Kilruane MacDonaghs News
Best of luck to Niall O Meara, Thomas Cleary, Eanna Hogan, Eoin Williams and Alan Darcy who line out with Borrisokane Community College when they take on Colaiste Phobail Roscrea in the Munster Vocational Schools final in MacDonagh Park Cloughjordan on this Saturday.
Dinny Cahill has been appointed manager of the minor hurling team. He will be assisted by Jimmy Cahill, Johnny Peters and Liam Grace.
The U-8s continue training each Monday night in The Complex at 6.30 p.m. followed by the U-10s at 7.30 p.m.
Cloughjordan, Ardcroney and Kilruane schools took part in the recent indoor blitz in The Thomas MacDonagh Complex. Thanks to Len Gaynor who organized this non competitive blitz and to the transition students from Borrisokane C.C. who acted as very impartial referees. All the thirty six schools in North Tipperary which participated in the various blitzes in both Cloughjordan and Nenagh received a commemorative plaque.
The annual Parish League is scheduled to commence on Saturday April 9th. All boys from third class upwards care eligible to compete. There will be four teams selected by the juvenile committee. There will be a double round with each team guaranteed six games, followed by the League and Plate finals. As usual the no soloing rule will apply.
The following membership fees have been ratified for 2011:€10 for juveniles from U-6 up to and including U-10: €20 for U-12 up to and including minor; and €20 for non playing adults. A €200 deal is also available for non playing adults which includes membership, yearly Lotto subscription and annual County Draw subscription. Supporters wishing to avail of this option can pay by direct debit by contacting club officials. Membership for adult players will be finalized this week after club officials have met the management and players.
Pat Shanahan has been appointed to take charge all club hurleys for 2011. Pat will have the sole responsibility of ordering hurleys. The cost of hurleys for all juvenile and minor players will be €10. Juveniles can buy their hurleys from their respective managers. The onus is on all players both juvenile and adult to commence the year with at least two hurleys and replace their broken hurleys. The club will not replace broken hurleys. All hurleys for repairs should be given to David Reddan or Pat Shanahan
The Dinner Dance takes place in the Abbey Court Hotel on Saturday March 19th at 8.00 p.m. The U-21 hurlers will be presented with their divisional and county medals. The Kilruane MacDonaghs senior hurling team of 1986 which won the All-Ireland club title will also be honoured. The club will be making a presentation to each player and selector to celebrate the silver jubilee of this famous victory. Guest of honour will be former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy. This promises to be a great occasion for the parish and the club with the event already generating huge interest. Tickets cost €30 and are now available from club officials and committee members. Intending patrons should note that the function will have a punctual 8 o clock start and will not be delayed to facilitate latecomers.
An electronic scoreboard will be erected in MacDonagh Park within the next few weeks. The club would like to thank George O Leary, formerly of Beechwood, for his very generous donation of €5,000 towards the cost. George who now lives in Arizona made the contribution in memory of his late brother Bob who was a great Kilruane MacDonaghs stalwart.
The juvenile club will be holding its annual Bag Packing fundraiser in Dunnes Stores on Friday evening July 1st and all day Saturday July 2nd. Every family which has a player involved in any juvenile grade from U-6 up to U-16 will be expected to help out and should note the dates in the diary. The advance notice will enable families to commit at a least one parent for a two hour stint on either day. All parents will be personally contacted by the respective team managers in good time to ensure that every single family participates in this fundraiser.