News from Cashel and surrounding area for week of Thursday 18 February.
The twelfth Graduation ceremony of T.A.S.N. Childcare students took place at Bru Boru on Friday 12th.last. To date the course graduates have been very successful in gaining employment both in Special Needs and mainstream services.
The course is funded by FAS and certified by F.E.T.A.C. The particular course model includes full time practical experience in the classroom under the guidance of qualified teachers and professionals. This is combined with theoretical lectures given by tutors with specific qualifications in the modules that they deliver.
Minister Martin Mansergh presented the certificates. In congratulating the graduates, he applauded their dedication to their chosen career and said that today more than ever there is a need for highly motivated qualified childcare workers
Siobhan Keyes Ryan, Principal Scoil Aonghusa spoke on behalf of the sponsors, Tipperary Association for Special Needs, and said how delighted they were to be associated with the course and to have the resources of a dedicated group of students to work in their centres.
Maureen Condon represented F.E.T.A.C. and was very impressed with the excellent model of training given in Scoil Chormaic, Scoil Aonghusa, Tus Maith, Tipperary and Lus Na Greine, Clonmel. She pointed out that .F.E.T.A.C. certification is recognised nationally and internationally.
James Coughlan, Regional Director and Liam O'Brien, Senior Development Officer spoke on behalf of FAS. They congratulated all those involved and gave full recognition to the commitment, hard work and dedication of the students and the childcare team
Monica Shannon, Principal of Scoil Chormaic addressed the graduates and spoke of the huge responsibility they had undertaken to influence the lives of children in their care.
She urged them to be determined to have the confidence to stand up and be counted, to strive for a nation where all children are cherished equally and where each child is valued. She concluded with a quotation from George Washington "How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, tolerant of the weak and strong, because someday in your life you will have been all of these."
Shirley Coen spoke on behalf of the graduates congratulating all her colleagues and urged them to be strong advocates for those in their care and to go forward into the future with confidence and hope.
The Club are greatly saddened by the sudden death of Tony Cahill on Wednesday 10th of February.
Tony was a great sportsman, supporter and former player with the club. He was also heavily involved with Rosegreen Soccer Club as a player, coach and administrator, but above all Tony was a true gentleman. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Margaret, daughters Emma and Sandra and granddaughter Allison. Tony will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Solta le Chile-Our Seeds
We are a group of community gardeners working to improve the availability and reduce the cost of organic seeds and sundries. The following items can be sourced from us -
organic seed potatoes, organic onion sets, organic seeds – cabbage, carrots, parsnips, lettuce, turnips, cauliflower, and more... Organic Seed & Potting Compost (70l), – an excellent soil enricher & sustainably harvested in Connemara, organic slug pellets, bionet - protects against caterpillars & carrot fly
garden fleece – creates a micro-climate to protect against frost as well as pests.
Contact: 0868624069 or 0871250181 for price list or to order
All of the above products can be seen in use at the
Aimsir Bia and Knockanrawley Resource Centre gardens
The monthly meeting of Cashel Active Retirement Group will be held in Larkspur Park on Friday the 26th February at 3pm. New members welcome. Good attendance is requested.
Cashel Pantomime Society
Congratulations to 6th class pupil Patrick Doyle from St. John the Baptist National School Cashel who was the winner of our design the programme front cover and poster competition. Patrick did a wonderful job depicting Robin Hood on his adventures and now his winning picture will feature on all the posters that have been put up locally to advertise the show as well as on the programmes that will be on sale during the nights of the show. The Pantomime society wish to thank all the schools, both pupils and teachers who entered for participating in this competition. On the nights of the show each entrant's piece of artwork will be on display in the Halla for everyone to see. We hope to see all there.
Robin Hood, his Merry Men along with a vibrant chorus and many more friendly characters are on stage on the following dates : Wednesday 24th February, Thursday 25th February, Friday 26th February and Sunday 28th February @ 8pm. Matinee Shows will take place on Saturday 27th February and Sunday 28th February @ 2.30pm in Halla na Feile Cashel. Tickets may be booked for Friday and Sunday night from Klassy Kiddz @ 06263310. Further details may be obtained from Sherine @ 087-1211370.
