February 06, 2020

Jessie Buckley at the BAFTAS

The Ursuline Thurles was so proud of past pupil and acclaimed actress, Jessie Buckley whose star shone bright at the BAFTAS on Sunday, 2 February. Her moving performance of the song Glasgow (No Place Like Home) from her 2019 hit film Wild Rose has been hailed as one of the highlights of this years ceremony. Jessie received a nomination in the Best Actress category for her portrayal of troubled Glaswegian Country singer Rose-Lynn. This is Jessies second BAFTA nod in as many years being shortlisted for the Rising Star Award the previous year for her role in Beast. Her Judy co-star Renee Zellweger scooped the Best Actress award and had some very kind words for Jessie in her acceptance speech, telling the world, what we in the Ursuline already knew, Jessie Buckley, you are a superstar. Im so proud of you for this evening, you are such a special person, you elevate everything you do and I am so grateful for our friendship.


Tipperary Garda Individual Youth Award

Ursuline student, Alix Noonan, Sixth Year, is this years recipient of the 2020 Tipperary Garda Inidividual Youth Award. She attended a ceremony last weekend in the Garda College, Templemore and will now represent Tipperary in the National Garda Individual Youth Awards. Alix received the award for her volunteerism and the leadership qualities she had shown in many areas of her life. In the past few years she has devoted a lot of her spare time to parish work. This has entailed being a camp leader for the Moycarkey-Two-Mile Borris summer camp and being a founding member of the childrens liturgy group. She is currently a Sixth Year representative on the School Council, a role which involves organising activities for the whole school and meeting with First Years in her capacity as a Big Sis mentor. This Pastoral Care initiative involves Sixth Year School Councillors helping First Year classes settle in to Secondary School, thereby making the transition from Primary School a bit smoother. Alix also won the Roatary Youth Leadership Award last year and was a Youth Ambassador for Ireland in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Best of luck to Alix as she represents Tipperary in the National Final.

Athletics, East Munster Schools Cross Country, 2020.

The Ursuline had three teams competing in the East-Munster Schools Cross-Country on Friday, 31 January in WIT . First out were the Minors who ran in a very competitive field of fourteen teams. They were led home by Niamh Hayes, who was ably supported by Ruth Schofield, Naoise Quinliven, Aisling OLoughlin, Lilly OReilly and Emma Ely. The girls won bronze medals!


The second team up was the Juniors, captained by Kate Ferncombe. Kate had a great race over the 2000m course and led all the way around just to be pipped on the line for first place. Orla Ryan finished just behind her in third place. UCT had three other girls in the top twenty with Paula Quirke in seventh place, Aoibhinn Fogarty in eight place and Grace Fitzpatrick Ryan in nineteenth place out of a field of 60 runners. The Juniors won gold team medals for their excellent finishing.

The last race of the day saw the Intermediate team, led by Robbyn Fanning and closely followed by Orlaith Ryan, Jade Carroll, Chloe Byrne and Rachel Ryan, finish in the top four teams to qualify for the Munster Finals, to held  in Clarecastle on Thursday, February 13. Well done to all Minor, Junior and Intermediate competitors on great individual performances and team races.

German Debating

Well done to the Ursuline German Debating team comprising of Fifth Year students, Captain Rebecca Walshe, Ellie McMinn, Jennifer Murphy and Ellen Duggan. They beat their opponents Christrian Brothers College, Cork arguing against the motion that Students learn how to use social media only through their own experience.It means that UCT now progress to the next round of the competition organised by Goethe Institut Irland.

All Ireland Languages Olympiad

Three Ursuline students, Fifth Years Rebecca Walshe, and Malwina Malysza and Megan Boland, Third Year, recently entered the All Ireland Languages Olympiad, AILO. This linguistic contest, the first round of which is online, is open to secondary school students who have a penchant for all types of language. Students compete by developing their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating languages from around the globe. Competitors must use their own ingenuity to crack puzzles such as decoding Ancient Greek or interpreting ancient Mayan Poetry. The girls will find out after mid-term break if they have progressed onto the next round to be held in DCU, so best of luck to all three UCT contestants.


Well done to the Junior A team who won their quarter-final clash with Regina Mundi in a stylish 3-1 finish. In the Minor A Cup quarter-final UCT beat fellow Ursulines from Cork, St Angela’s 2-1. The Minor Bs lost out to Kilkenny College while the Junior Cs won in their game against Kilkenny College.


The TY and Fifth Year students, who are representing the Ursuline in the Loreto Convent Model United Nations after mid-term break, are busy researching their countries and the myriad of issues up for discussion. The students represent delegations, countries or non-governmental organisations to debate issues of vital importance in todays world – discrimination against minorities, sustainability in fashion, designer babies and germline engineering, drug related violence and automation in the workplace. Quite a menu to digest and all issues from discrimination to drugs impinge directly on our future. Best of luck to all those involved and to Public Speaking and Debating mentor Ms Quinn.

LIT Climate Action Photography Competition

Congratulations to Lucy Hubbard Rice, Second Year, who was among the award winners of the LIT Climate Action Photography Competition. Lucy’s winning picture was a beautiful landscape scene and she was presented with her prize by Mr Ciaran Lynch, Joint Chairperson of Cabragh Wetlands Trust. Well done to Lucy on her stunning pic that clearly caught the yet of the judges.

Written By Nora Tuohy