Kilruane MacDonaghs News
The senior hurlers will play Burgess in the first round of the championship on the weekend of April 10th. Kildangan, Toomevara, Moneygall and Lorrha are also in the group.
Kilruane MacDonaghs will play Moycarkey-Borris on this Sunday at 1.00 p.m. in the first round of the County League in MacDonagh Park. Roscrea, Borris-Ileigh, Upperchurch-Drombane and Eire Og Annacarty complete the group.
Commiserations to Niall O Meara, Eanna Hogan, Thomas Cleary, Eoin Williams, Alan Darcy and Eoin Burns who were members of the Borrisokane Community College team which lost out to Colaiste Phobail Roscrea in the Munster Vocational Schools Hurling final.
The U-14 hurlers have been drawn to play Toomevara in the Feile semi-final on Saturday April 9th. Both semi-finals and the final will take place on the same date at a venue to be decided.
Peil na nOg
The U-14 footballers take on Newport in the semi-final of Peil na nOg in MacDonagh Park on Saturday March 26th. The winners will take on Nenagh in the final on the same day in Cloughjordan.
The annual Parish League will now commence on Saturday April 16th to avoid a clash with the Feile . All boys from third class upwards are 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 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.
Brian O Meara has resumed hurling coaching in the parish primary schools and will continue each Friday. The club would like to thank the schools for their continued support and co-operation.
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. The deadline for renewal of membership is March 31st.
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.
Juvenile helmets in sizes medium and small are now available from Gilbert Williams at cost of €40 each. Helmets are compulsory for all players for both training and matches.
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 costing €30 are almost sold out and immediate purchase is advised to avoid disappointment. Intending patrons should note that the function will have a punctual 8 o clock start and will not be delayed to facilitate latecomers.
With the new County Draw looming on the horizon promoters and subscribers are asked to ensure that all payments for the current draw are up to date.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Paddy Ryan Newtown. Paddy was a great club stalwart and gave over sixty year’s service to Kilruane MacDonaghs as a player and committee member. He was on the MacDonaghs minor hurling team which won the club’s first divisional title in that grade in 1952. Two years later Paddy won his first North junior hurling medal. He added a second in 1956 and a third followed in 1960. In the county final that year Kilruane overcame the Moycarkey- Borris intermediate team in Borrisoleigh to record a famous triumph. Paddy scored a vital goal in that game and last year he joined with his former colleagues in celebrating the golden jubilee of that victory at a function in The Complex. He was a speedy and stylish forward with a penchant for finding the net.
Paddy was a highly committed member of both the club and park committees where his witty contributions often helped to diffuse the tension. He was one of the best known characters in Cloughjordan where he was recognized by all and sundry as a great community man. Paddy starred in many a production by the Cloughjordan Drama, was an active member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society and had more than a passing interest in the political scene.
The club would also like to extend sympathy to the family of the late Dan Cleary Behamore.