March 16, 2018

Holy Cross Drama Festival
There were spectacular wins across the board for the Ursuline TY’s at the Holycross Drama Festival. They took first prizes in categories of Best Play, Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best Staging. Eimear Bourke in the lead role of Greta, the prison guard, won the Best Actress. There were also nods to Kate Williams as Best Supporting Actress and Siobhan Green and Aoife Cashman who took the honours in the Double Act category.
The Play, ‘Dark Road’, tells the story of a female concentration camp guard and explores the human capacity for evil. The setting is Germany, post World War Two, when the atrocities of the Nazi regime are beginning to come to light. While the fictional Greta awaits her execution she is interviewed by a journalist and the telling of her story begins. Through a series of flashbacks she is forced to confront her crimes. Well done the TY cast of 27 and to first time director Mr. Kirby.

Junk Kouture
Congratulations to the Ursuline students behind the haut couture creation ‘Palette Prisoner’ which has made it through to the National Final of Junk Kouture. The designers, Benita Wrochna, Katelyn Egan and Kayleigh Fogarty are among only 80 teams to secure a final place out of over 1500 original entries. They joined the four other Ursuline Regional Finalists on stage at the Limerick Concert Hall last Friday, 9 March. The atmosphere was electric. All five teams from UCT were well supported with many teachers and students travelling to cheer them on. Now the ‘Palette Prisoner’ trio will begin preparations for the Final in the 3Arena on 19 April. The online voting begins on Monday 1 April until Friday 5 and the girls are looking for support in this next stage of the process. Voting can be done through Facebook by clicking on ‘Palette Prisoner’. They would be very grateful for all support.

Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking
The Ursuline had a great victory in Maynooth last Saturday, March 10 when they won the National Final of the prestigious Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition for the first time. The team of Mary Kate Barrett, Gemma O’Dwyer and Erika Carroll were delighted to scoop the trophy and cash prize for the school. They were applauded on by the other Ursuline team of Siobhan Green, Caoimhe Meade and Kate O’Connor, who also qualified for the Final. This was the first time in the history of the competition that two teams from the one school made it to the All Ireland Final. Erika, Gemma and Mary Kate spoke eloquently and passionately on the topic of world poverty. Many thanks to their Public Speaking teacher Ms. Quinn who was there to proudly see the team win.

Soroptimist Public Speaking
Well done to Kerry Tierney who represented the Ursuline in the National Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition on Saturday, March 10. Kerry spoke with great passion on the theme of female empowerment and did both herself and school proud.


Limerick Choral Festival
Congratulations to Cecilian Choir who won at the Limerick International Choral Festival for the second consecutive year. They wowed the judges in the Post Primary Voice Competition with their rendition of the gospel spiritual song ‘Go where I send thee’ and ‘How are things in Gloucamorra?’ made famous by the film Finnegan’s Wake.

Feis Cheoil
The Chamber Choir scored highly and were commended in both of their Feis Cheoil competitions. The choir travelled to Dublin on Tuesday, 13 March in the company of their choir mistress Ms. Butler. In the sacred music competition, they sang ‘Oh Dear my Heart’ by Eleanor Daly. In the Alice Yoakley Quirk Cup the choir performed ‘Stars’ by Essenvaldes accompanied by water glasses to create a magical, ethereal sound.


Green Schools
A Green Schools assessment took place recently in the school with the Ursuline going for its record seventh flag. The Green Schools’ committee members presented to Catherine Broderick of Tipperary County Council. The students presented displays and speeches in connection with Environmental and Global projects in the school. The group were complemented on the high standard of their work.


HTAI History Quiz
Six teams travelled to Ard Scoil in Limerick on Tuesday, 12 March for the annual Junior Cert table quiz on all things historical. The quiz, run by the History Teachers Association of Ireland, is always a fun night out with schools entered from all around the region. One of the Ursuline teams came third and were delighted to be placed given the challenging and comprehensive nature of the questions. Well done to all who entered and travelled and to Ms. Keating and Ms. Downey who accompanied them.


Mini Company
Well Done to the TY Mini company of Kate Dwan, Katherine Quinn, Eabha Brennan and Aine Purcell. Their company ‘Sticks and Stones’ competed in the County Enterprise awards recently where they won a prize for their stand. The team used pebble art to create beautiful gift picture frames.


The Junior As travelled to Limerick to play Crescent in the semi-final game. The girls played a gutsy game to end in a draw. They now face the prospect of a replay just before the holidays.
The Junior B2 team lost to Crescent 4-0.
The Minor B had a decisive win against Castletroy beating the Limerick side 5-0. The Minor B2’s also had a comprehensive victory against Castletroy winning 7-1.
In the Minor A Cup game against Crescent ended in a 0-0 draw after extra time.
In another result the Minor B’s lost to Crescent 2-0.


