Home is Where Harty is

On a massive sporting weekend in this country, there was no better result than our school winning the Harty Cup in Semple Stadium yesterday. The Harty Cup, the Munster senior schools hurling championship is one of the most ferociously fought out school competitions of all. This competition has been dominated over the decades by the aristocrats of Munster schools hurling, but yesterday saw the very first Community School capture this famous cup in heroic form. It is only fitting that Cashel Community School is the first to do so, as this famous trophy is named after the former GAA patron Archbishop Dr. John Mary Harty who served as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly from 1913 until his death in 1946.

It’s hard to beat the excitement and pressure that comes with Knockout schools GAA. After beating the best of Cork, Clare and Limerick to reach this point, it was then the turn of our neighbours CBS Thurles. This first ever all-Tipperary Harty Cup Final attracted a bumper attendance with bucket loads of colour, pageantry and the atmosphere dominating the venue. A heaving crowd with young and old faces in the stands and with the cream of the school’s hurling crop competing on the field of play whilst representing their schools, clubs and families.

Yesterday we were privileged to witness a group of young men giving everything for their school crest. I hope I speak for all, when I say we left that sporting cauldron with our heads held high and filled with a great sense of pride of what our community represents and has achieved to date. We salute this team and their mentors on securing this treasured trophy.

Thank you for sharing this experience with us and supporting our school throughout its existence and hoping that we move forward together knowing the Harty Cup has a new home.

Mr Gallagher