February 27, 2015


Well done to Maria Kinane and Lorna O’Dwyer both in Sixth Year who represented the school in the Munster Inter Pro Senior Schools Camogie competition in Mallow on Sunday, 15th of February. The two girls were selected after trials in Munster so it is an honour for us to have our students representing both their school and their county at inter provincial level.

All Ireland Colleges Camogie

Junior “A” All Ireland Semi Final

Ursuline Thurles V Loreto Kilkenny

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Loreto Kilkenny defeated Ursuline Thurles in Templetuohy GAA Grounds on Saturday February 21st 2015.

Caoimhe Dowling opened the scoring for Loreto with a goal- a dream start for Kilkenny. Another point followed for Loreto from Rachel Kelly. Caoimhe Perdue got UCT on the scoreboard with a point from a free and followed in the next minute with a point from play. Two scores for Sophie O Dwyer (1-1) edged Loreto ahead again. Caoimhe Perdue scored another point from a free in the 13th minute. While Ursuline had managed to stay very much with Loreto for the first 20 minutes of the game, the next 10 minutes saw Loreto completely dominate. Ursuline were playing against a very significant wind and Loreto capitalised with 0-2 from Caoimhe Dowling, 0-1 Eimear Keoghan, 0-2 Aoife O Carroll and 0-2 from Sophie O Dwyer. Half Time Score: Loreto 2-9 Ursuline 0-3.

Ursuline opened the second half with renewed energy. However the first score came for Loreto, a point from a free. Ursuline failed to convert 2 frees and then the killer blow came, another goal for Loreto. But in true Ursuline spirit the ball was moved up the field and Mollie Kavanagh raised the green flag for Thurles. A point for Caoimhe Perdue for Thurles followed. Loreto still had a 12 point lead and Ursuline couldn’t claw back the advantage gained by Loreto in the first half. One more score from each team was the way the game finished, 3-11 to 1-5. Well done to our girls who played so well, with great commitment and have bagged the coveted Munster title. On this occasion they met a stronger side who were always going to be hard to overcome.


Hockey Results

On Tuesday 24th of February three of our teams notched up three victories against teams from Castletroy. UCT had home advantage and the coaches and students were delighted to have made full use of this. The 2nd Year B3 team had a very comfortable win beating the Limerick opponents 4-0. The Junior B’s won by a goal. The final score in this game was Ursulines 2 – Castleknock College 1. The 2nd Year B1 game finished with UCT 2 – Castletroy 0. Well done to all teams on their success.

The Senior ‘A’s’ played a friendly against the Highschool from Rathgar in Dublin to get some valuable match practice. They won by 5 goals to 0. The 2nd Year ‘A’ team also played their opposite numbers from Rathgar and won in a more closely contested game the end result of which was UCT 4 – Rathgar 3.

Other hockey matches played this week included a Junior B1 Cup game against Villiers which the Ursuline’s won by 5 – 1. The 2nd Year ‘A’s’ also played Villiers. The UCT girls scored well winning by 5 goals to nil. The Senior ‘B’s’ however lost to Villiers by a goal. The final score of this match was UCT 3 – Villiers – 2.

Public Speaking

To celebrate their one hundred years of service the Knights of Columbanus have organised their Centenary Public Speaking Competition. Three of our girls successfully contested the Munster Final of this competition in Glenstal Abbey. They were presented with their trophy by the co-ordinator of the competition Mr. Seamus McDonald. The successful trio of Teresa Ryan, Ròisìn Putti and Àine Campion spoke on the topic of Forgiveness and how it is the most difficult virtue. The girls now go through to the All Ireland Final in the RDS in Dublin on March 7th. There will be seven other teams competing on the day. The Ursuline speakers will present their speeches and then take questions from the chief adjudicator. We wish them the best of luck and also say a special word of thanks to Ms. Quinn for tutoring the girls in this competition.

First Year Debating

A record twenty seven individual speakers are presently busy delivering their speeches on the topic of ‘Self – Image – the top priority in life today.’ In three minute speeches peppered with wit, information and humour these spirited young ladies take on a topic which is by any standards incredibly relevant in today’s world.