The first and second year teams travelled to Portarlington to play in the Midlands B league. They played well and gained great experience.

March 10, 2018

Build A Bank Dog Night
The hardworking Build a Bank team presented two cheques this week for €2,300 each to two very worthy charities, the Irish Wheelchair Association and Thurles Special Olympics Basketball club. These socially conscious young bankers organised very successful night of fundraising and fun at Thurles Greyhound Track on Saturday, 24 February. The girls raised a whopping €5600 from the night. As well as selling hundreds of tickets they held a raffle for twelve prizes including a buster prize of €300. They also donated €300 to the school’s Charities Committee out of their remaining funds. Thanks to all the local businesses who supported the students and well done to the students themselves, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Ellen Wright, Emma Jayne Bourke, Caoimhe Meade, Kate Dawn and Claire Carey and their mentor Ms. Hynes. Also best wishes to the ‘Blood, Sweat and Bankers’ team as they prepare for the Build a Bank National Final on March, 21.


Well done to Junior Cert student Anna Ryan who competed in the Munster Schools indoor athletics in Nenagh last week. Anna came third in the shot put with a distance of 11m 40. She also scooped the bronze in the hurdles with a time of 10.04.
The Munster Cross Country took place in WIT on Friday, February 23 and the Ursuline had a number of students competing. In the minor race Rachel Ryan and Louise Hickey ran very competitively over 2000 meters. Both were placed just outside the automatic qualifying places for the All Ireland. The Junior team of Kate Bourke, Hannah Sheedy, Robyn Fanning, Anna Duggan, Sophia Walsh and Emma Gleeson competed well in a tough competition over 2500 meters. In spite of their dogged effort they will not be heading to the All Ireland this year. Isabel Forde, Junior Cert, was the Ursuline’s only competitor in the Intermediate race. She ran well over the 3k track to finish just outside the automatic qualifying time for the All Ireland. Well done to all athletes and to their coach Mr. McDonnell.


The Ursuline Senior Camogie team continue their season in the Munster Senior League. They recently played Laurel Hill in the semi final of this competition. The UCT girls proved to be tenacious opposition coming from a 7 point deficit at half time to finish in a draw. The final score was Ursuline 3-9 Laurel Hill 2-12. The replay will take place next Wednesday, March 14.


The first and second years played home games recently in the Midlands B League against Scoil Dara, Kilcock. The first years were beaten. The second years played a great, suspense filled game against the Kildare side. The Thurles girls were narrowly beaten by 3 points in a game that really could have gone either way until the final whistle. Their next games will be against Portarlington’s Coláiste Íosagain.


The Senior A’s travelled to Cork to play Mount Mercy in the Munster Cup semi-final. They played well in defence of their title in a match that was postponed due to last weeks snow. The final score was Ursuline 0-Mount Mercy 3. Well done to the girls and to their coach Ms. Rossiter.


The school welcomed back Highrock Productions on Monday, February 26 to present their hilarious show ‘Caith Amach É’. This production was highly entertaining and a fun way for the Leaving Certs to prepare for the series of twenty picture questions that are part their exam. The students really enjoyed the show which was packed full of high jinks of every kind, drama, dance, song, mime and plenty of audience participation and interaction. Many thanks to the Irish Department for organising his event.

February 23, 2018


South East Cross Country 2018.
The South East Munster Cross Country took place on Thursday, February 8 at WIT in Waterford. Four school teams competed and were led out by the
Minors in the first race. Louise Hickey and Lorna Ryan qualified for the Munster’s ably assisted by the rest of the team, Rachel Ryan, Lauren Osborne, Olivia Delargy and Robyn Fanning. The team finished in 5th place overall and will be one to watch for the future.

In the Junior race, the team qualified for the Muster final due to a very gritty and determined team effort. Captain Kate Burke led them  home with Emma Gleeson, Jodie O’Leary, Sophia Walsh, Lizzie Burns and Anna Duggan.

The intermediate team of Captain Isobel Forde, Anna McCartan, Emma Roche and Lucy Nugent had the greatest distance to cover. The 3.5 kilometre race started off very fast. The two long laps proved very challenging for all runners. Isobel had a great race and qualified easily for the Munsters.

The last race of the day for the girls was the Senior 2500m race. The ground was very badly cut up but despite this the runners set off at great speed.
Claire Rafter, as captain, was well supported by her team of Niamh Rafter, Emma Osborne, Erika Carroll and Elma McEvoy. They finished well up the
field with Claire qualifying for the Munster finals.



The Senior and Junior As played Kilkenny College last week. The Juniors won well 3-0. The Seniors lost their match by a goal, 3-2.
The first years, groups one and group two played St. Declan’s Waterford last week with both teams winning well.

