January 23, 2015

Speech & Drama

Congratulations to first year student Lucy Nugent and fifth year student Emily Browne who both received gold medals in their Speech and Drama exams which they undertook just before the Christmas holidays. Lucy was awarded her gold medal for the Junior category and Emily was the recipient of the prize in the Senior section. These particular examinations in which Lucy and Emily performed so highly were set by the Irish Board of Speech and Drama.

Our other speech and drama students are now preparing for their LAMDA exams which will take place from February 2nd and will be held in the school. We have candidates from grade four up to gold medal. The Leinster School exams will take place on February 11th while the final IBSD exams are scheduled for March 25th. Well done and thanks to our speech and drama teacher Ms. Purcell for her tutelage in preparing the students for their exams.

German Debating

Our German debating team participated in their first debate of this academic year on Wednesday, 21st of January and faced the Cistercian College Roscrea across the podium. Our team of German students included the captain Aoife Delargy, Avril Bergin, Constance Quinlan and Cliona Collins.

We had home advantage and the debate took place in St. Mary’s Hall. The topic up for discussion was that there is ‘Too much emphasis placed on sport in Irish schools’ or as it is translated into German ‘An irischen Schulen wird zu viel Wert auf Sport gelegt’. Our girls took the opposing view speaking for about four minutes each and had some very impressive statistics to argue that there is not enough emphasis on sport in the Irish education system. Our students had discovered that 11% of schools don’t include physical education as part of the curriculum or that 23% of schools do not have a qualified P.E. teacher. The girls spoke and rebutted with great authority in a language that is not their native tongue and successfully qualified for the quarter finals.

Camogie Munster A Final Victory

The Ursulines are Junior ‘A’ finalists having overcome tough competitors from Charleville in the Munster Colleges Camogie Final played last Saturday, 17th January in Moyne. The full time score was Ursuline Thurles 3-5 St. Mary’s Charleville 2-5.

Our girls defeated the Cork side with only a goal separating the two teams. Charleville got off to a dream start with Iman O’Connell scoring a goal within the first minute. However they did not hold the lead for very long as our own Caoimhe Perdue responded with an equaliser. This set the tone for the rest of the game which was to be a very even, tight affair. The next score came in the form of a 21 yard free for Charleville in the fifth minute by Eimear Morrissey. Fiona Nelligan converted another free for Charville in the twelfth minute. It was Claire Stakelum who scored our first point from play in the seventeenth minute of the opening half. Then Kellie Quirke was introduced for the Ursulines in place of corner forward Maria Ryan. In the last four minutes of the half Charleville scored 2 points, one free and Fiona Nelligan scored a fine point from play. However the Ursulines replied with a goal and a point from Caoimhe Perdue. The point coming from a free and a goal from play coming on the brink of half time. The half time score was a nail biting Ursuline 2-2 to Charleville 1-4.

With both teams back on the field the referee, Donie Browne threw in the sliothar. Conditions on the pitch were tough going for both teams given the inclement weather of the previous week. Four minutes into the second half there was a point from the hurley of the Ursuline’s Caoimhe Perdue. Grainne Long came on in place of Mollie Kavanagh just before Caoimhe Perdue scored the Ursuline’s all important third goal in the ninth minute. But St. Mary’s Charleville, now trailing by 5 points dug deep and by the twenty second minute had a point from Fiona Nelligan and then a goal by the same player. Now there was only one point between the two teams. Within second sixty seconds of the Charleville goal the Ursuline’s centre forward, Niamh Keane, made a great catch and placed the sliothar between the uprights. The Ursuline’s were two points ahead but the pace of the game continued relentlessly. In the following six minutes the backs on both teams worked exceptionally hard to clear their lines. A forty five yard free for Charleville was cleared by Katie Ryan. A forty five yard free was then awarded to the Ursulines and again the accuracy of Caoimhe Perdue resulted in another point for the home side. The Ursulines were now three points clear and in the fourth minute of injury time the final whistle sounded. So congratulations to our new Munster Champions who played like champions in the bitter biting cold of a January afternoon. They overcame a resilient Cork side who would have been favourites on the day. However Ms. Hogan and the her players proved to be tenacious opponents and as such were well deserved winners. Thanks to all those teachers and students who came out to support the team and to Euphrasia for providing hot soup and sandwiches.

Munster Colleges Camogie Senior B Final REPLAY 2014/2015

Carrick on Suir 3-7 Ursuline Thurles 2-7

Carrick on Suir defeated Ursuline Thurles in Borrisoleigh GAA Grounds on Wednesday Jan 21st 2015 with only a goal separating the two teams.

