Rugby legends join forces in aid of Cashel special needs school

A Cashel special needs school is to benefit from a unique rugby fundraiser later this month featuring sone of the top names from the county and further afield.

A Cashel special needs school is to benefit from a unique rugby fundraiser later this month featuring sone of the top names from the county and further afield.

Included will be Munster legend Alan Quinlan, who announcled his retirement from professinal rugby at the end of the season and may have played his last game for the side last Friday night in the win in the Magners League win over Connacht.

The former Clanwilliam players will be among those taking part in the fundraiser for Scoil Chormaic in Cashel.

Under normal circumstances when Jack O`Sullivan of Kilfeacle and District RFC and Morgan Lyons from Clonmel or Eddie Ryan from Clanwilliam take the field together, a local derby of titanic proportions is about to ensue.

Usuallywhen John Ed O`Connor from Cashel and his brother Brendan tog out, it as team mates in Cashel`s formidable back row.

But on May 21 in Cashel at 2pm, the usual and normal circumstance are thrown to the wind. Jack,Eddie and Morgan will team up on a” Tipperary Tigers” XV as will John Ed.

Brendan will oppose them and he will be backed up by some of the great players to have played the game - Freddy Pucciariello, Alan Quinlan and Simon Easterby to name a few who will play for a Michael Lynaghselection to raise much needed funds on behalf of Schoil Chormaic.

Based in Cashel this school brings in over 185 special needs students from all over the county,some travelling over 50 miles every morning.

John O`Connor, Director of Rugby at Cashel RFC explains - “I have a son at the school and see at first hand the terrific work that takes place there. I also see the huge need they have for equipment to sustain their efforts. The great Jean Pierre Rives was visiting me and came in to the school- he immediately wanted to help.

“Doug Howlett in a similar way has been generous with his time. When Michael Lynagh heard about them he too came to Cashel, visited the school and pledged his support. It was Michael who coined the phrase “Let Sport Make a Difference” and it is under that banner that this match (sponsored by Waterford based kit manufacturers AZZURRI ) is being played.

“To see the Tipperary clubs set aside their traditional rivalries is support of this wonderful cause is truly heartwarming”

This is the first of three events that will take place in aid of the school.

Mary Coughlan will play Boru Boru on September 16 and on December 9 the Ballykisteen Hotel will host a dinner and auction where some unique pieces will be auctioned. These will include a valuable sculpture by John Pierre Rives who is now almost as renowned an artist as he was and still is the world of Rugby.