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Tipperary V Galway

On next Sunday May 26th MacDonagh Park hosts a very attractive senior hurling challenge game between Tipperary and Galway at 12 noon. Admission is only €5 and the Kilruane MacDonaghs club is donating all proceeds to the recently opened Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre. Tipperary take on Limerick in the Munster semi-final on June 9th, so this is your last opportunity to see the team in action before the championship. Tipperary and Galway last met in MacDonagh Park on May 7th 1995 when president Jack Boothman officially opened the stand. Cloughjordan was also the venue for two league encounters. In November 1975 Tipperary prevailed on a 4-5 to 1-5 scoreline, while in November 1977 the Tribesmen took the honours on 1-11 to 1-10 scoreline.

The Tipperary team in 1977 was: Jimmy Duggan, Liam Hogan, Jim Keogh, Sean Fitzpatrick, Tadhg O’Connor (0-1), Pat Fitzelle, Jim McLoughney, Tommy Butler (0-2), Michael Brophy (0-1), Pat Quigley, Liam McGrath (0-3), Michael Doyle, Jim Williams (Capt) (1-1,) Jim Kehoe and John Flanagan. Subs: Jack Dunlea for Hogan, Francis Loughnane (0-1) for Quigley and Johnny Forde for Doyle.


Junior A

The junior A hurlers got no joy from their visit to Killcolman where they had to give second best to a better Burgess side on a 1-17 to 0-7 scoreline. The home side had first use of the light breeze and at the break the score was 0-10 to 0-3 in their favour. With less than a minute gone in the second half, Kevin Nealon scored the only goal of the game and it was an uphill struggle for MacDonaghs for the remainder of the game. Team: David Williams, Timmy Walsh, Martin Walsh, Colin England, Cian Williams, Pat Williams, Conor Austin, Alan Darcy, Jonathan Cahill (0-1), Robert Austin, Kevin Ryan (0-6), Colm Williams, Mark Spain, Paddy Ryan and Bob Dooley. Subs: Caoilainn Conroy, Conor Doheny and Danny Reddan. On this Friday they are at home to Moneygall at 7.30pm.


Junior B

The junior B hurlers recorded their first win of the campaign with a merited 4-16 to 2-16 home victory against Ballinahinch. MacDonaghs opened impressively and helped by goals from Mark Spain and Colin England they held an eleven point lead after twenty five minutes. Ballinahinch hit a purple patch before the break. They found the net from a twenty metre free and tacked on three points without reply to leave the interval score 2-10 to 1-7 in favour of MacDonaghs. On the resumption Ballinahinch dominated the opening exchanges and struck three unanswered points to reduce the gap to three. The selectors moved David Williams to mid-field and this help to stem the tide. A pointed free from got MacDonaghs off the mark in the second half. Goals from substitutes Dean O’Meara and Andrew Brennan put Kilruane nine ahead. Ballinahinch rallied towards the end, but MacDonaghs had a six point cushion at the final whistle. Team: Fergal England, Timmy Walsh, Paddy Ryan, Conor Doheny, David Mooney (0-1), Alan Darcy, Conor Austin (0-1), Robert Austin (0-1), Caoilainn Conroy, Bob Dooley (0-2), David Williams (0-10), Mark Spain (1-0), Enda Mulcahy, Colin England (1-1) and Danny Reddan. Subs: Dean O’Meara (1-0) and Andrew Brennan (1-0). On this Saturday they are at home to Toomevara at 6.30pm.


Under 14

The U14 footballers lost out by the minimum of margins to Nenagh Éire Óg in the semi-final on a 2-2 to 1-4 scoreline. The sides were deadlocked on 1-2 each at the break. Jerome Cahill had scored a peach of a goal for MacDonaghs. He collected the ball in mid-field, jinked past a succession of defenders before unleashing a pile driver, which the keeper could only parry into the net. A second half Nenagh goal from a Jake Morris penalty helped clinch victory for the visitors. Team: Jack Dunne, Mark O’Neill, Luke Dervan, Cian Spillane, Sean McAdams, Oisín O’Meara, Owen Usman, Nathan Ryan, Jake O’Kelly, Jerome Cahill (1-0), Craig Morgan, Kian O’Kelly, Jack Dwan, Ben Healy (0-4) and Kevin Oakley. Subs: Eoghan Mulcahy and Alan Spain.