February 9, 2018

Fifth Year trip to Macbeth
All the fifth years studying Macbeth for the Leaving Cert attended a performance of the play at the University of Limerick on Friday, February 2. This dark Shakespearean tragedy was staged specifically for senior students. The play featured many aspects of the original script, however there were some modern additions such as an actress cast in the role of Macduff. Students got a better understanding of the play and an opportunity to reflect on the central theme of this tragedy – that an intense lust for power can lead to moral decay. In other words, don’t kill the king Macbeth, it’s not worth the hassle.

Congratulations to fifth year student, Kerry Tierney, who won the regional final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition. Kerry travelled to Killarney on Saturday, February 3 to deliver her six-minute speech on the empowerment of women – a very fitting title in light of the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage. Kerry also had to give an impromptu two-minute speech. Kerry had no idea what she might be asked to talk about but in the end she had no trouble wowing the judges with her ideas on the topic of ‘respect’. Kerry now follows in the footsteps of fellow Ursuline finalist from last year Vivienne O’Keefe and will compete in the Soroptimist All Ireland final on March 10 in Ballina.

The Minor As played Leesiders Regina Mundi in Muster Quarter Cup final last week. Ursuline came out on top by 2-1 in this home game. The goal scorers were Alex Halley and Alison Ryan.
The first years played a hockey blitz recently in Villiers. Team D coached by Laura Collins beat Team A coached by June McCarton while Team B coached by Sophie Walsh were runners up in the Plate.

The first and second years have been in action on the courts recently with games against Portlaoise and Tullamore in the Midlands Basketball League ‘B’ division.
On February, 2 the Second Years beat Portlaoise 16 – 12. Unfortunately, the first years lost in their match the final score UCT 4 – 16 Portlaoise. Both teams lost out to Tullamore last week. Well done to all players for showing great spirit and to their coach Ms. Ryall.

TY Physics Workshop
On Friday, February 2 the TY’s attended a physics workshop in University of Limerick hosted by James Soper. This was part of the Tyndall Schools lecture series, organised by the Institute of Physics in Ireland. The students explored the ‘physics of the circus’ in a fun and though provoking way and there was plenty of scope for audience participation. Galileo’s and Newton’s theories were demonstrated with great vigour and animation and also the work of Irish physicist Tyndall’s was briefly shown with a particular emphasis on the Tyndall effect.

Safety on the Internet Day
The safety of children on line and the skyrocketing popularity of social media apps and smart phone usage among adolescents has caused much controversy recently. On Tuesday, February 6 the fifth year student councillors decided to raise awareness about safety online in conjunction with Safety on the Internet Day (SID). They handed out wrist bands and asked each class to create a # hashtag to highlight internet safety. There were some clever messages such as ‘Think before you type’, ‘Pause before you post’ and ‘Surf Safe’. Many thanks also to fifth year students Louise Broe, Lucy Nugent, Neassa McGrath and Mia Ryan who created a display poster incorporating all the hashtags to remind students to mind themselves in the online world.

February 1, 2018

Dog Night
The ‘Build A Bank’ have organised a dog night for Saturday, February 24. It promises to be a great night and all money raised will go towards two very worthy causes – the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Thurles Special Olympics Basketball club. Tickets can be booked by ringing Catherine on (086) 1960707.

Public Speaking
The TY team of Kate O’Connor, Siobhan Greene and Caoimhe Meade progressed to the Regional Final of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition. Their topic was ‘A society that values only the present tends to dismiss everything inherited from the past.’ Their opponents last week were Our Lady’s, Templemore and St. Mary’s Charleville and both of whom were formidable in terms of their speakers and speeches. Well done to all teams on carefully constructed and thought provoking contributions. The TY team will join the second Ursuline team of fifth years, Erika Carroll, Mary Kate Barrett and Gemma O’Dwyer, who also qualified for Regional Final. Also many thanks to the Knights of Columbanus for their leadership and innovation in the whole area of faith awareness and to Ms. Quinn for mentoring all those students interested in public speaking.

Soroptimist Public Speaking
As one of two young people chosen in the district final, Kerry Tierney, fifth year, will represent the Ursuline in Killarney on Saturday, February 3. As well are presenting a prepared speech all candidates are asked to deliver a two minute, impromptu speech which can be on literally any topic. This will be a challenging and fabulous opportunity for finalists to show their prowess as speakers. Kerry’s prepared speech is on ‘The Empowerment of Women’ – a theme that is as topical for young women today as it was fifty years ago.

In what was almost an exact replica of last year’s cup semi-final the Ursuline Senior As met old rivals from Cork, Mount Mercy. Ursuline hosted this thrilling game which saw both sides evenly match and playing with dogged determination. Ursuline were aiming to reach the final and retain the Munster Senior A cup for a second year in a row and Mount Mercy clearly had their sights set on stopping them. Mount Mercy took the lead just before half time with a goal from a penalty. UCT goal keeper Georgina Murray, doing her utmost to stop it, threw herself on the line but to no avail. For most of the second half it looked like the trip to Tipp had paid off for the Mount Mercy girls but then Junior Cert student, Emily Kavanagh, scuppered their plans. Her goal in the late stages of the game from open play meant a 1-1 draw and the prospect of a Munster Senior A Cup semi-final replay in Cork after the midterm break. Well done to the team who played some classy hockey and to the TY and Fifth Year supporters who really got behind their them.

