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Following Mass for deceased members in SS. Michael and John’s Church, a very successful and productive Annual General Meeting was held in the clubroom. There was great participation from the enthusiastic attendees with constructive debates on a variety of topics. In her customary comprehensive report, secretary Kay Cahalan gave an in depth review of the club activities on and off the field during 2011. Treasurer Ger Ryan presented a very professional and detailed set of accounts which showed that club finances are in a healthy state despite the massive expenditure incurred in the construction of the Sports Complex, the completion of the extensive drainage works, the erection of the hurling wall, the laying of the tarmacadam, the purchase of the new mower and the provision of the electronic scoreboard. Ger was lauded for his prudent management of the club finances and his astute leadership of the very active and extremely effective finance committee.

In a thought provoking address, chairman George O Leary analysed the strengths and weaknesses of the club and outlined the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. A number of speakers paid tribute to the late Mick O’ Meara who had given over seventy year’s service to the club. All the major positions were filled on the night with the minimum of delay. The following were elected for 2012:

Presidents-Tom Cleary, Paddy McCarthy and Fr. Enda Burke;
Vice-Presidents-Tom McLoughney, Martin O’ Meara, Roche Williams and Michael Banaghan;
Chairman-George O’ Leary;
Vice-Chairman-Michael Hogan;
Secretary-Kay Cahalan ;
Assistant Secretary-Mary McLoughney;
Treasurer-Ger Ryan;
Assistant Treasurer- Michael Cahill;
P.R.O.-Gilbert Williams;
County Board Delegate-Len Gaynor;
North Board Delegate-George O’ Leary;
Coaching & Schools Liaison Officer-Len Gaynor.

The following management teams were ratified:
Senior Hurling-Jim Williams (Manager), Michael Ryan and Bertie Sherlock (Trainer);
Junior Hurling-John Cahill (Manager), Christy Morgan, Michael O’ Neill, Colin England and Mark Spain;
U-21 Hurling-John Hyland (Manager), Paddy Williams and John Quinlan;
Minor Hurling and Football- Pat Shanahan (Manager), Jimmy Cahill, D.J. Hayes and Eoin Hogan.
The manager and selectors for the Junior C hurling team will be finalised at the adjourned AGM.

Juvenile AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the juvenile club takes place in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on this Friday January 20th at 8.00 p.m. . Everybody interested in the promotion of juvenile games in the parish is invited to attend.

Juvenile Presentation

The presentation of medals to the U-12 and U-14 hurlers is scheduled for Friday January 27th at 8.00 p.m. in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex. The U-14 hurlers were North Feile champions and the U-12 hurlers retained their county crown. The U-10 hurlers, who had a very successful season, will receive a special presentation at the function. Special guest on the night will be Tipperary hurler Patrick Maher from Lorrha. All players and parents should be present at 7.45 so that proceedings can have a punctual start.

Adjourned AGM

The Adjourned AGM takes place in the clubroom on Thursday February 2nd. This is a meeting of crucial important with an extensive agenda, including the appointment of the club committee and the various sub committees.

Social Night

The club is holding a Social Night in Keynon Bar on Friday February 10th with music by Ebony. Tickets costing €10 are now available from club officers or any committee member.

Juvenile Reunion

The diamond jubilee celebration of the Kilruane MacDonaghs juvenile team’s victory in the 1951 North final will be held in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Friday March 9th. The surviving members of the 1944 U-15 team, the first to bring a county juvenile title to the division, will also be honoured. These celebrations will coincide with the annual ‘Nite Out’ for our loyal Lotto promoters. This promises to be a great occasion for the club.


The following membership fees were ratified at the AGM: Non playing adults €20; U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 players €20; U-6, U-8 and U-10 players €10. The club has devised a membership package for all players over minor. This also covers insurance and Lotto subscription. This package was unanimously endorsed at the AGM. All players over minor will receive details of this new arrangement. Membership is compulsory for all players.

MacDonagh Park

A Tipperary senior selection took on Coolderry, Leinster club champions, in a useful workout for both sides in MacDonagh Park last Sunday. Thanks to Kay Cahalan and Carmel Daly who looked after the catering in their usual efficient manner.


Kilruane MacDonaghs are currently involved in delicate negotiations with a neighbouring club with a view to organizing a joint fundraising venture which is tentatively scheduled for St. Patrick’s Night. This novel idea is sure to capture the imagination of the public and is guaranteed to be a knockout. The identity of the other club can’t be revealed at this stage but treasurer Ger Ryan has indicated that talks with his first cousin, in the opposite corner, are progressing satisfactorily. Watch this space!

County Draw

Congratulations to Orla Cleary Ardcroney who won €200 in this month’s County Draw. Our draw coordinator Carmel Daly reminds subscribers, who are in arrears, to bring their payments up to date as soon as possible.


Congratulations to the following who won county handball titles in the 40x20 competitions played in Dolla and Nenagh at the weekend: U-11 doubles Matthew Spain and Kian O’ Kelly; U-11 girls doubles Laura Shinners and Orla Molloy; U-12 girls doubles Katie Gould and Eleanor Percy; U-12 singles Devlin Courtney; U-13 girls doubles Sile Spain and Gillian McSherry. Hard luck to Jerome Cahill who lost out in the U-14 singles final.