CCS students excel in national exams

Hitting High Spots

Hitting High Spots

Several students who sat the Junior Certificate examinations at Cashel Community School last June have received confirmation that they excelled in various subjects, at national level.

Three students were honoured recently at a ceremony in Carrickmacross when they received awards from the Irish Engineering and Metalwork Teachers Association: Stephen Ryan (Cashel) received the gold medal for first place in ordinary level Metalwork; Paraic O’Donoghue (Cashel) received a top ten award at ordinary level; while Adam Gillessen (Clerihan) was in the top ten nationally at higher level. Congratulations to all three and to their Metalwork teacher, Mr. John Scully.

Arising from their superb marks in Higher Level Mathematics, three students have been invited to attend Mathematics Enrichment classes at the Irish university of their choice. These advanced classes are offered with a view to the students being possibly selected to represent Ireland in the International Mathematical Olympiad next July. The students are: Thomas Grogan (Cashel), Lorna McEniry (Cahir), Adam Gillessen (Clerihan). Credits to Maths teachers, Mrs. Cully and Ms. O’Sullivan.

Last week word came to the school that Prateesh Chauhan and Thomas Grogan, as high achievers in both Maths and Science, have been invited to participate in the National Science Olympiad, with the possibility of representing Ireland in the European Union Science Olympiad in Lithuania next April. Compliments to Science teacher, Mr. McGrath.

All six students can be proud of themselves, and so too can their parents and families.

Wise Man’s Words

On Monday, December 5, the Community School Parents’ Association hosted a very informative and hugely entertaining talk on “Parenting – the Challenges and the Rewards.” The guest speaker was Mr. John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy and Tipperary Person of the Year. Mr. Lonergan treated the large audience to a number of very insightful accounts of incidents and events from his own experience of parenting – his stories resonated with the assembled parents since they could recognise similar happenings in their own exercise of parenting.

Mr. Lonergan emphasised the central importance of a child’s health and happiness. He urged parents, in the midst of the stresses and strains of modern living, to nurture and develop in their children vital qualities such as kindness, honesty, generosity and gratitude. He concluded with lines from two poems. From one entitled, “If I Had My Child to Raise Again” he quoted : “I’d teach less about the love of power and more about the power of love.” From another poem called “Good Example” he gave its concluding lines:

“And the counsel you are giving

May be very fine and true,

But I’d rather get my lesson

By observing what you do.”

First Year Hurling

The CCS first year hurlers travelled to Fermoy last Friday for a challenge game against the local Colaise an Chraoibhin. Cashel got off to the better start with a goal from Conn Bonnar. This was added to by Ciaran Davern’s first goal and a point from Ciaran Quinn, leaving CCS ahead by 2 – 1 to 0 – 1 at the interval. Fermoy, aided by the breeze, secured a goal early in the second half and added two points. Ciaran Davern came to the rescue for CCS with his second goal, followed by points from Jack Burke and Ronan Quinn. Both sides battled hard and fairly, with the Community School boys the deserving three point winners, 3 – 3 to 2 – 3.

Team: James Ryan, Gavin Ahern, Jack Costello,Aidan Lyons, Briain Davern, Victor Bourke, Ciaran Quinn, Ronan Quinn, Alan O’Donnell, Conor Horan, Philip Fogarty, Ciaran Davern, Steven Farrell, Jack Price, Conn Bonnar. Subs used : Harry Costello, Jack Burke, Aodan Hayde, Daniel Lonergan. Scorers: Ciaran Davern 2-0, Conn Bonnar 1 – 0, Jack Burke, Ronan Quinn, Ciaran Quinn one point each.

Junior Hurlers’ Disappointment

Champions in 2010, CCS lost their hold on the Corn Iognaid Ris when the U16½ hurlers went down to a defeat at the hands of Ennis CBS in the Munster semi-final, on a scoreline of 1 – 17 to 3 – 8. Ennis started with wind advantage and notched early scores but Cashel replied with fine scores from Josh Keane and Seanie O’Halloran. It was nip and tuck all the way. Donnacha Quinn gave CCS the lead with a great goal but the Clare lads replied immediately with a goal of their own. Half-time score : Ennis 1 – 11, CCS 2 – 4. In the second half Cashel threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Ennis but could not get level. John Keane scored a fine goal to set up a tight finish but Ennis held out for a three point win.

Team: J.Walsh, F. Hogan, K. Loughman, D. Wade, C. Ryan, J. Cummins, P. O’Carroll, C. Devitt, W. O’Carroll, S. O’Halloran, J. Keane, B. Ryan, D. Quinn, D. Bowes, M. Ryan, C. Hickey, T. Grogan, P. O’Donoghue, R. O’Donnell, C. Brosnan, O. Cleary, D. Fogarty, C. Maher, S. Ryan. Subs used: P. O’Donoghue, T. Grogan. Scorers: J. Keane 1 – 5, S. O’Halloran 1 – 2, D. Quinn 1 – 0, M. Ryan 0 – 1.