January 30, 2020

Angus Beef Burger Day

Monday, 27 January was Angus Beef Burger Day in the Ursuline. The staff and students relished the opportunity to eat gorgeous beefy Irish burgers. This delicious lunchtime option was courtesy of a team of four TYs who have qualified for the finals of the Irish Angus Schools Competition. The students have been tasked with promoting Aberdeen Angus Beef and coming up with genius marketing ideas to get more people eating wholesome Irish beef. A chance encounter at the Angus tent at the Ploughing Championship first piqued the interest of the enterprising Katie Gleeson, Laura Phelan, Megan Searson and Michelle Flanagan. So far the girls submitted a video about Ag Science in the Ursuline, agriculture in the local area and their own interest in farming. They attended an interview in Limerick where they put forward their promotional plans which included the hugely successful ‘Burger Day’. The burgers were supplied by ABP Cahir, who are sponsoring the competition along with KEPAK and the Angus Producers of Ireland association. They sold about a hundred and fifty burgers with toppings which were devoured in jig time. Next stop for the Ursuline Angus advocators is the national final in Croke Park on 4 March. Best of luck to them as they go forward in the competition. Thanks to the local businesses, McKevitts and Tesco, who’ve supported them and the Home Economics Department who were on hand to help with the cooking.


There was a double whammy of good news this week with the appointment of two Ursuline past pupils, Aoife McGrath and Claire Stakelum, as co-captains of the Tipp Senior and Intermediate teams. Brilliant news and best wishes to both teams in the season ahead.

Junk Kouture

The Ursuline had a record seven Junk Kouture entries vying for selection to the Regional Final this year. The high end fashion pieces, created using recycled and throwaway products, were showcased to the whole School recently in a stunning catwalk show. There were nature themed, sports themed, ocean themed, nocturnal themed and confectionary themed creations showcasing the imagination and dexterous design talents of all the entrants. Sickly Sweet, modelled by Nonie Lavelle, is inspired by the overconsumption of sugar in Western society. It is made with ring pulls collected from cans and sweet wrappers. Get’cha Head In The Game is an ode to women in Sport and took the 2020 campaign as its inspiration. The vibrant, reflective design incorporating many sporting motifs is modelled by Niamh O’Brien. Midnights Memories concerns itself with all matters relating to sleep. The bustier, trouser and tie-dye coat combination is actually a social commentary on the dangers and effects of sleep deprivation. Insomnia is an ever increasing phenomenon, especially among the young, who are frequently disturbed at night by the bleeping and buzzing of social media on their devices. Carolina Cuban is the model for this team. Barking up the Wrong Tree is a beautiful woodland themed dress decorated with leaves, bark, twigs and moss in natural tonal shades of brown and green. Sarah Fitzgibbon’s hair has even been stunningly shaped to resemble a tree emerging from the crown of her head. The reflective mirrors jigsawed together by Ariana Krasniqi, Anna Ryan and Rachel Quinlan create a petite ballet inspired dress resembling the work of a master glassmith. The piece, entitled Belle Amie, means beautiful soul and is a reminder that what is often portrayed by a person on the outside is not a true reflection of what is on the inside. Glace Plastique is an aqua themed ocean creation made from discarded milk cartons and other single use plastics. It is a reminder of the damage of Global Warning and its contribution to melting ice caps and rising sea levels. Givin’ it Welly draws on Ireland’s rich agricultural heritage for its theme. Milk filter socks, old wellies, twine, piping and meal bag string where used to make the elaborate beehive shaped headpiece and hooped mini skirt in beautifully contrasting gold and black. It aims to highlight the under-representation of women in farming. Well done to all entries who have done Trojan work since September and to their team of teachers led by Mr English. In particular well done to the four teams who have qualified for the Regional Final Midnight Memories, Get’cha Head In The Game, Givin’ it Welly and Glace Plastique.


Well done to the Ursuline Equestrian team of Orlaith Ryan, Third Year, Daisy O’Keefe, First Year, Alexandra Hourigan, Third Year and Isobel Hourigan, First Year who recently competed in the Inter Schools Showjumping Competition held in the Tipperary Equestrian Centre, Thurles. The team came fourth overall with Isobel and Alexandra both having double clear rounds.


It was a vital win last week for the First Year Basketball Team when they emerged victorious from their encounter with the Presentation Clonmel. The scoreboard read UCT 29 Pres Clonmel 14. The.Second Years played well but were up against with Clonmel. The final result in this match was UCT 16 Pres Clonmel 29.


The Senior As played Mount Mercy in the Semi Final of the Munster Senior Cup on Wednesday, 29 January in a home game. It was a tough battle between two worthy adversaries. Well done to Mount Mercy who took their chances to go through on a 3-0 win. Well done to the Ursuline Senior As on a great Cup season and to the Leaving Certs who have committed wholeheartedly to Hockey during their time in the Ursuline.

Other Hockey results this week included the Junior Cs who won against Kilkenny College 3-1. The Minor Bs and Cs lost to Kilkenny. The Senior Bs had no luck either in their Cup game against Loreto Clonmel. In the Minor B League the Ursuline beat Villiers 3-1 while the Minor Cs lost to their Villiers opponents.
The First Year A and B Hockey teams won against Mount Mercy on Wednesday, 29 January. The A team won 4-0 while the Bs won 9-0.

Public Speaking

The Ursuline has two teams through to the National Final of the Knight’s of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition. Well done to Fifth Year students Michaela Grace-Ginty, Erica Ryan and Kaja Gorwa and the other team comprising of Leah Phelan, Ellen Duggan and Ellie Culliton.

Written By Nora Tuohy