The Kilruane MacDonaghs senior team which won the All-Ireland club final in 1986 was honoured at last Sunday’s county final. The players were introduced to the crowd between both finals and were presented with a special memento afterwards at a reception in the Dome. The club would like to thank the organising committee under the chairmanship of Seamus King who ensured that the day ran smoothly and that the players had a memorable day. Congratulations to Pat Gibson who acquitted himself admirably with the whistle in the big game.
Paddy Quinlan Tournament
The annual U-10 tournament took place in MacDonagh Park last Saturday. The tournament has now been named in memory of the late Paddy Quinlan former club chairman and a Trojan worker for the juvenile club in the seventies. The club would like to thank the Quinlan family for their sponsorship of the tournament. Six teams participated last Saturday Kildangan, Borris-Ileigh, Moycarkey-Borris A & B and Kilruane MacDonaghs A & B. In the A final Kildangan overcame Moycarkey on 5-4 to 4-1 scoreline. In the B final Kilruane MacDonaghs got the better of Borris-Ileigh on a score 3-4 to 2-2. In the shield final Kilruane MacDonaghs B came out on top against Moycarkey B on a 6-3 to 2-5 scoreline. John Quinlan presented the trophies and medals to the winning teams. Thanks to Jimmy Cahill and Ned Darcy who refereed the games. A special work of thanks to our ever dependable ladies who surpassed themselves in catering for all teams, officials and supporters. The U-10 panel and their mentors take a well-deserved break after a hectic season which saw them play over twenty matches.
Kilruane N.S. qualified for the North final when they overcame Carrig N.S. on a 1-7 to 2-1 scoreline. Kilruane had a two point advantage at the break with the score 0-3 to 0-1. Ben Healy who finished with a tally of six kicked three second half points, with Alan Spain blasting home a crucial goal and Aaron Morgan chipping in with a valuable point. This was enough to edge out a useful Carrig side who were denied certain goals by a number of excellent saves from Jack Dunne. Team: Jack Dunne, Shane O Meara, Daniel Clarke, Louis Kennedy, Mark O Neill, Conor Quinlan, Ben Healy (0-6), Dylan Moran, Jack Dwan, Alan Spain (1-0), Matthew Moyles, Aaron Morgan (0-1) and Seamus O Meara . Subs: Sam Darcy and Amy Quinlisk.
Congratulations to Darragh Peters Beechwood who won €3,000 in the county draw.
Another link with the famous Tipperary team of the sixties was broken with the death Billy McLoughney Cloughjordan. He played on the Tipperary minor hurling team which reached the All-Ireland final in 1950. Billy was a great stalwart with his native Kildangan and he won an All-Ireland senior medal in 1961 when Tipperary overcame Dublin. He had also filled his customary full forward position in the 1960 final when Wexford shocked Tipperary to take the title. In 1962 Billy broke his leg in the Wembley tournament and this effectively ended his county career. As a well as the coveted Celtic Cross he also won two National League and two Oireachtas medals. On his marriage to local girl Sheila Bracken he moved to Cloughjordan and threw his lot in with Kilruane MacDonaghs in the twilight of his career. Billy was a tough competitor with a noble pair of wrists which he used effectively in both overhead and ground hurling. Kiildangan and Kilruane MacDonaghs clubs formed a guard of honour at his funeral. To his wife Sheila, sons Paul and Willie sincere sympathy is extended.