Kilruane MacDonaghs News
The presentation of the divisional medals to the U-21 hurlers and the O Riain Cup medals to the senior hurlers will now take place on Friday Mach 19th in The Complex at 8.00 p.m. to avoid clashing with another function. The Kilruane MacDonaghs junior hurling team of 1960 which defeated Moycarkey-Borris to win the county intermediate title will be guests of honour on the night. The sub committee organizing the function has their plans well advanced for what promises to be a great occasion. A full meal will be served at the function and tickets at the subsidized price of ten euro are available from George O Leary, Kay Cahalan, Mary McLoughney, Susan O Brien, Michael Cahill and Gilbert Williams.
John Cahill has been appointed as the manager of the Junior C hurling team. His selectors will be ratified at the next committee meeting which is scheduled for Friday March 5th. This is the first time in over a decade that Kilruane MacDonaghs have fielded a third adult hurling team.
Jim Casey was ratified as North Board delegate at the last committee meeting and Len Gaynor was reappointed as County Board delegate.
Ray McLoughney scored five points for WIT in their first round victory against GMIT the FitzGibbon Cup. Brian O Meara was introduced and scored a point. Seamus Hennessy lined out at centre back for NUIG in their victory against DIT with Shane Quinlan also called into action in the second half
Sean Ward, Pat Shanahan, Michael O Neill, Michael Grace, Jim Williams and Gilbert Williams attended the coaching seminar in The Dome in Semple Stadium on last Saturday. Cian O Neill trainer of the Tipperary conducted the seminar which included which included a practical session with the county U-15 development squad.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Johnny Meara MacDonagh Avenue whose untimely passing caused great shock throughout the club and the community. Johnny first played juvenile hurling for Kilruane MacDonaghs in 1965 and had to wait five years to win his first medal when the U-21 footballers won the club’s inaugural title in that grade. In 1972 he captained the U-21 hurlers to win the divisional title when he became the first Kilruane man to lift the Hugh Burke Cup. In the same year Johnny won the first of his six North senior football medals. In 1975 he scored 1-4 as MacDonaghs fashioned a historic triumph against Lougmore-Castleiney in the county senior football final in Nenagh. Two years later he lined out in his customary full forward position as the senior hurlers defeated Borris-Ileigh to bring county title back to the parish after a gap of seventy five years. In a golden period for the club Johnny won three successive divisional and county senior hurling medals. He played senior hurling with Tipperary in the 1977 championship and he also wore the county colours in senior and U-21 football. Affectionately known as Big Johnny he was an ideal target man on the edge of the square where his skill and clever distribution caused headaches for many a defence. Go ndeana Dia trocaire ar a anam.
The club also extends its sympathy to the Oakley and Heenan families on the death of Mary Oakley Ardcroney.