April 27, 2018

It was a great day for the Ursuline at the County Athletics Championships in Templemore on Wednesday, March 25 with twenty-four athletes competing across all age groups and events. First off the blocks was National Pole Vaulting Record holder Anna Ryan with an emphatic and decisive victory in this event. Her jump of 1.53 also secured her second gold of the day in the high jump. Leaving Cert student Claire Rafter, making a welcome return after injury, won the Senior 800 metres. Anna McCartan, First Year, had a fine victory in the 400m, winning her first ever county title in style. Next up on the track was Aoife Murphy, Second Year, who ran a very good time and was just pipped at the post to finish in second position in the 800 metre final. Lizzie Burns got bronze in the Junior hurdles. The best of the Ursuline long jumpers in the Minor event was Alex Hourigan followed by Louise Hickey and Lorna Ryan. In the Junior Long Jump Sophia Whelan finished the best of the UCT competitors.

Ursuline was well represented in the shot putt with Elma McEvoy in the Senior cate

gory finishing in fourth place, a mere three centimetres off the bronze. In the Intermediate event UCT finished in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh positions filled respectively by Izzy Tyrell, Alanna Collins, Zoe Bracken and Lucy Nugent. In the final events of the day our Minor Team of Lorna Ryan, Rachel Ryan, Olivia Delargy and Louise Hickey finished in silver medal positions in a highly competitive relay. The day ended with the Senior team of Claire Rafter, Emer Delargy, Alanna Collins and Marion Gillman bringing home the bronze. Other notable performances on the day included Sophie Walsh finishing in fourth place in a fast Junior 100 metre final, Marion Gillman just losing out in the Intermediate 100 metre final and Emer Delargy in a sixth place finish in the Senior 100 metre final and Lauren Ormonde finishing in fourth place in the minor Shot Putt.

Musical Evening
Parents and staff were treated to an evening of sumptuous music on Wednesday, April 25 at the annual Ursuline Musical Evening. Included on the programme were both school orchestras, both school extra-curricular choirs (Cecilian & Chamber), First Year Choir, traditional musicians and soloists from St. Angela’s Academy of music. Highlights on the night were a voice and flute duet featuring Keri Ann Walsh and Caitriona Timmins doing a beautiful rendition of Panis Angelicus. Irene Flynn sang ‘Lascia chio pianga Rinaldo’ by Handel with great maturity. Cora Norton played IO on the piano like a virtuoso.
In the finale the Senior Orchestra brought the house down with Hans Zimmer’s lively ‘Pirates of the Carribean.’ Both award winning choirs, Cecilian Choir and Chamber Choir sang the pieces that brought them such success at national level in the Limerick Choral festival and Cork Choral Festival respectively. Well done to all students and staff involved in what was a great evening’s entertainment.

Hockey Results
The Minor As won 2-0 in a playoff against Rockwell on Tuesday, April 24 making them Section 1 winners. The Minors are now scheduled to play a cross over match against Crescent next week.
The Senior Bs played against Regina Mundi in the Cup semi-final. The final score in this away game was Regina Mundi 3 – 1 UCT .
In the Minor A Cup Final UCT lost out to Mount Mercy. The full time result was Mount Mercy 1-0 Ursuline.


Public Speaking
The First Year public speaking competition organised by Ms Quinn was won by Julieann Barrett with Roisin Astwood and Megan Boland coming in joint second place. Julieann and Megan both spoke about celebrities as role models, the positives and negatives of this modern cultural phenomenon. Roisin chose to base her speech on the topic of girls in sport. Congratulations and well done to the other finalists Sinead Tuohy, Francesca Neilan and Emily Mulrooney. Although several students veered towards the celebrity topic there was a wide range of ideas and colourful arguments.
The motion ‘That humanity has brought the world to the brink of annihilation’ was hotly contested by Erica Ryan and Kaya Gorwa who proposed and Victoria Cottrell and Anna Bradish who opposed the motion. By a very tiny marking difference the motion was defeated making Victoria and Anna the overall winners of the competition. Well done to all for great information filled speeches laced with humour and well-reasoned arguments.


Poetry Ireland

Congratulations to Leah O’Meara and Camille Ryan winners in the First and Second year categories of the Post Primary Schools Poetry Competition. The competition, run by the Kilkenny Education Centre, in conjunction with Poetry Ireland, asked students to compose poems on the theme School Life/Learning. The girls attended a special prize giving ceremony in the Watershed Leisure Centre Kilkenny on Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday, April 26. They were accompanied by their teacher Ms Egan. Well done to everyone involved.

Written By Nora Tuohy