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Lahorna De Wets, Kilruane MacDonaghs

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Cloughjordan Hurling Champions

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1902 Lahorna De Wets – Tipperary Senior Hurling Champions

 

The 1902 Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship was won by the Lahorna De Wets team after a 7-10 to 1-02 defeat of Carrick-on-Suir in the final. It was the club’s only county championship title.

 

The Lahorna De Wets team was active from 1900 to around 1912. The unusual name Lahorna De Wets was chosen in memory of the South African general De Wet, who had given the British forces such a rough time in the Boer war. Lahorna (Loughourna) is the name of their  townland between Nenagh and Ardcroney. 

 

“Unconquered yet, are you De Wet

O may you never vary,

The magic name that gained such fame

For gallant Tipperary”

Canon Edward J Whyte (1985)

 

1986 Kilruane MacDonaghs – All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Champions

 

It is every club’s wish to win an All-Ireland title. Only a few however, are capable of realising this wish. Kilruane MacDonaghs are one of these select few.

 

On 16 March 1986 Kilruane MacDonaghs defeated Buffers Alley, Wexford, who were champions and favourites, in a closely contested battle in Croke Park. The final score was Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-15, Buffers Alley 2-10. It was the greatest  achievement in the history of the club. 

 

“It was a game that had the fans on the edge of their seats throughout the hour”

The Midland Tribune

 

2022 Kilruane MacDonaghs – Tipperary Senior Hurling Champions 

 

30 October 2022 was another historic day for Kilruane MacDonaghs as they defeated Kiladangan 2–20 to 1–16 in the final after a replay to win their first title since 1985.  Kilruane MacDonaghs now has over 150 North titles and 58 county titles, plus a host of intercounty achievements.

 

“Kilruane MacDonaghs claimed the Dan Breen Cup for the first time since 1985 as they produced a second half of champion grit to put away Kiladangan in an enthralling senior hurling final replay in FBD Semple Stadium.”

Tipperary Live 

 

WORD COUNT 318/350

 

HURLEYS

 

The Bas is the rounded end of the hurley where the sliotar makes contact as it is being struck.

The Band can be added on the bas to strengthen the end of the stick

The Handle is at the opposite end of the hurley to the bas, with the timber cut to form a small lip at the peak (to prevent the hurley from slipping from the player’s hand). The handle is typically wrapped with a self-adhesive synthetic foam Grip or tape. 

The Heel of the hurley is the area to the left of the band

The Toe of the hurley is the rounded area to the right of the band. 

 

  • The 1920’s hurley has no grip, the toe/nose is not tapered
  • 1977 hurley has grip and a tapered nose but different shaped ‘bas’ 
  • modern hurley is not as long and the bas is bigger

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