December 15, 2017

Charities Committee
The Ursuline Christmas calendar is now on sale in the school reception. The proceeds will be divided between Suir Haven and another charity called Hand in Hand. Both charities help people affected by cancer. The calendars cost €5 and are for two very worthy causes.


First Year Debating
On December 7 Ms Butler kindly adjudicated the final debate for first years. Orlaith Ryan, Kate Ryan and Francesca Nealon set out to propose that “there is no room in the modern world for imagination‘. Their opponents were Vera Ryan, Robyn Fanning and Julie Ann Barrett. On the same theme Rosie Farrell, Elaine Frawley and Yvette D’arcy faced Róisín Astwood, Leona Maher and Sínead Tuohy.
It was a most enjoyable morning’s debating, with a super standard and great fun. The motion was ably presented by all speakers. The final result saw Rosie’s and Ròisín’s team finish on exactly the same total, very closely followed by the excellent runners-up. The dead heat winners will debate again on a new topic in the next term. It will surely be a hotly contested encounter if last week’s finale was anything to go by.


Second Year Debating
The Second Year debating final was held on December 5 and Sr Mercedes did the honours as guest adjudicator. Room 28 was packed so well done to all those who enthusiastically supported the finalists.
The proposing team of Taryn Kelly, Eilish Naughton and Lucy McCormack delivered a well planned and stylish performance but were pipped at the post by Eva McBrearty, Ethel Rose Murray and Sophie Shields.
A big congratulations to the winners and indeed to all who displayed their talents in the competition. A very special word of thanks to Ms. Quinn for organising the in-school debating competition for the Juniors. Public Speaking will commence mid January 2018.


The athletes were in flying form at the recent County Schools Cross Country Competition held in Thurles Crokes last week. The Ursuline retained the Cup for the best school with impressive performances from all teams. The Minors came first, the Senior team was placed second, the Juniors finished third and the Intermediates were fourth. The following students were involved in the competition;
Louise Hickey, Rachel Ryan, Olivia Delargy, Lauren Ormond, Lorna Ryan
Lily Dwyer, Alexandra Hourigan, Natalie Gillman and Robyn Fanning.
Kate Burke, Lizzie Burns, Sophia Whelan, Jodie O Leary, Anna Duggan, Anna Mc Cartan, Sophie Walsh, Emma Gleeson, Francesca Neilan.
Alanna Collins, Isabelle Tyrell, Kate Hayes, Erin Crutchley, Marian Gillman, Ellen Duggan, Emma Roche, Isobel Forde.
Niamh Rafter, Claire Rafter, Anna Neilan, Mollie Kennedy, Henny Sheeran, Vivienne O’Keefe, Erika Carroll.

Well done to all athletes who competed with drive and energy and to the Athletics coach Mr McDonnell.


The Juniors played a Munster Quarter Final in Limerick last week against Coláiste Íde agus Iosef. The Ursulines put in stellar performances but didn’t convert vital goal opportunities which saw the girls from Abbeyfeale get the upper hand. There was only two scores in it by the final whistle with Ursuline 1-4 to Coláiste’s 3-4. Unfortunately that is the end of the road in this competition but the Junior squad is still young and many will be there again next year. Meanwhile the Seniors are training hard in preparation for their Munster Semi Final in the New Year. Many thanks to football coaches Mr Kirby and Mr McLoughlin.

The First Year teams played away last week to Kilkenny College. It was wins for all three teams in these Group 1 games. Team C won decisively on a 5-0 scoreline. Teams B and A both came away with a 2-0 win.

On Wednesday, December 13 the Senior and Junior As played Crescent in the league. Senior As lost 3-1 and Junior A’s lost 4-0.
The Senior Bs won 4-1 in their match against Laurel Hill, Coláiste. The Junior Bs also had a decisive win against Coláiste finishing on a scoreline of 5-1. The Minor As drew 0-0 against Rockwell.

Denise Deegan Writing Workshop
The School was delighted to welcome back Denise Deegan, author of the Butterfly novels, who facilitated a writing workshop with the TYs. Denise spoke to the students about how she develops the characters for her novels. She also gave them tips for writing short stories such as “show don’t tell” and the importance of knowing the end of your story before you start. The girls found this advice helpful in terms of creative writing in English and found it to be an enjoyable and instructional workshop.

Written By Nora Tuohy