December 3, 2016

Ursulines win Tipperary County Cross Country.

It was a great day out at Thurles Crokes athletics grounds on Wednesday, November 30th. Conditions were perfect for cross-country with the ground slightly frosted over and no mud,

The Minor team of Kate Burke, Alex Hally, Emma Gleeson, Cathy Hogan and Robyn Foley (Hannah Sheehy was sorely missed on the day) had a great run and finished in silver medal positions. The school is very lucky to have such a talented group of First Years and hopefully they will continue to race together and improve as a team over the next 5 to 6 years.

The Junior team was made up of Emma Osborne, Marian Gillman, Isabelle Tyrrell, Alanna Collins, Kate Hayes, Isobel Forde, Emma Roche, Zoe Bracken, Laragh Hatherell, Mollie Lloyd, Sarah C. Fitzgerald, Leah Phelan, Chloé O’Connell, Ella Finlay, Roisin Kelly, Lucy Dillon, Niamh Moloney and Rebecca Garrett. They had great success winning the Gold team medals with Emma, Marian and Kate finishing in 2nd, 3rd and 8th places respectively.

Next up was the Intermediate team of Claire Rafter, Niamh Rafter, Erika Carroll, Chloé Slattery,
Mollie Kennedy, Lucy Nugent, Elma McEvoy, Lily Whelehan, Nora-Jane O’Donoghue, Laura Maher and Sarah Ryan. Claire had a great race at the front along with Emma Fagan from Newport and once she made her decisive move with 400 metres to go, she crossed the line with about 50m to spare. Erika, Niamh, Mollie, Chloe and Sarah were the first 6 home for the Intermediate team followed in by Laura.

The Senior girls were last up for us. Eimear Loughman led the from the gun in a very gutsy move considering that the very talented Avril Deegan was in the race also. Eimear had one of her best races for the school and eventually finished in third place overall. The team won the gold medals thanks to the great performances put in by Eimear, ably helped by Nuala Fitzgibbon, Eimear Delaragy, Emma Doyle and Eva Buckley.

Thanks to all the girls who took part in the races but especially to our sixth years who took the time to train and compete and also thanks to Mr. McDonnell and Ms. O’Sullivan for their ongoing dedication to athletics.


Irish Debating

The Junior Debating team were again successful in the second round of the Gael Linn Debating competition last week in Kilkenny. The team of Sadhbh O’Donovan, Alannah Walsh and Caitríona O’ Sullivan were successful in opposing the motion ‘It is a good thing for Ireland to be an island.’ They were arguing, ás gaelige, against Presentation Portlaoise and Ferrybank Waterford. The girls are now through to the next round which takes place after Christmas. Both teachers Ms. de Barra and Mr. O’Dochartaigh were delighted with the outcome.


Each TY class participated in a one day law workshop this week, facilitated by past pupil and qualified solicitor Kate Hedigan. The short course, aimed at 15-18 year old students, gave the girls an insight into how the legal system works. It also offered them a chance to really understand the law from the perspective of those who work in it and those who may come into contact with it. The students re-enacted a trial as part of this learning opportunity which was fun and informative. Thanks to Kate for her instructive, experiential programme.


This week the 5th Year student Councillors organised the teachers version of All Star Mr. & Mrs. The couples were Mr.Murphy and Ms. Walsh, Ms. Bourke, Irish and Mr. McLoughlin, Ms. Carroll and Mr. Mulcahy. Each ‘couple’ was asked 5 questions and a bonus question from the audience. The All Star UCT winners were Mr. Murphy and Ms. Walsh as they were the couple with the most matches. The teachers were asked some outrageous questions about staff shenanigans which they answered with the right combination of wit and discretion. Bán de Burca even got a chance to show off her incredible moves when she did the Macarena which got every one in the hall up and dancing. The games continue next week. Well done to everyone involved in the organisation.

Irish Dancing

Congratulations to Junior Cert student Eimear Bourke who has qualified to take part in the World Irish Dancing Championships. Eimear was recently successful at the Munsters being only one of 11 dancers chosen to go forward to the Worlds to be held in Dublin next April. Eimear trains with the Ann Whelan school in Cashel and she has the good wishes of everyone in school as she gets ready for this prestigious event.


On Tuesday 29th November the Junior A team played the second round of the championship against Charleville in Dr Morris Park. Ursuline secured a victory over the Cork side 5-9 to 2-3. Well done girls.


In the Midlands Basketball Semi Final last week the Ursuline had a narrow defeat against Còláiste Iosagáin, Portarlington. The final score was UCT – 29 Portarlington – 34

The Cadettes set off early on Monday, 28th November for an away game against Loreto, Mullingar. There was no joy for them either with the final score UCT – 20 Loreto 28.

Hockey Results

Last week the Senior A hockey team lost a game to the Crescent 3 – 1. The Junior A’s did not have any luck in their game against Crescent either. The final score being 2 -1. The Senior B’s were also in action and won their match against the Crescent 6 -4. The 2nd Year A’s played Laurel Hill Còláiste and came out on top 4 -1.

Written By Nora Tuohy