December 17, 2016

Emily Bourke & Articulation

Congratulations to Fifth Year student, Emily Bourke, who won the Regional Heat of ‘Articulation’ run by the County Museum in Clonmel. The competition inspires those who are interested in both Art and Public Speaking. Contestants had to give a ten-minute presentation on their chosen topic which could be a work of art, an artist or an artefact. Emily spoke on the graffiti artist Banksy and illustrated her presentation with a Power point presentation. She talked about his talent, his anonymity and dealt with some of his most iconic works and the whole concept of graffiti art. She was selected to go forward to the All Ireland Final which will take place on January 27, in Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford.

‘Recipe Memories’

Eileen Coffey, the school secretary, launched her second charity recipe book this week in the Ursuline. Eileen has compiled a beautiful book full of recipes and shared moments. Many people have contributed memories they associate with food and sharing food with loved ones. This is Eileen’s second book in two years. Her last book was a book with recipes given by well known personalities including best selling author Jeffrey Archer. There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere at the launch on Thursday December 15 with people having a chance to peruse the over 200 recipes and reminiscences included in the publication. Those who contributed their family favourites wrote about the strong associations that particular dishes had for them. The meals, soups, pies, cakes and deserts, stirred up fond recollections of times spent baking, cooking, sharing and eating with friends and relatives. It is a truly wonderful book including photographs and insightful thoughts, messages and memories. It would make a lovely Christmas gift and money raised will go to the Community Hospital of the Assumption. The book entitled ‘Recipe Memories’ is priced €15 and is on sale in the Ursuline Secondary School, Bookworm and Easons, Thurles. Well done to Eileen who has made many of us reflect on the beautiful, precious moments that have happened around the table sharing a delicious, cherished, favourite food.

Ireland’s Fittest Family

A huge congratulations and hats off to the Cummins family on their extraordinary feat of winning the title of Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016. Ciara, her dad Jim and brothers Henry and Mark showed remarkable strength, endurance and determination throughout the gruelling competition. They were deserved winners in the end. Ciara is a past pupil of the Ursuline and the whole school was wholeheartedly behind her and her family. She showed exemplary fitness and steel on all the tasks. All the pupils and teachers were glued to the television screens on Sunday nights shouting her on and willing her to success. Everyone is delighted that the Cummins family has won this coveted title.

Sixth Year Art Trip

The 6th Year art students went to Dublin on Wednesday, 14th December to visit the Hugh Lane Gallery and IMMA. In the Hugh Lane Gallery they viewed pieces by Francis Bacon, Sean Scully and saw ‘Les Parapluies’ by Renoir and ‘Waterloo Bridge’ by Monet. After that the group headed to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Here they saw pieces both by established artists and up and coming ones whom they will be looking out for in the future.. The students had mixed reactions to some of the pieces which they thought of as abstract, enigmatic and even at times strange. With other works the girls were able to discern the aesthetic quality more easily. One piece, displayed at IMMA, that caught the eye of some was a photocollage by Peter Hutchinson entitled ‘Botanical Gardens’. The students arrived back that evening full of the wonders of the art world. Thanks to art teachers Ms. Hackett and Ms. Lawlor for organising the trip which is a vital part of the Leaving Cert. course.

Concern Debating

On Tuesday, December 13, the Concern Debating team travelled to St. Kieran’s College in Kilkenny. St. Kieran’s is in the same group as the Ursuline and on this occasion the boys had the advantage of a home draw. The motion to be debated was ‘French public institutions should allow religious symbols’ with the Ursuline girls opposing this very difficult topic. The Ursuline had won their two previous debates against CBS Kilkenny and Glenstal Abbey. This time unfortunately the Thurles side had to settle for a draw in what was a very close contest. The Concern Debating team includes Erica Carroll, Irene Flynn, Michaela Kerwick, Gemma O’Dwyer, Vivienne O’ Keene and Shauna Fogarty. Well done to them and to Ms. Carey for all their hard work in researching and preparing for the debate.

Noel McGrath visit

The TYs were delighted to welcome Tipperary county hurler Noel McGrath on Thursday, December. 15 Noel was in to speak to the group about Sky Sports Living for Sport project of which he is an athletic mentor. He spoke to the students about his own sporting career and the benefits of sport. With the Sky Sports Living for Sport Project students from the TY programme will be selected to organise a sporting event or series of events for the community or the school. The successful applicants will be mentored by Noel and guided through the project which aims to improve students organisational and leadership skills. There was a lot of enthusiasm among the group about this project. Noel will be returning again in the New Year once students have had time to think about the sport they want to focus on and what event they might organise around this chosen sport.

