February 1, 2018

Dog Night
The ‘Build A Bank’ have organised a dog night for Saturday, February 24. It promises to be a great night and all money raised will go towards two very worthy causes – the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Thurles Special Olympics Basketball club. Tickets can be booked by ringing Catherine on (086) 1960707.

Public Speaking
The TY team of Kate O’Connor, Siobhan Greene and Caoimhe Meade progressed to the Regional Final of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition. Their topic was ‘A society that values only the present tends to dismiss everything inherited from the past.’ Their opponents last week were Our Lady’s, Templemore and St. Mary’s Charleville and both of whom were formidable in terms of their speakers and speeches. Well done to all teams on carefully constructed and thought provoking contributions. The TY team will join the second Ursuline team of fifth years, Erika Carroll, Mary Kate Barrett and Gemma O’Dwyer, who also qualified for Regional Final. Also many thanks to the Knights of Columbanus for their leadership and innovation in the whole area of faith awareness and to Ms. Quinn for mentoring all those students interested in public speaking.

Soroptimist Public Speaking
As one of two young people chosen in the district final, Kerry Tierney, fifth year, will represent the Ursuline in Killarney on Saturday, February 3. As well are presenting a prepared speech all candidates are asked to deliver a two minute, impromptu speech which can be on literally any topic. This will be a challenging and fabulous opportunity for finalists to show their prowess as speakers. Kerry’s prepared speech is on ‘The Empowerment of Women’ – a theme that is as topical for young women today as it was fifty years ago.

In what was almost an exact replica of last year’s cup semi-final the Ursuline Senior As met old rivals from Cork, Mount Mercy. Ursuline hosted this thrilling game which saw both sides evenly match and playing with dogged determination. Ursuline were aiming to reach the final and retain the Munster Senior A cup for a second year in a row and Mount Mercy clearly had their sights set on stopping them. Mount Mercy took the lead just before half time with a goal from a penalty. UCT goal keeper Georgina Murray, doing her utmost to stop it, threw herself on the line but to no avail. For most of the second half it looked like the trip to Tipp had paid off for the Mount Mercy girls but then Junior Cert student, Emily Kavanagh, scuppered their plans. Her goal in the late stages of the game from open play meant a 1-1 draw and the prospect of a Munster Senior A Cup semi-final replay in Cork after the midterm break. Well done to the team who played some classy hockey and to the TY and Fifth Year supporters who really got behind their them.

German Debating
Well done to the team of German debaters, Caitriona Timmins, Elma McEvoy, Hannah Campion and Lavinia Bowe who reached the quarter final in the German Debating competition. They travelled to Carlow to compete against Presentation College Carlow. They were proposing the motion ‘Science in a man thing’. They debated this topic with great vigour but unfortunately it was not to be. Thanks to their German teachers Ms. Lyons and Ms. Carew who coached the team.


Gael Linn
The Junior Gael Linn team had a very successful outcome to their recent semi-final. Their win on January 11th in Mitchelstown secures them a place in the All Ireland Final. The team of Zoe Bracken, Jennifer Murphy, Rachel Madden and Emily Kavanagh spoke in favour of the motion ‘We are good in Ireland for planning for the future’ or ás gaelige ‘Taímid go maith in Éireann ag pleanáil don Todchaí.’ Their opposition on the night were Christ the King, Cork, St. Brendan’s College, Killarney and Hospital Community School, Limerick. Best wishes as they go forward to the the All Ireland on March, 21.

TY ‘Develop Me’ Workshop
The ‘Develop Me’ team was back last week to do a follow up workshop. The previous workshop had the intriguing title ‘The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine’ and this workshop had the no less curious title of ‘The Problem of Tom’s Canyon Ford’. Both days aimed to help students understand the importance of team work and develop their critical thinking and problem solving capabilities. In this latest workshop, which required the team to literally build a bridge together, the TY’s quickly learned the importance of setting an objective and planning how to reach that goal. Through the exercise of building a sturdy structure capable of crossing the imaginary ford it began to dawn on students how vital the skills of communications, sharing resources and working together are, all essential attributes for work in the real world. Through this experiential learning process, they began to see clearly the factors that contributed to or hindered their success.


On Thursday January 25, a team from Ursuline Convent Thurles travelled to UL Sports Arena in Limerick to compete in Division 2 of the Munster Schools Badminton Championship. The standard was very high on the day but the girls held their own. They began the day well, narrowly defeating a side from Cork. They continued to play with passion throughout the day but unfortunately came up short in their final game with Listowel beating them 4 -2. This placed them a very respectable third position overall. Well done to Katie Rudding Barnes, Niamh McCormack, KellyAnn Ryan and Nonie Lavelle and to their teacher Ms. Ryan.


St. Angela’s Feast Day
The school celebrated the feast day of foundress St. Angela Merici on Monday, January 29. Her feast day was actually on Saturday, 27 but it was felt that it would be a fitting tribute to dedicate a prayer to St. Angela at the beginning of Catholic School’s Week. There were prayers and reflections each day last week over the intercom to help the school to remember and be grateful for the Catholic tradition on which it was founded. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week was family and prayers were said for parents, siblings, grandparents, school family and the family that is the community we live in. Many thanks to the RE Department who organised the daily prayers and the students who read.

Written By Nora Tuohy