Anyone coming in the Cahir Road to Cashel recently may have noticed a plaque on the wall in front of Oliver Plunkett Park bearing the inscription ‘Cumann Rí Cormaic’. They may wonder if the local G.A.A. club have taken over the well-kept green area in front of the houses!
The answer is ‘No’. What has happened is that an old plaque has been refurbished through the expertise of local monumental sculptor, Brendan O’Riordan, for the Cashel King Cormacs.
Recently the very active Cashel Tidy Towns Committee painted the wall along the front of the estate,improving immensely this approach to the town. When they had completed their work the Cashel King Cormacs plaque came to their attention and stood out like a sore thumb. It was badly in need of a revamp. The plaque itself was unveiled in 1986 to commemorate the planting of six trees in Oliver Plunkett Park in 1984 in honour of the Centenary of the G.A.A. It took the club two years to erect and unveil the plaque!
It was designed and erected by the late Christy O’Neill, who was in the same line of work as Brendan O’Riordan. It consists of two parts, a plastered lower area, facing the road, with the inscription ‘Cumann Rí Cormac Caiseal’ engraved on it and a limestone cap carrying the inscription ‘Cumann Rí Cormaic Caiseal a Cuir na Crainn Seo sa Blian 1984 Mar Comórad an Céid.
The plaque was unveiled in December 1986 by the late Willie Ryan, who was president of the club, in the presence of Christy O’Neill, Seamus King, who was chairman of the club. Michael O’Dwyer, past chairman, David Coleman, town clerk and Brian Clancy, club secretary. Most members of the club had forgotten its existence in the meantime and were surprised when it came to light again. It’s fitting that it should be restored as it represented the good intentions of the club at the time. The only problem is that the trees have disappeared!