Cashel Town Notes

Welcome back for High Achievers

Welcome back for High Achievers

Shortly before Christmas, Cashel Community School welcomed back the top academic achievers of the Leaving Certificate Class 2010. Sixteen students in that Year group attained more than five hundred points, right up to and including six hundred points. These results placed them in the very top echelon of students nationwide. These past students of Cashel CS are now pursuing their first-choice courses at universities and colleges in Ireland and abroad.

Positive AGM Signals Bright Future For King Cormacs

The Cashel King Cormacs Club held their Annual General Meeting with a good crowd in attendance on Saturday evening last. The meeting took place for the first time at the clubhouse in Leahy Park and positive feedback suggests the venue was a most suitable one.

David Ryan, outgoing club treasurer, spoke of the healthy financial position of the club and that the Club could now move on positively and strive to improve highlighting the continuous promotion of our very successful Club Lotto as vitally important. He also thanked the outgoing John Cahill to whom he owed so much for his time and dedication throughout the year and all who helped raise money in any way giving up their time voluntarily. Chairman, Pat Donoghue advised the meeting that the club was moving forward in the right direction and that he would remain for his final year as chairman as he plans to step down at the end of this year. He thanked all outgoing officers, especially Treasurer David Ryan and John Cahill whom worked tirelessly for the betterment of the club. Finally he paid a special tribute to the outgoing Ger Slattery whom after twenty years of committee service and a former club chairman, Pat said, "if there was ever a template for an outstanding clubman it was him" .The Club Secretary, Aiden Hynes, in his report told the members that their club was in safe and honest hands and that the commitment to have the right structures in place now would be borne out in the years to come as the club will strive for their common goal of success together. He outlined all playing activity for the season highlighting the success of our Senior Hurlers in the Crosco Cup as a huge step forward, backed up with our U.21's capturing the West B title and the success of the U.16 hurlers in the West final, the future is certainly bright.

Club Patron Fr Bernie Moloney provided a very positive contribution to the meeting with his address. The highlight of the meeting was undoubtedly the awarding of Honorary Life Presidents to Peter O Sullivan and Aengus Ryan for their outstanding service to the club over many years. Both proud clubmen were greeted with a standing ovation as they received the highest accolade in the club.

All officers were returned unchallenged this year. Pat Donoghue remains as Chairman, Aiden Hynes as Club Secretary but David Ryan has stepped down from the top table and is replaced by the very competent Michael Ryan as the new Club Treasurer. Along with David, Ger Slattery, Sean O Donoghue, Timmy Moloney and John Cahill have stood down and are replaced by Paddy O Sullivan, Michelle O Leary, Pauric Murray and PJ Quinlan.

The only election required on the night was for Intermediate football selectors and that sees a new management team of Tony O Sullivan, Christopher Ryan and Pauric Murray now in place. A special word of thanks was expressed to Denis Fitzgerald for his role and dedication in keeping football strong in the club for many years when hurling was at its strongest.

Of the motions that were tabled, all members should now note that membership closes on 31st March this year in line with Croke Park protocol. The meeting under any other business read out a letter of thanks from Will Ryan, National school principal at St John the Baptist thanking the club for their financial backing and loyal commitment over the year which was greeted with rapturous applause by the members as too were the best wishes conveyed from the meeting to Ryan O Dwyer on his departure from the club. He was wished every success from the meeting with his new club and county.

The club would like to thank all the outgoing officers for their service and welcome the new personnel for the year ahead.

All players should note that physical training will be starting in the next couple of weeks and all players from Minor to Senior level at both codes will be notified personally by their respective management teams.

Cashel King Cormacs Club Lotto in association with Cashel Camogie and Handball Clubs

The lotto draw on 04th of January took place in Kearney Castle Hotel. The numbers drawn were 12,18,19,25. There was no winner of the € 10,900 jackpot. There was no winner of the second chance draw for € 500, numbers drawn, 3,20,24,29. Lucky Dip Winners – € 50 John Ryan Gilly, € 50 Mick Mackey, € 20 Grace Moloney, € 20 Cathal O'Leary, € 20 Mickey Browne, €20 Michael Coleman & €20 Zack Forde. Lotto draw held in Fox's Bar on January 11th Jackpot €11,100, results in next weeks column. Next lotto draw in Baileys on January 18th, all very welcome from 9pm onwards.

