Ursuline Secondary School

May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

TY Trad Group through to Munster Fleadh

Well done to the Ursuline TY Trad Group who have had a brilliant year playing and performing and who have qualified for the Munster Fleadh to be held Limerick in July. They competed in the Tipperary Fleadh Cheoil last weekend, in the Banna Ceoil 15-18 category. The fourteen TY ensemble included accordion, concertina, harps, fiddles, whistles, flutes, bodhran and spoons. Their arrangement of hornpipe, slow airs and jigs certainly won the judges over and the students were delighted to be representing the School in this long standing traditional music competition. To qualify for the Munster Fleadh was the icing on the cake. Well done to all involved and to Music teacher Ms Barry who assembled the group at the start of the year and who has guided their musical arrangements.

TY Trad Group wins Radio na Gaeltachta Podchraoladh

Well done to the same Ursuline TY Trad group who came first in Ireland with their podcast ás Gaeilge which was aired on Radio na Gaeltachta. The girls put together their own programme of Traditional Music that included jigs, reels, hornpipes and The Planxty in memory of The Chieftan’s Paddy Moloney. The discussion on the podcast centred around the fusion in Irish Music from other genres like pop, rock and classical. Aoife Kavanagh and Hannah Clarke presented the programme and the musicians were a mixture from all four TY classes playing a variety of instruments including fiddle, harp, flute, tin whistle and sean nós singing. Maith sibh a chailíní.

Chamber Choir sing for Darkness into Light

It was an early start for the Third, TY and Fifth Year members of the Ursuline Chamber Choir who were on hand to encourage the early morning runners and walkers participating in Darkness into Light on Saturday, 7 May. The Choir were set up on stage in the Dome at Semple Stadium and their repertoire of songs gave encouragement and added to the wonderful atmosphere that always prevails at this event. Their medley included Stand by Me, Lean on Me and True Colours. Thanks to Una Healy who joined them for a song and to the students and teacher Ms Butler for getting out of their beds before the break of day to be involved in this very worthy fundraiser.

Gaelic Football Blitz Rockwell

Congratulations to the Ursuline Gaelic Footballs who were crowned winners of the U14 ‘A’ Tipperary Post Primary Schools Competition in Rockwell on Thursday, 12 May. They went through the competition undefeated from the group stages to the final. They overcame Presentation Thurles, St Anne’s, Cahir and Templemore. Grace Forde and Sally Morgan led by example throughout and accepted the cup on behalf of the team. Ursuline also had two other teams competing, Róise Glynn and Ella Heaney captained one team while Ava Harnett and Emma Kingston captained the other. They ended up with a total of four wins, a draw and three losses. What an incredible year for these footballers making it four trophy’s for the 2021/2022 season, after recent successes in Mallow and Rockwell. Well done to all players on their performances with everyone looking forward to togging out in the Ursuline jersey next September again.

Green Schools Swap Shop

Before the pandemic the Ursuline Green Schools Swap Shop had become a feature of the School calendar and a very important initiative to encourage sustainability and the circular economy among the student body. Well it was back with a bang last week and as in previous years proved to be a resounding success. In order to be able to purchase at the ‘Swap Shop’ students had to donate clothes they no longer wanted. They got a token which they could then use to purchase someone else’s donated items of clothing. The theme this year was festival and summer clothes and lots of punters were very happy with their new or nearly new threads. Everyone was a winner especially the environment. Well done to the Green Schools Committee for all the hard work getting ‘Swap Shop’ up and running again. Thanks also to teachers Ms Carroll, Ms Carew and Ms Ryan who coordinated it.

TY Gaisce Hike in Upperchurch

Ursuline TY students from all four classes headed to the hills of Upperchurch on Thursday, 12 May for a hike which will count towards getting their Gaisce medal. They did a 7.5km trek through the beautiful Tipperary countryside, stopping to take in the view and snacking to refuel. The weather was good and many thanks to the local guides were helpful in showing the students and teachers the route and pointing out interesting features. The students came back to School at the end of the day tired but with a sense of accomplishment.

TY Bicycle Workshop

Thanks to Ellen from Green Schools who facilitated a bicycle workshop with TYs on Wednesday, 11 May. She spoke to students about being safe on their bikes, showed them bike maintenance and discussed the benefits of cycling. She also made bracelets with them using discarded tyre tubes which was loads of fun. In the afternoon they had competitions testing control and balance and were joined by Pat the caretaker who is known for zipping around the school grounds on his own two wheels. Pat showed them how it was done coming first in the competition. It was a really enjoyable workshop and the students learned loads of practical information about bicycling.

International Pony Games, Windsor

Well done to Second Year student, Anna O’Callaghan and Third Year student, Lily O’Reilly who travelled to Windsor last week as part of the Irish team competing in the International Pony Games as part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show. They were up against teams from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England and were looking forward to representing their country at this prestigious event.

Lucy O’Keefe, Fencing

Best of luck to Ursuline Fifth Year Lucy O’Keefe who is a member of the Irish Fencing team, 16-18, involved in the Gymnaside Games. This international sporting event is being held in Normandy, France from the 14 – 22 May and involves 3500 students from over 70 countries. The Fencing team comprises of four athletes and Lucy is the only Tipperary representative. She is a member of the Munster Blades Fencing Club in Nenagh, where she has been honing her skills and technique for the last eight years. She also attends the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown twice a week for training. Best of luck to her and her teammates as they go for gold in this multi-sport worldwide games for young people.

Megan Kelly, Third at the Worlds

Congratulations to Megan Kelly, Fifth Year who recently competed in the Irish Dancing Worlds held in Belfast. She danced an eight-hand reel and her group came third overall, quite an achievement considering the high standard of the contestants and calibre of dancers attending the Worlds. Megan dances with Doherty Petri/LADC and has been Irish dancing since she was four. She hopes to compete in the All Irelands in June both individually and with others so the very best to her as she continues to Irish dancing at the highest levels.


Thanks to the Hockey coaches who organised a medal presentation for all Hockey players on Wednesday, 11 May in the Sports Hall. It was a lovely end to the Hockey season. Well done also to the students from First Year to Fifth Year who travelled to Bandon on Thursday, 12 May to participate in the Senior Hockey tournament. It was a brilliant day out and the School was very grateful to Bandon Grammar for the invitation.

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