Best wishes to Niall O’Meara, Cian Darcy, Jerome Cahill and both Tipperary teams in the Munster finals in Limerick.
MacDonaghs qualified for the final of the Jim Devitt Cup for the second successive year with a 2-25 to 1-16 home victory over Moyne-Templetuohy. MacDonaghs had the aid of a light breeze in the first half, but the visitors were first off the mark with a point from a free. A white flag from Kieran Cahill brought the sides level. Conor Cleary put the Magpies in front with a point and four unanswered points put the home side 0-6 to 0-1 ahead on the scoreboard. After the first quarter MacDonaghs had opened a six-point gap. Moyne’s three points had come from frees. Kilruane’s forwards continued to combine well and notched some delightful points. With three minutes to go to half-time they had a ten-point cushion. Moyne found the net to narrow the gap. At the interval the scoreboard read 0-18 to 1-7 in favour of MacDonaghs.
On the resumption, Jonathan Cahill fired over a brace of points to get the Magpies motoring again. Inside the last quarter the home team moved up a gear. In the forty-seventh minute good work by Kieran Cahill and Thomas Cleary set up Eoin Williams for a trademark goal. Two minutes later Thomas Cleary blasted to the net and the game was effectively over. Moyne battled gamely to the end but couldn’t breach the MacDonaghs rearguard for the necessary goals. Team: Thomas Williams, Ray McLoughney, Jack Peters, Éanna Hogan (0-1), Conor Austin, Willie Cleary, Eoin Hogan, Justin Cahill (0-2), Tomás Hogan, Mark O’Meara, Conor Cleary (0-3), Jonathan Cahill (0-5), James Cleary (0-2), Kieran Cahill (0-6) and Thomas Cleary (1-6). Subs: Eoin Williams (1-0), Stephen Cleary, Declan Barrett and Bob Dooley.
In the final Kilruane will play the winners of the Drom and Roscrea game. MacDonaghs lost year’s decider in a far from impressive display against Upperchurch. Hopefully, they can make amends on this occasion.
MacDonaghs take on Kiladangan in the third round on this Saturday, 9th July in Nenagh at 7.30pm.
MacDonaghs lost out to Toomevara in the second round of the championship in MacDonagh Park on a 2-12 to 1-11 scoreline. There was very little between two evenly-matched sides. Toomevara led by a point at the interval and, despite a spirited performance by the home side, the visitors had four points to spare at the finish. Team: Oisín Carroll, Kevin Naughnane, Páidí Williams, Eoin O’Meara, Nessa Minogue, Aaron Morgan, Colm Cleary, Paul O’Neill, Rory Grace (0-1), Nathan Lynch (1-4), David O’Sullivan (0-3), Pádraig Coonan, Kevin McDonald, James Loughnane (0-2) and Fionnan Hurley (0-1). Subs: Sean Williams, Cillian O’Neill, Cian White, Georgie O’Leary and Ciaran Coffey.
Our teams had mixed fortunes last week. The first team chalked up another victory when they overcame Kiladangan in Puckane on a 2-7 to 1-4 scoreline. They second team lost to Newport in Lacken Park.
MacDonaghs travelled to Portroe on last Saturday morning for two very exciting games. Thanks to Portroe for their hospitality.
The annual Kellogs Cúl Camp commenced on Monday morning with a record-breaking 169 children in attendance. Everything started smoothly under the watchful eye of supervisor, Niall O’Meara. Tipperary star Mikey Breen and Kilkenny’s T.J. Reid are expected to put in an appearance during the week.
The monthly meeting of the club committee takes place on this Thursday, 7th July at 8.30pm. All committee members are requested to attend.
We are nearly there. 95 people have now pledged €5,420. We have patrons from Chicago, Perth, Kilkenny, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Shannon Rovers, Roscrea, Burgess, Lorrha, Nenagh and all corners of the parish. In this year, the Centenary of the 1916 Rising, we are looking for a minimum of 100 patrons, so we need 5 more to achieve our target. We are counting you in. All your neighbours are now on board. For as little as €50 you too can become part of the club history by becoming a patron. All patrons will be acknowledged in the publication. “Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013, Heirs to a Proud Tradition,” will be launched on Friday, 14th October by Len Gaynor. Contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 to have your name included as a patron. Anybody who has pledged money should forward it immediately to Gilbert Williams as the final draft of the book will be ready in the next month. Thanks to all who have dug deep into their pockets. Your generosity is much appreciated.
The updated club history “Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013 Heirs to a Proud Tradition” is being launched on Friday, 14th October. We are still seeking photos particularly from the 1970s and 1980s. Don’t assume we have the photo in your possession. Contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 if you can be of assistance. All photos will be scanned and promptly returned.
Congratulations to Mark O'Meara and Marguerite Keogh on their recent engagement.