Congratulations to Junior Cert student Alannah O’Donoghue who recently competed in the Individual Showjumping Competition held in Tipperary Equestrian Centre, Thurles. She jumped the first round clear which qualified her for the jump off round. Alannah’s was the first name out of the hat for the jump off and she set herself up with a very comfortable lead. On her 6 year old pony she took the top prize after jumping a clear round, in fast time that could not be beaten. Well done Alannah for taking the top position and winning the cup on behalf of the school.
On Tuesday, 7th of February the whole school gathered in the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall to congratulate and acknowledge students and teams who had achieved a high level of success the previous week. To the strains of the Saw Doctors tune ‘To Win Just Once’ the school heartily cheered on the Munster Final winning Junior A Camogie team, the Gael Linn debaters, Caitríona O’Shuilleabháin, Alannah Walsh, Maresa Ronan who are through to the All Ireland final. Unfortunately Gael Linn captain Sadhbh Donovan was absent on Tuesday but her contribution was praised. Vivienne O’Keefe’s achievement of reaching the All Ireland Soroptimist Final was recognised. The Athletics team who participated in the Munsters were applauded. Then there were tumultuous cheers, that almost brought the house down, when MC and hockey coach Ms.Cregan introduced this year’s Munster Senior A Hockey Champions. The team captain, Brona Dowling, was carried aloft by her team mates with the Cup raised high above her head. It was a great sight to see this special piece of silverware coming back to the school after a twenty year gap. Ms. Cregan praised the current head coach of the Senior A’s Ms. Rossiter for her energetic, unfaltering commitment and determination to hockey in the school. There had been many heartbreaking, close encounters since the title was last won by the school in 1997 but those bad days made the victory last Friday in Fermoy all the sweeter. Ms. Cregan paid tribute to all those trainers who had kept the tradition of hockey alive in the school in the intervening years- Ms. Kelly, Ms. McCloskey, Mr. Ryan, Ms. Hedigan to name but a few. Brona Dowling, 6th Year and Captain of the team thanked Ms.Rossiter for all her hard work in coaching them and said that winning the Cup this year was proof that dreams can come through with hard work and continuous practice. Ms. Rossiter said she was very proud of the girls for all the sacrifices they made, for their dedication to training and for never giving up. Ms. Butler said that she was delighted for the team and gave them special praise for going to visit Bobby O’Brien in Clonmel with the Cup almost immediately after their win. She said it showed the great character of the girls to think of someone else in the midst of their victory. It was an touching acknowledgement of the huge support Bobby has given Ursuline hockey teams over many, many years.
Senior A Munster Hockey Champions & Junior A Munster Camogie Champions
In the Midlands B Basketball League the first and second years played their counterparts from Templemore this week. The final score in the first year game was Templemore 33 – Ursuline 19. In the second year game Templemore had a very comprehensive win. Well done to all players and coach Ms.McGinley.
The 2nd years had a great win in the Minor A Cup against their counterparts from St. Angela’s in Cork winning with an impressive tally of 5 -0. The 2nd Year Minor B2 team also beat St. Angela’s 2-0.
The Charities Committee recently welcomed to the school three fundraising ambassadors for Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Garda Séan Trainor, Inspector Eddie Golden and Garda Donnacha O’Sullivan. These intrepid Gardaí organise a bi-annual motorcycle challenge of America’s famous Route 66 to raise much needed funds for the work carried out by the children’s hospital. In 2016 their motorcycle adventure raised €250,000 for Temple Street. They were delighted to receive a cheque for €1,270 from the Charities Committee raised through the sale of their Charity Calendar. The calendar captured the essence of childhood in photographs and the aptly chosen phrase ‘You’re never too old to be young.’ Thanks to everyone who bought a calendar and to those who continue to support this very worthy cause.
Charities Committee presenting a cheque for Temple Street Children’s Hospital to Garda Donnacha O’Sullivan, Garda Séan Trainer and Inspector Eddie Golden
The Charities Committee also held a jersey day to support the Junior A Camogie team who will be travelling to Ballycastle, Co. Antrim next week to play in the All Ireland Semi Final. The Junior A’s will take on Cross and Passion College whom they beat in the All Ireland Post Primary Sevens A tournament in October. The Charities Committee raised over €660 to help the team defray some of the travelling and accommodation costs.
Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking
Well done to both teams who have qualified for the Munster Final in the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking competition. This week Erica Carroll, Gemma O’Dwyer and Mary Kate Barrett had home advantage against a team from Glenstall Abbey. They spoke on the theme of respect for the individual, drawing on lessons of respect from the bible and how the moral of biblical stories and parables can be applied to a modern context. The other team of Dearbhla Lanigan, Sarah Barrett and Michaela Kerwick travelled to Co. Cork the previous week to compete against two teams from St. Mary’s, Charleville. The theme on which they spoke was inspired by Pope Francis who remarked that it is a more courageous thing to build bridges rather than walls. The Munster Final of this Public Speaking Competition will take place on Monday, 6th of March.