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Celebrity Bainisteoir at St Mary’s N.S.

We all know the story of Celebrity Bainisteoir, but do we know it from the children’s perspective. The children of St Mary's N.S. were so exited when Miss Rozanna Purcell visited the school. Some members of the team and the camera crew from ‘Animo Production Company’ also came. When they entered, the noise was deafening. It was a great day for St. Mary's N.S and will go down in history.
On the way to Dublin it was the greatest feeling in the world. At the start of our amazing journey we never expected to be on the road to Parnell Park. Nearly everybody in Newtowncashel was at the match. People from all around the world came home to support the lads. Over 7,000 people packed into Parnell Park to watch the spectacle. May I add, over 4,000 Cashel supporters came to the match. There was a sea of red and black as Cashel supporters rocked the rafters. It was a brilliant match… one for the history books. It was neck and neck throughout the game with the two free takers having a mighty battle. Sixty minutes passed…. still neck and neck. Then with a dramatic and shock conclusion Moy Davitts won the match. The lads did us proud and we were heart broken when the final whistle blew.
Back to ‘Bewleys’ Airport Hotel for the after party. Celebrations went long into the night, even though Cashel lost. There was a disco for us children. We danced like there was no tomorrow. It was great crack; there was music and songs. It was a fun filled evening for all ages. It was a pity that we did not complete the journey to victory…but on the other hand didn’t we have a GREAT TIME. The village came out lovely on the television and it was great publicity for Newtowncashel.
It was a brilliant day and a phenomenal success.