All members please note that all new club gear, Jerseys, togs, socks, hoodies and tracksuits in children and adult sizes for the coming season are now available to buy in O'Dwyer's fashions Friar Street.

Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers

We already have over 30 participants confirmed and so we now have a full house in our hotel for our 5th annual winter gathering in the Scottish Highlands from February 19 to 23. Ray Creaney and Mary Power are already busy organising a special introductory winter climb of Ben Nevis for those who have not been up this mountain before and they already have nine participants signed up for this challenge. They will be taking the group on preparatory walks in the meantime and are also hoping to arrange crampon practice.

Last Sunday was a busy one for Mid-Hillwalkers as we had well over 50 climbers and walkers out in the Comeragh Mountains. It was a particularly special day for Tom Russell, Borrisoleigh - out longest serving member - who celebrated a significant birthday on the day' which was marked with mountain-top champagne and a birthday cake organised by Dan Condren.

Next Sunday, Jan 16, it is unlikely we will have champagne but we are of to the hills once again with the usual high level hill departing from outside Cashel Fire Station at 11am.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE AGM

"How quickly the time flies around, it's mid-January already and the AGM of the St. Patrick's Day Parade is upon us" says Sean Laffey the current Chair of the event. The AGM has been provisionally booked for Tuesday 18th of January at 7:30pm in Mikey Ryan's , any changes to the date venue or time will be posted on www. cashel.ie and members can ask for clarification by sending a text to 087 98 2 1816.

Sean says that 2011 could be a difficult time for many families in Cashel and the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is one bright spot in the spring calendar. With the possibility of a general election looming, the bank crisis and NAMA there's no end of material for satirical floats and wry comments on Ireland today.

The parade needs as many volunteers as possible, both before and during the event. Very soon the round of church gate collections will be taking place and Sean says "we are delighted by the on-going support from the community and to the small number of volunteers who turn up before first light on those winter mornings to help raise a few Euro for the Parade".

The parade will take place on St. Patrick's Day which this year falls on Thursday the 17th of March.

Cashel Chamber of Commerce S.M.E. Free Advice Clinic

Cashel Chamber of Commerce AGM will host a free Advice Clinic for New and Existing Small to Medium Size Enterprises in Halla Na Feile on Friday 21st January 2011 between 12 noon and 5pm. In the current economic climate the Chamber has been made aware of difficulties local businesses are experiencing either setting up or maintaining/expanding their enterprises. The aim of the Clinic is to provide business people with an opportunity to seek free advice regarding problems they may have to establish or grow the business.

If you are thinking of starting a business there are a number of issues you need to consider. Different supports and regulations apply, depending on particular situations. You may be employed, unemployed or someone who is coming from outside Ireland to set up a business or an existing business person looking to maintain or expand.

The Chamber is fortunate to have retained the services of many local businesses who will be present at the Clinic to advise on a wide variety of issues which must be considered. Local Financial Institutions will be present to advise on what type and extent of business loans are available to new and existing enterprises.

A business can be set up as a sole trader, as a partnership or as a limited company. The type of structure you choose depends on the kind of business you are running, with whom you will be doing business and your attitude to risk. There will be a solicitor and an accountant on hand to advise on the structure for your business. Business Plans are essential to starting up a business and/or obtaining loans so advice will be available through a qualified accountant. If you are starting up a business and decide to recruit staff you must find out what are your obligations and duties as an employer and what the rights of employees are so there will be a Human Resources expert on hand to advice. These are just some of the considerations when starting up or expanding a business.

Advice will be available on the day for business loans, e-marketing, legal, business plans, human resources, planning requirements, business grants, training subsidises, insurance requirements and available local premises for purchase/rent.

The Chamber is grateful to the following companies / organisations for participating in the event and offering their advice free, Allied Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, BNI (Business Network International), Campion Insurance, Cashel Credit Union, Dynamic Web Marketing, Fortress Planning, Johanna Lacy Solicitors, John M. Lacy Accountants, Kennedy HR Services and Support, Sherry Fitzgerald Auctioneers, South Tipperary County Enterprise Board, South Tipperary Development Company and South Tipperary Skillnet.

