January 27, 2014


Laura Connolly, a student of the Leaving Certificate class of 2013, is to be awarded an Ad Astra Scholarship from University College Dublin. The Ad Astra scholarships are rewarded in recognition of exceptional achievements and talents in scholarship, sport and the performing arts. As an Ad Astra scholarship recipient, Laura will receive specialised supports to develop her talents, individual mentoring, a programme of specific academic activities, and a bursary covering fee remission, reduction of on-campus accommodation costs, and a stipend.

Laura will receive her award on Thursday, January 30 at 7pm in UCD O’Reilly Hall. The award ceremony will be followed by a celebratory dinner and the school will be presented with a commemorative picture in recognition of this tremendous event. The school is very proud of Laura and her amazing achievements, and congratulations are extended to her family also. Good luck to Laura as she pursues her studies in UCD.


The Concern Debating team debated against St Ann’s from Tipperary town on Wednesday evening last. The motion was ‘Multinational Corporations are cleaning up their act’, the Ursuline team was opposing the motion. Leah Carroll led the team which consisted of Roisin Putti, Rose Cantillon, Clodagh Nash and Simone Gordon. The girls performed with great energy and had done enormous research to ensure that they were capable of refuting the arguments from all angles! The debate was defeated so the Ursuline team won the debate. The team is currently preparing for another debate this week against the CBS Thurles, the debate will take place at 7.30pm in the Ursuline on Thursday, January 30. The motion for this debate is ‘Social Media improves our understanding of major world events’.


Seven Transition Year teams entered this nationwide competition in November. All teams had to make a film pitch outlining their marketing strategy to increase dairy intake among teenagers. One team, ‘The White Tash Brigade’, was selected to progress to the next round. The team is now required to roll out their marketing strategy and put it into action. The team consists of Maeve Carew, Mollie Kavanagh, Aine Coman and Lucy Hayes.


All Transition Year mini-companies entered the RTE Junior Dragons’ Den competition before Christmas and the groups had several phone calls suggesting interest in their ideas during the week. Fingers crossed some of our students will get the chance to face the Dragons!



The Senior A team had a great win in the Cup Quarter Final last week, beating Clonakilty 2-0. The Senior C also played Clonakilty this week but was unlucky to lose 7-0. The Junior B team faced Clonakilty on the same day but were edged out by a stronger Clonakilty team who won 3-2. Two First Year teams also played on the day: the First Year A2 had a convincing win over Clonakilty, taking the victory 2-0 and the First Year (blue) team also claimed victory 2-0 over Clonakilty. The Junior team also played Rockwell in the Junior B Cup this week but the girls were unlucky to lose despite valiant efforts, the match ended on a 0-2 score. Well done to all the players and good luck to the Seniors as they face the next important match.

Written By Nora Tuohy