Clonoulty-Rossmore were deserving three-point winners over Kilruane MacDonaghs in the first round of the county championship on 0-18 to 1-12 scoreline in Dolla. While there was very little between the sides through the hour — they were level on eight occasions — there is no doubt that Clonoulty had more players playing up to form. This encounter was just one of two to survive the horrendous weather on Sunday. MacDonaghs entered the fray without the services of Brian O’Meara and Kieran Cahill and were dealt a further blow when Niall O’Meara — he had been selected at midfield — was ruled out with a finger injury. Tomás Hogan was drafted into the team. The Magpies had first use of the strong wind, but it was Clonoulty who got off the mark with a point. MacDonaghs settled and hit five points on the trot to open a 0-5 to 0-1 lead. Clonoulty were playing well into the teeth of the elements and raised four white flags without reply to draw level. When the teams adjourned to the dressing room at the interval the score was 0-8 to 0-7 in favour of MacDonaghs. After playing with the assistance of the elements, a lead of one point left Kilruane staring down the barrel of a gun in the second half. The attack wasn’t firing on all cylinders and it was difficult to see where the scores would come from.
To the credit of MacDonaghs, they knuckled down to their task in the second half. They hurled much better into the wind. The introduction of Niall O’Meara and Kieran Cahill helped lift the team. However, by the 48th minute Clonoulty had edged three points ahead. Then Cian Darcy raised a green flag and it was game on once more. The sides traded a pair of points and it was anybody’s game with five minutes left. The lads from the West hit the last three points to clinch victory. It had been a good rearguard action by MacDonaghs in the second Half, but the damage had been done in the opening period. It is now win or burst against Portroe in the next round. Nobody said it was going to be easy. Team: Thomas Williams, Éanna Hogan, Jack Peters, Ray McLoughney, William Cleary, Justin Cahill, Eoin Hogan, Tomás Hogan, Darragh Peters, Conor Cleary, Seamus Hennessy (0-6), James Williams, Thomas Cleary (0-2), Mark O’Meara and Cian Darcy (1-1). Subs: Niall O’Meara, Kieran Cahill (0-3), James Cleary and Stephen Cleary (Blood).
In the second round of the league MacDonaghs travel to Ballingarry on this Wednesday, 13th April to take on Knockshegowna at 8.00pm.
In the third round of the football championship MacDonaghs and Inane Rovers played out a draw in Roscrea. They visitors scored 5-3 while the home side replied with 1-18.
The annual Cúl Camp will be held in MacDonagh Park, 4th-8th July. Last year 135 participants enjoyed a fun-filled week at the camp. Don’t miss out this year. Application forms will be available in the near future.
The MacDonaghs juvenile and camogie clubs are organising their annual Clothes Collection between Monday, 16th May and Saturday, 21st May. We had a tremendous response in previous years and we anticipate that supporters will rally to the cause once more.
Thanks to the 37 patrons have now pledged €2,100. The updated club history, “Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013, Heirs to a Proud Tradition,” will be published on 14th October. All patrons will be acknowledged in the publication. For as little as €50 you too can be part of that history by becoming a patron. Contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 to ensure that your name is included. We are looking for a minimum of 100 patrons to get this project off the ground. Can you help us to achieve this target.
Visit Nenagh Classic
The Visit Nenagh Classic comes through Cloughjordan on this Sunday, 17th April. Races will pass through the village at 11.00am, 11.30am, 12 noon and 12.30pm. The club is providing assistance for this special occasion. Stewards should assemble at the Heritage Centre at 10.30am.
Best wishes to all the children who are making their Confirmation in Cloughjordan on this Sunday, 17th April.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Fr. John Slattery, retired Parish Priest Puckane and formerly Ballinamurra, Kilruane.