One hundred and eighty-five guests gathered in Ashley Park House on last Friday night for what everybody agreed was one of our most successful and enjoyable Dinner Dances for many years. Guest of honour was former GAA President Sean Kelly. Also in attendance were Fr. Pat Greed PP, Chairman of the North Board Mike Flynn and his wife Kathleen, North Board Secretary Marian Minehan and her husband Liam. The 1993 U21 hurling team that won the North and County ‘B’ titles were present to celebrate the silver jubilee of those victories.
Sean Kelly presented the medals to the senior team that won the North championship in 2018. The management team of Billy O’Shea, Cormac McGrath, Pat McLoughney and Eamon O’Shea received presentations in recognition of their tremendous work that helped fashion the senior victory. The backroom team of Mark Gleeson, June Whelan, Damien Franks and Jimmy Brady were also acknowledged for their roles. Damian Mulcahy, John Quinlan, Niall O’Meara and Eanna Hogan, who guided the minor hurlers to divisional honours, received presentations. The minor hurlers will receive their medals at an upcoming function. Fr. Pat Greed was presented with a framed certificate to mark his election as Vice-President of Kilruane MacDonaghs.
Sean Kelly delivered an eloquent address and proved to be very popular with patrons young and old as he mingled freely and posed for innumerable photographs. Chairman Joe Whelan presented Sean with a beautiful woodcarving which had been designed and crafted by Paddy Spain who is a member of the Ardcroney Woodcarvers Group. The club would like to express its gratitude to Paddy for his generosity in donating this unique piece.
Thanks to the management and staff of Ashley Park House for their excellent arrangements and superb meal, Seamus Costello for his slideshow of photos and the ever reliable Bridget Delaney who was on hand to record the night’s events on camera.
The Annual General Meeting of the Juvenile Club will be held in the Clubroom on this Thursday, 24th January at 8.00pm.
The presentation of Juvenile medals will take place in the Thomas MacDonagh Complex on this Saturday, 26th January. The U11 hurlers, the U12 footballers and the U14 hurlers will receive their medals.
The U21 footballers will be the first club team in action in 2019 when they face Lorrha/Rovers in the quarter-final in Puckane on Friday, 1st February at 8.30pm. The minor footballers are scheduled to begin their campaign with a home game against Kiladangan on Sunday, 24th February.
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.
Take Me Out
The Kilruane MacDonaghs Camogie Club is organising a “Take Me Out” fundraiser in the Abbey Court Hotel on Saturday, 9th February at 8.00pm. Tickets, costing €20, are available from any member of the camogie committee.