C A H I R P A R K A F C
Proud to be of service to the community for over 100 years
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To book a slot on our 3G all-weather, call the office at 052 7443850.
On Friday June 3 2016, on a gloriously sunny afternoon, a far cry from the Winter weather that has necessitated the development of an all-weather pitch, Cahir Park AFC held a family fun day to mark the official ‘sod turning’ of its’ 3G All Weather Pitch project. A very large crowd turned out to enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting, and lots of free cold drinks and ice cream. As you might imagine lots of soccer games were played.
The day was marked by two very special events. The first a visit from the senior management team of ABP Cahir to present a cheque for over €100,000 towards the project on behalf of ABP Ireland and the second a visit from FAI Chief Executive and Tipperary man, John Delaney, who in between playing soccer with the kids, presenting certificates of achievement to our Football for All players managed to perform the official sod turning. John thanked ABP for their support and gave great encouragement to the club in developing what will be the very first full sized all-weather pitch in the county of Tipperary. He went on to comment on the very large investment of over €360,000 the club was making and asked all local businesses and individuals to contribute what they could to the fundraising effort. He then pledged to work hand in hand with the club and committed €50,000 over 10 years to meet a very significant part of the clubs repayments on the projects projected loan.
The commitment from ABP Ireland and The FAI will go a long way starting the project and ensuring it can be sustained. A considerable amount of fundraising remains and the Club asks all local businesses and people to contribute what they can by making a donation to the fundraising initiative called the ‘100 Club’ as soon as possible to any club or committee member.
Cahir Park AFC - Under 13 Tipperary Cup Winners 2017
Billy Purtill RIP
Cahir Park AFC asks you to remember the late Billy Purtill, Carrigeen - a servant of four decades amongst us.
Falcon, as he was affectionately known to us all, was a player, coach, manager, chairman and committee member since his early years and came from a family steeped in a tradition of soccer in Cahir.
October 22, 2013 will long be remembered as a sad day in the history of Cahir Park AFC.
May he rest in peace.
Pat Kinsella RIP
Pat played for the club in the 60s and early 70s and was groundsman for many years. Pat was a skilled woodturner and presented the club with a beautiful timber bowl in the club's centenary year 2010. He also presented one to then Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Pat was held in high esteem by all and is greatly missed but will not be forgotten by those of us who had the privilege to work with him. To his wife Sadie, daughters Rhoda and Ann and sons Freddie and John we extend our sincere sympathy in their great loss. We hope you took some comfort seeing how highly regarded Pat was and we would like to thank John Delaney and those at the FAI for remembering Pat at Ireland's World Cup game v Wales in March 2017
Tara Shine RIP
Cahir Park AFC also record the untimely passing of our dear friend, club member and coach Tara Shine after a very brave battle against illness which she fought to the very end. Tara was a shining light who had a smile for everyone and will be sadly missed. We express our sincere sympathy to her son Eoin and the Shine family. Rest In Peace Tara...
Republic of Ireland Under 15s squad v Czech Republic 13/4/16 at Cahir Park AFC
Cahir Park Under 14s Championship winners 2016
Cahir Park AFC, Under 12 Girls League Champions 2015
Cahir Park U-16 League and Cup Winners 2015
2015's Under 10safter a big SFAI National Cup win v Curracloe of Wexford
Cahir Park AFC Under 11s 2014
Girls U12B Girls League Winners 2013/14
Cahir Park Under 15s - Tipperary Plate Winners 2014
Cahir Park Under 13As
Tipperary Cup winners 2013, and last 16 in Ireland in Troy Cup 2013, the national competition for Under 13s.
Pictured with coaches Henry Reidy and Kenny Cunningham.
Cahir Park AFC Youths - FAI Youth Cup last eight in Ireland 2012/13
Saturday Academy is going very well this season, so much so the Colts session now takes place in the new club house (upstairs) for 4/5 yr olds, with fun football games and plenty of seats for the the mums and dads, so call down the Park on Sat 10am. As usual volunteers are always welcome. Note... kids cannot be just dropped off - parents must stay for the duration of the session.
A sun-bathed Cahir Park provided a perfect backdrop on Saturday last May 22 for the official opening of our fabulous clubhouse by John Delaney, Chief Executive, FAI. MC Phil Blake first of all introduced the Players of the Year for 2009/10. Our Players of the Season then received their trophies from John Delaney.
With big crowds enjoying the bouncy castles, side shows and refreshments and many faces from the Club’s past there to see the proceedings, there was a presentation by Billy Purtill, Club Chairman, to Mr Delaney of a beautifully wood-turned bowl, using wood from an adjacent fallen tree – all this the work of the talented Pat Kinsella. There then followed some short speeches from Chairman of the Tipperary SR Co Council, Liam Aherne, Centenary Committee member Seanie Lonergan, Richie Power of the TSDL, from the Club Chairman Billy Purtill, and from John Delaney of the FAI – who was particularly pleased to see girls catered for so well at the Park. Then a joint blessing from Fr Sean O’Dwyer PP and Rev Arthur Carter preceded a rush to catch a glimpse of the interior of the clubhouse, the wonderful wooden sculpture by Eamon Cowan and a view from the verandah. All returned, as expected, very suitably impressed.
The hard-working committee Chairman Billy Purtill (RIP), Vice-Chairman Pakie Halley, treasurer Julie McGuire and secretary Ger Halley and all the other committee members expressed thanks to Patricia O’Dwyer of Boston Scientific who presented the club with a defibrillator on the day, to all those who have bought perimeter advertising around the ground during the year and to the main sponsors in this, our Centenary Year – The Gatehouse, The River House and Mr Mister. The day could not go without a word of gratitude to the trojan volunteer effort that helped complete the clubhouse to such a fine standard, to all contractors who worked on the project, to the ground staff, the help of the Lottery Sports Fund, Pobal, the FAI, Pat Holland and Ned O’Connor in connection with their aid with the Tipperary County Council Sports Grant and, of course, to the people of Cahir and beyond with their great assistance in all of the various fundraising initiatives. Cahir Park AFC can indeed stand proud for many decades to come with community effort bringing to fruition facilities the envy of so many.
CAHIR PARK AFC TRAINING SCHEDULE
Saturdays 9.15am Academy
Saturdays 11am Under 8s and 9s Saturday 10am Under 6s and 7s
Mondays 6pm Under 12s
7.30pm Youths Saturday 10am Under 4s and 5s
Mondays 7pm U15s and U 16s
Mondays 7.30pm Ladies Thursdays 7pm Under 13s
Tuesdays 6pm Under 11s
Thursdays 7pm Under 14s
Tuesdays 7pm Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 Girls
Tuesdays 8pm Junior As
Wednesdays 6pm Under 10s Fridays 7.30pm Junior As
HOW TO FIND US….
In the centre of Cahir Town, turn alongside Cahir House Hotel on Ardfinnan road, pass St Mary’s Church on your left,
Cahir Park is 100 metres on your right through stone pillars.
GPS: 52.37078ON, 7.923530W
In the centre of Cahir Town, from Cahir House Hotel take Clonmel road (R640/old N24). First left turn after mast on your left and Garda station on your right takes you to Duneske leisure centre. Soccer pitch to left of main entrance near playground.
(Second right-hand junction coming from Clonmel side on R640)
GPS: 52.37898ON, 7.917110W