Carrick on Suir opened the scoring in the 3rd minute of the game with a point from corner forward Chloe Holden. Ursuline answered in the fourth minute with a point from a free by Eimear Loughman. The game looked from the opening as though it was going to be a tight affair, as it was in Piltown on January 10th. In the 13th minute a free by Chloe Blackmore found its way to the back of the Ursuline net. Another free for Blackmore in the 20th minute put Carrick on Suir 1-2 to 0-1 ahead. However within the next minute a free for Ursuline taken by Maria Kinane found its way to the Carrick on Suir net, helped by Fiona Shortt. Another free in the 22nd minute was pointed by Eimear Loughman (Ursuline) to leave the two teams all square again, 1-2 each. A great point from play for Kelly Ann Doyle, Carrick on Suir was negated then by a point from Eimear Loughman at the other end. In the last minute of the first half, Carrick’s Chloe Holden found the Ursuline net again and in injury time Chloe Blackmore scored another point. Carrick on Suir went in at half time 4 points ahead 2-4 to 1-3.

With both teams ready to go again, referee Mike Ryan restarted the game. A free for Carrick on Suir was converted in the 2nd minute by Chloe Blackmore. This made it a five point difference. Ursuline dug deep and dominated the game for the next 15 minutes. Two frees for Thurles in the 8th and 10th minutes were pointed by Eimear Loughman. A goal in the 14th minute by Ursuline’s Caoimhe Perdue saw the game all square again, 2-5 each. Another point followed then by Ursuline’s Eimear Loughman to put Thurles ahead for the first time in the game. But it was a short lived lead as 3 minutes later Carrick on Suir levelled with a point from Chloe Blackmore (19min). Eimear Loughman pointed again for Thurles and with 5 minutes remaining Chloe Blackmore scored another point for Carrick on Suir. Again the sides were level. In the 29th minute a free for Carrick on Suir resulted in a scramble near the Ursuline goal, Chloe Blackmore found possession and goaled for Carrick on Suir. Ursuline Thurles surged up the field and made a great attempt to find the equaliser from the puck out but their efforts were in vain. The ball was cleared and the final whistle sounded.

Carrick on Suir 3-7 Ursuline 2-7

Well done in particular to all our sixth year players who have given so much to camogie in the school. You have always done the school proud in your conduct both on and off the field. Many thanks yet again to Ms. Hogan and to Ms. O’Friel and Ms. Hynes for the time they have given to coaching camogie in the school.

Basketball 

Our 1st and 2nd year basketball players made their first journey of the year to Leixlip on Friday, 16th of January for the first round of the League.

For most of the first years and some of the second years it was their first ever competitive basketball game. While it took both teams a bit of time to settle once they did they played well. The two teams were victorious on the day making the trip to Kildare worthwhile. The students were delighted with the result so well done and thanks to Ms. O’Friel their coach.

The result of the 2nd year match was Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles – 22 Confey College, Leixlip – 13. In the first year game the final score was Ursulines 30 – Confey College, Leixlip 10.

Inter Schools Equestrian

Well done to our first year team who competed last week in the All Ireland School’s Showjumping held at the Tipperary Equestrian Centre. The team of Jill Murphy, Laura Keane, Aoife Carroll and Lauren Maher had a total of eight faults from their rounds. There were sixteen teams in total and although our team was not placed the girls did well and were pleased with their performance. Also Alannah O’Donoghue, one of our first year students, was competing in an individual capacity. She had four faults in the metre round and just missed out on a place in the jump off.

Hockey Results

Our Senior B’s won their game against Gaelcolaiste Luimnigh 10 – 0.

In the Senior ‘A’ Cup quarter final this week UCT played Rockwell and won by 2 goals to nil.

On Friday the Junior ‘A’s played an away game against Laurel Hill Secondary School. UCT won by a goal 1 – 0.

Next week the Senior ‘A’ Cup Semi Final will be played on Friday, 30th in Mount Mercy against Mount Mercy. We wish our Senior ‘A’s the best of luck in this important Cup game. Not forgetting the Junior ‘A’s who play in a Cup final on Wednesday 28th against the Crescent. We are routing for them aswell.

