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.

November 24, 2017


Congratulations to Ruth Brannigan, Alannah O’Donoghue, Orlaith Ryan and Anna McCartan who came 3rd place in the open team inter-schools showjumping competition. This was held recently in Warrington Equestrian Centre in Kilkenny.

Public Speaking

Siobhán Greene, Aislinn Maher and Aoife Dempsey represented the school in Carlow Institute of Technology on November, 16. The very interesting debate was organised by the School of Construction and the first motion was ‘That the House believes we can trust construction experts.’ The Ursuline team opposed the motion with energy and enthusiasm. They succeeded in reaching the semi final. In this they proposed ‘That there is no glass ceiling for women in construction.’ It was a great day’s debating and a lovely learning experience for all thirty teams involved. Congratulations to the TY’s and to their public Speaking teacher, Ms. Quinn.

Soroptimist Public Speaking
Best wishes to the Soroptimist public speakers who will compete in Clonmel on Saturday, November 25. Those involved include Kerry Tierney, Isobel Quirk and Hannah Cahill. They will talk on the empowerment of women and how the real threat to humanity is hardened hearts and not weapons of mass destruction.

First Year Debating
There was an enthusiastic response from first years to the in house debating competition with a total of ten teams involved. The semi final was held last Monday, November 20 with Ms. Quinn overseeing the proceedings. There was some lively and colourful discussion on the motion ‘That in modern life there is no room for imagination.’
It is the turn of second years next Monday when they will discuss ‘The capital C in Christmas stands for consumerism not Christ.’

The Senior team took the road to South Tipp on Monday, November 20 to play Greenhills, Carrick-on-Suir in the Munster A Championship. Conditions were wet and heavy underfoot. The UCT girls did not let that deter them and held five point lead at half time 1-6 to 0-4. Every score was hard won and the Ursuline knew they had a lot of work to do to secure a win. Two further goals in the second half made the vital difference to see the UCT side into a Munster Quarter Final. The full time score was Ursuline 3-12 Carrick-on-Suir 0-8.

There was loads of action on the astro turf last week. Early in the week the Senior A’s held Mount Mercy to a 1-1 draw. The Junior A’s successfully beat Mount Mercy 4-0.
On Wednesday, November 22 they lost to Bandon 3-2. The Junior A’s and Minor A’s both won in their games against Bandon. The Junior A’s scored two goals to Bandon‘s no goal. The Minor A victory was an even more emphatic 4 goals to nil. The Minor A’s also won in their game against Scoil Mhuire the previous week, played in Harlequins in Cork.
First Year teams A and B played against their counterparts from Laurel Hill Coláiste and both teams came out on top 2-0.

TY Film Workshop
The first of the TY film workshops got underway this week with plenty of action and interesting characters on the corridors. This workshop, facilitated by Kilkenny based Young Irish Film Makers is always one of the high points of the TY programme.

Law Workshop
Kate Hedigan is currently giving her hugely popular law workshop to TY’s. She takes each class through the various aspects of the legal profession. She informs them about labour laws pertaining to young people. They learn about the court system and the workshop culminates in a mock court room role play. This is great fun but also extremely helpful in getting students to understand the experience of a trial or court appearance.

Green Schools
Well done to the Green Schools Committee who organised a swap shop in school on Thursday, November 23. This was done to raise awareness about all the stuff we accumulate. It also reminded the students and staff that the need to reduce, reuse and recycle is ongoing. It also gave everyone a chance to load up on free Christmas presents. There was plenty of stuff to swap and the shop certainly generated a lot of interest.

November 11, 2017

Gael Linn Debating
Congratulations to Senior and Junior Gael Linn Debaters who both succeeded to the next stage of the competition. The Seniors, Caitríona O’Sullivan, Erica Carroll and Sinéad Lynch opposed the motion ‘Parathas turasóireachta í Éire’, Ireland is a tourist paradise’. They were up against St. Anne’s, Tipperary town and Loreto Clonmel and so did well to come through this tough first round.

The Junior team of Zoe Bracken, Jennifer Murphy and Rachel Madden argued, with great flair, that ‘The Rose of Tralee should be ended’ or as gaeilge, ‘Ba cheart deireadh a chuir leis an comórtas Rós Thrá Lí’. They overcame opposition from Scoil Mhuire and Augustinians, Dungarvan.

Ladies Football
The Senior footballers are proving their mettle this season with a number of important victories that see them through to a Munster quarter-final. Just before the midterm they played Doon in the Durlás Óg grounds with goals from captain Ciara Nyland, Eimear McGrath and a hat trick from Niamh Keane. Keeper Emma Kennedy made some crucial saves from a relentlessly attacking Limerick side. The Ursulines finished the day out with a tally of 5-10 to Doon 5-6.
The same Senior C team travelled to Glenroe to compete against Mallow side Boherbue this week. The Ursuline managed a four point win with a score line of 2-17 – 4-7. Niamh Long and Lauren Murtagh battled throughout and Eimear McGrath got an impressive 9 point tally.

