Kilruane MacDonaghs News
A large crowd assembled in the clubroom on last Friday night for a very successful juvenile AGM. In a comprehensive review secretary John O Meara reported on one of the busiest ever years in the juvenile club, with a hive of activity from U-6 to U-16. He highlighted the success of the U-14s in the Feile, the U-12s in the county final and Kilruane N.S. in the North final. John also alluded to phenomenal number of games played by club teams, with the U-10s involved in thirty matches. An intensive recruiting drive by the club officers, in the weeks prior to the meeting, resulted in all positions being filled on the night. In 2012 twenty seven members will be actively involved in an official capacity with the club. Chairman Sean Ward welcomed the new mentors on board and extended his best wishes to those who have moved on to positions in the senior club. The following were appointed: Presidents Fr. Enda Burke and Tom McLoughney; Chairman Sean Ward; Vice-Chairman Christy Morgan; Secretary John O’Meara; P.R.O. Gilbert Williams; Child Welfare Officer Sarah Ryan; Schools Liaison Officer Len Gaynor. All management teams were finalized: U-6 Mark O’Leary, Michael O’ Meara, Matt Cleary and Mick Cleary; U-8 Martin Cahalan, John Mulcahy, Alan Carroll, Declan Barrett and Len Gaynor; U-10 Jody Hurley. Michael O’ Neill, Martin Walsh and Michael Loughnane; U-12 Gilbert Williams, Tommy McDonald, Timmy Walsh and Cian Williams; U-14 Christy Morgan, Michael Reddan and Ned Darcy; U-16 John Hyland, Sean Ward, Johnny Peters, Eoin Hogan, Robert Ward and Gilbert Williams.
The presentation of medals to the U-10, U-12 and U-14 hurlers is scheduled for this 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 their medals for the Borris-Ileigh tournament. 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 the function can have a punctual start. Proceedings won’t be delayed to facilitate latecomers.
A meeting of juvenile selectors has been scheduled for Friday February 17th. All juvenile mentors, without exception, will be expected to be present at this meeting, so leave that date free of other commitments in your diary.
The Adjourned AGM of the senior club takes place in the clubroom on Thursday February 2nd. This is a meeting of crucial importance with an extensive agenda, including the appointment of the club committee and the various sub committees.
Jack Peters lined out at centre back and Stephen Cleary was at corner back on the Nenagh C.B.S. team which drew with Thurles C.B.S. in the Harty Cup quarter-final. Darragh Peters was also on the panel.
The club is holding a Spring BBQ in Keynon Bar on Friday February 10th with music by Ebony. Tickets costing €10 are now available from club officers or any committee member.
The following membership fees were unanimously ratified at the recent 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 are currently being briefed on the details of this new arrangement. Membership is compulsory for all players.
Paddy’s Eve Punch-Up
A Paddy’s Eve Punch-Up, which is perfectly lawful, will take place in the Ormond Hotel on Friday March 16th. This is a major fundraising raising event involving the Kilruane MacDonaghs and Toomevara clubs. Representatives from each club will square off against each other in the boxing ring in ten separate contests. This event has captured the imagination of both parishes and tickets, which will go on sale in February, are sure to be in big demand. Team manager Ger Ryan is holding a series of eliminator contests to whittle down the MacDonaghs volunteers to the required ten.
The club text list is being updated so those who wish to be added should forward their names to secretary Kay Cahalan (087)9059592. All on the list receive the latest club news and information on fixtures.
Congratulations to Roger Spain Elm Hill Ballymackey who won €200 in the recent county draw.
The club extends its sympathy to Marie O’ Meara MacDonagh Avenue on the death of her father Mick O’ Toole Kilcolman Birr and to the Ryan family Ardcroney on the death of Jack Ryan.