Tuesday, November 20th was a very special day in the sporting life of Cashel Community School. The entire school community assembled in the sports hall to acknowledge the extraordinary sporting achievements of a number of students in a variety of sports in recent months. The students who were the guests of honour for the assembly included multiple World Champions in Handball, three All Ireland Minor Hurling medal holders who also possessed Munster titles as well and two members of the victorious Tipperary Minor Football team who won a Munster title this year. The assembled guests also included past pupil Paudie White and a current member of the teaching staff David Butler who were members of the All Ireland winning Tipperary Intermediate hurling team. “Further congratulations to David on receiving the award for Munster Intermediate Hurler of the Year.”
The historic nature of the achievements was highlighted by Dylan Fitzell’s collection of five medals over the last two years in minor hurling and football and by the fact that he is one of only five players in the county to possess both All Ireland minor hurling and football medals and by his captaincy of the Tipperary minor football team in 2012. The special nature of Gearoid Slattery’s achievement in winning a second Munster Minor Football medal to add to his Munster and All Ireland medal from 2011 was also acknowledged. The fact that both Simon Delaney and Josh Keane were also members of the victorious Munster and All Ireland winning Tipperary minor hurling team was also a source of great pride and celebration for their classmates, teachers and parents who were present in the hall for this very auspicious occasion.
The Principal Mr.Eddie Morrissey reminded the gathering that they were” in the presence of greatness” and this was certainly epitomised by the presence on stage of the two world handball champions, Daniel Hayes and Colin Ryan. Daniel and Colin were among 2000 competitors from thirty countries who participated in the World Handball Championships in Dublin in October. Daniel returned home with a gold medal in the under 15 handball singles and doubles finals, while his Cashel Handball club mate Colin was proudly displaying the gold medal he won in under 13 singles and the silver medal from the doubles final.
The display of five Munster and All Ireland cups together with world gold and silver medals was hugely impressive and was remarked on by several speakers from the school and from a variety of sporting organisations. The speakers included Mr. T.J. Quinn, gaelic games coordinator, Mr. Kevin Dempsey, handball coach, Mr Roger Kennedy and Mr Sean Nugent, West Board and County Board Chairmen respectively and Mr. Ken Whelan, Cashel Handball Club. Mr Brian Horgan, Tipperary minor hurling selector and Mr Kevin Hally, Gaelic Games Development Officer also attended the celebratory occasion.
The members of the assembled gathering were unanimous in their approval of the fabulous sporting achievements of the young sports stars on stage and all were wished every success in sport and education in the years ahead.
The Sixth Year honours Gaeilge class recently attended a production of “An Triail” in the Excel Theatre, Tipperary Town. Set in the 1960s, this drama follows the story of an unmarried mother and the challenges that she faces in society. It was an energetic and animated production, humorous in parts, but fundamentally tragic. The students enjoyed the excellent standard of acting and interpretation and found the experience beneficial for Leaving Certificate preparation.
On the same day two Junior Certificate English classes headed to The Source Theatre in Thurles to view a staging of “Romeo and Juliet” by the Icarus Theatre Company. Sticking to the traditional costumes and quite true to the script, they put on a good performance. Indeed, the students were quick to point out the differences they noticed between this production and their study of the play itself. (They particularly seemed to enjoy the nurse’s over-exaggerated performance!). The experience brought theatre alive for the students and will be a definite aid to their preparation for Junior Cert 2013.
Choirs at The Source
The junior and senior choirs were invited guests of Julie Feeney at The Source in Thurles recently. Both choirs sang some of Julie’s newly composed music for her rehearsal album “Clocks” which was launched on that night. The senior choir sang ”Impossibly Beautiful”, while the juniors performed two pieces – “The Roving Eye Girl” and “One More Time”. Both choirs acquitted themselves exceptionally well and received tremendous praise from both Julie and the audience. Well done to all!
Senior Soccer Win
Cashel senior soccer squad played Cahir Coláiste at a wet Palmershill pitch in a very crucial game. If CCS won then they would progress but if they lost they would be out of the competition. The first half was dull with little chances for scores. John Keating, the Cashel goalie, brought off two good saves while at the other end Dean Thompson went close for CCS. The second half sprang to life in the seventh minute when Cahir found the net. Cashel replied with a superb header from James Casey after a good ball from Elliott Thompson. Two minutes later the ball broke in the six yard box and James Casey slotted it home. With four minutes left, Dean Thompson hit a ball across the box, it deflected off the goalie and went in, giving Cashel victory 3 – 1 victory.
Team: John Keating, Aaron May, Elliott Thompson, Fionn Hogan, Tommy Caulfield, Ethan Rodgers, Brendan Ryan, James Casey, Dean Thompson, T.J. Corbett, Niall Anglim. Sub used: Eoghan Ryan. Scoers: James Casey 2, Dean Thompson 1.
The ladies football team travelled to Dungarvan to play Ardscoil na nDeise in the championship. Cashel had a bad start when Ardscoil scored a goal in the first minute but some great passes in midfield by Lisa Currivan and Orla Gahan set up Orla O’Dwyer for a brilliant goal. Cashel had points Emma Sinclair and Bethany Entwistle also, leaving them trailing at halftime 3 – 6 to 1 – 2. In the second half the CCS girls played really well with Orla O’Dwyer scoring another three goals. Many of the substitutes played in the second half.
Team: Keely Hallpin,Katelyn Fleming, Aoife Collins, Laura Connolly, Orla Gahan, Tricia Maher, Aoife Crosse, Hannah McSweeney, Emma Sinclair (0-1), Aoife Gahan, Orla O’Dwyer (4-0), Bethany Entwistle (0-1), Shannon Strawbridge, Eadaoin O’Gorman, Lisa Currivan. Subs: Kelly Denn, Clodagh O’Gorman, Niamh Ryan, Katie Rafferty, Clodagh Horgan, Leah O’Meara, Aoife Kavanagh, Niamh Coffey, Adelaide Keane, Ciara Ryan, Celine Walsh, Ciara Ryan, Jane Grogan, Clodagh Ryan.