Cashel Community School Munster Camogie Champions

On Thursday January 16thCashel CS Junior Camogie team recorded a momentous victory over St. Marys of Midleton on a scoreline of 4.05 to 0.06 to be crowned Munster Champions. Cashel got off to a flying start with Kellie Browne finding the net on two occasions. This was followed up by a Lisa O Connor penalty. The full back line of Aoife White, Ciara Gahan and Ella O Dwyer kept Midleton scoreless from play. In the heavy underfoot conditions our half backs Lisa Blair, Lily Fahie and Katelyn Downey put in hard work, supported by Emma Horgan and Lucy Fogarty in midfield. Lily Fahie at centre back played a pivitol role both defensively and offensively. Cashel CS led 3.00 to 0.02 at half-time The second half started with Cashel getting the first two scores from our sharp shooter Grace Moloney. Ellie Butler, Anna Fahie and the quick footed Lisa O Connor kept pressure on the Midleton backs. Evelyn Gayson Molloy was also impressive in goals. Eabha Gayson Molloy, Lucie Gilmartin and Erin Gilespie made a positive impact when introduced. Alessia Mazzola gave a powerful display at centre forward. This was a huge victory for the Cashel girls who were mentored by Trevor Galvin and Marie White. This was their first year playing Junior B after winning the C competiton last year. This group of 29 girls will relish playing in the A grade next year. They now progress to the All Ireland semi final on a date to be arranged.


Tipperary Equestrian centre Mill Road Thurles will host an interschools showjumping competition on sun 26th January. If your child is interested in competing for the school as part of a team please ask them to contact Ms. Fox for details by Monday the 20th of January. There will be 2 team competitions available with individual classes in each also Novice 75cms to 80cms and Open 90cms to 1m.

Places still available in evening classes

Places are still available on QQI Level 5 SNA course & QQI level 5 Intellectual Disabilties course starting on Monday 26th January. A limited number of places are available on the Painting class commencing this Monday 20th January. Further information contact 062-61167 or email

Young Scientist

Three fifth students from Cashel Community were awarded first place in the senior Social and Behavioural Sciences category at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The group leader Diarmuid English, his brother Finbarr and fellow student Kiril Kariov were delighted to receive the award. The coveted prize was presented to them last Friday evening in the BT Arena by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, and Managing Director of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh. Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland said, “Congratulations to all of our participants, and particularly to all our winners. For more than five decades, the Exhibition has shown the ingenuity of Ireland’s youth, and this year’s Exhibition is no exception. The students at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition have sought creative and innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues, and that spirit and drive is to be commended. “We say ‘Create Today, Shape Tomorrow’ at the exhibition and it really is only the beginning. From the young students involved in The Primary Science Fair to secondary students at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, it is vitally important that every student’s voyage of discovery does not end here.” The three students presented their project at last week’s exhibition in the RDS, which showcased the best 500 projects from over 3000 entries. The project titled "Don't miss a day of school" is a rigorous statistical analysis of the relationship between school attendance and attainment of Leaving Cert points. The correlation between Leaving Certificate results and whole-day absences, half days, morning and evening absences, absence for activities and whether students presented notes for absences was examined. They started their work last year when they were in Transition Year. The boys worked with mathematicians from UCC during their analysis. The findings were recently presented to an assembly of the 6th year group in the school to highlight how absences were potentially affecting points. The information and insight gained is of particular interest to students, parents and management in any similar school. The young scientists who are 5th year students at Cashel Community School impressed the judges with both their display and interactions throughout the vigorous judging process. Head Judge of the Social and Behavioural Sciences Group category, Professor Joe Barry noted that “Despite awareness of the attendance issues within our school systems a contextual study of this nature can only build students and parents awareness of the importance of remaining engaged with the school learning environment.” At the presentation the students acknowledged all the support they received from their lead teacher and mentor Mr TJ Quinn and all the teachers within the school’s science department. They were also grateful for the support from their respective families. Mr Quinn commented “We are delighted to bring home such a high level award. It was the first ever successful entry from our school and we didn't know where we would be regarding the standard of work. The lads put together a great display to build on a lot of hard work and serious analysis including learning new computer coding languages to deal with the data. There was a lot of interest shown in our project by the public at the exhibition as leaving cert points and absenteeism are topical for most people. I am delighted with the way the lads interacted with the judges and the public and their passionate explanation to everybody who asked showed that this project became a labour of love for them”. Speaking on Friday night the Principal Mr John Gallagher expressed his profound admiration for the effort and commitment shown by all those who were involved in or supported the project- Diarmuid, Finbarr and Kiril, their teachers and their parents. He said “we as a school community are delighted that the students’ commitment and diligence has been recognised and rewarded at a national level and of course we are enormously proud of the students for bringing a national title of this magnitude and prestige back to our school. Well done to all involved”.

