Congratulations to Ian Lonergan, a sixth year student at CCS, who was recently selected as Cashel Lions Club Young Ambassador of the 21st Century. This award is part of a nationwide scheme run by Lions Club International whereby young people who make major contributions to their local communities are honoured. Ian, a native of Oliver Plunkett Park, Cashel, is certainly one such young person and is richly deserving of his award. He is wished well as he advances to the regional stage of the scheme.
Several times each week, Ian visits elderly patients in St. Patrick’s Hospital and his practical kindness towards the patients is much appreciated by the staff. In addition, he assists with the running of social events for the senior citizens in Rosegreen. Ian is a junior leader at the Cashel youth service centre in Hogan Square. His pride in his home town has led him to involvement in the Tidy Towns campaign, winning a promotional poster making competition and assisting his own neighbourhood to win the prize for best estate in 2010.
Five other senior students at Cashel Community School were nominated for the Young Ambassador award : Rachel Fahy, Maeve Walsh, Roisin Trehy, Jake Ryan and Tom Mulcahy. They are commended on their nominations and on their community spirit.
Five Hundred Housed
On last Sunday evening, the Community School team of house-builders arrived home from South Africa, very tired but very pleased. They had been part of a six hundred strong battalion of Irish volunteers who built eighty houses from scratch and completed another eighty that had been partially built by local African workers whom the Niall Mellon Trust had trained and employed. In total, five hundred shack dwellers are now, for the first time, making their homes in safe solid houses that have clean running water. Their lives are transformed.
At the farewell gathering of the Irish volunteer builders in Capetown on last Friday night, Niall Mellon singled out the seven CCS students for special mention, acknowledging their major contribution to the week’s work. Earlier that day, the students and their teachers completed a beautiful design on one of the new houses in memory of their beloved schoolmate and student Claire Prendergast. For generations to come, a house in South Africa will proudly bear the title, “Teach Claire”.
First Year Camogie
The First Year camogie team had their first competitive outing recently when they participated in the County Tipperary `A` schools blitz, held in Dr. Morris Park, Thurles. It took the girls a while to find their feet in their first game which was against Ursuline, Thurles, and they conceded an early goal. However, this was the only score recorded against them in this match. The Cashel forwards had many shots on goal but the excellence of the Ursuline goalie denied them on each occasion. Eventually, the Cashel girls started to take their points, courtesy of Orla O’Dwyer and Leah Price and the game ended in a draw.
Nenagh `B` were Cashel’s opponents in the second game. The CCS girls were on something of a roll by now and proved too strong for the Nenagh challenge. Several girls who did not start got a chance to get in on the action. Borrisoleigh were the next opponents. Two early goals from Stacey Farrell and a goal from Orla O’Dwyer saw CCS reach half-time with a comfortable lead. Leah Price contributed with five well-taken points, Roisin Maher worked tirelessly in mid-field setting up many scores, while defensively Aoife Crosse was superb, with Hannah McSweeney and Clodagh Horgan very reliable and consistent.
The semi-final pairing saw the Community School pitted against Nenagh `A`. Cashel started the stronger with a well-taken point by Orla O’Dwyer and were leading at the interval. The second half opened with a point from Leah Price but Nenagh staged a huge fight-back and secured a late goal to win by the narrowest of margins : they went on to win the final.
On a cold and wet day, Cashel C.S. U15 rugby team took on squads from five other schools in a blitz played at The Abbey grounds in Tipperary Town. Cashel’s first outing saw them up against Abbey `A` who were far too strong for the Cashel boys. Cashel then went on to push High School, Clonmel, to the limit but they still came out second best. Abbey `B` edged out Cashel in the third game. Mallow proved too hot for CCS to handle but in the final game against Roscrea the Cashel side game their heart and soul to the effort; it was 10 points apiece at half-time and then, in the dying seconds of the game, Aiden Carroll popped over the winning try to give CCS a welcome and well-earned victory.