The Senior B’s beat Villiers on Tuesday, November 7 by an impressive 6-0. The Minor B’s won against Castletroy 5-0.
The First Year 1and 2 teams also won in their matches against Villiers. The final score in both games being UCT 3 – 0 Villiers. First Year Team 3 game finished in a nil all draw against Castetroy.

Well done to students from the Leaving Cert class of 2017 who have achieved scholarships and awards based on their academic achievements. Sarah Jane Carroll and Rebecca Lynch have been selected for UCD Academic High Achiever awards. Clíodhna Heenan and Constance Quinlan have been identified by Trinity College for Entrance Exhibition Awards and Esha Hourihane Clancy has been chosen for an Intel Women in Technology Scholarship.

There was a valiant effort from the Senior Camogie Team in the first round of the Munster Championship. They played Doon, who proved to be an impressive opposition on the day, coming out on top 4-12 – 2-5.

Comhairle na nÓg
TY students Síobhan Green and Aislinn Maher have been elected to Comhairle na Nóg for a two year term. They join fellow Ursuline student Sarah Barrett who is serving in her second term on the Tipperary youth council.

The TY’s were treated to a fun hairstyling workshop this week with Ann O’Reilly. Each student had a mannequin ‘head’ and Ann taught them how to upstyle, plait and braid. It was both practical and enjoyable.
On Thursday, November 9 all four TY groups headed to support Cashel Community School’s production of Beauty and the Beast. They thoroughly enjoyed the show and thanks to Cashel for the invite.
Next week the TY’s are on work experience and thanks to all the employers who have offered placements to Ursuline students.

Mad Hatters Maths
There were many colourful maths themed hats on display last week to celebrate all things numerical. Well done to Second Year winner Cathy Hogan.


The U19’s had a tough home game against Scoil Chríosf Rí, Portlaoise and the final score was UCT 29-52 Portlaoise. Seniors also played Mullingar this week and Cadets played Templemore but unfortunately neither team were successful in these games.

October 28, 2017

Hello Dolly
A huge thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make Hello Dolly a huge success. It was a tremendous show, enjoyed by the audiences who attended the six performances. The students had a great time treading the boards and made memories that will last a long time.


Kelly Ann and Katie Ryan, Racquetball
Congratulations to sisters Kelly Ann Ryan, Junior Cert and Katie Ryan, 2nd Year, who recently came first and second in the Ladies Open doubles Racquetball finals. Kelly Ann and Katie were sibling rivals on the court with Kelly Ann and her partner Aoife Beckett from Cork emerging victorious. The final score was 7-15 in what proved to be an exciting final, the venue for which was the O’Loughlin Gaels Club, Kilkenny. Kelly Ann appreciated the competitive game fought against Katie and her racquetball partner, Olivia Downey from Moycullen, as good preparation for her forthcoming trip to Minneapolis where she will compete in the Junior World Championships. To help defray some of the costs of this trip the proceeds of Sunday night’s Hello Dolly raffle were donated to Kelly Ann. The best of luck to her as she continues her training for this prestigious competition.


Maths and a Science Olympiad
The Ursuline was very proud to have two students competing in the National Maths and Science Olympiad held in Dublin City University on Saturday, October 21. Tara Lane, 5th Year and Ella Flynn, TY were selected based on the excellent results they attained in both Junior Certificate Maths and Science. The girls were only two out of around a hundred students asked to try out for the National Olympiad Team. Their high academic achievement in Science and Maths was identified by the State Examinations Commission out of the over 60,000 students who sat the Junior Cert in 2017. The questions asked at the National Olympiad Trials were of an exceptionally high standard. The girls received certificates of participation. Many thanks to their Maths teacher Ms. Molony and their Science Teachers Ms. Dwan and Ms. Hogan.


Hannah Cahill wins Wild Words
Well done to Hannah Cahill, 5th Year, who is the winner the Wild Words 2017 poetry and short story competition. This is Hannah’s second year to win this particular creative writing competition. Her winning poem will be published in Wild Words Volume 5. Also as part of her prize Hannah got the opportunity to attend a written masterclass with published authors which took place in Carrick on Shannon.


LCVP Tour of Irish Whiskey
Thirty two Leaving Cert students travelled to Royal Oak in Carlow to visit Walsh’s Whiskey Distillery on Tuesday, October 24. A visit out to a company or factory forms part of the students’ LCVP portfolio and they were given a comprehensive guided tour of the facilities. Woody, the front of house representative, explained the distilling process, gave the students a background profile of Walsh Whiskey, its products Writers Tears and The Irishman and it’s establishment in 2016. At the end of the tour there was a question and answer session. Students were given an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing a start up business and the potential for growth in the craft Whiskey sector. The qualities and skills the company would look for in an employee were also discussed which the students found particularly insightful. The whole visit was very practical and educational and the Leaving Certs’ eyes were opened in regard to entrepreneurship and business in general. Many thanks to the staff and management of Walsh Whiskey for allowing the Ursuline LCVP class access to their facility and to Ms. Hynes and Ms. Bourke for organising the trip.


