The senior hurlers qualified for the final of the Hogan Cup with a 2-15 to 1-13 home win against Templederry. MacDonaghs had a three point interval lead with the score 1-9 to 0-9 in their favour. Ray McLoughney scored the goal from a twenty metre free. On the resumption he repeated the feat and this helped give Kilruane a narrow edge for the remainder of the game. They will face Moneygall in the final on this Sunday at 3.00pm in MacDonagh Park. Team: David Reddan, Padraig Kelly, Martin Walsh, Eanna Hogan, William Cleary, Pat Williams, Kevin Ryan, Kevin Quinlan (0-1), Diarmuid Cahill, Pat Conway, Thomas Cleary (0-2), Liam Gibson (0-2), Ray McLoughney (2-6), Niall O’Meara and Colm Williams. Subs: Jonathan Cahill (0-3), Justin Cahill (0-1), Freddie Williams, Eoin Williams and David Williams.
Commiserations to Jack Peters, Stephen Cleary, Darragh Peters and the Nenagh C.B.S. team who lost out to Colaiste na Deise in the Harty Cup final.
The U-16 footballers will be the first juvenile team into action this season, with a home game against Borris-Ileigh, on the weekend of March 10th. Borrisokane and Inane Rovers are also in the group. The top two qualify for the semi-final, while third and fourth play first and second from group two to determine the other semi-finalists.
The U-14 footballers are at home to Newport/Ballinahinch in the first round on Wednesday March 28th. Kildangan and Nenagh are also in the group. All four teams qualify for the semi-finals.
The U-14 hurlers will face Borrisokane in the quarter-final of the Feile. In Peil na nOg the U-14 footballers have received a bye into the semi-final.
Former Tipperary coach Eamon O’Shea will be guest speaker at the juvenile reunion in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Friday March 9th. On that night the club will celebrate the diamond jubilee of Kilruane MacDonaghs victory in the 1951 North juvenile final and 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. A three course meal will be served by the Gourmet Gallery. Tickets costing €15 are now available from Kay Cahalan, George O’Leary or any committee member. 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. Attendees should note that the function will have a punctual 8.00pm start and the meal won’t be delayed to facilitate late arrivals.
Paddy’s Eve Punch-Up
The Kilruane MacDonaghs team for the Paddy’s Eve Punch Up against Toomevara on Friday March 16th has been finalised. Injuries, sustained in the intensive training, have forced manager Ger Ryan into making a number of changes. Fortunately, an extended squad was training and readymade replacements were available. The following eleven will represent MacDonaghs in this ‘Clash without the Ash’: Eamon Gaynor, Brian Gaynor, Mark O’Leary, Murty Walsh, Liam Gibson, Kieran Nevin, Paul Cahalan, Kevin Keogh, Ger Ryan, Marcella Keogh and Orla Williams. Interest in both parishes and beyond is now at fever pitch, and tickets costing €20 are in big demand 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, are seeking sponsorship and are reporting a fantastic response. Thanks to all the parishioners who are flying club flags and banners. In particular, there is a great splash of colour on the border with Toome.
As all our teams gear up for action on the field, it is imperative that membership is 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 compulsory for all players. Juvenile managers will be distributing membership forms to all their panels in the next few weeks. 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. The cost is: €55 for one child; €45 for second child and €40 for third and subsequent children.
As the playing season commences, all adult players are reminded that they must have three hurleys. In continuance of last year’s very successful policy, players are once again responsible for replacing broken hurleys. There are no free hurleys for either adult players or juveniles. Pat Shanahan has juvenile sticks for sale at a subsidised rate of €10. He also has a supply of adult hurleys which can be bought at full price. All sticks for repair should be given to David Reddan and the club will fund this cost. The finance committee will brief all managers and players on the above arrangements and we anticipate the full co-operation of all involved.
Medium and small helmets are now available from Gilbert Williams (087)2176452 at a discounted price of €35. This is a €5 reduction on last year’s price.
The club is running a defibrillator course in the clubroom on this Wednesday February 29th and Wednesday March 7th at 7.30pm. It is important that all grades are represented at this course. Those interested should contact Kay Cahalan (087)9059592.
Dean Maxwell Rally
A rally in support of the retention of services at the Dean Maxwell Home will be held in Roscrea on this Saturday March 3rd. The rally commences at 11.00am on the Main Street. Your support would be greatly appreciated.