November 15, 2010

Concern Debate

After a shaky and close debate in the first outing of the year, the Concern Debating team was anxious to make up lost ground in the round robin stage of this competition…and the team did not disappoint!

Louise Burke (captain), Ruth Heenan, Grainne Fennelly and Hannah Barnes successfully proposed the motion that “Young Irish people are indifferent to the problems in the Developing World”. The opposition on this occasion was Nenagh C.B.S. There are two more debates in this stage of the competition and the team is already busily preparing for the next encounter.

High School Music Festival – Waterford

Approximately one hundred students travelled to Waterford last Tuesday, November 9, to take part in a new initiative as part of the Waterford International Music Festival. The Festival is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year and the committee introduced several innovative ideas, one of which was this High School competition. Six schools presented a thirty minute abridged version of its show and the competition took place over two nights. The participating schools were: Dungarvan – Godspell, Good Counsel, New Ross – Les Misérables, De La Salle, Waterford- Oliver, Carnew –Bryan Superstar, Gorey CS – West Side Story and Ursuline, Thurles – The Sound of Music.

Adjudicator, Tony Finnegan, commented on the high level of talent that was on view amongst the six schools. He made several nominations in six categories: Alison Burns who played Maria was nominated as best female performer, Fiona O’Sullivan, captain Von Trapp, was nominated as Best “Male” performer and the group also received two nominations: Best Choral Presentation and Best Movement. These awards however went to other groups with Gorey’s West Side Story picking up three of them. However when it came to the final award of the evening, Best Overall presentation, there was great delight amongst the Ursuline girls when they were declared the winners and were presented with a beautiful Louise Kennedy Tipperary Crystal Trophy.

Science Week

Science week was well marked in the school when Sixth Year students organised Science Table Quizzes for all First and Second Year students last week. The buzz amongst the students as they discussed the possible answers created quite a bit of excitement and the winning teams were well rewarded by the Sixth Years.

The First Year students also had the opportunity to visit the T.I. where they passed a very pleasant time watching various scientific “experiments” in practical ways.


The Senior A and Junior A Hockey teams travelled to Cork last week to take on Scoil Mhuire in their respective league competitions. It was a day of mixed fortunes with the Junior A team emerging as 3-0 winners but the Senior A suffered its first defeat of the season, going down 1 -2 to Scoil Mhuire.

Two of the First Year hockey teams travelled to Limerick on Thursday last, despite the weather conditions and they played challenge matches against Laurel Hill Secondary School and showed great promise in their two victories.

The Gaelic Football team made the long journey to Ballincollig without success going down 3-6 to 6-8.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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