January 25, 2019

Junk Kouture
The whole school was treated to the unveiling of the Ursuline Junk Kouture entries for 2019 this week. The fashion preview was a very exciting occasion with everyone in awe of how the six TY teams coaxed, bended, sewed and molded the most unlikely, throwaway materials into something worthy of a haute couture runway.

Team members Nora Brennan, Caitlin Power and Cora Norton used over 15,000 bits of old erasers, along with markers and crushed pens to create the wonderful A Shoulder to Crayon. The students took education as their inspiration to highlight the opportunities having access to schooling can open up for girls and how they are severely disadvantaged by a lack of education, particularly in developing countries.

Disconnected was a dress made from 1500 metres of wire which was knitted and crocheted together. Jessica Dunne, Grainne Quinlan and Orla McLoughlin wanted to show that even though technology has revolutionized the way we live everyone is still connected.

Plastic pollution of our oceans was the theme for Lean Cuisine. Aoife Qian, Eve Corbett and Katie McCarthy used waste products from the catering industry to highlight how much plastic we use and throwaway in our daily lives. They incorporated bottle caps, plastic cutlery, 1300 aluminum containers and food nets to produce a wonderful petal-like two-piece outfit.

Orlaith Ryan, Katie Ruding Barnes and Rebecca Walshe wished to bring the issue of road safety to mind with their creation Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. They brought coffee capsules, seat belts, road safety netting and wipers together to produce a fashionable piece capturing the idea that tiredness and driver fatigue can have detrimental effects.

Horses for Corsets is the brilliantly equine inspired design from Saoirse Fogarty, Leah Ralph and Fiona Hayes. The dress is made from horse hair including a headpiece fashioned from horse nails and rosettes, The bit and girth belt and stir-up shoes complete the look.

Transportation was the idea Sarah C. Fitzgerald, Chloe O’Connell and Leah Phelan decided to focus on. All modes of travel were incorporated including train tickets, airbags, bicycle tyres and wheels in the form of roller skates. Trains, Planes and Automobiles is intended to show how transport brings us together, connecting us with family and friends, making the world a much smaller place.

Well done to all the students on the work they have put in over the last number of months and to the Junk Kouture team of teachers who advised them and helped them every step of the way. We wish all six teams the very best of luck We hope they emulate the success of the previous two years.

Junior Football
The Junior Footballers won their Munster Semi Final in impressive style on Thursday, January 24. They travelled to Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale to meet Kerry rivals Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee. From the very outset Ursuline dominated the game getting off to a super start with Katie Gleeson and Marion Gillman both raising the green flag. Katie O Dwyer, Alex Hally and Roisin Bambrick were also at hand for Thurles with three superb points. Rachel Quinlan joined the score sheet when she struck the back of the net with 10 minutes left in the half. Mercy Mounthawk put over three successive points to try and get themselves back into the game, however, joint captains of Caoimhe McCarthy and Marion Gillman led by example and pushed Ursuline to an 18 point lead scoring 0-1 and 2-1 respectively. Half time score was Ursuline 5-6 Mercy Mounthawk 0-3.

Ursuline started the second half with the same determination and a well taken goal from Marion Gillman. Jess Gleeson and Katie O Dwyer added three further points between them. Mercy Mounthawk replied with two goals but still had a massive uphill battle to try and get back into the game. Grainne O Donnell and Roisin Bambrick finished off two impressive attacks by grabbing a goal each. Chloe Byrne finished off the game with another Ursuline goal. With this decisive win under the belt they take a well-deserved Munster final spot. Final score was 10-8 to 2-4. They will now face Cashel Community School in the Munster final in what should be a thrilling local derby.

Nantes Thurles French Exchange
The Ursuline was delighted to welcome 25 French students and their two teachers to the school this week. The group from a sister Ursuline school in Blanche de Castille, Nantes arrived on Monday, January 28 and are staying with host families until Sunday, February 3. They will return in the company of 25 Thurles Fifth Years and two teachers from the French Department, Ms Flanagan and Mr McDonnell, During their six day stay in Nantes the students attend classes and see various sites the area has to offer. The school is thrilled to forge this link with a French Ursuline school and it is hoped the exchange will have positive cultural and linguistic benefits for the UCT students and their French counterparts.

Anna Ryan Athletics
Congratulations to Anna Ryan, Fifth Year who secured a double victory the National Youth Girls Pentathlon and the Munster Youth Girls Pentathlon on Saturday, January 19. To top it all off she also won the Girls U/18 Shot Putt at of the Munster Indoor Championships on the following day in Nenagh.

Kellyann Ryan, Racquetball
Kellyann Ryan, Fifth Year ended the year in style when she won the U17 All Ireland Racquetball title in December. She also bagged herself silver in the Women’s Singles and won the Women’s Novice Doubles All Ireland with partner Tia Coleman from Mitchelstown. Her younger sister Katie, Junior Cert, took home the bronze in the U15 All Ireland. Well done to both girls and wishing them every success in the season ahead.

There were great victories for both the Junior As and Junior Bs last week.
The Junior As won in their preliminary round Cup game beating Leesiders Ashton 4-0.
The Junior Bs won 2-1 against Laurel Hill Coláiste in their Cup Quarter-Final header.
The First Year Hockey players were in action this week against Villiers on Wednesday, January 23. Teams A and B won their games 4-0.

Written By Nora Tuohy