Congratulations to Tom Killackey, Main Street, Cloughjordan, who won the first prize of €18,000 in the January Draw. Carmel Daly picked up the €500 promoter’s prize while Bill Cleary, Ballyluskey, also won €300.
The jackpot now stands at €5,500. Tickets are available from the usual outlets, or you can play on ClubSpot. Thanks for your continued support.
The weekly Bingo session continues on Saturday night in the Fr. O’Meara Centre, Kilruane at 8.00pm. The jackpot has climbed to €1,600.
Congratulations to Garda Kevin McDonald, Cloughjordan, who graduated from the Training College on Friday, 15th December. As well as playing for MacDonaghs, he was the scoreboard operator in MacDonagh Park for many years. You could always count on Kevin. He is stationed in Coolock, Dublin.
Window on the Past
The 1974 Annual General Meeting was held in the Pavilion on Friday, 18th January. The following were elected: President Fr. Joe Hayes PP; Vice-President Fr. Liam Murray CC; Chairman Danny Gibson; Vice-Chairmen Paddy Quinlan and Des Gaynor; Secretary Tom Kirby; Assistant Secretary Michael Cahill; and Treasurer Mick Hennessy. The membership was fixed at £1 for men and 50p for ladies.
Joe McCarthy RIP
The late Joe McCarthy, Coolnamona, Cloughjordan made his senior championship debut in 1954. Four years later, he played on the team that lost the North final to the great Toomevara side of that era. In 1959, he won his first North senior medal when MacDonaghs reversed the previous year’s result against Toomevara. It was a special day for the McCarthy clan as his brother Gerry captained the team. They faced a star-studded Thurles team in the County final in Roscrea. MacDonaghs gave a magnificent performance, but a late Sarsfields surge saw them complete the five-in-a-row.
In the late fifties and early sixties, Kilruane MacDonaghs and Toomevara were great rivals. In 1960, they clashed for the third year in a row in the divisional final with the Greyhounds coming out on top. Two years later, MacDonaghs and Toomevara renewed rivalry once more in the North final. Joe was introduced as a substitute as Kilruane were pipped by two points. In 1965, Joe collected his second North senior medal when a late Sean Williams goal gave MacDonaghs a dramatic two-point victory over Lorrha in the final.
He retired at the end of the 1965 season after playing senior hurling for twelve successive years. Joe had played all his hurling in the attack, mostly in his favourite wing-forward position. He was a great exponent of ground hurling. Joe was a committed and competitive player who sought to outwit his opponent by means that were fair rather than foul. He admired great hurlers, whatever colour jersey they wore, be it club or county.
When Joe retired from hurling, he kept in the background, and faithfully followed the progress of Kilruane teams. Joe supported all club fundraisers such as the Lotto, Tipperary Draw and raffles. Joe was elected Vice-President of Kilruane MacDonaghs in 2016. He regarded it as a huge honour to fill this role in the club that meant so much to him. During his time as Vice-President, he saw Kilruane MacDonaghs win both North & County titles and he was a proud man to be present at both finals.
As a mark of respect, the Tricolour in MacDonagh Park flew at half-mast, his coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours, and club members formed a guard of honour at his funeral. Sympathy is extended to his brothers to Gerry and Fr. Michael, his relatives and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
The club extends sympathy to: Sean Flannery, Cloughkeating on the death of his sister Mairéad Feighery, Dunkerrin; Carmel McCarthy, Behamore on the death of her father Teddy Morgan, Nenagh; the family of the late John Guest Nenagh; the family of the late Mick Power, Templemore Road, Cloughjordan; the family of the late Kathleen Haverty (née Hogan), Carrig Rua Nenagh and formerly Cloughjordan; the family of the late Peggy Burns (née Brereton), Moanfin; the family of the late Chris Quinlan (née Maher), Clermont; and the family of the late Gerard Flannery, Beechwood, Nenagh & Kilregane, Lorrha.