Best wishes to Niall O’Meara, Eamon O’Shea, Darragh Peters, Cian Darcy and the Tipperary teams in the minor and senior finals on Sunday.
Aaron Morgan, Kilruane N.S. lines out on the Tipperary Primary Game hurling team in Semple Stadium.
MacDonaghs take on Upperchurch-Drombane in the Jim Devitt Cup final in Dolla on Friday, 10th July at 8.00pm. Your support would be appreciated.
The first round game against Kildangan has been rescheduled for Saturday, 18th July.
In the first round of the championship MacDonaghs picked up a valuable brace of points with a very disciplined display in a very physical encounter against Burgess in Puckane. Final score: MacDonaghs 1-21, Burgess 1-8. MacDonaghs lined out without the injured duo of Darragh Peters and Craig Morgan while holidays ruled Nathan Ryan out of the equation. Consequently, the selectors had to reshuffle the deck with Cian Darcy filling the number six jersey and Jerome Cahill pushed forward to lead the attack. Captain, James Cleary won the toss and elected to pay with the light breeze. MacDonaghs opened brightly and a pair of points from Cian Darcy — one from play and another from a free — put them into the lead they would never surrender. Burgess opted to play a sweeper but MacDonaghs swiftly counteracted this by deploying corner-forward, Devlin Courtney to mark the extra defender. At the interval MacDonaghs led by 1-10 to 0-4. Cormac Mannion raised the green flag after some good work by Jerome Cahill.
Kilruane hit the ground running in the second half. They fired over four points in a row to extend the lead to thirteen. Burgess were given a lifeline when some over elaboration in defence presented them with a goal opportunity and they quickly tacked on a point. The Magpies reacted well and outscored the opposition 0-5 to 0-1 in the final ten minutes to get the campaign up and running.
There will be no game this week because Tipperary are involved in the Munster minor final on Sunday. Toomevara and Kildangan will provide the opposition in the next two games.
Team: Niall Shinners, Arran Conroy, Brendan McAdams, Conor Lillis, Mark O’Neill, Cian Darcy (0-3), Oisín O’Meara, Martin Grace (0-2), Tom Dooley (0-2), Sean Quinlan, Jerome Cahill (0-3), Sean McAdams (0-2), Devlin Courtney (0-1), James Cleary (0-7) and Cormac Mannion (0-1).
MacDonaghs just came up short after a great tussle against Nenagh Éire Óg in Cloughjordan. The final score was a 4-8 to 2-12 in favour of the visitors. Team: Mark O’Neill, Cian Spillane, Oisín O’Meara, Dylan Moran, Kian O’Kelly, Jerome Cahill (0-1), Eoghan Mulcahy, Jake O’Kelly, Craig Morgan (1-6), Alan Spain, Sean McAdams, Devlin Courtney (0-3), Tommy Dooley (0-2), Jack Dunne (1-0) and Kevin Oakley. Sub: Owen Usman. In the second round they take on Kildangan in Puckane on this Thursday, 9th July at 7.00pm.
The trip to Newport brought no joy for MacDonaghs as they had to give second best to a formidable home outfit. Team: Oisín Williams, Sean Hayes, Cian White, Eoin Carroll, Thomas Coonan, Kevin Naughnane, Paul Dwyer, Georgie O’Leary, Adam Cleere, Ciarán Coffey and Zack Dervan. Subs: Sean Williams and Danny Cahalan. The next game is away to Portroe. Parents will receive details of fixture by text.
A record attendance of 135 enjoyed the most successful Cúl Camp ever organised by the club. The week was blessed by fantastic weather with not a drop of rain in sight. The activities were conducted in glorious sunshine under the watchful eye of Tadhg O’Connor. Each participant received a jersey, training top, gear bag, hurley grip and sliotar. Tipperary hurler, Bubbles Dwyer was a very welcome visitor on Thursday and he engaged with all the different groups, signing jerseys, hurleys, helmets and sliotars and demonstrating his freetaking skills by lofting the sliotar over the black spot from an awkward angle. He spun three different tales to explain how he received the name Bubbles. The club would like to thank Tadhg O’Connor and his coaching staff of Brid Quinn, Alanna Mulanney, Caroline Mulanney, Niall O’Meara, Mark Gennery, Éanna Hogan, Cian Darcy, Keelan Floyd, Conor Floyd and Ethan Flynn for their professionalism during the week. Thanks to Róisín Cahill, Amy Quinlisk, Tara Lillis, Sophie Whelan, Sorcha Heenan, Darragh Peters and Niall Shinners who provided invaluable assistance to the coaches. A special word of thanks to Emby Foote and Teresa Williams who looked after the catering in an efficient and friendly manner. We are grateful to Mary Peters who was on hand to take photos during the visit of Bubbles Dwyer. Great credit is also due to Michael Cahill and the Fás workers who had MacDonagh Park looking resplendent.
Lost and Found
A set of keys were found at the Cúl Camp. The owner can have same by contacting Gilbert Williams 087-2176452.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Mikey Ryan, Willsborough. Mikey played wing-forward on the minor team that won the club’s inaugural title in that grade in 1952. Seven years later he wore the number one jersey when MacDonaghs overcame Toomevara in the North senior final. He made a valuable contribution in the final with the Guardian report stating that “Mikey Ryan maintained his already high standard by giving another fine display.” It added that “he was cool and confident and effected many fine saves.” Mikey also featured in the ’58,’60 and ’62 senior finals but on each occasion Kilruane had to give second best to the great Toomevara team of that period. He acted as a minor selector in 1979. His coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours and former colleagues joined with current players and members in forming a guard of honour as the funeral headed to Cloughjordan Church. As a mark of respect the scheduled junior game against Kildangan was postponed.