Kilruane MacDonaghs Weekly Notes 10-Aug-2017
Commiserations to Niall O’Meara and the Tipperary team. There was no honour lost in defeat.
MacDonaghs play Carrick Swan in the county championship in Cashel on this Saturday, 12th August at 7.00pm. Your support would be appreciated.
In the third round of the championship MacDonaghs played out a draw with Burgess in MacDonagh Park. Both sides scored 1-16. This was a much-improved performance, full of grit and determination. Forced to line out without Mark O’Meara, Thomas Cleary and Jonathan Cahill, Kilruane kept their championship hopes alive with this valuable point. In the absence of this forward trio the selectors pushed Conor Austin into the attack. He reveled in his new role and finished with a tally of five points from play. MacDonaghs played with a light breeze in the first half and led by 0-8 to 0-7 at the interval. When Burgess found the net early in the second half the momentum seemed to be with them. However, the Magpies responded and the industrious Niall Shinners raised a green flag for the home team. Both sides fought doggedly to the finish but couldn’t be separated at the long whistle
The next game will be away to Knockshegowna. Team: Thomas Williams, Bob Dooley (0-1), Brendan McAdams, Colm Williams, Caoilainn Conroy (0-1), Pat Williams, Cormac Williams, Alan Darcy, Liam Gibson (0-3), Robert Austin, Finnian Mannion, Conor Austin (0-5), Shane Williams, Niall Shinners (1-2) and Cormac Mannion (0-4). Subs: Paddy Ryan, Pat Conway, Tom Dooley
MacDonaghs travelled to Portroe last Thursday for a very enjoyable blitz involving the home side and Burgess. Our panel was divided into four teams of seven. Each team played three games. Thanks to Portroe for their hospitality on the evening.
Paddy McCarthy R.I.P.
The late Paddy McCarthy (1924-2017) had a lifelong involvement with the Kilruane MacDonaghs club. In 1949 he played wing-back on the Cloughjordan junior team that lost the North final to Knockmeal Rangers. The following year he lined out at corner-back on the MacDonaghs junior team, captained by his great friend and neighbour Tom Cleary, that claimed the divisional crown by overcoming Burgess in the final. In 1954 Paddy was a member of the squad that regained the North title with a victory over Kilcommon in the decider. He was an intermediate selector (1978-1981); enjoying success when divisional and county titles were annexed in 1978. Paddy served as a senior mentor (1982-1984). He was a member of the Thomas MacDonagh Park and club committees for many years. He rarely missed a meeting of the club committee and was a faithful attendee until his health declined. In 2002 he was elected vice-president of the club and in 2005 he was elected as one of the honorary presidents of Kilruane MacDonaghs. Club members formed a guard of honour at the funeral and his coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours. As a mark of respect the tricolour in Thomas MacDonagh Park flew at half mast and a minute’s silence was observed before the start of the MacDonaghs and Burgess junior game. To his daughter Mary, sister Eileen and extended family sympathy is extended.