Two weeks ago the town of Cashel was graced with a visit from the Queen of England, but for local rugby fans and the students of Scoil Chormaic, the visit they eagerly waiting for was on the the following day Saturday as some former International rugby greats came to the town for a Charity Rugby match in aid of the school
The entire day was organised by a dedicated group who believe in the power of sport and what Scoil Chormaic means to the people of the county. They formed a fund raising committee under the banner “Let Sport Make a Difference” and decided for their first fund raising activity to join forces with Cashel RFC to hold a charity rugby match.
That match pitted a “Legends” side managed by former Australian and World rugby great Michael Lynagh against a Tipperary Tigers managed by current Tipperary Hurling Manager Declan Ryan.
Michael’s team was made up of some of the great names of Irish and Munster rugby, including Alan Quinlan, Frankie Sheehan, Simon Easterby, Freddie Pucciariello, Anthony Horgan and many more.
Declan Ryan’s squad was made up from current local junior rugby players picked from the local Tipperary clubs of Cashel, Kilfeacle, Clanwilliam and Clonmel. After both Declan and Michael had presented their jerseys to the respective teams the players were led out on the pitch by the students of Scoil Chormaic.
Before they kicked off the teams stood to attention and watched the New Zealand and Munster great Dougie Howlett lead some of the children from Scoil Chormaic in the Haka. The two teams put on a great exhibition of rugby with no one quite sure who the eventual winners were!!
After the game everyone retired to the club house for a few sociable drinks. Scoil Chormaic principal Monica Shannon welcomed and thanked everyone for coming to and supporting the event. She thanked the “Let Sport Make a Difference” committee and Cashel RFC for organising such a truly fantastic day for everyone. She paid special tribute to all the children and their parents who were the main reason the day was such a success. Finally Monica wished everyone a good night and asked everyone to do their best in helping to supporting the school in these tough times.
Overall the day was a huge success with just short of one thousand people turning up from all over Tipperary despite the poor weather. It was a massive success for Scoil Chormaic as they received a cheque for €12,800 from the day. This was presented to Monica last Friday in Scoil Chormaic by some of the people on the “Let Sport Make a Difference” committee.
Special thanks have to go to the organising committee of John O’Connor, Ed Daly, David Magee, Tom Fennessey and John O’Dwyer and to Cashel RFC committee men Sean Ryan and Aidan Muldoon for organising and hosting the event.
It was the combination of the drive of these men and Cashel RFC that made the day such a success. This is the first of three events that will take place in aid of the school. A charity concert will play Boru Boru on September 16 and on December 9 the Ballykisteen Hotel will host a Dinner and Auction where some unique pieces will be auctioned.
Finally thank you to all of those people who donated time, money and services to the event and last but not least all those people who bought tickets and raised the €12,800 which Principle Monica Shannon will put to excellent use on behalf of the students of Scoil Chormaic