Third Year Debating

The two teams who will meet in the final of the third year debating challenge are Anne Spillane, Rose O’Sullivan and Lucy Bell. They are up against their peers Sarah White, Becky Coonan and Emily O’Dea. The girls secured their places having defeated Katherine O’Dea, Tara Hyland and Ruth Herlihy and Lucy O’Hagan, Megan Hayes and Sarah Murphy in this weeks semi-final. The motion that ‘Man’s inhumanity to man surpasses all’ offered wide scope for arguments from the disciplines of history, religion, ethics, politics and philosophy. In depth research was conducted by all speakers meaning the topic was very capably handled by the twelve very enthusiastic speakers. Their individual and collective wit and skill made for an evening of rich entertainment. Special thanks to the guest adjudicator Isobel Collins.

Knights of St. Columbanus

To celebrate their centenary the Knights of St. Columbines are hosting a public speaking competition for senior cycle students. Ròisín Putti, Teresa Ryan and Àine Campion assisted by researcher Hilary Grogan will represent the school in the Munster Final of the competition on Saturday, January 31st which will take place in Glenstal Abbey. The students involved have opted for the challenging topic ‘Forgiveness; the most difficult virtue.’ The girls will explore various aspects of this topic as a team. Best of luck to them.

Good luck also to Clíona Collins who represents the school in the Regional Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking competition. Clíona will deal with the very topical area of ‘Gender Quotas’, a subject which is currently exercising the minds of the great and the good of our political establishment as a general elections looms on the horizon of 2016. Clíona travels to Tralee on Saturday, 31st so let’s hope that some of the Kerry luck and winning instinct is on her side.

Athletics

Our 6th year student Ciara Cummins was running in Dunboyne, Co. Meath last weekend in the Junior Cross Country Celtic Games International. Ciara ran 4 k as part of an Irish team which also included athletes from Dublin, Clonmel and Cork. Clara’s team was 2nd overall and competed against teams from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Ciara, who trains with her club Nenagh Olympic, will participate in an 800 metre indoor tract event in the All Ireland Juniors, to be held in Athlone at the weekend. We wish Ciara the all the best in this individual event.

Also running in Dunboyne in the Junior Cross Country Celtic games last weekend was 2nd year student Claire Rafter. Claire ran as part of the U 17 Irish team. She was placed 24th overall and finished 8th in her age group.

Her twin sister Niamh travelled to Scotland on the same weekend to take part in an indoor 800 metre open track event. Niamh went over with her club Tullamore Harriers.

Tennis

Katie Morrissey, 2nd Year, took part in an ETA tennis competition last weekend in Manchester. It was a grade 1 event and so Katie was up against a tough competitor from Tunisia in the first round. Unfortunately Katie did not succeed to the next round on this occasion. She will travel to Holland during the mid term break to compete in another ETA event in the U 14 age category. Well done to Katie for competing in European tennis competitions at such a high level.

Trip to Google

Ms. Hynes and Ms. Stakelum brought 42 LCVP students from 5th year to Google’s European headquarters in Dublin on Wednesday, 14th of January. The pupils got a tour of the ‘Foundry’ which is Google’s high tech convention centre for their clients. They saw first hand how Google treat their international customers when they visit Dublin. They were then brought on a guided tour of the Google building. They experienced the unique working environment of this multinational company and saw many ‘googlers’ at work. They learned that some of the perks of a career at Google include a top of the range canteen on every floor with free food for all and a gym and swimming pool with free membership for employees. There are also doctor, dentist and massage facilities on site. Workers also have access to wide open spaces for recreational purposes such as a roof top decking furnished with swings and outdoor seating. There are panoramic views of the city from many of the floors of the ‘Google’ building. The students got great insight into the qualifications needed to secure a job in this growing and prosperous sector of the economy. The girls thoroughly enjoyed this trip and got a taste of what it would be like to work in this vibrant, quirky organisation. Many of them would certainly now consider becoming ‘googlers’ or perhaps pursuing a career in software development or the computer industry.

TY News

All Transition years set off early last Friday morning, 9th of January to Kilternan, Co. Wicklow to visit the ski club of Ireland. On arrival they were booted and suited and were treated to a two hour ski lesson from experienced instructors. While weather conditions were not ideal it did not dampen spirits and there were many thrills and spills during both morning and evening sessions. Many enjoyed the experience so much they now look forward to their first ski holiday in the future with great anticipation.

In the afternoon the TY’s travelled onto the RDS to visit the Young Scientist Exhibition. The atmosphere was electric with thousands of visitors enjoying the 550 projects on display. The day was a great start to TY 2015. Well done to all the TY tutors Ms. Flanagan, Ms. Doherty, Ms. Collins and Ms. Purcell for a fun-filled day out combining thrill seeking with scientific inquiring – maintenance of both the body and the mind.

Written By Nora Tuohy