Soapbox Europe Direct Public Speaking
On Wednesday, October 24, Isobel Quirk, Kerry Tierney and Hannah Cahill competed in the Europe Direct Public Speaking Competition. The Ursuline trio, along with over thirty other competitors, spoke on the opportunities that Brexit presents for Ireland. The event took place in the beautiful surroundings of Waterford City Hall. Well done to all speakers and in particular to Isobel Quirk who emerged as runner up on the day. Thanks also to their Public Speaking mentor, Ms. Quinn.


Rotary Youth Leadership
Fifth Year student, Alannah Walsh has been selected to progress in the Rotary Youth Leadership Competition. The other students interviewed were Sarah Barrett, Erika Carroll, Winona Ryan and Michelle Ryan. The competition rewards students for their leadership potential based on their participation in extra curricular activities. The best of luck to Alannah as she goes forward in this competition.


The Ursuline was well represented at the recent hockey interprovincials. Ciara Kelly, Junior Cert, was on the South East U16 Team. She scored in the game against Connacht and from her performance over the weekend she has been selected to try out for the Irish U16 team. Representing the Ursuline on the South East U18 team was Fifth Year student Mia Ryan. She also found the net, shooting one past the keeper in her sides win against Connacht. On the Munster U16 team were Andrea Halley, Marion Gillman and Emily Kavanagh and Galway girl, Ròisín Kelly, played U16 for Connacht. Well done to all the girls who represented both their province and school with pride.
On Sunday, October 16 the Senior A’s played a friendly against Connacht in UCT. It was good preparation for the forthcoming season and Ursuline were happy to secure a win, beating the girls from the West 4-2. Ursuline goal scorers on the day were Eimear McGrath and Maeve Hassett both getting two goals apiece. Thanks very much to Connacht for traveling to Thurles to oblige with this challenge.

October 21, 2017

Hello Dolly
The annual Ursuline Musical Hello Dolly opened on Saturday, October 21 and what a show it is this year. While Dolly is currently enjoying a Broadway Revival with Bette Midler in the starring role it is also enjoying a long awaited return to the Ursuline. The witty script, brassy musical numbers, energy and colour is proving to be a huge hit with audiences both Stateside and in Thurles. Not even Ex Hurricane Ophelia could dampen the spirits of the cast who were rearing to go when school returned last week after the unexpected sojourn.

Katie Taylor is phenomenal in the lead. She owns the stage as the feisty, funny, matchmaking Dolly Gallagher Levi who sets her cap or ‘hat’ at the unsuspecting half millionaire Horace Vandergelder. Meanwhile Caitríona Timmins remains steadfast throughout in her portrayal of the vexatious Vandergelder. His austerity contrasts wonderfully with Dolly’s vivaciousness.
Dolly’s scheming and artful intriguing in the love lives of the other characters lends to some hilarious scenes. There are great comic moments between Dolly and Vandergelder’s poor, under appreciated store clerks Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker played by Rebecca Williams and Erika Carroll respectively. Cornelius and Barnaby, unsophisticated in the ways of the world, are determined to close up Mr. Vandergelder’s Hay and Feed store, while the boss is away on his own mission to propose to the Widow Molloy. Cornelius and Barnaby head to New York to live a little, which by their definition involves kissing girls and seeing a stuffed whale.

Meanwhile the beautiful Widow Molloy, played so eloquently by Rachel Butler, has no intention of marrying grumpy Horace Vandergelder. Dolly arranges a meeting between the two clerks and Irene Molloy and her assistant Minnie Fay. Kate Williams is delightfully convincing in the role of excitable chatterbox Minnie Fay. Love blossoms between these four characters meaning Dolly can now use her womanly charms to reel in the reluctant, grouchy Vandergelder. In other scenes Michaela Grace Ginty captures the weepy Ermengarde perfectly and is complemented well by Emma Osborne in the role of her her awkward, struggling artist fiancée, Ambrose.

However while the absorbing plot provides plenty of comedy it is the rousing musical numbers that continue to draw the audiences in. Songs like ‘It Takes a Woman’, ‘Put On Your Sunday Clothes’ ‘Before the Parade Passes’ and of course the memorable title number ‘Hello Dolly’ always have the crowds swaying and singing along. The spectacular, energetic dance scenes, particularly the lively waiters, provide extra vibrancy and zest to the evening’s entertainment.

Many thanks to everyone involved in all aspects of the production, the cast, musicians, wardrobe, set designers, lighting and sound crew, photography, box office, programs, hampers, back stage supervisors, student volunteers, front of house, make-up and to parents and the Ursuline Community for their continued and much appreciated support. So to ensure you get good seat for this not to be missed production call into the school reception or simply ring 0504-22147. The show runs from October 21 to Thursday October 26. Because you probably can’t make it to Broadway to see the latest production of Hello Dolly the Ursuline has brought the glitz of Broadway to you.


