CCS take inaugural Dean Byrne Cup honours

Dean Byrne Cup

Dean Byrne Cup

The family of the late Dean Byrne, the CCS First Year student who died in a tragic accident 12 months ago, have kindly donated a beautiful soccer cup to be played for in his memory.

The inaugural match was played at the Community School recently, contested by the school’s first year team and Cashel Town’s U13 side. The game was a fitting memorial tribute to Dean who was an excellent striker for both school and club.

With an age advantage, the school team came out on top.

Dean’s parents Liam and Shirley presented the cup to the CCS captain Brían Davern and the man-of-the-match trophy to Alan O’Donnell. Mr. Morrissey expressed the school’s thanks to the Byrne family and to Cashel Town.

Choirs’ Exploits

The members of the school choir have had a wonderful final term. Straight after Easter they participated in the finals of the Waltons Music for Schools national competition, held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

They received rapturous applause for their performance of “Winter Fire and Snow”, and while they did not win they did have the satisfaction of performing on the stage of Ireland’s premier concert venue.

Yet more honours were bestowed on the choir – comprised of second years to sixth years – when they were invited to Dublin Castle where they sang at the launch of an exhibition of photographs and video material celebrating the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland last year.

Under the direction of Mr. John Murray, the students were asked to reprise the favourite piece from the royal visit, “May the Road Rise to Meet You”. Also, they sang “Steal Away” and “Mac the Knife” for the entertainment of the special guests who included Minister Brian Hayes and the British Ambassador.

The choir’s final outing was to the New Ross Music Festival. Here too they acquitted themselves very well and, although they did not lift a prize, it was a great way to finish their travels for this year. A big “thank you” to the number of sixth year choristers who depart from CCS this year.

The junior choir took to the stage in the Cork Choral Festival in early May. Their chosen pieces were “What a Wonderful Thing to be Me” and “Ding Dong Dedero”.

They performed extremely well in what was really a senior competition and achieved a merit award. Well done to Helen Colbert and the junior choir!

School Awards Winners

Class awards: First Year – Niamh Ryan, Briana Crosse, Rachel O’Keeffe, Muireann O’Connor, Orla O’Dwyer, Laura Connolly; Second Year – Pádraig O’Carroll, Khaira Ferrolino, Brian Treacy, Richelle Hoare, Heather Laffey, Killian D’arcy, Áine Máiréad McCarthy; Third Year – Éadaoin O’Gorman, James Cummins, Seán O’Halloran, Richard Delahunty, Rory O’Donnell, Maia Purdue; T.Y. – Adam Gillessen, Michael Prendergast,

Thomas Grogan; Fifth Year – Christopher Bowes, Amy Crosse, Philip Falvey, Tadhg Fogarty, Sinéad Magner, Kevin O’Donnell; Sixth Year – Saoirse Fitzgerald, Michelle Maher, Patrick Morrissey, Mark O’Brien, Alan Wade, Ian Lonergan.

A total of forty-seven students received full attendance awards.

Creative Writing Awards : senior – short story, Teresa Curtin; poetry, Teresa Curtin; junior -- essay, Stephen Ryan; short story, David Ryan; poetry, Kerry Gibson; First Year – essay, Dylan Gubbins; short story, Muireann O’Connor; poetry, Kevin Tobin.

Cultural Awards: Art – senior, Niamh Maher; junior, Aoife Lonergan; Music – senior, Neil Cash; junior, Richard Delahunty; Choir – senior, Eimear Lowth & Michelle Maher; junior, Agnes Lambe. Musical – Saoirse Fitzgerald.

Sports Awards : junior basketball, Johanna Murray; Gaelic Football—senior, Dylan Fitzell & Gearóid Slattery; junior, Evan Hayde; hurling – senior, Aiden O’Connell; junior, James Casey; Camogie – senior, Ereena Fryday & Orla McEniry; junior, Kate Murphy; Soccer – senior, Dónal Reade; junior, Seán O’Halloran; junior rugby, Killian Loughman; junior handball, Daniel Hayes.

Special Awards : exceptional dedication and determination – Stephen Ryan 5th Yr.; exceptional commitment to Maths – John Purdue, 1st Yr.; Young Social Innovators – Declan Burgess & Ellen Walsh, T.Y.

Best Leaving Certificate Result 2011 – Aoife Burke; Best L.C.A. 2011 – Rebecca Hickey; Best Junior Cert 2011 – Lorna McEniry.

School Tennis

Cashel Community School entered five teams in the Munster Schools Tennis Championship Shield competitions this year. The five teams got through the round-robin series to qualify for the quarter-finals and then on to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, the two U14 boys teams were drawn against each other and the A team won in a very close match. The U14 girls played Loreto, Fermoy, in Kilworth but the Cork girls proved the stronger. The U19B boys lost to C.B.C., Cork, in the semi-final, 3 – 2.

Two teams went to the finals played in Rushbrooke, Cobh, on May 16. U19A boys played C.B.C., Cork, in a nail-biting final, with the doubles of Niall Anglim and Niall Treacy winning their match, Larry Shanahan was beaten in the singles and then it was all down to Gearóid Slattery. After losing the first set he came back to win the send set in a tie breaker.

The decider then was a championship tie-breaker and after a long battle Gearóid was defeated.

The U14 boys team met High School, Clonmel, in the final. The doubles of Kevin Tobin and Ciarán Davern lost their match, Colin Ryan was defeated in his singles and after a hectic battle John O’Connor had to yield second best to his Clonmel opponent.

Many thanks to the parents who looked after the teams so well, driving them to the away games and feeding the visiting teams and, of course, thanks to all who travelled to Cork to support the two teams in the finals.

P.J. Davern Cup

The first year class soccer league saw Erne and Foyle contest the final. And what a contest it was! After a 3 – 3 draw, the issue was decided in an exciting penalty shoot-out, 4 – 2 in favour of Foyle. Thanks to Martin Coleman and Jimmy Walsh for refereeing the series of matches, to Mr. Duffy, Mr. O’Briena and Mr. Kennedy, and a special word of thanks to sponsor Joe Ahern, Rock House