March 6, 2011

Soroptimist Public Speaking National Final Winner

Heartiest congratulations goes to Sixth Year student, Anna Brennan, who took the beautiful inaugural trophy at the Soroptimist Public Speaking National Final last Saturday in Mullingar.

Anna had successfully negotiated her way through the Tipperary and Regional sections of this public speaking competition with her speech on the environment: “there is sufficiency in the world for man’s need, but not for man’s greed”. She competed against nine other speakers from all over the country and was the only speaker who chose to speak on the environment. The most popular topic on the day was the one on Education as six participants chose this topic: “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

Not alone had Anna to deliver her six to seven minute speech on the environment but she also had two minutes to prepare an impromptu speech which was on the topic of holidays.

Saturday’s final was the twenty-ninth year of this competition and the first year when the new Mildred O’ Brien Trophy was presented. A native of Co Down, Mildred O’ Brien has been a Soroptimist since 1976 and it was she, along with another soroptimist, who started this Public Speaking competition twenty nine years ago and she was on hand to present the trophy herself last Saturday.

This is the second time that a student from the school has won the national final. Jacqui Lacey won it in 1996.

Wesley College Choir Competition

The Chamber Choir went to Wesley College last Friday night to participate in this Choir Competition. They worked very hard on polishing and perfecting their two pieces: “Ave Maria” arranged by Joshua Hines and “Incantations” by Michael McGlynn and they came a very creditable second place to Alexander College, Dublin. The Choir is also busily preparing a different repertoire for the Cork Choral Festival which will be coming up shortly.

Transition Year

The two groups of Transition Year have had a busy week putting the final touches to their respective YSI written submissions and both groups have done a huge amount of work on their chosen themes: – Thurles – a good access town for the disabled and sharing talents between the old and the young. Both groups are very hopeful of being selected for the “Speakout” in Cork where they will have to give a two minute dramatic presentation of their themes.

The two groups also took part in a First Aid workshop last week which they found very beneficial if indeed a little daunting.


The tennis season is up and running and the Under 14 B and Under 16 A teams were in action. The Under 16 team lost out to St Angela’s in Cork whilst the Under 14B had a win over Nenagh A team.

The First and Second Year Basketball teams were also in action last week. The Second Years had a 48-1 victory over Nenagh and have now qualified for the Midland semi-final, not having lost a match in the group stage. The First Years encounter with the same opposition was a much closer affair and they went down to Nenagh by 15-23.

There were also some hockey teams in action during the week. The Senior C team overcame Loreto, Clonmel by 2 -0 and Second Years and First Year (Green) defeated the same opposition by 4-0 and 3-0 respectively. The Junior B2 team however suffered a 0-2 loss.


Meanwhile, the members of the Senior, Junior and Minor Athletics teams are all training hard and have their minds well focused on next Saturday’s All Ireland Cross Country Championship which will be held in Dublin. The three teams have performed very well in the Co Tipperary, East Munster and Munster competitions and have earned their places in the All Ireland.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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