In the fourth round of the County League, we lost 5-20 to 2-20 against JK Brackens in MacDonagh Park. Although we conceded four first-half goals from David O’Shea (11th & 26th mins), Ned Delaney (12 & 17th mins), we were level at the break on a 2-11 to 4-5 scoreline. MacDonaghs had responded with a pair of green flags from Jerome Cahill (12th min) and Willie Cleary (25th min) from a twenty metre free. However, just before the interval Aaron Morgan and James Cleary retired injured. Their loss was acutely felt down the home stretch when Brackens took control after a Lyndon Fairbrother goal in the 50th minute.
Team: Kevin Naughnane, Ciaran Coffey, James Cleary, Eanna Hogan, Kieran Cahill, Eoin Hogan, Ross Austin, Aaron Morgan, Jerome Cahill, Rory Graced, Eoin Carroll, Jack Mulcahy, David O’Sullivan, Willie Cleary, Cian Darcy. Subs: Eoin Williams, Cormac Mannion, Cormac Doheny, Oisín O’Meara, Danny Cahalan. Referee: Conor Doyle.
The final group game is at home to Nenagh Éire Óg on Sunday, 14th May, at 12.00pm.
We play Roscrea in the semi-final in Roscrea this Friday, 5th May, at 7.00pm.
In the third round of the League, we lost 1-18 to 2-13 against Holycross Ballycahill in MacDonagh Park. The visitors enjoyed a three-point advantage at the interval. MacDonaghs kept in touch throughout the second half, but Holycross held out for victory despite late pressure from the home
Team: Shane Cleary, Fearghal Doheny, Cathal England, Jack Quinlisk, Paul Molloy, Eamonn Coonan, Tommy Burriss, Cian Moyles (0-2), Cian Hayes, Brian O’Meara (1-3), Tom Austin (0-1), Cathal McIntyre, Fiachradh Ahearne Woods, Michael Cleary (0-7, 0-4 frees, 0-1 65) Ray Quinlivan. Subs: Micheal Hennelly, John Hannan (1-0), Cormac Gaynor.
A hard-earned 2-6 to 1-7 home victory over Borris-Ileigh secured a place in the North final. A brace of first-half goals from Andrew Austin and some wonderful saves by goalkeeper Ciaran Foote laid the foundation for victory. Borris-Ileigh piled on the pressure in the closing stages and cut the deficit to two points with a goal deep into added time. Kilruane were relieved to hear the final whistle and now face Roscrea in the final in Nenagh this Thursday, 4th May, at 6.45pm.
Team: Ciaran Foote, James Gould, Tommy Gaynor, Tom Campbell, Charlie Kennedy (0-1), Tommy O’Meara (0-1), Kallen Grace, Hugo Healy (0-3), Stasik Setikas, Paraic Nevin, Jack Cleary, Cormac Kennedy, Gerard O’Looney, Andrew Austin (2-1), Arman Khan Wahid. Subs: Conor McGrath, Jack O’Meara, Emmet Dwyer, Culann Haverty.
In Peil na nÓg, we lost to Ardfinnan in the opening game in Killenaule on Saturday, but a 3-6 to 1-3 victory over Moycarkey Borris was good enough to book a semi-final spot against Rockwell Rovers in Dr. Morris Park on Monday. MacDonaghs gave a great account of themselves, losing 2-4 to 2-2 against a Rockwell side that went on to claim the title
The hurlers kept up their busy schedule with the ‘A’ team playing Clonlara and the ‘D’ team taking on Shannon Rovers in Ardcroney last Friday. On Monday evening, both teams played Birr in St. Brendan’s Park. We had thirty-one players in attendance with two victories recorded.
We hosted Michael Cusacks (Galway) on Sunday morning for two enjoyable games before our visitors headed to Nowlan Park for the Kilkenny and Galway game.
Cumann na mBunscol
Ardcroney NS U11 hurling team qualified for the County final by winning the Blitz in MacDonagh Park last week. Cloughjordan also participated and acquitted themselves well. Ardcroney U13 hurling team won its Blitz to book a place in the North final.
Best wishes to Senan O’Leary, Kilruane NS, who will line out on the Tipperary Primary Game hurling team against Cork in Páirc Uí Chaíomh on Saturday.
In the Community Games hurling competition, Newport proved too strong for Cloughjordan in Ardcroney. The Athletic Competitions take place in MacDonagh Park this Sunday, 7th May. Registration opens at 3.00pm. The entry fee for competitors is €2 per child or €5 for three children. Competitions include races for different age groups, long puck, shot put and long throw.
Once again, the club is running two Cúl Camps, 3rd to 7th July, and 17th to 21st July. The Camps are open to boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13. There will be a week of action-packed activities. Each participant will receive the Cúl Camp Kit pack, consisting of backpack, jersey and ¼ zip top. The cost is €75 for the first child; €60 for the second child; €50 for third and subsequent children. All booking is online at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie
Dillon Quirke Foundation
The Kilruane MacDonaghs club and the Cloughjordan Drama Group presented €3,610 to the Dillon Quirke Foundation last Friday evening. The Ardcroney Players also presented €500. Dan Quirke accepted both cheques on behalf of the Foundation.
Thanks to Joe Whelan for his donation towards the purchase of balls for the local Primary Schools.
The Scholarships are confined to 2nd, TY and 5th Year Students in 2023. Previous recipients of
Tipperary GAA Gaeltacht Scholarships can’t apply this year. Only one scholarship per family is allowed. Application forms are available from Secretary Martina Cleary. The latest date for applications is Friday, 12th May.
The weekly Bingo session continues on Saturday night in the Fr. O’Meara Centre, Kilruane at 8.00pm. The jackpot now stands at €1,350.
The jackpot next week will be €2,100. Tickets are available from the usual outlets, or you can play on Club Spot. Thanks for your continued support.
The club extends sympathy to Jody Hurley and family, Balllygibbon on the death of Jody’s father, Bobby and to the family of the late Ted Gleeson, Newcastle, Dublin, Ballinderry and formerly Beechwood.