Kilruane MacDonaghs News
Congratulations to Jack Peters who has been selected as the winner of the 15th Annual Roscrea Sports Award in hurling. Jack had a memorable 2012. He won Munster and All-Ireland minor medals with Tipperary, an All-Ireland Colleges medal with Nenagh C.B.S. and capped a super season by winning an U21 divisional medal with MacDonaghs. Jack will receive his accolade at a function in the Racket Hall on Friday February 15th.
Monster Sale of Work & Auction
With less than two weeks to go, Sale of Work fever has hit the parish. Young and old are putting their shoulders to the wheel as preparations go into overdrive for the Monster Sale of Work & Auction, which takes place in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Sunday January 27th at 2.00pm. Bright posters, prominent throughout the parish and in neighbouring towns and villages, proclaim to all and sundry that the Big Day is looming. The colourful and informative Newsletter, issued to coincide with the Sale of Work, has been distributed to every house in the parish. As momentum builds, our supporters have responded in typically generous fashion and we would like to thank all who have pledged items. A huge quantity of quality split timber has now been assembled. All timber purchased will be promptly delivered. We are still looking for donations of timber, turf, briquettes, farm produce, fodder, vouchers, cakes, buns, beer, spirits, electrical goods, furniture etc. Any items, big or small, which can be lawfully turned into euros, will be gladly accepted. Can YOU help us out? All donations will be gratefully acknowledged.
Len Gaynor 086-3110657 is co-ordinating the timber operations, so if you can donate a tree or a load of timber contact Len, Michael Hogan 087-7632729 or Matt Cleary 087-4171382.
For all other items you can contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452, George O’Leary 087-1222816, Mary McLoughney 087-7740848 or any member of the committee.
There will be unbeatable bargains available at the various stalls (cake, toy, grocery, clothes, book etc.). The book stall will feature the largest ever collection of books to go on sale in the parish. Everything must sell on the day. The ever popular Wheel of Fortune will be a magnet for patrons, with fantastic prizes and many free spins. Numerous novelty items such as Go Karting, Pony & Trap Ride, Steady Hand, Face Painting, Penalty Shoot & Guess Number of Sweets in Jar will appeal to the whole family. There will be a raffle for a trailer of timber. Tea will be served all day, with all you can eat for a euro, and a shop will also be in operation. It’s going to be the Sale of the Century. Don’t miss it!
One of the major attractions at the Sale of Work will be the Berg Go Karting. Children will have the opportunity to drive the Pedal Karts on the Berg track.
A Sale of Work meeting will be held in the clubroom on this Thursday January 17th at 8.00pm. All the committee and other interested club members are requested to attend. The meeting will have a punctual start and will conclude at 10.00pm.
The biggest attendance in recent years gathered in the clubroom for the Adjourned AGM. The following were appointed:
Secretary Mary McLoughney;
Assistant Secretary Gilbert Williams;
Registrar Carmel Daly;
Injuries Liaison Officer Kay Cahalan;
Child Welfare Officer Mark Spain;
ASAP Officer Sean Ward;
North Board Delegate Gilbert Williams;
Junior B Hurling Manager Pat Shanahan.
The following were ratified as committee members for 2013 : Tom Cleary, Tom McLoughney, Michael Banaghan, George O’Leary, Michael Hogan, Mary McLoughney, Gilbert Williams, Joan Melia, Michael Cahill, Len Gaynor, Kay Cahalan, Carmel Daly, Sean Ward, Mark Spain, Susan O’Brien, John Hyland, Pat Shanahan, Dinny Cahill, Michael O’Neill, Seamus Hennessy, Jim O’Meara, John O’Meara, John Cahill, Matt Cleary, Denis Darcy, John Quinlan, Jimmy Cahill, Jim Williams, Michael O’Meara, Colin England, Gary Prout, Jim Williams, plus one rep from the senior and junior panels.
The meeting also approved the following subcommittees:
Finance (9) Chairman George O’Leary, Mary McLoughney, Joan Melia, Michael Cahill, Michael Hogan, Susan O’Brien, Matt Cleary, Carmel Daly & Pat Shanahan.
MacDonagh Park (8): Chairman Michael Hogan, George O’Leary, Michael Cahill, Michael Banaghan, Gilbert Williams, Carmel Daly, Seamus Hennessy and Jim O’Meara;
Hurling (10) Chairman Gilbert Williams, George O’Leary, Jim Williams, Matt Cleary, John Hyland, Jimmy Cahill, Pat Shanahan, Len Gaynor, Sean Ward and John O’Meara.
A very successful Juvenile AGM was held on last Friday night. In his customary comprehensive report secretary John O’Meara gave a detailed account of all the activities during 2012, including the 163 games played by our teams. The report can be viewed on the website. There was a willingness by all present to become actively involved in the club and every position was filled: Presidents Tom McLoughney, Fr. Tom Whelan and Fr. Enda Burke; Chairman Sean Ward; Vice-Chairman Christy Morgan; Secretary Mark Spain; PRO Gilbert Williams and North Board Delegate John O’Meara. The following selectors were appointed:
U6 Michael O’Meara, Mick Cleary, Martin O’Looney and Peter Hennelly;
U8 John Mulcahy, Mark O’Leary, Len Gaynor and John O’Meara;
U10 Barney Naughnane, Michael Grace, Martin Cahalan and Alan Carroll;
U12 (2 teams) Jody Hurley, Michael O’Neill, Martin Walsh, Michael Loughnane, Gilbert Williams, Tommy McDonald, Timmy Walsh and Cian Williams; U14 Gilbert Williams, Sean Ward and Thomas Williams;
U16 Sean Ward, John Hyland, Ned Darcy and Johnny Peters.
The presentation of medals to the U10 hurlers, U12 A footballers, U12 B hurlers and the U14 hurlers will take place in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on this Friday January 18th at 8.00pm. Four players from the U10 panel and four from the U12 panel will also receive special awards in recognition of their outstanding attendance record at training. Three of the recipients never missed a training session. The function will have a punctual start and won’t be delayed to facilitate latecomers, so parents and players are asked to be present at 7.45pm. Guest of honour on the night will be All-Ireland minor medallist Jack Peters. We will be looking for the assistance of parents in supplying sandwiches, cakes, buns, scones etc. We have received tremendous support from parents during 2012 and we anticipate the usual generous response on this occasion.
Membership fees remain the same as last year: U6, U8, U10 and U12 €10; U14, U16 and U18 €20 and non playing adults €20. There is a special membership package for all players over minor. Adult players will be briefed on this before the start of the playing season. Specially designed club membership cards will be issued to all paid up members.
The latest edition of the club’s newsletter is currently being distributed to all households in the parish. Copies are available from Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 and the newsletter can also be downloaded from our website.
In 2012 our website www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com witnessed it heaviest ever volume of traffic. An average of five hundred unique visitors logged on every month with each person viewing an average of seven pages per visit (3,500 pageviews). Our large contingent of exiles obviously contributed to the increased activity on the website.
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