Kilruane MacDonaghs Notes
Congratulations to Niall O’Meara, Jack Peters, Billy O’Shea and both Tipperary teams on the victories in Semple Stadium.
MacDonaghs have qualified for the semi-final of the Jim Devitt Cup after a 3-21 to 2-22 victory over Kiladangan in MacDonagh Park. The team showed six changes in personnel since the county championship victory over Lorrha. Conor Austin, Declan Barrett, Pat Conway, Brian O’Meara, Jonathan Cahill and Bob Dooley all came into the side. The first quarter was very even and after eighteen minutes the teams had scored six points each. MacDonaghs received a setback at that stage when Brian O’Meara, who had been very impressive, had to retire with a knee injury. Seamus Hennessy replaced Buggy. The teams continued to trade scores and at the interval they were deadlocked on 1-12 each.
Kiladangan seized the initiative on the turnover. They edged into a five-point lead, helped by a second green flag from Paul Flynn. They had an opportunity to put further daylight between the sides when Kilruane conceded a penalty. However, Thomas Williams came to the rescue and saved Darragh Egan’s effort. This reprieve seemed to galvanise MacDonaghs into action and Thomas Cleary hit a goal and a point. It was now game on. As time ebbed away Kildangan held a slender one-point advantage. Then Jonathan Cahill careered through for a wonderful goal in the 29th minute to put the Magpies two clear. They held this gap in added time. This is the second year in a row that MacDonaghs have eclipsed Kiladangan at this stage of the competition. Team: Thomas Williams, Stephen Cleary, Éanna Hogan, Eoin Hogan, Conor Austin, Justin Cahill, Declan Barrett, Pat Conway (0-3), Tomás Hogan, Brian O’Meara, Conor Cleary (0-1), Jonathan Cahill (1-1), Thomas Cleary (1-5), Kieran Cahill (0-9) and Bob Dooley. Subs: Seamus Hennessy (0-2), Conor Doheny and Alan Darcy.
MacDonaghs lost to Ballina in the football semi-final on a 1-7 to 1-2 scoreline in Ballina. Team: Kevin McDonald, Eoin O’Meara, Páidí Williams, Nessa Minogue, James Loughnane, Shane McAteer, Ciaran Coffey, Shane Whelan, David O’Sullivan, Nathan Lynch, Conor Doheny, Rory Grace, Aaron Morgan, Pádraig Coonan and Óisín Carroll. Subs: Cian White, Kevin Naughnane, Fionnan Hurley and Georgie O’Leary.
MacDonaghs kept up their busy schedule with two recent outings. They journeyed to Dolla and played a couple of competitive games against Silvermines. Thanks to Silvermines for their hospitality on the evening. They followed that with a visit to Shinrone for two more interesting encounters.
MacDonaghs travelled to Puckane and played Kildangan in some very enjoyable games and they also played Silvermines in Dolla. The following players were involved in the games against Silvermines: Callan Haverty , Bill Quinlisk, Pádraic Nevin, Aidan Troy, David Quinlisk, James McCarthy, Shay Óg Kennedy, Billy Hodgins, Emmet Dwyer, Philip Lemanzyk, Jack Cleary, Oisín Carroll, Thomas Gaynor, Charlie Kennedy, Cormac Kennedy, Hugo Healy, Jack Quinlivan, Darragh Gaynor, Cathal Williams, Callan Grace, James Gould and Gerry O’Looney.
The following panel was involved against Kiladangan: Callan Haverty, Bill Quinlisk, Pádraic Nevin, Aidan Troy, David Quinlisk, Conor McGrath, Shay Óg Kennedy, Billy Hodgins, Emmet Dwyer, Philip Lemanzyk, Jack Cleary, Oisín Carroll, Thomas Gaynor, Charlie Kennedy, Cormac Kennedy, Hugo Healy, Darragh Gaynor, Callan Grace, James Gould, Tommy O’ Meara and Gerry O’ Looney
The annual Parish and Mini Leagues commence on this Saturday, 28th May at 11.00am in MacDonagh Park. All boys from first to sixth classes are eligible to participate. All should be present at 10.45am on Saturday so that the Leagues can have a punctual start.
Cumann na mBuncscol
Ardcroney N.S. qualified for the county semi-final of the U11 championship with victories over Rearcross, Newport and Ballinree. After a great tussle in Toomevara they just lost out to Loughmore N.S. in the county semi-final. Panel: Jack Ryan, Eamon Coonan, Eoin Carroll, Jack Gleeson, Jack Mulcahy, Daniel Cahalan, Cian Hayes, Brian O’Meara, Ray Quinlivan, Michael Cleary, Diarmuid Healy and Arran McGrath
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. You can register on line at www.kellogsculcamp.gaa.ie Application forms are also being distributed this week.
You are still in time to join the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw which commences on Friday, 3rd June in the Anner Hotel, Thurles at 9.30pm. This is a vital source of income for the club. There is a Prize Fund of €500,000. There are a total of sixteen cars to be won as well as flights to Australia, holidays to Lapland and Florida, Cheltenham trips, golfing holidays and cash prizes galore. You can join by contacting any member of the committee. Promoters and subscribers are asked to finalise all payments for the last draw.
The juvenile and camogie clubs would like to thank all who supported the Clothes Collection. 1.028 tonnes of clothes were collected.
Thanks to the 65 patrons who have pledged €3,450. The updated club history, “Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013, Heirs to a Proud Tradition,” which will be launched by Len Gaynor in the clubroom on Friday, 14th October. For as little as €50 you too can be part of that history by becoming a patron. All patrons will be acknowledged in the publication. Contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 to ensure that your name is included. We are looking for minimum of 100 patrons to help bring this project to fruition.
The club would like to congratulate Tom Cleary, President of Kilruane MacDonaghs, on celebrating his 90th birthday.
Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Brendan Deane, Main Street, Cloughjordan.