The Chamber would also like to thank Eibhlin Ni Riain and the Halla Na Feile Management Committee for making the hall available for the event free of charge.

For more information log onto www.cashel.ie.

Cashel Chamber of Commerce AGM

Cashel Chamber of Commerce AGM will be held in Kearney's Castle Hotel, Main Street, on this Wednesday January 12th commencing at 6pm. All Members are requested to attend to appoint officers and to set out the Chambers objectives for 2011. With a difficult year ahead for businesses this year and the chamber needs more business people to become active within the chamber to help focus and create business opportunities locally.

Hunt Ball

Premier Harriers Hunt are holding a Masquerade Valentine's Hunt Ball in Cahir House Hotel on February 12th. Music /DJ by Loose Cannons. Tickets costing €50 each are available from committee members. This promises to be a great night not to be missed.

Library Exhibition

Members of the South Tipperary Art Group, STAG, are currently exhibiting 38 pieces of Artwork in Cashel Library for the month of January '11.

STAG, who are based in Clonmel for the past 43 years but whose members come from all over South Tipperary and beyond have forty five adult art members who paint in Pen & Inks, Watercolours, Oils, Acrylics, Pencils and Pastels. The members meet on a weekly basis to paint in the Art Room, Infant School, St. Peter and Paul's Primary School, Kickham St., Clonmel. New members with a basic knowledge of painting are always welcome at these Adult Art sessions. Tutors are not used at these sessions. Details can be got from the STAG Organiser at 0868096823

STAG also runs Art/Craft classes in the above venue on Saturday mornings for young people from 9 years up to Leaving Certs. Booking is required for these art classes. As membership is oversubscribed for the current Winter Art Classes a waiting list is now in operation for the Easter term.

Maureen Purcell, Organiser STAG

Web Site: s-t-a-g.ie

Halla na File

Social Dancing Classes have resumed in Halla na Feile following the Christmas break on Tuesdays from 8.30 to 10.30 pm. The classes are very enjoyable and a warm welcome is extended to newcomers. Newcomers are invited to come along at 8.00pm.

This month's Social Tea Dance will be held on Friday, 28th January with dancing from 9pm - 12.00 am. Music is by Ritchie Halpin and admission is €8. Teas will be served. Looking forward to seeing you.

Computer Classes

Spafield Family Resource Centre in Cashel will be resuming evening classes in computers at the end of January 2011. All levels from Intermediate to Advanced ECDL will be available. Please contact 062 63622 for details.

Senior Citizens Party

Cashel Lions Club is hosting its' annual Senior Citizens Party on Wednesday 19th January in Halla na Feile. The evening's activities will commence at 7.30pm with dinner followed by music and dancing so be sure to be there on time. Persons interested in attending can contact any member of the Lions Club for a ticket. It promises to be another good night and we hope the weather will remain fine for the evening.

Rosegreen News

Date for your diary - The Rosegreen Players 2011production "The Well Of The Saints" by J. M. Synge iwill be staged in Rosegreen Community Hall on Thursday 27th January to Sunday 30th January at 8pm.

Athletics Club - Training will start back on Thursday 13th January from 3pm to 3.45pm in Rosegreen Community Field for Children from 8 years upwards. Thereafter every Monday and Thursday afterschool. Keep active, have fun and get fit with your friends, you could even make new friends. Any questions please call or text Polly Muphy on 086 339 49 59 or Nula McSweeney 087 915 2800.

Cashel Monthly Food & Craft Market

Starting in 2011, Cashel Town Shopping Centre Fine Food & Craft Market will be held monthly. We are looking to speak to people who locally produce their own food, crafts or jewellery products. Interested parties should contact Sarah at info@bpdcapital.com or call 062-64880 or 087 122 0711.

Cashel Rugby Stars Denis Leamy and John Fogarty support ABI Ireland's information campaign

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland has launched the country's first comprehensive guide to Acquired Brain Injury. With over 13,000 people in Ireland affected by ABI every year, the publication of the guide will help individuals and their families understand the impact a brain injury will have on their lives.

