A great crowd enjoyed a tremendous night at the club’s dinner dance in the Abbey Court Hotel on last Saturday. Guest of honour was Nicky Brennan; president of the G.A.A. Len Gaynor was the very efficient fear an ti and kept matters running smoothly. Len welcomed all the guests including Barry O’Brien, vice-chairman of the County Board and John Sherlock, chairman of the North Board. In introducing Nicky Brennan, Len highlighted his record as a player with Kilkenny and his impressive achievements as an administrator.
Club chairman Connie Grace, John Sherlock and Barry O’Brien all addressed the gathering before Nicky Brennan rose to speak. In a well crafted and eloquent speech he covered a wide range of topics. He emphasised the central role a club plays in a parish, stressed the importance of each club having a vision, referred to the problem of burnout among young players, alluded to the pressure on club fixtures and referred to the historic rugby match in Croke Park. Nicky wished the club well in 2007 and the appreciative crowd gave him a tremendous reception.
The U/21 players who won North and County titles and the minor hurlers who won the North final were then presented with their medals. As each player came forward his photograph appeared on the big screen, accompanied by commentary from Len Gaynor. The U/21 selectors Mark O’Leary, Barney Naughnane, Jim O’Meara and Joe Burns were also recipients of presentations as were the minor selectors Dinny Cahill, Pat Quinlan, Michael Hogan and Brian Gaynor. Finally Connie Grace made a special presentation to Nicky Brennan.
Log on to the club website www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com for a more comprehensive account of the dinner dance, including Nicky Brennan’s speech and Len Gaynor’s commentary on the players.
The juvenile meeting which was postponed as a mark of respect to the late Martin Cahalan has been rescheduled for this Wednesday night, February 14th, at 8.00p.m.
The U/14 panel commence training in the sports complex on this Thursday night at 7.00p.m. The U/12’s continue on next Monday night at 7.00p.m. Followed by the U/16’s at 8.00p.m.
Indoor hurling resumes in the sports complex on next Tuesday February 20th. The U/8’s will be in action at 6.30p.m. followed by the U/10’s at 7.30p.m.
The U/21 footballers take on Silvermines in Dolla on this Saturday at 4.00p.m. in the first leg of the semi-final. The return leg will be played in MacDonagh Park on Saturday March 3rd.
At the request of the County Board, the VHI Cúl summer camp has been deferred for one week, now commencing on Monday July 9th. Application forms will be circulated through the schools within the next few weeks.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Martin Cahalan. Murt as he better known, was on the Kilruane MacDonaghs U/15 hurling team which became the first North Tipperary juvenile team to win a County title in 1944. He was an uncompromising defender on the MacDonaghs junior hurling teams which won North titles in 1954 and 1956. Murt was a great supporter of MacDonaghs and never left anybody under any illusions as to where his loyalties lay. At his funeral club members formed a guard of honour and his coffin was draped in the club colours.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Hogan family Ballinderry on the death of Patrick Hogan.