World Record Breaking

TYs from the Ursuline joined scores of others at the Bank of Ireland Thurles branch early on Thursday morning in an attempt to break the Guinness World record for ‘Most people in multiple venues to take a selfie’ simultaneously. This quirky event was organised by Bank of Ireland branches across Munster to raise money for ‘Make a Wish’ Ireland. The students are now in with a chance of being in the Guinness Book of World Records, not a bad start to any day.

CBS Show

Well done to our students who successfully auditioned to take part in the CBS show that will take place in February. Those who got lead roles include Emma Phelan, Aoife Gleeson, Lisa Fanning and Niamh Doverman. Other students who will form part of the chorus are Aoife Coman, Aisling Carroll, Shauna Fogarty, Gemma O’Dwyer, Erika Carroll, Emma Nesbitt, Liana Kelly, Leanne Ryan, Mary Kate Barrett, Megan Brophy, Nóra Quinlan and Sadhbh Leahy. Well done to all the girls and good luck with forthcoming rehearsals

Ursuline X Factor

The annual Ursuline X Factor took place on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. There were numerous talented acts to entertain the audience including 1st Year Kate Grogan singing Titanium, Michelle Flanagan, 1st Year sang and played guitar doing a version of the song ‘Say you won’t let go.’ Lucy Butler, also in 1st Year, did a ballet performance. Sisters Clíona and Aoibhe Nic Domhnaill on the harp and concertina respectively, played their own composition. Kate Frawley, 1st Year, wowed everyone with her concertina playing, while Hannah Sheehy played piano and sang the much loved song ‘On my own’ from Les Misérables. There were a group of 2nd years who performed a remix of One Directions greatest hits, much to everyone’s delight. Judges over the two days were Ms. Bourke, Mr. Kirby, Clíodhna Heenan and Neisha Keane Butler. Two of these acts will go forward to the final of Ursuline’s Got Talent next Thursday, the final day of the term. The 5th and 6th year Councillors are busily planning loads of fun activities for Christmas week to get us all in the festive spirit.

Charity Calendar

The Ursuline Charity Calendar is currently on sale in the school and the students have done a fabulous job in the design. There are wonderful photographs capturing the magic of childhood. Thanks a million to all those who sent in photos to be included and also to the students from the Charities Committee who volunteered to sell calendars last Sunday at Thurles Christmas market. The calendars proved to be a popular attraction as the students sold over 160 that afternoon. However there are plenty left and all money raised will be going to various childrens’ charities. They are on sale in school for €5. Many thanks to Ms. Egan and Ms. O’Sullivan who spearheaded the project.

Hockey Results

The Senior A s played a Munster quarter final Cup match against St. Angela’s during the week. They beat the Lee siders by 4 goals to 1 goal. This means they go through to a Cup Semi Final in the new year. So well done to all players and coaches.
The 2nd Year ‘A’ players also beat their counterparts from St. Angela’s winning 5-0.
In the preliminary round of the Junior A cup UCT won on an impressive score-line of 7-0 against Regina Mundi. There were first year teams in action against Kilkenny College. Both of these games ended level at the end of full time. The 1st Year Red team drew with Kilkenny 1-1. The UCT yellow team finished their game against Kilkenny in a scoreless draw.

Eibhlín Ryan

Congratulations to past pupil, Eibhlín Ryan, who was honoured with an incredible eight awards during her recent graduation from MIC Limerick. Among these was the College Gold medal for coming first in her year in the B Ed in Education and Psychology. She also received awards for coming first place in Teaching Practice and Curriculum Studies, first place in Education. Awards were given to Eibhlín for achieving highest result in Psychology, an excellence in Psychology award, an excellence award in Educational Research and the Dissertation, a certificate in Religious Education and the Frostburg Masters in Educational Scholarship from Frostburg State University in Maryland, USA. Well done to Eibhlín on her stellar educational achievement. It is an excellent start to her career.

Equestrian Interschools Ballinamona

Ciara Kelly, Aoife Murphy, Laura Ryan and Stephanie Kelly recently competed in the Ballinamona Interschools Equestrian Competition. The UCT girls were entered in the open team event. In the first round they finished on 4 faults and in the second round they accumulated 4 faults again. So unfortunately the team was not placed in this competition.
Ciara Kelly entered in the Open Individuals Event which was a one round speed. She and her pony ‘Tullow Star’ were placed second which was a super finish for Ciara. Congratulations to Ciara on this fantastic achievement.

Written By Nora Tuohy