January 12, 2018

BT Young Scientist Exhibition
The Ursuline were delighted to have two groups exhibiting at the BT Young Scientist last week. In the social and behavioural sciences category Niamh Casey and Elaine Chute posed the question ‘Does the phonetic alphabet transcription of a word help language pronunciation?’. They conducted a study, using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), to see if it could possibly help students, ranging from First Year to Sixth Year, to develop and improve their oral language skills in French and German. Their results found that 82% of students benefited from reading and speaking the foreign language phonetically.
The other TY group in the competition undertook a study of Japanese Knotweed. Kate Williams, Emma Jayne Burke and Anna Downey investigated the chemical resveratrol found in the root of this pervasive plant. The team concentrated their efforts on exploring the possibility of using Japanese Knotweed as a biofuel, discovering it’s calorific value and comparing it to other fuels.
Well done to both groups on reaching this stage of the competition and to their teachers Ms. Molony and Mr. English.


Transition Year
The four TY classes travelled to Dublin on Thursday, January 11 to cheer on their friends participating in the BT Young Scientist competition. Before making their way to the RDS the group enjoyed themselves at the ‘Go Quest’ indoor challenge zone where they competed with each other and against the clock in physical and mental challenges.


Well done to the Junior camogie team who secured their place in the Munster Final following a comprehensive win against Ballincollig in the Muster Semi Final on Tuesday, January 9. The game, played in very wet conditions in Dr. Morris Park, saw the UCT girls ahead at half time by the slimmest of margins 2-3 to Coláiste Choilm’s 1-5. However Ballincollig only managed a point in the second half giving the Ursulines a chance to widen the gap. The final whistle saw the Tipp girls win well 5-6 to 1-6. They face fellow Ursuline’s from Waterford in the Final to be held in two weeks time.


Ladies Football
Ursuline, Thurles travelled to Pairc Uí Chiomh on Tuesday 10th of January to play Colaiste Bheanntrai in the Senior Football Munster Semi-Final. Bantry started well and raced into a 1-4 lead before the Ursuline managed to secure a score. Ursuline were then awarded a penalty and Eimear McGrath raised the green flag before adding a point shortly after. Bantry responded by scoring a further three points while Ellie Ryan kept Ursuline in the match with a well taken point. With five minutes left in the first half Niamh Keane added to the Ursuline tally by scoring two points from acute angles. The half time score was Bantry 2-8 Ursuline 1-4.

Bantry started the second half brightly by scoring a goal within the first few minutes. Eimear McGrath was ever reliant with her free taking duties and scored two points in quick succession. The midfield duo of Niamh Long and Lauren Murtagh were at the heart of every Ursuline attack and there was only one outcome when Niamh Long raced through on goal and hit the back of the net. Bantry always looked dangerous in attack and they added two points to leave the score 3-10 to 2-6. Ursuline again had to rely on Niamh Keane for a much needed goal to keep their hopes alive. This was short lived as Bantry made their way down field to strike their fourth goal of the game. However, this was the start of Ursulines amazing comeback as Lauren Murtagh scored a brilliant point from a solo run from midfield. With two minutes remaining the Ursuline were six points down, Niamh Keane stepped up to the mark and hit the net low to the keepers right. As the game entered injury time, Cathy Hogan left her corner back position and headed upfield to collect the ball on the half forward line and sent the game to extra time by racing through to score Ursulines fifth goal.

In extra time Bantry got off to a glowing start scoring four points within the first five minutes. Eimear Mc Grath and Niamh Long were at hand for Ursuline scoring a point each to leave a mere two points between the teams at the midway mark.
Ursuline dominated the second half of extra time and Niamh Long sent Ursuline into the lead for the first time in the game with another superbly well taken goal before adding a point shortly after. Ellie Ryan sent Ursuline one step closer to the Munster Final by scoring two very well taken points. Niamh Keane added another point to her tally and in the dying embers Cathy Hogan put the game to rest in Ursuline’s favour by pointing from an acute angle. Bantry scored a consolation goal in the last kick of the game but the final score was Ursuline 6-14 to Bantry 5-15. Ursuline will now face Cashel Community School in an all Tipperary Munster final.

The Junior A’s played in the league against Regina Mundi beating them 2-0. The Senior A’s and Minor A’s also played challenges against Loreto Kilkenny. The Senior As won and the Minor A match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Gael Linn Debating
The Senior and Junior Irish debate teams were in action on Thursday, January 11 in the next round of Gael Linn Debating. The Junior team of Zoe Bracken, Jennifer Murphy and Rachel Madden were opposing the motion ‘Tuigeann tuismitheoirí an lae innui fadhbanna na hóige’, that the parents of today understand the problems of the young.
The Seniors, Erika Carroll, Sinéad Lynch and Caitríona Ní Shuilleabhánn, argued that Donald Trump’s Twitter account should be ended or ás gaelige ‘Ba cheart deireadh a chuir le cuntas Twitter Donald Trump’. Well done to all those who took part and congratulations to the Junior team who proceed to the next stage.

Written By Nora Tuohy