The senior hurlers made a winning start to the year when they overcame Borrisokane in the quarter-final of the Hogan Cup on a 3-19 to 1-9 scoreline in Gardiner Park. The home side made a lively start and went five points ahead. MacDonaghs began to find their feet and a brace of goals from Ray McLoughney and Mikey Costello helped build a six point interval lead, with the score 2-9 to 1-6. Kilruane kept the advantage all through the second half and a third goal from David Williams put the issue beyond all doubt. They will now play Templederry in the semi-final. Team: David Reddan, Freddie Williams, Martin Walsh, Eanna Hogan, Willie Cleary, Pat Williams, Kevin Ryan, Justin Cahill (0-1), Pat Conway, Jonathan Cahill, Thomas Cleary (0-4), Liam Gibson (0-2), Ray McLoughney (1-8). Mikey Costello (1-2) and Eoin Williams. Subs: Willie Darcy, Colm Williams, Diarmuid Cahill, Cian Williams, David Williams (1-1), Kieran Cahill (0-1), James Williams and Declan Barrett.
Best wishes to Jack Peters, Stephen Cleary, Darragh Peters and the Nenagh C.B.S. team in the Harty Cup final against Colaiste na Deise.
Juvenile training has recommenced. The U-16s are in action every Monday at 6.30p.m., followed by the U-10s at 7.30. The U-12s train at 7.00p.m. on Tuesdays. The U-14s have also resumed. All panels will be kept informed by text.
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 8.00p.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. This promises to be a great social occasion for the club, and is an ideal opportunity for present members to meet the stars of the past. All are welcome to attend.
Paddy’s Eve Punch-Up
All other club activities have taken a backseat while preparations for the Paddy’s Eve Punch-Up in the Ormond Hotel on Friday March 16th are given top priority. This is a major fundraising raising event involving the Kilruane MacDonaghs and Toomevara clubs. This novel idea is generating a huge amount of interest in both parishes and beyond, and tickets costing €20 are now available and are being sold on a first come first served basis. As venue capacity is limited, early purchase is advisable. All the contestants, on the rival teams, will also be seeking sponsorship, so we anticipate the usual generous response. Both clubs have upped the intensity of their preparations, with Toomevara doing their altitude training in Gurtagarry while the MacDonaghs squad is engaged in a similar exercise on Balybibbon Hill. Residents in the Ballygibbon area are asked to ignore any bloodcurdling cries that may shatter the stillness of the night, though it might be advisable if all pets were kept indoors.
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 annual Kellogs Summer Camp takes place in MacDonagh Park, July 2nd to July 6th inclusive. Last year we had record numbers attending the camp. More details later.
Congratulations to Michael Cahill who won €250 in the weekly county draw. Subscribers are asked to bring all their payments up to date before the start of the new draw.
Congratulations to the following players from Ardcroney N.S. who won county finals in Dolla last Saturday: U-11 singles Orla Molloy; U-11 doubles Laura Shinners and Katie Morris; U-13 singles Gillian McSherry; U-13 doubles Sean McAdams and Peter Folan. Hard luck to Eleanor Percy Kilruane N.S. in the U-13 singles and to Ardcroney players: U-11 singles Matthew Spain; U-11 doubles Conor Ryan and Kian O’ Kelly; U-13 singles Devlin Courtney.