During his last visit home from New York Johnny Murphy, Tank House, handed The Nationalist’s correspondent a piece of paper from his breast pocket containing the words of a poem about the Rock of Cashel, it had no title and the author is unknown to us at this time. It was given to Johnny by Dinny Ivers, Cathal Brugha, Street who in turn got it from his neighbour Paddy Cahill. It’s a fine piece of work and is worthy of an airing on these pages, which in turn might throw some light onto who penned it.
I sit here on my Royal Throne of Scepter Garb and Gown
I’ve watched the tide of time flow through my lovely Cashel Town
I recall your days of laughter and you time of troubled tears
I’m the “Rock” that guides your children home
Who’ve left down through the years
I shared your times of hunger, sad memories I recall
In many ways, your darkest days, as you built the famine wall
I smiled and watched your spirits soar with the weather hot an’ fine
As you sang with “John McCormack” in nineteen twenty nine
The “Pictures” came in thirty two the old and new release
The “Exit” and the homeward rush, across to Josie Dee’s
T’was in “forty” that you changed your school down to the Golden Road
What went wrong? The brothers gone, but oil sells by the load
I can hear the shouts from Stonepark, with every hurling puck,
They later played in Leahy Park, so many I can’t trace
Some lie silently across the road in their final resting place
In “fifty three” “An Toastal” came and the love of Irish sowed
John Duffy and the Fossetts, they filled the Dualla Road
I saw so many courting’ pairs, I knew them at a glance
In fifty seven, ‘twas close to heaven in the Ballroom of Romance
The music from the old town hall, wafted sound for many miles
The tango’s and the foxtrot’s from Mick Fogarty and the “Doyles”
The old shop names have changed as well, some no longer can be found
Where’s “Miss Luby’s” “Brooks” ‘Moll Dans” gone and “Nora” of the “Pound”
I saw you as you trod to school, to the brothers and the nuns
An “slicked” and licked” on Saturday from the haircut at “Dave Dunnes”
You’ve seen the recent times yourself, for you’re the younger stock
But the story of this “lovely town” is written on the Rock.
The Irish Cancer Society are holding their annual church gate collection in Rosegreen on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Cashel Town F.C. Lotto
Results for Saturday June 1. The numbers drawn were 10, 16, 28, 31. The jackpot of €15,500 was not won.
Lucky Dip Winners: Teresa Heffernan, Woodlawn, Cashel; Paul Downey, Rosegreen; Noelette O’Shea, Deerpark, Cashel; Michael Moore, Agars Lane, Cashel; Joan Irwin, c/o Bingo; Catherine McCarthy, McDonagh Court, Cashel.
Worldwide Knit In Public Day
On Saturday June 15, from 11am to 4.30pm come along and meet other knitting enthusiasts, improve your skills, and for those who don’t knit? Come anyway to enjoy and be inspired!
World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Knitting is such a solitary act that it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there. This a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event (with your knitting in tow) just for you and people like you. Who knows you might even bump into your neighbour! “Not only grannies knit” but keep in mind that without those grannies we wouldn’t have the wealth of knitting knowledge that we do!
Larkspur Park Junior Tennis
The Junior Tennis Club Championships are underway at present so just a reminder to all players to check tournament software for the times of their matches. The finals will take place on Saturday, June 22, and the competitions for U8s and U9s will take place on the morning of the finals.
The coaches will also run a summer tennis camp from July 22 to 26. This camp is for children aged five to eight, from 9.30am to 12.30pm and for children aged nine to 13 years from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. The camp is open to members and non-members and will cater for children of all levels, beginners and experienced players. Rackets will be provided and activities will include tennis training in technique, tactics, matchplay, co-ordination and fundamental tennis skills. Entry forms available on club noticeboard.
raises Green Flag
On Tuesday, May 28, The Deanery School celebrated the raising of their third Green Flag. This flag was awarded for water and students had worked hard to conserve water at home and in school. The flag was raised by the Dean of Cashel, The Very Revd. Dr. Philip Knowles, the school’s oldest pupil Sefunmi Giwa, Amber Thompson and Alana Fryday, the school’s youngest pupil. (See photo right)