Kilruane MacDonaghs News
The presentation of medals to the U-10, U-12 and U-14 panels was held in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on last Friday night. Guest of honour was Tipperary star Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher. Also in attendance were North Bord na nOg Board Chairman Mike Flynn and Secretary Marian Minehan. Club chairman Sean Ward acted as a very efficient fear a’ ti for the evening. He welcomed everyone to the function, congratulated the teams on their success, paid tribute to all juvenile selectors for their commitment, lauded the work of the parish schools in their promotion of Gaelic Games and thanked the parents and senior club for their support. Senior club chairman George O’ Leary and juvenile vice-chairman Christy Morgan also addressed the huge gathering. The very popular Bonnar Maher presented the medals to the appreciative young players. The following selectors also received presentations in recognition of their work with the successful teams: Christy Morgan, Michael O’ Meara, Mark O’ Meara, Ned Darcy, Michael Reddan, Brian O’ Meara and Seamus Hennessy.The club would like to thank the loyal and dependable ladies who served up their usual sumptuous fare. Thanks also to the ever obliging Bridget Delaney who was present to record the proceedings on camera.
The Adjourned AGM of the senior club takes place in the clubroom on this Thursday February 2nd at 8.00 p.m. . This is a meeting of crucial importance with an extensive agenda, including the appointment of the club committee and the various sub committees. All club members, especially managers and selectors, are asked to attend.
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.
A meeting of juvenile selectors has been scheduled for Friday February 17th. All juvenile mentors are expected to attend, so leave that date free of other commitments in your diary.
The club will celebrate the diamond jubilee of Kilruane MacDonaghs victory in the 1951 juvenile final at a function in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Friday March 9th. The following eight survivors of the MacDonaghs juvenile team which won the North and county finals in 1944 will also be honoured: Niall Williams, Kevin Heffernan, Matt McGrath, Paddy O’ Meara Beechwood, Paddy (Scholar) O’ Meara, Jim Hensey, Ned Gaynor and Jimmy Teefey. This was the first juvenile team from North Tipperary to win a county title. These celebrations will coincide with our annual ‘Nite Out’ for our loyal Lotto promoters. Guest speaker on the night will be former Tipperary coach Eamon O’ Shea. All are welcome to attend. Tickets will be on sale in mid February. More details next week.
Paddy’s Eve Punch-Up
Preparations for the Paddy’s Eve Punch-Up in the Ormond Hotel, on Friday March 16th, are going full steam ahead. 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.
Well done to Jack Peters and Stephen Cleary who played on the Nenagh C.B.S. team which had a great win against Thurles C.B.S. in the Harty Cup quarter-final. Darragh Peters was also in the squad. They take on Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick in the semi-final.
The following membership fees apply for 2012: 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. All players over minor are currently being briefed on the details of this new arrangement. Membership is compulsory for all players.
Congratulations to Pat Foote Ardcroney who scooped the Lotto jackpot of €5,600. The jackpot resumes at a very attractive €2,000. The club would like to thank our loyal subscribers and promoters for their continued support. Tickets cost €2, with three on offer for €5.
Congratulations to Seamus Hennessy who was presented with one of the six inaugural Education Bursaries, sponsored by the Tipperary Association Dublin. He received the bursary at a function in the Park Avenue Hotel Thurles. Seamus, who is studying for his Masters in International Management at NUI Galway, is on the long road to recovery after a second operation on his knee.