Meara, Lisa Cahill, Eoin Williams and Kieran Cahill provided valuable assistance to the coaches. Thanks to caretaker Pat Williams who had the MacDonagh Park facilities in their customary mint condition. A special word of thanks to Teresa Feighery who provided the daily refreshments.
Hurling coaching for all primary school boys continues on Saturday at 11 0 clock. Michael O Neill and his team will be on duty.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Quinlan family Clermont on the sudden passing of Kilruane MacDonaghs vice-president Paddy Quinlan. Paddy was a native of Loughmore and when he moved to the parish in the mid-sixties he immersed himself enthusiastically in club affairs. He pioneered football in the club and was responsible for affiliating the first juvenile football team from the parish in 1967. Paddy was very active in the juvenile club during a very successful period in the seventies. He was also a selector on the senior hurling team, which contested the 1973 county final. Paddy was a mentor on the senior football team, which defeated his native Loughmore in the 1975 county final. He was highly regarded as an administrator and was one of the North Tipperary representatives on the county board for a number of years. He was club chairman from 1977 to 1979 when the senior hurlers won three county titles in a row. Paddy was highly respected as a shrewd selector and keen analyst and his colleagues within the club often sought his advice. His contributions and observations at club meetings were always incisive and constructive. Club members formed a guard of honour at his funeral and his coffin was draped in the Kilruane MacDonaghs colours. Ar dheis láimh Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
The club would also like to extend its sympathy to Kathleen and Mary Cahill on the death of their sister Esther Murphy.