Archbishop of Cashel & Emly Dr Dermot Clifford braved the snow and ice to pay a biennial pastoral visit to Cashel Community School last Thursday.
In the early morning, he conducted a prayer service with the junior students and another with the senior students later in the day.
He spoke to students about the importance of choosing good role models and proposed Jesus Christ as the ultimate role model.
The Archbishop urged the Catholic students to be proud of their religion, and he recommended those who went on to third level colleges to connect with the college chaplains and with the services and activities of the chaplaincies.
During the prayer services, the charitable activities engaged in by the students at CCS were illustrated including the Concern Fast, care of the sick at Lourdes, the Niall Mellon house-building project, St. Vincent de Paul Christmas hampers and support for cancer prevention and care.
Niall Mellon team: The 2010 Niall Mellon team are reporting back to the student body at CCS.
Using photos and video footage taken in South Africa in November, the five students have been presenting the highs and lows, the challenges and the achievements of their eight-day stint in Capetown.
It's a major success story with almost a thousand shack-dwellers now settling in to new houses, thanks to the work of the school's building team hand-in-hand with that of the other 750 Irish workers. The students hope to extend their reporting sessions to include visits to their own former primary schools.
Soccer:The First Year boys played their second group match in the Munster Cup against Carrick CBS in Rathgormack.
Cashel dominated the early exchanges and took a deserved lead when Alan O'Brien expertly fired home the opener after a well-worked build-up.
Carrick were dangerous on the break and Cashel's goalkeeper Colm Hayde denied them twice in the first half with excellent saves to keep his side ahead 1 – 0 at the interval.
The roles were reversed in the early stages of the second half with Carrick doing most of the pressing.
They got their reward when two unstoppable long range efforts gave them the lead midway through the half.
The Cashel boys showed real character following this set-back and regained control.
They in turn got their reward when Jack Hayes ably finished inside the box to earn a deserved draw, 2 – 2.
Team: Colm Hayde, Patrick Doyle, Jack Hayes, Dean Hayes, Ben Blackford, Tom Keating, James McGrath Doyle, Elliott Thompston (capt.), Matthew O'Keeffe, Ger Browne, Alan O'Brien. Subs used: Jack Corcoran, Adrian O'Dwyer, Conor Hickey.
Just before the snow, the CCS senior soccer team played an epic match against St. Declan's, Kilmacthomas.
Cashel started well and after 13 minutes found themselves two goals up, with goals from Seamus Reade and Dean Thompson.
Cashel's fortunes went downhill from then on when St. Declan's scored from the penalty spot in the 28th minute and punished their sloppy defending by securing another goal before half-time.
In the second half, Cashel were immediately under pressure. after a brilliant save by Gearoid Slattery, St. Declan's netted the rebound to go 3 – 2 in front midway through the half.
Another goal for St. Declan's in the 75th minute was added to with yet another goal two minutes from full time, leaving them winners by 5 – 2. The dismissal of two players in the final minutes added to the misery of Cashel's cause.
Team: Gearoid Slattery, Michael Fox, Michael McDermott, Craig Condon, Dylan Fitzell, Caolan O'Gorman, Dean Thompson, Seamus Reade, Mark Shortt, Conor Conneally, James Harding. Subs used: Rory Strawbridge, Ian Collins. Others: Donal Reade, Aaron May, Kieran Collins.