December 10, 2012

THE URSULINE GIRLS FACE THE DRAGONS

JUNIOR DRAGON’S DEN

After having great success at the Regional Junior Dragon’s Den final in Kilkenny a few weeks ago the transition year mini-company, comprised of Aoife Phelan, Aileen Ryan, Ellen Lanigan and Aine O’Brien, headed to Dublin on Saturday the 8th of December to compete in the National final in the Gibson Hotel. Since being selected at the Regional final the girls have worked tirelessly to develop their product and make themselves very strong contenders for this next stage of the competition. If the girls are successful they will face the Dragons and make their pitch to convince the Dragons to invest in their mini-company. Over the last few weeks the girls have endeavoured to make their product more attractive and they have also developed their website. They girls designed a product that is targeting a very specific consumer group; the product is a trinket box with a variety of items that are synonymous with Irish identity, tradition and life, thus the girls are hoping to sell their product to tourists, Irish emigrants and people who might coming home for The Gathering. Their developed product contains items such as; a tinwhistle, an Irish songbook, a five track traditional cd, a recipe book, a calendar with images of Ireland and famous seanfhocals, Lily O’Brien sweets, a mini-hurley, a magnet, a knitted Irish flag, a novelty glass, shamrock seeds and a piece of Kilcooley pottery. The finished product was on display in the school this week and students and staff were extremely impressed with the presentation and quality of the trinket box. The girls also featured on the Ian Dempsey radio show this week as he was doing a programme based on people who had emigrated; looks like the girls are already making serious marketing progress. The girls will find out if they have been successful or not in the near future but in the school’s eyes they are already very successful young entrepreneurs. If you would like to learn more about the girls’ product then check out www.eireimochroi.com.

TRADITIONAL MUSIC CD

In conjunction with the aforementioned mini-company some very talented traditional musicians came together this week to record an Irish CD to be included in the trinket box product. The girls who played for the recording were from 2nd year, TY and 5th year and were namely; Lillian Kelly, Fiona Shortt, Danielle Bowe, Annie Blake, Lucy O’Donovan, Eimear Teehan, Muireann O’Dwyer, Caít Ryan, Roisin Heenan, Cliodhna Heenan and Emma McCormack. The girls recorded a five track CD that included slow airs and lively tunes.

AN GAISCE

This year a phenomenal number of students have signed up to do An Gaisce, at present there are 96 students who are trying to earn silver or bronze medals this year. The girls are currently organising a three day hike in Birr which will take place in February as part of their endeavours. Well done to the girls for their good spirit and willingness to engage in self-development as it really is a very worthwhile challenge.

YOUNG SCIENTIST

Two groups of promising scientists have been chosen to progress to the Young Scientist competition. Martha Kirwin and Aoife Phelan are two transition year students who are currently investigating factors that might lead to TBC (Total Bacteria Count) in milk. They are doing research at the moment and working very hard indeed to make break-throughs that might benefit our farming community in the future.

Orla Healy, Caít Ryan and Alexandra White are also investigating an agriculture related topic. They are studying the effect that Agri Environmental Schemes such as REPS and AEOS are having on farmers’ attitudes towards the environment and farming methods. Both projects are extremely interesting and relevant to life in our surroundings and the girls were conducting surveys among the farming members of our school community in order to investigate their ideas. we look forward to learning lots of fascinating facts in the weeks to come

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Some of the transition students are still very busy rehearsing with the CBS boys as the production dates near for their musical this year. There will be matinee performances this Tuesday and Wednesday while evening performances will take place on Thursday and Friday night. Good luck to all involved.

TRANSITION YEAR –FILM DIRECTORS OF THE FUTURE

Apart from recording, rehearsing and perfecting products this week, Ty students were also thrown into the world of film making. The first group of transition year students participated in a film making workshop this week facilitated by Young Irish Film Makers. The students learned about all the rudiments of filming and editing as they wrote a script, filmed and edited their work to make a short film. The school was transformed as actresses in full costume followed by cameras, microphones and whole film entourages could be spotted in different scenes around the building. The Young Irish Film makers have been in business for 21 years and their reputation is impeccable, the TY students are finding the filming process fascinating. The other TY groups will participate in their workshops in the next two weeks. The rest of the school are eagerly awaiting the finished products, maybe we’ll have a film festival!

SPORT

MUNSTER POST-PRIMARY CAMOGIE PANEL

The school would like to congratulate Aoife McGrath, sixth year, who has been selected to play on the Munster Post-primary Camogie Panel. This is a phenomenal achievement as there were so many talented players in the running for places. The interprovincial tournament will take place on the 13th of April in Dublin. The team played a match on Saturday against Milford and they will play LIT in February during the mid-term.

ATHLETICS

The Athletes from the school had their first major outing this week and they had huge success. Overall six Ursuline teams were placed in the first fifteen teams in the Minor Girls 1200m category. The A team came in third overall while the B team took fifth place, the C team took seventh place, the D team took twelfth place, the E and F team took fourteenth and fifteenth places respectively. Within this category the Ursuline girls also had great individual results as Emer Delargy came in sixth overall, Kate Hogan came ninth, Zoe Fitzgibbon came over the line tenth, Ruth Hassett finished fourteenth and Megan O’Leary finished fifteenth.

The Junior Girls 1200m brought similar success as the Ursuline A team was placed first overall, the B team was placed third, the C team fourth, and the D, E, F and G teams took eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh places respectively. Again the individual results were outstanding as Emma Doyle took fourth place, Susie Osborne took fifth place, Nuala Fitzgibbon took sixth place, Brona Dowling passed the line in eight place while Aoife Booth and Dervla Lynch came in eleventh and twelfth respectively and Meadbh Kelly took fifteenth.

The Ursuline team also took first team place in the Intermediate Girls 1500m with the A team coming in first and the B team taking second place, closely followed by the C team in fourth position. Again the individual results were outstanding as the first six places were taken by Ursuline girls namely Eileen Rafter, Ciara Cummins, Orla Healy, Eimear Loughman, Aoife Delargy and Sylvia O’Donnell. Laura Booth also followed closely in twelfth place while Aoife Touhy took thirteenth place.

The Senior Girls 2000m category was also claimed by the Ursuline girls, Cora Delaney took first place while Mairead Blake, Catriona Hayes, Aisling Ryan and Heather Casey took second, third, fourth and fifth pace respectively.

The school were extremely proud of all the outstanding results and recognise all the training the girls have done since September. Well done girls.

BASKETBALL

On Tuesday the Cadette team played in the Midland Cadette Semi-final against Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise. The girls put on an impressive exhibition of basketball and took the match 45-32.

On Friday the 7th of December the cadettes went on to play the Midlands Final against Cross and Passion, Kilcullen. The girls played an amazing match and both sides were very evenly matched so that each score was matched with another. It was a nail-biting match with both sides trying relentlessly to edge ahead. It was heartbreaking for the team when they were narrowly beaten 46-44. Thankfully this is not the end of the road for this diligent team as they will still go forward to the All-Ireland playoffs.

HOCKEY

The 3rd of December saw the Ursuline take on our neighbours in the Schools’ Hockey League. The Ursuline Senior B and Junior B teams took on the Presentation (Thurles) Senior B and Junior B. The Senior teams fought a noble battle and the match ended a 2-2 draw. While our adversaries got the upper hand in the Junior match, the two teams played a tremendous match with the Presentation beating the Ursuline girls to the victory 1-0.

Written By Nora Tuohy