Athletics Claire Rafter
Congratulations to Claire Rafter who represented Ireland in Celtic International Cross Country running competition in Scotland last Sunday, January 10. Claire and her three team mates on the U17 team came home with the silver medals. She ran 4000 metres in tough conditions. The terrain was hilly and wet but Claire came 12th in her age category. Congratulations to her on this terrific achievement.
The First Year hockey Red Team won against Kilkenny College by a goal. Final score 2-1.
The First Year Yellow Team also won their their game against Kilkenny 1-0.
Senior A Hockey
The Senior As played Mount Mercy last Wednesday, January 13, in the Senior Cup quarter-final. From the time the whistle blew, a valiant Ursuline team effort was on show. The opening twenty minutes of the first half passed with no score. A fantastic exhibition of defending from Breana O’Gorman, Cliona Collins and Aoife Booth prevented any potential threats from the Mount Mercy attackers. However the first goal of the match came from a well executed short corner by the Cork team, a short corner UCT was unlucky to concede on one of the few times Mount Mercy managed to enter their circle. Nevertheless the heads did not bow and the Ursuline fought back, unlucky not to finish one of Caral Casey’s powerful shots from half way minutes before halftime.
The second half saw the Ursuline team as the dominant side, maintaining 70 percent of the possession. Brona Dowling, in the centre of the field, displayed her incredible skill and talent, controlling much of the play. Following a quick change in positions, Shona Power came into the back line and Caoimhe Perdue moved up into the forward zone. After several attempts on goal by both Avril Bergin and Rachel Perdue, the Thurles side was finally rewarded as Caoimhe put a cracking equaliser into the back of the goal from play. With just five minutes to go, it seemed the girls could clinch a draw, bringing the replay back to home ground in Thurles. However it wasn’t meant to be. A break from a Mount Mercy player resulted in a short corner against the Tipp side in the last play of the game. Despite the brilliant efforts of goalkeeper Rose O’Sullivan, all the hearts of Ursuline supporters and players sank when a well-rehearsed Mount Mercy corner found the ball in the back of the goal. For the six 6th years; Avril Bergin, Aoife Booth, Caral Casey, Cliona Collins, Susie Osborne and Rachel Perdue, it marked a milestone as the final time they would tog out for their school. This concluded what was a competitive and very enjoyable season of intense hockey, coached by dedicated Ms Hedigan. Well done to everyone on their hard work training and playing since September.
Munster Junior Camogie Semi-Final
On Thursday last, January 14, the Junior Camogie team travelled to Meelick to play St. Joseph’s, Tulla in the Munster semi final of the Junior A championship. The half time score saw Tulla well ahead by 1-7 to 0-4. The Ursuline players rallied in the second half and finished a mere 3 points short. 2-8 to 2-5. Although disappointed to be beaten by Clare rivals the girls did well to claw their way back into the game in the second half. Well done to Ms. Hogan and the team on a brave finish.
Well done to Mr. Kirby and Ms. Enya Bourke who came into school over the Christmas break to design, make and hang signs bearing the names of the seven signatories of the Proclamation. The beautifully illustrated signage marks a renaming of the corridors in school in remembrance of the leaders of the Rising. There are now corridors in honour of Patrick Pearse, James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett, Tomas J. Clarke, Thomas MacDonagh, Eamonn Ceannt and Sèan MacDiarmada throughout the school. It is one of the ways the Ursuline has chosen to commemorate this significant centenary. Other projects for 1916 are currently in the pipeline. There is a very enthusiastic student committee meeting, exchanging ideas and working on how to make this seminal moment in the foundation of the state relevant to the wider student body.
Gael Linn Irish Debating
On Tuesday, January 12, the girls from the Ursuline Secondary competed in the third round of the Gael Linn Irish debating. There were two teams, a Junior and a Senior team. The motion for the Junior debate was that the “sport” had disappeared from sport. Erika Carroll, Romy McCarthy and their captain, Stephanie Kelly spoke with passion and intelligence on this motion but unfortunately it was not to be. St. Anne’s from Tipperary town and Laurel Hill, Limerick, progress to the next round, the All Ireland semi-final.
In the senior Irish debate the topic up for discussion was ‘That every member of the Gardaí should be armed.’ Despite the difficulty of the motion the UCT girls argued their points with intelligence and good humour. The team of Constance Quinlan, Lucy Gillespie and captain Cliodhna Heenan was beaten on the night. Unfortunately this is the end of the competition for both Juniors and Seniors. Well done to all team members who argued with clarity and worked diligently in preparation for all their debates. Thanks to their teachers Ms. Barry and Mr. O’Dochertaigh for all their hard work in mentoring the teams.