April 30, 2016

Athletics Success

Well done to Anna Ryan who was competing in a pentathlon event in Somerset last weekend along with her two brothers. She participated in the long jump, high jump, shot put, hurdles and 800 metres and was placed 13th overall. Anna recently won gold in the U15 National Pole Vault competition setting a new national record of 2.50 metres. She trains exceptionally hard, three or four times a week, in order to complete at the highest levels. The whole school is delighted for her and wish her continued success.

Junior As win the Double.

The Ursuline Junior A team travelled to Limerick last Thursday, April 21 to play Villiers Secondary School in the Munster league final. A win would mean that the Ursuline girls would come away with the double, Junior A League & Cup Munster champions.
The game got off to a rip-roaring start with Villiers missing a few close chances. However after about ten minutes into the game the Ursuline girls won a short corner and from an outstanding set piece from Caoimhe Perdue, Meadhbh Clarke put the first goal of the match past the Villiers keeper. Both teams were evenly matched but about twenty minutes into the second half Ursuline earned their second goal. A few minutes later Villiers scored a fantastic goal from a fast break to finish the first half. The second half saw Villiers put Ursuline under a lot of pressure which the UCT girls absorbed admirably. There were chances coming from both sides but Kate Phelan sealed the deal scoring a super goal by deflecting a hard ball in from Caoimhe Perdue. The final score for the Munster champions was 3-1.
This same Junior A team had played Villiers before the Easter holidays in an exciting cup final in Rockwell on March 15. The Ursuline girls lifted the cup after a 2-1 win over Villiers on that outing. Well done to all the team and to their coach Ms. Rossiter.

Junior As

The Junior Bs also scooped the Munster and League Cup double this year. They played a final decisive home game against Rockwell this week winning 3-0. Tegan Kelly put the Ursulines in front with a first half goal leaving the home side in front with a single score. Tara Walsh found the net on two occasions in the second half. Her first goal came from a short corner and her second was a cracker that put the Thurles girls beyond reach. Congratulations to the entire team and to their trainer Ms. Enya Bourke.

Little Foot HSA Competition

TY Mini Company ‘Little Foot’ competed this week in the National Final of the HSA multi media competition. The students from Ms. Hynes class, were shortlisted for the final eleven and travelled to Dublin Castle on Wednesday, April 26. The idea for ‘Little Foot’ was devised and developed by Avril Quirke, Vanessa Dwan, Claire Dempsey and Doireann Egan. The booklet aims to educate young children about the potential hazards and dangers of farm life and primarily to teach them to stay safe on the farm.


On April 25, the Fifth Year LCVP class had a visit in from Julie Burke a tax solicitor from Dublin who has worked her way up through the years in order to be where she is today. She spoke to the class about women in industry, her experience in becoming an entrepreneur and the career path she took to achieve this position in her career. She gave the girls very insightful information and guidelines on how to relax once you get home and to leave the problems encountered in the workplace. She gave them advice on how to act in a job interview and to be confident in their own abilities. This visit was very beneficial for the class and was enjoyed by all.

Ladies Football

U 15 FootballThe U15 Tipperary Schools Football Blitz went ahead in Rockwell on Tuesday, April 26. UCT entered two teams in the blitz and managed to win an impressive 8 matches out of 9. The “A” team, junior footballjoint captained by Kate Phelan and Lauren Sheedy, produced some fine displays in the group stages beating St. Anne’s, Templemore and Scoil Murie, Carrick comprehensively. Unfortunately, in the semi final Loreto Clonmel proved to be too good. The “B” team however had more luck when they won all group matches. They beat Scoil Muire, Carrick in the semi final and produced a great display in the final to beat Loreto Clonmel. Niamh Mc Cormack and Katelyn Ruddy were presented with the cup from Biddy Ryan, Tipperary Ladies Football Chairperson. Thanks to Mr. McLoughlin who organised the teams for the blitz.

Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir travelled to Cork on Thursday last to compete in the Cork Choral Festival. They were very happy with their performance and choir director Ms. Butler was delighted with their laudable renditions.

Fota Wildlife Park

On Monday, April 18, classes 2B and 2E set out on their C.S.P.E action project to Fota Island Wildlife Park, in County Cork. They were greeted upon their arrival by some of the zoo-keepers, as well as helpers from the UCC Department of Zoology, who gave them a behind the scenes tour of the park. The students became closely aquatinted with Tadgh the giraffe and learned about the conservation work being done at Fota. They received a talk on stewardship and animal welfare, and our role as stewards of the planet. This included a workshop on different endangered Irish animals. The students learned a lot about animals and how humans can do their bit to stop species going extinct. The students had a great day out and thanks to Mr. Kirby and Mr. Sweeney who accompanied them.

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Written By Nora Tuohy