Two young Cashel men who played a pivotal part in Tipperary’s win in this year’s All Ireland Minor win were given thier home town’s highest honour, in recognition of the achiebement.
King Cormac’s clubmen Dylan Fitzelle and Gearoid Slattery were granted a civic reception by Cashel Town Council.
Speaking at the reception, Cllr Sean McCarthy highlighted why the town had decided to honour the young footballers.
“I would like to welcome you all here tonight and in particular the two recipients, Dylan Fitzelle and Gearoid Slattery, to whom we are extending this Civic Reception, which is the highest honour this Council can bestow on any individual. I would like to welcome everyone here including the families of these two athletes who have brought great credit to themselves, distinction to the Club of Cashel King Cormacs and great honour and distinction to County Tipperary.
“Dylan Fitzelle played at centre back on the team and was prominent in every one of the contests which Tipperary competed in before the final. Gearoid was the goalkeeper up until the All Ireland Semi Final
“Cashel King Cormacs is not renowned as a stronghold in Gaelic football so it is quite a remarkable achievement, that Dylan and Gearoid were such an integral part of this great Minor victory, and in historical terms Cashel King Cormacs won their only County Minor Football title back in 1974, 20 years before these two young stars we are honouring tonight were born.
“I believe that it is very significant and important that the families of both these young men have been steeped in GAA Athletics over the years, the fact that ones family is involved in sport and in particular the GAA it indicates a spirit of competiveness and determination to win in all players.
“All the Fitzelle’s were involved with Cashel King Cormacks and indeed Dylan’s uncle Pa Fitzelle was an outstanding hurler for the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team for many years.
“Gearoid Slattery’s family have always been involved in the Cashel King Cormacs Club and indeed his uncle Tony Slattery won an All Ireland Minor Hurling Medal in 1976 and an Under 21 All Ireland Medal in 1979. His father Ger was Chairman of the Cashel King Cormacs Club from 2002 to 2006, so clearly good athletic breeding breeds very good players.
“The victory achieved by the Tipperary Minor Football Team in this All Ireland was particularly significant and holds well for the future and indeed the management of the Minor team have to be complemented on their achievements. The last time Tipperary won a Minor football title was in 1934 and since then they have only appeared twice, in 1955 and in 1984 and lost to Dublin on both occasions and in fact the score in 1955 was Dublin 5-4 Tipperary 2-7 and in 1984 it was Dublin 1-9
Tippeary 0-4 so clearly Dublin were vastly superior and wasn’t it wonderful to see those defeats redressed and repaid for in full by this wonderful Tipperary team last September.
“I have no doubt that many of us saw this game on national television as well as a number travelled to the game and I think it is also significant that a West Tippeary young man Colman Kennedy, son of John Kennedy who used to hurl for Clonoulty and Tipperary, scored an outstanding goal at a crucial stage in the game.
“I believe these two young men have an outstanding future and I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and this Council to wish them well in their future sporting careers.”