April 23, 2016

Musical Evening

Just after the Easter holidays there was a delightful evening of music in the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall. There were performances from a selection of soloists from First Year to Sixth Year across a range of instruments and voice types.
Taking to the stage on the night were Intermediate and Senior Orchestras, Junior and Senior Trad groups, First and Second Year choirs, Cecilian Choir and Chamber Choir fresh from their recent win at Feis Cheoil where they scooped the Alice Yoakley Cup. The highlights included Clíona Nic Domhnaill performing her own composition on the harp, Maeve Carew and Nicola Scott singing a duet from Wicked, ‘For Good’ harmonising together beautifully and Maureen Ryan who played a piano rendition of Michèal O’Sullibheann’s haunting piece ‘Woodbrook’ accompanied by a septet of string players.
The evening was an immense success and was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Well done to all the Music teachers who prepared all their students to such a high standard.


Thirty-four students travelled, not so far, to Templemore, on Wednesday last, April 20 to participate in the Tipperary County Athletics Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships. A great day was had by all. The sun shone down and a clutch of medals was won across a range of disciplines. The students hurdled, hammered, raced and relayed. A total of fifteen medals were scooped including 6 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze. Well done to the Senior girls who proved their weight in gold yet again. There are some amazing Junior students who will, no doubt continue to improve in strength and stamina. Thanks to Ms. O’Sullivan for her support and mentoring.

Headstrong Hero

Saturday, April 16, a very brave teacher from UCT took part in a charity abseil in Croke Park. Mr Beartla O Dochartaigh was nominated by the students to be a Headstrong Hero and take part in the event. Fifth Year YSI has been working on promoting positive mental health and supporting mental health charities this year. They wanted to raise money for the youth mental health charity Headstrong and what better way than suspending a teacher from the top of Croke Park! The next step was to find willing volunteers. From the offset Mr O Dochartaigh was ahead in the polls and we soon had enough money raised to send him on his adventure. A school tracksuit day put us way ahead of our target and over 600 was raised for the charity. Thanks to the teacher volunteers, the student fundraisers and of course to Mr O Dochartaigh for allowing the UCT jersey to have its day in Croke Park.

TY –Youth Retreat RDS 19/4/16

A group of 12 Transition Year students went with Mr Cleary to the third annual All-Ireland Gathering which took place in the RDS. This year was marked by celebrating the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. In all, there were sixty schools from all over Ireland with over 800 present to celebrate the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacrament of Reconciliation and the highlight of the Celebration of Holy Mass by his Excellency Most Rev. Charles J. Brown the Papal Nuncio to Ireland. Rachael Dowling and Shona Power helped in saying Prayers of the Faithful, while Clodagh Kinane brought up the holy candle. It was a great occasion to meet other students and listen to speakers on the theme of mercy. Every student was gifted with a copy of YouCat which will help them in their mission in life.

Tipp Minor Camogie

Best wishes to our eight county minor Camogie players who line out against Galway this weekend in the All Ireland Final. The game will be played in Shinrone, Co. Offaly and those from UCT include Caoimhe Bourke, Maureen Ryan, Sarah Stakelum, Claire Stakelum, Eimear Loughman, Ruth Hassett, Caoimhe Perdue and Niamh Long. Best of luck to them. The whole school and whole county have their fingers crossed for them.

The Plough and the Stars

On Thursday, April 21 fifty one Fifth Year English students, two classes, headed off to see a production of The Plough and the Stars by Séan O’Casey in the National Theatre, The Abbey. The Plough and the Stars was first staged in The Abbey 10 years after The Rising, around which the drama is based. By all accounts this most recent interpretation presented a brilliantly superb and modern version of the iconic play. The students are studying the text as part of the Comparative section of the Leaving Certificate. The cast was dressed in modern clothes and the set was modern. The students and teachers Ms. Doherty, Ms. Quinn, Mr. Kirby and Mr. Sweeney were blown away by the magnificence of the acting and overall performances.

Junior Cert Debating

There are six teams comprising of Third Year students busily preparing speeches, arguments and refutations on the topic “Science holds all the answers for mankind.” The debate will take place after the Bank Holiday weekend on Tuesday, May 2. As with all the debates run by Ms. Quinn this year it is sure to be entertaining, enthralling and enlightening.

West Side Story

Best wishes to Eva McNally, former pupil, who will be strutting the boards in Clonmel in the lead role of Maria for St. Marys Musical Society’s forthcoming production of West Side Story. Eva, who is in her third year of a B.Mus degree at the CIT Cork School of Music, was always generous with her exceptional musical talent while in school. We wish her all the best in the role of the love-struck Maria.

Written By Nora Tuohy