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North Championship
MacDonaghs have received a bye in the first round of the North championship. They will see competitive action when the Challenge Cup begins on the weekend of 6th March.

Juvenile AGM
A well-attended and very constructive juvenile AGM was held in the clubroom on last Friday night. The following officers were elected: Presidents, Fr. Enda Burke and Tom McLoughney; Chairman, Michael O’Meara; Vice-Chairman, Seán Ward; Secretary, Yvonne Kennedy; PRO, Gilbert Williams; North Board Delegate and Registrar, John O’Meara; and School Liaison Officers, Brian England (Cloughjordan No 1), Barney Naughnane (St. Michael’s), John O’Meara (Ardcroney) and Gilbert Williams (Kilruane). The club would like to welcome Yvonne Kennedy who has taken on the position of secretary. We wish Yvonne well in her new role. Thanks to the outgoing secretary, Mark Spain who has completed his three-year term. The following management teams were appointed: U16 Eoin Hogan (Manager), Jack Peters and Thomas Williams; U14 Jody Hurley (Manager), Justin Cahill, Michael O’Neill and Sean Kelly; U12 Michael O’Meara (Manager), Martin Cahalan and Alan Carroll; U10 Damien Franks (Manager), John Jones, Michael Cleary, Tom Quinlisk and Peter Hennelly; U8 Eoin Kennedy, Martin O’Looney, Ray Quinlivan and Niall Healy; U6 Brian Gaynor (Manager), Mark O’Leary, Joe Whelan and Seamus O’Meara.

The following membership fees were confirmed for 2016: adult players €50; non playing adults €30; juveniles and minors €30. Membership cards are now available. The deadline for renewal of membership is 31st March.

Club Package
The committee has designed the following special €200 club packages which offer savings to all our members: (1) Adult players can join the weekly Club Lotto, County Draw and renew membership for €200; (2) Non playing adults can join the Club Lotto, County Draw and renew membership for €200. (3) Parents of juveniles will be given one annual Club Lotto and one County Draw subscription plus family membership for €200. In effect, all who avail of these packages will have free membership in addition to annual Lotto and County Draw subscriptions. A family of two adults and two juveniles can make a saving of €120.

Strictly Come Dancing
Preparations for the Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser in the Abbey Court Hotel on Friday, 1st April have stepped up a notch. The MacDonaghs juvenile and camogie clubs have joined forces in organising this mammoth fundraiser which has captured the imagination of parishioners. Tickets, costing €20, are now on sale. Sixty per cent of the tickets have already been snapped up. As demand will exceed supply, immediate purchase is advisable to avoid disappointment. Business owners and individuals are invited to place an advertisement in the special souvenir programme which will be on sale on the night. In conjunction with this venture, there is a raffle. You can buy a line from one of the contestants or in one of the local shops. There are a number of prizes, including two All-Ireland hurling tickets. The juvenile and camogie clubs anticipate that they will both be in a good “fiscal space” after 1st April.

Child Welfare Course
The juvenile club is organising a Child Welfare Course in the clubroom on this Thursday, 11th February. This course is mandatory for all coaches and mentors who are involved with underage teams. Please contact Michael O’Meara 087-2474768 to confirm your attendance.

Club History
The updated club history, “Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013, Heirs to a Proud Tradition,” will be published on 14th October. For as little as €50 you can be part of that history by becoming a patron. Thanks to all who have subscribed to date. All patrons will be acknowledged in the publication. Contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 to ensure that your name is included.

The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Brian Banaghan, Melrose, Nenagh and formerly of Templemore Road, Cloughjordan.