Cashel’s own international rugby star was in town last Friday night to launch a wonderful book detailing the history of Cashel RFC.
Seamus J King’s latest book, Cashel Rugby Football Club 1919-2012, was launched in a packed to capacity club house in Spafield.
Part funded by South Tipperary Development Company, the book was two years in the making and chronicles the history of the club from it’s embryonic beginning in the early years of the twentieth century right up to winning the All Ireland Div 2 league title last year. Its 244 pages are jam packed with information which at first glance will naturally appeal to those in the rugby community, but this publication has a much broader base than one might expect of a club history and therefore I suspect will appeal to sports people in general and to those with an interest in local history.
Records of the early years of the club are at best scarce or not at all. Coming so soon after the World War and the War of Independence recording for posterity wouldn’t have been given much though by those in the fledgling club. To get over this obstacle Seamus King trawled through early editions of the Nationalist and Tipperary Star for match reports and anything to do with the club.
As one gets further into the book the amount of information available to the author increases and this is very evident as events are chronicled in greater detail than heretofore. This is a book that one seems to find another gem every time you pick it up, augmented by over 200 photographs which in their own right will be of huge interest. It’s a history, coffee table and reference book all in one, well done to all involved, highly commendable, a must buy.
Read more, including excerpts, in The Nationalist this week.