We hosted the annual North Tipp Awards Night in the clubroom last Friday. Chairman Joe Whelan welcomed everybody and congratulated all the successful captains and individual award winners from the different clubs. North Tipperary PRO John Delaney acted as Fear an Tí for the occasion. Len Gaynor was the guest speaker and also presented the Player of the Year Awards.
Sean McAdams accepted the minor ‘B’ hurling medals while Jack Peters was presented with the senior hurling medals. Justin Cahill was the recipient of the Senior Hurler of the Year Award and he also claimed the Guardian Player of the Year accolade as the best overall hurler in the division. He is the fourth MacDonaghs player to receive this honour. Sean Hyland (1977), Paddy Williams (1978) and Ray McLoughney (2005) are our previous winners.
Joe Whelan accepted the Club of the Year Award on behalf of Kilruane MacDonaghs. The club had won the MacDonagh Trophy on four previous occasions 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1985. Our club officers Joe Whelan (Chairman), Mary Mcloughney (Secretary) and Carmel Daly, representing Treasurer John Mulcahy, received presentations to mark this achievement.
Michael Cahill was honoured for his long and distinguished service with the whistle. He started refereeing in 1974 when he handled a senior challenge game between Kilruane MacDonaghs and Drom & Inch in Johnny Moylan’s field in Ballycapple. Michael’s first final was in 1975 when Borrisokane overcame Moneygall in the U14 Urban/Rural decider. He was the man in the middle for the 1988 North senior hurling final when Borris-Ileigh were 3-9 to 2-5 winners over Roscrea. He went on to referee six more senior finals. Michael refereed divisional finals in all grades in both hurling and football. One of the highlights of his career was in 1997 when he officiated at the County senior final where Clonoulty-Rossmore got the better of Mullinahone. Chairman of the North Board Mike Flynn made the presentation to Michael who still continues to make himself available for Cumann na mBunscol games.
The club would like to thank the North Board for giving us the opportunity to host the Awards Night. A special word of thanks to Carmel Daly, Breda Whelan, Ann O’Meara, Mary McLoughney, Katie O’Meara, Saoirse Whelan and Sean Whelan who assisted with the catering.
The Dinner Dance takes place in Ashley Park House on this Friday, 18th January at 8.00pm. Guest of Honour will be Sean Kelly MEP former GAA President (2003-2006). The senior hurlers will be presented with their North Tipperary medals. Special guests on the night will be the Kilruane MacDonaghs 1993 U21 hurling team that won the North and County ‘B’ titles. This promises to be a great night of celebration after a tremendous 2018 for the club. Patrons are advised to be present at 7.30pm as the function will start punctually and will not be delayed to facilitate late arrivals.
A very productive Adjourned AGM was held in the clubroom on last Thursday night. The club committee, the Finance and MacDonagh Park committees were ratified. The following management teams were finalised: Senior Hurling - Billy O’Shea (Manager), Cormac McGrath (Coach/Selector), Pat McLoughney (Selector) and John Hyland (Selector); Junior Hurling & Football - Martin Walsh (Manager) Tom Killackey and David Slattery; U21 Hurling & Football - Tom Killackey (Manager) and Brian O’Meara with another selector to be added; and Minor Hurling & Football - Damian Mulcahy (Manager), Niall O’Meara (Coach), Eanna Hogan (Coach) and John Quinlan.
The Annual General Meeting of the Juvenile Club will be held in the Clubroom on Thursday, 24th
January at 8.00pm.
The presentation of Juvenile medals will take place in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on Saturday, 26th January.
Congratulations to our winners in the January Draw which was held in Terryglass: John Hyland, Carney (€1,000); Josie Heffernan, Ardcroney (€500 Mr Mister Voucher); and Philip Heenan, Cloughjordan (€200).
Membership fees remain the same as 2018: U6, U8 and U10 €10; U12, U14, U16 and U18 €30; players over minor €50 and non-playing adults €30. Subscriptions will be due in January. Players should pay their respective managers and supporters can join with any committee member. Players can only participate in games when membership fee is paid. There is absolutely no exception to this. All paid-up subscribers will receive a specially designed club-membership card which are now available. Non-playing adults, who join the club, will be put on text list. Paid-up members can also apply for match tickets.
The club extends sympathy to Chris Keeshan on the death of Margaret Keeshan, Clonlisk, Shinrone.