April 10, 2011


After the success of the Cork Choral Festival, the Chamber Choir participated in the school’s competition at Feis Ceoil last Tuesday in the R.D.S. The Choir made a change to its repertoire for the competition singing “Chilli Con Carne” again but adding “Heart, we will forget him” based on a poem by Emily Dickinson and arranged by Rentz.

It would have been difficult to repeat the success of Cork, given how well the Choir performed there, but the girls rose to the occasion and the Sixth Year members of the choir put away the anxieties of Irish Orals and Music Practicals. They were rewarded with a second place, losing out by one mark to Belvedere College.


The second place at the Feis was more than compensated for by the end of the week when the Choir received word that it had been named as the Best School Choir of the competition in Cork and so will receive and additional trophy when the awards are made in Cork after Easter. This award is given to the Choir with the highest marks over the two days of the school’s competition. With 94 marks earned in its own competition, it would have been difficult for them to be beaten and so it proved!


The Senior orchestra will be packing up the bus with all the stands and instruments to take part in the Orchestra competition at Fesi Ceoil on Tuesday, April 12. The orchestra will perform “The Tempest” by Robert Smith and the ever popular “March” from Carmen by Bizet.


Word came through on Friday evening that both Transition Year groups have been selected to present their YSI projects to the judges in City West on May 11. Out of approximately 600 projects that presented in the first “Speakout” stage, sixty have been selected to present their projects to the judging panel. Both groups received excellent status under the criteria for the YSI.


Meanwhile, the “Dis-Ability” group travels to Dublin on Thursday next to make its pitch for funding for the “Birds Nest Swing” it hopes to purchase for the Playground in Thurles.

Also on Thursday, another group of Transition Years will also be travelling to Dublin to take part in the national Final of the Enterprise competition.

Since winning the Co Tipperary final, Aine Blake, Sarah Kelly, Rachel Williams, Aoife McGrath and Orla Gleeson have been busy taking their “Bizz a Board” on to the next level. They have succeeded in actually producing the Board and they are also hopeful that they will have it as an App for the smartphone.


As the hockey season draws to a close. the Senior C Hockey team was beaten last Friday by Mount Mercy in the Cup Final and the First Years are gearing up for a final this week. The Tennis teams have all been involved in action in the round robin sections of their competitions and it now looks likely that Under 14B, Under 16 B and Under 19A will all qualify for the knock out stages of their respective competitions. The Second Year Basketball team has the Midland Final this week also.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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