The Community School’s First Year hurlers claimed the Sciath Ui Chathain in good style on Tuesday 25th January. The semi-finals and final of this County Tipperary schools competition for First Years were played at Dr. Morris Park. The competition was run during the autumn as a series of blitzes. The Cashel boys made good use of this format and improved greatly in the course of the series.
In the semi-final, Cashel faced a stiff challenge from St. Joseph’s, Newport, who had come out on top when they met earlier in the series. This time the half-time score of one goal to one point in favour of CCS reflected the closeness of the contest. It was not until Cashel secured a third goal near the end that the outcome was safe. Final score: Cashel 3- 1, Newport 0 – 1.
Borrisokane were Cashel’s opponents in the final. The Cashel boys asserted superiority in the first half, being ahead by 2 – 4 to 1 – 2 at half-time. With the aid of a light breeze, they built on this advantage throughout the second half, eventually winning by 5 – 11 to 1 – 2.
In the course of the semi-final and final, all members of the panel played and each one contributed handsomely. They now turn their sights towards the Rice Cup and/or Westcourt Cup.
Panel: Conor Hickey, Alex Purcell, Nathan Ryan, Nickey Kearns, Jim Ryan, Niall Manton, Diarmuid Quinlan, Michael Ryan (W.), Paudie O’Carroll (capt.), Declan O’Dwyer, Michael O’Sullivan, Colm Hayde, Ger Browne, Aidan Carroll, Evan Dwan, Fionn Bonnar, Shane Dwan, Cathal Fogarty, Eoin Hand, Aaron Lawrence, Michael Moloney, Pat Muldoon, Cian O’Connell, Padraig Palmer.
Footballers in Final
The senior football team travelled to Ballybricken (on the edge of Limerick City) on the 26th January to contest a Munster semi-final against a very strong Newcastlewest side who had been finalists in the same grade in 2010. Cashel started brightly with Josh Keane, Cathal Quigley and Craig Condon scoring a point each. Playing against a stiff breeze, Craig Condon added a point from a free and this was followed by a fine passing movement that led to Pa Ryan putting CCS five points up. Newcastlewest replied with two points and, on the stroke of half-time, broke up-field but a superb double-save by Cashel goalkeeper Gearoid Slattery secured a three-point half-time lead; 0 – 5 to 0 – 2.
Assisted by the breeze in the second half, Cashel began to control the game. Points from play and from placed balls by Craig Condon put them into a safe eight-point lead. To their credit, Newcastlewest fought hard till the very end and grabbed a deserved consolation goal late on. Scoreline: CCS 0 – 11, Newcaastlewest 1 – 3. Cashel were best served on the day by Aidan O’Connell, Jonathan Grogan, Craig Condon and Conor Conneally, among others. They now go on to confidently contest a Munster final in the coming weeks.
Team: Gearoid Slattery, Patrick Morrissey, Aidan O’Connell, Eoghan Dillon, Kevin O’Donnell, Jonathan Grogan, Simon Delaney, Dylan Fitzell, Cathal Quigley, Craig Condon, Caolan O’Gorman, Cathal Morrissey, Joshue Keane, Pa Ryan, Conor Conneally. Subs used: Dean Thompson, Frank Kelleher, Paddy Ryan, Eoghan Ryan. Scorers: Craig Condon 0 – 7 (0 – 4 frs), Josh Keane, Simon Delaney, Cathal Quigley, Pa Ryan one point each.
T.Y.s at Theatre
Sixty T.Y. students travelled to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Tuesday 26th January to see a production of John B. Keane’s famous play “The Field”. Hollywood actor Brian Dennehy played the central role of the Bull McCabe. The other actors were all well known on both stage and screen. The play was directed by the award winning director Joe Dowling. The drama is set in rural Kerry of fifty years ago and deals with the Irish fixation with land and the conflict between history and progress. An evocative, powerful play enjoyed by all. It is hoped the experience will have inspired the students to attend other professional productions in the future.
Cashel Community School now boasts an excellent website that is updated with the latest school news every day. Parents, students, past students and members of the wider community are invited to access it freely and often at www.cashelcommunityschool.ie. A team of teachers worked hard and long – voluntarily – in preparing the website and will see to its constant updating. Bearing with him the Liam McCarthy Cup, Tipperary senior hurler Declan Fanning launched the website at a function in the school last week.