Kilruane MacDonaghs Notes March-08-2021
The following have been appointed for 2021: Senior – Liam O’Kelly (Manager), Brian O’Meara (Coach), Paddy Quinlan (S& C) & Dan Finnerty (Trainer) ; Junior – Jim Williams (Manager/Coach), Colin England, John Quinlan & Tom Quinlisk; U21 Hurling & Football – Barney Naughnane (Manager/Coach), Jimmy Cahill, John Casey & Martin Walsh; U19 Hurling & Football – John Hyland (Manager), Mark O’Leary (Coach), Fr. Pat Greed & Damian Lawlor; Junior C Hurling – Thomas Williams (Manager); Junior B Football – Liam O’Kelly (Manager), Pat Murphy (Coach) and Brian O’Meara.
Congratulations to Kian O’Kelly who was one of 14 Tipperary athletes to receive a sports Scholarship at Limerick Institute of Technology.
Cheltenham Prediction Fundraiser
The senior hurling panel is organising a Cheltenham Prediction Fundraiser with a prize fund of €2,000, commencing on 16th March. Entry fee is €20. For further details contact Jack 0871327774, Kieran 0872809143 or Conor 0857368685.
Tom McLoughney RIP (1940-2021)
With the death of our President Tom McLoughney the Kilruane MacDonaghs club has lost one of its most iconic figures. Tom was a great servant of MacDonaghs and had a short but very successful career with Tipperary. He won a North juvenile medal in 1951 and in 1959 he was a member of the senior team that overcame Toomevara in the North final.
Eleven days shy of his nineteenth birthday Tom made his League debut with Tipperary against Galway in October of that year. He was on the Tipperary team that lost out to Wexford in the 1960 All-Ireland final but went on to collect two Celtic Crosses in 1961 and 1962. In addition, he won 3 Munster medals, 2 National League and 2 Oireachtas Medals. In what was a golden period for the Premier County, Tom wore the number 14 jersey in a lethal Tipperary forward line. He made his last appearance for Tipperary in the 1963 National League final when Waterford prevailed.
On the club front Tom lined out at full-forward when MacDonaghs got the better of Lorrha in the 1965 North final. He continued playing until 1971. Tom was a shrewd judge of a hurler, He was a senior selector with Tipperary in 1980 and filled the same role with Kilruane MacDonaghs in 1975 and 1976 and he was also on the line for the hattrick of North and County titles (1977-1979).
As the first MacDonaghs player to win an All-Ireland senior hurling medal, he was a legend in Cloughjordan parish. Tom was selected at full-forward on the North Centenary hurling team (1951-2001) and he was honoured with a Laochra Gael Award in 2012. He became a member of the club committee in 1988 and though never a great fan of meetings he was a regular attendee until failing health curtailed his involvement. Tom was elected Vice-President in 2010 and President in 2013.
A very unassuming character Tom was a gentlemen both on and off the field. He was a great supporter of Tipperary teams at venues near and far. Tom took up golf late in life and he enjoyed the trips abroad with the retired intercounty players golfing group.
His coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours and club members provided a Guard of Honour at his funeral. As a mark of respect the Tricolour flew at half-mast in MacDonagh Park.
The club extends sympathy to his wife Marie, daughters Eleanor & Mary, son Jack, his brother Paddy, sister Alice, grandson Ronan, son-in-law James, daughter-in-law Bairbre and extended family.
The club extends sympathy to: Geraldine Williams, Ballyhasty Cloughjordan on the death of her brother Jimmy Quinn, Clonmel and formerly Carrig, Birr; the Starr family, Ardcroney on the death of John Starr; the Kelly family, Puckane on the death of Paddy Kelly; Kevin Anthony Tooher, Chicago and formerly Ardcroney on the death of his wife Stacey Petraitis; Una Ryan, Ardcroney on the death of her sister Ann Ryan, Benedine, Nenagh; Martina Ryan, Ballygibbon on the death of her sister Marian Foley (née McCarthy), Rochestown, Cork; the family of the late Deborah Brophy (née Keating) Coomdiveen, Cahirciveen and Cloughjordan whose late husband Joe played with MacDonaghs in the 1947 North Final; Hope O’Leary Beechwood on the death of her mother Christine May Greenway (née Dow), Liastunny; the family of the late Ann Bradley, Rathnaleen; and Mick Teefey & Teresa O’Reilly on the death of their sister Hannah Gleeson (née Teefey), Manchester and formerly Ashley Park.
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