March 12, 2017

All Ireland Senior A Camogie Final

Loreto Kilkenny 6-19 – Ursuline Thurles 1-4

It was a bitter end to what has been a glorious season for the Ursuline Senior A Camogie team. They were defeated by veterans and Leinster Champions Loreto Kilkenny in the All Ireland School’s A Final on Saturday 11th March. The game was played in near perfect conditions hosted by Conahy GAA club in Kilkenny. The Ursulines, who have played with such valour and intensity all season, found it difficult to keep pace with the classy cats. The Loreto girls were extremely skillful, first to the ball and scored with the greatest accuracy. The first point of the game was a Loreto score from full forward Sophie O’Dwyer who pointed a free in the opening minute. It was a taster of what was to come. Loreto were four points up by the time UCT managed to register on the scoreboard, courtesy of an Eimear McGrath free. Eimear pointed a second free four minutes later to close the gap on Kilkenny. Loreto were now 0-5 to UCT 0-2. However the Loreto girls began to pull away with No. 26 Hannah Kelly and Katie Brennan, centre forward adding to their growing tally. By the time Eimear McGrath got her hat trick of frees the Nore siders were already on nine points to the Ursulines three. However the goal chance that Kilkenny had been working towards so doggedly presented itself when Eimear Keoghan found the net in the 22nd minute. It was now 1-9 – 0-3 and the game was slipping away from the Tipp girls. Two further goals and two further points for the black and amber meant a half time score of Kilkenny 3-11 to Ursulines 0-3.

The second half resulted in more heartache for the Ursuline supporters who had travelled in force to support their team and continued to shout words of encouragement from the sideline. In first part of the second half Loreto dominated once again with a flurry of goals and points. However midway through this half the Ursulines began to rally with Caoimhe Perdue, Eimear Loughman, Sarah Stakelum and cousin Claire Stakelum all trying desperately to create scoring chances.
Meanwhile backs Moira Kinnane, Caroline Mullaney, Maureen Ryan and Ruth Hassett were doing their best to stem the tide of Loreto scores. When Ursuline Eimear McGrath did find the net it was too little too late as the Cats could not be caught at that stage. The scoreboard read Loreto 5-17 UCT 1-3. Kilkenny responded immediately with a point and in reply to Eimear Loughman’s point from play Loreto answered with yet another goal. The game finished with Loreto taking the Senior A crown by 6-19 to UCT’s 1-4. The Kilkenny side were in a league of their own in terms of strength, speed and scoring prowess. The Ursuline put up a good fight but from the beginning the was no doubting this was Kilkenny’s day. Their No. 26, Hannah Kelly, was awarded the honour of player of the match.

The Ursulines have done so well all season and should be proud of what they have accomplished this season. They have made history by being the first Ursuline team to compete in a Senior ‘A’ All Ireland final and it is only the second year that the school have competed in the highest division of the competition. Well done to all players and a special thank you to all Leaving Certs who have given so much to the game of Camogie during their years in the school. A special word of thanks to managers Ms. Hogan and Ms. O’Friel for their hard work and commitment.

An Post National Handwriting Competition

Congratulations to Bridín Murphy, 5th Year, who won the An Post National Handwriting Competition. An Post set a task for students to Witness History through its objects. Bridín composed a lovely piece about the last letters written by Michael Mallin and Eamon Ceannt to their wives Agnes and Áine. These men were sentenced to death for their part in the 1916 Rising. Bridín, who has a special talent for calligraphy, used the inspiration of the Book of Kells for her script. She follows in the footsteps of Nuala Fitzgibbon who won the same competition last year. So it’s two in a row for the Ursuline in the Senior category of the National Handwriting competition. Bridín now wins a trip for herself and her class to visit the Witness History exhibition in the GPO.

Junk Kouture

Congratulations to the TY Junk Kouture team of Winona Ryan, Sarah Ryan and Ròisín Heffernan who were selected for the All Ireland Final. Their creation, ‘Kamuro’ was one of twenty entries to qualify from eighty-two which showcased at the Regional Final in UL on Friday, 10th of March. The atmosphere was electric as model Róisín rooked the runway to Katy Perry’s aptly chosen ‘Firework’. There was a large crowd of Ursuline supporters who cheered loudly, waved glow sticks and danced in the aisles for their girl. The dress, made from vinyl records, hula hoops, burnt matchsticks with a show-stopping headpiece of wire and brightly coloured Christmas wrapping paper, looked amazing on the stage. The haute couture piece has been making waves in the competition so far. It was announced as the first and only silver ticket entry into the Regional Final. It also came first in the online vote for the Munster Region and second in the countrywide voting. The girls are now super excited as they prepare for the final, the first Junk Kouture Final for the Ursuline Thurles. Thanks to all who travelled to Limerick to support them, to all those who voted for ‘Kamuro’ and to their Art teacher Ms. McCormack for her unflagging enthusiasm and support.