German Debating
Well done to the team of German debaters, Caitriona Timmins, Elma McEvoy, Hannah Campion and Lavinia Bowe who reached the quarter final in the German Debating competition. They travelled to Carlow to compete against Presentation College Carlow. They were proposing the motion ‘Science in a man thing’. They debated this topic with great vigour but unfortunately it was not to be. Thanks to their German teachers Ms. Lyons and Ms. Carew who coached the team.


Gael Linn
The Junior Gael Linn team had a very successful outcome to their recent semi-final. Their win on January 11th in Mitchelstown secures them a place in the All Ireland Final. The team of Zoe Bracken, Jennifer Murphy, Rachel Madden and Emily Kavanagh spoke in favour of the motion ‘We are good in Ireland for planning for the future’ or ás gaelige ‘Taímid go maith in Éireann ag pleanáil don Todchaí.’ Their opposition on the night were Christ the King, Cork, St. Brendan’s College, Killarney and Hospital Community School, Limerick. Best wishes as they go forward to the the All Ireland on March, 21.

TY ‘Develop Me’ Workshop
The ‘Develop Me’ team was back last week to do a follow up workshop. The previous workshop had the intriguing title ‘The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine’ and this workshop had the no less curious title of ‘The Problem of Tom’s Canyon Ford’. Both days aimed to help students understand the importance of team work and develop their critical thinking and problem solving capabilities. In this latest workshop, which required the team to literally build a bridge together, the TY’s quickly learned the importance of setting an objective and planning how to reach that goal. Through the exercise of building a sturdy structure capable of crossing the imaginary ford it began to dawn on students how vital the skills of communications, sharing resources and working together are, all essential attributes for work in the real world. Through this experiential learning process, they began to see clearly the factors that contributed to or hindered their success.


On Thursday January 25, a team from Ursuline Convent Thurles travelled to UL Sports Arena in Limerick to compete in Division 2 of the Munster Schools Badminton Championship. The standard was very high on the day but the girls held their own. They began the day well, narrowly defeating a side from Cork. They continued to play with passion throughout the day but unfortunately came up short in their final game with Listowel beating them 4 -2. This placed them a very respectable third position overall. Well done to Katie Rudding Barnes, Niamh McCormack, KellyAnn Ryan and Nonie Lavelle and to their teacher Ms. Ryan.


St. Angela’s Feast Day
The school celebrated the feast day of foundress St. Angela Merici on Monday, January 29. Her feast day was actually on Saturday, 27 but it was felt that it would be a fitting tribute to dedicate a prayer to St. Angela at the beginning of Catholic School’s Week. There were prayers and reflections each day last week over the intercom to help the school to remember and be grateful for the Catholic tradition on which it was founded. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week was family and prayers were said for parents, siblings, grandparents, school family and the family that is the community we live in. Many thanks to the RE Department who organised the daily prayers and the students who read.

January 25, 2018

Munster Junior A Final
It was an all Ursuline affair for the Munster Junior A final on Saturday, January 20. The Ursuline’s from Thurles took on their counterparts from St. Angela’s in Waterford.

The game was played in blustery conditions on an exposed WIT pitch at the Arena. The UCT girls, defending their title, got off to an auspicious start gaining a 2-5 lead in the opening ten minutes with the Deise yet to find their rhythm. These vital scores came from the stick of corner forward Eimear Heffernan who worked consistently throughout the game. However the Waterford side began to settle, slowly coming back at UCT with an array of steady points. They showed their class with great passing between Gailltír teammates Clodagh Curham, Clodagh Hector and Aoife Fitzgerald with No. 14 Fitzgerald finishing to secure the last point of the first half. Thurles had a four point lead at half time, 2-5 to 0-7 but would be relinquishing the strong breeze to the Waterford side who were really starting to show their mettle.

St. Angela’s went on the attack from outset of the second half with two points and two goals coming in quick succession. Waterford led from then on despite a valiant effort from the Tipp side. There were two more points from Eimear Heffernan and third Ursuline goal courtesy of full forward Gráinne Long but by that stage the gap was widening and St. Angela’s were on course to win their first Junior A Munster Championship title. The final score was Ursuline Thurles 3-7 St. Angela’s Waterford 3-16. Well done to the team, panel and coaches Ms. Hogan and Ms. O’Friel on a spirited defense of the cup. Best of luck to Waterford as they go forward in the competition.

