Cashel’s Handball Champions have been accorded a full civic reception by the Town Council, following their extraordinary success in this year’s Handball World Championships, taking home a total of five gold medals and one silver medal.
Cashel Handball Club was represented by 15 players at the ‘World Cup’ of Handball hosted in Citywest, Dublin. The Championship attracted 2,084 competitors from 27 countries, with 3,286 matches being played during the whole tournament.
The roll call of honours recipients for Cashel and across Tipperary is as follows: Colin Ryan, this year’s U13 40x20 Singles World Champion; Jerome Cahill from the Lahorna Handball Club in North Tipp, who partnered the U13 40x20 Doubles Runners Up; Daniel Hayes, U15 40x20 Singles World Champion; Jason English, Ballyporeen Handball Club, who partnered the U15 40x20 Doubles World Champions; and Denis White and John Ferncombe, Mens C Singles 40x20 World Champions.
Noel Murphy, Chairman of Cashel Handball Club, thanked the Mayor and Council members for according a Civic Reception to the Club.
Cashel has a “very strong history of handball,” Mayor Séan McCarthy told guests, “dating back as far as the 1850s when there was a court situated on William Street. The first official court was built in The Green in 1935”. The idea for the present 60x30 court was the brainchild of a group of people who wanted to perpetuate the memory of the late Michael ‘Monto’ Carrie, who sadly died in a car accident on August 22, 1973. ‘Monto’ was deeply involved in sports in Cashel at the time, said Dr McCarthy.
On October 26, 1975, the Monto Carrie Memorial 60x30 Handball Court was officially opened. “It has to be mentioned that it was built entirely by voluntary labour,” said the Mayor. The Club began to have success at an early stage with both juveniles adults and has had ongoing success down through the years taking many All-Ireland titles. The 40x20 Court was an addition in the mid 1980s and this was a great advantage having both Courts available to train and play in. The club has gone from strength to strength ever since.
“Taking into account the record number of competitors involved in these World Championships, this was a massive achievement,” said Cllr McCarthy. “For these World Championships, teams from opposite sides of the country could take part in doubles events.
“Tipperary Handball must be at its very best at the moment, when it’s not necessary to go outside the county lines to make up any of the doubles pairs. This bodes well for the future!”
Mayor McCarthy said there planned upgrades to the existing complex in the pipeline, and the Club has its eyes firmly set on the next World Championships in Calgary Canada, in 2015. “Hopefully, many All-Ireland titles will come in the near future from these club members and others involved in Cashel Handball Club,” concluded the Mayor.