Cashel King Cormacs
Our U.21's began their campaign with a good win over Lattin Cullen at the weekend on a scoreline of 0-10 to 1-3. Cashel had good displays from Seamus Reade who scored a total of nine points and Frank Kelleher getting the other score. A good defensive display with Lee Burke and Jonathan Grogan linking up well throughout the game with Andy Kelleher pulling the strings at midfield. The win augurs well for the remainder of the competition.
Training is now back in full swing with U.12's on Monday night, U.14's Tuesday night and U.16 Wednesday nights to begin with. Numbers are good and players not yet back are encouraged to get back training as soon as is possible. Senior & Junior Training continues on Wednesday nights and Saturdays, contact selectors for definite times.
Cashel King Cormacs U12 & 14 teams will travel Saturday afternoon February 20th to Semple Stadium to see Tipp V Kilkenny in the first round of their league campaign. Bus will leave GAA field at 6.15 sharp and will return at 9pm. There will be no charge for the bus for this trip and entry into the match is free for juveniles. Any queries to Suzanne 087-4146893
Larkspur Park Pitch & Putt
The second weekend of the league got under way on a frosty note over in Tipperary Hills with play postponed for two hours. However as the sun burned through, the play got under way and brilliant play it was by Larkspurs maestros and ever reliable seniors in Brian Webster, Jimmy O Neill and Shane Hoare, firing in low scores early on backed up by solid performances from Mark O Brien, Denis O Meara and Christopher Hickey. However once again they failed to get the numbers needed were relegated to last place,but on a brighter note the Spring Leagues next stop is our very own pristine Larkspur Park and hopefully we can get the numbers and get back in the race to win once again the prestigious crown of Spring League champions 2010.
LARKSPUR PARK TENNIS
Last Friday night the club held the Winter League finals. The first match to take place was the Ladies A Doubles. Niamh Barrett's team of Lucy Butler, Barbara Ryan and Martina Ryan were victorious over Helen Ryan's team together with Kirsty Ryan, Gina Shanahan and Sheilagh Marshall.
The next winners to come through on the night were Liam Ryan's team of James Ryan, Padraig Skeffington and Conor Ryan. Even though Liam's team were down on changeover they eventually beat Benny Dudley's team of Edmund Tobin, TJ Connolly and Tom Shanahan.
Last but not least was the Ladies B final which brought another winter league to an end. Teresa Connolly's team of Sheevaun Thompson, Mary Tobin and Naomi Campbell beat Jenny McGrath's team of Gemma Ryan, Isobell O'Brien, Josephine Maher and Teresa Shanahan who was subbing for Jenny on night.
All players and supporters retired to the Nissan Hut for some light refreshments and presentations of prizes. The prizes this year were kindly sponsored by O'Dwyer's Pharmacy. Our Chairperson Noel Gleeson praised the work of the selectors for another job well done. He went on to thank O'Dwyer's Pharmacy for sponsoring such wonderful prizes which were very much appreciated. Cormac O'Dwyer of O'Dwyer's Pharmacy together with his parents Sean and Anne O'Dwyer former tennis players in our club were on hand to present the prizes to all teams on the night.
The club has four teams of Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6 competing in the Munster Winter League. All teams are doing the club proud at the moment by winning out the first rounds of their respective sections. Best of luck to all teams and may they continue their winning ways.
Any member interested in playing in the Spring League please put your name down on the list which is now posted on the notice board. The closing date is this Friday 18th March.
A day out with Cashel Harriers
The worst winter since 1963 and the disruption it caused to every day life has been well documented in the media, sporting events being particularly badly affected, the hunting fraternity faring worst of all with practically a month being lost. Very few mounted packs were hunting on horses, while some took to foot hunting in order to keep hounds exercised.
