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Inter County

Best of luck to Craig Morgan and the Tipperary team against Limerick in the Munster championship.

 

Senior

In the County championship, we are in a group with Toomevara, Drom & Inch and Borris-Ileigh. In the fourth round of the County League, we play Moycarkey Borris this Saturday, 27th  April, in Littleton at 6.00pm. 

 

Junior

In the first round of the North League, we recorded a 3-13 to 0-12 home victory over Ballinahinch. There was very little between the teams in a very even first half but a brace of goals just before the interval from Oisín O’Meara and Cian Moyles helped MacDonaghs into a 2-8 to 0-7 lead at the break. The issue was in doubt until an Eoin Caroll goal in the 59th minute sealed victory.

Team: Kevin Naughnane, Ciaran Coffey, Eanna Hogan, Sean Hayes, Sean Quinlan, Paddy Ryan, David O’Sullivan (0-2), Cathal England, Conor Austin (0-1), Robert Austin, Eoin Carroll (1-8, 0-6 frees), Oisín O’Meara (1-0), Brian O’Meara (0-1), Cormac Doheny, Cian Moyles (1-0). Subs: Cormac Mannion (0-1), Paul Dwyer, Eamonn Coonan, Kevin Shinners, Kevin Oakley.

Next on the agenda is a home game against Cashel this Friday, 26th April, at 7.15pm. This will be our final game in the County League.

 

Féile

We had two teams competing in the Féile football competition at the weekend. Our first team was in action in Ballylooby. We had a victory over Clonoulty Rossmore, drew with Carrick Swan and lost to Ballyporeen. We finished level on points with Carrick Swan but missed out on a qualification place on number of scores conceded. Our second team competed well in a group with Knockavilla Kickhams, Thurles Gaels and Carrick Davins in Dundrum but didn’t make the semi-finals.  

 

Primary Game

Congratulations to Caoimhe Kennedy, Kilruane NS, who has been selected to play with the Tipperary Primary Game Camogie team against Cork in Semple Stadium on 19th May.

 

Mighty Macs

The final session of the Mighty Macs took place in glorious sunshine last Saturday on the Astro Turf with over sixty children in attendance. Thanks to the organiser Paddy White and all the parents who volunteered to help and the parents who were commandeered to help. Each participant was presented with a certificate and some tasty treats when the activities concluded.

 

Cúl Camp

Once again, MacDonagh Park will host two Kelloggs Cúl Camps. The first Camp is scheduled for 1st to  5th July with the 2nd Camp running from 15th to 19th July. The cost is 1st child €75, 2nd child €50, 3rd and subsequent children €50. Each participant in the Camps will receive a jersey, ¼ Zip top and backpack. Booking is now open on kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie

 

New Pitch

The Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA & Camogie club can now confirm that it has purchased five acres adjacent to MacDonagh Park. The club plans to develop a new full-size playing pitch and a 1km community walking track. We are confident that the parish will rally behind our fundraising efforts so that the proposed development can be completed in the minimum amount of time.

 

Quid Game Fundraiser

Our Quid Game Fundraiser takes place on Friday, 10th May, in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh.  This fundraiser is crucial in raising funds for our development plans for a 1km community walking track and a second playing field for our growing number of members.

Over 40 contestants will compete in 6 rounds of games to try and win a massive €10,000 cash prize to be divided between their chosen charity/club (€7,000) and themselves (€3,000).  Our contestants are busy fundraising to compete in the games, and the top fundraiser will receive a bye into round 4, and the next 5 fundraisers will receive a Golden Ticket into Round 3. We would encourage all our members to attend on what promises to be a very entertaining night. Tickets (€20) are now on sale on the club app (Events Section) and online on our website www.kilruane.com. Paper tickets are available from the following volunteers: Cloughjordan area Catherine Last 087 2022882, Ardcroney area Helen McLoughney 087 7788785 and Kilruane area Yvonne O’Looney 087 9801568.

 

Lotto

The jackpot stands at €3,200. Tickets are available from the usual outlets, or you can play on ClubSpot. Thanks for your continued support.

 

Bingo

The weekly Bingo session continues on Saturday night in the Fr. O’Meara Centre, Kilruane at 8.00pm. The jackpot is now a very attractive €1,700.

 

Community Games

Cloughjordan Community Games athletics and field events will take place in MacDonagh Park on Sunday, 12th May. Registration is at 3.00pm. The cost of entering is €3 per child. Events include sprints, hurdles, middle distance races, ball throw, long puck and shot putt. There will be fun races for U6s, Mums and Dads.

 

Ben Darcy RIP

Ben began playing U12 with Kilruane MacDonaghs as a nine-year old in 1974. In 1976, he lined out at wing-forward on the U14 team that overcame Toomevara in the North final in Nenagh. Two years later, in the Rural final, Kilruane saw off the challenge of Borris-Ileigh. Ben was the top scorer in that match, helping himself  to  2-1. The team captured the County title with a victory over Ballingarry in Semple Stadium. Ben went on to play U16 and minor with MacDonaghs.

He started refereeing in 2004, and for eleven consecutive years, he officiated at venues throughout the county. Ben had the ideal temperament for a referee. He was calm and composed even in the most volatile situation. He managed to control games without ever being the centre of attention. Ben refereed all grades from U12 up to senior. His services were in constant demand by the North and County Boards, and he rarely if ever, failed to oblige when the call came. Ben was the man in the middle of many finals, including the senior Hogan Cup final in 2010. He also had the honour of handling the first ever Junior ‘C’ championship final when Borrisokane drew with Nenagh in Cloughjordan.

When Ben set anchor in Toomevara, he got involved with both the GAA & Camogie clubs. He was a selector with the U12 and U14 hurling teams and took on the role of manager with the Junior ‘B’ side. He also served on the committee. Bingo was one of Ben’s favourite pastimes, and he was instrumental in getting the sessions started in Toomevara. Through his efforts, Bingo was very successful in Toomevara for a number of years. Ben was a much loved and respected coach with many underage camogie teams.  However, he still remained a loyal follower of Kilruane MacDonaghs and could be seen at venues throughout the county in all kinds of weather supporting his native parish. Ben was a happy man when Kilruane MacDonaghs won the North senior final in 2018 and the County final in 2022.

As a mark of respect, the Tricolour in MacDonagh Park flew at half-mast, and a minutes silence was observed before the Junior League game between Kilruane MacDonaghs and Ballinahinch. Toomevara postponed their Junior ‘B’ game while the Camogie club cancelled their blitz. His coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours, and as Ben made his last journey down the Templemore Road to Cloughjordan Church club members formed a guard of honour.

Sympathy is extended to his wife Mary, the Darcy and Bourke families. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. 

 

Sympathy

The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Sally O’Meara (née O’Connor), Carriganagh, Ardcroney and to the family of the late Philomena Corcoran, Curragharneen, Silvermines.