Cashel RFC enjoys first Patron’s Lunch

Cashel RFC Pre Match Patron’s Lunch

Cashel RFC Pre Match Patron’s Lunch

The score line at the end of this match between Cashel and Sundays Well was a welcome one at 32-8 to the home side but it was the proceedings earlier in the day at the patron’s lunch in the pavilion that seemed to really define the place and where it is now as a club.

There was a feeling of a club coming of age, now comfortable in it’s position at the table of its peers, confident in its teams and wanting to showcase itself and its success and it did so with great aplomb.

Guests to the patron’s lunch were greeted with a wine reception and soon after all 160 were enjoying the culinary delights of Joe Ahearn’s catering. Decent wine followed by excellent food are always a winner at these sort of things and this was again another result. The question mark whether this kind of function could be achieved in the club house has now been answered.

Padraig Ryan Preston spoke of two things when he stood. One was of what was learned in the previous encounter of these two side at Musgrave Park three years ago, of maybe not being ready then, of being shown by them what was needed at this level and valuable lessons which he acknowledged stood to Cashel in campaigns to come. The second thing spoken of was the “wish list” the days result obviously, but also what he wanted for the club as a whole. His honesty and clarity of voice never disguising what this really meant to him.

Eamon Downey also spoke for the visiting Sundays Well club, he was eloquent and witty with the traditional Cork charm. He had a message for Cashel too though and it was this “You are a senior club and you should be comfortable in your skin about this” and maybe now “the teacher is the pupil”.

The organisers of the event who are always the “usual suspects” had their work done on this one and it showed on Saturday afternoon. What they couldn’t plan for was the atmosphere but it was there and you could feel it. For a few hours, the gloom would be lifted by rewarding hard work, commitment and success from under 7s right though to the senior side of a club.

Before any captain ever leaves a dressing room followed by a Cashel RFC team there are cogs in a machine grinding tirelessly for this to happen. This collective responsibility and will, was celebrated at this, the First Patrons Lunch on Saturday and it needed to be. This was a day when Patrons and club could take a bow, proud in their achievements and new objectives for the future to target.

History of Cashel RFC

The history of the club is currently being written. Members can become patron’s for €E50. Each patron will receive a copy of the book, be listed as a patron within and be invited to the launch night.

Munster Schools Senior Cup

Rockwell College took home the spoils of victory from Thomand Park on Bank Holiday Monday last as they secured a narrow win 6 points to 5 over Limerick side St Munchins in the Avonmore Senior Cup. Congratulations to the members of the panel who came through the Cashel underage system Aiden Butler, James Maxwell, Cathal Ryan and Aidan Barrow. Well done boys.

Tag Rugby

Tag Rugby continues on Wednesday night at 6.15pm for Primary School girls, 7pm for Secondary School.

Mini Rugby

Blitz in Thurles at the weekend against Thurles and Clonmel – the loss of one hour’s sleep left some players (and coaches) a little lethargic however the beautiful Spring morning lifted everyone’s spirits and we had a great morning of rugby, with this the last match of the season for most age groups.

Next Sunday at 12am (note later start time) there will be a morning of Fun & Games for u7’s to u12’s to finish off the season, with the help of Ruth & the ‘Den’ gang. There will be treats for the kids and Denis Leamy will hopefully be in attendance.


1st XV League Saturday, March 31.

Wanderers vs. Cashel 2.30pm in Dublin

2nd XV League Playoffs Sunday, April 1.

Garryowen vs. Cashel 2.30pm in Limerick

Under 15’s East Munster Cup Semi Final Sunday, April 1.

Dungarvan vs. Cashel 11am in Dungarvan

Under 17’s Semi Final of Cup Sunday, April 1.

Cashel vs. Waterpark 11am in Spafield


This week’s Lotto Jackpot is €E3,650.

Last week’s Lotto Numbers 6-23-26-28. No winner of last weeks jackpot.

Winners: E50 Rachael Murphy; E50 Kathleen Maher; E20 Ed Leamy; E20 Mark Shields; E20 Willie Maxey; E20 R Scanlon; E20 Peter Silke.


Bingo continues at 8.30p.m. sharp in the Clubhouse this Wednesday, March 28. Snowball jackpot this week is €E1,100 for 50 numbers or less. Lucky number games and lots of extra cash prizes. Don’t miss it!