Soapbox Europe Direct
The Ursuline was well represented at the recent Europe Direct Soapbox Public Speaking held in L.I.T. on October 12. The purpose of this competition is to raise awareness of the EU and how it works. Eleven students, from Junior Cert, TY and fifth year, spoke on the topic ‘Brexit – Ireland’s opportunity?’. Congratulations to Isobel Quirk, the winner of this round and to all those who delivered speeches on the night, Mary Kate Barrett, Hannah Cahill, Caoimhe Meade, Síobhan Greene, Victoria Cottrell, Nicole Rafter, Kerry Tierney, Erika Carroll, Anna Bradish and Aislinn Maher. Best wishes to the four students who will now continue to the Regional Finals in Waterford, Hannah Cahill, Isobel Quirk, Mary Kate Barrett and Kerry Tierney. If any of these students the get through in the next round they will compete in the All Ireland Final of Soapbox and be in with a chance to win €1000 and a trip to Brussels. Thanks to Ms. Quinn for her help in preparing and encouraging the girls this competition.


St. Ursula’s Feast Day
Thanks to the students and teachers of the Religious Education Department who prepared a reflection and prayers for the feast of St. Ursula. St. Ursula’s feast day was on Saturday, October 21 but the students and staff remembered her the day before with a para-liturgy. The faith and martyrdom of this early Christian saint was reflected upon. The day was celebrated, as always, with a bar of chocolate for each student.

October 14, 2017

The TY classes had a first time workshop last Thursday, October 12, with Ger O’Shea from the company ‘Develop Me’. His activity based lesson aimed to help the students enhance leadership and team building skills through reflection, discussion and problem solving. Ger introduced them to an experiential game called The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine. The aim was to get students understand the main elements of effective project management. The TY’s had to solve this challenge with limited time and resources. They enjoyed the class and are looking forward to a follow up in the new year to build on what they learned.

Ladies Football
The younger footballers travelled to Doon last Monday, October 9, to play Doon in a group game of the Junior Football Championship. They started brightly and were 2-2 up to no score within the first 10 minutes with 1-1 a piece from Roisin Bambrick and Ella Ryan. Marian Gillman then added to this with a well taken goal. Doon scored 4 points in a row to get them back into the game. Ella Ryan added two further points to her tally, the second point coming from a great run on goal and sailing between the uprights from an acute angle. The Ursuline led at half time 3-4 to 0-4. Doon started the second half strongly with 4 points within the first 10 minutes. Emma Osbourne, who worked tirelessly up and down the field, set up a number of attacks with Roisin Bambrick applying the finishing touches, scoring 4 points. Doon grabbed a goal and were then given a penalty, but, Emma Kennedy saved and cleared. With Doon still pressing on relentlessly, joint captains of Maria Connolly and Aoife Cashman, kept them at bay. Anna Derby capped off a good Ursuline performance, pointing the last kick of the game. The final score was UCT 3-9 Doon 1-9. The Junior footballers now play St. Anne’s, Tipperary in the last group game before competing in the Munster 1/4 final in mid November.


Hello Dolly
Tickets for this year’s musical ‘Hello Dolly’ can now be purchased or reserved by either calling into the school or ringing 0504-22147. It is going to be a showstopper with belting tunes, great orchestra numbers and witty dialogue from the larger than life character of Dolly. It will be a most enjoyable nights entertainment.

It was a busy week for basketball. Both cadets and seniors travelled to Tullamore on Tuesday, October 10, to compete in the midlands league. However there was no luck to be had for either of the UCT teams against strong contenders Tullamore.
The cadets were also in action on Friday, 13 against Presentation Thurles but unfortunately lost by two baskets.

The Junior B’s and Senior’s A’s both started their league campaigns in hockey last week. Both teams drew in their matches against Limerick side Villiers. The Junior B game finished nil all and the Seniors found the net to leave the full time score a gaol a piece.
Some of the first years began their hockey careers on Wednesday, October 4, in Harlequins Hockey club, Cork. Forty-five students took part in this blitz and had an enjoyable day on the pitches. Each player got to take part in three games and were keen to put their new skills into practice. No scores were kept as this was an introductory blitz for all. Thanks to Ms. Kelly for all her work in training up the first years.

DCU talk
Many thanks to Margaret Brearty who came to the school last Thursday, October 12, to give the Leaving Certs a talk on DCU. Margaret gave a general presentation on the courses offered in the university and the course requirements. She informed them that St. Pat’s, the primary teachers training college had joined with DCU. She also gave students some practical advice suggesting that they should register for accommodation in advance as soon as it is open to applicants in February. Thanks to Careers teacher Ms. Golden for organising this talk.

Fr. Michael Kennedy
Many thanks to Fr. Michael Kennedy who came into to talk to the Sixth Years about faith. He spoke to them about his own vocation and how he struggled with belief in his youth. He explained to them that faith is a gift and believing in God is an act of faith. He encouraged them to keep up the search, the questioning and the belief as best they can. He answered their questions with great honesty and gave them plenty of food for thought.

