Catholic School’s Week & Feast of St. Angela Merici
On Monday we celebrated the start of Catholic School’s week with a prayer service on the theme of being called to serve. The prayer service was based on the story of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. By humbling himself in this way Jesus was showing His followers at that time and also those who believe in him today that to serve is worthwhile and honourable. This linked in with the feast of our founder St. Angela Merici whose life was spent in the service of people. So renowned was she in Sixteenth century Italy that many sought out her help, her goodness and her kindness. She placed great emphasis on the education of girls and so the order she founded, which she dedicated to St. Ursula, the patron saint of young people, naturally became a teaching order. On Tuesday, St. Angela’s feast day we celebrated and gave thanks for her vision. Tuesday 27th of January was also International Holocaust Memorial Day and so during our service for St. Angela we also said a prayer for the victims and survivors of Nazi atrocities and their families.
UCT played Portarlington on Monday, 26th in the league. The first year team continued their winning ways with a wonderful display capitalising on their recent experience against Confey College, Leixlip. Our girls led from the beginning and won on a scoreline of UCT 21 – Portarlington 15.
However we did not have things all our own way and our 2nd years were unlucky to be defeated by a very strong Portarlington team. Our students battled well so the final result belies their efforts. They were unlucky to come up short with the scoreboard at the end reading Ursuline 12 – Portarlington 21. Well done to everyone involved and to Ms. O’Freil for her coaching.
Hockey Junior ‘A’ Cup Final
Ursuline 3- Crescent 1
Despite being the underdogs the Ursulines in Wednesday’s Junior ‘A’ Cup Final took the game to Crescent from the very first whistle. Inside 2 minutes, they were 1-0 up with a fantastic break up the middle of the pitch by Caoimhe Perdue. She beat several players and laid the ball off to Avril Bergin to slot into the corner. Crescent responded within the minute with a break down the right. They carried the ball along the baseline, putting it back to the penalty spot for their forward Niamh O’Keefe to slot home. So it was a one all draw inside the opening 5 minutes. This was living up to a cracking match.
Both sides were forced to battle the elements as 10 mins in there was a heavy shower of hailstones. This gave Ursulines a chance to re-focus and for coach Sandra Rossiter to give some wise words. On the restart, crescent attacked the Ursuline circle and won a short corner. They took a straight strike from the top of the circle. This goal chance was saved and cleared by Rose O’ Sullivan in a fantastic display of defence. The Ursuline girls responded with a fantastic attack down the left side of the pitch, Ciara Nyland played the ball across from the left side of the circle to Maria Ryan who played it back to Ciara Nyland who slotted it into the corner to go 2-1 up.
Crescent responded with another short corner, but the shot was forced wide due to a resilient Ursuline corner defence team and Ursulines went into half time break 2-1 up.
Crescent started the second half the stronger side. They won four short corners but again the Ursuline defence stayed strong and defended doggedly. With 3 minutes to go, a ball was crossed from the right side of the circle for Avril Bergin to complete her brace and for Ursuline to go 3-1 up. Ursuline stayed incredibly disciplined throughout the entire game and never allowed Crescent to play their style of hockey. Caoimhe Perdue and Brona Dowling were the standout performers on the day but overall, it was a massive team effort of sheer grit and determination that secured the 3-1 win. Well done to all the hockey coaches but in particular Ms. Rossiter who has mentored the Junior ‘A’s.
Senior A Cup Semi Final – Ursulines 1 Mount Mercy 0
The Senior ‘A’s continued this winning streak on Friday, 30th when they beat Mount Mercy on their home turf in the Senior ‘A’ Cup Semi Final. The full time score was Ursulines 1 – Mount Mercy 0. Our winning goal came courtesy of the stick of 6th year veteran Kate Crotty. The team were well cheered on by supporters on the day. Well done to the Senior ‘A’s and we hope that all goes well for them in the final. They have been training hard all year and deserve some good luck. Congratulations to all the players and our hockey coaches.
The Senior ‘B’s played St. Angela’s in the quarter final of the Cup but unfortunately they lost out on this occasion. The score at the end was St. Angela’s 4 – Ursuline, Thurles 2.
Gael Linn Debaters
Our team of Irish debaters are in action next Wednesday 4th having qualified for the All Ireland Quarter-Final. This will take place in Cashel and the Gael Linn trio of Captain Dervla Lynch, Gillian Burke and Sarah Kelly will be up against teams from Gorey, Abbeyfeale and Carlow CBS. It is expected to be a tough round with students debating the controversial topic ‘Every young person should emigrate for a while’ or os gaeilge ‘Ba chart do face Éireann ach óg tamall a chaiteamh ar imirce.’ Good luck to the girls.
Continuing with their theme of Gratitude the senior councillors are currently organising a video vox pop around the school. This week they were stopping students and teachers randomly at break times and lunchtimes and asking them to mention on camera the things for which they feel grateful. They will then edit the footage and compile it into one video. They plan to show the finished film to the school as a reminder of how lucky and blessed we really are.
The new year always brings new publications and Ms. Doherty is always on the lookout for recommended reads for Senior and Junior Bookclubs. As there are many Harry Potter fans in the school the Senior students choose to read ‘The Silkworm’ by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling. The story follows the character Detective Cormoran Strike who uncovers a harrowing murder in London. He enters the egotistical world of publishing and discovers some very unsettling truth. It was thoroughly enjoyed by the students and Rowling’s brand of crime fiction seems to be a popular even among the die hard Potterites. The next read for the Senior Cycle bookworms is another book in the crime fiction genre ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ by debut novelist Emma Healey.
The Junior book club members read ‘Mazerunner’ by author James Dashner and loved it. They are currently leafing through ‘Flashes’ by Tim O’Rourke another crime novel but with a paranormal twist.