Munster Senior Football Final
It was an historic occasion last Tuesday, January 23 as the Ursuline Thurles met Cashel Community School in an all Tipperary Munster Senior Ladies Football Final. Loughmore Castleiney was the venue for the game which saw the Ursuline set their sights on a first Senior Munster trophy in football.

The first half was a close encounter with only a goal difference after 20 minutes with Cashel 1-4 to Ursuline 0-4. Cashel scored a few excellent points before they hit the net as a free drifted in under the crossbar. Lauren Murtagh was on hand for the Ursuline and kept them in it with 2 points, while Eimear Mc Grath and Niamh Long added the other points. Just before the break Ursuline added a further point as Lauren Murtagh raced through on goal from midfield while Sarah Delaney responded with a point for Cashel. The Thurles girls played with great heart and gusto but unfortunately this effort was not reflected on the scoreboard. The half time score was 1-5 to 0-5 in Cashel’s favour.

The Ursulines were determined to give the game everything and came within a point of Cashel in the first fifteen minutes of the second half as Niamh Long, a standout performer in midfield, scored Ursuline’s first goal. However, Cashel now aided by the second half wind added their second goal courtesy of another free drifting in under the crossbar. Cashel were on top now as they added a few extra points and a goal from a penalty. Ursuline kept battling and Niamh Long once again responded by rounding two cashel defenders and raising the green flag. The conditions were though for both teams but a high level of football was displayed. The final whistle blew and the final score was Cashel 3-8 to Ursuline 2-5. Cashel will now progress to the All-Ireland semi-final and we wish them the very best of luck in bringing the cup back to Tipperary.

Congratulations to the Junior As who are into a semi-final after a 6-0 win over Regina Mundi. The girls were 3-0 up after the first ten minutes and took full advantage of the early lead.
The B 2s played Gaelcholáiste Luimní winning 2-0. The Senior Bs also played the Limerick Gaelscoil and secured a very decisive victory.
In the Junior B Cup the Ursuline lost to Rockwell 2-1.

Public Speaking
Well done to fifth year students Gemma O’Dwyer, Erika Carroll and Mary Kate Barrett who got through the first round of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition held in Templemore on Wednesday, January 24. They spoke on the topic ‘Poverty is not caused by a lack of material resources.’ They are now through to the regional final.

The first and second year basketball players travelled to Templemore last week. They played well in the face of tough opposition. Well done to all.

Makeup Masterclass
Many thanks to Niamh McCormack, TY, who organised a make-up masterclass with blogger and snap-chatter Aoife Harty. Aoife met with the TY classes on Wednesday afternoon and then did a makeup demonstration after school. This was open to any student who wished to improve their makeup skills. All money raised goes to the Hope Foundation.

January 18, 2018

Sisters of the Order of the Family of Mary
The school was delighted to welcome four sisters from the Order of the Family of Mary who were in Thurles last week for the first mass of Fr. Niall O’Riordan. Fr. O’Riordan, a native of Thurles parish was ordained in Rome before Christmas. The sisters spoke to each year group about happiness. They talked about the difference between momentary happiness that fades over time and the deep rooted happiness that lasts much longer. The sisters showed the girls a picture of our Lady of all Nations and had a prayer card for each student. Their message to the students was to listen to God’s voice in their heart and have the courage to follow it.

On Tuesday night some of our Sixth Year students received their silver medals at a Gaisce awards ceremony in The Source. The school was delighted that 11 students received silver medal for the four tasks they completed last year. On the night the students in attendance enjoyed music and a wonderful motivational speech from Muster Rugby player Niall Scannell. Thanks to Ms. Egan and Ms. Bourke for their tireless promotion of the President’s Award in the school.

Six team’s from the Ursuline competed in the Tipperary Badminton Championships held in the Presentation Thurles on Wednesday January 17. The girls ranging from second year to fifth year were entered in the under 16 and under 19 competitions. All teams showed great skill and sportsmanship throughout the day with one team making it to the final. The U16 A team comprising of Katie Rudding Barnes, Niamh McCormack, KellyAnn Ryan and Nonie Lavelle, displayed great skill to come through the group stages and fought hard to get to the final. They came up against a skilled Nenagh side and despite showing great heart the girls had to be content with the runner up spot. However they still qualify to represent Tipperary in the Division 2 Munster Championship in University of Limerick on Thursday January 25. Best of Luck to them.


There were two teams who attended the Bond Trader event run by the Bank of Ireland on Tuesday, January 16. Congratulations to Isobel Quirk, Mimi O’Grady, Elma McEvoy, Kerry Tierney and Caitríona O’Sullivan who won the competition after completing tasks based on risk assessment and supply and demand.

The TY’s had a two day intensive workshop on first aid given by Christina Dwyer learning vital skills to do with bandaging, burns and first response.

