April 8, 2017

Sr. Xavier

The staff and students of the Ursuline Secondary School would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the sisters of the Ursuline Community on the death of Sr. Xavier. Sr. Xavier was well known to many of the students both as a former Principal of Scoil Angela and through her frequent visits to the Secondary School especially at lunch times. The students would often find the friendly, warm face of Sr. Xavier sitting in the Prayer Room. She would chat to the students and pray with them for their special intentions. She was such a devout, spiritual person and she left a lasting impression on everyone she met but in particular on the young people for whom she loved and cared. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

Junk Kouture Kamuro

Thanks to everyone who voted for ‘Kamuro’, the only remaining Thurles entry, in the Junk Kouture Final. The trio of fashion designers, Sarah Ryan, Winona Ryan and Ròisín Heffernan, still need your support as voting continues up until the 14th April. To vote for the Ursuline girls go to the Kamuro Junk Kouture Facebook page and click on the voting link to pick ‘Kamuro’. Just click on it to vote. A vote can be cast every twenty four hours. The students and the school are really grateful for the enthusiasm of everyone who has got behind the ‘Kamuro’ girls on what has been an incredible journey so far for them.

An Post National Handwriting Awards

On Wednesday, 5th April, Fifth Year student Bridín Murphy, winner of the An Post National Handwriting Competition, travelled to the GPO with her Art class and Art teacher Ms. Lawlor to collect her prize. Bridín topped the Senior category with a beautiful calligraphic treatise of the last letters of 1916 rebels, Michael Mallin and Eamonn Ceannt, to their wives on the eve of their executions. As part of the prize Bridín and her classmates had lunch in the GPO and got to tour the Witness History exhibition. They also managed to squeeze in a visit to the Hugh Lane Gallery in the morning. Well done to Bridín on this fantastic achievement. She is following in the footsteps of fellow Ursuline, Nuala Fitzgibbon, who won the same competition last year.

Emily Bourke’s Painting in the National Gallery

Aspiring young artist Emily Bourke has had one of her paintings selected to hang in the National Gallery. Emily is in the esteemed company of Renaissance giants like Caravaggio and Titian, Dutch Masters like Vermeer and Impressionists like Monet. Emily’s work was shortlisted from the ‘Imagining Ireland in 2116’ competition and she travelled to Dublin last Thursday, 6th April for the opening of the exhibition. The exhibition will run in the National Gallery until May 28th. Congratulations to Emily on this fantastic artistic achievement.

Thurles Sports Awards

Congratulations to the Ursuline Junior Seven’s Camogie Team who were honoured last weekend with a Thurles Sports Award for their outstanding success in winning three All Irelands in the last four years. The Seven’s team are playing at the highest level of the competition, in the A division and coaches Ms. Hogan and Ms.O’Friel were in the Anner last Saturday to collect the award. TY student, Caoimhe Perdue, who secured a place on the Irish U16 team last year, also received a Sports Award for hockey. Other Ursuline connections on the night included past pupils Ciara Cummins, whose family won Ireland’s Fittest Family and power lifting champion Patricia O’ Halloran. Well done to all in their sporting success.

Green Schools

A group of six Second Year students have been selected for the One Good Idea National Final. The students who have named their project Be Wattaware were selected last week as one of the top 20 teams in the country. The final will be held in Croke Park on 16th May where the students will present their pitch to the judges. Well done to the girls and to Green School mentors Ms. Carroll and Ms. Coffey.

Congratulations to Second Year student Cora Norton who is the Regional Runner Up in the ‘Ireland 2040 Poster Competition’. She came second in the Southern Region Secondary School category out of 3100 entries. She will receive her prize from Minister Simon Coveney in the Customs house on the 4th May.

Cancer Talk for TY’s

Stephanie, a nurse working with the Marie Keating Foundation, gave a very informative talk to all TY students about cancer, cancer awareness and prevention. The talk was both age and gender appropriate covering many cancers including skin, breast and cervical cancers. Students were very surprised to learn that the most common cancer in Ireland is skin cancer and it is one of the cancers that we can do a lot to protect ourselves against. TY’s came away with the strong message that you are never too young to learn about cancer and cancer prevention.

Speech and Drama

The exam season started with Lamda on February 3rd. This year the students were all medal candidates and each one received their grade medal. Receiving bronze medals were Ann Marie O’Byrne Casey, Isobel Quirke and Anna Downey. Silver medals were awarded to Nessa McGrath, Juliet Smyth. Emma Cheasty obtained her gold medal. Well done to all students for performing so well in their Speech and Drama exams. A special word of thanks to Ms. Purcell for preparing them to such a high standard.

On Saturday April 1st a number of students travelled to Sillorgan, Dublin to participate in the National
Speech and Drama Festival. The First and Second Year students performed with great confidence. Congratulations to Ella Finlay and Nora Jane O’Donoghue who won bronze medals in the duologue section. Well done to all the other students who represented the Ursuline Ellie McMinn, Catríona Breen, Saoirse Barrett, Leanne Pardy Power and Ellen Duggan. Thanks again to Ms. Purcell for preparing the girls for this event.


All Second Years took part in a musical workshop with composer Ian Callinan in preparation for Seinn. Seinn is a Diocesan concert taking place in the Cathedral of the Assumption in Thurles on Thursday, 27th of April. The concert involves ten schools from all over the diocese who will participate in a collaborative workshop in the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall during the day and perform the concert later on that night. All are welcome.

Public Speaking

Well done to Eva McBrearty who won the First Year Public Speaking Competition held by Ms. Quinn. The Finalists delivered speeches on the theme of ‘Modern life has left no time for family.’ Eva set forth a typical scenario of the modern family of everyone rushing with no time to talk. She also touched on the notion that the demands of modern family living has left no time for visiting extended family. Well done to all speakers, in particular Jodie O’Leary and Lucy Butler who were runners up in joint second position. Many thanks to Ms. Quinn for her tireless promotion of the art of oratory in the school.


The first year Ursuline footballers travelled to the Presentation Clonmel last Tuesday, 4th April to compete in a Tipperary Schools Blitz. Two teams travelled, one in each competition. The ‘A’ team progressed from their group beating Presentation Clonmel 6-4 to 0-2 and Loreto Clonmel 2-5 to 1-1. They faced Cashel in the final, who had come through their rounds defeating St. Anne’s and Presentation Clonmel. Ursuline started strongly with 1-1 from Alex Hally and a point from wing back Kate Mc Grath. Clodagh Fanning joined the scoresheet with 1-1 and by half time Ursuline were leading 2-3 to 0-1. The gap between UCT and Cashel widened further in the second half with points from Kate Burke and Annabelle Ryan. A great performance was capped with four more goals from Rachel Quinlan, Kate Burke, Kate Mc Grath and Alex Hally. Joint captains Cathy Hogan and Anna Derby led by example throughout the competition defending and setting up attacks.

The ‘B’ team, led by Captain Laura Hally, put in great performances against Presentation Clonmel beating them 5-3 to 1-1 and Loreto Clonmel beating them 1-1 to 0-0. It was a very successful and enjoyable day for all students.


UCT Hockey

On Wednesday UCT hosted a Division 2 Hockey Blitz. There were three Ursuline teams competing and fifteen teams attended. Congratulations to Villiers who won and to UCT who were runners up and received the Plate. Thanks to all the hockey coaches involved. Also congratulations to the First Year team who won the blitz in Harlequins, Cork last Friday, 31st March.


Written By Nora Tuohy