Firework Safety Talk
Community Officer Clodagh Kenny spoke to some of the first year classes this week about the dangers of fireworks in the run up to Halloween. She gave them tips for staying safe over the midterm break.


October 7, 2017

Mission Day
A great day of fun was organised by the Leaving Certs for Mission Day on Monday, October 2, to raise money for the Ursuline Sisters working in Kenya. The girls turned to Shakespeare as the inspiration for this year’s theme which was ‘All the world’s a stage…’ This quote provided a wonderful platform for performing, parody, dressing up and getting into character. There was Santa’s ‘Ghetto’, ‘I’m a Celebrity’, some Cowboys and Indians, a troop of circus performers and a haunted house tour. The Pink Ladies and T-birds of Rydell High from the musical Grease made a dramatic entrance. There was plenty of bopping and dancing bumper to bumper at the strictly over 11’s disco where the music was pumping.
The Gardaí were on hand to arrest anyone getting out of hand and there was a real festival vibe with a chill out zone and hippies decorating hands and faces with henna and glitter. There was plenty of food and a bouncy obstacle course to help work it all off. The students raised in excess of €3000 for Sr. Claire Ursula who is doing vital work in Kitui, Kenya helping young impoverished girls receive vocational training to improve their prospects of work and further education. Thanks to all the Leaving Certs who made Mission Day such a success and to the students and staff who supported it.


SEAI National Poster Launch, Green Schools
A group of third Year students, Ellie Culliton, Zoe Bracken, Gráinne Quinlan, Victoria Cottrell, Ellen Duggan and Kellyann Ryan were guests of honour at the launch of their SEAI winning poster in Dublin on Thursday, October 5. In attendance was the Minister for Environment, Climate Action and Communication, Denis Naughton. The girls were the national winners of the One Good Idea competition with their entry, Be Wattaware, that encourages people to buy A rated electrical appliances. As part of their prize they got the opportunity to design a poster/ billboard with a graphic design artist that will now be used to promote their idea. The girls attended with their Science teacher and Green Schools mentor, Ms. Carroll, who encouraged them and helped them with this environmental project every step of the way. The launch took place in SEAI headquarters in Dublin and in his speech Minister Naughton congratulated the students on their ‘One Good Idea’ and encouraged them to keep up the good work.


Speech and Drama Exams
Congratulations to Juliet Smyth, 6th Year who recently achieved 95%, a distinction in her LAMDA Gold Medal Performance Exams. This is a fantastic and exceptional achievement. Juliet had to perform three different acting pieces in different styles from different genres. She also had to have in depth knowledge of the backgrounds of the playwrights and a thorough understanding of Stanislavsky, the father of method acting. Thanks also to her Speech and Drama teacher Ms. Purcell for preparing Juliet to such a high standard.


The Ursuline Basketball teams had home advantage in their games against Coláiste Iosagáin, Portlaoise last week. The Cadets and Seniors were playing in the first round of the midlands league, B division on Tuesday, October 3. The Cadets had a great win, the final score being Ursuline 29 – 12 Portlaoise. The Seniors faced a stiffer challenge and Portlaoise beat them well. Both teams will be playing away to Tullamore this week. Thanks to coaches Ms. McGinley and Ms. Ryall.


Hope Foundation Trip to Calcutta
The school is delighted to announce that it will have thirteen TY students travelling to Kolkata with the Hope Foundation during the Easter holidays. The girls selected, after interview are Noirín Harty, Katelyn Egan, Chloe Slattery, Leah Nolan, Áine Looby, Niamh McCormack, Aoibhinn Fanning, Elena Quirke, Michaela McKelvey, Kate O’Connor, Eimear Bourke, Laura Power and Ellen. This is the largest group of students from the Ursuline to commit to this life changing opportunity. They will get a chance to see first hand the work Hope are doing with vulnerable children in Kolkata. Best wishes to them in their fundraising endeavours and also to Mr. Murphy who will be travelling with the group.


Build A Bank
The interviews for the AIB’s Build a Bank Challenge have been completed and the TY team to head the school bank in the year ahead will be Ellen Wright, Bank Manager, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Chief Operations Officer, Emma Jayne Burke, Marketing Manager and Caoimhe Meade, Financial Controller. Also on the team are Claire Carey and Kate Dwan. Well done to the girls and best of luck to them and their mentor Ms. Hynes.


Munster 7s Camogie
On Wednesday, October 4, the Ursuline camogie players headed to Charleville to take part in the Munster A Sevens Camogie Tournament. The Ursuline travelled as defending champions hoping to secure a much- coveted spot in the All Ireland Provincial Final.
In the first game they played Doon and after a close encounter emerged as winners by 3 points UCT 6-1 to Doon 4-4.
In the next game the girls were up against Clonakilty’s second team and won comprehensively 6-3 to 1-1. This saw them through to a semi-final which pitted them against Clonakilty’s first team. It was a closely fought battle and the full time whistle saw both teams level UCT 2-4 Clonakilty 3-1.
Extra time was necessary and Clonakilty emerged winners scoring two goals to Ursuline ‘s one point. The final score was Ursuline 2-5 to Clonakilty’s 5-1. Clonakilty went onto win the final. All the UCT girls played exceptionally well and the team can be very proud of their performance. Thanks to coaches Ms. Hogan and Ms. O’Friel.


