January 17, 2018

Gael Linn Debating
The Senior and Junior Irish debating teams were in action in the next round of Gael Linn. The Junior team of Ellie McMinn, Ethel Rose Murray and Maeve Adams opposed the motion that the school year is too short or ‘Tá an bhliain scoile Róisín ghearr’. They faced competition from St Joseph’s, Ballinasloe, St Anne’s, Tipperary Town and Athlone College. The Senior team took on Cistercians, Roscrea, Ballinasloe and Athlone in their heat. They opposed the motion We Had An Excellent Year Last Year in Ireland or Sárbhliain a bhí in Éirinn again anuraidh. Well done to their teachers Ms de Barra and Mr O’Dochartaigh for their work preparing the girls for competition.

The Senior As won their Quarter Final Cup game on Tuesday, 15 January in style beating Villiers 6-2. Maeve Hassett scored an impressive hat trick. The other goals came courtesy of Alannah Walsh, Emily Kavanagh and Rebecca McCabe.
The Minor As played St Angela’s, Cork in a Cup game on Wednesday, 16 January. They won 3-2 on shuttles after a full time draw of 1-1.

BT Young Scientist
Congratulations to the Ursuline BT Young Scientist teams who were in the RDS last week. Both got Highly Commended awards in their separate categories. Eva Morrissey and Jade McCarthy were singled out for praise for their project on Sexual Consent and Teenagers in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category. The other team of Jean Grace, Sarah C.Fitzgerald and Ellen Duggan were commended for their ‘Automated Dispenser’ incorporating Radio Frequency Identification in the Technology category. Well done also to their teachers Mr English and Ms Molony.

Ladies Football
Ursuline travelled to Tournafulla GAA grounds on Wednesday, January 15, to meet Dingle Community School in the Munster Semi Final of the Senior Ladies Football. After reaching the final last year Ursuline were hoping to be there again in 2019. However, they faced a very strong Dingle side who raced into a 1-1 lead in the first five minutes. Niamh Keane was central to the Ursuline, scoring a point before raising the green flag. Dingle added three further points but Niamh Long was at hand to solo clear from midfield. She then passed to Niamh Keane and she struck the net for the Ursuline. The teams were level again. With 10 minutes remaining in the half Dingle got their second goal of the match and a few minutes later pointed from a free. Eimear McGrath, who was crucial in the Ursuline attack and set pieces, pointed before the half and two points separated the teams at the midway stage. Half time score was 2-4 to 2-2. Ursuline responded quickly in the second half and Eimear McGrath grabbed a point while Ellie Ryan raced through from the half forward line to put the ball over the black spot to make the teams level once again. Dingle were quick to go back in front and their lively corner forward pointed from an acute angle. Eimear McGrath then made it all square from a free after Lauren Murtagh, who was joint captain with Sadhbh Leahy, was fouled bearing down on goal. Dingle clocked their third goal fifteen minutes from time and added two points to sneak ahead. Trailing by five points, Ursuline needed to find the net and Kate O Connor duly obliged. Anna Downey gained possession and hit a cross field ball to Kate, she rounded her marker to boot it past the keeper. Not to be out done Dingle responded by scoring a goal of their own. Ursuline piled on the pressure with Cathy Hogan and Caoimhe McCarthy from the back but Dingle only conceded a point in this spell of Ursuline dominance. Nearing the end of full time Dingle counter attacked from Ursuline pressure on the Dingle goal to score their impressive fifth goal of the day. The final score was Ursuline 3-7 Dingle 5-8.

TY Mini Company

The TYs had their Mini Company exhibition in Sr Ursula Memorial Hall on Wednesday, January 16. There was plenty of ingenuity and business acumen on display with a photo booth, bath bombs, hand-made decorations, vanity mirrors, woolly ‘Ursuline’ hats, pre-packaged hot chocolate and marsh mellows being among some of the items on sale. The team chosen to represent the school at the Student Enterprise Awards County Final is All Wrapped Up. Kate Byrne, Sarah Fitzgerald and Aisling Hickey have produced an innovative, cost effective solution to the problem of tangled cables, particularly headphones. Their small ties, with attractive covers, made from recycled handbags, are both practical and environmentally friendly.

As a result of this leg of the competition the businesses Pic Perfect and Nailed It will merge to create a product that incorporates both their ideas. Pic Perfect used melted crayons to decorate colourful photographic canvases. Nailed It produced original wall hanging designs using nails and string. By bringing the two companies together, it is hoped they will combine forces to make a new creative product and secure a place in the next round of the County Final. Well done to all teams who participated in the Mini Company Competition.

Written By Nora Tuohy