The senior hurlers overcame Roscrea in the first round of the North championship in Dolla on a 3-16 to 2-5 scoreline. Mark O’Leary won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to play with the strong wind. A blistering opening quarter which yielded a brace of goals from Niall O’Meara and one from Mark O’Leary laid the foundation for victory. Team: Thomas Williams, Éanna Hogan, Seamus Hennessy, Páidí Kelly, Eoin Hogan, Kieran Cahill, Willie Cleary, Justin Cahill (0-1), Kevin Quinlan, Thomas Cleary (0-1), Jonathan Cahill (0-2), Ray McLoughney (0-2), Eoin Williams (0-1), Niall O’Meara (2-1) and Mark O’Leary (Capt) (1-2). Subs: Brian O’Meara (0-6), Shane Quinlan, Kevin Ryan, Liam Gibson and Jack Peters. The second round will be on the weekend of June 8th.
The junior hurlers will be away to Kildangan in the final league game on Saturday May 24th at 7.00pm.
The U14 footballers qualified for the North final with a home win against Portroe on a 2-13 to 2-2 scoreline. Team: Jack Dunne, Kieran Spain, Cian Spillane, Louis Kennedy, Dylan Moran, Mark O’Neill, Owen Usman (0-1), Devlin Courtney (1-4), Kian O’Kelly (0-1), Matthew Moyles (0-1), Sean McAdams (Capt) (0-4), Aaron Morgan (1-0), Matthew Spain (0-2), jack Dwan and Conor Quinlan. Subs: Patrick Hayes, Eoin England, Páidí Williams and David Sullivan. The final is expected to take place on this Wednesday May 14th.
The U12 footballers lost out to a strong Durlas Óg outfit in the county semi-final on a 4-12 to 3-4 scoreline. MacDonaghs led by four points at the break but couldn’t hold out against the wind in the second half. Despite this reverse, it has been a great season for the team and it was a tremendous achievement to claim the North title. Attention now switches to the hurling championship.
Cloughjordan, Ardcroney and Kilruane schools participated in the U11 hurling championship. All three teams acquitted themselves well with Kilruane advancing to the county semi-final thanks to victories over Dunkerrin, Rearcross and a win in extra time against Ballinree. Kilruane will play Barnane in the county semi-final in the Ragg on this Thursday at 1.00pm. Kilruane panel: Conor Tierney, Jamie Kennedy, Fionnan Hurley, Eoin O’Meara (Capt), Rory Grace, Paul Dwyer, Cian White, Sean Williams and Kieran Coughlan.
In the U13 championship Cloughjordan recorded a comprehensive 9-10 to 4-2 victory against Birdhill. Team: Kevin McDonald, David Sullivan, Eveann McCarthy, Tara O’Brien, Jake Adler (1-0), Páidí Williams (6-4) and Nathan Lynch (2-6). Subs: Kevin Naughnane, Cillian O’Neill, Luke Donnelly, Darra Hannon, Jack Deane, Oisín Williams and Phelim Quinlisk. In the next round Cloughjordan will face Kilbarron.
New York Prize
Congratulations to Caoimhe Hogan, Puckane who won the coveted New York prize. Caoimhe, daughter of North Tipperary P.R.O. Liam, will work in one of the Spillane Group Bars for the summer. Thanks to Stephen Carty who sponsored the prize. The recent North final victory for the U12 footballers must have bought back pleasant memories for Stephen who was a member of the of the first Kilruane MacDonaghs team to win that title in 1982.
The new County Draw has been launched with a prize find of €500,000, including two cars every month. The subscription is €100 which can be paid in full, in ten monthly instalments or by direct debit. This draw is a major source of income for the club and the revenue earned helps defray the huge cost of preparing all our teams and it also funds ongoing maintenance and development of facilities. Thanks to all who have supported the draw over many years and we look forward to your continued participation. We are hoping to recruit new members for the upcoming draw. Promoters are currently canvassing the parish.
There is just one week left to the juvenile club’s clothes collection on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of May. There will be collection centres in the MacDonagh Complex in Cloughjordan, Fr. O’Meara Centre in Kilruane and the Community Hall in Ardcroney. Collection times will be 1.30pm to 3.00pm each day. All club members are urged to do a spring clean and donate all clean unwanted clothes, also bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, belts and soft toys. This is a painless and environmentally friendly way to provide much needed funds for the juvenile club.
Orders are now been taken for club gear. The managers of the various teams have the order forms which can also be downloaded from the website. Completed forms with the appropriate payment must be returned to Pat Shanahan by May 30th.
The annual Cúl Camp is scheduled for June 30th to July 4th in Thomas MacDonagh Park. The cost remains the same as last year: €55 first child; €45 second child; €40 third and subsequent children. This year the camp will have the usual 10.00am start in the morning but finish at the earlier time of 2.00pm. Application forms will be distributed through the schools.