The Senior As and Junior As both had success last week when they travelled to Cork to take on Scoil Mhuire.
Senior As won their quarter cup final by 1-0  with Eimear Heffernan scoring the goal. Junior As came away with a 2-1 win.

January 12, 2018

BT Young Scientist Exhibition
The Ursuline were delighted to have two groups exhibiting at the BT Young Scientist last week. In the social and behavioural sciences category Niamh Casey and Elaine Chute posed the question ‘Does the phonetic alphabet transcription of a word help language pronunciation?’. They conducted a study, using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), to see if it could possibly help students, ranging from First Year to Sixth Year, to develop and improve their oral language skills in French and German. Their results found that 82% of students benefited from reading and speaking the foreign language phonetically.
The other TY group in the competition undertook a study of Japanese Knotweed. Kate Williams, Emma Jayne Burke and Anna Downey investigated the chemical resveratrol found in the root of this pervasive plant. The team concentrated their efforts on exploring the possibility of using Japanese Knotweed as a biofuel, discovering it’s calorific value and comparing it to other fuels.
Well done to both groups on reaching this stage of the competition and to their teachers Ms. Molony and Mr. English.


Transition Year
The four TY classes travelled to Dublin on Thursday, January 11 to cheer on their friends participating in the BT Young Scientist competition. Before making their way to the RDS the group enjoyed themselves at the ‘Go Quest’ indoor challenge zone where they competed with each other and against the clock in physical and mental challenges.


Well done to the Junior camogie team who secured their place in the Munster Final following a comprehensive win against Ballincollig in the Muster Semi Final on Tuesday, January 9. The game, played in very wet conditions in Dr. Morris Park, saw the UCT girls ahead at half time by the slimmest of margins 2-3 to Coláiste Choilm’s 1-5. However Ballincollig only managed a point in the second half giving the Ursulines a chance to widen the gap. The final whistle saw the Tipp girls win well 5-6 to 1-6. They face fellow Ursuline’s from Waterford in the Final to be held in two weeks time.


Ladies Football
Ursuline, Thurles travelled to Pairc Uí Chiomh on Tuesday 10th of January to play Colaiste Bheanntrai in the Senior Football Munster Semi-Final. Bantry started well and raced into a 1-4 lead before the Ursuline managed to secure a score. Ursuline were then awarded a penalty and Eimear McGrath raised the green flag before adding a point shortly after. Bantry responded by scoring a further three points while Ellie Ryan kept Ursuline in the match with a well taken point. With five minutes left in the first half Niamh Keane added to the Ursuline tally by scoring two points from acute angles. The half time score was Bantry 2-8 Ursuline 1-4.

Bantry started the second half brightly by scoring a goal within the first few minutes. Eimear McGrath was ever reliant with her free taking duties and scored two points in quick succession. The midfield duo of Niamh Long and Lauren Murtagh were at the heart of every Ursuline attack and there was only one outcome when Niamh Long raced through on goal and hit the back of the net. Bantry always looked dangerous in attack and they added two points to leave the score 3-10 to 2-6. Ursuline again had to rely on Niamh Keane for a much needed goal to keep their hopes alive. This was short lived as Bantry made their way down field to strike their fourth goal of the game. However, this was the start of Ursulines amazing comeback as Lauren Murtagh scored a brilliant point from a solo run from midfield. With two minutes remaining the Ursuline were six points down, Niamh Keane stepped up to the mark and hit the net low to the keepers right. As the game entered injury time, Cathy Hogan left her corner back position and headed upfield to collect the ball on the half forward line and sent the game to extra time by racing through to score Ursulines fifth goal.

In extra time Bantry got off to a glowing start scoring four points within the first five minutes. Eimear Mc Grath and Niamh Long were at hand for Ursuline scoring a point each to leave a mere two points between the teams at the midway mark.
Ursuline dominated the second half of extra time and Niamh Long sent Ursuline into the lead for the first time in the game with another superbly well taken goal before adding a point shortly after. Ellie Ryan sent Ursuline one step closer to the Munster Final by scoring two very well taken points. Niamh Keane added another point to her tally and in the dying embers Cathy Hogan put the game to rest in Ursuline’s favour by pointing from an acute angle. Bantry scored a consolation goal in the last kick of the game but the final score was Ursuline 6-14 to Bantry 5-15. Ursuline will now face Cashel Community School in an all Tipperary Munster final.

The Junior A’s played in the league against Regina Mundi beating them 2-0. The Senior A’s and Minor A’s also played challenges against Loreto Kilkenny. The Senior As won and the Minor A match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Gael Linn Debating
The Senior and Junior Irish debate teams were in action on Thursday, January 11 in the next round of Gael Linn Debating. The Junior team of Zoe Bracken, Jennifer Murphy and Rachel Madden were opposing the motion ‘Tuigeann tuismitheoirí an lae innui fadhbanna na hóige’, that the parents of today understand the problems of the young.
The Seniors, Erika Carroll, Sinéad Lynch and Caitríona Ní Shuilleabhánn, argued that Donald Trump’s Twitter account should be ended or ás gaelige ‘Ba cheart deireadh a chuir le cuntas Twitter Donald Trump’. Well done to all those who took part and congratulations to the Junior team who proceed to the next stage.

