MacDonaghs were beaten by a powerful Kildangan outfit — ten of their team played senior in 2015 — in the first round of the championship in Puckane on a 1-18 to 0-8 scoreline. The Magpies, fielding thirteen players who are eligible for this grade in 2016 — Kieran Cahill and Jack Peters are the odd ones out — had to lineout without the suspended James Cleary who was sent off against Nenagh last year. The home side had the aid of a strong diagonal wind and were full value for their 0-11 to 0-2 interval lead. MacDonaghs began to eat into the deficit in the third quarter and cut the gap to six points. The visitors had a chance to reduce the lead even further but a turnover resulted in a Kildangan point and when Willie Connors added a goal it was all over bar the shouting. MacDonaghs now face Roscrea in the losers’ group this weekend. James Cleary will return to action, though Tom Dooley will be ruled out through suspension and Kevin Shinners is doubtful because of injury. The team has plenty of room for improvement and players who harbour serious hopes of playing senior in 2016 will have to step up to the mark against Roscrea or it will be exit-time from the championship. Team: Conor Doheny, Bob Dooley, Jack Peters, Brendan McAdams, Stephen Cleary, Tomás Hogan, Martin Grace, Conor Cleary, Conor Austin, Darragh Peters, Kieran Cahill (0-5), Caoilainn Conroy, Tom Dooley, Kevin Shinners and Cian Darcy (0-2). Subs: Cormac Mannion (0-1) and Finnian Mannion.
The AGM will take place in the clubroom on Friday, 11th December at 8.00pm. It will be preceded by Mass for deceased members in Cloughjordan Church at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the website and must be returned to Mary McLoughney or Gilbert Williams by Thursday, 10th December. All players and supporters are invited to attend.
The annual Kilruane MacDonaghs Yearbook will be launched after the AGM on Friday, 11th December. This must-have-book gives a comprehensive account of all GAA and camogie activities during 2015. At €10, it makes the ideal Christmas gift. It will be available in the local shops in Cloughjordan and O’Sullivan’s, Ardcroney. Supporters are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment. You can reserve a copy by contacting Gilbert Williams 087-2176452.
Sean McAdams lined out with the North Tipperary U15 football team in the interdivisional tournament at the weekend.
Aaron Morgan and Páidí Williams were presented with their U13 interdivisional football medals by Kevin O’Halloran at a function in the Nenagh Éire Óg Complex. Mark O’Neill and Sean McAdams were presented with their Roger Ryan U15 hurling medals by Mikey Breen while Kian O’Kelly received the U14 Féile skills trophy from Tom Dawson, chairman of County Bord na nÓg.
The Ardcroney N.S. team of Brian O’Meara, Jack Mulcahy, Thomas Coonan and Anna Mulcahy qualified for the county final of the Primary Schools GAA Quiz by finishing joint third in the North final which took place in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on last Sunday evening. The Ardcroney second team of Danny Cahalan, Sarah Cleary, Shane Cleary and Billy O’Brien acquitted themselves well but just missed out on qualification.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Sally Kelly, Ballymagree, Kilruane.