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MacDonaghs qualified for the county quarter-final for the second year in succession with a comprehensive 5-27 to 0-6 victory over Carrick Swan in Holycross. The Magpies have never lost to the Swans in senior championship hurling. The selectors made a number of personnel and positional changes for this encounter. Darragh Peters returned to action and he brought great energy to the half-forward line. Seamus Hennessy reverted to midfield and Tomás Hogan slotted into his favourite wing-back position. Putting aside the disappointment of the North final loss, Kilruane took the game by the scruff of the neck from the off. There was a noticeable increase in the workrate in the forwards. Brian O’Meara had a point in the first minute and MacDonaghs quickly added 1-6. By the seventh minute Kilruane had opened a ten-point lead. Cian Darcy had raised the green flag. At the interval the scoreboard read 4-16 to 0-2 in favour of the Magpies. Seamus Hennessy, Kieran Cahill and Darragh Peters had also found the net.

The game was effectively over at half-time. The main objectives in the second half were to avoid injury and give substitutes game time. MacDonaghs continued to dominate in the second period and took the opportunity to empty the bench. Thomas Cleary, who had been introduced at the break, added fifth goal as Swans failed to make any headway against the Kilruane defence. The game petered out to its inevitable conclusion. Confidence had been restored. It was mission accomplished.

Team: Thomas Williams, Ray McLoughney, Jack Peters,  Éanna Hogan, Willie Cleary, Niall O’Meara, Tomás Hogan, Seamus Hennessy (1-5), Eoin Hogan (0-2), Brian O’Meara (0-4), Conor Cleary (0-4), Darragh Peters (1-1),  James Williams (0-3), Kieran Cahill (1-4) and Cian Darcy (1-1). Subs: Thomas Cleary (1-3), Conor Austin, Stephen Cleary, Mark O’Meara, Jonathan Cahill.



MacDonaghs will take on Killenaule in the county quarter-final in Semple Stadium on Saturday at 1.30pm. Killlenaule with Bubbles Dwyer, Declan Fanning and Kieran Bergin in their ranks will pose a formidable challenge. Last Sunday we had tremendous vocal support in Holycross. Our supporters weren’t reluctant to cheer the team on. On Saturday we ask that all supporters use their vocal chords once more and really and get behind the team.


Paddy Quinlan Tournament

On last Sunday morning the annual Paddy Quinlan U10 tournament was held in MacDonagh Park. In the semi-final MacDonaghs just shaded the verdict against Burgess while CRC Gaels overcame Kiladangan. In the Shield final MacDonaghs (B) got the better of Kiladangan (B). Burgess drew with Kiladangan (A) in the Plate final and as the weather took a turn for the worse the teams agreed to share the trophy. In the Cup final MacDonaghs (A) saw off the challenge of CRC Gaels. After the finals chairman Michael O’Meara addressed everybody in the Complex. Pat Quinlan presented the trophies and medals to the winning teams. Cathal England (A) and Dara O’Looney (B) captained the victorious MacDonaghs teams. Thanks to our referees, Joe Cahill and Christy Morgan, who officiated and our volunteers who served refreshments to everybody in the complex. The following players participated: (A Team) Tom Austin, Liam Foley, Cathal England, John Hannan, Cian Moyles, Brian O’Meara, Shane Cleary, Eamonn Coonan, Cian Hayes, Michael Cleary, Johnny Naughnane

Colm McAteer, Ray Quinlivan, William Jones and Cillian Healy. (B Team): Cillian Franks, Darragh White, Cathal McIntyre, Cormac Gaynor, Cillian Healy, Jack Quinlisk, Paul Molloy, Michael Hennelly, William Jones, Donnacha O’Meara, Dara O’Looney, Zack Clarke, Adam Carroll

Alfonso Galera Kleboe, Diego Galera Kleboe, Lucas Jones and Coilin Doris.


New York Prize

The club is organising a major raffle with very attractive prizes. The winner has a choice of weekend flights and accommodation for two to the Tipperary New York Association Dinner Dance or flights

and accommodation for the St. Patrick’s weekend in New York and be a guest of the Tipperary

Association in the Parade. The second prize is a weekend for two in a luxury hotel and the third prize is an evening meal for two. Tickets cost €5 and three are available for €10. The draw will take on Friday, 14th October.


Club History

“Kilruane MacDonaghs 1970-2013 Heirs to a Proud Tradition” will be launched by Len Gaynor in the clubroom on Friday, 14th October. The 560 page publication with 442 photographs gives a comprehensive account of club activities during this forty-four year period. There are ten player profiles as well as a profile of the legendary Boer leader, Christiaan De Wet. There is a chapter devoted to the All-Ireland club victory in 1986 while the trip to New York in 1982 is also recalled.



The Tipperary U12/13 team of six played in Broadford, Limerick on Sunday. In the semi final they had a good win over Limerick and moved on to the final where they had a narrow victory over Cork. Team members included Rory Grace, Jack Mulcahy and Eoin Carroll.