February 18, 2013

Renowned author visits the Ursuline

Prior to the mid-term break the Transition Year students participated in creative writing workshops facilitated by reputed teen-fiction author, Denise Deegan. Denise is originally from Cork bit currently lives in Dublin. Among her best-known works is ‘The Butterfly Club’ series of teen novels which has proven to be extremely popular among Irish teenagers. During her day in the Ursuline Secondary School Denise facilitated writing workshops for all of the Transition Year students, the girls benefited hugely from Denise’s ideas and tips. Furthermore the Junior Bookclub spent time with Denise, asking her about her books, her writing technique and her inspirations. Overall Ms. Deegan’s visit to the school was both inspiring and beneficial for the budding writers and reading enthusiasts in the school.

The Intermediate Athletic Team is heading to the All-Ireland!

Recently the Intermediate and Junior Athletics teams have had great success; the Intermediate team have qualified for the All-Ireland Cross-Country Championship Final in Belfast which will take place on March 9. The Intermediate team is composed of Ciara Cummins, Aoife Delargy, Orla Healy, Eimear Loughman, Sylvia O’Donnell and Eileen Rafter. The team shone in the Southeast Munster Cross-Country Championship were the girls took first place. This success was followed by Trojan efforts on a mucky course at Waterford IT just before the mid-term break. Ciara Cummins and Eileen Rafter led the pack from the off and Eileen finished the arduous race by coming second while her team-mate Ciara came in fourth. Eimear Loughman took fifteenth place and she was closely followed home by Orla Healy, Sylvia O’Donnell and Aoife Delargy. The school also qualified for the All-Ireland Final last year but was unlucky to miss out on medals. Good luck to the girls in the upcoming final.

The Junior team also competed in the Southeast Championship and ran very well to take third place overall and they also came sixth in the 2000m race. Like the Intermediate team they also progressed to the Munster Cross-Country Championship. Despite very slippy conditions the girls ran courageously and finished in sixth place overall. The team was led home by Susie Osborne followed by Emma Doyle, Claire Stakelum, Nuala Fitzgibbon, Aoife Booth and Becky Dowling.


The First Year teams had a busy week before the mid-term break. First Year (Germany) played against Villiers, Limerick. The girls had a very convincing win and finished on a 6-0 score. The First Year A played Villiers also in a Cup match, despite gallant efforts the Villier team took the victory 2-1. The First Year (Portugal) team faced the Crescent last week, the two sides were very well matched and neither team conceded a goal so the game ended with a nil-all draw result. The Second Year A3 team defeated the corresponding Crescent team 1-0 after a very tough match. Well done to all the players, no doubt they are already getting ready for next term’s matches.

Written By Nora Tuohy