Lochlann & Jamie

After weeks of waiting and much speculation, locals from the village of Newtowncashel are this week still digesting news of decorated model Rozanna Purcell’s official introduction as the club’s new celebrity bainisteoir.
Arriving in a silver coloured saloon, the Miss Universe Ireland 2010 winner was given a deafening welcome by hundreds of spectators outside the entrance to the club’s Pairc Naomh Ciaran grounds onSunday the 22nd of July.
It was a gesture which certainly didn’t appear lost on the 21-year-old as she addressed onlookers soon after.
“I’m Roz, I’m your new bainisteoir,” she declared, whilst sporting an aptly coloured red cowboy hat. “I am absolutely delighted to be here, it’s a gorgeous village. I know you are a great community and have a great community spirit in that you have won the Tidy Towns multiple times in a row. I am going to do whatever I can for the team.”
Captain Gary Kenny said many panel members were taken by the model’s down to earth and uncomplicated demeanour, and it was no surprise when Ms Purcell entered the changing rooms to a tumultuous roar.
Club president Paddy Donlon said he could hardly remember a more pleasing sight in his near 55 year association with the club.
Meanwhile, the club have issued a message of thanks to the following for their support in recent weeks: Peter Hanley Motors, Jimmy Leavy’s Pub Foigha, Joe Fallon’s, Newtowncashel, L&K, Micheal Casey (Australia), M Casey & Sons, Dave Sheridan from Matt Reilly Cakes, Alan Orohue, Ventura Promotions Television, Frank Greally, Lucozade Sport, M&S Plant Spares, Adie Farrell, Campus Oil, Jones Engineering, XLnt Signs, Bernard Keane, Supervalu, Lanebsoro and P Connolly Cars Ballymahon
The match, which will take place at Cashel GAA grounds on Sunday September 2tnd, will see Rozanna Purcell’s Longford side face Jessica Lawlor’s men from Ballinora GAA Club, Waterfall, County Cork.
Just under 1,000 people are anticipated to attend the event, which organisers have promised will be a day to remember.
Such is the fervour building up in this year’s competition that Cashel Celebrity Banisteoir, Rozanna Purcell, has declared she will wear her bikini to training sessions if her lads score a win in this first round game.
Speaking on the Ray D’Arcy Show recently, the Tipperary model told the nation “it’s a bit of motivation. We have to win.”
The 22-year-old beauty queen earned a home draw earlier this month (August 14) against Jessica Lawlor, partner of soccer star Stephen Ireland. The match has been dubbed ‘the battle of the babes’ in a series that pits famous faces from the same celebrity world against each other.
Referring to Cashel GAA club, Rozanna told Ray D’Arcy, “They are the love of my life, all 32 of them. I’m having an absolute ball with it. It has made me realise GAA is the heart and soul of Ireland and it is a religion for many people.
“I don’t want to let them down. They all made me feel very welcome. I used to play a bit of GAA in my day and so did my dad. I knew a few bits about it and the lads have been amazing on filling me in on the rest.”
The, match commentary was be provided by the legendary Micheal O’Muircheartaigh.
Cashel 1-13   Ballinora (Cork) 1-9
Cashel booked their place in the semi-final of RTE’s Celebrity Bainisteoir with a deserved win over Cork side Ballinora.
The Longford side controlled the majority of the game but when Ballinora pulled a goal back four minutes from time it made for a nervy few minutes, with Cashel keeper Ger Neilon pulling off a fine save to deny substitute Daire O’Neill.
Ballinora’s Ben Ahern who opened the scoring in the second minute pointing over a free before Cashel took a hold on the game. Gary Kenny got them off the mark in the third minute pointing over a free. Aidan Rowan scored a great point in the six minute to put them ahead and then they scored five unanswered frees - Kenny (three frees), Rowan with a well taken ’45 and Derek Farrell all on the mark.
Ballinora came back into game in the final ten minutes of the half and points from Pat Fitton, Ahern (free) and Conor Brosnan left three in it at the break.
Cashel were dominant in the second half. Ger Denningan and Farrell added on two more points. A free from Kenny was sandwiched in between points from Ballinora’s Michael Murphy and Brosnan.
A goal from Kieran Mulvihill in the 42nd minute and a nice point from Rowan stretched Cashel’s lead to eight in the 43rd minute. Two frees from Ahern and Brosnan kept their side in it as the final ten minutes approached.
Mulvihill got Cashel’s final score in the 55th minute before the Cork side really made a game of it with a goal and a point.
The momentum was now with the visitors, but try as they might they couldn’t tag on any more scores and Cashel held out for a memorable win.
Cashel: Ger Neilon; Ronan Farrell, Conan Casey, Ronan Muldoon; Peter Foy, Padraig Farrell, Kevin Farrell (0-1); Ger Dennigan (0-1), James Rowan; Gary Kenny (0-5,5f), Aidan Rowan (0-3,’45), Niall Donlon; Kieran Mulvihill (1-1), Shane Merrigan, Derek Farrell (0-2).
Subs used: Paul Egan for P Farrell (41 mins), Thomas Delaney for D Farrell (53 mins), Niall Casserley for Donlon (60 mins).
Excitement is at fever pitch in Newtowncashel for the semi-finals of Celebrity Bainisteoir, which will take place on Wednesday September 19.
After their great win against Cork’s Ballinora in the quarter finals, Naomh Brid from Donegal are the next opponents in the quest to reach the final of the popular reality TV show.
Naomh Brid are certainly no walk-over. Under the guidance of Pippa O’Connor, the Donegal side clinically dispatched her husband Brian Ormond’s team in the last round.
After masterminding the defeat of WAG Jessica Lawlor’s team last time out, Cashel manager, Roz Purcell will have to overcome another battle of the beauties to reach the final.
Adding extra flair to the series, the celebrities must battle it out with each other in a series of tasks to win home advantage. Rozanna Purcell won her challange for Cashel, so the match will take place in Pairc Naomh Ciaran on the evening of Wednesday September 19th at 8:30pm (under floodlights).
Well done to the Cashel Senior Team and their Celebrity Bainisteoir, Roz Purcell, on their fine win  in the Semi- Final of the popular R.T.E series against  Naomh Brid from Ballintra, Co. Donegal last Wednesday evening (Pippa o connor and Brian Ormond)under floodlights, at Páirc Naomh Ciaráin . This was a really unique night for the club and indeed the parish of Cashel as a whole and there was a huge turnout of supporters for this rare spectacle.Final score was 1-9 to 0-4.
We now play Calum Best's Moy Davitts from Foxford in Co.Mayo in the Final in Parnell Park,Dublin on Friday evening the 26th of October.To reach the final is a tremendous achievement so your kind support is essential to help the boys to victory.
Cashel’s thrilling, joyous Celebrity Bainisteoir journey came to a tearsoaked end in Parnell Park last Friday. A contentious injury time free saw them go down by a point to MoyDavitts in a frantic, highly physical encounter.
At the final whistle, the sizeable Cashel crowd looked crestfallen, the players slumped to the ground. Roz Purcell, who as manager encapsulated perhaps better than any contestant what the show is about, stood motionless on the sideline, as the Moy Davitts subs invaded the pitch, before she darted for the dressing room in tears.
The mood beforehand was buoyant. The crowd throughout had a very family-ish feel with masses of mothers and kids among the throngs of supporters. Children haven’t developed the impatience towards the incessant blowing of horns and whistles that most adults have, and they blew loudly for most of the sixty minutes.
The Cashel contingent comfortably outnumbered their Mayo rivals. Both sets of supporters, rather unusually for a GAA match, were separated from each other (plainly for the purposes of televisual choreography rather than preventing massive fan violence).
The evening was bitterly cold and one got the familiar scent of winter’s evening sport in Ireland; Cheese and Onion crisps and tea in plastic cups.
Usually the only people allowed encroach on the pitch at GAA matches are physios and bib-wearing Maor Uisces.
On this evening, men with cameras mounted on their shoulder, other lads carrying sound booms, and important, anxious looking
women with earpieces, stood three or four yards out on pitch at almost all times.
The game itself was ferociously tight all the way through. The niggle and bite evident in the early moments demonstrated
the seriousness of the occasion.
Cashel relied heavily on their freetaker Gary Kenny for scores and he coolly knocked over six points in total.
Peter Foy, rampaging forward from wing-back, slipped over a lovely point to put Cashel 0-3 to 0-1 clear after twenty minutes.
Aidan Rowan at centre half forward was also particularly impressive.
Cashel went in at the break 0-6 to 0-5 down with the breeze behind them for the second half. However, in what was a tense, low scoring game, they failed to capitalise. The crucial score came in injurytime when Cashel goalkeeper Ger Nealion was smothered by four or
five Moy Davitts attackers when emerging with the ball. The referee controversially penalised him for over-carrying.
The resultant, easy free sent Moy Davitts 0-9 to 0-8 clear.
The shrill blast of the final whistle sounded seconds after.
Many grandchildren over the years have been bored senseless at having to listen their parents’ parents go on
about seeing George Best play. Well those of us in Donnycarney on Friday can boast to our descendants about seeing Calum Best manage a Mayo intermediate Gaelic football team in Parnell Park, an even more exclusive privilege.
In possibly a first for a GAA presentation, Best congratulated his charges on account of their “good hustle.”
There was only heartbreak for Cashel, whose players, supporters and bainisteoir looked shattered by the agonising defeat.
They hit the M4 on a cool winter’s night disappointed but taking some solace in the fact that the TV reality show has fired up a renewed sense ofcommunity spirit in the parish.
It’s the end of the Bainisteoir journey, but who knows what lies ahead for ‘Cashel?

