January 9, 2020

Ursuline win Junior Football Munster Quarter Final

Ursuline Thurles secured a Junior Football Munster semi-final spot last Tuesday 7, January as they overcame Youghal, Cork in Mitchelstown. Ursuline started best and were soon two points ahead courtesy of Grainne O Donnell’s free kicks. Captain Rachel Quinlan led by example finding the back of the net with eight minutes on the clock. Grainne O Donnell added another point to heed tally before she scored a brace of goals to leave Ursuline ahead 3-3 to 0-0 at the break. Ursuline were fortunate to keep Youghal scoreless by halftime as they hit the crossbar and Muireann Treacy in goal pulled off three excellent saves.
Youghal, with the wind in the second half, immediately put pressure on Ursuline by scoring three quick points. However, Ursuline responded with Grainne O Donnell scoring a free and Katie Gleeson grabbing a goal. Jess Gleeson extended Ursuline’s lead as she put over two brilliant points from impressive individual runs. Youghal tried to keep in the match as they scored 1-1 with ten minutes remaining. However, Ursuline finished best with Rachel Quinlan scoring her second goal of the game and Katie Glesson raising two more green flags to end the match with a hatrick. Ursuline will now play Clonakilty on Monday 13, January in Pairc Ui Chiomh. Ursuline Senior footballers will play Mercy Mounthawk in their Munster semi-final on Friday 17th in Mannix College, Charleville.

BT Young Scientist
There was great interest in the Ursuline BT Young Scientist entry of TY students Eva McBrearty and Annabelle Ryan. The duo and their teacher Ms Marian Ryan represented the school with flying colours in the RDS last week with their project titled ‘Is regenerative farming the solution to Ireland’s Climate Crisis?’. There was particular media interest in their research on the benefits of regenerative farming which entails minimum soil disruption. The main thesis they set out to discover is can regeneration sequester more carbon than a plough based system, without affecting the performance of the soil. The girls concluded the longer the soil is left un-ploughed the greater amount of carbon it can hold thereby reducing the carbon footprint in Irish agriculture. The girls had a great start to their exhibition on the opening day being interviewed for Drivetime on RTE Radio 1 and being tweeted about by journalist Marcella Connolly of the Irish Farmers Journal.

TY Coding Workshop
The TY’s had a two hour computers workshop on Tuesday & Wednesday 7 and 8 January. The workshop was facilitated by Roisin and Karen who are lecturers based out of TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus . It consisted of an introduction, which aimed to highlight stereo types and address them, for example the low gender uptake, or the requirement to be a maths genius. This was followed by an introduction to code using a Micro:bit, creating projects such as a temperature sensor and a fit-bit. The workshop concluded with a session on computational thinking using the Bebras challenge, which helps students with their problem skills. The TYs thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Gael Linn Debating
Ursuline Junior Debating trio, Gráinne O’Donnell, Kate Ryan and Lauren Mullaly secured their next round place in the Gael Linn All Irish Debating competition. They were up against Ferrybank, Waterford, Hospital, Limerick and St Anne’s Tipp Town on Wednesday, 8 January, the venue for which was Rockwell College. They argued that RTÉ does not serve the broadcasting needs of the nation well. The team, their supporters and their mentor, Ms Barry, are delighted to be advancing to the next stage.

Senior B’s ended their game against Kilkenny College last week in a nil all draw while the Senior As lost 4-2. The Minor As had a great 3-1 win their game against Corkonians Regina Mundi.
The First Year As lost to Regina Mundi while the First Year Bs had a solid 2-0 win against their Regina Mundi counterparts.

Written By Nora Tuohy