It's as busy as ever at Cashel Community School
Senior Hurlers Advance
Kilfinnane in County Limerick was a happy hunting ground for the Community School's senior hurlers last week when they overcame Patrician Academy, Mallow, in the semi-final of the Corn Phadraig on a scoreline of 4 – 10 to 1 – 11.
Cashel got into their stride early, with points from Cathal Morrissey and Dean Thompson and a goal by Pa Ryan. However, Mallow kept in touch with points and drew level on the twentieth minute 1 - 2 to 0 – 5. Cashel ended a barren twelve minute spell with a flurry of scores before half-time: Dean Thompson, fed by Kieran Carroll, rattled in a goal, Josh Keane added two points from play, Jonathan Grogan pointed from a free and then tight combination between Jonathan, Pa Ryan and Kieran Carroll saw the latter bag a goal to leave the interval score in favour of CCS : 3 – 5 to 0 – 6.
Cashel continued the good work in the early stages of the second half with two pointed frees from Johnny Grogan and a goal by Dean Thompson. Yet again Mallow responded strongly with a goal and three points in quick succession. Aided by a stiffening breeze, in the final quarter they mounted wave after wave of attack on the Cashel rearguard but the Tipp men defended with their lives, conceding only two points while up front Jonathan Grogan kept the ship steady with two points of his own and Dean Thompson capped it all with yet another.
This was a stirring performance by the entire Cashel team. Earlier in the competition Mallow had defeated CCS by one point but on this occasion they were overwhelmed by the total team play of the young men from Cashel. Damien Hayes in goal was cool and safe, the full back line of James Ryan, Kevin Moloney and Aidan O'Connell were rock solid, the half line of Michael O'Dwyer, Cathal Quigley and Michael Fox contained their men well, midfielders Dylan Fitzell and Kevin O'Donnell won their battle and all six forwards were industrious and clinical, with Cathal Morrissey excelling in the role of playmaker.
Cashel will meet either Dungarvan CBS or St. Anne's, Killaloe, in the final on Saturday 26th February. All support will be appreciated.
Team: D. Hayes, J. Ryan, K. Moloney, A. O'Connell, M. O'Dwyer, C. Quigley, M. Fox, K. O'Donnell, D. Fitzell, J. Grogan, C. Morrissey, J. Keane, K. Carroll, P. Ryan, D. Thompson. Scorers: Dean Thompson 2 - 1, Jonathan Grogan 0 – 5 (4 fs, 1.65), Kieran Carroll 1 – 1, Pa Ryan 1 – 0, Josh Keane 0 – 2, Cathal Morrissey 0 – 1.
Cashel's first year and second year basketball teams hosted competitive outings against Rockwell College last week. The first years played an excellent game, with Keely Halpin quite outstanding. She is a very strong player and scored a total of eight baskets. At midway, CCS led by 14 – 2 and extended their advantage to win by 38 – 12. The second years started off strongly but eventually the Rockwell girls got the better of them, despite some good defending skills. Cashel tried to fight back on numerous occasions but the visitors proved to be the better team, ending 24 -14 in their favour.
First year team : Aideen Bergin, Aoife Collilns, Orla Gahan, Kirsten Ryan, Aoife Lonergan, Ciara Ryan, Cliodhna Slattery, Maeve Delaney, Louise Ryan, Shannon Quiugley, Keely Halpin, Roisin O'Donnell. Second year team: Clodagh Devitt, Sarah Louise Fallon, Nadine Baskin, Eadaoin O'Gorman, Elizabeth Ryan, Nikki Raymond, Johanna Murray, Claire Moore, Elisa Cummins, Maia Purdue, Vanessa Fahy.
T.Y. Book Project
In September a T.Y. group began an intergenerational project with Cashel Day Care Centre. The aim of this project was to produce a book of interviews carried out with the senior citizens who attend the Centre. The material would be their recollections of their lives and times in early-to-mid -twentieth century Ireland. The book, called "A Blast from the Past", was published in December 2010 and was officially launched at a recent function in the school by noted raconteur and Cashelman Sean O Duibhir. The book is currently on sale in Cashel and the hinterland and is priced at E5. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Day Care Cetnre.
An additional objective of this project was to enter it into the Young Social Innovators (Y.S.I.) competition. Y.S.I. promotes social awareness among young people and thousands of T.Y. students across the country participate each year. The six students who carried on the project work this year are: Roisin Trehy, Claire English, Claire Prendergast, Shauna O'Connell, Philip Taylor and Robert Clancy. They will present the book at a regional final of Y.S.I. in March.
Best wishes to seven CCS students who travel to Ennis this Friday to compete in the All-Ireland Youths Darts finals that will be staged across the weekend in the West County Hotel. The boys with the sharp eyes, steady hands and accurate throws are : Murty Browne, David McGeer, Tommy Quinn, Jason Teehan, Jack Moloney, Daniel Currivan and Neil Morrissey. Here's wishing them many treble twenties.