April 24, 2015

Basketball

Our first years travelled to Longford on Tuesday 14th for the All Ireland Play Offs. After a long, tiring journey the girls got off to a great start with a good win against St. Pats, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. This was a hard fought game and the Ursulines had to dig deep to win by 4 points. The full time score was Ursuline 30 – St. Patrick’s – 26.

In the second and deciding game of the day our students faced the home side Scoil Mhuire, Longford. There was no break between the two games which meant our side was running on empty in this second game. Despite being tired our girls fought immensely hard throughout and never gave up. The game ended in a defeat for us on a scoreline of Ursuline 23 – Scoil Mhuire 40.

This is the end of the basketball season so well done on the many successful games played by all our teams and hard luck for those days that did not go our way. The Ursuline basketballers showed great team spirit and dedication to training throughout the year. Well done to their coach Ms. O’Friel and thanks for her hard work.

Camogie – 1st / 2nd year ‘A’ Blitz

The Ursuline had two team teams playing last Monday, 20th of April, in the 1st / 2nd year county camogie blitz held in The Ragg. Both teams played the Presentation Thurles and Doon Community School. One of our teams went all the way beating Doon in the final in what was a low scoring game. The full time result being UCT 0-6 Doon 0-2. Our other team were not as successful and were beaten in their matches. Well done to all players who togged out for the school on the day and to Ms. Hogan their camogie coach.

On Saturday, 25th of April, Tipperary Minors played Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final in Birr at 2.30 pm. The team was captained by Lorna O’Dwyer, 6th Year. The other Ursuline players on the panel are Caoimhe Bourke, Cathríona Skehan, Maureen Ryan, Eimear Loughman, Caral Casey, Claire Stakelum, Sarah Stakelum and Rachel Quinlan. The Cats were the winners on the day but we were all incredibly proud to have so many of our students wearing the blue and gold of their county. We wish them all longevity and fitness in their camogie careers.

Hockey Results

Congratulations to our 2nd Year ‘A’ hockey team who won the double by securing victory in both the Cup and the League. On Tuesday, 21st of April, the second year ‘A’ hockey players beat Crescent Comprehensive to win the 2nd Year ‘A’ League. They won by two goals with the final result Ursuline 3 – Crescent Comprehensive – 1. Our goal scorers were Izzy Walsh who found the net twice and Lauren Murtagh. This team have an unblemished record and remain unbeaten since they were formed in 1st year. Last week the same 2nd Year ‘A’ team beat Cresent in the Cup final comprehensively by five goals to nil. Goals in that final were scored by Gemma O’Dwyer who notched up two, Ròisín Heffernan, Kellie Quirke and Caoimhe Perdue. This team have a promising future ahead of them. Hopefully they will continue to train, play and get on well together and keep up this winning streak.

The other result from this week was also from our 2nd Year ‘B3’ team who played in the league against Crescent. Unfortunately they didn’t win on this occasion the result was Ursuline 5 – Crescent 2.

Athletics

The County Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships were held recently on Wednesday 22nd April in Templemore Athletic Arena. The Ursuline Secondary School was well represented with girls taking part in all events held on the day at all levels. A staggering 37 medals were won. These included 11 medals at senior level with 4 gold. The Intermediate girls brought home 5 gold and 16 overall. The Junior girls achieved 1 gold and 3 others. Our Minors did well winning 4 gold, a silver and a bronze. Well done girls, the sun did truly shine on them last Wednesday. 20 girls have been chosen to represent at the East Munsters on 29th April in Templemore. We wish these girls the very best of luck.

Musical Evening

A wonderful exhibition of music and song was held on Wednesday, 22nd in Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall showcasing some of our best musical talent. The audience were treated to songs from composers as diverse as the Beatles to Tchaikovsky featuring soloists from 1st year to Leaving Certificate. There were two traditional music groups to get us all tapping along. We were treated to repertoires from Junior and Senior Orchestras, Cecilian and Chamber choirs. Pianists included Eleanor Doona, Emma Nesbitt, Maria Power, Rebecca Williams, Laura Jane Hickey, Claire Fitzpatrick, Cait Ryan, Avril Bergin, Irene Flynn and Eva Buckley. Solo singers who performed beautifully on the night were Isobel Hillery, Sophie Hayes, Galina Kennedy, Ruth Everard, Katie Taylor and Ròisín Heenan, Clíodhna Heenan, who has played internationally with the National Youth Orchestra, performed Praeludium & Allegro on violin. Harpists were Ella Flynn, Ròisín Putti and Constance Quinlan. Those students who performed wind instruments were flautist Tara Walsh and the clarinet duo of Sarah Jane Carroll and Claire Dunphy. There was a lovely guitar trio of Ciara Tillyer, Megan Lahart and Caoimhe Maher and a lively rocking performance of ‘I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair’ by Niamh Walsh on the cahoon. A huge thank you to all parents, students and music lovers who attended this most enjoyable evening. Also in particular the students who took to the stage and whose talent and dedication to their instruments was a joy to watch and listen to. Also to our music teachers Ms. McNally, Ms, Butler and Sr. Cecilia and the music teachers in the Academy who organised the evening and for their continual commitment to music in the school.

Aoife Shanahan’s trip to Calcutta

One of our TY students, Aoife Shanahan, undertook a life transforming trip to Kolkata or Calcutta as it used to be named, in India with the Hope Foundation. Aoife did a tremendous amount of fundraising in order to undertake work on behalf of the Hope foundation. So thank you to all who supported Aoife in this worthy cause. Aoife admitted she was nervous about traveling so far and apprehensive about the conditions she would witness in India. However she described it as the best experience of her life. Kolkata, like many large urban areas in India has atrocious slums. Aoife, during her time in there, worked with the children of the slums. She was amazed by the

Iove, hope and joy that she experienced among the local people. These feelings were abundant despite the oppressive, harsh, living conditions. The Hope foundation run over 60 projects in Kolkata and Aoife says that a little money goes along way and small donations can do so much to alleviate the abject poverty in India. Aoife describes the children she met as bundles of joy who sang, danced, played and hugged the Hope volunteers and were generally so happy. Aoife said “India has changed my life forever and I will never forget that.” Well done to her for her courage in traveling to Kolkata and for her generosity of spirit.

Written By Nora Tuohy