February 13, 2020

Kaja Gorwa, Fifth Year student in the Ursuline, has won the County Final of the ARTiculation Public Speaking competition for the second consecutive year. The event, run in conjunction with Tipperary County Museum, aims to marry interest in Art with Public Speaking. Second level students can combine PowerPoint presentations and oratory skills to present an all encompassing picture of an artist or piece of art combining both imagery and words. Kaja’s chosen topic this year was the amazing work of Polish sculptor Jerzy Kędziora. His balancing sculptures, both permanent and temporary installations, have gained him worldwide renown. The gravity defying human and animal figures have enhanced public spaces in many countries. Best of luck to Kaja as she goes forward in the competition representing Tipperary.

Undeterred by Storm Ciara tracking in from the Atlantic the Ursuline Senior A Camogie team and their supporters headed west on Saturday, 8 February. Clarinbridge was the destination where they faced Connacht champions Athenry in the All-Ireland Semi Final. This was always going to be a tough decider with a coveted final place in the All Ireland up for grabs and the weather certainly didn’t make it easy for either team. Athenry got the upper hand from the very start making vital use of the strong wind they were playing into in the opening half. Ursuline couldn’t catch a break and despite valiant efforts they went into the dressing room at half time facing an uphill struggle. Athenry had it less their own way after that but Ursuline couldn’t make up the first half shortfall. UCT picked up their pace and game to put it up to the Galwegians with some fine displays from Eimear McGrath, Caoimhe McCarthy, Emily Kavanagh and Emma Dunphy. Overall it was a great team effort on what turned out to be a disappointing, wet end to a brilliant season. Well done to all Senior Camogie players but a special mention to the Leaving Certs who have given so much to UCT. They have anchored the team throughout their time but this year in particular – Eimear McGrath, Eimear Bourke, Stephanie Dwan, Meg Ormond, Niamh McCormack, Kate Dwan, Emma Dunphy, Maria Connolly, Kayleigh Davern, Jennifer Ryan, Gráinne Long, Emily Kavanagh and Aoife Carroll.

Ursuline First Year and Second Year Basketball teams have now qualified for the Regional Quarter Finals of the Midlands C League to be played after midterm break. They had their final qualifying games last week against Scoil Ruain. The First Years won by a single point in a closely fought contest with the final score Scoil Ruain 23 Ursuline Thurles 24. The Second Year team had a few to spare clocking up an eight-point advantage at the final whistle. Scoil Ruain 20 Ursuline Thurles 28

All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad
Congratulations to Ursuline’s Megan Boland, Third Year, who has made it through to the next round of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad. The initial round involved students from all over the country completing online linguistic challenges. Megan also represented the School last year in the same competition so she clearly has a talent for decoding language and etymological problem solving.

Chemistry Olympiad
Three Leaving Cert students from the Ursuline will be attending the Chemistry Olympiad over the mid term break. Best of luck to Kate Lynch, Caoimhe Meade and Ella Flynn who will be competing in Trinity against the country’s brightest and best Chemistry students who have been nominated by their schools.

TY Work Experience
TYs were on their second work experience placement last week. Thanks to all local employers, service providers and businesses who gave them the opportunity to learn and work.

Written By Nora Tuohy