March 10, 2018

Build A Bank Dog Night
The hardworking Build a Bank team presented two cheques this week for €2,300 each to two very worthy charities, the Irish Wheelchair Association and Thurles Special Olympics Basketball club. These socially conscious young bankers organised very successful night of fundraising and fun at Thurles Greyhound Track on Saturday, 24 February. The girls raised a whopping €5600 from the night. As well as selling hundreds of tickets they held a raffle for twelve prizes including a buster prize of €300. They also donated €300 to the school’s Charities Committee out of their remaining funds. Thanks to all the local businesses who supported the students and well done to the students themselves, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Ellen Wright, Emma Jayne Bourke, Caoimhe Meade, Kate Dawn and Claire Carey and their mentor Ms. Hynes. Also best wishes to the ‘Blood, Sweat and Bankers’ team as they prepare for the Build a Bank National Final on March, 21.


Well done to Junior Cert student Anna Ryan who competed in the Munster Schools indoor athletics in Nenagh last week. Anna came third in the shot put with a distance of 11m 40. She also scooped the bronze in the hurdles with a time of 10.04.
The Munster Cross Country took place in WIT on Friday, February 23 and the Ursuline had a number of students competing. In the minor race Rachel Ryan and Louise Hickey ran very competitively over 2000 meters. Both were placed just outside the automatic qualifying places for the All Ireland. The Junior team of Kate Bourke, Hannah Sheedy, Robyn Fanning, Anna Duggan, Sophia Walsh and Emma Gleeson competed well in a tough competition over 2500 meters. In spite of their dogged effort they will not be heading to the All Ireland this year. Isabel Forde, Junior Cert, was the Ursuline’s only competitor in the Intermediate race. She ran well over the 3k track to finish just outside the automatic qualifying time for the All Ireland. Well done to all athletes and to their coach Mr. McDonnell.


The Ursuline Senior Camogie team continue their season in the Munster Senior League. They recently played Laurel Hill in the semi final of this competition. The UCT girls proved to be tenacious opposition coming from a 7 point deficit at half time to finish in a draw. The final score was Ursuline 3-9 Laurel Hill 2-12. The replay will take place next Wednesday, March 14.


The first and second years played home games recently in the Midlands B League against Scoil Dara, Kilcock. The first years were beaten. The second years played a great, suspense filled game against the Kildare side. The Thurles girls were narrowly beaten by 3 points in a game that really could have gone either way until the final whistle. Their next games will be against Portarlington’s Coláiste Íosagain.


The Senior A’s travelled to Cork to play Mount Mercy in the Munster Cup semi-final. They played well in defence of their title in a match that was postponed due to last weeks snow. The final score was Ursuline 0-Mount Mercy 3. Well done to the girls and to their coach Ms. Rossiter.


The school welcomed back Highrock Productions on Monday, February 26 to present their hilarious show ‘Caith Amach É’. This production was highly entertaining and a fun way for the Leaving Certs to prepare for the series of twenty picture questions that are part their exam. The students really enjoyed the show which was packed full of high jinks of every kind, drama, dance, song, mime and plenty of audience participation and interaction. Many thanks to the Irish Department for organising his event.

Written By Nora Tuohy