February 1, 2019

Model UN
The Ursuline were well-represented at the DCMUN in Cork last week with seven delegates representing various nations from around the globe. The conference, hosted by Davis College, took place in Cork City Hall with the Ursuline students being among the 580 attendees who came from across the country and abroad. Flying the flag for Ursuline Thurles were Rebecca Leahy, Dominica, Victoria Cottrell, Macedonia, Saoirse Grogan Ryan, Uzbekistan, Siobhan Greene, Cape Verde, Jennifer Murphy, Tonga, Aoife Dempsey, Ghana and Aislinn Maher, the Central African Republic. The girls represented their countries well, distinguishing themselves with both clarity and sincerity. Some of the interesting topics discussed by the group included the rehabilitation of drug users in society and ocean pollution. There were also special conferences dealing with domestic abuse and the use of drones. The experience was a very realistic snapshot of how the UN operates and the difficulties faced by smaller, less powerful nations in having their voices heard in the assembly.

Soroptimist Public Speaking
Victoria Cottrell, Fifth Year, was among ten speakers who reached the Regional Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition, held in the Park Hotel, Clonmel on Saturday, January, 26. Victoria, an able and experienced speaker, presented an impassioned talk on importance of the female empowerment. She mixed knowledge and wit very capably in her speech and did both herself and her school proud.

French Exchange
The school was delighted to throw its welcoming doors open to the French students and staff from the Ursuline in Blanche de Castille, Nantes. The group of 27, including their teachers Amalie and Lara, arrived on Monday evening, January 28. They met their exchange partner from Ursuline Thurles and were treated to a flavour of traditional Irish music in the school library. Ms Flanagan and Mr McDonnell had a full itinerary planned for the guests for the rest of the week showing the best that the school and the area has to offer. They were treated to a sean-nós dancing workshop, Irish cookery demonstration and pottery workshop and attended various normal classes in the company of their UCT host student. Trips to Kilkenny, the Rock of Cashel and Holycross were also arranged. They sampled Irish sporting culture with a camogie display and a visit to Lar na Pairce GAA Museum. Saturday was spent in the company of their host families. The Thurles students are very excited about the return journey next week when they travel to their sister Ursuline school in Nantes to experience a slice of French school life.

The Senior As played Crescent in the Cup Semi Final in Crescent on Wednesday, 30 January. The team played well in harsh conditions with plenty of good hockey on display from both sides. The final score 4-1 in favour of Crescent belied the good performances put in by the Thurles girls. Well done to the team and coach Ms Cregan on a great Cup season. The Senior Bs had more luck in their Cup game against Laurel Hill Coláiste winning 3-1.

Feast of St Angela and Catholic Schools Week
The feast of Ursuline founder, St Angela Merici was marked on Friday, January, 25 with a prayer service over the intercom asking Angela to watch over and protect students, members of the congregation, teachers and staff, both past and present. The TY choir added to the liturgy with their lovely singing and as always there was a treat for everyone in the school. It was also the day chosen to mark the official opening of the new prayer room. Once the service on the intercom was completed, twelve students, two from each year group processed to the Prayer Room, in the company of their Religion teachers. The new sacred space was blessed by school chaplain, Fr Jim Purcell and was given the Irish name Tighín Dé, meaning small house of God. This will be a lovely, calm space within the school grounds where students and classes can go to have a quiet word with God.

Catholic Schools Week began on Monday, January 28. There was a prayer service on the intercom on Wednesday thanking God for the gift of grandparents. There was also a Catholic Schools Quiz with a series of 20 questions posted all around the school. Many students and classes had great fun testing their faith knowledge with this during the week.

CBS Show
Well done to the Ursuline TY’s who treaded the boards at the CBS Show Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story last week. Those students who were delighted to be part of this brilliant and enjoyable production included Kaci Kerwick in the role of Maria Elena, Maria Maher, Jade McCarthy, Kate Ryan, Kiera Scanlon, Sorcha Scott, Ellen Duggan, Kate Maher, Michaela Grace Ginty, Enya Hogan and Ella Ryan.

Written By Nora Tuohy