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Under 21

The U-21 hurlers take on Borris-Ileigh on this Sunday in Moneygall at 3.00pm.


The minor hurlers lost their final game in the championship away to Toomevara on a 0-15 to 1-9 scoreline. MacDonaghs had a one point lead at the break, with the score 1-4 to 0-6. Kieran Cahill raised the green flag. MacDonaghs were right in the game until the final whistle and could have snatched a draw at the death. The management and players put in a huge effort this year and although they didn’t qualify for the semi-final, definite progress was made. Team: Niall Shinners, David Mooney, Jack Peters, Conor Austin, Tomás Hogan, Darragh Peters, Caolainn Conroy, Conor Cleary, Stephen Cleary, Paddy Ryan, Sean Cleary, Finnian Mannion, Aidan Boyle, Kieran Cahill and Bob Dooley. Subs: Brendan McAdams and James Cleary.

Under 13

The U-13 hurlers participated in the Silvermines tournament last Saturday. Although they were without the services of Jerome Cahill, Luke Dervan, Ben Healy and Kevin Oakley this proved to be a very worthwhile exercise as it gave the selectors a chance to assess the prospects of next year’s U-14 team. In the semi-final MacDonaghs overcame Sean Treacys on 7-8 to 1-5 scoreline. Scorers: Seamus O’Meara (3-0), Oisín O’Meara (2-1), Craig Morgan (1-1), Kian O’Kelly (1-0), Nathan Ryan (0-2), Jake O’Kelly (0-1), Tommy Dooley (0-1), Devlin Courtney (0-1) and Mark O’Neill (0-1).

In the final they lost out to the home side on a 6-1 to 4-2 scoreline. Silvermines had the wind in the first half but the MacDonaghs defended well and only trailed by four points at the break with the score 2-1 to 1-0. However, MacDonaghs were dealt a severe blow five minutes before the break when a very harsh red card was shown to one our midfielders. They battled very well in the second half but the numerical advantage for the home side proved to be decisive. Scorers: Devlin Courtney (2-0), Craig Morgan (2-0), Jake O’Kelly (0-1) and Kian O’Kelly (0-1). Panel: Jack Dunne, Alan Spain, Mark O’Neill, Jack Dwan, Eoghan Mulcahy, Dylan Moran, Craig Morgan, Tommy Dooley, Oisín O’Meara, Jake O’Kelly, Nathan Ryan, Kian O’Kelly, Seamus O’Meara, Sean McAdams, Devlin Courtney, Cian Spillane, Luke Morkan, Patrick Hayes and Owen Usman.

Schools Football

Ardcroney N.S. have qualified for the North final with victories against Dunkerrin and Templederry.

Senior Management

Jim Williams (manager) and Michael Ryan (selector) have been ratified for 2013. They hope to add a third selector, who will be named at a later date.

Hurling wall

The club has decided to install extra lighting at the hurling wall. Plans are well advanced at this stage.

Dan Breen Cup

On this Friday October 19th Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh will launch Jim Fogarty’s book “The Dan Breen Cup” in the Horse & Jockey Inn at 8.00pm. The book traces the history of all the Tipperary senior finals since 1931, the first year the Dan Breen Cup was presented. The book should be of particular interest to MacDonaghs followers, as it recounts the club’ ten appearances in county finals: 1944 Thurles Sarsfields 6-3 Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-4 (Captain Tommy Williams); 1959 Thurles Sarsfields 3-12 Kilruane MacDonaghs 2-6 (Captain Ger McCarthy); 1973 Roscrea 3-14 Kilruane MacDonaghs 3-8 ( Captain Sean Hyland); 1975 Kilruane MacDonaghs 3-9 Moneygall 3-9 (Draw), Moneygall 3-13 Kilruane MacDonaghs 0-5 (Replay) (Captain Paddy Williams); 1977 Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-11 Borris-Ileigh 2-8 (Draw), Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-5 Borris-Ileigh 0-5 (Replay) (Captain Dinny Cahill); 1978 Kilruane MacDonaghs 2-14 Roscrea 2-13 (Captain Jim Williams); 1979 Kilruane MacDonaghs 2-18 Thurles Sarsfields 3-6 (Captain Billy O’Shea); 1980 Roscrea 3-11 Kilruane MacDonaghs 2-13 (Captain Dinny O’Meara); 1985 Kilruane MacDonaghs 2-11 Roscrea 0-10 (Captain Tony Sheppard) & 1986 Borris-Ileigh 0-14 Kilruane MacDonaghs 0-7 (Captain Tony Sheppard). The book will not record the exploits of the De Wets in 1902 county final, long before Dan Breen fired a shot in anger.

