Alan Quinlan, former star of Ireland and Munster rugby, visited Cashel Community School last Friday to launch the school’s upcoming 6km Fun Walk/Run in aid of Pieta House.
Addressing an assembly of sixth and fifth years students, Alan spoke briefly of his rugby career and of the personal characteristics that enabled him to succeed in his profession.
The bulk of his presentation, however, focussed on the importance of attending to one’s mental health and happiness. Speaking from the heart, he mentioned his own mental health difficulties and how he found help. Alan went on to highlight the benefits that flow to a person when they talk to a family member or friend or teacher or a professional carer about the stresses and distresses that are weighing upon them. He urged his audience to “open up” about such issues rather than try to carry the load alone.
Pieta House regional centres in Limerick and Roscrea, as well as in Dublin, offer open-door professional counselling services to people who are self-harming or who are at risk of suicide. The centres rely on voluntary fundraising for 90 per cent of their running costs.
Thursday, May 2, is the date of the Pieta House fun walk/run organised by the Community School staff and students. With registration at 4pm, the walk/run will begin at 5pm. Fee is €10. (Donations will be welcomed.). So, step out in support of a service that is acutely needed in today’s Ireland.
Variety Concert Success
The recent variety concert was a huge success, show-casing the vast array of musical talent nurtured at Cashel C.S.
The chorus line medleys, under the direction of Miriam Ball, filled the auditorium and audience with vibrant vitality as they drew on the best numbers from “Grease” (junior chorus) and “Abba” (senior chorus). The junior choir had heaven on their minds as they rendered refreshing versions of “Going up a Yonder” and “Oh When the Saints”. Two further pieces, “Hear the Wind” and “Sailing”, were quite evocative.
The fifth year music class are certainly a talented corps, vocally and instrumentally. Their 50’s era medley allied to “Little Talks” and “I Will Wait” came across handsomely. This body of singers anchor the accomplished senior choir that presented two beautifully tuned selections that included the songs they will perform at the Cork International Choral Festival next week. All under the direction of Mr. John Murray.
The Transition Years rivalled the fifth years when it came to stage work. They were to the fore in the dance routines, the “Westside Story” medley and the senior choir. And from their number came the good duet work of Cillian Maher and Phelim Carberry.
The Trad group, who are tutored by past student Maura O’Brien, delighted the audience with their selection of material that – to everyone’s pleasant surprise – included some steps from Mitchell Marnane who had recently returned from Boston where he competed in the Irish dancing world championships. Later in the variety concert, Amanda, Sinead and Sorcha displayed further graceful features of Irish dance.
A revisit to last November’s spectacular production of “Phantom of The Opera” was a special treat. There was no vast stage and set this time, no full-bodied orchestra. Just the leading ladies and gents offering the purity, passion and subtlety of their singing to stir and thrill their listeners. Magical!
Camogie Team Advances
The junior camogie team qualified for the Munster `B` Plate semi-final thanks to a comprehensive victory over Carrigtwohill of Cork.
Played at the Cork school’s home ground, it was a close opening affair, with both sides trading points. Early on, Cashel recorded well-taken scores from Kate Murphy, Emma Sinclair, Ciara Moloney. These forwards, combined with a determined and solid defence line, sent the Cashel girls into a 6 points to 3 points lead at half-time.
In the second half, CCS grew in confidence and controlled a lot of the possession, with further points coming from Orla O’Dwyer, Hannah McSweeney and Kate Murphy. A strong finish saw two late goals scored by Kate Murphy and Stacey Farrell. Final score: CCS 2 – 10, Carrigtwohill 1 – 4. The Cashel girls are now through to the Munster semi-final against another Cork school – Carrigaline. This will be a tough test.
Panel: Keely Halpin, Kate Murphy, Orla O’Dwyer, Emma Sinclair, Orla Purcell, Lisa Currivan, Shannon Strawbridge, Stacey Farrell, Orla Gahan, Aoife Gahan, Aoife Crosse, Laura Connolly, Shannon Flanagan, Hannah McSweeney, Celine Walsh, Leah Price, Róisín Maher, Niamh Coffey, Ciara Ryan, Clodagh Horgan, Tricia Maher, Emma McLoughlin, Róisín O’Donnell, Katelyn Fleming, Jane Grogan, Aoife Kavanagh, Ciara Moloney, Eimear Allison.