Well done to Fifth Year student, Vivienne O’Keefe, who participated in the final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking competition on Saturday, 11th of March. Vivienne, who gave a speech on the topic of human rights, travelled to Castlebar to compete. Vivienne was not successful but she represented both the school and herself with pride. Well done Vivienne and also her mentor Ms.Quinn.

The Hockey Ball

The Anner Hotel, Thurles was the venue last Friday, 10th March for the Ursuline Hockey Ball. The Ball was organised by parents to raise money for the Munster Senior A Hockey Champions as a way of helping to defray some the costs of competing in the Kate Russell Cup. The team head to the North on the 22nd March to play against the other Provincial winners from Ulster, Leinster and Connaught for the All Ireland title. It was a great night with many parents, staff, former staff members, past pupils, members of the Ursuline community and of course the victorious Senior A team, in attendance. Ms. Sandra Rossiter, Senior A hockey coach thanked everyone for coming and getting behind the team. She remembered Bobby O’Brien who was so interested in hockey in the school and who was on so many buses travelling all over the country encouraging students of all abilities. Thanks to all those who supported the ball in anyway through donating raffle prizes, sponsorship or through their attendance.


Well done to Anna Ryan, 2nd Year, who represented the Ursuline in the Munster Indoor Athletics games held in Nenagh last week.  Anna, who is a Junior, competed in hurdles, long jump and high jump. Ann also represented her club Moycarkey/Coolcroo the previous weekend in the County Indoor Athletics and did very well. She took gold in the long jump, the shot putt and the Pole Vault, attaining a personal best in this last event of 2.70. Anna is the current Irish Pole Vaulting champion in her division. Aswell as the gold medals Anna also took home a couple of silvers for the hurdles and the long jump. Well done Anna.

Hockey Results

Junior B’s played Crescent beating them by a goal. Ursuline 3 – 2 Crescent.
The Minor B2 team lost by two goals in their game against Crescent. Ursuline 0 – 2 Crescent.
The Junior A’s had a fantastic win against Bandon beating them six goals to nil. Ursuline 6 – 0 Bandon Grammar.
The First Year Yellows finished their game against Bandon in a scoreless draw. Ursuline 0 – 0 Bandon.

Limerick Choral Festival

The Cecilian Choir recently won the Secondary School’s competition at the Limerick Choral Festival. The choir, which has ninety students from First Year to Sixth Year, sang ‘April Rainbows’ and ‘O’ Lux Beatissima’. They were delighted with this success as the choir is open to any student in the school who enjoys singing.
Also taking examinations this week were the four school choirs and two orchestras. They were the Chamber Choir, Cecilian Choir, First and Second Year choirs, the Junior and Senior orchestras. The examiner told the teachers and students that she had experienced a wonderful day of music. The results will follow later and well done to all involved.
The musical evening will be held on Tuesday, 21st March in the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall. An extravaganza of music is guaranteed.

Public Speaking

On Monday 6th March UCT hosted the Munster Final of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking competition. The three regional winners for Munster, which included two Ursuline teams and a team from St. Mary’s Chareville, presented their speeches. The girls dealt with issues such as respect, the importance of building bridges and not walls and the need for goodness in everyday life. The competition sets out to capture and explore the enthusiasm of young Christians and get them to seriously invest in their faith.
The team of Erica Carroll, Gemma O’Dwyer and Mary Kate Barrett emerged as Muster champions and now go onto the All Ireland Final. This is the Ursulines third time as Munster Champions in this competition. Congratulations to runners up St. Mary’s and the other UCT team of Michaela Kerwick, Sarah Barrett and Dearbhla Lanigan. Well done to all involved and to Ms. Quinn the Public Speaking co-ordinator.
Next week the Ursuline have six students going to Loreto, Clonmel as delegates for the Model UN. The students taking part in this event are Claire Casey, Emily Bourke, Michaela Kerwick, Sarah Barrett, Dearbhla Lanigan and Liana Kelly.

Guest Speakers

There were two guest speakers visiting the school this week to talk to students about a career in law. The fifth years heard State solicitor for Tipperary, Michelle O’Connell, speak about the many ways one can pursue a career in law. Past pupil, law graduate and founder of LawEd Kate Hedigan spoke to the sixth years about the opportunities that exist with a law degree.


In the Midlands Basketball League the Ursuline played Portarlington. The First year’s faced tough opposition from the Laois side. The final score was Ursuline 9 – 22 Portarlington.
The Second Year squad had better luck against the same side and managed to secure a decent victory. The end result was Ursuline 22 – 10 Portarlington. Well done to all players.

Written By Nora Tuohy