Congratulations to Niall O’Meara and Jack Peters who were part of the Mary I squad that captured the Fitzgibbon Cup for the first time. Gerry McCarthy was the first MacDonaghs player to win a Fitzgibbon medal when he lined out on the successful UCC side in 1956.
MacDonaghs are at home to Portroe in the first round of the Challenge Cup on this Saturday, 5th March at 4.00pm.
MacDonaghs are away to Borris-Ileigh in the first round of the league. Nenagh Éire Óg and Knockshegowna are also in the group. The league will commence at the end of March.
Both football teams swing into action on this Saturday with away games against Burgess. Starting times will be confirmed later in the week.
An Award 1 Coaching Course commences in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Tuesday, 15th March at 7.00pm. This course is geared towards juvenile coaches. Contact Michael O’Meara 087-2474768 to confirm your attendance.
Strictly Come Dancing
Preparations for Strictly Come Dancing have intensified over the last week. This mammoth fundraiser, organised by juvenile and camogie clubs, will be held in the Abbey Court Hotel on Friday, 1st April. Tickets, costing €20, are now on sale. 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 any of the contestants or committee and they are also available in the local shops. There are a number of prizes, including two All-Ireland hurling tickets.
Membership fees for 2016 are now due: adult players €50; non playing adults €30; juveniles and minors €30. Membership cards are now available. Special €200 packages are also available. The deadline for renewal is 31st March.
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.
Cloughjordan Heritage Volume 1X was launched by Len Gaynor in a packed Heritage Centre on last Friday night. This latest issue coincides with the 1916 Centenary and will be of special interest to GAA followers in the parish. There is an article on the legendary De Wets, focussing on their exploits between 1901 and 1908 and there are also some rare GAA photographs in the book. The publication, which costs €10, is available in the local shops and the Heritage Centre.