February 27, 2020

Ursuline Junk Kouture Nationwide
There was fierce excitement in the Ursuline on Thursday, 27 February when a crew from the RTE show Nationwide came to meet and interview this year’s Junk Kouture contestants. Presenter, Zainab Boladale, accompanied by cameraman Denis, spoke to the students and teachers involved in this long standing, national competition which sees young people from across the four provinces create high-end fashion from throwaway, disposable, scrapheap items. Zainab met with the six teams through to the Regional Final in Limerick. She spoke to the girls about the process of making their Junk Kouture outfits, from the genesis of their initial idea, to making up mood boards, sketching their designs, sourcing materials, overcoming fabrication problems, sewing, stitching, gluing, taping and stapling their designs to turn Junk into something worthy of a Milanese, Parisienne or New York catwalk. Zainab spent the day talking with the eighteen students involved and spoke with Technology teacher Mr English about the importance of Junk Kouture for TYs interested in fashion, design and technology. It gives them a real insight into what it takes to bring an initial concept to fruition making it into something that is not only wearable but has that important wow factor too. Best of luck to the six Finalists in the Regional Final in UL on Friday, 6 March and the whole school is eagerly awaiting the Nationwide programme featuring the Ursuline Thurles.

The Ursuline had a large representation of TYs and Fifth Years who travelled to the Model United Nations hosted by Loreto Convent, Clonmel on Wednesday and Thursday last week. Ms Quinn organised the twenty-four delegates in the week’s prior, making sure that they researched thoroughly the topics up for debate, resolution and voting, in a forum that aims to mirror the workings of the UN. The students represented delegations, countries or non-governmental organisations and had a wide array of hot topics to consider, discuss and amend. On the menu for the two day conference was discrimination against minorities, sustainability in fashion, designer babies and germline engineering, drug related violence and automation in the workplace. Not only do students get some understanding of the machinations of the United Nations whereby agreement on change and compromise comes dropping slow, they also learn about the culture, economics and society of their adopted country or the raison d’etre of their NGO. Well done to all students who attended LCMUN and Ms Quinn for preparing them.

It was a brilliant result for Ursuline’s Second Year Basketball Team in the South East Quarter Final on Thursday, 27 February. Ursuline left nothing to chance in their victory against Tramore’s Ard Scoil na Mara. The final score was Ursuline Thurles 32. Ard Scoil na Mara Tramore 18.

Angus Beef Competition
The Ursuline TY team who have reached the National Final of the Aberdeen Angus Beef Competition continue in their quest to promote Angus Beef. Last week they organised a guest speaker from Kildalton Agricultural College for their fellow TYs. Mèabh O’Hagan, a lecturer in the College, spoke about her own career in Agriculture and the opportunities available for women in the sector. She outlined the many avenues of study open to those interested in Agriculture including Horticulture, Machinery and Grassland, Dry Stock, Dairy, Farm Management and Equitation. This year the UCT Angus Beef Team have engaged in a wide variety of activities all aimed at raising awareness of the benefit of choosing quality Irish beef. They had a hugely successful Burger Day in January when they sold over 150 Angus beef burgers to students and staff. They had a ‘Name The Calf’ competition for Third to Sixth class students in Scoil Angela Primary School. The winning name was BoBo. They are putting the finishing touches on their presentation which will take place in the first week of March before a panel of judges and experts including those from the main competition sponsors Kepak, ABP and the Irish Angus Beef Producers Association. They have worked really hard all year and been utterly passionate about the benefits of eating Angus beef. Best of luck to them next week in Croke Park where they will be hoping to scoop the top prize of five Angus calves.

Cáith Amach É
The Leaving Cert Irish students from the Ursuline were delighted with the workshop they attended on Monday, 24 February. It was facilitated by ‘Caith Amach É’ whose unique, comedic take on Irish had the students energised and rolling in the aisles. The smash hit show is based on the oral pictiùirí, a required element of the examination and it always goes down a treat. The madcap antics of the facilitators made a lasting impression on the students and what better way to learn Irish than through drama, song, music, movement and of course heaped with huge dollops of hilarity. Thanks to the Leaving Cert Irish teachers for organising this fun, interactive learning experience.

Cecilian Choir
Cecilian Choir competed in the Limerick Choral Festival on Friday, 28 February. The Ursuline have done well in Limerick having won the Post Primary Schools Equal Voice Competition for last three years. This year they sang two pieces, Cerf Volant’ from the French film Les Choristes. Their other song was ‘Gloria’ by Italian composer Vivaldi. They sang beautiful renditions of both works. Well done to all students for their commitment to Cecilian Choir and to Music Teachers Ms Kehoe, Ms Quinn and Ms Eva McNally for preparing the Choir so well.

Well done to Kate Ryan, Third Year, who travelled to Lilleshall, Shropshire over the mid term break with the Irish U16 team for a series of games against England.

The Munster Schools Cross Country took place in Clarecastle in County Clare just before the mid-term break. Ursuline had three teams who qualified from the East Munster leg, Minors, Juniors and Intermediates. Thankfully Storm Ciara did not interfere with the performance of the Junior team. Captained by Kate Ferncombe, the girls came away with gold team medals by the slender margin of one point. Kate led from the front and went off with a trailblazing pack of five. The lead was exchanged several times during the race and broke just a little ahead of a second group led by Orla Ryan. Eventually Kate hung in for a bronze medal, followed closely by Orla in seventh place. Paula Quirke was the next runner home, followed by Grace Fitzpatrick Ryan and Aoibheann Fogarty. Well done to the girls who brought home the Munster gold in the Junior Competition for the first time since the 2012.
The Minor team had a very respectable run and finished in seventh place out of the twelve. Niamh Hayes captained and was ably assisted by Lily O Reilly, Emma Ely, Aisling O’Loughlin, Naoise Quinlivan, Ruth Scholfield and Emma Hickey.
The Intermediate team had the longest run of the day over a distance of three kilometres. It was challenging to say the least. By the time of their race the ground was very cut up and extremely muddy. The team was led by Robyn Fanning, its’ captain, who had a great run and is getting used to running at the higher distance. Lorna Ryan and Orlaith Ryan finished very strongly along with Jade Carroll and Chloé Byrne.

The Junior Team will be vying for All Ireland honours in Dublin on March 7. Best of luck to them for getting that far and anything else in simply a bonus! Well done to all athletes who competed on the day, flying the Ursuline blue. Minor Team: Niamh Hayes (capt) Lily O Reilly, Emma Ely Aisling O’Loughlin Naoise Quinlivan, Ruth Scholfield, Emma Hickey.
Junior Team Kate Ferncombe (capt) Orla Ryan Paula Quirke Aoibheann Fogarty, Grace Fitzpatrick Ryan
Intermediate Team: Robyn Fanning (capt) Rachel Ryan, Jade Carroll, Chloe Byrne, Orlaith Ryan

Written By Nora Tuohy