Kilruane MacDonaghs had mixed fortunes in the recent Challenge Cup games. On St. Patrick’s Day they travelled to Portroe and lost to the home side on a 3-19 to 0-18 scoreline. Although Páidí Kelly had the opening point, it was the home team that were much sharper in the first half. They hovered up most of the breaking ball and MacDonaghs were flattered to be only two points adrift at the interval with the scoreboard reading 0-12 to 0-10. The introduction of Darragh Peters into the attack for the second half helped galvanise MacDonaghs and there was a noticeable increase in the tempo of their play. Later, the entry of the fleet-footed Cian Darcy added more penetration in the forwards. With ten minutes to go MacDonaghs nosed a point ahead and looked poised to advance to the next round. However, it was the home side that finished the stronger as they exposed the MacDonaghs defence to score three goals and deservedly clinch victory.
Team: Thomas Williams, Ray McLoughney, Seamus Hennessy (0-1), Jack Peters, Éanna Hogan, Declan Barrett, Willie Cleary, Liam Gibson (0-1), Kevin Ryan (0-1), Conor Cleary, Kieran Cahill (0-9), Tomás Hogan, James Williams, Thomas Cleary (0-2) and Páidi Kelly (0-1). Subs: Darragh Peters (0-2) and Cian Darcy (0-1).
Four days later MacDonaghs rebounded with a 3-16 to 0-21 away win against Kildangan in Puckane. There was a marked improvement in the performance by the team. Justin Cahill returned to action after a spell on the injury list. While he only lasted about twenty minutes — he was withdrawn as a precaution to avoid hamstring damage — he contributed two points and displayed his undoubted class. MacDonaghs has already lost Liam Gibson in the opening quarter and he was replaced by Alan Darcy. After an even enough opening half the home team held a two-point advantage at the break with the score 0-12 to 0-10 in their favour.
On the resumption, Kildangan opened a three-point gap but Kilruane, hurling with good intensity, kept in touch. Entering the final quarter MacDonaghs drew level when Seamus Hennessy rifled a daisy-cutter to the net from a penalty after Cian Darcy had been fouled. The indiscretion by the Kildangan full-back resulted in his dismissal. Tomás Hogan added a second goal after a searing run by Cian Darcy. MacDonaghs had turned a three-point deficit into a three-point lead and kicked for home. Against Portroe, they had failed to see the game out but on this occasion MacDonaghs, showing admirable hunger and determination, were not to be denied victory. They have now qualified for the semi-final of the Jim Devitt Cup. MacDonaghs will go into the hat along with Ballingarry, Silvermines and the winners of the Upperchurch and Borris-Ileigh game.
Team: Thomas Williams, Éanna Hogan, Seamus Hennessy, Jack Peters, Willie Cleary, Ray McLoughney (0-3), Declan Barrett, Liam Gibson, Kevin Ryan (0-1), Tomás Hogan (1-2), Kieran Cahill (0-6), Justin Cahill (0-2), James Williams, Thomas Cleary (0-1) and Conor Cleary (1-0). Subs: Cian Darcy (0-1), Alan Darcy and Stephen Cleary.
Kilruane MacDonaghs take on Burgess in the first round of the county championship in Nenagh on Sunday, April 5th at 6.30pm. This is a massive challenge for the team who will need the vocal support of all our followers, both young and old. You are asked to shelve all other plans for that evening. After last year’s semi-final victory, Burgess will enter the game as favourites so it is important to get into Nenagh and get behind the boys in black and white.
Kilruane MacDonaghs are away to Templederry in the first round of the league on this Sunday at 12 noon.
The U16 team kicked off their campaign with a home victory against Ballina. The U12s swing into action with an away game against Borrisokane on this Friday, March 27th at 6.30pm. Parents will receive confirmation of fixture by text.
The club is staging an exhibition in the Heritage Centre, commencing on this Friday, March 27th. The exhibition will be formally opened by club president, Tom Cleary at 8.00pm. The information board, which will be on permanent display in the Centre, will be unveiled. The exhibition will focus on the golden era of the De Wets and there will also be memorabilia on display from other eras. Refreshments will be served on the night and everybody is welcome to attend. The club would like to thank Paddy Williams who is organising the exhibition and has unearthed new information in relation to the De Wets and has also sourced memorabilia which hasn’t previously been on public display.
This is the final call to all our supporters to renew membership before the March 30th deadline. The more members we have, the more tickets we get for the big matches — Munster and All-Ireland finals. Parishioners can still avail of a very attractive membership package which is now on offer. For just €200 you will have a full year’s Lotto subscription, entry to the County Draw as well as your membership. In effect, supporters who subscribe to this package will have free membership — a saving of €20. Supporters have the option of paying by direct debit.
The juvenile club’s clothes collection takes place on Monday, May 18th to Saturday, May 23rd. Clothes may be left in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex during that week. All club members are urged to do a spring clean and donate all clean unwanted clothes, also bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, belts and soft toys. This is a painless and environmentally-friendly way to provide much-needed funds for the juvenile club.
Kellogs Cúl Camp
The annual Kellogs Cúl Camp is scheduled for June 29th to July 3rd in Thomas MacDonagh Park. The camp will have the usual 10.00am start in the morning and finish at the 2.00pm. The camp is open to all primary school children.
Last Saturday a new competition was played in Nenagh — the Munster juvenile 40x20 tournament. Cormac Doheny represented Tipperary in U13 singles where he had a comprehensive win against a player from Liscaroll, Cork on a 15-5 and 15-0 scoreline. Louis Kennedy played U14 doubles with Cameron Spillane, Nenagh. They faced Cork in the final and in a tough encounter lost out 15-13 and 15-9.
The club extends sympathy to the Cleary family, Kilruane on the death of Willie Cleary. The late Willie was full-back on the Kilruane MacDonaghs junior hurling team that defeated Kilcommon in the 1954 North final and he also wore the number three jersey on the team that regained the title in 1956 by overcoming Toomevara. Willie played for the St.Ruadhan’s junior hurling team in their brief one-year existence in 1951.