April 4, 2019

Well done to the Junior A team who are the new Munster Cup Champions. The team scooped the title in a tight finish against Mount Mercy in Rockwell on Wednesday, 3 April. The girls played with a lion’s heart bagging victory in sudden death shuttles. They kept their cool right to the end and never took their eyes off the prize.
UCT started the stronger team in the Final with the majority of the play. However, after fifteen minutes Mount Mercy went on the attack. Their forward pounced on a rebound in front of goal and crashed the ball into the net. Despite this setback UCT didn’t let their heads drop and continued to apply pressure on Mount Mercy in all areas of the pitch. They managed to finish as the stronger team at the end of the first half.

UCT continued to find the gaps in the Mount Mercy press from brilliant out letting by Andrea Halley in the Second half, with another counter attack from Andrea to Kate Ryan who played the ball down the line to a speedy Emma O’Meara. Emma did not waste this golden opportunity and struck the post with a rocket of a shot. UCT were now firmly on top and were duly rewarded for their efforts with an equaliser that was deflected in by Alex Halley. Fifteen minutes later an excellent Emma O’Meara run up the right wing only for it to be disallowed due to a back stick.
Despite this disappointment at a crucial moment in the game UCT kept plugging away with great positional play and linking by the Mids Lucy, Aoife & Kate Ryan. Within three minutes they had equalised after winning the ball from a hit out. Emma O Meara intercepted, found Grace Murtagh free on the penalty spot who took her goal brilliantly, placing it cleverly passed the Cork keeper.

Every single player on the team worked tirelessly to ensure Mount Mercy had no space to play and all atacks were cancelled out with sheer hard work and effort. Huge credit must go to the UCT defence, Ellen Hourigan, Kate McGrath and Rachel Quinlan, who stood firm right to the end when Mount Mercy mightily tried to pushed for the winner. The Ursuline goalie Annabelle Ryan made a superb point blank save in the dying moments to ensure a draw on the scoreboard.

Now UCT faced their opponents on shuttles. It was 3-3 after round one of shuttles with Alex, Kate and Ellen scoring for UCT with Annabelle making some great saves in goal to keep us in it. Round two was sudden death, Alison Ryan scored her shuttle to put the pressure on Mount Mercy. Annabelle stayed calm in the goal deftly deflecting Mount Mercy’s final effort. The UCT girls thrilled to be taking the title of JUNIOR A MUNSTER CHAMPIONS, 2019

The First Year Basketball team faced tough opposition in the form of Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard in the Final of the Midlands C Plate on Tuesday, 2 April. Despite this they were raring for the challenge and ready to give it their best shot. It was neck and neck between themselves and the Longford side until about three minutes to go when the Ursuline got three baskets in quick succession to snatch a last gasp victory. The final score was Ursuline 20 – 14 Ardscoil Phadraig. Well done to this determined bunch of First Years who never gave up and to their coach Ms Ryall.
Transition Year
The TYs had a talk last week given by Sergeant Frank Lavin who works in the Garda College in Templemore. Sergeant Lavin spoke to the students about the work of forensics and in particular the science at play behind this most important police work. He explained to them how Maths and Physics are applied in real life situations and in particular how they are put to use in the area of collision forensics so as to determine the facts of road traffic accidents and fatalities. He spoke to them about the painstaking work of gathering evidence and also talked to them about the importance of road safety.

Chamber Choir
On Tuesday, 2 April Chamber Choir travelled to the RDS to compete in Feis Ceoil. They sang in the Alice Yoakley Quirk Cup for mixed voice choirs. Their repertoire included Stars by Essnvaldes, in which they harmonised with water glasses. Their other piece was a Gospel Spiritual Roll, Jordan, Roll, the origins of which go back to the African American slave tradition of singing lyrics that contained coded message. This year the Choir also entered the singing in the Irish Language Competition. Their arrangements included a traditional air Fill a Rúin and Sí do Mhaimeo a comic song scored by Michael McGlynn. Sarah Bourke accompanied on bodhrán and the Choir got Highly Commended for their singing in the Irish language. Well done to all forty-three members and to their Choir Mistress, Ms Joan Butler.

Fifth Year Economics students took part in the Bank of Ireland Bond Trader Challenge held in the Dome in Thurles on Friday, 29 March. This competition gave students an introduction to the world of markets and trading. The competitors had to deal with real market scenarios and make decisions on how to manage their own bond portfolio under time pressure. It was a great experience and one that the students thoroughly enjoyed.

Public Speaking
As always First and Second Year Public Speaking has generated huge interest this term with students lining up to demonstrate their speech writing skills and thrash out a good old argument with their peers. Ms Quinn asked the competitors to get their thoughts and intellectual might behind the topic ‘There has never been a better time to be young.’ Such was the high standard that even after preliminary rounds the First Year final contained a long, short list of candidates who made a return trip to the podium in a bid to be the overall winner. Those who got through included Lauren Branigan, Emma Moran, Lilly Buckley, Molly Lowry, Sarah Kenny, Rachel Regan, Nora Kilrane, Aoife Kavanagh, Dearbhla Ryan and Lisa O’Conner. The students spoke for three to four minutes and wit, style and passion were very much in evidence with speakers taking a logical look at both sides of the topic.
In the Second Year Final held on Monday, 1 April students were also required to speak for three to four minutes expounding the joys or otherwise of being young in the modern world. The finalists included Róisín Astwood, Megan Boland, Sinead Tuohy, Lauren Mullally, Leona Maher and Sophia Whelan. Well done to Róisín who won what was a hotly contested, terrific final with powerful contributions from all contestants. Congratulations to the two runners-up Leona Maher and Sophia Whelan.

Written By Nora Tuohy