Junior A Football
The Ursuline Junior As travelled to Clonmel Sports Grounds last Tuesday, October 2 to play Presentation Clonmel in the first of their group matches. The game started well with a point from Ella Ryan before Roisin Bambrick added a goal from open play and a point from a free. Clonmel’s goalkeeper made some great saves to keep them in it until Erin Bourke and Aoibhinn Fanning eventually found the back of the net. Erin added a further point and at half time the Thurles side were up 3-3 to 2-4. Clonmel, aided by the breeze in the second half scored some excellent points and Emma Kennedy in goals for Ursuline did very well to keep a clean sheet. The girls worked hard against the breeze and Roisin Bambrick, Anna Derby and Jennie Madden all pointed to keep UCT in front. Aoibhinnn Fanning again rattled the net with 15 minutes remaining and Marian Gillman added to the score-line with a well taken goal. Roisin Bambrick and Aoibhinn Fanning were on form all day and gained further points to leave the full time score Ursuline Thurles 5-8 to Presentation Clonmel 2-11. The Junior As now play St. Anne’s, Tipperary and STN Doon, Limerick to hopefully qualify for a Munster quarter final spot. Thanks to coach Mr. McLoughlin.


Junior B Football
The Junior Bs had an emphatic victory against Carrick On Suir’s ‘B’ team last week in their championship game. Stephanie Dwan had a standout performance scoring 4-1 in the opening 10 minutes to put the Ursuline into a secure lead from the off. The team was overjoyed with their win and is looking forward to the next game against Fethard. Thanks to coach Mr. Kirby.


Hockey Results
The Junior and Senior As were out on the Astro pitches last week against Kilkenny College. The teams are preparing for the tough season ahead with these challenge matches. Senior As had a particularly tough encounter against the reigning All Ireland Champions and conceded five goals. The Juniors played out a 2-2 draw.


Hello Dolly
It is full steam ahead with rehearsals for Hello Dolly as the clock ticks down to opening night on Saturday, October 21 at 8.00 p.m. The booking will open on Monday next, October 16 and tickets can be reserved by phoning 0504 22147 or calling to the School Office. The Show will be staged over four nights: Saturday, October 21, Sunday Oct 22, Tuesday Oct 24 and Thursday Oct 26.

September 30, 2017

Katie Morrissey Tennis

Best of luck to Katie Morrissey, Fifth Year, who is travelling to Birmingham with the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club to represent Ireland. She is only one of four competitors selected to participate in this singles tournament and the only player from Munster. This comes on foot of what has been a busy and very successful summer for Katie on the tennis circuit. In July she won the Munster Junior Open at the Sunday’s Well Lawn Tennis Club. Also in July she won the Limerick Lawn Senior Open, Premier Grade. She is the current under 18 Tipperary County Junior Open Champion. In August she was the only Tipp competitor in the Interpros held in Rushbrook, coming third in this U18’s competition. She is a dedicated young sportswoman and clearly a great talent on the courts.

Cecilian Choir to sing for Taoiseach

The Ursuline Cecilian Choir sang at the National Famine Commemoration on Saturday, September 30, which was held this year at the 1848 Famine Warhouse in Ballingarry. The students from First to Sixth Year and Music teachers Ms. McNally and Ms. Butler were honoured to be asked to sing for the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries, at this most important national event. They sang ‘O Lux Beatissima’ and ‘April Rainbows’ the two pieces that brought them so much success at the Limerick Choral Festival in March. It was a very memorable occasion for the Choir and a chance for them to perform alongside such esteemed names as composer Micheál Ó Suilleabháin and poet Michael Cody.

TY Trip to Killaloe

The TYs had a glorious day for their annual team building and bonding trip to Killaloe. The students soared to great heights on the high ropes and splashed around in and on the water doing canoeing, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. The group divided in two to split the day between land based activities and lake based activities. Many thanks to the teachers who ventured with them to the UL Adventure Centre, Ms. Flanagan, Ms. Doherty, Ms. Short and Mr. O’Donoghue.

Psycho Spaghetti

On Thursday the TYs went on a theatre trip to The Source to see Psycho Spaghetti which is a huge hit every year. It is stand up comedy for teenagers at its best. Writer, director and one man show man Ger Carey had the girls hooting with laughter all of which was directed at their teenage selves. His hilarious glimpse into the complications of adolescence and the growing that accompanies growing up is portrayed through a series of mad-cap characters. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, rip roaring performance from start to finish.

