Kilruane MacDonaghs Notes March-30-2021
Membership fees for 2021: Players U18 €30; Players over 18 €100 – this includes Lotto Subscription for the year; and non-playing adults €30. Subscriptions are now due. Payment options will be outlined in next week’s notes.
The Club Package is growing in popularity each year. For just €200 you will have a full year’s Lotto subscription, entry to the Tipperary Draw as well as your membership. In effect, supporters who subscribe to this Package will have free membership — a saving of €30.
Congratulations to Matt Cleary & Family, Ballyluskey, Ardcroney who won the €3,200 Jackpot in this week’s Lotto Draw. Next week’s Jackpot will be €2,000. Tickets are available from the usual outlets or you can join on Clubforce.com. Thanks for your continued support.
Sean Ryan RIP (1930-2021)
The death of Sean Ryan, Dernasling, Ardcroney in his 91st year has severed yet another link with the successful 1959 MacDonaghs senior side. In 1954 he was a member of the junior panel that overcame Kilcommon to win the North final. Two years later he lined out at wing-back on the junior team that regained the divisional title with a victory over Toomevara. In 1957 he nailed down a place on the senior team and was ever present in the side until his retirement at the end of the 1961 season.
Sean played in his first North senior final in 1958 when MacDonaghs had to give second best to Toomevara. The following year he played a pivotal role in the defence as Kilruane got the better of Toomevara to capture the Murphy Cup. In the County final against Thurles he did a tremendous job in policing Jimmy Doyle but despite a great effort by MacDonaghs a late surge saw Sarsfields take the title. The great Greyhounds side of that era deprived Sean of a second North senior medal when they triumphed in the 1960 decider. After MacDonaghs fell at the semi-final hurdle in 1961, Sean retired. During his career he was acknowledged by friend and foe as a tenacious defender and a renowned man marker.
At his funeral club members provided a socially distanced Guard of Honour and his coffin was draped in the MacDonaghs colours. As a mark of respect the Tricolour in MacDonagh Park flew at half-mast. Sympathy is extended to his wife Margaret, sons Brendan, Oliver & John, brothers Tony and Pat, sisters Maureen, Ena & Noreen, daughters-in-law Michelle, Anne & Bridget, grandchildren, greatgrandchild, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law and extended family.