Brian Boru Soccer Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for the Brian Boru Soccer Scholarships. The Scholarships are available to all boys and girls in first year who play soccer with any club . The successful applicants will receive a significant contribution towards the cost of their education in second year. The Scholarships are sponsored by Packie Horan of The Brian Boru in Cashel. Pictured are last year’s recipients Hannah Downey and Corey Prendergast. Application forms available from Mr. Kennedy.

Best of Luck to CCS Young Scientists

Wishing the very best of luck to our CCS students Kiril Cariov, Diarmuid and Finbarr English and their teacher Mr. T.J. Quinn who are participating in the BT Young Scientist Competition over the coming days

Art Exhibition in Cashel Library

You are cordially invited to CCS Art Exhibition being held by Evening Class Art students in Cashel Library during the month of February. The launch is taking place on Tuesday 4th February from 6pm to 8pm. Light refreshments are being served.

Enrolment for Evening Classes

Enrolment for evening classes in CCS is taking place on Wednesday 15th January from 6.30pm - 8pm.

QQI Level 5 Intellectual Disabilities course

QQI Level 5 certified course is commencing on Monday 20th January at 7pm. Course fee €400

QQI Level 5 SNA course

QQI certified SNA course commencing on January 20th for 12 weeks. Course fee €400. Certification is based upon assessment along with fulfilling satisfactory work experience. Placement must be obtained by students themselves. Further information:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Warmest greetings of this festive season and best wishes for happiness this New Year from the Staff and Students of Cashel Community School

Dundrum Student Wins €6000 Bursary for University Studies

Emma Ryan is a Leaving Certificate student in Cashel Community School. She is the eldest daughter of Joe and Joan Ryan of Bishopswood, Dundrum and she hopes to study Food Science in UL next year. As this year’s winner of the ‘Godolphin Bursary’ she is guaranteed €1500 for each year of her 4-year undergraduate programme and she has also been presented with a laptop. This is the third year that the ‘Godolphin Bursary’ has been awarded in Cashel Community School. Emma is pictured being presented with her award by Willie Brogan, (Godolphin) at a ceremony held in the school. Speaking at the event Mr. Brogan commended all those who had entered this year’s competition. John Gallagher, Principal expressed the school’s profound appreciation to the Godolphin Syndicate for their on-going support of the school. He congratulated Emma and wished her every success as she prepares for the 2020 Leaving Certificate. Photo Index: ( Left to Right) Mr. John Gallagher (Principal), Ms. Margaret Moore (Deputy Principal), Emma Ryan & Willi Brogan (Godolphin)

Christmas Spirit in CCS

First Year students have been busy creating beautiful Christmas projects as part of their RE classes . The corridors were brightened with all the creativity alive and well in first year. Well done to all students - remember, "Creativity is intelligence having fun". Pictured are classes 1 Suir, 1 Erne and 1 Foyle .

