Profiles

Mark O’Leary

After Tipperary had triumphed over Galway in the 2001 All-Ireland senior hurling final, signs with Mark 2:1 boldly emblazoned on them began to mushroom throughout the parish. Supporters were imitating the famous and ubiquitous John 3:7 banner that was to be seen at all the major G.A.A. matches as they proclaimed their pride in local […]

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William J. Spain

GAA History Maker from Moanfin. The first player to win All-Ireland seniot hurling and football medals. Research by Paddy Williams.

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Michael Banaghan

 (1933 – 2015 ) Speaking at the funeral of Robert Kennedy, his brother Ted said “that he need not be enlarged in death what he was in life but be remembered simply as a good man.” There is no need for me to exaggerate Michael Banaghan’s contribution to the life of Cloughjordan community in general […]

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Roche Williams

 (1927-2013) “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live that his place will be proud of him,” declared President Abraham Lincoln. Those words by the great American statesman are very applicable to the late Roche Williams, vice president of the Kilruane MacDonaghs […]

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Mick O Meara

(1919 – 2011) Just over a week short of his 93rd birthday, the passing of Mick O Meara marks the end of an era in the long and proud history of the Kilruane MacDonaghs club as he was the last surviving member of the senior hurling team which won the 1940 and 1944 North finals. […]

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Sean (Johnny) O Meara

(1951 – 2010) Just over two weeks ago we gathered in this church to lay to rest the mortal remains of Jimmy Gibson one of Kilruane MacDonaghs best. Today, we assemble again in sadness as we bid farewell to Sean O Meara or as he was affectionately known to one and all Big Johnny. His […]

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Jimmy Gibson

(1934 – 2010) The sudden passing of Jimmy Gibson has severed yet another link with a golden period for the Kilruane MacDonaghs club. Jimmy rendered tremendous service to the club as a player and selector and he is rightly regarded as one of the greatest ever to wear the jersey. He was born in Middlewalk […]

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Con Hefernan

(1904 – 1987) When Kilruane MacDonaghs won the All-Ireland club title in 1986 to become the top hurling team in the land, it gave great satisfaction to Con Heffernan, a man who had been the guiding light and the driving force in the club for over thirty years. Con was not only a pioneer of […]

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Paddy Quinlan

(1930 – 2008) The passing of Paddy Quinlan, vice-president of the Kilruane MacDonaghs club, has deprived the parish one its most respected, recognisable and popular characters. Since his arrival in Kilruane in 1958 he has made a massive contribution to community life through his involvement in the Kilruane MacDonaghs club and the Board of Management […]

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Fr Niall O’Meara

(1920 – 1975) Niall attended Kilruane N.S., where he was taught by his aunt Frances O’Meara and his uncle Denis O’Meara. He won a county council scholarship to St. Flannan’s College, Ennis, in 1933. Having completed his secondary education there, he studied for the priesthood in Maynooth College. Niall was ordained in June 1945, after […]

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Connie Grace

Connie Grace has been synonymous with juvenile games for almost thirty years. In that period he has held a variety of official positions at club, divisional and county level. While always ready to serve the needs of division and county, he still managed to play a prominent role in club affairs. Connie attended Cloughjordan National […]

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Tom MacLoughney

Born 1940 Tom McLoughney was the first MacDonaghs player to win an All-Ireland senior hurling medal with Tipperary. He normally operated at full-forward in an era when defences took no prisoners. Tom was a fearless competitor with a great “paw”. His easy-going manner off the field belied a fierce determination on it when he pulled […]

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Len Gaynor

Born 1944 All-Ireland Senior Medallist 1964, ’65 & 1971 Bill Shankly, the legendary soccer manager said that to play for Liverpool you must be prepared to go through a stone wall and come out fighting on the other side.  Shankly would have admired Len’s spirit and courage which combined with his natural ability made him […]

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