A very successful and constructive Adjourned AGM was held in the clubroom last week. The composition of the club committee was finalised and the hurling and park sub committees were also ratified. The finance committee was already in place and has convened on two occasions to date. Pat Murphy and Liam Tierney were named as junior football selectors.
The club is holding a Spring BBQ in Keynon Bar on this Friday February 10th with music by Ebony. Tickets, costing €10, are now available from club officers or any committee member. There will be numerous spot prizes on the night. Three prizes of €50 will also be drawn among MacDonaghs players who are present.
A meeting of all juvenile selectors has been scheduled for the clubroom on Friday February 17th at 8.00 p.m. A full attendance is expected.
After the winter hibernation, indoor juvenile training is now commencing in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex. Selectors will be in contact with the respective panels to confirm starting dates. The U-12s swing into action at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday February 14th.
The club will celebrate the diamond jubilee of Kilruane MacDonaghs victory in the 1951 North juvenile final at a function in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex at 8.00 p.m. on Friday March 9th. The survivors of the 1944 team, which won North and County titles, will also be honoured. These celebrations will coincide with the annual ‘Nite Out’ for our loyal Lotto promoters. Guest speaker on the night will be former Tipperary coach Eamon O’ Shea. A three course meal will be served by the Gourmet Gallery. Tickets costing €15 are now on sale. All are welcome to attend.
Paddy’s Eve Punch-Up
Preparations for the Paddy’s Eve Punch-Up in the Ormond Hotel on Friday March 16th are gaining momentum. This is a major fundraising raising event involving the Kilruane MacDonaghs and Toomevara clubs. Volunteers from each club will square off against each other in the boxing ring, in ten separate bouts. After a series of eliminator contests, the following MacDonaghs team has been selected: Eamon Gaynor, Brian Gaynor, Joe Cahill, Diarmuid Cahill, Mark O’ Leary, Liam Gibson, Paul Cahalan, Ger Ryan, Alice Deane and Orla Williams. Commiserations to those who were counted out and failed to make the squad. There’s always the London Olympics. Ger ‘Sugar Ray’ Ryan is team manager and is also one of the pugilists who will be in action. This event is generating a huge amount of interest in both parishes and tickets, which will shortly go on sale, are sure to be in big demand. All the contestants, on the rival teams, will also be seeking sponsorship, so we anticipate the usual generous response.
Jack Peters and Stephen Cleary lined out on the Nenagh C.B.S. team which drew with Ard Scoil Ris in the Harty Cup semi-final. Darragh Peters was also in the squad.
Membership is now overdue and should be renewed immediately. Fees for 2012 are: 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. Membership is obligatory for all players. At the juvenile reunion on March 9th there will be a draw among fully paid up members for two County Draw and two Club Lotto subscriptions. One prize in each category will be reserved for players.
The club would like to thank all who donated items to the recent scrap metal collection. Returns exceeded expectations. Proceeds will go towards improving the facilities in Ardcroney Community Field, where the club’s second pitch is located.
Congratulations to William Casey Blackrock, Dublin who won €500 and Gary Power Borrisokane who won €200 in the county draw. Both are joined with Kilruane MacDonaghs club.
Billy Brophy R.I.P.
The death of Billy Brophy has taken place in Slough England. Billy was the last surviving member of the Kilruane MacDonaghs senior team which lost to Borris-Ileigh in the 1947 North final. In that game he played at wing back on the great Paddy Kenny. On taking up employment with Con Cleary of Ballycapple, he transferred to MacDonaghs from his native Borrisokane. His younger brother Joe, who was reared in Hylands of Loughane, had already played on the victorious MacDonaghs juvenile team of 1944. Billy neither drank nor smoked, and he was an outstanding hurler who kept himself in great shape. He played with Tipperary in the 1948 National League. To his family in England, his sister Mary Morris in Birr and to the Hyland and Daly families, sympathy is extended.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the O’ Connor and O’ Meara families Carriganagh on the death of Bridget O’ Connor.