Kilruane MacDonaghs Notes
The draw for the second round of the North championship will be held in the clubroom after the Lorrha V Roscrea game in MacDonagh Park on this Sunday, 5th June.
Kilruane MacDonaghs will host Glen Rovers from Cork in the Féile while the camogie club will entertain St. Eunan’s of Letterkenny. Preparations are well advanced for what should be a very special weekend for the parish. The visiting teams will arrive on Friday, 17th June.
Our teams had mixed fortunes against Moneygall in MacDonagh Park. The first team had a 5-4 to 1-11 victory while the second team had to give second best to the visitors.
The Parish and Mini Leagues began in glorious sunshine on last Saturday. Action continues on this Saturday at 11.00am. All boys from first to sixth class are eligible to participate. Anybody who wasn’t present for the opening games is still welcome to come along. Everybody should be present at 10.45 to enable the Leagues to start punctually.
Cumann na mBunscol
Congratulations to the Ardcroney N.S. U11 camogie team on winning the county final in Semple Stadium with a hard-fought victory over Ardfinnan. Panel: Emma Williams, Ciara Morris, Aisling Nevin, Éabha O’Brien, Leanne Gould, Sarah Cleary, Ali O’Kelly, Lucy Gould, Aoife Ryan
Lucy O’Brien, Aoibhe Spillane, Orlaith Cleary, Anna Rose Scott and Kayleigh O’Gorman.
Ticket applications for the Tipperary v Limerick game must be with Michael Cahill by Thursday, 9th June. Tickets are also available from the usual outlets.
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.
You are still in time to join the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw which commences on this 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.
67 patrons have now pledged €3,550. We have patrons from Chicago, Kilkenny, Dublin, Laois, Shannon Rovers, Burgess and Nenagh. We are looking for minimum of 100 patrons to help bring this project to fruition, so we need 33 more people to come on board. “Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013, Heirs to a Proud Tradition,” will be launched on Friday, 14th October by Len Gaynor. 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.
The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Noel Mulcahy, Congor. Noel had a long association with Kilruane MacDonaghs. He played juvenile hurling with MacDonaghs in the 1940s and lined out on the minor team that lost to St. Mary’s (Nenagh) in the 1949 North final. Noel served a lengthy spell on the club committee and also acted as a selector. He was passionately interested in the club and supported MacDonaghs teams through thick and thin. Noel was a familiar presence in the dressing room after senior matches. In particular, he made it his business to be there when the team lost. Noel remained a staunch supporter all his life. The membership was renewed every year and all fundraising ventures were actively promoted and supported. Although his health was failing, Noel continued to follow the fortunes of the club and he attended the recent Challenge Cup games against Portroe and Thurles. The Friday before he died he donated €50 to become a patron of the club history which will be published later in the year. A clubman to the core, a clubman to the last. Noel was an iconic figure in Ardcroney. He an enormous contribution to the Ardcroney Drama Group. Noel was involved in every production from 1950 to 2015. He also served on the Ardcroney Group Water Scheme for forty years and played an important role in the development of Ardcroney Hall. Members of the MacDonaghs club and the Ardcroney Drama Group formed a guard of honour as Noel’s funeral arrived at St. Flannan’s Church and his coffin was draped in club colours. A thorough gentleman, his passing has deprived the parish of one of its most highly-respected personalities. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá anam uasal.