Our effort to reach our first County senior final since 1986 came up agonisingly short in Semple Stadium last Sunday. Although only a point separated the sides at the finish Borris-Ileigh were deserving winners. MacDonaghs led by a point at the interval but in truth should have been at least six points ahead. The game went right down to the wire but we couldn’t force the equaliser despite six minutes of added time.
We will rue letting this one slip. The absence of Jerome Cahill was a major factor and a number of players in the attack struggled to find their form.
Now is not the time to panic. In the last five years we have won a North final, reached another, contested two county semi-finals and five quarter finals (winning two). In addition we defeated Toomevara for the first time in 28 years and Thurles for the first time in 34 years. While last Sunday was not a vintage display this team is making progress. At least two players who were unavailable for selection in 2019 will probably be on board next year. Lessons will be learned from last Sunday. Nobody said it was going to be easy. Let us go forward together as a united club and we can reach our goal.
Thanks to the players, manager Billy O’Shea, his management and backroom teams for the huge amount of work they put in during the year. No stone was left unturned in an effort to reach the County final.
U9 & U10
Kilruane had their last tournaments of the year in Roscrea last Saturday. Both our U9 and U10 panels were in action. Our U9s played Roscrea in the final where another good performance from this panel saw them coming out on top. Ronan Hayes captained this team who have had great success in tournaments over last few months.
MacDonaghs U10s had victories over Roscrea and Moyne Templetuohy in the group stage. This qualified us for the final where we met the home team again. At the end of first half Roscrea led by four points. A much-improved second half performance saw MacDonaghs coming out on top by a single point. MacDonaghs, who were captained by Aidan Troy, showed great spirit to keep going until the end against an excellent Roscrea team. Thanks very much to Roscrea for the invitation and hospitality.
There has been a fantastic response to our 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 November Draw will be held in the Clough Inn on Friday, 1st November.
Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Sr. Bridget Cleary, Convent of Mercy, Templemore and formerly Ballycapple, Cloughjordan.