Kilruane MacDonaghs News
Kilruane MacDonaghs play Portroe in the second round of the county championship in Nenagh on this Sunday at 5.00pm. Your support would be appreciated.
MacDonaghs had mixed fortunes in the league. In the second round a strong finish by Knockshegowna gave them a 3-12 to 0-12 victory in Ballingarry. The final score fails to paint a true picture of this encounter. Played under lights in sticky conditions, this was a competitive tussle between neighbours. Knockshe opened the scoring, but by the twelfth minute MacDonaghs led by 0-6 to 0-3. The home side drew level after twenty-eight minutes, but points by Pat Conway and Shane Quinlan sent the visitors into the break with a two-point cushion. The Magpies made a great start to the second half and after ten minutes had surged into a four-point lead. Amazingly, MacDonaghs failed to score for the remainder of the game. A fortuitous goal gave Knockshe a great lift and they began to dominate possession as Kilruane ran out of gas. With six minutes to go MacDonaghs were still in touch as they were only three points in arrears. However, Knockshe raised two late green flags for a comfortable, if flattering, winning margin. Team: Conor Doheny, Bob Dooley, Brendan McAdams, Cormac Williams, Caoilainn Conroy, Declan Barrett, Conor Austin, Pat Conway (0-3), Liam Gibson, Jonathan Cahill (0-3), Robert Austin, James Cleary (0-1), Kevin Ryan (0-1), Shane Quinlan (0-4) and Pat Williams. Sub: Martin Grace.
In the final group game MacDonaghs came from seven points down at the interval to snatch a draw with Éire Óg in Nenagh. The home team scored 0-17 while Kilruane replied with 2-11. MacDonaghs had an indifferent first half and trailed by 0-12 to 0-5 at the interval. The selectors took remedial action and the players responded with a much-improved performance on the resumption. Goals from Shane Quinlan and Kevin Ryan helped secure a share of the points. Team: Niall Shinners, Bob Dooley, Brendan McAdams, Cormac Williams, Caoilainn Conroy, Declan Barrett (0-2), Stephen Cleary, Alan Darcy, Pat Conway (0-1), James Keogh (0-5), Pat Williams, Liam Gibson, Jonathan Cahill, Shane Quinlan and Robert Austin (0-1). Subs: Kevin Ryan (1-0), Mark O’Meara (0-1), Conor Austin (0-1), James Cleary and Paddy Ryan.
MacDonaghs had to give second best to a very impressive Lorrha/Rovers combination in the fourth round of the championship. Despite this defeat, MacDonaghs remain in the hunt for a semi-final place.
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.
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. Thanks to all who have pledged their support. To date 40 patrons have promised €2,250. Can we count you in?
Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Liam Tierney, Carlow and formerly Main Street, Cloughjordan. In 1951 Liam won a divisional juvenile medal and in 1960 he was on the MacDonaghs junior team that claimed North and county titles. The following year he captained the Tipperary intermediate team that won the Munster final. In 1965 he was wing-forward on the MacDonaghs senior team that overcame Lorrha in the North final. In 1963 Liam had succeeded Con Heffernan as club secretary. Liam combined both playing and administrative roles until 1968 when work commitments took him to Carlow. He was a regular visitor to Cloughjordan and attended many of the club matches. Liam never lost his affection for his native village and followed the fortunes of MacDonaghs with keen interest.
Sympathy is also extended to Teresa Williams, Stoneyacre on the death of her mother, Teresa Reid, Boulabane, Roscrea and to Josie Killackey, Station Road on the death of her niece, Sinéad Ryan, Capparoe.