In the first round of the County championship, we play Toomevara in Nenagh this Friday, 28th July, at 7.30pm.
A 4-9 to 1-7 victory over Roscrea in Borrisokane brought the U19 ’B’ football title to the parish for the first time. Roscrea started impressively and had two points on the board after two minutes. In the 8th minute, Eoin Carroll opened MacDonaghs account with a point. A purple patch followed with points from Jack Mulcahy, Michael Cleary, Andrew Hayes, a goal from Brian O’Meara and a point from Tristan Madden to leave the Magpies 1-5 to 0-2 ahead after twenty-three minutes. A pointed Roscrea free left five points between the sides at the interval.
Roscrea dominated the opening minutes of the second half and raised three white flags on the trot to cut the gap to two with thirty-eight minutes gone. The game was then turned on its head. Andrew Hayes raced through the Roscrea defence and buried the ball in the net. A minute later, Jack Mulcahy rose highest to palm a long delivery to the net, and Kilruane were now firmly in control with the scoreboard reading 3-5 to 0-6. Any slim chance of a Roscrea recovery was dashed when Eoin Carroll got in for our fourth goal in the 59th minute. Deep into added time, Roscrea scored a consolation goal, but the Cup was destined for Cloughjordan at that stage.
Team: Johnny Naughnane, Simon Austin, Danny Cahalan, Sean Hayes, Paul Molloy, Eamonn Coonan, Cathal England, Cian Moyles, Cillian Healy (0-1), Andrew Hayes (1-2), Eoin Carroll (1-1), Tristan Madden (0-1 free), Brian O’Meara (1-0), Jack Mulcahy (1-1), Michael Cleary (0-3). Subs: Shane Cleary, Ray Quinlivan, Michael Hennelly, Tom Austin, Cóilín Doris.
Congratulations to the players and the management team of Joe Whelan (manager), Pat Murphy (coach) and selectors Fr. Pat Greed and Gilbert Williams. The County semi-final is scheduled for early September. In the hurling championship, we travel to Lacken Park this Wednesday, 26th July, to play Newport at 7.00pm.
In the second round of the ‘A’ championship, we recorded a 2-26 to 3-18 home victory over Moneygall/Clonakenny. The sides were level at the interval and on five occasions in the second half. With two minutes left, we just held a slender two-point lead, but Michael Cleary was on target from three placed balls to leave a five-point gap at the finish.
Team: Dara Gaynor, Simon Austin, Cathal England, Cian Hayes, Paul Molloy, Eamonn Coonan, Tommy Burriss, Cillian Healy (0-3), Shane Cleary (0-1), Tommy O’Meara, Cian Moyles (0-1), John Hannan (0-1), Brian O’Meara (1-4, 0-2 frees), Ray Quinlivan (1-2), Michael Cleary (0-14, 0-10 frees). Subs: Charlie Kennedy, Cormac Kennedy.
A point from Tommy O’Meara deep into added time saw us shade the verdict against Nenagh in Cloughjordan with the scoreboard reading 2-11 to 1-13 in our favour at the final whistle. We led 2-4 to 1-6 at the interval with the goals coming from Charlie Kennedy and Tommy O’Meara.
Team: Dara Gaynor, Oisín Carroll, Kallen Grace, Conor McGrath, James Gould, Cormac Kennedy (0-3 frees), Stasik Setikas, Hugo Healy, Tommy O’Meara (1-2), Jack O’Meara, Paraic Nevin (0-1), Gerard O’Looney, Shay Óg Kennedy, Charlie Kennedy (1-5, 0-2 frees), Emmet Dwyer. Subs: Tom Campbell, Tadhg Teefey, Arman Khan Wahid, Culann Haverty.
In the next round, we are away to Silvermines this Thursday, 27th July, at 7.00pm.
Last Friday, we participated in a Blitz in Cistercian College. We fielded three teams and played a total of ten games in a very enjoyable evening of hurling.
Our second Cúl Camp took place in MacDonagh Park last week. Conor Sheedy (Roscrea) was the head coach, and he was ably assisted by Kevin Naughnane, Cian Moyles, Brian O’Meara, Danny Cahalan, Ali O’Kelly, Mollie Kennedy and Gráinne O’Meara. Throughout the week, Shane Cleary, Johnny Naughnane, Donncha O’Meara, Dara O’Looney, Saoirse Whelan, Orlaith Cleary, Sarah Cleary and Saorla Whelan were on hand to help out with a multitude of tasks. Thanks to Marion Talbot, James and Pauline Lillis, Catherine Blackburn, Yvonne O’Looney and Maggie Ryan, who helped with supervision. Thanks to caretaker Denis and the Fás workers for their support during both Camps. Co-ordinator Michael O’Meara ensured that everything ran smoothly during the week.
Congratulations to Lisa Cahill and the Tipperary Premier Junior Camogie team on qualifying for the All-Ireland final. Well done to our U12 camogie teams on doing a County double in Borrisoleigh last Sunday. The MacDonaghs team claimed the Shield title with a victory over Moyle Rovers, while the Kilruane team overcame Brian Borus in the Cup final.
There is a total prize fund of €600,000 with 10 car prizes, 20 Lotto jackpots plus 10 extra weekly draws. Promoters are presently canvassing the parish to recruit both new and existing members for the new Draw. Thanks to all who joined the last Draw, and we look forward to your continued support.
The weekly Bingo session continues on Saturday night in the Fr. O’Meara Centre, Kilruane at 8.00pm. The jackpot now stands at €1,450.
The jackpot next week will be €3,300. Tickets are available from the usual outlets, or you can play on Club Spot. Thanks for your continued support.
Congratulations to Gary Prout and Cheryl Bentley, who were married last Friday.