Men are three times more likely than women to acquire a brain injury, and young men in particular between the ages of 16 - 24 are at high risk. Cashel's very own rugby stars John Fogarty and Denis Leamy were on hand to launch the guide for ABI Ireland and to help create awareness around the growing 'silent' epidemic that is brain injury and in particular the dangers of concussion.

Speaking at the launch Barbara O'Connell, Chief Executive of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland said, "ABI Ireland celebrates its 10th birthday this year and over the years we have seen at first hand the devastating way in which lives are irrevocably changed by brain injury. For many, once they leave the structured support of hospital, they feel isolated and alone.

"This guide is extremely valuable because it provides a comprehensive overview of the causes and treatment of Acquired Brain Injury in 'plain English', so it is very easy to understand. It can easily fit in your pocket or a handbag so that it can be referred to continuously, and it explains what can be expected during the various stages of rehabilitation and the medical professionals and their roles at each stage of rehabilitation process", she said.

Mary Heffernan, ABI Ireland Midlands/South East Regional Manager who is based in Cashel also attended the event, commenting on the seriousness of this issue, "Damage to the brain from an acquired brain injury can result in a personality change and can affect memory, speech and language, mobility, sight, judgement, ability to cope with pressure and understanding of situations, concentration and the ability to organise oneself and their finances. All these affect a person's ability to take control of their lives and can lead to social isolation and depression. Financial and emotional strain on carers can be considerable" she expressed.

"At ABI Ireland we strive to make a difference by providing tailor-made services to suit each individuals needs. In the Midlands/South East region we provide a range of services, that are constantly developing and improving", she added.

ABI Ireland works to reduce the number of people affected by raising awareness of the causes of ABI. The organisations' 'Mind Your Head' campaign has successfully raised awareness of the importance of wearing protective helmets when cycling or playing contact sport. For 2011, the Mind Your Head campaign will focus on Concussion.

Dr. Mark Delargy, Director of the ABI programme at National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) and Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine in the NRH and Beaumont Hospital spoke about the impact of concussion and the fact that the public in general do not recognise it as a pathway that can lead to permanent brain injury.

"Concussion is a considered by some experts to be a mild brain injury and as such people need to recognise the injury and treat it effectively just like they would other injuries. Following best practice guidelines will reduce the risk of longer periods away from sport and also the risk of sustaining permanent damage. After a concussion the brain requires a period of complete rest to allow it to heal.

"With increasing awareness of the levels of concussion being suffered in the sporting arena, sporting organisations in particular need to take a proactive approach, by creating awareness of concussion and putting in place agreed protocols for treating players who suffer concussion in training or on the field of play".

John Fogarty, the former Leinster, Munster and Connacht rugby player has spoken openly about the effects of multiple concussions suffered during his playing career. Bernard Jackman the Leinster and Ireland player has also spoken about the effects of concussion in his recently published biography.

Speaking at the launch John Fogarty said, "Whenever I got a knock to the head on the pitch I would shrug it off and tell people "ah sure it was only a knock", I didn't want to let down my team mates and I didn't want to be sidelined for an enforced period of rest. I never gave my body the chance to heal after these knocks and my family and I are now living with the consequences. To me concussion was a natural side effect of the game. I now understand the complexities associated with it and the need for the care of concussion to be highlighted."

Munster rugby captain, Denis Leamy added "We all love playing the game and we all want to give one hundred and ten percent to our club, our province or our country. Wearing a scrum cap while playing rugby, a helmet when playing GAA or whatever protective headgear is available to you is an easy way to look after your health and your future.

The lasting effects of the concussions suffered by John Fogarty include mood swings, irritability, headaches and fatigue. According to Dr. Delargy, "These are all classic symptoms of concussion. Our major sporting organisations need to make players more aware of the serious consequences of concussion".

ABI Ireland's Guide to Acquired Brain Injury is available from the ABI Ireland website www.abiireland.ie or from ABI Ireland, 43 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

For further information on any of the Midlands/South East regional services you can contact Mary Heffernan, Regional Manager, ABI Ireland, Town Hall, Main St, Cashel, Co Tipperary, on 062-64544. Email mheffernan@abiireland.ie

Full Cashel Notes in this week's Tipperary Star.