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Best wishes to Niall O’Meara, Cian Darcy, Jerome Cahill and both Tipperary teams in Croke Park on Sunday.


MacDonaghs take on Drom & Inch in the Jim Devitt Cup final in Moneygall on this Saturday, 13th August at 5.00pm. MacDonaghs won this competition in 2008. Last year they lost to Upperchurch with a less than vintage performance. Supporters will be expecting a wholehearted effort from the players as they seek to build on the impressive display against Borris-Ileigh and secure the first senior silverware since 2009 — the Ó Riain Cup was won that year.


In the third round MacDonaghs lost out to Nenagh Éire Óg on a 2-13 to 1-15 scoreline in Puckane. It was their best performance of the season and the Magpies were unlucky not to salvage a draw which would have seen them progress to the quarter-final. The sides were level eight times during the game and it took a point deep into injury time to give Nenagh the spoils. The sides traded point for point in the opening twenty minutes before a goal from Devlin Courtney put MacDonaghs 1-5 to 0-6 ahead. However, Nenagh soon responded and had two green flags. The first came after a needless push gave Nenagh a unnecessary free. The sliotar was lobbed into the goalmouth and finished to the net — a self-inflicted blow. At the interval Nenagh led by 2-6 to 1-7.

The Magpies started the second half in whirlwind fashion but hit two wides. A point from Jake Morris extended Nenagh’s lead. MacDonaghs began to find their range and fired over four points on the trot. They were now on top and went three points up as they game entered the final minutes. Nenagh had lost a man overboard and the momentum was now with MacDonaghs. However, MacDonaghs were reduced to fourteen men and Nenagh drew level in added time. MacDonaghs were running out of gas and Éire Óg went into the lead. In an extended period of added time MacDonaghs had the opportunities to draw level but it wasn’t to be. It had been a noble effort.

This defeat brought the championship campaign to an end. Thanks to the players and management for all their efforts during the year. Team: Jack Dunne, Kevin Oakley, Craig Morgan, Arran Conroy, Martin Grace, Cian Darcy (0-9), Nathan Ryan, Jerome Cahill (0-2), Jake O’Kelly, Kian O’Kelly (0-1), Rory McCarthy, Cormac Mannion, Oisín O’Meara, Sean McAdams (0-1) and Devlin Courtney (1-1). Subs: Kevin Shinners (0-1), Mark O’Neill, Dylan Moran and Tommy Dooley.

Under 14

MacDonaghs play Kiladangan in the quarter-final in MacDonagh Park on this Wednesday, 10th August at 6.30pm. Your support would be appreciated.

County Draw

Congratulations to Eddie Coonan, Ardcroney who won €500 in the County Draw.

Club History

There are just two weeks left to get your name on the patrons’ list. Thanks to all who have become patrons.  112 people e have now pledged €6,320. We have contributions from Arizona, Chicago, Perth, Kilkenny, Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, Shannon Rovers, Burgess, Lorrha, Nenagh and all corners of the parish. Contact Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 to have your name included as a patron. “Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013, Heirs to a Proud Tradition,” will be launched on Friday, 14th October by Len Gaynor. For as little as €50 you too can become part of the club history by becoming a patron. All patrons will be acknowledged in the publication. All who have pledged contributions are asked to forward same to Gilbert Williams as soon as possible.

The Geansaí

On last Wednesday a film crew from RTE arrived in MacDonagh Park to film footage for the “The Geansaí ” GAA programme. The U10 team were put through their paces and there were also some interviews in the field and in the clubroom. The programme was focussing on the names of a number of GAA clubs. The production team were particularly interested in the use of the Christiaan de Wet and Thomas MacDonagh names by club teams. The programme is likely to be aired in the autumn.


Ticket applications for the All-Ireland football semi-final must be with Carmel Daly 087-2409854 or Matt Cleary 087-4171382 by 9.00pm on this Thursday, 11th August. No late applications will be entertained.


The club extends sympathy to the family of the late Molly Hassett, Behamore and to Joan Ryan, Cloughkeating on the death of her mother, Kitty Slattery, Ballywilliam.