February 26, 2012

Success for Gael Linn Debating Team

Well done to the Senior Gael Linn Debating team who has successfully negotiated another hurdle in the competition. Jane O’Quigley, Laura Connolly and Tamsin Greene Barker successfully proposed the motion that it was a good thing that there will be an end to the culture of the pub in Ireland:

“Is rud maith e go bhfuil deireadh ag teacht le cultur an ti tabhairne in Eirinn”

Four teams were in action: Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy and Ursuline Thurles, proposing and Loreto Clonmel and Newbridge College, opposing. Loreto Clonmel also qualified for the next stage.

Concern Debate

Prior to the mid-term break, the Concern Debating, team who had secured eight out of a possible nine points in their previous debates, was defeated in arguing that “Barack Obama is good for Africa” against presentation, Thurles. It is unlikely now that they will proceed to the knock out stage of the competition.


All the Transition Year Mini-Companies displayed their work last week for a judging panel from North Tipperary Enterprise Board. Four companies were selected to go forward to the Regional finals which will take place on March 7. The four companies are:

• “Caman, Let’s Play” – a design to fit on a hurley to make it usable on indoor surfaces or astro-turfs

• “Tub-a-Love” – hand crafted bake mixes in a decorative re-usable glass jar

• “Seasonal Spices” – a variety of 100% gluten free spice mixes to add flavor to food

• “Nurtur Nature” – a 100% eco friendly fertilizer

Disappointment for Senior A

The Senior A Hockey team travelled to Limerick last Wednesday to take on Crescent Comprehensive in a replay of the Cup semi-final.

Unfortunately, a date in this year’s final was not to be. The team conceded an early goal and despite having the majority of possession after that, it could not break down the solid Crescent defence and so the score remained 0-1.

The Senior B team was also in action twice last week in a home and away fixture against Villiers, Limerick. The home fixture gave the victory to Villiers and the away fixture was a 1-1 draw. The Second Year A team had a 7-0 win over the same opposition.

A Munster Final for Junior Camogie

The Junior Camogie team has booked its place in the Munster Final of the Camogie Plate by comprehensively beating Laurel Hill Colaiste. They await the result of the second semi-final to see who their opponents will be in the final.

Cross Country Athletics

In the recent Munster Schools Cross Country held in CIT Cork on Thursday February 9, the Ursuline teams performed extremely well. Heavy rainfall had left the course particularly muddy and this led to difficult conditions for the runners to contend with.

First off were the minor team of Aoife Booth, Susie Osborne, Molly Kavanagh, Nuala Fitzgibbon, Eimear O Loughlin and Rebecca Lynch. This team had already achieved qualification from East Munster with a fourth place finish and here they improved on that by one place by finishing in a very credible third which qualifies them for the All Irelands in March.

The Junior race was over 2500 meters and this team was highly fancied to do well as they had already won the East Munster and are also the defending All Ireland Champion Minor team form last year. This race set off at a fierce pace with Eimear Loughman off with the main bunch of leaders. She settled in to third place and it seemed that it was going to be a fight between herself and Karen Kennedy of Presentation Thurles for third and fourth places. With 500 metres to go and with the main bunch fast catching the two girls, Eimear took off after Laura Cooke of Villiers (who was forty metres ahead of her at this stage) and caught her with four metres to go and win a really hard fought and well deserved silver individual medal. This was one of the best performances ever witnessed for an Ursuline Cross Country runner as the last 300 metres were run over what was literally a sea of mud. Laura Costello, in her first outing this year, finished in 10th place followed in by Emma Doyle (14th) and Aoife Delargy (15th) out of the 60 starters. Muireann O Dwyer and Ciara Fogarty came in a few places behind the two girls.

The Intermediate race proved to be a very close battle between Loreto Clonmel, Ursuline Thurles and Ursuline Waterford. On this occasion the result went to Loreto Clonmel by the smallest of margins. Two points separated the two teams over the 3000m course. The start was a confused affair with some of the athletes still not quite at the line before the gun went off. Ciara Cummins and Eileen Rafter finished in 8th and 10th positions. Orla Healy and Brigitte Murphy were in 21th and 22nd places. Kate Kennedy and Catriona Hayes followed in close behind. This is a young team (last years’ All Ireland Junior Champions) and it has potential to do very well next year and a medal finish at the All Ireland’s is very much a possibility so fingers crossed for March!

The Senior girls had a good run. They had finished in second place in East Munster. Shauna Hayden followed up on her very good 2500m East Munster run with 13th place and finished only a minute behind the winner. Cora Doyle and Heather Casey finished in 29th and 30th places to get a very credible 6th place overall in the team competition.

In an unusual order of events this year, the girls took part in the Co Tipperary Championships on Feburary 23 in Thurles and once again, the School won the Overall Best Schools Shield.

The Athletes now look forward to March where the three teams will take place in the All Ireland and Shauna Hayden will take part as an individual. There are places to be won on the Irish team and some of the girls will be in the running for them so best of luck to them!

Written By Nora Tuohy