January 20, 2014


A Transition year young Social Innovators group worked very hard last week to raise awareness about breast cancer among students and staff. The group had previously started an information campaign whereby they strategically placed pink information posters around the school, each one offering a different piece of information relating to breast cancer facts. Senior students attended a talk and breast check demonstration to teach them how to check their breasts for lumps, a nurse also spoke to them about the illness and the importance of early detection. On Friday morning pink bandanas were distributed to all staff and students; the bandanas were worn during morning classes as a symbol of solidarity with those affected by the illness. Staff members from the Suir Haven Centre in Thurles visited the school on Friday morning to be presented with the money raised for the centre. Well done to the girls for raising awareness of such an important issue.


The Gael Linn team won their second debated last week and the team is now waiting for details of the next round. The team of Romy Ronan, Aoife Phelan and Siobhan Murchon worked very hard and performed very impressively on the evening.


The Concern Debating team will be debating this week against St Ann’s from Tipperary town. The debate will take place on Wednesday evening, January 22 at 8 o’clock in Tipperary. The Ursuline time will oppose the motion that ‘Multinational corporations are cleaning up their act’.


First year teams were informed of the debate topic for the first round of the in-house competition last week: ‘Science is man’s greatest friend’. Since then the teams have been busy researching the topic in the library and writing their speeches. The first round debated will start this week; good luck to all the First Year students participating. The Second Year debating competition is also starting with teams currently being organised.


Transition Year groups also began their First Aid Workshops this week, the workshops will run for a number of weeks and prove invaluable for students in everyday and future life.



The hockey department had a hectic schedule this week as many matches were played. The Senior B Cup team took on Bandon but was unfortunate to be beaten 3-0. Meanwhile the Senior A team was also out later in the week against Kilkenny College, the girls were also unlucky as the Kilkenny College team proved stringer on the day scoring 3 goals to the Ursuline’s single goal.

The Junior A team competed against Regina Mundi College, Cork and played very well to take the victory 3-1.

Second Year teams were also busy this week; the Second Year A played both Bandon and Regina Mundi College. Their first match against Bandon ended in favour of the Ursuline with the team scoring two goals while their opponents didn’t get past the defenders. The same team also beat Regina Mundi College, the girls scored 4 goals to finish on a score line of 4-0. The Second Year B2 team was in action against Loreto, Clonmel. The players started well and continued with determination until the end of the match managing a 3-0 victory.

First Years were also on the pitch this week; the First Year Red team took on Kilkenny College, both teams played a very skilled match with the sides well matched. The game finished on a 1-1 draw. The First Year Blue team faced Loreto, Clonmel in their match. They got off to a great start and soon managed to make their mark on the score board by putting 5 goals in the back of the net, the match ended 5-0.


The First Year basketball team played Nenagh this week and won convincingly with 26 points to 2. The Second Year team also took on Nenagh but the girls were unable to keep up with a strong Nenagh side who won 15-8 at the final whistle.


Numerous students played in a badminton blitz this week. The Under-19 team was composed of Siobhan Norton, Mia O’Dwyer, Chloe Purcell and Sarah Fogarty. The Under-16 team players were Ciara Fogarty, Jane Ryan, Louise Ryan, Kate O’Dwyer and Ava Connolly. Niamh Keane, Sophie Kelly, Shauna Fogarty and Jessica Fitzell made up the Under-14A while the Under-14B was composed of Sarah Bourke, Lisa Fanning, Erin Mulcaire and Mary-Kate Barrett. The Under-14A team got to the final against Carrick in their category and finished on equal scores (9 points each), both teams had won 3 matches but as Carrick had a higher cumulative score they won the Final with 45 points to 40 overall. The Under-14B team won 2 of their matches against Loreto who won 4 while the Ursuline won 3 of their matches against the Presentation who won 1 match. In the Under-19 category The Ursuline won 2 of their matches against Carrig but only one of their matches against Loreto. While the Under-16 team lost all matches against Carrig but won 4 against the Presentation A team and 4 against the Presentation B team to finish as runners-up in this category. Well done to all those who competed.

Written By Nora Tuohy