Ursuline Secondary School

May 1, 2023



Huge congratulations to Ursuline TY student Ciara Fitzpatrick who captained the Irish Women’s U16 team on Thursday, 25 April and won the UEFA Development Tournament in Serbia.

The Irish squad made it three out of three wins. Their first game gave them a rattling start to the tournament with a 8-2 victory. The second game finished in a 1-0 win for the girls in green. The third and final game went to penalties, but Ciara led her team to another fantastic win. Well done to Ciara and all her Irish team mates.


On Wednesday, April 26, the Ursuline had a team of twenty girls competing in the Tipperary Track and Field County Championships, in a range of disciplines.

Senior athlete Emily Davidson, came away with gold in the long jump with a distance not far off the five metre mark.

Lorna Ryan, representing the Minors, had a great win in the shot put, throwing 9.86m. She also made the final of the 100m. The relay team of Lorna, Emma Murphy, Sophie Moynihan, Claire Fitzgerald and Laura Coonan won the silver in the 4 x 100m in 59.74. Aisling O’Reilly brought home two bronze medals with 2.39 in 800m and 1m35 in the high jump. Gabrielle Morrissey and Sophie Moynihan represented UCT in the Minor 800m.

Réiltín Morrissey won bronze in the shot put with 7m94 and Sarah McGinley, in the same competition, threw 8m23 to bring home silver. Sarah became the first ever Ursuline student to compete in the Discus event with a throw of 16m82. The School was strongly represented in the long jump at Junior level with Ruth Phelan winning silver, (3m76), Katie Coonan winning bronze (3m60). Aisliing O'Reilly (3m56) and Rachel Kelly (3m14) also competed in this event.

Gabrielle Morrissey jumped just under 3m in the Minor final. Lucy Duggan finished in fourth place with a jump of 1m30 in the High Jump. The Junior team of Rachel Phelan, Eleanor Doyle, Aisling O'Reilly and Lucy Duggan finished in fourth place in the 4 x 100m Junior final, just outside the medals in a time of 57 seconds.

Aoibheann Fogarty and Lucia Duran ran in the Intermediate 800m. Róisín Ferncombe had a good run in the 800m Junior race. Other competitors in the 100m included Laura Hales and Mary Ryan.

The next outing will be the South East Munsters on Wednesday May 3, in Templemore and best of luck to all those who have qualified to represent the School.

Ursuline Win Rachel Kenneally Cup Football

The Senior Ursuline Football team won the Rachel Kenneally Cup last week beating a strong Cahir side. It was a great privilege to accept this cup in memory of Rachel who was from Ballyglass and played Club Football with Aherlow. She passed away at the young age of twenty-six, having been an excellent football ambassador for both Club and County. The Ursuline Senior players were delighted to be able to meet Rachel’s parents after the match and tell them how honoured they were to compete and win a County Football Tournament dedicated to their daughter.

The game itself was close throughout as the Thurles backs defended superbly while goalkeeper, Anna Phelan, pulled off numerous saves to keep UCT in the match. Ursuline finished with a few points to spare and scorers included Sarah Corcoran 1-1, Robyn Fanning 1-1, Lucy Purcell 1-0, Issy Carr 0-2, Alisha Kearney 0-1, Danielle Ryan 0-1, Kate Carr 0-1, Chloe Byrne 0-1 and Paula Quirke 0-1. Lifting some silverware was a great way to end the year for the Senior team. Best of luck to the Sixth Years and thanks to them for their dedication to Ursuline Football down through the years.

It was an excellent outing for the forty-three Ursuline footballers in Rockwell where they competed in the Tipperary U15.5 County Blitz against eleven other schools last week. Ursuline had three strong teams and ended up winning the A Cup, with the team captained by Ellen Ryan and Ciara Collins. The young First Year team, with some players’ underage for another two years, won the C competition and hopefully it is the first of many honours for them in the School jersey. Joint Captains Anna Carr and Alice Butler accepted the Cup on behalf of the team. Well done to coaches Mr McLoughlin, Ms Kelly and the TY’s who helped out on the day.

Finally, huge Congratulations to Amy O Connor, Stella Carr, Alice Butler, Bríd Woodlock, Rosie O Brien, Sophie Moynihan and Claire Fitzgerald who won the Munster U14 A Championship with Tipperary. Amy captained the side and all seven players were an integral part of the team. Best of luck to them as they continue to play with their Club, County and the School.


Junior C League Champions

Well done to the Ursuline Junior C hockey team who won the League final on Tuesday, 25 May against Laurel Hill Coláiste. Thanks to a last gasp goal by Tessa Kearney who calmly slotted the ball in from the back post the team clinched a late victory having proved the better side throughout the encounter. There were heroic performances all over the pitch over the four quarters and the result means the team remain unbeaten in the League this year. What an achievement & very well done to Ms Barlow for all her hard work during the year with the Juniors. Congratulations also to the Junior B Hockey team who also won the League this season


Ursuline’s Jasmine McCarthy, Third Year, is a new National Boxing Champion of Ireland. She won the Girl 4, 41kg title when she beat her opponent Tori Dillon Byrne 4-1 at the National Stadium, Dublin on Friday, 21 April. Everyone in UCT is thrilled for her as are all the members of her Boxing Club in Templemore. She has a great talent and everyone in UCT wishes her every success in the ring in the future.

Megan Boland

Massive congratulations to Leaving Cert student Megan Boland who has earned a place representing Ireland on the International Linguistics Olympiad team.

On Wednesday 1 March, 100 young linguistic problem-solvers competed at the National Finals of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) at Dublin City University. The top four senior students, including Megan, will now represent Ireland at an International level in Bulgaria this summer.

Megan was previously Junior Champion in 2021.

Musical Evening

St Angela’s Academy of Music, in conjunction with the Ursuline Secondary School, had their annual Musical Evening on Thursday, 20 April at 7:30pm in Sr Ursula Memorial Hall. A mix of music and song, showcasing the finest of talent from the Ursuline students was on offer to the audience. The quality and variety of the programme was a real treat for music lovers, with thirty-one acts to entertain over the course of the evening. The feast of musical delights included soloists, instrumentalists, duets and ensemble pieces from Orchestras, Trad Group and both Ursuline Choirs, Cecilian and Chamber.

Cork Choral Festival

On Thursday, 25 April the Ursuline Chamber Choir sang at the Cork Choral Festival. The pieces they performed for this competition were Téir Abhaile Riú and Shenandoah. The Choir performed so well and did both themselves and the School proud.

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