December 15, 2017

Charities Committee
The Ursuline Christmas calendar is now on sale in the school reception. The proceeds will be divided between Suir Haven and another charity called Hand in Hand. Both charities help people affected by cancer. The calendars cost €5 and are for two very worthy causes.


First Year Debating
On December 7 Ms Butler kindly adjudicated the final debate for first years. Orlaith Ryan, Kate Ryan and Francesca Nealon set out to propose that “there is no room in the modern world for imagination‘. Their opponents were Vera Ryan, Robyn Fanning and Julie Ann Barrett. On the same theme Rosie Farrell, Elaine Frawley and Yvette D’arcy faced Róisín Astwood, Leona Maher and Sínead Tuohy.
It was a most enjoyable morning’s debating, with a super standard and great fun. The motion was ably presented by all speakers. The final result saw Rosie’s and Ròisín’s team finish on exactly the same total, very closely followed by the excellent runners-up. The dead heat winners will debate again on a new topic in the next term. It will surely be a hotly contested encounter if last week’s finale was anything to go by.


Second Year Debating
The Second Year debating final was held on December 5 and Sr Mercedes did the honours as guest adjudicator. Room 28 was packed so well done to all those who enthusiastically supported the finalists.
The proposing team of Taryn Kelly, Eilish Naughton and Lucy McCormack delivered a well planned and stylish performance but were pipped at the post by Eva McBrearty, Ethel Rose Murray and Sophie Shields.
A big congratulations to the winners and indeed to all who displayed their talents in the competition. A very special word of thanks to Ms. Quinn for organising the in-school debating competition for the Juniors. Public Speaking will commence mid January 2018.


The athletes were in flying form at the recent County Schools Cross Country Competition held in Thurles Crokes last week. The Ursuline retained the Cup for the best school with impressive performances from all teams. The Minors came first, the Senior team was placed second, the Juniors finished third and the Intermediates were fourth. The following students were involved in the competition;
Louise Hickey, Rachel Ryan, Olivia Delargy, Lauren Ormond, Lorna Ryan
Lily Dwyer, Alexandra Hourigan, Natalie Gillman and Robyn Fanning.
Kate Burke, Lizzie Burns, Sophia Whelan, Jodie O Leary, Anna Duggan, Anna Mc Cartan, Sophie Walsh, Emma Gleeson, Francesca Neilan.
Alanna Collins, Isabelle Tyrell, Kate Hayes, Erin Crutchley, Marian Gillman, Ellen Duggan, Emma Roche, Isobel Forde.
Niamh Rafter, Claire Rafter, Anna Neilan, Mollie Kennedy, Henny Sheeran, Vivienne O’Keefe, Erika Carroll.

Well done to all athletes who competed with drive and energy and to the Athletics coach Mr McDonnell.


The Juniors played a Munster Quarter Final in Limerick last week against Coláiste Íde agus Iosef. The Ursulines put in stellar performances but didn’t convert vital goal opportunities which saw the girls from Abbeyfeale get the upper hand. There was only two scores in it by the final whistle with Ursuline 1-4 to Coláiste’s 3-4. Unfortunately that is the end of the road in this competition but the Junior squad is still young and many will be there again next year. Meanwhile the Seniors are training hard in preparation for their Munster Semi Final in the New Year. Many thanks to football coaches Mr Kirby and Mr McLoughlin.

The First Year teams played away last week to Kilkenny College. It was wins for all three teams in these Group 1 games. Team C won decisively on a 5-0 scoreline. Teams B and A both came away with a 2-0 win.

On Wednesday, December 13 the Senior and Junior As played Crescent in the league. Senior As lost 3-1 and Junior A’s lost 4-0.
The Senior Bs won 4-1 in their match against Laurel Hill, Coláiste. The Junior Bs also had a decisive win against Coláiste finishing on a scoreline of 5-1. The Minor As drew 0-0 against Rockwell.

Denise Deegan Writing Workshop
The School was delighted to welcome back Denise Deegan, author of the Butterfly novels, who facilitated a writing workshop with the TYs. Denise spoke to the students about how she develops the characters for her novels. She also gave them tips for writing short stories such as “show don’t tell” and the importance of knowing the end of your story before you start. The girls found this advice helpful in terms of creative writing in English and found it to be an enjoyable and instructional workshop.

December 1, 2017

German Debating
Congratulations to the German Debating team of Lavinia Bowe, Caitríona Timmins, Elma McEvoy and Hannah Campion who won against Wicklow opponents, Dominican College. The Ursuline, who opposed the motion ‘That school uniforms are no longer contemporary’, hosted this second round of the competition. The next round will take place after Christmas.

