Spend Summer on the Rocks
Next Sunday, April 10th, the usual high level hillwalk departs from outside Cashel fire station at 11am. Also if you fancy trying out the adrelenin rich sport of rockclimbing, while safely secured from above, you now have the perfect opportunity. Mid-Tipp Hillwalkers are seeking individuals to join a rockclimbing group for beginners that will then be coached by experienced climbers who will introduce participants to basic rock climbing, abseiling and rope work. Remember rockclimbing can be enjoyed by people of all ages - so if you would like to spend summer evenings on the rocks, please text your name to John at 087-2240368 for further details.
Halla na Feile News
Social dancing in Halla na Feile, this Friday, 8th April - Music by GLEN FLYNN. Glen is popular and well known on the social dancing scene. Dancing from 9pm to 12am. Admission €8 and teas and sandwiches will be served. An enjoyable evening is promised.
The popular social dancing classes continue on Tuesday evenings from 8.30 to 10.30pm
Halla na Feile would like to thank all who took part in the very successful 3rd Annual Fund-raising Concert, on Sunday night, in support of the new Hall project. They would specially like to send best wishes to St. John the Baptist Girls School who are taking part in the All Ireland Final of An Cumann Scoil Dramaiocha at the Arts Centre, Mullingar on 12th April. The Halla Secretary, Ellen Ryan co-ordinated the concert in co-operation with Mrs. Mary Andrews, Sean Feery and Fran Curry. The night was a great success and thanks to all the patrons and the many volunteers.
Cashel Fairtrade committee would like to thank all those that supported us in any way during the recent Fairtrade fortnight.
The visit of two cocoa farmers from Ghana, West Africa to Cashel Community School was a huge success. It was very moving to hear at first hand how the growers and their communities benefit from the fair price they get for their produce and the premium paid to them from Fairtrade Mark Ireland. The difference it makes to their lives is greatly appreciated.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday April 14th at 6pm in the Deanery HouseBoherclough Street, Cashel..New members always welcome.
For further details contact Kathleen on ..0873112500.
The Parent Association of St. John the Baptist Girls’ Primary School held a very successful Fashion Show in Brú Ború on Friday last April 1st . Shops that participated were Golden Threads, Uptown Girl, O’ Dwyer’s Fashions, Kilkenny Shop, Winnie Looby, Lár na Páirce, Fashion Express, Cashel Woollen Store, Daverns, Koko, Geraldine Ryan, Siobhan Delaney and Noel Fahy Footwear. The Parent Association would like to thank them for their involvement and also for the donation of spot prizes.
The evening began a with a cheese and wine reception at 7:00pm. Everyone enjoyed browsing the stands that were present. These included Eleanor Butler from Glitz and Bitz, Tic Toc Jewellers, Caroline English, Tanya O Donoghue, KOKO and Caroline Gras. MAC makeup and Crafts from The Tipperary Showcase were on display. Headpieces from local designer Sandra Cambell were a big hit on the night.
Thanks also to Cormac and O’Dwyers Pharmacy who sponsored one hundred free make-up vouchers on the night. A reminder to all those that received a voucher that it must be used by May 31st! To Josephine Devitt, Cashel Credit Union, CORAL Cleaners, Josephine Bulfin, Michelle at Cashel Flowers, Joe Joe Moloney, The Cutting Edge, Static, Sandra Hourigan and Sinead Forde a sincere thank you also for their support to the Parent Association.
A large number of local models featured on the ramp including a number of staff from St John the Baptist Girls and Boys School. The school choir with pupils from 5th and 6th class sang three songs to open the show. They all received an Easter Egg as a Thank You from the Parent Association.
Following a feast of fashion the audience enjoyed a champagne reception at the interval sponsored by Minogue Furniture. The second half continued with more great fashion and great music and compering from Don Andrews. Fr. Jimmy O’ Donnell, Chairperson of the Board ended the show, thanking all for supporting the school fundraiser.
Larkspur Park Tennis Club
Well done to our Grade 4 Team of Teresa Anglim, Evelyn Kelly, Benny Dudley and Paul Anglim who progressed to the final when they beat Nenagh B in a super-mixed. They now face Nenagh A in the final which takes place in Rushbrook this Sunday at 11.00p.m. If you have a few free hours on Sunday please come along and support this team which would be greatly appreciated.