CCS Bothar Gift Arrives In Rwanda

Two years ago Transition Year students, who are now Sixth Years, took part in an innovative fundraiser for Bothar. Tthey bravely volunteered to get their legs waxed for this charity. Two years on, the CCS calf is now a cow and is living in Rwanda since September. The students quickly realised that teamwork can make a huge difference to families living in poverty. Recently 2fm presenter and social influencer Doireann Garrihy visited Rwanda and saw first hand the difference a cow makes to the lives of people . These clips really show how life changing the gift of a cow can make to the lives of these people. CCS students are very proud that their efforts have made such a difference. Clips available at:

Lions Club Young Person of the year 2019

Congratulations to Colin Harding who has been named Cashel Lions Club ‘Young Person of The Year 2019’. Colin’s award is a reflection of his selfless contribution both in school and in the community. We in CCS wish him every success in the Lions Club District Finals. Colin is pictured here with Mr. John Gallagher (Principal CCS)

Wellness Week Celebrations

Wellness Week was marked in a variety of ways in CCS this year. Supervalu very kindly sponsored a teenage drama dealing with the value of life and substance misuse for 6th and TY students. The Marie Keating unit gave very informative talks on cancer prevention and Dance Fit classes were enjoyed by First Year. On Thankful Tuesday students gave gifts to staff showing their appreciation and First Year students enjoyed 'open mic' entertainment at lunchtime where they connected with their Links in Sixth Year. All classes during Pastoral Care time were reminded of the importance of their supports in CCS .

Transition Year Christmas Dinner

Last Friday the YSI (Young Social Innovator Team ) organised the annual TY Christmas dinner. Our local butchers kindly supplied the meat for this fundraiser. This year the group chose the Fr. Peter Mc Verry Trust as their charity. This well known charity champions the cause of homeless people. The group raised €495 - a fantastic teamwork effort showing the spirit of CCS .

Reminder Christmas Craft Fair Tomorrow

There will be great Christmas bargains, gifts and treats on offer tomorrow so don't forget to bring some funds with you so you can do your shopping.

Craft Fair at CCS

TY Enterprise students holding a Christmas Craft Fair on Thursday 12th from 10am to 11.30. 15 local Businesses will be in attendance selling stocking fillers & gifts for Christmas. Don't forget your wallets on Thursday morning!

Donnacha O Dwyer J.P Mc Manus All Ireland Scholarship

Donnacha O Dwyer a student from Cashel Community School has been awarded full academic support for the duration of his third level studies as part of the prestigious All-Ireland Scholarships programme. Donnacha was among 125 students from across the island to be awarded the accolade. He attended a ceremony at University Concert Hall (UCH) to mark his achievements. Also present were outgoing Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt, JP McManus, who sponsors the scholarships, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and the deputy secretary at the Department for the economy, skills and education group in Northern Ireland, Heather Cousins Sponsored by JP McManus, the 3rd level educational scholarship is awarded to a minimum of two highest-achieving students from each of the 32 counties. They must meet a further set of criteria, including attending a non-fee-paying school and being exempt from the Leaving Certificate fee. This year, seven All Ireland Scholarship recipients scored the maximum 625 Leaving Cert points. The most popular area of study is medicine, closely followed by engineering and science. As a result of receiving the award - worth €750 a month to each student - Donnacha will not have to work part-time, meaning he can focus entirely on his study. The ceremony saw students processing into UCH before receiving their bursaries from Ms O’Connor, Mr Downer and Mr McManus. Prior to this, video testimonies from previous students who won All-Ireland scholarships were played. Mr McManus said: “To the scholarship recipients of 2019 I offer my sincere congratulations; your hard work and commitment is a testimony to your ability and ambition, and I know you will build on your success and continue to strive for excellence in your ongoing studies and future careers.” Established in 2008, the scholarships are valued at €6,750 per year in Ireland. Guest of Honour, Joe Schmidt, commended the 125 students. "Education is a hugely important part of every young person’s development in life, and it’s fantastic to be able to be here today to recognise first-hand the outstanding achievements of each and every student present. I encourage them all to keep working hard and to make the most of their opportunities," he said. Congratulating this year’s recipients, Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said, "These young women and men deserve our warmest congratulations. Their schools, teachers and families can take great pride in their achievements. They have worked exceptionally hard to get this far. They have already shown the stamina and drive that I expect will be rewarded as they move forward through their studies and on into careers." The programme is administered by the Department of Education & Skills and the Department for the Economy with support from the Department of Education, Northern Ireland. To date, 1,496 students have been awarded an All-Ireland Scholarship and 905 have graduated from university. Previous Guests of Honour have included Irish Presidents Michael D. Higgins and Mary McAleese, 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, and sporting heroes AP McCoy, Paul O’Connell, John Kiely and Martin O’Neill.

