After last Sunday’s 1-23 to 1-10 victory over Clonoulty-Rossmore in Templetuohy we have been drawn against Borris-Ileigh in the County semi-final in Semple Stadium on Sunday at 3.30pm. Unfortunately, last Sunday’s victory came at a cost as Jerome Cahill was forced off with a hamstring injury after ten minutes and to the consternation of all present Niall O’Meara was red carded in extra time. Jerome is definitely out for Sunday while Niall’s fate depends on the outcome of a hearing to be held in Thurles. The club is exploring all avenues in an effort to have the red card rescinded.
Last Sunday a huge crowd descended on Templetuohy as MacDonaghs took on a Clonoulty team that were the fancy of many to retain their title. The Magpies had the aid of the breeze in the first half and controlled the game. However, it wasn’t until the 13th minute that Cian Darcy had the opening score of the game from a free. At this stage they should have had 1-4 on the board. Once the radar started to function they reeled off nine points in succession. Clonoulty had to wait until the 24th minute for Timmy Hammersly to open their account from a free. At the interval MacDonaghs were firmly in the driving seat with the scoreboard reading 0-13 to 0-2 in their favour.
As expected Clonoulty came more into the game in the second half but when Cian Darcy fired the sliotar to the net in the 40th minute to leave MacDonaghs 1-15 to 0-5 ahead it was a long way back for the county champions. In fairness they refused to throw in the towel and by the 48th minute the deficit was down to seven points. However, the Magpies responded by firing over seven points before the final whistle while Clonoulty could only add one white flag to their tally. A spot in the County semi-final had been secured for the first time since 2015. Team: Seamus Hennessy, Eoin Hogan, Darragh Peters, Jack Peters, Willie Cleary, Craig Morgan (0-1), Niall O’Meara ( 0-3), Ray McLoughney (0-2, 0-1 from 65), Jerome Cahill, Thomas Cleary (0-3), Cian Darcy (1-6, 0-3 frees & 0-1 sideline), Kian O’Kelly (0-1), Conor Cleary (0-1), Brian O’Meara (0-2) and Kieran Cahill (0-3). Subs: Justin Cahill (0-1), Sean McAdams and Mark O’Neill.
The odds will be heavily stacked against us next Sunday against Borris-Ileigh so it is important that we empty the parish and travel in our droves to get behind the lads. We want our supporters to be seen and heard in Semple Stadium. Please don’t be silent and passive in Thurles. Applaud and cheer the team throughout the game and be even more vocal when the going gets tough. The team needs you. Hopefully, we can count on you.
On last Friday evening this panel had their final session of the season on the Astro Turf. Niall O’Meara, Cian Darcy, Craig Morgan, Jerome Cahill and Kian O’Kelly were on hand to make the presentations. Thanks to all the parents who supplied the refreshments and looked after the catering. Thanks to the mentors who did Trojan work with this group of players during the year.
Cumann na mBunscol
Congratulations to the Cloughjordan Schools U11 Girls football team that won the North final with victories over Kiladangan, Birdhill, Lissenhall and Ballinahinch. The now advance to the County semi-final.
Kilruane and Ardcroney Schools had no joy in their respective U13 football finals. Kilruane lost out to Youghalarra on a 4-3 to 2-5 scoreline while Ardcroney had to give second best to Borrisoleigh in their decider.
The Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA and Camogie clubs have joined forces in organising a Confined Draw. In this major fundraiser there are 22 prizes: 1st Citroen Touch C3 Car (Supplied by Mulcahy Car Sales); 2nd €2,000; 3rd €1,000; 4th €500; 5th & 6th €250; 6x€200; and 10x€100. Tickets, which cost only €50, are now on sale. Proceeds will help fund ongoing and future development in MacDonagh Park. The Draw will take place in Nenagh Golf Club on Saturday, 16th November.
Ray of Sunshine
Niall O’Meara will be heading to Mombasa in Keyna in the new year to work with the Ray of Sunshine Foundation. To fund this trip he is organising a raffle with a host of prizes including: Overnight B&B at the 5 Star Castlemartyr Hotel and Golf Resort; B&B at the Radisson Blue Hotel, Limerick; B&B at the Horse & Jockey Hotel. Tickets cost €10 and are available from Niall, the senior panel and club officials. The Draw will be held in the Corner House on Friday, 8th November.
The club would like to thank JP McKenna who provided parking facilities for last Saturday’s game between Kiladangan and Toomevara.
The club extends sympathy to the families of the late Ger Walsh and Peggy Hough (née Walsh) & to the family of the late Maura Fox (née Cleary), Wales and formerly Ballycapple.