Camogie Muster Championship

The Junior A Camogie Team played the first round of the Munster Championship on Wednesday, September 27 in Dr. Morris Park. The Ursuline used the home advantage to their full advantage against Bandon side Coláiste na Toirbhirte and were 3 points ahead at half time with UCT 3-3 to Bandon 1-6. Despite the miserable conditions the Ursuline came out fighting in the second half and opened up a strong lead. The final score was Bandon 3-8 Ursuline 7-9. It was a good start to the championship and well done to the coaches and girls who endured the driving rain with great stoicism.

Hello Dolly

Auditions completed, rehearsals for Hello Dolly got into full swing last week. This classic, timeless piece follows the fortunes of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, a rather impoverished lady who matchmakes for a living. However, she herself has designs on a well known Yonkers Businessman, Horace Vandergelder and she cleverly arranges “suitable” potential wives for him, but none seem to come up to the mark!

The show will be staged in the Sr Ursula Memorial Hall from Saturday, October 21 to Thursday, October 26.
The cast is as follows:

Dolly Levi: Katie Taylor
Horace Vandergelder: Caitriona Timmins
Cornelius Hackl: Rebecca Williams
Barnaby Tucker: Erika Carroll
Mrs Irene Molloy: Rachel Butler
Minnie Fay: Kate Williams
Ambrose: Emma Osborne
Ermengarde: Michaela Grace Ginty
Rudolph: Aideen Carew
Judge: Lavinia Bowe
Clerk: Ciara Scanlon
Chefs: Ella Flynn & Kaci Kerwick


September 23, 2017

Irish Junior Science Olympiad

Two Ursuline students, Tara Lane, 5th Year and Ella Flynn, TY, have been identified by the State Examinations Commission as having achieved exceptionally high grades in their Junior Certificate Maths and Science exams. As a result of their academic achievement they have been selected to try out for the Irish Junior Science Olympiad team. The National Olympiad Competitions will be held in October and November in Dublin City University. Best of luck to both girls.

An Gaisce Hike

Well done to those students who braved the unseasonable weather last week and headed to the Slieve Bloom mountains for their Gaisce Hike. The Ursuline had record numbers of participants this year with 77 students signed up for the Presidents Award. There are six 5th Year students working towards their silver medals and they completed a three day hike covering a total of 46km. The 71 girls undertaking the bronze medal hiked over two days and trekked for 32km. It was a real chance for the students to bond and great fun was had by all despite the wet day on Saturday. Many thanks to the teachers who went with the girls, Ms. Egan, Ms. Bourke, Mr. O’Dochertaigh, Ms. Hynes, Ms. Coffey, and Ms. Spillane and also the leaders in the Birr outdoor Education Centre who are always so encouraging.


National Ploughing Championships

All four TY classes, 104 students headed to Screggan in Co. Offaly for the National Ploughing Championships. The wellies were out in force and were a vital accessory considering that Wednesday was by far the wettest day of the Ploughing. The group were undeterred by the elements and had a fantastic day visiting many stands and exhibitors, always on the look out for free stuff. The amusements proved a popular attraction and the sports section was a must see for many of the girls. In the RTÉ tent some enjoyed the fun of the photo booth and getting their own personalised copy of the RTÉ Guide with themselves on the cover. There was also the obligatory celeb spotting with Ray D’arcy, Clodagh McKenna, Paul O’Connell and Nevin Magurie among those sighted among the crowds. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip in spite of the soaking they got. Many thanks to the teachers who accompanied the TY’s Ms. Dwan, Ms. Purcell, Ms. Coffey and Mr. English.


Opening of the Year Mass

The Opening Mass of the year took place on Tuesday afternoon, 19th September. The whole school came together in the Cathedral of the Assumption to bless the start of the year and to reflect on the chosen theme for 2017/2018, ‘Together we make a family.’ The theme coincides with the year of the family as designated by Pope Francis. It also incorporates the idea that the school community reflects many the same things that happen in the home, laughter, support, caring, forgiveness, making memories, sharing stories and learning life lessons. Thanks to Fr. Jim Purcell who said the mass and reminded the congregation that in all relationships, family, school, club, our attitude of is of the utmost importance.

Ladies Football

The senior football team started off this season’s campaign with a comprehensive win over local rivals Cashel Community School. The game got off to a good start with a well taken goal from Kate O Connor who also pointed later in the half. Eimear McGrath was on set piece duty scoring a significant tally of six points before half time, two from open play. Lauren Murtagh and Niamh Long combined well in midfield and both capped off the first half with scores. Lauren scored a great goal after a solo run from the half way line, while Niamh scored two impressive points. The halftime score was Ursuline 2-10 to  Cashel 1-0. Cashel with the aid of the breeze in the second half, started well and had 2-2 scored within 10 minutes. However, Ursuline soon took control and Aoibhinn Fanning, impressive at centre forward, found the back of the net to kick start UCT’s second half. Ròisín Bambrick and Ciara Nyland put the game to rest as they tallied 2-1 and 2-0 respectively. Maria Connolly capped off a good UCT performance, charging all the way up the field from her corner back position to finish in style, with a goal. The final score was UCT 8-11 to Cashel 3-5.