Well done to Leaving Cert students, Avril, Katie and Maria Ryan who were recently selected to play on the Munster Interprovincial team. They played against the Tipperary Senior Selection Team in the Ragg on Saturday November, 25.
The Junior team travelled to Tulla to play Tulla on Thursday, November 23. They held a slim, 1point lead over the Clare side midway through the game. However they finished well to proceed to the Munster Semi Final.


Last week the Junior B’s lost in their league match to Loreto Clonmel by 1-0. The First Year team 1 also went down to their opponents from Loreto 1-0.
The Senior A’s played a friendly against Loreto Kilkenny on Wednesday, November 29. They won the game 1-0.


Kerry Tierney, Fifth Year, will represent the Ursuline in the next round of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition. Kerry spoke for over five minutes on the topic of female empowerment to win the district final held in Clonmel on Saturday, November 25. Also representing UCT in the competition were Hannah Cahill and Isobel Quirk who both spoke on how the real threat to humanity is the hardened hearts of mankind and not weapons of mass destruction. Good luck to Kerry in the next stage of Soroptimist.


John Paul II Awards
Congratulations to Aoife Maher, Jane Anne Ryan and Heather Ryan who received John Paul 11 Awards in the Anner Hotel on Wednesday, November 29. This award is in recognition for the work done by the girls in their parishes.


First and Second Year Debating
The First Year Debating Semi-finals have taken place with some marvelous performances delivered by very enthusiastic and skilled speakers. The draw for the final sees Vera Ryan, Robyn Fanning and Julie Ann Barrett up against Orlaith Ryan, Kate Ryan and Francesca Neilan who will be proposing the motion. The other teams drawn against each other include Rosie Farrell, Elaine Frawley and Yvette D’arcy who will take on Róisín Astwood, Leona Maher and Sinéad Tuohy. The topic up for discussion is the nature of imagination in today’s society.
In the Second Year Debating Final the students to face each will be Eva McBrearty, Ethel Rose Murray and Sophie Shields and they will argue against Eilish Naughton, Taryn Kelly and Lucy McCormack. Well done to Avril Macken, Ciara Moloney, Caoimhe Howley, Katie Edwards, Iseult Dundon and Lucy Butler. who all spoke deftly and with great spirit on the motion of consumerism and Christmas.


RIAM High Achievers Concert
Katie Taylor, 6th Year, performed in the Munster Regional RIAM High Achievers Concert. She sang “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins. Only 11 students took part in this Concert in UL on Sunday, November 19. Well done to other Ursuline students who got the High Achievers Award, Vivienne O’Keefe and Louise Broe. There were also a number High Achievers among the class of 2017, Constance Quinlan, Ruth Everard, Esha Hourihane Clancy, Megan Long and Nicola Scott. 42,000 students took Royal Irish Academy exams last year, with 300 in the entire country getting the high achievers award, nine of whom were from the Ursuline.
Best wishes to all students in St. Angela’s Academy who are taking music exams in the next few weeks.

November Prayer Service
The whole school and sisters from the community gathered together to remember their dead in the annual November Service. It was a moving occasion with students and staff having the opportunity to pray for deceased loved ones, reflecting on the theme that there are many rooms in God’s house. In the opening procession students brought up items that would be found in a house like a table, chairs, a teapot and mugs. In his homily school chaplain, Fr. Jim Purcell, spoke with honesty and tenderness about his own experience of death and how faith provided him with hope and support in sorrowful times. The singing of Cecilian choir added to the poignancy of the service which ended with a beautiful séan-nós rendition of ‘In My Father’s House’ by sisters Fiadh and Caoimhe Fitzpatrick.


TY News
Many thanks to Leaving Cert student, Bridín Murphy, who, through her involvement with Comhailre na nÓg, organised a Mental Health workshop for TY’s in the Presentation. TY students from the Presentation, the Ursuline and the CBS attended on Tuesday afternoon, November 28. The workshop, entitled ‘Let’s Go Mental’, included a talk by Jamie Harrington who spoke about his personal mental health journey and the importance of reaching out when times are particularly challenging. This was followed by a fun and lively Zumba workout reminding students that keeping healthy in mind also involves keeping healthy in body.
The TY’s also got another important talk last week from SAYIT. They were in to teach the girls about healthy relationships, keeping safe with a partner and warning signs to watch out for that all might not be as it should be in a relationship.


Christmas Activities
The Christmas activities kicked off on Friday, November 24 with UCTtv. There was a heated version of the TV game show ‘The Chase’ involving students and teachers which saw the teachers take a bit of a hammering. Thanks to the Fifth Year student Councillors who are organising the Christmas fun and to Mr. O’Donoghue, Ms. Hynes and Ms. Keating who were good sports.