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Sean Ghael Award

Congratulations to Tom McLoughney who will be presented with a Sean Ghael Award in the Dome Semple Stadium on this Sunday November 18th at 4.15pm. Since Tom first donned the MacDonaghs jersey as a ten year old in 1951, he has given loyal and sterling service as a player, selector and committee member. In 1961 he became the first MacDonaghs player to win an All-Ireland senior medal, collecting his second Celtic Cross the following year. In addition Tom won three Munster medals, two National League medals, two Oireachtas medals and two North senior medals. He was a fearless full forward who never shirked the physical exchanges. Tom was a shrewd selector on the MacDonaghs senior team, which won three North & County titles in a row in the seventies, and was a mentor with the Tipperary senior team in 1980. Knowledgeable and passionate about hurling, he is a familiar presence when MacDonaghs and Tipperary are in action. The genial Tom is an iconic figure in the parish, admired for his achievements on the field and respected for his invaluable contribution to the club. He is still actively involved on the committee and is also vice-president of Kilruane MacDonaghs. He follows in the footsteps of Mick O’Meara (R.I.P.) 2004, Jimmy Gibson (R.I.P.) 2006, Roche Williams 2008, Michael Banaghan 2008 and Tom Cleary 2010, previous award winners from the MacDonaghs club. This is the tenth anniversary of the awards, which were inaugurated in 2003. Eight nominees from each division are honoured annually.

Schools Football

After their success against Borrisoleigh in the North Final, Ardcroney N.S. took on Boherlahan N.S. in the County Final in the Ragg. After a great tussle Boherlahan came out on top on a 4-12 to 4-4 scoreline. Paddy Kelly, chairman of Cumann na mBunscol, presented the Ardcroney panel with their runners-up medals. Well done to Ardcroney on a great campaign and congratulations to Boherlahan. Thanks to Drom-Inch for the use of their pitch and facilities. Panel: Cian Spillane, Laura Shinners, Devlin Courtney, Matthew Hodgins, Sean McAdams, Matthew Spain, Michaela McGrath, Michael Holland, Kian O’Kelly, Katie Morris, Cliodhna Nevin, Conor Ryan, Leah Heffernan, Clodagh Healy, Keelan McGrath, Daniel Costello and Orla Molloy.


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. This is an opportunity for the ordinary club member to have a voice in shaping club policy.

Under 21

In the U21 semi-final Kilruane MacDonaghs will play the winners of the Nenagh and Lorrha game. Nenagh overcame Borris-Ileigh in the first round of the losers group on a 5-16 to 2-13 scoreline. Nenagh will be hot favourites to overcome Lorrha. Meanwhile, MacDonaghs continued their preparations for the semi-final with a useful workout against Kildangan in MacDonagh Park.

Hurling Academy Programme

On next Saturday at 9.30 in Dr. Morris Park Eamon O’Shea will be conducting a coaching session with one of the Tipperary Academy teams. Eamon’s session will focus on “Movement and Spatial Awareness.” All MacDonaghs coaches and selectors are asked to make a special effort to attend. The session will last for 70 minutes (approx).

Monster Sale of Work & Auction

The news that the club is organising a Monster Sale of Work & Auction in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Sunday January 27th has received a very positive response from club members. This is the first Sale of Work since 2001. The massive Sales of Work in the nineties and 2001 were copied by many but emulated by few. It will take a gargantuan effort by committee, players and supporters to replicate our former successes. However, we are confident that the parish will rally to the cause and a successful Sale of Work could be the spark to galvanise the club in 2013. Pledges of timber, turf, briquettes, farm produce, fodder, vouchers, cakes, buns, beer, spirits, electrical goods, furniture are already coming in. We will be grateful for any items that can be lawfully turned into euros, so we are hoping that all club members and supporters will make some donation to the Sale or Auction. Club members, supporters and players are also asked to canvass their friends, neighbours and business acquaintances for any item big or small that can be sold or auctioned. Len Gaynor 086-3110657 is co-ordinating the timber operations so if you can donate a tree or a load of timber you can make contact with Len. He has a number of highly trained chainsaw gangs primed for action and he has also recruited some of the best hatchet men in the parish who are sharpening their axes for the impending log splitting. A list of pledged items will be updated in the weekly notes on the website. On the day of the Sale of Work tea will be served, the ever popular Wheel of Fortune will be in operation and there will also be a raffle for a trailer of timber.

County Board Meeting

A very important County Board meeting will be held on Tuesday November 27th to decide on the method of running the various championships for 2013. Len Gaynor will represent us at this crucial gathering. Prior to the County Board assembly, there will be a vital meeting of the North Board, during the week commencing November 19th, to discuss the championship motions which have been submitted to the County Board. This is one of the most important North Board meetings of the year and it is an opportunity for the club to have a say in the running of the championships. Our North Board delegates are George O’Leary and Dinny Reddan.

Information Night

On Thursday November 15th an information meeting of all ASAP (Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention) and Children’s Officers in the North division will be held in Nenagh Éire Óg Complex at 8.00pm. An officer from both the senior and juvenile clubs, as well as our ASAP and Children’s officers, are invited to attend.

North Convention

The North Convention will be held on Monday December 10th. Delegates will be appointed at the AGM on Friday December 7th.

County Convention

The County Convention will be held in The Dome Semple Stadium on Monday December 19th. Delegates will be appointed at the AGM on Friday December 7th.

Sports Workshop

Sean Ward, John O’Meara, Jody Hurley, Michael O’Neill, Paddy Williams, Pat Shanahan, Joe Cahill and Gilbert Williams attended the Sports Workshop in LIT Thurles on last Wednesday. Eamon O’Shea gave a very thought provoking talk on the topic of “Motivation in Sport”. Shane O’Neill, former Limerick hurler and a member of the Na Piarsaigh club in Limerick, gave a very interesting presentation on “Legal Responsibilities of Clubs and their Officers.” He stressed that no player should be allowed to train or play unless they had paid their membership. Shane also advised that clubs should have certain policies, such as Child Welfare, in place.

Compulsory Use of Mouthguards in Football

It will be mandatory to use a mouthguard in all football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor) and at U21 and Adult level from January 1st 2014. There are three types of mouthguards: Stock mouthguards are preformed and come ready to wear. Dentists do not recommend their use. Nonetheless, once they carry the CE (European Conformity) mark they are acceptable in terms of complying with the new GAA Rules. Boil and bite mouthguards can also be bought over the counter at most Sport Shops and generally offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. Typically this type of mouthguard will cost in the region of €15 to €20 and again any mouthguard with the CE mark on it in this category is sufficient to ensure compliance with the new rule. Custom-fitted mouthguards are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. These will offer the best protection against dental and oral injury. Prices can vary significantly and it is worth seeking and comparing prices from a number of practitioners before deciding to purchase. There will be a range of official GAA/GPA mouthguards available to purchase in December. Further information on these products will be circulated to clubs in late November.