On one of the rare days when hunting was possible I spent a afternoon with Cashel Foot Harriers at their meet in Ballydine. The Cashel Hunt was originally Beagles, but with a scarcity of hares they switched to hunting foxes thus becoming Foot Harriers and are now recognised by the Foot Harriers Association.
In existence since the 1930s the hunt was started by the Marshall family, whose descendants are still at the helm. Ned is Master, his sons Paul, huntsman in his 27th season Noel, whipper in and Eamon, chairman, his brother Paddy Joint Master, are all heavily involved in the day to day running of the hunt. Their hunting country is roughly a 10 mile radius round Cashel, which is also hunted by Tipperary Foxhounds with whom they have a good rapport.
For the meet in Ballydine there was no cost pub at a cross road for followers to gather in, but an open ended barn that was strategically positioned to funnel the bitter weather around the gathering followers so there was no hanging about.
With military precision at 11 o'clock the eager pack of 15 couple was unboxed, a mixed pack of Foxhounds, Harriers and a few ex- Scarteens (Kerry Beagles) a motley bunch you might think, but they all looked very well on their diet of tripe and hotel waste.
They officially only hunt on Sundays but turn out some mid weeks in coverts near the kennels in order to maintain fitness levels. The hunt has a loyal support base who turn out each Sunday, and judging by the plethora of young whippers-in, namely Philip Thornton, Kevin Meaney, Anthony Carroll, Kevin Purcell and Tristan Fogarty that support looks assured.
As the hunting is on foot it is important to have plenty of help especially out wide, because if hounds go away it means that one of the whips has a chance of keeping in touch. Unlike beagling, the fox most likely will not circle back.
The first draws were on Slatefield and Joe Ryan's of Killbreedy and it was about half a hour before they found, hunting their fox out into open ground and round to the moat at Cuchaun where the sent was lost. Soon they were onto another fox seen going back, so local hunting ensued and the marked two foxes to ground.
Picking hounds up, everyone re-grouped and crossed the road in Michael Ryan's of Bawnmore where they immediately found in a piece of rough ground between the road and the house, running hard and musically for ten minutes before again marking to ground. This was the pattern for the remainder of the day with a lease three other foxes producing the same results.
By now the sun was beginning the set producing what is locally called a watery sky, the signal to call it a day. At 3pm Paul, blew the long note to summon hound up and bring the curtain down on a most enjoyable day.
Sunday Febuary 14th Valentines Day, Cashel and Fethard travelled to Galbally for a mini's Rugby blitz. With a clear sky and no frost, action started early. Our leprechauns were first in action. Thankfully our boys were in a good frame of mind. There was two very entertaining games against both Fethard and Galbally with Oehran O'Sullivan, Joseph Lawrence and especially the two Upperchurch boys of Stephen and Luke playing very well. Also Birthday wishes go out to Luke Shanahan (14th Feb) and Oehran O'Sullivan (15th Feb).
Our under 8's had a tough morning. They started very slowly but as the morning went on they improved immensely. Good displays from Martin Paul O'Dwyer, Ross Whelan, Sean Kavanagh, Colm Fogarty, Robbie Murphy, Will Ryan and Ben White under the guidence of Paul Murphy and John Spearman. Well done lads and keep up the good work.
Our under 9's had two very enjoyable games against Galbally. This was nail biting stuff with end to end action. With both sides giving 100% effort it was a real joy to watch. Great displays were given by all with Jack Ryan, Joshua O'Dwyer, Oisin O'Suilleabhain, Eoin Murphy showing well, great forward play from Farrell O'Donoghue, Brian O'Connor and Tadgh Anglim. And man of the match performance from Padraic Clarke. Well done to Whack O'Dwyer spear heading his troops, this was probably our best performance this year, well done lads.
Our under 10's also had two great games with Brendan O'Connor driving them on and Marie Hickey O'Dwyer adding plenty of flair. Great acting play from Patrick O Dwyer,Kevin O'Connor,Ryan O'Sullivan and Thomas Skeffington.Good link play from Luke White, Eoin Mcloughlin and defensively Tom Clarke and Harry Tobin had a stormer. Well done to all concerned.