We are looking for correspondents in Australia, UK, America & Canada.
If you know anybody interested in spreading our news to the Cashel people abroad please email: Andrew@canduco.com

On behalf of Cashel GAA Club we would like to thank the following for their generous sponsorship towards Celebrity Banisteoir

Peter Hanley €1000+€200 for Refreshments,
Jimmy Leavy €1000,
Mick Casey & Sons €500,
Micheál Casey (Australia) €500,
L&K Village Shop €500,
Joe Fallon €500,
Cashel GAA Players Table Quiz €1320,
Brendan Gilmore Security €100,
Pat The Baker,
Matt Reilly Cakes,
Ventura Marquees,
Francis Killian,
Cakes 4 Life
Grainne Shea (Flags)
Dolores Farrell D&S Catering,
Margaret Mulvihill Zara hair Design,
Peter Hanley (Black Jersies)
Ger Dowd Match Programme
Joe Fallon Meal for team after county final
Liam farrelly  Bus for Leinster game
McGoverns Pub (The Goblet Malahide) for food before Final in Parnell Park
Ambrose McGowan (Hanlys Newsagents Ballymahon) Match Programme

Sign Sponsors:
Aidie Farrell, Padraig Connolly Cars, Campus Oil, M&S Plant Sales, Jones Environmental Engineering, XLNT Signs
Kanes Supervalu Lanesboro, Alan Orohoe Marquee Hire, Gilligan Meats

All our yearly subscribers for the Pitchside Hoardings.Lovells/Diffleys/Midland Paving/Skelly Plant Hire/Thomas Donnelly Plant Hire/J F Lawnmowers/Prunty/Joe Fallon/   

DONATIONS/LOTTO – Jackpot €10,000
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€25 Quarterly, €50 Half Yearly & €100 yearly subscriptions available also by Direct debit, please enquire from any committee member.

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