Ursuline Secondary School

November 21, 2021

November 21, 2021

Gael Linn Junior Debating

It was a brilliant result for the Ursuline Junior Gael Linn Debating Team on Monday 15 November with the team of Jane Hennebry, Roisin Duffy, Ava Collins and Mairead O’Brien seeing off stiff competition from Laurel Hill, Limerick and John the Baptist Community School Hospital. They are now through to the next stage of the competition. Travelling to Limerick the UCT team opposed the motion ‘homework should be abolished for Primary School students.’ They made some very good points about the necessity of homework in reinforcing classroom learning and suggesting it would be better to reduce the amount given rather than abolish altogether. UCT and St Anne's were both successful on the night. Well done ! Comhghairdeachas to Ms Barry and her team of gaeilgeoirí.


Massive congrats are in order for the Ursuline Junior Footballers who won the first round of the Munster Junior Championship in style. They played Christ the King, Cork and from the outset they were in control of the game. The backs kept Christ the King at bay and by half time all six Ursuline forwards were on the score sheet. Sarah Quinlan was very effective from placed balls while Sarah Corcoran had a few points to her name. Lucy Purcell, Ciara Fitzpatrick, Alice O Donoghue and Kate Carr had all found the net before the half time whistle. UCT continued the second half in the same form with Miah Bourke and Caoimhe Stakelum at hand to increase the lead even further. A super win for team and management and a great first round win. Ursuline Thurles now go through to the Munster Quarter Finals.

Athletics Tipperary County Cross Country

Ursuline had three teams competing in the Tipperary County Cross Country Athletics held in Thurles Crokes, on Thursday, 18 November. The Minor, Intermediate and Juniors between them brought home three team titles, one individual title, one individual silver and one individual bronze. This was a fantastic achievement given the twenty-four month hiatus from Schools athletics due to Covid. The Minor team consisted of Carla Williamson, Bríd Quirke, Kate Kenny, Amy O’Connor, Ruth Phelan, Lucy Duggan, Derbhla Gleeson, Katie Coonan, Hilary Brannigan, Olivia Onions, Grace Keating and Sophie Craik White.

There were 76 runners in one of the largest Minor races for years and Carla Williamson started out in second position which she held to the finish line. She was followed in by Bríd Quirke in fourth place. Bríd ran a fantastic race and she was followed in by Kate Kenny. Kate ran an extremely brave race. She had a very bad start and after 100m was in third last position but worked her way through the field to finish in a brilliant ninth place. Amy O’Connor and Ruth Phelan occupied eleventh and twelfth positions with Lucy in twentieth, Desrbhla in twenty-fourth, Katie in twenty-seventh, Hilary in thirty-fourth, Olivia in forty-second, Grace in forty-seventh and Sophie in fifty-second. Well done to the Minors who won the team competition.

For the Junior girls, there were fifty-three runners. Grace Forde had an outstanding start and lead the race for the first 600m. She settled into third position, one which she held onto all the way to the line. Grace was followed in by Lily Duffy, Alana Spillane and Emily Creagh, in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively. Emma Kingston was in tenth, Lisa Shanahan in forty-second and Emily Byrne in fifty-third position. The girls emulated the Minors by winning the County Junior title in a score of 14 points with Nenagh in second on 30 and Pres Thurles in third position on 37.

The next team to compete was the Intermediate. Kate Ferncombe was missing and Orla Ryan ran a great race to finish in our first individual gold after the team golds for Minors and Juniors. Orla ran a textbook race settling into second position before making a decisive and well-judged move with about 600m to go which saw her win with about 40m to spare over second place. Paula Quirke was fourth over the line with Anna O’Callaghan and Aoibheann Fogarty close behind in seventh and eighth positions. This brought the team into gold with a points score of 12 with Pres Thurles on 28 and Pres Clonmel on 80. Naoise Quinlivan was our fifth scorer in tenth place with Lily O’Reilly and Ruth Scholfield in fifteenth and sixteenth places. Niamh Hayes and Emma Ely were next in twenty-fourth and thirty-first with Isobel Hourigan and Zoe Whelan in thirty-fourth and thirty-ninth places. Next over the line for the Intermediate team was Mary O’Sullivan (42), Isobel Roe (47) and Jessica Fox (48). Well done to all girls in what is usually the most difficult of all the races to run!

Our sole representative in the Senior race was Laura Staron, TY. Laura was running her first ever race and after a very good start, crossed the line in eighteenth place. Well done Laura and indeed all the girls who participated. This was the largest country championship for years with over 200 girls participating and to win the three team titles was a great achievement for all the athletes. Well done also to coach, Mr McDonnell.


Amber Flag Committee

The Amber Flag Committee was busy last week raising awareness on inclusion, diversity and acceptance for Stand Up Week. On Friday, 19th November each year group and staff

was encouraged to wear a particular colour t-shirt or top to correspond with the Pride flag. The smattering of multi-colours around the School was symbolic of solidarity between all students, no matter how they identify.


TY Visit to Jigsaw Hub

The Transition Years from Room 32 went on a visit to the Jigsaw hub in Thurles on Friday, 19 November. In September they completed a 10km walk/run and decided to donate the €200 they raised to local charity Jigsaw to help with the cost of their new building. Jigsaw offers free mental health support for young people. Their new space offers a welcoming, warm oasis in the busyness world. The TYs were thrilled with the invitation to visit Jigsaw and see first hand how their fundraising will be put to the good use.


The Junior As had an exciting, end-to-end game against Crescent last week. They fought back from 2-0 down to bring the game back to 3-2, Grace Fitzpatrick Ryan was to the forefront of the UCT revival with two excellent goals after hard work from Miah Bourke and Beth Ann Murphy in midfield. Pushing for an equaliser, the game ended 4-2 in Crescent’s favour. There were lots of positives to take from the game after a brilliant team performance!

Well done to the Senior A’s who played on Wednesday, 17 against Crescent Limerick. They led for the majority of the match, thanks to a great goal by Kate Ryan. In the final ten minutes Crescent scored twice to win the match 2-1. A disappointing end result for UCT but a brilliant hockey play from all on the team who showed grit and determination throughout.

Stakelum Office Supplies Christmas Display

Stakelum Office Supplies kindly invited the TY students of the Ursuline and the CBS to decorate their two shop windows for Christmas. The UCT girls choose the theme of ‘Winter Wonderland’ for their display. They had tons of fun creating snow laden trees, Santa's sleigh, giant 3D snowflakes floating in the air and 3D figurines of polar bears, carol singers and snow queens. A great way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit! Stakelums kindly made a donation on their behalf to Jigsaw which was greatly appreciated.

Sixth Year Breakfast Morning

The Ursuline Leaving Certs had a relaxing and healthy first class on Monday, 15 November with a breakfast morning. The students had an array of breakfast options, fruit, juices, cereals, croissants, brown bread, toast, muffins and of course tea and coffee. Thanks to the Sixth Year School councillors and their Year-head Ms Egan for organising the sumptuous start to the week.

May 26
Sixth Year Graduation
May 30
Summer Exams -1st, 2nd & 5th Year
Jun 08
State Exams - Leaving Certificate & Junior Cycle
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