The junior hurlers have been drawn in a group of five and begin their league campaign with an away game against Lorrha & Dorrha. In round two they are home to Roscrea, followed by a trip to Nenagh. The final match sees them take on Borris-Ileigh in MacDonagh Park. The league is scheduled to commence at the end of March.
Indoor hurling is now in full swing in the Sports Complex. The u-8s are in action every Monday at 6.30 p.m. followed by the u-10s at 7.30 p.m. The u-12s train every Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. There has been a great attendance each night.
The County Board has ratified the gradings for 2009. Kilruane MacDonaghs will play in senior, junior A, u-21 A and minor A hurling championships. The footballers have a more restricted schedule playing in only two competitions: minor B and junior A. The recent meeting of North Bord na nÓg finalised its gradings for the year. They now await the imprimatur of County Bord na nÓg.
The club has a big input to the inter-county management scene in 2009. Eamon O Shea assumes the coaching role with the county hurlers for the second successive year while John Casey is the team physiotherapist. Mark O Leary begins his first season in charge of the minor hurlers and Pat Murphy is a selector with the county minor footballers. Len Gaynor continues as manager of the Munster senior hurlers who hope to atone for last year’s defeat in the inter-provincial final. Best wishes to all our club men in their respective roles.
The club Lotto jackpot has climbed steadily and now stands at a very attractive €5,400. The draw takes place every Tuesday night. Tickets are available from committee members and can also be purchased in shops and licensed premises throughout the parish. The club appreciates the continued support of our loyal subscribers and promoters.
Helmets are now on sale cost of €40. They are available from any of the juvenile mentors or Gilbert Williams
The club website can be accessed at www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com The weekly notes are posted on the site every Monday and the extensive picture gallery is currently been updated with photographs from 2008. You can also read Secretary Kay Cahalan’s report from the recent A.G.M. and a review of the juvenile year. During the year match reports will appear regularly.
The club wishes bon voyage to Pat Williams and Declan Souch who have departed to Australia to spend a year down under.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to Martin Butler Cloughjordan on the death of his sister and to the family of the late Margaret Spillane Ardcroney.