Young Ambassador

Congratulations to Ian Lonergan, a sixth year student at CCS, who was recently selected as Cashel Lions Club Young Ambassador of the 21st Century. This award is part of a nationwide scheme run by Lions Club International whereby young people who make major contributions to their local communities are honoured. Ian, a native of Oliver Plunkett Park, Cashel, is certainly one such young person and is richly deserving of his award. He is wished well as he advances to the regional stage of the scheme. 

Several times each week, Ian visits elderly patients in St. Patrick’s Hospital and his practical kindness towards the patients is much appreciated by the staff. In addition, he assists with the running of social events for the senior citizens in Rosegreen. Ian is a junior leader at the Cashel youth service centre in Hogan Square. His pride in his home town has led him to involvement in the Tidy Towns campaign, winning a promotional poster making competition and assisting his own neighbourhood to win the prize for best estate in 2010.

The horizons of Ian’s voluntary work are very broad. In summer 2011 he was one of three Community School students selected to help care for invalided pilgrims at the shrine of Our Lady in Lourdes. On top of all this, he was active in the fundraising that enabled the school to send a house-building team of students and staff to work in South Africa last week.

Five other senior students at Cashel Community School were nominated for the Young Ambassador award : Rachel Fahy, Maeve Walsh, Roisin Trehy, Jake Ryan and Tom Mulcahy. They are commended on their nominations and on their community spirit.