Sixty Years Ago

Sixty years ago in 1952 Kilruane MacDonaghs won their first minor title. This is The Guardian report:

MacDonaghs Win Minor Title

MacDonaghs 5-0 Éire Óg 3-3

Kilruane MacDonaghs won the North Tipperary Minor Hurling Final, defeating the holders, Eire Óg Nenagh, on Sunday. The game preceded the senior hurling final and proved a most exhilarating contest.

MacDonaghs well retained their reputation of last year in the hurling world, but Éire Óg was fancied to retain their title and their defeat came as a surprise.

Éire Óg started well against the breeze and gave promise when they scored a goal and a point and it was some time before the MacDonaghs boys settled down. They had missed three convenient frees and a 70, but in a second effort they lobbed through a goal and ended up the half-time with 4-0 to 1-1 for Éire Óg.

Against the wind MacDonaghs added a goal, when great pressure by Nenagh added 2-2 in a fine finish.

Éire Óg had the services of E. McGrath, the county minor, and he had a goal for Nenagh when he left the defence to come up midfield.

After Éire Óg had scored 1-1, MacDonaghs went into the attack and were foiled by the Nenagh defence, when they had the ball on the goal-line. Then, following a 70 they rushed through a goal. Éire Óg missed a 25 yards’ free, saved by Murray. Then Gibson forced a seventy and Gleeson (Nenagh) scored a fine goal. Williams was wide with a good shot, but later Williams put MacDonaghs further ahead when he was well placed for a goal. O’Leary added MacDonaghs fourth goal coming up to the interval.

In the second half Éire Óg went all out to win the game and take down a big lead and added a point. Attack followed attack. Hennessy was wide with a good shot, and in a fine movement by Kilruane Williams added a goal. In hot attacks by Éire Óg E. McGrath made a long run and Murray saved well. G.Ryan sent well up field, but Gibson relieved from a forty yards free. Éire Óg had a goal and put over a point. E.McGrath sent a long distance free wide.

Connor (goal) made a good save. Geaney took a 70 and sent well in and E. McGrath sent wide. Nenagh had plenty of the ball but failed to get through the defence. After Nenagh had failed with a 70 and a free, E.McGrath sent through for a goal to close the scoring. J. Gleeson scored 2-1 for Éire Óg.

MacDonaghs 5-0, Éire Óg 3-3

MacDonaghs: Paddy Murray (goal), Padge Ryan, Sean Deane, Kevin Gaynor, Paddy Ryan, Jimmy Gibson, Alfie Kennedy, Mick Fahy, Joe Burns, Pat Williams, Robert O’Leary, Michael Ryan, Hubert Killackey, Paddy Conway and Ger Hogan.

Éire Óg: D. O’Connor, D. Grey, Eddie McGrath, J. Burns, F. Reynolds, T. Geaney, O. McGrath, Paddy Hallinan, G. Ryan, S. Ryan, P. O’Meara, Phil Hennessy, M. Burns, J. Gleeson and S. Leahy.

Referee: Mr. Michael Ryan

The report didn’t list the introduction of substitutes for either team and only used initials for the Christian names. I have included the full Christian name for all MacDonaghs players and for some Éire Óg players. The following were also on the MacDonaghs panel: Des Gaynor, Tommy O’Brien, Pierce O’Leary, Sean Dwyer, Tony Grace, John Ryan and Hubert Lynch.

Committee Meeting

The monthly meeting of the committee will be held in the clubroom on Friday November 2nd a t 8.00pm. All committee members are asked to reserve this date in their diaries.


The Annual General Meeting will be held in the clubroom on Friday December 7th at 8.00pm. It will be preceded by Mass for deceased members in Cloughjordan Church at 7.30pm.