April 16, 2016


Well done to all the hockey coaches and to Ms. Cregan in particular for organising a very successful and enjoyable First Year blitz last week. The Ursuline had five teams playing on the day – Reds, Yellows, Green, Purples and Blues. This clearly shows the enthusiasm among first years for hockey. They played teams from Fermoy, Crescent, Rockwell, Christ King from Cork and the Gaelcholaiste, Limerick. The competition on the day was divided into three groups. In Group 1 the UCT Red team finished first with 9 points and the Yellow team also playing in that group finished 3rd on 3 points. In Group 2 the Ursuline Green team won out with 7 points and the Purples finished in 4th position.  In Group 3 the Blue team finished in third place with 3 points. Well done to all students who took part and to the coaches for their commitment throughout the year.  A special thanks to the other schools who travelled and took part in the competition.

1916 Trip to Dublin

Last Saturday a group of enthusiastic History students and teachers from First Year to Fifth Year headed to Dublin for an excursion centred around 1916. Leaving Thurles at 8.30 they arrived in Collins Barracks to see the 1916 exhibition. On display were Roger Casement’s coat, Thomas McDonagh’s playing cards, letters written by rebels interred in Frongoch, including one from Michael Collins, an original copy of the Proclamation and the Irish Republic flag flown from the GPO during Easter Week.
In the afternoon the group assembled outside Trinity where they met two guides who brought them on walking tour of 1916. They heard many stories of what happened during the Rising, saw some of the positions held by the rebels and the crown forces and put their fingers in bullet holes made over a hundred years ago during the fighting. It was a very enjoyable day, the rain stayed away and students got a valuable insight into why 1916 is such a defining moment in Ireland’s struggle for independence. Well done to Mr. Kirby for organising the trip and to all the students and teachers who travelled.

Madame de Markieviez

The Fifth Year History students were delighted to attend the Ann Mathew’s play The Trial of Madame de Markievicz on Wednesday afternoon, April 13, in The Source Arts Centre. One of the cast members was former student Amy O’Dwyer, who took on the dual roles of Scottish rebel Margaret Skinnider and Helena Moloney an Abbey actress who was stationed in St. Stephen’s Green with other members of the ICA. Amy’s performance of both characters was convincing and compelling. The play centred around a fictitious trial of Countess Markievicz in which she must defend herself against charges for her involvement in a real life incident namely the murder of an unarmed policeman on Easter Monday 1916. The myth and propaganda surrounding Constance Markievicz are explored very well and the play provokes much thought about who Constance Markievicz really was and her role in the Rising.

Abseiling for Charity

Best of luck to Mr. O’Dochartaigh who will be very courageously abseiling down the death defying 17 stories of Croke Park for charity at the weekend. The students have been raising the money since before Easter to ensure this brave teacher will scale down the side of this immense, iconic building.

Cystic Fibrous Coffee Morning

On Friday 15th the staff had a coffee morning in aid of Cystic Fibrous. There were plenty of sweet treats in offer and over €300 was raised for this worthy cause. Thanks to everyone who made a donation and made something delicious to feast on.

The Chastitute

Well done to Bean de Burca, Irish and Geography teacher, who directed the Borrisoleigh Drama Group production of John B. Keane’s ‘The Chastitute’. The staff and students wish them every success.

Written By Nora Tuohy