Best of luck to Niall O’Meara, Jack Peters, Billy O’Shea and both Tipperary teams in Semple Stadium on Sunday.
MacDonaghs will play Borris-Ileigh in the North semi-final on the weekend of 26th June. The Jim Devitt cup semi-final against Moyne-Templetuohy may go ahead this weekend.
MacDonaghs lost out by the odd point in twenty nine against Knockshegowna in the first round of the championship, played in Borrisokane. Final score: 0-15 to 0-14. MacDonaghs opened brightly and struck the first three points. Jonathan Cahill availed of two passes from Eoin Williams to raise the first two flags and Pat Conway added a third. Knockshe opted to use a sweeper to stem the flow of scores and this worked. They settled into the game and hit five unanswered points. MacDonaghs got their second wind and in the final ten minutes of the half the sides swopped a brace of points to leave the score 0-7 to 0-5 in favour of Knockshe at the interval.
The selectors introduced two substitutes at the break and on the resumption a point from Pat Williams reduced the deficit to the minimum. However, Knockshe got a grip of the game and with seventeen minutes left had opened up a four-point cushion. The Magpies clawed their way back into contention and with five minutes to go had cut the gap to a point. Unfortunately, a number of chances to secure the equaliser were spurned in the last few minutes. Team: Niall Shinners, Bob Dooley, Cormac Williams, Colm Williams, Caoilainn Conroy, Declan Barrett (0-1), Conor Austin, Conor Doheny, Pat Conway (0-2), Liam Gibson (0-4), Jonathan Cahill (0-2), Martin Grace, Finnian Mannion, Eoin Williams (0-1) and Pat Williams (0-1). Subs: Kevin Ryan (0-2), Shane Quinlan and Kevin Shinners (0-1). In the second round Toomevara will provide the opposition.
The camogie and juvenile clubs have finalised their preparations for the arrival of St. Eunan’s, Letterkenny and Glen Rovers, Cork. Both teams will arrive in Cloughjordan on this Friday, 17th June. On Friday evening MacDonaghs will play Faythe Harriers, Wexford in Toomevara at 4.30pm and will take on Toomevara at 5.30pm. On Saturday morning MacDonaghs will play Gen Rovers in MacDonagh Park at 10.30am. The results of these games will determine the remainder of the schedule.
The Parish and Mini League finals were played in glorious weather in MacDonagh Park on last Saturday. Congratulations to Georgie O’Leary’s team who were crowned Parish League champions for 2016. Thanks to all the club officials and parents who helped make the day such a resounding success.
Congratulations to Kate Ryan Ryan, Kilruane N.S. and Áine Spain, Ardcroney N.S. who have been selected to play on the Tipperary Primary Camogie team against Limerick in Semple Stadium.
The annual hurling and camogie Cúl Camp takes place in MacDonagh Park Monday 4th July to Friday 8th July. Activities begin each day at 10.00am and conclude at 2.00pm. All participants receive free gear and backpack. The cost remains the same as last year: €55 first child; €45 second child; and €40 for third child. Applications forms are now available. You can also register on gaa.ie/kellogsculcamps. Completed application forms should be returned immediately to Gilbert Williams 087-2176452.
We are edging ever closer to our target of 100 patrons. To date 74 patrons have now pledged €4,250. We have patrons from Chicago, Kilkenny, Dublin, Laois, Shannon Rovers, Burgess, Lorrha Nenagh and all corners of the parish. In this year, the Centenary of the 1916 Rising, we are looking for a minimum of 100 patrons, so we need 26 more people to come on board. For as little as €50 you too can become part of the club history by becoming a patron. All patrons will be acknowledged in the publication. At this stage most of your neighbours have rallied to the call. We are confident that you will join them.“Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013, Heirs to a Proud Tradition,” will be launched on Friday, 14th October by Len Gaynor.