Football Honours for Lousie
Congratulations to Louise Cadell, Leaving Certificate student and Chairperson of the Student Council, who lined out for the Munster Gaelic Football team in the number 8 jersey on Saturday, 23rd of January. She represented her school and her province with great pride and great skill in the Lidl Post Primary Schools interprovincial tournament. Munster beat Connaught in the final of this prestigious competition. Louise follows in the footsteps of her grandfather, Paddy Fitzgerald, who won a Railway Cup medal for Waterford. Well done Louise, the school is immensely proud of your fantastic achievement.
Two Ursuline students, Katie Morrisey and Caoimhe Perdue were honoured with prestigious Annerville Sports awards in a ceremony in the Clonmel Park hotel on Saturday, 23rd January. The sporting achievements of both Junior Cert students were recognised by the Tipperary United Sports panel. Katie is the 2015 U 14 Irish Junior Tennis Champion and Caoimhe represented Ireland as a member of the National U16 girls hockey team in the six nations tournament. Well done to both Katie and Caoimhe for competing in their chosen sports at the highest level. Their hard work and dedication has been duly recognised and rewarded.
Senior Public Speaking
The school was represented in the Munster Final of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition on Monday, January 18th by Emily Maher, Catherine O’ Dwyer and Deirdre Ryan. Their topic was ‘Consumerism and its malevolent effect on our lives and our world.’ The girls offered three very carefully prepared speeches and certainly deepened their awareness and that of their listeners in their research and contributions. They were pipped at the post by an excellent team from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville. The Cork team now goes ahead to the All Ireland Final of this competition. Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach.
The First and Second year finals have taken place and the topic for both years was that ‘The world’s obsession with celebrities is damaging our young people today.’ Magnificent research, humour and anecdote coupled with well argued serious points of information offered audience and participants an exciting and closely fought competition.
Second Years, Caoimhe Meade, Lavinia Bowe and Anne Marie O’Byrne Casey lost very narrowly to the opposing team of Nessa McGrath, Kerry Tierney, Isabel Quirke and their researcher Gráinne McNamara. All girls delivered impassioned and informed speeches and a fabulous evening’s entertainment. Well done to all those who also took part in all preliminary rounds.
The First Years also presented an impressive and even more closely fought final. Two very well matched teams provided a most enthralling final. Emma Osborne, Rachel Madden and Zoe Bracken proposed the motion and their opposition, led by a superb Ellen Moriarty, Mollie Lloyd and Isabelle Tyrell, fought their corners to the last. The motion was carried by the slimmest of margins so Emma, Rachel and Zoe emerged as champions. A big thank you to all First Years who showed such courage, style and substance on all their outings. Well done to all students who took part and to Ms. Quinn for organising the competition.
Public Speaking for individual competitors from Junior classes will start this week with all competitions taking place in the week after midterm.
Visit of Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly
Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly celebrated Mass with the both the primary school, Scoil Angela, the Secondary School and the Sisters of the Ursuline Community on the feast of St. Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline order. The sports hall was transformed into a sacred space for the occasion. The Mass was very special and the Archbishop spoke warmly to all the students, staff and sisters. He reminded them to be thankful for the gift of life and the gift of love. He also asked them to try their best to show empathy, care and understanding of others in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Mass began with an opening procession involving students from the primary school, the secondary school and the Ursuline sisters. Included in this procession were the Cork and Tipp jerseys, representing both the Archbishop’s native county and his new home in Tipp. It also symbolised his role as patron of the GAA. Significantly the chalice used by the Archbishop during the consecration had once belonged to Archbishop Croke, the first patron of the GAA. It was a lovely occasion being the first liturgy celebrated by the Archbishop in the school and bringing together all strands of the Ursuline family in this celebration.
This week UCT played games against Laurel Hill Secondary School. The Senior Bs won their game 3-1. The Junior Bs also beat their Limerick opponents 2-0. The Minor Bs had a most impressive win of 4-0. Well done to all teams.
The success of the week however goes to the Junior A team who were playing the quarter final of the Munster Cup v Scoil Mhuire. The team was firing on all cylinders as they managed to control the play and generally dominate the game in all parts of the pitch. The wonderful team play and high level of skill on display by the Ursuline team led them to a comprehensive victory, scoring five goals with no reply from the opposition. The semi-final beckons!
Under 16 and U 19 teams took part in the Co. Tipperary Badminton Championships held in the Presentation Thurles on Friday, 22nd of January. In the U19 A and B categories games were won in both singles and doubles by Ciara Nyland, Shona Power, Jane Ryan, Louise Ryan, Ciara Fogarty, Grace Hanly and Janeanne Fitzgerald. In the U16 A section Sophie Kelly, Heather Ryan, Niamh Keane and Hannah Murphy all won games. Representing the school in the U16 B competition were Aoife Meagher and Càitríona Carey who won games competing in both the singles and doubles. Ava Brennan and Marie McGrath each won a singles game in U16 C. Well done to all for taking part and representing the school so well. Thanks also to Ms. Gleeson for organising the teams and Ms. Spillane for accompanying them.