Ursuline Secondary School

October 23, 2022


The Lion King Jr

The Ursuline School Show was back with a bang following a sell-out, spectacular production of The Lion King Jr. Four nights of fully booked performances with a stellar cast comprising of lions, lionesses, hyenas, elephants, cheetahs, monkeys, giraffes and all manner of exotic animals, birds and ‘human’ vegetation. Set in the pride-lands of Africa, the Lion King is a story of fatherly love, sibling rivalry, power struggles and unlikely friendships told from the perspective of a community of lions. As well as a bumper chorus there was a significant number of lead roles. Rhoda Aliyaran played the proud and honourable Mufasa while her corrupt, unscrupulous brother Scar was delivered with just the right degree of menace by Anna O’Brein. Fay Lannen and Lucy Mangan were grown up Simba and Nala dueting beautifully on Can You Feel the Love Tonight. Sharing the roles of younger Simba and Nala were the very talented Rachel O’Donnell, Emily Gleeson, Eleanor Doyle and Tianna O’Leary. Stars of the future stage no doubt. The comedic element was provided by Cáit Browne as the trusted royal aide Zazu and Scar’s not so bright hyena side-kicks Laura Collins, Rosa Ryan and Sheena Wright. Timon and Pumbaa, the warthog and meerkat who teach Simba about a more laid back Hakuna Matata approach to life were acted with charming effect by Lauren Brannigan and Anouska Dunne. Sarah Gleeson donned the role of the enigmatic seer Rafiki who’s Swahili chant provides the opening strains of the musical feast to come. Other leads included Emma Moran, Sarah Grace Ginty, Hannah Murphy and Sarah Eiffe. A special word of thanks to all members of staff who were involved in this huge production in a variety of ways, it could not happen with their co-operation, talent and good will. A big shout out to all those who sponsored the Ursuline School Show and to every single person who contributed to make The Lion King Jn 2022 a stunning success.

Ursuline All Ireland Junior 7s Champions

Congratulations to the Ursuline Junior 7s team who won the All Ireland Final in Ashbourne Co Meath on Wednesday, 19 October. UCT representing Munster saw off stiff competition from the other provincial winners to take the trophy, undefeated in all games. The first encounter was against Kilkenny side Coláiste Abhainn Rí who scored 2-2 to UCT’s 3-8. The Ursuline were off to a great start in spite of the blustery conditions. Next up the Tipp side faced down old Connacht rivals, Presentation Athenry. The final score was Athenry 2-3 Ursuline Thurles 5-6. This put them in a strong position going into their final playoff against St Patrick’s Maghera which Thurles won well finishing out 5-6 to Maghera’s 1-4. It was a Munster v Leinster Final with Ursuline meeting Callan again. The rain began as the sliothar was thrown in but that did not deter either side. The 2022 Schools All Ireland 7s finale turned out to be a high scoring affair with the Ursuline winning out 9-9 to Coláiste Abhainn Rí’s 7-8. This is Ursuline’s third All Ireland 7’s A title and their first since 2016. Well done to all team members and to coaches Ms Hogan and Mr O’Heney.

The Junior A Championship got off to a good start for the Ursuline on Monday, 17 October with a first round win against Bandon. Thanks to Thurles Sarsfield for the use of their pitch.


Ursuline Senior Footballers are top their group and through to the Munster 1/4 Final after beating Scoil Mhuire Carrick an Suir last week. Goalkeeper Muireann Treacy and her defenders kept the opposition at bay while there were impressive scores at the other end to help UCT secure their victory. Best of luck to all the team and their coach Mr Mc Loughlin in the next round of the competition. Those who got their name on the scoreboard included Ciara Fitzpatrick 3-2, Sarah Corcoran 3-1, Grainne O’Donnell 2-0, Anna Phelan 1-1, Abby Fitzpatrick Ryan 1-0, Chloe Byrne 0-2, Kate Carr 0-2, Alisha Kearney 0-1.

Sixth Year Geography Trip to Clare

Sixth Year Geography students had a super day in Co Clare on Tuesday, 18 October where they got the opportunity to bring Geography from the classroom to life in the great outdoors. First stop was Aillwee Caves with a wonderful tour of both surface and underground features from a brilliant tour guide David. Next on the agenda was a boat trip to view the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and all the coastal features on that Atlantic beaten stretch of shore. A quick stop off in Lahinch to look at coastal management in place and the day finished with the completion of the fieldwork component which is worth twenty per cent of the Leaving Cert Geography paper. Crag Beach was the perfect location to study sea erosion and wave cut platforms and it was also a scenic spot to hang out with friends. Well done to all students for their great efforts and exemplary behaviour throughout the day.


Ursuline soccer star Grace Fitzpatrick Ryan is currently playing with the National U17 team as they make their bid to qualify for the UEFA European Championship. Grace only returned from an U17 training camp in Portugal earlier in October where Ireland were preparing for the qualifiers. Best of luck to Grace and her Irish teammates in all their group games.

Well done to the Ursuline’s Senior Soccer team who won their match against Cashel Community School last week in the first round of the Munster Senior A Cup. Goalkeeper Anna Phelan and defenders were impressive on the day, while at the other end UCT got goals from Sarah Bell (2), Ciara Fitzpatrick, Lucy Purcell and Sarah Quinlan. Best of luck to all the team and their coaches Mr Brady and Mr McGlynn in the next round.

Sixth Year English Trip to Thurles IMC

Sixth Year English students enjoyed a special screening of Where the Crawdads Sing in Thurles IMC on Monday 17 October. They are studying the novel for their Leaving Cert comparative question so what better reward for their hard work than to see the characters, plot and major themes brought to life on the big screen. Thanks to Ms Carey and Ms Lewis for organising the excursion.

Green Schools

The Ursuline Green Schools Committee were busy last week taking surveys of water bottle usage, reusable v plastic single use containers. This is in an effort to remind students of the importance to the environment of reusable bottles which last longer. Also they are running a campaign to get students to bring in used batteries to raise funds for the Laura Lynn Foundation. The members of Green Schools are working towards their tenth Green Flag which would be a momentous achievement for the school.

St Ursula’s Feast Day

The Ursuline remembered the feast of St Ursula on Friday, 21 October with an online prayer service prepared by Ms Egan and a handful of readers and musicians. The students called on St Ursula to help them have courage, to be kind and to trust in God. Students and staff were grateful for the treat provided for the celebration this patron saint of the Ursuline’s.

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