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In the second round of the Challenge Cup MacDonaghs will take on Sarsfields in MacDonagh Park on this Saturday, 19th March at 2.00pm.

MacDonaghs are away to Borris-Ileigh in the first round of the league on the weekend of 27th March.

Under 16
MacDonaghs travel to Ballina for the first round of the football championship on this Saturday, 19th March at 4.00pm.

Under 12
In the first round of the football championship MacDonaghs just came up short against Lorrha in MacDonagh Park, losing on a 2-1 to 1-2 scoreline. A second half penalty for the visitors helped separate the sides. Team: Darragh Spillane, Jack Gleeson, Jack Mulcahy, Eoin Carroll, Thomas Coonan, Jack Ryan, Sean Hayes, Tristan Madden, Oisín Williams (1-1), Andrew Hayes, Eamonn Coonan, Tom Larke (0-1) and David Persse.

Strictly Come Dancing
With just two weeks to go almost all the tickets, reasonably priced at €20, have been sold. The rest will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For the remainder of the month hurling and camogie will take a back seat as all the talk will be about Tangos and the chat will centre on the Charleston. Seamus Costello has been confirmed as MC and the renowned connoisseur of dance, Johnny Looby of Tipp FM fame, has been recruited as one of the judges. If you haven’t a sense of humour, please give the Abbey Court a wide berth on Friday, 1st April.

Players and supporters are reminded that the deadline for renewal of membership is 31st March.

County Draw
As the current draw comes to a close, promoters and subscribers are asked to bring all payments up to date.

County Council
The Tipperary County Council held its monthly meeting in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex. Cloughjordan hosted the meeting as part of the 1916 Centenary Celebrations. On 17th December 2007 the North Tipperary Council met in the clubroom.

Fleadh Cheoil
The Tipperary Fleadh Cheoil will be held in Cloughjordan Friday, 6th May to Sunday, 8th May.The Fleadh Cheoil is being held in Cloughjordan to coincide with the 1916 Centenary Celebrations. The Thomas MacDonagh Complex and clubroom will both host competitions that weekend.

1916 Centenary
The highlight of the 1916 Centenary celebrations will be a massive parade in Cloughjordan on Monday, 2nd May. The Cloughjordan 2016 committee has also a number of events planned for Easter Sunday. A colour party from the O.N.E. and pipers from the Thomas MacDonagh Band, Templemore will lead a procession to SS. Michael & John’s Church before 11.00am Mass. After Mass the colour party and pipers will lead a procession to the Youth club, the location of the first Catholic School in Cloughjordan. Thomas MacDonagh and his siblings attended school in this building where his parents, Joseph and Mary were teachers. Ger Darcy, Cathaoirleach of the Nenagh Municipal District, will unveil a plaque at this location. Everybody will go to Mounsey’s Cross and will walk in procession to Grawn Church. Here, Tom Cleary, President of Kilruane MacDonaghs, will unveil an Information Board which outlines the history of the church and contains a number of historical photographs. Tom Cleary served at the last Mass which was celebrated in Grawn in 1936. Peig Cahiil, who lives across the road from the church, will lay a wreath on the graves of Joseph and Mary MacDonagh, parents of Thomas MacDonagh. Paul McCauley, great-grandson of Thomas MacDonagh will address the gathering. The last post and Amhrán na bhFiann will be played. Everybody will then adjourn to the Thomas MacDonagh Complex for refreshments. It is hoped to have a shuttle service to ferry people back from Grawn. While it is hoped that most people will walk out to Grawn, transport will be provided for those who need it. The 2016 Committee will be decorating the village with bunting. Parishioners are asked to fly the national colours and leave them up until after the Fleadh Cheoil in May. Everybody is invited to participate in the celebrations on Easter Sunday. Full details of the schedule on that day will be available in the Parish Newsletter and in the local shops.

At the Munster 40x20 minor doubles final, played in Cappagh on Friday night, Tipperary's Jerome Cahill and James Prentice lost out to Cork. This was a fast hard-hitting game with many long rallies and the scores level on several occasions. The Mallow duo finished stronger to win 21-14, 21-15.

Sympathy is extended to John Ryan and family, Hawthorns, Nenagh on the death of Susan Ryan and to the Teefey and O’Reilly families, Ardcroney on the death of Jimmy Teefey who died in Australia. The late Jimmy won North and county juvenile meals in 1944.