Ursuline Secondary School

November 17, 2023

November 17, 2023

Ursuline Careers Day

On Tuesday, 14 November the Ursuline Thurles hosted a careers day organised by the Careers Guidance teachers in conjunction with Principal Ms Tríona Gleeson. There were four guest speakers to begin the day who told the students about their career trajectories and how they came to be working in their chosen professions. These included local entrepreneur Caroline Nesbitt of Designedly, who is managing director of her own graphic design company. Edwina McGrath, past pupil, who successfully combines a career as a dairy farmer with her own business as a beautician. Past pupil, Laura Douglas, a clinical psychologist working with Jigsaw, a mental health service for young people between the ages of 12-24. Marie Kirwan, also a former student of the Ursuline Secondary School who is now a financial advisor for Zurich. They gave very interesting presentations to the Leaving Certs about what their working lives are like from a variety of different industries. In the afternoon there were stands from fourteen different higher education organisations including colleges, technical universities and institutions of further education. The students got to talk to representatives from different faculties and learn more about the courses that they are interested in and how to access them. It was a very successful careers day and hopefully there was something for everyone.


Charities Committee

The Ursuline Charities Committee have been busy working on a couple of different fund raising initiatives since the school year began. They operated a shop during the nights of the school musical, The Little Mermaid, selling bottled water and chocolate during the intervals. This was a great success and helped them raise vital funds for the Ursuline schools in Kenya. They also enthusiastically supported the Sixth Year led Mission Day which was collecting on behalf of the same cause. Since mid-term break they have been busy encouraging the student body to bring in Christmas shoe boxes for the annual Team Hope appeal, an organisation the Charities Committee have a long standing association with. This year the Sixth Year school councillors worked in collaboration with the Committee to fill shoe boxes with their First Year classes. All the 157 presents donated by the Ursuline will be delivered to children affected by poverty in many parts of the world, providing essential hygiene and educational items and a lot of joy to those most in need of it. A special thank you to Aoife Coyle, Molly Burgess, Alanna Spillane and Sophie Coughlan who volunteered an evening to help Ms Stakelum and Ms Egan sort through the boxes before collection.

Gael Linn Debating

Congratulations to Ms Barry and her team of Ursuline Junior Gael Linn debaters, Third Years, Trudy Wilson, Genevieve Ní Bhreacháin and Lily Duffy who competed and were successful in round one on Tuesday, 14 November. They proposed the motion ‘TV stars are rubbish’ coming up against Carlow ETB and Heywood College. After Christmas they will compete in round two and fingers crossed for them in the next leg of the competition.


Amber Flag

Thanks to all the Amber Flag Committee members who made the recent Kindness Week such a great success. The students were able to donate €600 to Pieta House through all the various activities they put on as well as raising awareness on inclusivity, looking out for each other and putting kindness at the heart of the Ursuline school community.

Tipperary Schools Cross Country

The Tipperary Schools Championship provided the first opportunity for Ursuline athletes to compete this year. In the Thurles Crokes club grounds the first race was the 1200m Minor race. Here, the UCT First Year students bagged gold. 83 girls took part in the race and the school had its first three girls finish in the top seven. Orla Pamplin led from the start running very strongly and ably supported by Leah O Connell who put in a great spurt to finish in fourth place. In her first cross country race, Ella Maher had a great run to finish in seventh place. The rest of the team, Sarah Kelly, Lauren Sheehan, Phoebe Ryan and Millie Kearney finished well up the field.

The Junior team also ran a distance of 1200m. They were led out by Eleanor Kiernan who took command from the start and ran a very strong race to finish in first place. She was followed in by Siobhán Dowd, another débutant at cross country and the third place on the team was filled by Emma Murphy. Eadaion Carroll, Hannah Byrne, Isabelle Ralph, Sarah Delaney and Katheline Lynam +all competed very well and the girls were rewarded with team silver, missing out on the gold by just one point.

The Intermediate team had the longer distance of 1500m. The team consisted of Aisling O’Reilly, Alanna Spillane, Doireann Lynch, Sophie Nolan, Isobel Hourigan, Roisin Ferncombe & Laura Hales. They won the overall race team event by the slimmest of margins from Presentation Clonmel. Once again they showed great maturity and were anxious to follow up on the success of the minors and juniors. Aisling won an individual bronze with Alanna and Doireann coming in closely behind her.

The last race for the day was at Senior level, run over 2000m. This race brought together the majority of our All Ireland bronze winning medal team from 2019. Kate Ferncombe ran a very good race to finish in silver medal position, despite attack after attack from Hazel Brennan of Pres Clonmel. Orla Ryan and Paula Quirke finished in fourth and fifth places with Aoibheann Fogarty in sixth and Rosie Bradish in fifteenth place. Well done to the girls for bringing home gold in this event.

Thanks to Thurles Crokes for the course and to the many parents who came out to support. The next cross country outing will be the South East Munsters which will take place in the new year.


There was a great win this week for the Ursuline U19 Soccer team who beat St Mary’s Middleton by a goal, 2-1. From this win they have booked their spot in the Munster Quarter Final. This year the school is working with Dynamic Coaching as part of their School Partnership Performance Academy Programme and the students are enjoying the training sessions with their coaches.


The Ursuline Senior A camogie team had a convincing win last week against Limerick side Hazelwood College Dromcollogher in the first round of the Munster Championship. Well done to all the team.


The Ursuline Cadette basketball team travelled to Old Leighlin last week to play Carnew in the South East Regional semi-final. Carnew were tough opposition but the UCT girls dug deep and won the game by three points. The final score was UCT 31 Carnew 28. Next up the Cadettes play Pres Wexford in the South East Final.

Thanks to the Presentation Thurles for inviting the Ursuline First Year basketball players to a blitz. They had games against Loreto Clonmel and Pres Thurles with the two teams of First Years enjoying the day on the courts, getting the opportunity to play and improve.


The Minor footballers had a super win on Tuesday, 14 November in the first round of the Munster Championship. They beat Templemore with Sophie Moynihan and Lorna Ryan, joint captains, setting up numerous attacks. They will now play Cashel in a few weeks in the second round and are looking forward to playing competitively once again.

Feb 24
All Ireland Senior A Camogie Final
Mar 07
Enrolment evening for Incoming First Years
Mar 13
Staff Meeting
Mar 18
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