The Ursuline will be meeting Doon and Boherbue CS, Mallow in the coming week to complete their championship group games.

Hockey Results

The Senior A and Junior A hockey teams played challenge matches against Loreto Kilkenny on Wednesday, 20th of September. The Senior A’s took full advantage of the home venue wining their game by 3-1 and the Junior A’s lost 3-1.


September 16, 2017

Dr. Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary
Sarah Jane Carroll is this years recipient of the Dr. Aisling Butler Memorial. Sarah Jane was welcomed back to the school on Wednesday, 13th September to receive the bursary from Evelyn and John Butler. The Butlers established the bursary in memory of their daughter Aisling, a past pupil of the Ursuline Convent, who died tragically when the Air France passenger plane she was travelling in crashed on route from Brazil to Paris. Sarah Jane, who attended the ceremony with her parents, brother and sister, thanked the Butlers for their generosity and said she would always bring her Ursuline experience with her, wherever she goes.




Junior Cert Results
Congratulations to all our current TY’s and Fifth Years who got their Junior Cert Results on Wednesday. There were whoops of joy and smiles of pure delight as students received their Junior Certificates, the culmination of their three years of Junior Cycle study. These were the first Ursulines to sit the new format Junior Cycle in English and the students and teachers were very pleased with how they performed.          



Isobel Quirk
Isobel Quirk, Fifth Year, did exceptionally well in the Junior Cert, being one of only four students in the country to achieve 12A’s. Isobel was featured in the national newspapers with her proud parents Jennifer and Michael and was also interviewed on local radio. She was genuinely bowled over by how well she’d done and thanked all her teachers.


Students and staff gathered in the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall on Wednesday morning for the opening of the year assembly. Proceedings began with a prayer said by the joint vice-chairs of the Student Council, Katie Taylor and Michaela Kerwick. Then the principal, Ms. Butler, welcomed all the new first years and reminded them that the whole school were available and willing to help them settle in. She congratulated the class of 2017 on their Leaving Cert results and wished them all the best in their future studies and careers. She told the students that the chosen theme for this year was ‘Family’ in keeping with Pope Francis’s visit to Dublin in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families. The new Vice Principals, Ms. Slattery and Ms. Gleeson also addressed the student body, both expressing the hope that they would work harmoniously with the girls in the months ahead. Caoimhe Fitzpatrick, the Chair of the Green Schools Committee, reminded the students that the school was proudly going for their 8th Green Flag and so must be vigilant to live the motto of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. She urged her peers not to become complacent about environmental issues and wittingly chided that ‘the earth without trees was like a pizza without cheese.’ The final address was from Sixth Year student, Janeanne Fitzgerald, the new Chairperson of the Student Council. She told the students that the Council would be organising activities in the coming year around the theme of Family. She spoke about how school has all the characteristics of a family, love, care and support in difficult times, like an anchor in rough waters.


High Achievers and Excellence Awards
Well done to Ursuline students who received High Achievers Awards in their RIAM exams and Excellence Awards in LSMD exams. The RIAM High Achievers were Constance Quinlan, Ruth Everard, Katie Taylor, Esha Hourigan Clancy, Megan Long, Nicola Scott, Vivienne O’Keeffe and Louise Broe. The LSMD Excellence awards were attained by Aoife Kavanagh and Laura Jane Hickey.


Internet Safety Talk
On the same day a new survey revealed that 22% of children are in contact with strangers online the Ursuline Secondary School had Galway based internet safety expert Jeremy Pagden in to talk to both Junior and Senior Cycle students about keeping themselves safe online. He discussed the dangers of social media and gave them practical ways to protect themselves on the World Wide Web. Students were shocked to discover how easy it is for someone to hack into their cell phone or how sinister predators operate on the unregulated and unrestricted internet. Jeremy also spoke to parents on Thursday night about what they can do keep their children safe on social media. It was a most revealing and practical talk for both students, parents and teachers.

Higher Options
Around a hundred Sixth Years headed off to the RDS for Higher Options on Thursday, 14th September in the company of Ms. Golden, the Career Guidance teacher. The students got to meet representatives from all the colleges and universities in Ireland and learn more about the various courses on offer and course requirements. There were also stands with information on various UK and European third level institutions. Students got the chance to attend lectures outlining careers in science and nursing and there was also a very informative talk on filling out CAO applications. Attending Higher Options is a long established tradition in the Ursuline and students always get very practical information regarding the courses they are interested in. Thanks to Ms. Golden and Ms. Short for attending the conference with the Leaving Certs.


Fifth and Sixth Year Retreats
Thanks to Conor, Peter and Linda from the Mustard Seed who facilitated retreats with Fifth Years and Sixth Years recently. Both groups got a chance to bond and also to reflect on themselves and what is important to them. The day revolved around fun games, discussion, meditation and generally getting an opportunity to fuel the spiritual aspect of their lives. Best wishes to Linda who has been coming to the school for the last five years as part of the retreat team as she embarks on a new chapter in her life as a librarian.