The sun shone brightly on Cashel RFC on Sunday last as they held a highly successful club day to celebrate the first team being presented with the Division 1 League Cup after an undefeated league campaign.
The match against near neighbours Kilfeacle was of academic interest as the league was already won which allowed the supporters to relax and enjoy the day. The support which has been evident throughout the campaign again turned up in numbers augmented by a good scattering from the ‘Hill’ and wasn’t it great to see some of the clubs great players from by gone days turn up on this very proud day for the club. Men who would have played such a pivotal roll in the early development of the club such as Mickey Buckley, Morris Thompson, Eddie Ryan, (Garder) his brother Ger, Paddy Dwyer, Bernie Boles who played and kept the club going through the recession hit fifty’s. As club President Paudi Preston, later pointed out that days like Sunday would have meant so much to great rugby men like Tommy O’Connor, (Dal) and Mick Fogarty whose commitment and resolution throughout their lives to Cashel RFC laid the foundations that the club is built on.
After the match Munster committee representative Bobby O’Brien gave a fine speech as he handed the cup to captain Brendan O‘Connor. Brendan thanked everyone involved in the club and he particular thanked all the behind the scene people who week in go about getting everything right for the players and without whose commitment that the club would not be in the position it is today.
Such was the day that a big crowd stayed on into the evening to enjoy the beautiful weather and their first barbecue of the year. President Paudi Ryan, reiterated what the captain had said earlier and he also wanted to thank all those people that help behind the scenes, which is what makes a club great. He in particular thanked first team manager James Hanly, for his stewardship which allows coach Ian Dunne, to concentrate totally on the job in hand. James’s girlfriend Bríd O‘Dwyer, for her wonderful cooking which was always the feature at Wednesday night’s training. Paudi further highlighted Peter Silke and Denis Moran, as people who keep clubs going. Peter was club president last year and this year had no problem slotting in as bag man for the seconds such is his commitment to the Cashel cause. Denis Moran also is a man who seems to double job from club treasure to bag man to general dog’s body. Paudi then went on to highlight the work that goes into running a club house, as we all stood and enjoyed a fine barbecue he reminded everyone that it just didn’t happen but was the work of a dedicated group of volunteers. Paudi graciously thanked everyone involved at this level for the fine food they provided and the fabulous day organised.
Finally presentations were made to two current and one past player. Argentinean Ramiro “Rambo” Tunon, was presented with the club crest and thanked for a great season and carries the best wishes of the club as he returns home this week. Outstanding forward Cian O’Connor, was also presented with a club crest as he and his girlfriend Mandy Crowe move back to Perth, Australia, on Thursday. Cian has been a great servant to the club and will be massively missed. Finally Cashel’s greatest player Denis Leamy was presented with card signed by ever club member to show their appreciation in him achieving fifty caps for his country.
Cashel play Galbally in the Munster Junior Cup Semi final in Clanwilliam on Sunday next at at 2.30p.m.
Cashel RFC would like to offer condolences to Tony and John Farrell of Grantstown, both of whom played with the club, whose father John, passed away last week.