Jesse Tree

As part of their Religion Class, 3 Errigal decorated the tree in the sacred space using the symbols of the Jesse Tree. Jesse Trees are a very old Christmas Tradition and first started in medieval times. They are used to help tell the story of the Bible from creation to the Christmas Story. The Jesse tree represents Jesus' family tree. The symbols tell of Jesus' ancestors and of the events leading to Jesus' birth.

TY language students attending #ThinkLanguages in the Convention Centre Dublin

Talks on the day highlighted the importance of a multilingual society, how languages provide global opportunities, greater life and travel experiences and lead to a wider circle of friends. All students attended workshops which included interpreting and translating with the European Commission, linguistics, spending a term abroad in TY and politics and languages. A wide variety of stands were also available to visit. These ranged from universities to global businesses. A fantastic experience that was enjoyed by all.

Christmas Craft Fair

On Thursday 12th December, TY Enterprise group (Cashel Craft Company) are holding a Christmas Fair from 10am to 11.30am in Library 1 & 2. It will feature local Businesses here from Cashel. It is a great opportunity to pick up some stocking fillers.

Serena O'Dwyer receives her Gold Gaisce Award from President Michael D Higgins

The President's Award ceremony took place in Dublin Castle. The awards were presented by Michael D Higgins in a prestigious ceremony hosted by Sinead Burke. Serena O’Dwyer received her Bronze and silver award as a pupil of Cashel Community School and started her Gaisce journey to the Gold award in 6th year under the guidance of her President Award Leader Irene Codd. The Gold Award requires participants to undertake five challenges. Serena volunteered in Uganda for the Residential element. For her adventure journey she undertook a four day walk along the Wild Atlantic way, she volunteered as a mentor in a Big Brother Big Sister program where she assisted a young lady from a disadvantaged background. To keep fit for her physical section Serena chose dancing and finally for her personal skill she took singing lessons. Cashel Community School would like to congratulate Serena on this fantastic achievement. Her tenacity to complete all the requirements of the Award is to be commended. The Gaisce Gold Award challenge is not an easy one – it demands motivation, determination and focus over a minimum of 52 weeks but in most cases takes a number of years to complete. This achievement not only demonstrates a personal determination, but also a commitment to the service of her community.

Human Rights Awareness Day 2019

The CSPE/GCE Human Rights Awareness Day 2019 took place today. Each first year student completed a project based on human rights. They attended a talk by Jim Cremin of Trócaire. The GCE student committee were present on the day. Darragh Hogan (GCE student committee) spoke about the work that is being done by the student committee at the moment in the school.

Quercus Entrance Scholarship to UCC

James O Sullivan, Leaving Certificate Student 2019, has been awarded the prestigious Quercus Entrance Scholarship to UCC having achieved the maximum 625 points in his Leaving Certificate. Principal, John Gallagher was delighted to accept an invitation to represent Cashel Community School at the Awards Ceremony in the Devere Hall, UCC on Monday, December 2nd 2019. UCC awarded Quercus Entrance Scholarships to 77 students at a ceremony celebrating their extraordinary academic achievements. Sixty Quercus Entrance Scholarships of up to €2,000 each, tenable in any College of the University, are offered for competition on the basis of results in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent. The Scholarships are tenable only in University College Cork, for the First Year of a full-time primary degree programme at University College Cork in the session following the Leaving Certificate Examination on which the award is based. The Quercus Talented Students Programme seeks motivated students who can demonstrate high intellectual achievement. James joins a select group of students in UCC to have been awarded a scholarship. His proud parents, Michael and Geraldine were also present at the ceremony. Their commitment to, and support of, their family’s education in Cashel Community School and now in UCC has been recognised through James’s award. As a recipient of the Quercus Scholarship, James will receive opportunities to participate in the Quercus lecture series and invitations to networking events. We wish James every success in his studies in Physics and Astrophysics and we look forward to hearing of his progress in the coming years.