Our under 11's played Galbally U12 in 1st match. Won 2-1, a very hard fought game against a much bigger team. All players were strong with excellent teamwork- Great running by Michael Morrissey, Colin Ryan, Adam Skeffington, and Brandon Duffy hard tackling by Alex Marshall and Kiran Lonergan, very strong ball carrying by Cathel Bourke , and top quality link play by Cathel Darcy, Emmet Clarke and Edmund Ryan. We played Fethard U11 in 2nd game drew 2-2 - game saving tackles from Murragh McDermot and Jack Maher, good link play from Jack Moloughney and Scott Scanlon, and strong ball carrying by our newest player Patrick O'Donovan. Well done to all under the guidance of Jon Marshall and Declan Fitzgerald.
A huge thank you to Galbally for hosting such an enjoyable day.
Practise next Sunday in the field in Cashel at 11am.
Cashel 31 Dungarvan 14
In the third round of the league on Sunday Cashel triumphed over Dungarvan. Om a tough battle up front Cashel came away deserved victors. In the first half Cashel scored 3 trys, 2 of which came through a determined pack and finished by Michael Lonergan, the third from full back David English who collected a high ball deep in his own half and showed lightening speed to skin the Dungarvan defence and score a great individual try in the corner. Dungarvan struck back with a good converted try under the posts after some indiscipline and poor tackling by Cashel. Out half Pat Muldoon converted 2 of Cashels first half tries leaving the score at interval 19/7. Having made 5 changes at half time Cashel struggled to get to grips with the game early in the second half. Buoyed by an early converted try in the second half Dungarvan came storming back into the game. Some try saving tackles by replacement full back Sam Kearney and centre David Clark kept Dungarvan at bay. A clearance kick from our out half sent out pack thundering down field again and turning over Dungarvan's possession No 8 Arron McCormick stormed over the line for Cashel's fourth try. Winger Mickey Wilson scored the 5th try running hard at the defensive cover and going unopposed under the Dungarvan posts. Converting the try the game ended 31/14. A lot of strong tackling and gritty defence contributed enormously to this result against an always determined Dungarvan side. The strength of our pack particularly in the first half again proved formidable. This will no doubt be tested in out next outing against Nenagh in 2 weeks time. A big thank you to all parents who travelled to Dungarvan your support is a vital ingredient in our success. As always a big thank you to all the panel and it is impossible to give everyone a game and we want to thank all who travelled on Sunday. With this in mind we have organised an U 12 game to accomodate those younger players on the squad.
Cashel U-17 received a walkover from Shannon and are now into the Munster Semi-Final, where they travel to Garryowen on the weekend of 27/28 February. We wish both Cathal Ryan and Frank Kelleher well as they are on the East Munster development squad who play the other regions over the next couple of weeks.
U 7,9,11 training
U 12's match to be organised
U 13's training
U 15's home to Clanwilliam 11.00 Sunday
U 17's no game
U 19's away to Fethard Sunday time to be agreed
U 21's training
2nd XV away to Galbally Gleeson Cup Sat 7.30pm
1st XV away to Tralee League Sun 2.30 pm
Church Unity will be held on Sunday next February 21st at 8.00pm. Tipperary Gospel Choir will attend.
The launch of Cashel,Daffodil Day 2010 will take place in Davern's Bar, Main Street, Cashel, on Wednesday February 24th at 2.30pm. We look forward to seeing all committee members and loyal volunteers there. New faces are most welcome. Rose O'Dea -the new Munster Fundraising Co-Ordinator will speak at the launch.
On Wednesday last February 10th National Daffodil Day was launched in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin. On the day Mary Jo McCarthy, John Street, was presented with a framed certificate and a gold pin in recognition of her long years of dedicated service to Daffodil Day and the Irish Cancer Society. We thank her for her great organisational skills which will be called upon for many years to come.
The Annual Geraral meeting of Cashel Camogie Club will take place in Lawence's Bar, Ladyswell Street, Cashel, on Sunday next February 21st at 3.30pm. All are welcome.
