The senior hurlers lost out to Portroe by the minimum of margins in the first round of the championship. Next Sunday they face Kildangan in Nenagh at 3.00 p.m.
The curtain came down on a very successful parish league last Saturday. In the plate final Cork, captained by Mark Tierney, came from behind to overcome Tomás Hogan’s Galway. Kilkenny, captained by Stephen Cleary, justified favouritism in defeating Tipperary led by William Ryan to become parish league champions 2008. Christy Morgan, vice-chairman of the juvenile club, presented the trophies to the winning captains and medals to all the participants. Thanks to Ned Darcy and Dan Darcy who refereed the finals and to caretaker Pat Williams who had MacDonagh Park in meticulous order. Thanks also to secretary Sarah Ryan who photographed the teams and the presentations. Log on to www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com for a more detailed account of the league and view a large selection of photographs from final day.
Well done to Brian O Meara who lined out at full forward on the Tipperary minor hurling team, which defeated Limerick in the first round of the Munster championship.
Hurling coaching for all primary school boys resumes in MacDonagh Park on this Saturday. Gilbert Williams and his team of coaches will be on duty.
Kilruane N.S. defeated Toomevara N.S. in Toomevara on a 7-4 to 3-1 scoreline to qualify for the Semi-final of the championship. There were impressive displays from Stephen Cleary, Tomás Hogan, John Healy and Darragh Peters. Team: Cormac Mannion, Darragh Peters, Caolainn Conroy, Tomás Hogan, Conor Nevin, Finnian Mannion, James Cleary, Cillian Finn, Stephen Cleary, John Healy and Kieran Lillis. Subs: Alanna Morris, Sarah Ward, Tommy Dooley, Craig Morgan, Thomas Blessing, Sean Quinlan and Maria Hogan.
A DVD of the All-Ireland club final of 1986 between Kilruane MacDonaghs and Buffers Alley is now on sale. The two hour long DVD includes extensive footage of the train journey to and from Croke Park. It’s a must for every house in the parish and would make an ideal gift. All proceeds go to the Niall Mellon Township trust. Pat Williams, a member of the senior hurling team, is travelling to South Africa later in the year and has to raise €5,000 for the trust. The DVD costs €25 and is available in local shops or from Pat 087-7637057.
Kieran Cahill and Jack Peters represented North Tipperary in the skills and Poc Fada competitions respectively in Thurles. Both of Kieran and Jack acquitted themselves well.
The minor footballers suffered their first loss in this year’s championship when they went under to Shannon Rovers Gaels in Ballinderry on a 1-9 to 0-9 scoreline. A second half goal by the home side was the decisive score in the game. Despite this defeat Kilruane MacDonaghs remain in contention for a semi-final spot. Team: Sean Hayes, David Reddan, Keith Kelly, Scott Hodgins (0-1), Cian Williams, William Cleary, Timmy Walsh, Justin Cahill, Pat Conway (0-6), Thomas Cleary, James Williams, Brian O Meara, Morgan Conway (0-2), Niall Murphy and Conor Deane. Subs: Eanna Hogan and Eoin Williams.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Heffernan family Ardcroney on the death of Kathleen Heffernan and the Cahill family on the death of Martin Culhane.