In the second round of the County League, we play Drom & Inch in the Ragg on Saturday, 1st April at 6.00pm.
The scheduled game against Nenagh fell foul of the weather last weekend. Details of the refixture have yet to be confirmed.
In the North/Mid League, we booked a semi-final spot after a 7-5 to 4-13 extra-time victory over JK Brackens in Templemore. MacDonaghs showed tremendous grit and determination to grind out a win against a very useful home outfit. Brackens took an early five-point lead, forcing the Kilruane management took remedial action, introducing Shane Cleary to curb the threat of the Brackens full-forward. MacDonaghs went ahead with two quick goals, and the lead changed hands on a number of occasions during the match. The Magpies built up a six-point lead in the middle of the second half, but Brackens replied with 1-3 to level the match at the end of ordinary time.
Both clubs agreed to play extra time to decide which team would qualify for the playoffs as they had finished level on points in the league table. Towards the end of extra time, the visitors were down by two points. Eamonn Coonan, who had moved into the attack, lobbed in the ball into the Brackens square, and it ended up in the net to put Kilruane a point clear. Brackens surged down the field and equalised with a point from a free. Kilruane then worked the ball up the field but kicked a wide. MacDonaghs won the resultant kickout, and with the final attack, Michael Cleary was fouled on the twenty metre line. Michael took the free himself and scored a point from a difficult angle for a right-footed kicker. The final whistle sounded after the kickout.
Team: Johnny Naughnane, Cormac Gaynor, Fearghal Doheny, Jack Quinlisk, Paul Molloy, Eamonn Coonan (1-0), Cian Hayes, Brian O´Ḿeara (2-0), Tommy Burriss, Michael Hennelly, Michael Cleary (1-5, 0-4 frees), Fiachradh Ahearne Woods (1-0), Coilin Doris, Tom Austin (1-0), Ray Quinlivan (1-0). Subs: Shane Cleary, Cathal McIntyre, John Hannan, Thomas O´Brien, Dara O´Looney, Donnacha O´Ḿeara, Lucas Jones, William Jones. Referee: Michael Heffernan.
This was the first game played under lights in Páirc Shíleáin. Upperchurch Drombane will provide the opposition in the semi-final.
We have two games looming on the horizon. On Thursday, 30th March, we are at home to Lorrha Rovers Gaels at 6.15pm and away to Borrisokane on Monday, 3rd April, at 6.30pm.
Activities continue on Saturday at 10.00am. All four, five and six-year-old boys and girls are welcome to attend. No hurls nor helmets are required. It is a fundamental movement skills session with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment.
459 supporters are now using our new App. To download, search for “Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA” in the App Store or Play Store. Membership can be renewed, and the Lotto can be played on the App while users will be kept updated with all the club news, fixtures and results.
The club is holding an Easter Camp in MacDonagh Park on 3rd, 4th and 5th April. The Camp is open to children aged 6 to 13. The cost is €30 per child, two children €55 and three children €75. To book a place in the Camp, download the Kilruane MacDonaghs App and purchase a ticket in the Events section. For further information contact Michael O’Meara 0872474768.
The Juvenile Club has organised a Bag Packing Fundraiser in Dunnes Stores, Nenagh on Friday, 7th and Saturday 8th April from 10.00am to 6.00pm on both days. Volunteers will be working two-hours slots. Thanks to all who have volunteered to help. Anybody interested in assisting is asked to contact Chairman Lenny Gaynor 0872904222.
Membership, which is compulsory for all players and mentors, is now overdue and should be paid using ClubSpot. The following are the fees: Adult Players over 18 – €100; Players U18 – €60; Non Playing Adults - €60. The club is also offering two very attractive Membership packages: Adult Package to include Tipperary Draw, Lotto & Membership - €200; and Family Package - €250 to include Tipperary Draw, Lotto & Membership.
The jackpot next week will be €2,700. Tickets are available from the usual outlets, or you can play on ClubSpot. Thanks for your continued support.
Congratulations to the forty-six children who made their Confirmation in Cloughjordan last Saturday morning.
The club extends sympathy to the Griffin and Carroll families on the death of Ann Griffin (née Hogan), St. Conlon’s Road and formerly Pearse Street, Nenagh, the family of the late Tricha Maher, Townfields, Cloughjordan, and Sorsha Williams, Townfields on the death of her father David Hudson, Ballymahon, Longford.