January 23, 2020

Public Speaking
UCT had a very busy week with four teams preparing for the regional round of the Knights of Columbus Public Speaking. This national competition allows young people the opportunity to research and explore their religion and in particular its relevance to today’s life. Representing the School from Fifth Year are Ellie Culliton, Leah Phelan and Ellen Duggan. The other Fifth Year team is Erica Ryan, Kaja Gorwa and Michaela Grace Ginty. TY also fielded two teams in the competition with Julie McConnell, Isobel Doyle and Caoimhe Martin comprising one team and Aoife Curran, Saoirse Barrett and Leanne Party Power making up the other TY trio.
Ellie Culliton is this year’s Ursuline qualifier for the Soroptimist Munster Final in Limerick. Following on thirty years of UCT tradition in this competition we wish Ellie the very best of luck in what is always a worthwhile and stimulating endeavour.

On Saturday 18, January Ursuline competed in their second Munster Final in as many weeks. The Seniors were through to an All-Ireland Semi-Final so fingers were crossed that the Juniors could make it an Ursuline double in Munster. The Junior As travelled to Cork Camogie Grounds to play the uncompromising Scared Heart Clonakilty. It was always going to be a challenge. Clonakilty got an early lead leaving the score 2-1 to no score after ten minutes. Ursuline tried very hard but could only manage two points from frees despite a huge push. The opening of the second half saw Ursuline rally further and after scoring 2-1 were only two points off their West Cork rivals. Frees kept Clonakilty to the fore and that momentum carried them through to leave the final score 2-9 to 2-3. Wishing Sacred Heart the very best in their All Ireland Semi-Final.

First and Second Year Basketball players had games last week against St Anne’s, Tipperary Town in the South East league. There was success for both teams.
The First Year result was Ursuline Thurles 18 St Anne’s.12. The Second Years had a comprehensive win in their encounter Ursuline Thurles 34 St Anne’s.6.
The First Year’s also played CTI from Clonmel last week and kept up their winning streak with a 36 – 0 victory. Well done to all involved.

On Monday, 20 the Junior Bs won their league game against Presentation Thurles 4-0.
The Seniors As beat Scoil Mhuire 2-1 in their League play-off game and have Senior A Cup Semi at home to Mount Mercy on Wednesday next.
The Minor As also had a 2-0 victory in their Cup Quarter-Final match against Scoil Mhuire, Cork.
The Junior As drew 3-3 against Scoil Mhuire coming back from 2-0 down in the opening stages. They will now play Scoil Mhuire in the return fixture.

CBS Show
Well done to the sixteen Ursuline TYs who were part of the cast of The Greatest Show. Congratulations to the staff and students of the CBS who staged a fantastic musical again this year.

All TY classes are currently completing a two day First Aid course which will certify them as first responders for two years.

Anna Ryan

Last weekend Ursuline student Anna Ryan, Sixth Year, won the National Junior Women’s Pentathlon in Athlone. Anna competed in five events – 60mH, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt & 800m. This extraordinary feat was followed the next day in Nenagh by winning the Munster Girl’s U/19 Pole Vault and High Jump and finishing second in the Shot Putt and second in the Senior Women’s Pole Vault. On Sunday 5, January Anna won the Munster Junior 60mH & Shot Putt and was second in the Pole Vault.

In February, she is receiving a Munster Star Award for the Best Tipperary Juvenile Female Athlete at Munster level and a Tipperary Star Award for the Best Juvenile County Tipperary Athlete and an Achievement Award for representing Ireland at the Youth Nations Cup last August.

Anna’s athletics career continues to go from strength to strength and in the Ursuline their is huge pride at all she has achieved . Well done Anna.

Both the Senior and Junior Football teams qualified for Munster Semi-Finals which were played last week.

Ursuline travelled to Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Tuesday 21, January to play Clonakilty in the Junior Football Munster Semi-Final. Clonakilty started out strong, racing to a 1-2 lead. Ursuline then took hold of the game and scored two points from joint captain Katie O Dwyer. Sarah Bell, Grace Fitzpatrick and Clodagh Morris were now getting on top and setting up numerous attacks. Ursuline took the lead when Chloe Byrne intercepted a kick out to race through on goal and hit the back of the net. Clonakilty grabbed another point before Katie O Dwyer raised another white flag from a free. The half time score was Ursuline 1-4 Clonakilty 1-3, still anyone’s to play for. Clonakilty began the second half by scoring a goal to put them back in front. Ursuline responded by two points from Grace Murtagh and Katie O’Dwyer. Grace Murtagh and co-captain Rachel Quinlan were creating chances and equally defending at the other end. Clonakilty then opened up a lead by scoring two quick goals against the run of play. However, Ursuline kept the pressure on and were awarded a penalty when Katie O’Dwyer was fouled. She duly slotted to the bottom left hand corner to reduce the lead. Soon after she pointed for Ursuline from an impressive individual run and as Ursuline piled on the pressure with minutes left Clonakilty counter attacked to score their fifth goal of the game. The game ended on a final score Ursuline 2-6 Clonakilty 5-3. The girls in blue can hold their heads proudly. They produced great displays of football and showed grit right up to the final whistle. Well done to all.

The previous week the Ursuline Senior Footballers played Mercy Mounthawk on Friday 17, January in Charleville in their Munster Semi-Final decider.. In what was expected to be close game, only a few points separated the teams throughout. Mercy Mounthawk, from the Kingdom, started well and were 1-3 ahead in the first ten minutes. Ursuline soon gained momentum with Niamh O’Dwyer pointing followed by a goal from Marion Gillman. Captain Maria Connolly and Vice-Captains Aoife Cashman and Katelyn Ruddy were starting to get on top in the full back line and kept Mercy Mounthawk scoreless for the rest of the half. Eimear McGrath and Kate O’Connor pointed for Ursuline and the half time score ended with Ursuline 1-4 Mercy Mounthawk 1-3. The Kerry contenders started the second half quickly and found the net with their first attack. Ursuline responded with a flurry of points from Katie O’Dwyer and three from Eimear McGrath. Emma Dunphy, Erin Bourke and Caoimhe McCarthy setting up the attacks from the wing back line. Ursuline were leading by two points when with ten minutes to go they conceded three crucial points and suddenly found themselves behind. Katie O’Dwyer grabbed a point in the dying minutes but Mercy Mounthawk responded with 1-1. Cathy Hogan raised the green flag for the Ursuline and in the last minute of injury time she had a goal attempt blocked on the line. The final score was Ursuline 2-9 Mercy Mounthawk 3-9. The Seniors played out of their skins and were heartbroken to end their epic battle only one score off Tralee.

Written By Nora Tuohy