A huge crowd assembled in the Western Pass on last Friday night for the presentation of medals to the U/14 hurlers. Special guests on the night were All-Ireland minor medallists Eoin Hogan and Seamus Hennessy. Also in attendance were Anne McGrath, secretary of North Tipperary Bord Na NÓg, the officers of the senior club, all the juvenile selectors and large group of parents. Club chairman, Gilbert Williams, acted as fear a’ ti for the occasion. He complimented the players on their dedication and discipline and thanked the parents for their solid support. The selectors of the various juvenile teams were lauded for their tremendous work with our young players. Connie Grace, chairman of the senior club, and Fr. Tom Hannon, echoed similar sentiments when they addressed the gathering. Seamus Hennessy was given a very warm reception when he spoke and expressed the hope that some of the U/14’s would join himself and Eoin on the senior team in the not too distant future. The twenty three members of the U/14 panel were then presented with their championship and Féile medals and as each player came forward Gilbert Williams provided an apt commentary. The four selectors Jimmy Cahill, Kevin O’Brien, Fr. Tom Hannon and Gilbert Williams along with first aid man Denis Reddan received special presentations in appreciation of their work with the team. Eoin and Seamus were also recipients of presentations from Connie Grace. The juvenile club would like to thank Rose Cahill and her staff in the Western Pass for providing a superb meal and for the excellent arrangements on the night. A more comprehensive account of the juvenile presentation can be found on the club website www.kilruanemacdonaghs.com
The AGM of the juvenile club will be held in the clubroom on this Thursday night at 8.00p.m. 2006 was another successful season for the club. The U/14’s won the North Féile and championship finals. The U/12’s footballers reached the North final. All our juvenile teams played in section A. Cloughjordan School won the hurling championship and Kilruane School won the football competition. Ardcroney School contested both finals. The club also organised U/10, U/11 and U/16 hurling tournaments as well as hosting the annual summer camp. Anybody interested in the promotion of juvenile games is welcome to attend the meeting.
The juvenile club would like to thank the Abbey Court Hotel for sponsoring a set of kit bags for last year’s successful U/14 team. The bags will be presented to the team in February.
Indoor hurling for the U/8’s and U/10’s resumes in the Complex on Tuesday February 13th. The U/8’s will be in action at 6.30p.m. followed by the U/10’s at 7.30p.m.
The county handball schools final were held in Dolla last weekend. Ardcroney N.S. has six players involved and they all played very well and were unfortunate not to progress the Munster finals. Patrick Ryan, Aidan Boyle and Sean Cleary participated in the U/13 competition and Cormac Boyle, Conor Doheny and Niall Ryan were involved in the U/11 group.
This year’s VHI Cúl Summer Camp has been pencilled in for the first week in July from the 2nd to the 5th. Application forms will be circulated through the schools in February.
The club would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late Jim Ryan of Moneygall. Jim was a trustee of Thomas MacDonagh Park since it was officially opened on Easter Sunday 1966. Along with Moneygall curate Fr. Greene he co-produced the pageant “Seachtar Fear, Seacht Lá” which was performed in MacDonagh Park on that day. Jim was of immense help to the local park committee and provided invaluable assistance which was greatly appreciated. He spent a period teaching in the old school in Cloughjordan.