A large crowd assembled in the Abbey Court Hotel last Saturday night for the celebratory Dinner Dance. Guest of honour was former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy. Also in attendance were county chairman Barry O Brien, county secretary Tim Floyd and North Board chairman Mike Sheehy. The U-21 hurlers were presented with their North and County medals. Selectors Paddy Williams, John Quinlan, John Hyland and Pat Shanahan were recipients of special presentations to acknowledge their work with the team. The twenty five members of the Kilruane MacDonaghs senior team which won the All-Ireland Club final in 1986 and the management trio of Len Gaynor, Jim Casey and Billy O Shea were all presented with a beautifully framed commemorative scroll. Captain Tony Sheppard spoke on behalf of the ‘86 team and expressed thanks to the club for celebrating the silver jubilee of the All-Ireland success in such a fitting manner. To mark the golden jubilee of the formation of The Thomas MacDonagh Park Committee in 1961, its chairman Roche Williams and secretary Michael Banaghan were presented with two pieces of inscribed Tipperary Crystal. Roche and Michael have fifty years unbroken service to the park. A special presentation was also made to Tom McLoughney to celebrate the golden jubilee of his first All-Ireland senior medal in 1961 and chairman George O Leary made a presentation to Liam Sheedy. The club would like to thank secretary Kay Cahalan who put so much work into organizing the function which was a resounding success. A full account, including player citations, can be found on www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com
The U-21 hurlers overcame Shannon Rovers Gaels in the first round of the championship on a 0-25 to 1-10 scoreline. Rovers started brightly and hit the first three points and after twenty minutes had a seven point advantage. Kilruane reduced the deficit to four at the break and in the second half put over nineteen points to book a place in the second round. Team: David Reddan, Cian Williams, Eanna Hogan, David Williams, William Cleary (0-2), Brian O Meara (0-6), Pat Conway (0-1), Justin Cahill (0-1), Morgan Conway, James Williams (0-1), Thomas Cleary (0-5), Niall O Meara (0-4), Ronan Boyle (0-1), Sean Hayes and Eoin Williams (0-4). Subs: Alan Darcy, Jack Peters and Keith Kelly.
The senior hurlers travelled to Drombane for the second round of the league and came home with a share of the points having scored 2-18 and conceded 3-15 to the Upperchurch. A last minute point by Mark O Leary from an awkward angle earned a draw. Next on the agenda is the game against Roscrea. Team: David Reddan, Gavin McAvinchey, Martin Walsh, Pat Williams, Diarmuid Cahill, Eoin Hogan, Colm Williams, Justin Cahill (0-1), Jonathan Cahill, Liam Gibson (1-1), Edmond Morkan (0-3), Niall O Meara (0-3), Shane Quinlan, Brian O Meara (1-2) and Ray McLoughney (0-7). Sub: Mark O Leary (0-1). William Cleary and Tomas Williams
The junior A team is at home to Moneygall in the first round of the league on this Sunday at 5.30 p.m. The following Sunday the junior B team takes on Borrisokane in MacDonagh Park at 12 o clock.
The U-16 footballers had a home victory against Moneytgall/Clonakenny in the second round of the championship on a 5-6 to 3-1 scoreline. Team: Anthony Spillane, Caolainn Conroy, Jack Farrell, Willie Ryan, Sean Cleary, Tomas Hogan, Kieran Spillane, Stephen Cleary, Darragh Peters, Aidan Boyle, Conor Cleary, Bob Dooley, James Cleary, Cormac Boyle and Conor Doheny. Subs: Conor Kelly and Niall Shinners
The March 321st deadline for renewal of membership is rapidly approachingThe 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 players over minor is €50. All players over minor are also obliged to subscribe to the club’s weekly Lotto. The treasurer will collect the Lotto subscription in two separate installments.
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.
Congratulations to the following who won Munster handball titles with Tipperary: Roisin Cahill U-14 singles, Jerome Cahill U-12 doubles and Kieran Cahill U-17 doubles. Hard luck to Sile Spain and Caroline Hill