April 3, 2011


It was a well deserved win for the forty strong Chamber Choir last Thursday, March 31, at the Schools’ Competition for Equal Voices in the Cork International Choral Festival. In recent competitive outings the Choir has been earning high marks and very favourable comments but first place has narrowly eluded it.

That changed last Thursday in Cork when the Choir performed its very contrasting programme for the competition: a beautiful arrangement by David Mooney of the traditional Irish air “Ardaigh Cuan” and the contemporary piece “Chilli Con Carne” by Anders Edenroth.

Because of the way the May Bank holiday is falling for schools, the organisers of the Cork Festival brought forward the Schools’ competitions by a month and the competition took place for the first time in Collins Barracks. There were ten schools taking part and the Chamber Choir was last to sing and it was worth waiting for as both songs were performed to the highest standard, revealing the control and technical ability of the choir. Adjudicators, Orla Flanagan and Blanaid Murphy firstly awarded four certificates of excellence: Loreto S.S. Fermoy, De La Salle Waterford, Cór na Carraige, Carrigtwohill and the Ursuline Chamber Choir and then the placings were announced with De la Salle Waterford coming second on 92.75 marks and Ursuline Chamber Choir in first place with 94 marks.

The Choir, under the direction of Ms Joan Farrell, is drawn from Junior Cert upwards and is voluntary for those who enjoy choral singing. The members of the choir are very dedicated and work hard after school hours so this win is well deserved and congratulations goes to all involved.


It was a very busy week for the Music Department as the annual Musical Evening took place on Wednesday night last. The Intermediate and Senior Orchestras performed and it was a very good opportunity in particular for the Senior Orchestra to perform as they prepare to take part in the Schools’ Orchestral competition next week for Feis Ceoil. There was a great variety of talent on display: Harp Ensemble, Cello, Clarinet, Piano, Voice and Violin Solos as well as First & Second Year Choirs and the Cecilian Choir.


There was good news also last Friday for one of the Transition Year groups in the Young Social Innovators competition. There is a facility within this competition that any group who has need of some money for its project can make a “Dragon’s Den” like pitch for cash for something worthwhile. The “Dis-Ability” group is anxious to provide a Bird’s Nest Swing for the playground in Thurles. This will cost about € 4,000 – € 5,000 and the group has already had talks with Thurles U.D.C. Now it has the opportunity to sell its idea to KPMG and earn some money towards this swing.


The Green Schools’ Committee, under the chairmanship of Fifth Year student, Sinead Ryan, was put through its paces last Wednesday when the examination for the fourth Green Flag took place. This flag concerns Travel and Transport and the committee had worked very hard on preparing its submission and ensuring that there was high awareness amongst the students of this whole issue and how we as a school can make a contribution towards reducing the carbon footprint.

The examination went very well and the signs are that the school will receive its Fourth Green Flag.


Well done to the Second Year Basketball team who qualified for the Midland Final last week when the players comprehensively defeated Gaelcoláiste, Carlow. The Junior A Hockey team fought hard in its League encounter with Bandon Grammar and lost only on penalties after extra time. Meanwhile the First Year team hurtles forward and had a 5-0 win over the same opposition.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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