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Senior Football

Commiserations to Seamus Hennessy, Niall O’Meara, Diarmuid Cahill, Declan Barrett and Pat Murphy (selector) on Thomas MacDonaghs loss to Clonmel Commercials in the county final. Tom Cleary, Jim Casey, Carmel Daly, Tom McLoughney and Jack McLoughney were spotted in the VIP section of the New Stand.

Senior Management

David Quinlan joins Jim Williams (Manager) and Michael Ryan on the senior team management. David had a very successful career as a player with MacDonaghs. His honours include: North U-12 medals in 1978 and 1979; 2 North & 2 County U-14 medals in 1980; North U-14 medal in 1981; North minor football medal in 1984; North U-17 football league medal in 1984; North & County junior hurling medals in 1985; 4 North senior hurling medals; Fitzgibbon Cup medal with UL in 1989; County senior hurling medal 1985; Munster club & All-Ireland club medals. He played minor hurling with Tipperary in 1985, junior hurling in 1986 and U-21 hurling in 1987. David was a minor hurling and football selector with MacDonaghs 2008-2010 and he will be very familiar with the players. His appointment has been very well received and along with the return to action of Seamus Hennessy provides a very welcome boost to the senior team.

Junior Management

John Cahill has stepped down as junior manager. The club would like to thank him for his efforts during the year. The manager for 2013 will be appointed at the AGM.

Sale of Work

The club is organising a Monster Sale of Work & Auction in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Sunday January 27th. This is the first Sale of Work since 2001. The massive Sales of Work in the nineties and 2001 became legendary and their success was envied by clubs far and wide. The club is well aware that it will take a herculean effort by committee, players and supporters to replicate our former successes. However, we are confident that everybody will rally to the cause and a successful Sale of Work could be the spark to galvanise the club in 2013. We will be looking for donations of timber, turf, briquettes, farm produce, fodder, cakes, beer, spirits, electrical goods, furniture etc. We will be grateful for any items that can be lawfully turned into euros. A list of pledged items will be updated in weekly notes on the website.


The club is making a concerted effort to rejuvenate the weekly club Lotto which has been going strong since 1996. Despite the turbulent economic times, the Lotto continues to prosper and is the club’s major source of income. We are very grateful to all our loyal subscribers and promoters. Your support is very much appreciated and never taken for granted. However, we feel the Lotto has the potential to generate much more revenue as there are many parishioners, some with very strong GAA connections, who are not regular subscribers. With that in mind the club has decided: (1) to increase the number of promoters. Active club members, including all the committee and selectors, will be invited to promote the Lotto. Even selling four tickets a week will realise over €400 a year for the club. (2) Parents and families who have players playing with Kilruane MacDonaghs will be asked to become weekly subscribers. (3) Parish exiles will be invited to play the Lotto online on the MacDonaghs website. All who have family members abroad are asked to encourage them to play online.


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. All players and supporters are invited to attend. Your ideas and opinions are valued as we shape the future direction of the club.

Niall Mellon Township Trust

The club extends best wishes to Pat Shanahan who is heading to South Africa on November 9th as a volunteer with the Niall Mellon Township Trust. Pat is manager of the minor hurling and football teams and is an active member of the club committee. This is his third trip to participate in the project.


Congratulations to Jerome Cahill, Sean McAdams and Devlin Courtney who were members of the Tipperary U-12/13 handball team which won the Munster final in Clarecastle. In the semi-final they overcame Clare 80-65 and in the final they got the better of Cork 74-54. The All-Ireland semi-final takes place in two weeks time.

Sports Workshop

On this Wednesday November 7th the first event in the Sports Workshop Series will take place in LIT Thurles at 7.30 pm. It will feature a “Motivation in Sport” workshop by Eamon O’Shea, Tipperary hurling manager and a ”Legal Responsibilities of Clubs and their Officers” workshop by Shane O’Neill, solicitor and member of Na Piarsaigh. The workshops are free.

Invitation County Hurling Academy Programme

As part of the underage squad development programme, hurling coaching sessions are taking place in Dr Morris Park, Thurles on Saturday mornings at 9.30am for the next few weeks. These sessions will be very relevant for coaches involved with U-14, U-16, minor, U-21 and adult teams.

Each Saturday a different aspect of play will be dealt with. Guest Coaches will conduct the sessions which last for 70 minutes and involve best practice in coaching at this level. Your club is invited to send in coaches to observe these sessions. Top coaches, managers and players will be involved in the sessions and we feel it would benefit clubs to observe them in action. Coaches are encouraged to take notes on drills and games as they take place during the session. If possible we will look at a short questions and answers period with the coaches at the end of the sessions. Outlined below are the dates and other information.

DATE            COACH                                 TOPIC

Sat 3rd Nov    Eoin Kelly/Mickey McCullagh   Defence and Attack Strategy

Sat 10th Nov   Liam Sheedy                          Preparing to Play for Tipperary

Sat 17th Nov   Eamonn O’Shea                     Movement and Spatial Awareness

Sat 24th Nov   Brendan Cummins                  Restarting Play

Sat 1st Dec    To be confirmed

Sat 8th Dec    Paudie Butler                          Ball Wall Striking (Durlas Óg Pitch)

Sat 15th Dec   Paudie O’Neill                         Hooking and Blocking

Any questions ring the undersigned

Dinny Maher. Games Manager, Tipperary GAA 0863551830