Cumann na mBunscol

Kilruane N.S. qualified for the U11 county hurling semi-final with victories against Dunkerrin N.S., Rearcross N.S. and Ballinree N.S. in the blitz in Toomevara. Panel: Jamie Kennedy, Eoin O’Meara, Dylan Moran, Rory Grace, James Loughnane, Aaron Morgan and Cormac Doheny. In the semi-final Kilruane will play Lisnamrock N.S. from Ballingarry. Cloughjordan N.S. just missed out on qualification for the semi-final. They overcame Carrig N.S. on a 1-5 to 0-3 scoreline. Scorers:Kevin Naughnane (1-0), Páidí Williams (0-3) and Nathan Lynch (0-2). They proved too strong for Moneygall and came out on top on a scoreline of 7-6 to 2-2. Scorers: Nathan Lynch (4-1), Páidí Williams (2-4) and Kevin Naughnane (1-1). However, they came out the wrong side of a 1-5 to 0-5 scoreline against hosts Borrisoleigh. Scorers: Páidi Williams (0-3) and Nathan Lynch (0-2). Panel: Kevin McDonald, David Sullivan, Tara O’Brien, Eve- Anne McCarthy, Páidí Williams, Kevin Naughnane, Luke Donnelly and Darragh Hannon.


Peadar Cummins Tournament

Jerome Cahill, Craig Morgan, Nathan Ryan and Oisín O’Meara are on the North Tipperary U14 hurling panel which participates in the Peadar Cummins Tournament in Borrisoleigh on this Saturday. Christy Morgan is a selector.


Under 8

The U8 hurlers participated in the recent blitz in Ballinderry. MacDonaghs had two teams and each side had games against Shannon Rovers, Kildangan and Borrisokane. Panel: Conal Daly, Cathal England, Peter Flannery, Cian Hayes, Barry Keays, Colm McAteer, Cian Moyles, Jack Mulcahy, Darragh O’Leary, Brian O’Meara, Eoin O’Neill, John Quinlisk, Ray Quinlivan and Darragh Spillane. On Wednesday May 15th they travelled to Puckane and the panel was divided into three teams to take on the hosts. Panel: Fiachradh Ahern Woods, Stephen Armitage, Michael Cleary, Eamon Coonan, Zack Clarke, Conal Daly, Cathal England, Cillian Healy, Barry Keays, Colm McAteer, Cian Moyles, Jack Mulcahy, Johnny Naughnane, Darragh O’Leary, Brian O’Meara, Donnacha O’Meara, Eoin O’Neill, David Persse, John Quinlisk and Ray Quinlivan.


County Draw

The Tipperary Draw, which commences on Friday May 31st, has a staggering €525,000 prize fund, with two cars on offer every month. Supporters can join by contacting any member of the committee.



The monthly meeting of the club committee takes place on Thursday May 30th at 8.30pm.


Summer Camp

The annual Kellogs Camp takes place in Thomas MacDonagh Park July 1st to 5th. The cost remains the same as last year: first child €55, second child €45 and third child €40. Application forms will be distributed through the local schools. Places in the camp can also be booked on line at Promotional packs of Kellogs Cornflakes and Rice Crispies feature a unique code, which can be used by parents online to receive a €5 discount. For further information you can contact co-ordinator Gilbert Williams 0872176452.



The club extends its sympathy to Miriam Troy on the death of her mother Kitty Maxwell, Gortagarry and to Frances Cleary on the death of her father Thomas Hough, Borrisokane.