CSPE Hike of Galtee Mountains:

3 Kilworth CSPE class headed off on a hike of the Galtee Mountains on 2nd December. See report on attached pdf.

SVP Christmas Food Appeal

We are asking all students and staff of CCS to contribute to our annual SVP Christmas Food Appeal. Donations can be left in the Christmas sleigh by December 16th. Please see the list of suitable items in the picture attached. Many thanks in advance for your support - Mr. Tony Nolan, Chaplain

Letter to 2nd Year Parents from Year Head

Dear Parents, Please see the attached pdf letter about a number of activities relating to teaching and learning involving 2nd year students since the beginning of this academic year. Kind Regards Cathal Farrell Year Head

The Shona Project

This week to celebrate Wellness Week TY students will distribute booklets from the Shona Project , “The Survival Handbook for Girls”. The book has loads of life hacks, advice, information and some interactive bits and pieces covering topics from how to deal with negative friendships, how to protect your beautiful, precious heart, how to deal with anxiety, and how to do your bit for the environment.. Click here to see an interactive version of this booklet

Caoimhe is a Quercus Scholar

On Tuesday the 26th of November UCC awarded five UCC Quercus Scholarships for Sport to students at a gala dinner held in the Aula Maxima on the UCC Campus. Caoimhe Perdue was the proud recipient of one such scholarship. Quercus scholars are chosen because they demonstrate an exceptional level of excellence in their chosen Sport. Caoimhe Perdue is from Cashel in County Tipperary. She completed her Leaving Certificate last June in Cashel Community School and now she is in first year at UCC, studying Nutritional Science. Caoimhe has played hockey with Munster and Ireland at under 16 and under 18 levels and she is currently on the under 21 Irish team. She played EYHL with Cork Harlequins and has won an Irish senior cup title. Caoimhe hopes to play competitive hockey with UCC and progress with her Irish hockey career while securing a degree in Nutritional Science at UCC. University College Cork believes in creating an environment in which academic excellence can be combined with opportunities for personal development. One of the most important ways students further their personal development is by taking part in the wide range of sporting activities. Their students are amongst the most active in the country across an extensive range of sporting disciplines.. The Scholarship can be renewed for subsequent years, subject to a Scholar making a sufficient contribution to the sporting life of UCC, engaging with the activities of the Quercus Talented Students’ Programme and being able to progress to the next level of study in their academic programme. Scholars will be expected to act as ambassadors for UCC in terms of their participation in sporting activities and in their participation in activities designed to promote the Quercus Programme. The act of balancing academic achievement, sporting excellence and personal development remains a challenge for talented Irish sports people. Through the Quercus Talented Students’ Programme, UCC is committed to enhancing the academic and sporting achievements of young sports men and women in the country, as well as making a positive impact on the future of Irish Sport. Photo accompanying Caoimhe Perdue & Mr. John Murray (Deputy Principal CCS)

International Soccer Trials for Caoilinn and Michaela

We would like to wish the very best of luck to two of our 3rd year students, Caoilinn Casey and Michaela Lawrence, who are in Dublin tomorrow for the U/15 Girls International Soccer trials.

Emily Coleman receives national award for top marks

Congratulations to Emily Coleman who received the highest mark nationally in Junior Certificate Technical Graphics. This is a phenomenal achievement and reflects Emily's incredible, work ethic, talent and dedication.

Open Night

Dear Parent/Guardian, Please be advised that Cashel Community School will host its annual Open Night on Thursday the 28th of November. We as a School community would like to invite all parents who are considering enrolling their child to come along and share the experience with us.