Ian Lonergan, a sixth year student at CCS, was recently selected as Cashel Lions Club Young Ambassador of the 21st Century. This award is part of a nationwide scheme run by Lions Club International where young people who make major contributions to their local communities are honoured. Ian, a native of Oliver Plunkett Park, is certainly one such young person. He now advances to the regional stage of the scheme.
Several times each week, Ian visits elderly patients in St. Patrick’s Hospital and his practical kindness towards the patients is much appreciated by the staff. He assists with the running of social events for the senior citizens in Rosegreen. Ian is a junior leader at the Cashel youth service centre in Hogan Square. His pride in his home town has led him to involvement in the Tidy Towns campaign, winning a promotional poster making competition and assisting his own neighbourhood to win the prize for best estate in 2010.
In summer 2011 he was one of three Community School students selected to help care for invalided pilgrims at the shrine of Our Lady in Lourdes. On top of all this, he was active in the fundraising that enabled the school to send a house-building team to work in South Africa.
Five other senior students at Cashel Community School were nominated for the award : Rachel Fahy, Maeve Walsh, Roisin Trehy, Jake Ryan and Tom Mulcahy.
Last Sunday the Community School team of house-builders arrived home from South Africa. They had been part of a 600 strong battalion of Irish volunteers who built 80 houses from scratch and completed another 80 that had been partially built by local African workers , trained and employed by the Niall Mellon Trust. In total, 500 shack dwellers are now, for the first time, making their homes in safe solid houses that have clean running water. At the farewell gathering of the Irish volunteer builders in Capetown, last Friday night, Niall Mellon singled out the seven CCS students for special mention, acknowledging their major contribution to the week’s work. Earlier that day, the students and their teachers completed a beautiful design on one of the new houses in memory of their schoolmate Claire Prendergast. For generations to come, a house in South Africa will proudly bear the title “Teach Claire”.
First Year Camogie
The first year camogie team had their first competitive outing recently when they participated in the County Tipperary `A` schools blitz, in Dr. Morris Park, Thurles. It took the girls a while to find their feet in their first game which was against Ursuline, Thurles, and they conceded an early goal. The Cashel forwards had many shots on goal but the excellence of the Ursuline goalie denied them. Eventually, the Cashel girls took their points, courtesy of Orla O’Dwyer and Leah Price and the game ended in a draw.
Nenagh `B` were Cashel’s opponents in the second game. The CCS girls proved too strong for the Nenagh challenge. Borrisoleigh were the next opponents. Two early goals from Stacey Farrell and a goal from Orla O’Dwyer saw CCS reach half-time with a comfortable lead. Leah Price contributed with five well-taken points.
The semi-final pairing saw the Community School pitted against Nenagh `A`. Cashel started the stronger with a well-taken point by Orla O’Dwyer and were leading at the interval. The second half opened with a point from Leah Price but Nenagh staged a huge fight-back and secured a late goal to win by the narrowest of margins.
Panel: Celine Walsh, Hannah McSweeney, Aoife Crosse, Clodagh Horgan, Roisin Maher, Orla O’Dwyer, Aoife Gahan, Emma McLoughlin, Stacey Farrell, Leah Price, Adelaide Keane, Lorna McGeer, Shannon Flanagan, Colleen Hassett, Brenda Hassett, Rebecca Carron, Jessica Kelleher, Maria Magner, Laura Connolly, Caroline Butler-Hallissey, Rachel O’Keeffe, Niamh Ryan, Sheila Nagle, Megan Ryan, Niamh Coffey.
Cashel C.S. U15 rugby team took on squads from five other schools in a blitz played at The Abbey grounds in TippTown. Cashel’s first outing saw them up against Abbey `A` - the team deemed favourites. They were far too strong for the Cashel boys who then went on to push High School, Clonmel, to the limit but they still came out second best. Abbey `B` edged out Cashel in the third game. Mallow proved too hot for CCS to handle but in the final game against Roscrea the Cashel side gave their heart and soul to the effort; in the dying seconds of the game, Aiden Carroll popped over the winning try to give CCS a welcome and well-earned victory.
Team: Nickey Kearns, Kelan Murphy, Padraig Palmer, Bolu Giwa, Aiden Carroll, Ben Blackford, Cathal O’Connor, Lar Shanahan, Evan Dwan, Pat Muldoon, Dylan Gubbins, Declan O’Dwyer, Michael Ryan, Ciaran Davern, Eoin Hand, Gavin Moloney, Dean Walsh, Killian Hayde, Niall Manton. Scorers: Declan O’Dwyer, Pat Muldoon, Aiden Carroll.