Congratulations to Niall O Meara who has been selected as North Tipperary intermediate footballer of the year. Niall won a divisional intermediate football medal with Shannon Rovers and was also on the Thomas MacDonaghs senior football team which won the county title.
Third Level Hurling
Congratulations to Eanna Hogan who captained the Mary Immaculate College team which defeated UUJ to win the division two Freshers hurling league. Eoin Hogan Burgess and Paddy Gallagher Kildangan were also on the team. Well done to Niall O Meara who was a member of the UL Freshers side which won the division one league title by overcoming UCC in the final.
Copies of the club calendar are still available in the local shops and can also be purchased from any committee member or adult player. It contains a varied selection of photographs from 2011, including the U-10, U-12, U-14, U-21 teams and U-14 camogie team. It also features some stunning action shots from past and present games. The calendar, which costs €10, makes an ideal festive gift for those both home and away.
Congratulations to Padraig Kelly who received the Ian Gordon Award at the recent Annual Agricultural Science Awards ceremony in UCD.
This is Your Life Tribute
Congratulations to Niall Williams who was honoured with a well deserved’ This is Your Life’ tribute in the Abbey Court Hotel by theToomevara club. While his service to The Greyhounds, both on and off the field, is well documented, his contribution to Kilruane MacDonaghs is less well known. In 1943 Niall played in goals on the MacDonaghs juvenile team which defeated Dromakeenan in the final of the inaugural U-15 championship before losing out to Loughmore in the county decider. The late Paddy Quinlan was on the Loughmore side. Niall wore the number one jersey again the following year when MacDonaghs retained the divisional title by overcoming Templederry in the final and went one step further by defeating Holycross to claim the county crown. John Doyle lined out on the Holycross team. Niall played in the 1952 and 1953 North senior finals at corner and wing forward respectively but Kilruane had to give second best to a powerful Borris-Ileigh side in both encounters. Niall acted as secretary for the St. Ruadhans junior hurling team in 1953 and 1954. On his appointment to Ballinree N.S. he transferred to Toomevara and has served and continues to serve his adopted club with distinction. A large gathering from his native parish attended the function. Well done to the Toomevara club on a night that was presented professionally and thoroughly entertained the capacity crowd.
Congratulations to Roger Spain Elm Hill Ballymackey who won €200 in the weekly county draw.
The club Lotto jackpot now stands at a very attractive €5,100. This tidy sum would be the ideal antidote to beat the budget blues. An extra €1,000 in prizes was added to the Christmas Draw which took place last Monday night. Tickets cost €2 each with three on offer for €5. The club would like to thank our subscribers and promoters for their constant and consistent support since the launch of the Lotto in 1996. It is our main source of income and despite the worsening economic climate it continues to garner much needed revenue for the club. A special word of thanks to our Lotto committee which runs the draw in a very professional and efficient manner and has a tried and trusted system of co-ordinating the large network of sellers throughout the parish.