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MacDonaghs take on Lorrha in the third round of the county championship in Borrisokane this Saturday, 7th May at 7.00pm. This is a massive game for the team. Get to Borrisokane and get behind the lads.

Monday, 2nd May was a momentous day for the parish. The 1916 Centenary Parade and unveiling of Thomas MacDonagh statue were a resounding success. From early morning the village was buzzing. Parishioners, parish exiles and spectators from all over North Tipperary and further afield descended on Cloughjordan, the birthplace of 1916 signatory, Thomas MacDonagh. Safety barriers were erected, stewards in their yellow vests took up position, there was a visible Garda presence and from 1.00pm the village was closed to traffic. The Nenagh CBS Band entertained the crowd at the reviewing stand between 1.00 and 2.00pm. Just after 2.00pm the Colour Party from the Defence Forces led the parade from St. Michael’s National School up the Main Street. The following took part in the parade: Defence Forces Colour Party; Thomas MacDonagh Pipe Band: Irish United Nations Veterans’ Association, assisted by the Organisation of Ex Service Men & Women-Lower Ormond Branch and Pierce McCann Branch; Cloughjordan Fire Brigade; Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Club; Cloughjordan No 1 National School; 11th Tipperary Cloughjordan Scouts; Cloughjordan Circus Club; Cloughjordan ICA; Cloughjordan Drama Group; St. Michael’s National School; Ardcroney National School; Cloughjordan Community Farm: Lahorna Handball Club: Cloughjordan Kung Fu and Kickboxing Club: Ardcroney Drama Group; Cloughjordan Junior Table Tennis Club: Kilruane MacDonaghs Camogie Club: Nenagh Players; Ardcroney FC; Cloughjordan FC; Inane Rovers GAA Club; Kiladangan GAA Club: Roscrea Hurling Club; Burgess GAA Club: Moneygall GAA Club; Knockshegowna GAA Club; Loughmore-Castleiney GAA Club: Toomevara GAA Club; Nenagh Éire Óg GAA Club; Borrisokane GAA Club; Ballina GAA Club; Silvermines GAA Club; Shannon Rovers GAA Club; Nenagh Classic Car Club; Borrisokane & District Vintage Club; and Ballycommon Comhaltas Group.

Gilbert Williams acted as MC for the occasion. The following addressed the assembled crowd: Jim Casey, Chairman of the Commemoration Committee; Seamus Hanafin, Chairman of Tipperary County Council; Ger Darcy, Chairman of Nenagh Municipal District; and Deputy Alan Kelly. John Kennedy, who read the Proclamation in Irish outside Thomas MacDonagh Park on Easter Sunday 1966, did so again on this historic occasion.
Muriel McAuley, grand-daughter of Thomas MacDonagh, spoke to the attentive gathering beside the statue. Muriel then unveiled the statue, created by sculptor Mark Rode. A piper from the Defence Forces played a lament. Laura Williams recited MacDonagh’s poem, “Born on St. Cecilia’s Day.” Tom Williams sang the”Ballad of Thomas MacDonagh,” composed by Seamus Doran from Roscrea. The Last Post was sounded by the bugler. Capt. Rory O’Donovan raised the tricolour. The Reveille was sounded by the bugler. The National Anthem was played by the Thomas MacDonagh Pipe Band to bring the formal proceedings to a conclusion. People then adjourned to the Thomas MacDonagh Complex for some well -deserved refreshments. Thanks to everybody to helped in any way to make it such a memorable day for the parish.

Thomas MacDonagh was executed at 3.30am on 3rd May in the Stonebreakers’ Yard, Kilmainham Gaol. On Tuesday morning at 3.00am, 3rd May, a candlelit procession walked in silent tribute from the Heritage Centre, where MacDonagh was born, to the Thomas MacDonagh statue. A vigil was held at the statue at 3.30am. “They all died well, but MacDonagh died like a prince.”

Under 14
MacDonaghs recorded a victory over Toomevara in the latest round of the football championship.

Cumann na mBunscol
Well done to Cloughjordan Schools and Ardcroney who have qualified for their respective North finals.

Club History
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 MINIMUM of 100 patrons to get this project off the ground. To date we have 53 patrons who have pledged €2,900. We have patrons from Kilkenny, Dublin, Laois, Shannon Rovers and Nenagh. Can we count you in? We are holding a space for your name.

Cúl Camp
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.

Clothes Collection
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.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Baby Tess Duff, Ballygibbon, Kilruane.