Registration of juveniles will take place upstairs in Leahy Park, on February 25th 2010 between 6.30 and 9.00pm. All parents are asked to please attend during these hours.
Patrick D'Arcy ( by Seamus J.King).
Patrick D'Arcy, may be slowing down on the legs but he's still very sprightly mentally. In fact for a man in his ninetieth year, having been born on February 12th, 1920, he has a wonderful memory that can stretch back over the nine decades.
He remembers going to his first match at Thurles in 1928 at the age of eight years. Clare beat Tipperary that day but he remembers the treat he got from his father, a bar of 'Half-Time, Jimmy' which was made by Urneys at the time. His father and the 'Bear' Parsons retired to Mickey Bowe's pub for a couple of pints and they brought out the chocolate to Patrick, his brother, Mickey, and Johnny Parsons.
Another long memory goes back to 1931 and the first minor hurling championship in the West. Cashel beat Arravale Rovers, Clonoulty and Annacarty along the way. Patrick, who came on as a sub in the final at the age of eleven years, believes the game was played at Cooper's field at Killenure. He is still bitter at the failure of the board to provide medals for the winners.
A Handy Hurler
Patrick must have been a handy hurler to get his place on the team so young and could have played minor for another seven years. Cashel minors didn't have much success in the following years and lost a number of matches because of overage players. There is a reference to a juvenile league in 1933 in which Cashel beat Fethard but lost the game beause of illegal players. Patrick was on the team. He does remember playing with the C.B.S. and beating Templemore C.B.S. but losing to Thurles in the final. As well as hurling they used to do gymnastics in the school and they put on a display in the hurling field once a year.
His hurling was curtailed when he emigrated to England in 1936 at the age of sixteen years. He was to remain there until the war broke out in 1939, when he returned to Cashel. He worked on the buildings and had his first drink there. Later in life he used to enjoy a drink in Lonergan's on a Monday night in the company of the 'Dasher' Lonergan.
When he returned from England in 1939 he resumed hurling and played junior for a number of years. He recalls the setting up of the Abbey Rangers in 1940 and believes the reason they broke from the Cashel King Cormac's was a perception among some players that they weren't getting a fair crack of the whip in team selection.
Divisional Senior Medals
Patrick was on the Cashel senior team that won the west final in 1945. He played in the full-forward line with Michael Burke and Charlie Power. They beat Kickhams by 4-5 to 1-3 in the final on a day when Jim and Pat Devitt were in sparkling form. They lost the county semi-final at Thurles to Roscrea. The only survivors of that team are Patrick and Jackie Corcoran.
The hurling field in these years was on the Ardmayle Road and Patrick believes the team was trained for one of the finals by Arthur Donnelly's brother from Boherlahan. They used to puck the ball about and have sprinting and running during these training sessions.
Patrick won his second senior divisional medal in 1948 when Cashel again beat Kickhams in the final. On this occasion the match was much closer. Kickhams led by four points at half-time but Cashel fought back to win by two points on a scoreline of 3-6 to 3-4. They lost by a point to Lorrha in the county semi-final. Again there are only two survivors of this team, Patrick and Jackie Corcoran.
He continued to play for Cashel for the next three years, losing to Kickhams every year, twice in finals and once in a semi-final. In January 1952 he emigrated once again to England and remained there until 1956. During his time in England he didn't play hurling.
Returning to Cashel he worked with the contractor, Paddy Murphy of Bohermore, and was involved in the building of the tower in Rockwell College. He used to walk to work there and had to be on the job at eight o'clock.
Board of Works
He went back to England once again for a couple of years in the sixties and when he returned he was involved in the building of the Cashel Motor Inn late in the same decade. He continued to work for local contractors until he joined the Board of Works in 1974 and he remained with them until he retired in 1986.
Today as he reminisces on his long existence he can look back on a life of variety that spans nine decades with a high level of satisfaction in the knowledge that he has enjoyed a greater slice of life than many of his fellow men.