A record-breaking crowd of 60, including a huge number of players, assembled in the clubroom for a very successful and productive Adjourned AGM. Chairman, Matt Cleary in a very positive opening address, urged all club members to put the past behind them and look to the future. These rallying words galvanised the attendees and there was very active participation from the floor, including some very constructive contributions from the players. Billy O’Shea was ratified as senior hurling manager. He comes with outstanding credentials. Billy was a selector on the All-Ireland club-winning team in 1986 and he was manager of the intermediate team in that never-to-be-forgotten county final win against Burgess in 2003. Supporters are hoping that he can deliver once more. Billy has secured the services of John Casey who will take charge of fitness preparation. John has an impressive pedigree, having worked successfully at the highest level with both Munster rugby and Tipperary senior hurlers. His involvement is a major coup for the club. Michael Ryan returns to the fold after a one-year absence. His in-depth knowledge of the players will make him an invaluable part of the management set-up. The appointment of a coach is imminent. The following were also ratified: Junior John Quinlan (Manager), John Hyland and Paddy Williams; U21 John Hyland (Manager), John Quinlan and Paddy Williams; Minor Seán Ward (Manager), Ned Darcy and Gilbert Williams.
The presentation of medals to the successful U12 and U14 hurling and football teams is scheduled for Friday, January 30th at 8.00pm. Special guest on the night will be Tipperary All-Star, Seamus Callanan.
The Annual General Meeting of the juvenile club will be held on Friday, February 6that 8.00pm. Everybody interested in the promotion of juvenile games in the parish is asked to make a big effort to attend. Refreshments will be served.
The countdown is now on to the J1 draw on February 15th. There are just twenty four days left to enter this unique draw. Do you or your friend fancy earning up to €10,000 each for your J1 trip in 2015. The club is once again organising this fantastic New York prize. The lucky winner and a friend will work in the Spillane Group Restaurant and Bars. The prize also includes: return flights for two from Shannon/Dublin to New York; first month accommodation (in staff lodgings); second and third month accommodation will be organised (payable by winners) and two meals per day, included for duration of contract. Tickets cost €10 and can be purchased on www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com/NewYork. Tickets can also be purchased from any committee member. Full list of terms and conditions are available online. Anybody can purchase a ticket and nominate a relative or friend as the winner. Last year’s lucky winner was Caoimhe Hogan, Puckane, who said it was the best €10 she ever spent.
The Kilruane MacDonaghs club is participating in the GAA’s National Draw. Tickets cost €10 each and are available from any committee member. Tickets must be purchased by January 24th. There is a galaxy of fantastic prizes on offer including: trips with the 2015 All-Stars; a trip to New York; a travel voucher worth €1,500 and corporate packages for both the All-Ireland hurling and football finals.
Membership fees remain the same as last year: U6, U8 and U10 €10; U12, U14, U16 and U18 €20; players over minor €50 and non-playing adults €20. Subscriptions are now due. Players should pay their respective managers and supporters can join with any committee member. Players can only participate in games when membership fee is paid. There is absolutely no exception to this. All paid-up subscribers will receive a specially designed club-membership card. Non-playing adults, who join the club, will be put on text list. Paid-up members can also apply for match tickets and avail of discount in the Sportsmans Dream, Jim McLoughney’s, Tadhg Flaherty’s, JKC’S and the Zipyard on the production of a valid membership card.
Supporters can avail of a very attractive membership package which is now on offer from the club. For just €200 you will have a full year’s Lotto subscription, entry to the County Draw and National Draw as well as your membership. In effect, supporters who subscribe to this package will have free membership and free entry to National Draw — a saving of €30. Supporters have the option of paying by direct debit.
As the County Draw enters the final furlong, promoters and subscribers are asked to bring their payments up to date.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Tommy Barrett, former county secretary.