Ciara Maguire

Past pupil and All Ireland Soroptimist winner 2013 Ciara Maguire will represent Ireland in Istanbul in July in public speaking. ‘How high can a woman fly?’ was the title of Ciara’s six minute speech delivered to the National Soroptimists in a competition for All Ireland winners from the previous ten years. Ciara took time out from her studies in Trinity to enter and emerge victorious from this distinguished group of competitors. Along with another Irish winner she will now take part at the highest international level. Congratulations and good luck Ciara. All your friends in Holycross and UCT are so proud of you. Indeed you are demonstrating just how high a woman can fly.

Build A Bank

Six Transition Year students have been selected to go forward for the National Final of ‘The Build a Bank’ competition run by AIB. Thirty three schools competed in Munster and the Ursuline Convent Thurles was one of four to be chosen from this region to compete in the final to be held in the RDS on 16th April. The Transition years in the Ursuline Convent have been taking part in this competition for the last nine years so it is well established in the school with a new crop of TY’s each year becoming involved in managing the school bank. After a rigorous and realistic application and interview process which involved forty seven TY’s applying for positions the six successful candidates were Bridín Ryan, Bank Manager, Lorna Irwin O’Grady, Assistant Bank Manager, Moira Kinnane Financial Manager, Grace Kelly, Customer Service and Aoife Shanahan and Emily Moore, Sales and Marketing. Once the team had been put together they set to work on choosing a theme for their bank. They choose ‘The Lion King’ as their sales and marketing strategy. Their clever motto being ‘Get in lion and you’ll be fine’. They also incorporated the famous song from the film ‘Hakuna Matata’ advising students that if they save for the future they will have no worries.

They are currently working towards the National Final which includes preparing a power point presentation and getting their message out in a successful social media campaign. However they are not just financiers but are also interested in ethical business. They have used their banking initiative to help raise money for Suir Haven. In addition they held a quiz in Scoil Angela for students from 1st class up to 6th class. The questions were based on the combined themes of ‘The Lion King’ and banking. The students could bring home the quiz and complete it with the help of their parents. The first prize was a trip to the zoo to see the lions. Well done girls on all your hard work so far and good luck preparing for the final.

Transition Year

Some of our TY thespians are getting ready for the Holy Cross drama festival. They will perform a slightly unorthodox version of the traditional fairytale of ‘Cinderella’. In their play Cinderella is not quite the victim we are so familiar with. They will be performing on the 11th of March and we are keeping our fingers crossed for the cast and their director Ms. Slattery.

Helen and Séan Fund

Kate Fogarty in 5th year has organised a raffle in aid of the Helen and Séan Gleeson fund. Kate put together the prize of a beautiful hamper and is in the student social area every day selling these tickets. She is committed to raising funds for this very worthy cause and we’re very proud of her generous spirit.

Food for Thought Book Launch

Next Friday, 6th March the book ‘Food for Thought’ will be launched in the school. This book is the brainchild of our school secretary, Eileen Coffey, who has done trojan work in the last number of months compiling this unique book of recipes. Many of the recipes have been provided by well known people from Ireland and abroad. The book has been beautifully and lovingly put together by Eileen. It costs €15 and all proceeds will go to the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre.


Cecilian Choir are busily preparing for the Limerick Choral Festival which will be held on 6th March. Also choir exams are fast approaching and there are no less than five choirs being put through their paces to be voice ready and pitch perfect for the assessment. The first year choir, the second year choir, the TY choir, the Cecilian Choir and Chamber Choir are all entered for the Royal Irish Academy exams. Their repertoires include such diverse numbers as ‘For Good’ from the show ‘Wicked’, the American Spiritual song ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ and ‘Hit me Baby One More Time’ originally performed by Britney Spears. Good luck to all those students involved who will no doubt be singing their hearts out and to choir mistresses Ms. Butler and Mrs. McNally.

Written By Nora Tuohy