Cashel Community School has recorded two major victories in the past two weeks.
On the first day of May, the senior choir participated in the Cork International Choral Festival, competing in the section for post-primary school mixed voice choirs, a section that is typically very difficult to win. Since its foundation, the Community School had already been successful on two occasions. Now, in 2013, it has added its name to the prestigious honours list for a third time.
Under the direction of Mr. John Murray, the choir performed two pieces. The first was a Spanish love song entitled “Un Velero Una Cancion,” that tells about a sailor who has to leave his beloved behind him. This was a challenging piece for the choir who very effectively conveyed both the turmoil of the love-sick sailor and the ebb and flow of the ocean waves.
Their second song was “An Raibh Tú ar an gCarraig.” This portrays the all-too-frequent Irish theme of love and emigration. The choir’s rendering of this composition was sensitive and velvet smooth. Taken together, the two selected songs showed a choir that was comfortable and competent with contrasting styles of musical arrangement.
A special senior school assembly was held last week to celebrate the choir’s magnificent achievement and they performed two songs for their highly appreciative audience.
Junior Camogie Trophy
The CCS junior camogie team were also “on song” last week, winning the Munster B plate over Presentation School, Waterford. After a comfortable victory in the semi-final the previous week when, in Fermoy, they overcame Carrigaline Community School, the Cashel girls faced an unknown quantity in Pres Waterford. On a day that was not ideal for camogie, with heavy rain and gale force winds at the Monroe (Moyle Rovers) grounds, the Cashel girls settled quickly. They had a great start due to an early point by Kate Murphy, followed directly by a goal from Róisín Maher. The CCS girls continued on top for much of the first half, making better use of the scoring chances, and secured fine goals from Orla O’Dwyer, Leah Price and Kate Murphy. Keely Halpin was very steady in goal for Cashel and brought off some fine saves. The defence was very solid, making it difficult for the Waterford attack to get through. Half-time: CCS 4-6, Pres Waterford 0-3.
In the second half, Waterford mad a comeback, getting through for two goals. CCS continued to take their scores, with further goals coming from Emma Sinclair, Róisín Maher and Orla O’Dwyer. Final score: CCS 7-8, Pres Waterford 3-4.
The Munster trophy was presented to worthy joint captains Kate Murphy and Shannon Strawbridge amid great celebrations. Indeed, these celebrations were continued in-school with a junior school assembly next day.
Team: Keeley Hallpipn, Aoife Crosse, Orla Gahan, Katelyn Fleming, Aoife Kavanagh, Laura Connolly, Aoife Gahan, Orla O’Dwyer (2-2), Shannon Strawbridge (0-1), Lisa Currivan, Kate Murphy (1-1), Leah Price (1-2), Ciara Moloney (0-1), Clodagh Horgan, Emma Sinclair (1), Róisín Maher (2-0), Orla Purcell, Ciara Ryan, Celine Walsh, Stacey Farrell, Jane Grogan, Tricia Maher, Niamh Coffey, Shannon Flanagan, Eimear Allison, Hannah McSweeney, Emma McLoughlin, Ciara Ryan.