Congratulations to Kian O’Kelly and the Tipperary minor team on their victory in the Munster final. Best wishes to Cian Darcy, Jerome Cahill, Craig Morgan and the Tipperary U21 team in the Munster final.
In the semi-final of the County League MacDonaghs will play Templederry in MacDonagh Park on Wednesday, 11th July at 8.00pm.
In the third round of the championship MacDonaghs lost 1-15 to 1-7 to Knockshegowna in MacDonagh Park. This defeat puts them in a precarious position in the table with no points after three games. A poor opening quarter handed the initiative to the visitors who were 0-5 0-0 ahead after twelve minutes. It took us seventeen minutes to register our first point, courtesy of Mark O’Neill. At the interval MacDonaghs trailed by 0-9 to 0-5. The second half was a much more even affair but Knockshe always had that bit in hand and were deserving winners. Team: Conor Doheny (0-2), Bob Dooley, Pat Williams, Cormac Williams, Caoilainn Conroy, Tomás Hogan (1-1), Conor Austin, Martin Grace, Mark O’Neill (0-2), Conor Lillis, Robert Austin, Paddy Ryan, Mark O’Meara, Niall Shinners and Jonathan Cahill (0-2). Subs: Declan Barrett, Brian O’Meara and Shane Quinlan. On this Friday, 6th July Kilcolman is the venue for the fourth round against Roscrea at 8.00pm.
On this Thursday, 5th July MacDonaghs take on Burgess in the second round of the championship in MacDonagh Park at 7.00pm.
In the latest round of the championship MacDonaghs recorded a 5-6 to 4-7 victory over Newport in MacDonagh Park.
Both of our teams travelled to Dolla last Saturday and came home with the points on offer.
The annual Kellogg’s Cúl Camp commenced on Monday with a record attendance of 218 participants.
Sean Hyland RIP
The late Sean Hyland first played juvenile hurling in 1955. He made his senior debut in 1962 and was wing-back on the side that lost to Toomevara in the North final. In 1965 he won the first of his four North medals as a midfielder on the team that overcame Lorrha in the final. Sean emigrated to London in 1967 where he won a county junior championship with St. Mel’s. He returned to Ireland in 1971 and two years later he captained the MacDonaghs team that lost both the North and County finals. In the replayed 1975 County final Sean played at right full-back on the team that had to give second best to Moneygall. MacDonaghs won three-in-a row North and County finals 1977-1979. In the number two shirt Sean was one of the lynchpins of the side. He was consistently brilliant in that golden era. He gave a superlative man-of-the-match performance in the drawn 1977 County final against Borris-Ileigh and was selected as Guardian Player of the Year at the end of the season. Sean retired from senior hurling in 1981 but made a brief appearance with the intermediate side in 1982. In 1983 he flew under the radar across the Irish Sea to help his former club St. Mel’s win another championship.
Recognised by friend and foe as an artist with a hurl, Sean was also a shrewd operator on the line. He was a selector on the U21 team that won the 1978 North final and he also filled the same position with the 1987 senior side that took divisional honours. Sean also spent a few seasons as a mentor with the Kiladangan intermediate team. He was blessed with an abundance of natural talent and in 1961 while he was in the Army Apprentice School in Devoy Barracks, Naas he won the Kingswear Cup, awarded to the best all-round sportsman in the school. During his time in the defence forces Sean served both in the Congo and Cyprus.
At his funeral club members formed a Guard of Honour and his coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours. Fittingly, it was his former playing colleagues that carried Sean to his final place of rest in Cloughjordan cemetery. A minute’s silence was observed before the start of the junior game against Knockshegowna. To his wife Helen, sons Jon and Paul, daughters Fiona and Deirdre, brothers Liam and Paddy, sisters Pauline and Chrissie and extended family sympathy is extended.