Our Grade 3 team of Helen O’Dwyer Ryan, Catherine Fitzell, Jerry Shanahan and Gareth McGlinchey bowed out in their semi final when they were beaten by Doughlas 3-2.
The spring league has now commenced. Well done to our selectors who had a huge task in organising this league. All teams are posted on the notice board, so we would ask all players to keep note of their dates and times for the smooth running of this league. The entry fee for this league is €15 so please give this to your captain.
Ladies Singles Ladder
The ladies singles ladder has now been posted on the notice board. Please organise your matches in time and keep note of cut off dates.
The club’s AGM took place recently with a very large attendance. The following officers were elected: Chairperson: Maire Cummins, Secretary: Isobel O’Brien, Treasurer: Helen O’Dwyer Ryan, PRO: Catherine Fitzell, Social Organiser: Gina Shanahan. Our new team of selectors are Teresa Anglim, Teresa Shanahan, Edwina Maher, Barbara Ryan, Martina Ryan, Liam Ryan, Benny Dudley and Diarmuid Crosse.
Cashel U/8 rugby players travelled recenlty to Birr in Co. Offaly which was the first time the teams played each other. The visitors went into the match having played twelve games this season without defeat. The game started with an early try for Birr but the Cashel lads kept their cool, regrouped and were soon on the score board themselves with an excellent try by Dermot O’Brien. Cashel went on to dominate the first half with big performances from Luke Slattery and Stephen Fermcombe with both players scoring tries.
The second half started much the same as the first with an early try from Birr, Cashel were forced to defend their lead. Joseph Lawrence was to the fore during this period putting in some very big tackels and eventually turning over the ball which lead to a great run and try by Eoin Moloughney. Kevin Keating and Danniel Slattery had Birr under pressure with their speed.
With out doubt the person of the match was Ava Gayson Molloy. Ava, cheered on by her proud parents Maria and Noel put in tackle after tackle and was even on hand to set up at least two tries. When the final whistle blew, despite conceding a late try Cashel were clear winners and hold on to their unbeaten record. This team ended their season as worthy grand slammers with wins over Clonmel and Dungarvan, after which they were presented with certificates by fifty cap man Denis Leamy.
The votes are cast and counted and St. John the Baptist Boys National School have a new student council. After an exciting contest that often went down to the wire, the eight new members on the student council received their “Seals of Office” and Student Council badges, well done to all the candidates. They all ran a clean and fair campaign that involved canvassing, posters, election promises, manifestos and class speeches.
A sincere thanks to all the boys who put their names forward – a brave thing to do. Perhaps the experience of putting their names forward for election will help them in the future. The eight man student council will remain in office until the end of the school year in June.
They will have regular meetings with principal Mr. Ryan, where they will have an opportunity to discuss school issues that relate to their classes. The new members are
Rang 3 – Tomás Bourke and John Ryan
Rang 4 – Ricky Lambe and Jack Ryan (Con)
Rang 5 – Ross Bonnar and Sean Ryan
Rang 6 – Ciarán Quinn and Alex Marshall.
Concerns for safety at funerals
Any necessary repairs and cleaning a the entrance to Cormacs Cemetery will be undertaken shortly according to Cashel Town Council. This was in response to a motion tabled at the April meeting by Councillor Maribel Wood who asked that the front walls be power hosed, the gates and railings painted, and the crumbling kerbing inside the gate be renewed as soon as possible.
Due to concerns for safety, she also requested that a temporary kerbside sign be erected informing drivers approaching from the M8 interchange that a funeral was in progress. The Town Clerk in a written reply stated that such a sign will be used if deemed necessary. However, it had to be borne in mind that staff resources were limited to manage funerals.
Car Park Charges
With concerns been expressed on an almost daily basis about the charge at the Rock of Cashel car park, Councillor Tom Wood is hopeful that the local Council will take a realistic approach to the situation and review it as speedily as possible.
“Whether a motorist stays in the car park for five seconds or five hours a four euro payment has to made at the exit. Many visitors arrive in the park shortly after the Rock has closed and discover to their horror that they have to pay four euros, while other law abiding motorists, in the realisation that a one way system operates at Rock Lane, drive through the park and again face the exorbitant charge”, he says.