Congratulations to Niall O’Meara, Jerome Cahill, Cian Darcy, Eamon O’Shea, Billy O’Shea, the Tipperary team and management on the tremendous victory over Kilkenny. Niall, who scored a crucial goal, was collecting his second Celtic Cross while Jerome and Cian were picking up their first.
Eleven natives of Cloughjordan parish have now won All-Ireland senior hurling medals: Jim Dwyer 1887; William Spain (Dublin ) 1889; Jimmy Cleary (Dublin ) 1917, 1920; Tom McLoughney 1961, 1962; Len Gaynor 1964, 1965, 1971; Mark O’Leary 2001; Seamus Hennessy and Brian O’Meara 2010; Niall O’Meara 2016, 2019; Jerome Cahill and Cian Darcy 2019.
Rory McLoughney, Ardcroney had the honour of bringing the Liam MacCarthy Cup out on to the Croke Park pitch before the start of the All-Ireland. He was assisted by the Kilkenny representarive from the Tullaroan club. This was a very special day for Rory, his family, his local school in Ardcroney and the MacDonaghs club. Rory is a grandnephew of All-Ireland medal winner Tom McLoughney.
Blue & Gold
Thanks to all our supporters who flew the Blue & Gold throughout the parish and participated enthusiastically in the very successful Tipperary Day on Friday, 16th August. With so many from the MacDonaghs club involved in the Tipperary setup it was no surprise that a huge contingent from the parish travelled to Croke Park for the final.
Best of luck to Craig Morgan, Jerome Cahill, Kian O’Kelly, the Tipperary team and management in the All-Ireland final against Cork.
MacDonaghs qualified for the semi-final with a 4-15 to 3-9 victory over Burgess in Kilcolman. Lorhha/Rovers Gaels will provide the opposition in the semi-final on this Wednesday, 21st August at 6.30pm. Venue TBC.
A 3-4 to 2-2 victory over Rosegreen secured a place in the County ‘C’ final. The teams were tied on 1-2 each at the interval but against the wind in the second half MacDonaghs got the better of a determined Rosegreen outfit. Tommy O’Meara notched 1-1 while Jack Kenneally (1-0), Gerard O’Looney (1-0), Cormac Kennedy (0-2) and Charlie Kennedy (0-1) also got their names on the scoresheet. In the County final they will face Clerihan.
Last Wednesday evening our U10s made the journey to the Banner county to take on Clarecastle. On a damp evening our boys played some outstanding hurling. We had a panel of 23 players. Thanks very much to Clarecastle for invitiation and refreshments afterwards.
Congratulations to former MacDonaghs player Thomas Hayes and Laura Paterson on their recent marriage.