Kilruane MacDonaghs Notes February 6th 2023
Long Puck Competition
The Long Puck Competition in aid of the Dillon Quirke Foundation was held in MacDonagh Park last Saturday. Cian Darcy emerged victorious and will represent the club in the County final in Clonoulty on Saturday. A total of €760 was raised. Thanks to all who participated and supported. It is hoped to run a Juvenile Long Puck Competition later in the year.
Membership for 2023 is now due. The following are the fees: Adult Players over 18 – €100; Players U18 – €60; Non Playing Adults – €60. The club is also offering two very attractive Membership packages: Adult Package to include Tipperrary Draw, Lotto & Membership – €200; and Family Package – €250 to include Tipperary Draw, Lotto & Membership. This year, membership can be paid through the new club App Clubspot. The club is now carrying out a membership blitz.
Eighteen participants from the GAA and Camogie clubs attended the Safeguarding Course in the Clubroom last week. Thanks to tutor John Lyons who and to our very proactive Children’s Officer who organised the Course.
Tipperary GAA is currently seeking applications from interested individuals to participate in the upcoming Referee Recruitment for Tipperary in 2023 to address the future refereeing needs within the Premier County. Trained Referee Tutors will provide basic club Referee courses. Anybody interested is asked to contact one of our club officers.
Congratulations to our €4,000 Jackpot winners, Ailis, Ashling and Emma, c/o Joe Cahill. Jackpot next will be €2,000 Tickets are available from the usual outlets, or you can join on Clubforce.com. Thanks for your continued support.
Dan Darcy RIP
The late Dan Darcy gave 34 years’ service as a referee. He began his refereeing career in 1989. Dan took charge of games in all grades in venues all over the county. He was a great servant of Coiste na Óg and Cumann na mBunscol in particular. Dan had his own unique style of refereeing. He had the ideal temperament for a referee. Dan was cool and calm and was seldom ruffled no matter how volatile the situation was in a game.
He had a very successful seventeen-year playing career with Kilruane MacDonaghs. In 1970, Dan won his first medal when he was on the U13 team that won the club’s inaugural title in this championship. He collected his last medal in 1995 when the junior ‘A’ team claimed the North title. Dan was a prolific scorer as a juvenile and continued in the same vein in the higher grades. Among the medals he won were North & County intermediate (H), junior (H), U21 (F), U14 (H) as well as North U21 (H), minor (H), U16 (H) and U13 (H). Dan captained the 1973 U14 hurling team to North and County honours, and he scored the winning goal in the 1978 North intermediate final against Templederry.
As a mark of respect, the Tricolour in MacDonagh Park flew at half-mast. Dan’s coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours, and club members, along with his referee colleagues formed, a guard of honour at his funeral.
Sympathy to his wife Joan, sons Christopher, Daniel and Conal, daughter-in-law Michelle, grandson Mark, sister Mary, brothers Billy, Paddy, Jack, Ben, Ned, Tom, Francis, Declan and extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
The club extends sympathy to Nora O’Leary, Beechwood on the death of her brother Johnny O’Sullivan, Sneem House and formerly Direenauliffe, Sneem Kerry and to the family of the late Liam Cleary, Roscrea and formerly Main Street, Cloughjordan.